Thursday, 1 January 2015

Winter in Ayurveda, a season to retreat and as like plants to withdraw your energy into the deepest depths of your soul. A time to reflect and gather yourself together ready to bring forth new ideas and seeds to sow for the new year. It is in Winter that most of our growth will take place where all the goodness in hibernating. In Ayurveda we see that out agni( digestive fire) is challenged due to the increase of Kapha water, earth. We may see colds, sluggish energy and slower mental activity. There may be a sense of restlessness due to Vata and our circulation may be challenged. It is a time to focus on herbs to support the energetic and physical function of the body, Angelica, Elderberry, Ginger, Cumin and Cardamon for ridding toxins in the gut and circulation due to the increase of Kapha. It will help to drink sage, thyme, clove and Wintergreen tea to lift and lighten the digestion. Observe warm light foods with a sattvic quality earthly foods that hold the deepest energy like root vegetables Beetroot to enhance warmth in the blood and, carrots to increase fire in the body. Avoid cold raw and uncooked foods unless you have an very strong Pitta energy as the body can not extract the essential goodness with out a little warmth. Movement is essential but forcing the body when it is naturally in nourishing mode is best avoided, hot oil massage with mustard oil or Rosemary oil will break down Ama (toxins) as Spring and Imbolc arises from February the elements and energy of Kapha / Vata will slowly start to free itself and melt allowing the early blossoms of Spring. Namaste

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