What's ritucharya? Seasonal Routines According to Ayurveda For Each Dosha Type

Ritu: Season

Charya: Routine

Seasons denote distinct periods of transition. The doshas naturally migrate as the seasons change, making them more vulnerable to slipping out of balance. It's a particularly good time to reconnect with your intuition and nutritious everyday habits.

Seasonal modifications are simple to make. Even minor changes to your daily routine will help you stay in rhythm and balanced throughout the year.

When nature's Dosha's are transitioning, so are ours within our mind-body system. Seasonal detoxes are a great way to create balance and cleanse in order to achieve balance.

Fall and early winter: Vata season

Everyone is subject to developing Vata imbalances during the Vata season, which is cold, dry, and windy. These can show up as exhaustion, constipation, anxiety, and dry skin or hair in the mind-body. If Vata is your primary dosha, you're more susceptible to Vata imbalances throughout the fall and winter. Remember, according to Ayurveda, an imbalance in one area, or element, can be remedied by applying the opposite.

A Vata-balancing diet:

Avoid dry or uncooked foods in favour of warming, fresh, and well-cooked dishes (especially salads and raw fruits and vegetables).

To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of warm liquids like hot water and herbal teas. Place a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger in a pint thermos bottle and fill it with hot water to make fresh ginger tea.

Eat more sweet, sour, and salty flavours while avoiding bitter, astringent, and pungent flavours. Avocados, bananas, mangoes, peaches, lemons, pumpkins, carrots, beets, asparagus, quinoa, rice, mung beans, almonds, sesame seeds, and ghee are just a few examples of foods that help to balance Vata.

Don't worry if your appetite seems to be stronger than usual in the winter; this is a natural propensity that helps to balance Vata. Simultaneously, avoid overeating to the point of pain.

Make use of your senses:

Wear clothes that is made of soft fibres in earth tones and light pastel colours to help Vata settle down.

Keep warm. Because Vata is a cold, dry dosha, it's critical to keep your house and office warm and humidified. Because Vata dosha types are sensitive to moving air, it's best to stay away from draughts and sit near fans or ventilators.

In the morning or before bed, give yourself a slow, gentle self-massage. Use a warming, nourishing oil like sesame or almond. You might also gently massage a drop of sesame oil into your nasal passages, which can become dry during the winter.

Relax and recuperate.

Vata dosha people have a tendency to push themselves to the verge of fatigue, both physically and mentally. To balance Vata, you must get enough sleep and rest.

Meditation is one of the finest techniques to attain quiet and stillness for the busy Vata mind.

Late winter and spring: Kapha season

It's tempting to believe that staying in balance during Kapha season would be simple for Kapha dosha types, however this is not the case. If Kapha is your primary dosha, you're more susceptible to winter colds, nasal congestion, and sluggish digestion and metabolism. With a few Kapha balancing tips, you can still enjoy the season during this cold and damp time of year.

Kapha-balancing diet:

When compared to other seasons, go for a lighter, drier, and less oily diet.

Keep a close eye out for sweet and cold foods.

Heavy dairy products (cheese, yoghurt, and ice cream) exacerbate Kapha dosha, therefore try to limit them.

Warm foods and beverages are preferred. Use spices that are energizing and warming.

Eat more pungent, bitter, and astringent-tasting meals and less sweet, sour, and salty-tasting foods. Kapha types may retain water if they consume too much salt.

Make use of your senses.

Colors that are bright and warm should be worn.

Use energizing fragrances like eucalyptus, sage, and rosemary.

Dry brushing daily before showers will help to stimulate circulation, as will using Kapha-balancing oils filled with warm, stimulating scents for daily self-massage.

Stay warm by moving around.

The Kapha season is an excellent time for Kapha types to dive further into a workout routine, with a focus on mobility. When the Kaphas aren't energized, they can start experiencing might lethargy, stagnation and heaviness. They should be especially aware of this characteristic in the late winter and early spring.

The best teacher is nature. While the weather and temperature may be Kapha-like, when winter gives way to spring, plants and animals come to life. This isn't a fluke, and it's something that should be emulated. Kapha season is an excellent time to start an active lifestyle for Kapha dosha types who aren't already doing so.

When you do go outside, remember to keep warm. Even on semi-warm days, dampness brings its own type of chill, so be covered and protected. Cover your head and ears, as well as your extremities, if possible.

Summertime: Pitta season

The hot, humid summer months of July to October are dominated by Pitta elements of fire and water (in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere). Pitta season promotes healthy digestion and production, but Pitta dosha individuals should be aware that the summer season might aggravate Pitta. This can manifest as a flare-up of irritability or a worsening of skin issues.

Keeping everything in moderation is the key to balancing fiery Pitta. Enjoy the long days of sunshine and blue skies this summer by keeping Pitta in check with these cooling and calming treatments.

Pitta-balancing diet:

To temper Pitta's fiery tendency, eat sweet, bitter, and astringent foods. The most noticeable "sweet" flavour profile is provided by sugar and sweeteners such as honey or agave. They should, however, be used with caution. Instead, choose for the natural sweetness of fresh fruits, which are cooling and refreshing.

Consume less warming foods, such as salty, sour, or pungent foods and beverages. Alcohol (particularly red wine), hot peppers, hot sauce, garlic, chocolate, nightshades (onions and tomatoes), and sour dairy should all be avoided (sour cream, buttermilk, yogurt).

Bitter leafy greens and astringent vegetables are good for Pitta cooling and are easily digested by the increased pitta fire this time of year.

Use fresh cooling herbs like mint and cilantro, as well as cooling spices like fennel, cilantro, coriander, and cardamom.

Make use of your senses.

Cool colours like blues, pastels, white, and even gold are ideal.

To stay cool, use fabrics that are loose, breathable, light, and natural, such as linen, cotton, and hemp.

To stay cool and centred this summer, choose sweet and calming smells like jasmine, rose, honeysuckle, lavender, chamomile, geranium, and ylang-ylang. Rosewater is really refreshing. Rose hydrosol can be used as a toner or pick-me-up by spritzing it over your face, back of your neck, and soles of your feet to rapidly cool down. Bring a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers into your house or office for a lovely scent.

Nature's noises are also invigorating, peaceful, and calming.

Pitta can be soothed by listening to peaceful and soft music, especially stringed instruments like the harp, dulcimer, and flute. Pitta dosha types benefit from ambient music with a relaxing rhythm.

Cooler oil

s, like as coconut and sunflower, can be used for self-massage.

Restore in the nature

Make time to be on or near water, such as the beach, riverbanks, or a lake.

( Avoid being out in the sun while it is at its hottest, which is usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

Hike in the countryside or along nature or forest trails.

Take a leisurely stroll under the cool summer evening sky.

Take a stroll outside under the chilly glow of a nearly full or full moon.

Stay balanced and relaxed by attending a gentle/restorative yoga class 1–2 times per week.

Spend at least a few minutes each day meditating

Seasons of Life

Don't forget about life's seasons.

You can apply these concepts to bringing balance throughout your life's seasons, in addition to balancing during the seasons of the year.

More Kapha-balancing should be introduced during childhood.

During adulthood, keep your Pitta in check.

As you get older, practice Vata-balancing techniques.

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