Winter often brings coughs, colds, and aches from dark mornings, damp days and wet feet! Since, unfortunately, most of us don’t have the chance to hibernate — or go on holiday — for a couple of months, we have to come up with other strategies to keep fit and healthy during autumn and winter.
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic wellness system that is based on the belief that people have three Doshas (elemental energies) in their bodies in varying degrees. Identifying your primary dosha allows you to create a regime that is healthful for your body. If you want to know your dominant dosha take this quiz from Ayurvedic Healing: Dosha Quiz.
These tips from Ayurvedic Yogi are applicable to anyone wanting to stay warm and fit
To stay well this Winter:
Favour a warming, nourishing diet: Have a warm breakfast (porridge is excellent) and end the day with hot milk (almond milk is a good choice), ginger, cinnamon, cardamon and honey. Nutmeg will also aid sleep but just a small pinch. Drink spicy teas throughout the day, avoiding cold water, ice cream and other cooling foods.
Fancy a glass of organic Merlot? The good news is that Ayurveda suggest an occasional glass of warming wine may be beneficial in Winter to stimulate digestion before a meal and encourage circulation.
Warm up: Massage with warm oil and saunas or steam rooms are all good to ward off the cold. As in Autumn, Vata is drying, so skin needs extra care. Ground yourself with a daily self-massage with a warm sesame oil or olive oil followed by a warm shower/ bath to prevent feelings of coldness, and stiff, aching joints.
Get moving! Or curl up on the sofa? Its fine to get up later than in Summer, but its still a good idea to be up at 7am. Practice some form of vigorous exercise [Like Bikram Yoga! ~Paul] to get the lymph moving in the body, preventing future congestive problems. Exercise is also one of the best ways to stimulate a sluggish digestion, regulate the metabolism and aid the removal of toxins from the body.
Share your tips for staying strong in winter in the comments!