The weather has many influences on our body that we might not even be aware of at times. Ayurveda is more than following dietary instructions; it is a way of life practiced to have a holistic living. Practicing Ayurveda helps us attain our capacity to live a life wholefully. Understanding of what our body is put through in different seasons due to natural changes brings us a step closer to a positive living. To understand this better, let us take a look at the seasons Ayurveda is divided into and know more about the lifestyle changes we may need to adapt in these seasons.
1. Vata Season:
Vata Season comes during what we normally know as autumn and early winter. During this season, our mental and physical health goes through a lot of diverse changes. The weather becomes dryer, colder, harsh and windy. During this season, you may notice your skin becoming tighter and dry and your joints may feel weak. There is also a natural reduction in your levels of energy. Here’s what you can do in Vata season to maintain good health:
It is essential to stay warm and comfortable during Vata season, thereafter consuming hot or warm food and beverages. You can start by waking up early and establishing an early sleeping pattern. An early sleep pattern is important so that you avoid staying awake during the cold and harsh weather nights. The changes in the weather during Vata season can result in dry skin, irregular digestion, being overwhelmed and distracted; to avoid these reactions of the body you need to practice agni sara everyday along with some restoration yoga and meditation.
2. Kapha Season:
When the cold weather of the Vata season turns into frigid air, the cold becomes intense and starts transforming slowly to the blooming of flowers. As the winter grows your body starts noticing some adverse changes to the weather. These can leave your body confused and dryness is noticed. To pacify the harshness of Kapha season, here’s what you can do:
Your body should be nurtured and kept warm to embrace the warmer weather changes. You can continue with the warm dietary changes you made in the Vata season. To make a healthier fresh start, you could start introducing some greens into your house for some freshness. Wake up any time before 6am to 10am in the Kapha season and practice some exercising. During this season, it is better to consume foods that are drier, warm, lighter and pungent. You could also step out and try the greens that grow naturally during this season. Any seasonal allergies could be helped with carrying nasya oil and neti pot.
3. Pita season:
In Pita season, comes the brighter sun and warmer weather. The Pita season brings out fiery spirit, liveliness and increases energy levels. With the heat also comes up the risk of heartburns, irritability, acne and rashes. It is essential to maintain the health balance that you have had since the beginning of Vata season. Here’s what you can practise during Pita season:
It is important to make dietary changes as well as the time of food consumption. You will have to start eating at early times of the day and change from warmer food to fresh produce and cold drinks. You need to also make changes like wearing lighter clothes and simple exercising. In order to avoid overheating, you can avoid staying out of the sun from 10am to 2pm. It is advisable to have 15 minute massages that will soothe your skin. You can also practise breathing exercises like sheetali pranayama.
The seasonal changes often make changes in our physical and mental well-being. Make dietary and lifestyle changes that could help you in becoming a better individual by understanding and making changes you need to in your everyday life.