Find Support this winter with Ayurveda
In these modern times many of us can find ourselves disconnected from our external environment spending the majority of our days indoors away from the natural world outside.
This can impact on the way we adjust to the changes in the environment.
Our resilience to seasonal changes drops and we can lose touch with what will be of benefit to us with our health.
Understanding how the winter weather effects the functions of our body –
Ayurveda, recognized as the world’s oldest health care system, plays great importance on staying connected to and living in harmony with our surroundings and natural environment living in accordance with the season.
During the winter months the qualities of cold, damp, wetness, heavy, slow, dark and thick are more present.
This means that these qualities can leave one feeling heavy, dull, sluggish, cold and slow.
The bodily organs that get affected are the lungs, nose, tongue, lymphatic system and circulatory system.
As winter is governed by the elements of water and earth, this is represented in the body by the kapha dosha, one of the body’s natural intelligences and this dosha can become aggravated.
With common problems such as coughs, colds, runny noses, migraines, sore throats, weight gain, ache in the joints, fluid retention and sinus congestion.
These problems can come up for those not following seasonal regimes and living incompatible diet and lifestyle in this season.
How Ayurveda Can Help ?
To keep our health in an optimum state here are the recommendations for the winter months to keep the organs functioning well and reduce toxic build up in the body-
- Arise early in the morning before 6am – this is a lighter time of day (vata hours) will remove feelings of sluggishness, heaviness in the body and mind leave you feeling more energized through the day.
- First thing in the morning SBS, spit, brush teeth and scrape tongue – within 3 minutes of arising brush teeth then scrape your tongue, removing the coating on your tongue in the morning will stop excess mucous build up in the throat, nose, lungs and prevent the lymph from becoming thick and sluggish.
- Morning cleansing drink – take ½ tsp lemon juice, ½ tsp grated ginger, ½ tsp fenugreek pwder , ½ tsp honey mix with warm water and drink. Fenugreek is good for taking out excess mucous from the tissues, works well with fat metabolism and removes sluggishness from the lymph.
- Nasya – place 2 drops of warm medicated nasal oil ( available for purchase at the Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Wellness Centre) up the nose this counters sinus congestion, removes deep seated mucous in the sinus area and reduces heaviness in the head.
- Take 10 slow long breathes at least 3 times a day to counteract the heavy damp and thick qualities in the environment which can impact on the quality of our breath and the health of our lungs. Not only is the breath revitalising but helps to calm and steady the mind.
- Self-massage – 3 times weekly fairly vigorous strokes with warm black sesame seed oil or kapha oil (available for purchase at the centre) This promotes good circulation and lymphatic flow counters sluggishness in the body and helps to strengthen immune system.
- Eucalyptus steam nightly – just before bed fill a bowl with 6-8 drops eucalyptus oil and boiling water place towel over head and breath in steam to clear the sinuses, encourage clear breathing as the sinus, lungs and nasal passage can naturally become congested in winter.
- Diet – avoid heavy, cold foods which are damp and sticky in nature such as ice-cream, cold homogenised milk, cold drinks, bread, cheese, yoghurt, cold meats, butter, muffins, cakes, white flour and oily foods such as chips, noodles and pasta. Due to the qualities of these foods when eaten regularly can build mucous in the body and that can start accumulating in areas such as lungs, nose, throat, lymphatic system, and sinus area as these areas are naturally weak in the winter season.
- Exercise -is important in winter as we don’t sweat easily, this can block the sweat glands which help to eliminate toxins from the body. Best exercise is a brisk walk morning and evening at least 3 times a week.
- Meditation – Taking time out daily to practice meditation will help alleviate feelings of dullness, darkness or heaviness from the mind Ayurveda recommends open eye candle meditation.
Treatment suggestions this winter-
- Ayurvedic Marma Point Massage and Herbal steam – to assist with good lymph and circulatory flow and reduce feelings of sluggishness in the body and strengthen immunity.
- Kizzali Bolus Massage and herbal steam – eases aches and pains in muscles and joints feel relaxed and rejuvenated
Product reccomendations –
- Chywanprash – for immune strength
- Sino care – sinus care and support for the winter months
- Septnil – immune care
All products are available at the centre. And of course, if you require further assistance in moving through the winter in good health or have a health concern that requires further attention please drop into the clinic or contact us to book in a Consultation with our Ayurvedic Practitioner Scott Allan to get you started on your road to health.
Wishing you a happy and healthy winter.
Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Wellness Centre