photo by Ben Capano
General winter guidelines/routines:
- Include warm gentle oil massage in your morning routine.
- Use humidifiers in your home.
- Wear bright colors!
- Involve yourself in activities that bring you joy.
- Favor warm foods and drinks.
- Keep your neck & head warm.
- Exercise more (as always check with your doctor first).
- Meditate at least 20 – 30 minutes per day (start with increments & work your way up).
Want to learn more about which routines/guidelines that would work best for you? Please call or write for an Initial Consultation!
Spring time is when nature starts to melt, move, and grow.
Here’s a Kapha tea that may help with clearing away congestion and flush out ama (toxins):
1 tsp. of cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. of coriander seeds
1 cinnamon stick
8 fresh basil leaves
Add a splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice & a little raw honey to taste in your cup!
Place the ingredients in a medium saucepan with about 4 c. of filtered water. Bring the water to boil for 5 -10 minutes, and then steep for 5 minutes. Strain into a tea pot or thermos. It is beneficial to sip warm teas throughout the day during this spring transition!
Adapted from Eat,Taste,Heal.
And Pitta Season!
Elements: composed of fire and water
Meaning: “that which digests things”
Qualities: oily, sharp, moving, liquid, penetrating, hot, light, and acidic
General tips to help pacify Pitta during the Summer season:
- Avoid stimulants and acidic foods; follow a pitta-pacifying diet.
- Include walks in nature, time for self-reflection and meditation as part of your daily routine.
- Keep the body & mind cool – avoid overheating.
- Exercise in a manner that is not too competitive or overexercise.
- Work on keeping your schedule within your healthy, natural limits.
Here’s a wonderful Pitta pacifying drink:
REJUVENATING MANGO DRINK
• 1 cup mango juice
• 1 tsp ghee
• pinch of cardamom
• pinch of saffron
Blend these ingredients together and enjoy!
This drink will bring energy and vitality to your entire being!
Elements of Vata: Air & Ether
Gunas (qualities): cold, dry, rough, subtle, active
Meaning: “that which moves things”
General tips to help pacify Vata during the Fall season:
- Establish solid daily routines including regular meals, exercise, meditation, and plenty of rest.
- Avoid erratic schedules, stimulants, cold & dry conditions, minimize sensory stimulation, and travel.
- Daily oil massage with sesame or almond oil.
- Use warming spices to improve digestion.
- Favor foods with sweet, sour, and salty tastes.
- Avoid eating when anxious or nervous.