With winters in its full swing, the nature’s cycle has changed. Just like our body, Ayurveda has a dosha or a constitution for every season too. Winter season falls under the purview of Vata Dosha. The constitution of Vata season reflects the characteristics of dryness, cold, light, irregularity, roughness and full of movement (cold wind in this case). As we know that our bodies aresignificantly affected by the natural cycles, we also reflects the characteristics of Vatadosha during winters. With that being said, people having Vatadosha as their basic constitution needs to be extra careful and vigilant during this season. Our constitution can go off balance and create ailments and diseases if we don’t look into it.
Some of the diseases that can be manifested by imbalance in the Vatadosha are insomnia, gastric troubles, joint ache, back ache, indigestion, dehydration, dry skin, cold, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, stress etc. Some people might exhibit the qualities of Kaphadosha in winters, with excess mucus, weight gain, sluggishness etc. We at RishikulYogshala would like to share some tips to be taken care of during winter seasons to harmonize the constitution inside as well as outside.
The oil cure
As we all experience extreme dryness and roughness of the skin, body, nose and ears due to cold &chilly air, we recommend that you do weekly oiling of the entire body. The warmth and moisture of the oil penetrates our body softly, lubricating the skin, joints, bones and muscles. Also, special emphasis on the openings like nostrils, ears etc. should be laid by putting a few drops of almond oil everyday before going to the bed. This way you will shield yourself from the chill in the air. Massaging oil on your hair can keep your manes healthy and shiny during the winter season as well.
The herbal cure
Using herbs and plants like ginger in your food, tea or just adding ginger to hot water with some honey can safe guard you from the cold. Ginger has unique properties and is hot in tendency. It helps removing congestion, cold and cough in the system. One another great way to use ginger to banish cold is by boiling ginger in a hot pan and then switch off the stove. Take a towel over your head and inhale the fumes of ginger coming from hot water. You can also add cinnamon to your tea, as it is too hot in nature and can enhance your overall well being.