Seasonal Yoga

Did you know your body moves through four seasons. Just like your prakruti are characterised by your dosha, so are you.

According to Ayurvedic medicine, we have 3 Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. We’re made up of these 3 constitutions but we change depending on the season.

If you want to stay healthy all year round try living in harmony with your Dosha as we move through Mother Natures cycles by adjusting the food you eat, how much you exercise, the herbs and spices added to food and how much downtime your body has for rest and recovery.

While you cannot control the seasons, you can control these factors for optimum health and vitality. I’m sharing my winter routine as I’m predominantly Pitta, so slowing down is a challenge for me. My body tends to lose balance in winter, if I continue with all this fire in my belly burning me out.

During winter, Ayurveda medicine recommends we follow a more stringent kapha pacifying regimen. Dry, cold days can provoke vata leading to indigestion and arthritis so keeping calm, warm and well oiled externally while nourishing ourselves with warm nutrient rich soups, Dahl and stews.

My winter morning routine consists upon waking, using a tongue scraper to remove dead bacteria and yeast that accumulate overnight. Ayurvedic tongue scrapers are available from health food stores in plastic or metal. I personally prefer the metal ones. They’re inexpensive and last forever.

Next I drink a warm cup of water or tea to stimulate the digestive system to get things moving along then it’s self massage time.

 

Before a warm shower, I massage gently hand-warmed sesame oil all over to stimulate circulation and help with lymphatic detox massaging upward and inward. This also helps with shedding dead skin as it sloughs off dryness. After a warm rinse in the shower,  I find a sunny patch for some sun salutations (surya namaskara) which open the chest removing congestion within respiratory organs followed by poses like camel pose, locust and fish pose.

I follow this up with a 5 minute pranayama and 15 meditation. This is when I like to set my daily intention.

Breakfast is fruit with overnight oats and chia seeds soaked in almond milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon and syrup and, some more warm tea.

Tea helps increase digestive fire throughout winter to eliminate feelings of sluggishness. I like this brew-

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of ground clove

1/2 tsp fresh ginger.

Nutrition is important all year round, but more so in winter with more viruses around. Add cracked pepper, cinnamon and cloves to warm the tummy to your meals. This stokes the Agni fire keeping digestion strong and lethargy at bay.

Have you wondered why your appetite is stronger in winter?  This is our body’s response to cold weather contracting the skin pores which directs heat away from the core including the stomach therefore your appetite becomes stronger!

If you’d like to work out your constitution 

Shared with Love,

Sharon

E-RYT500

Program Director.

200hr YTT | 300hr YTT | 40hr Yin |40hr Restorative

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