Winter is here, but worry not, we have an Ayurvedic winter routine that will have you bouncing out of bed ready to face your day full of the joys of spring.
One of the core beliefs of Ayurveda is that our bodily constitution mirrors each season of the year. Meaning our bodies have the intelligence to adapt itself to the local climate as we enter a new time of the year. So in order to continue in good health, it is essential that we switch to a more seasonally sensitive routine to maintain our overall balance.
Ayurvedic Winter Routine
Even if you’ve only got 10 minutes!
10. Scalp and foot massage before bedtime
It is ideal to sleep between 10 to 11 at night, but before going to bed gently massage your scalp and feet with sesame oil. This will soothe your body and mind, and we all no that the best mornings start with a great nights sleep.
9. Sleep more & wake up slightly later (and don’t feel guilty about it!)
Instead of waking up very early like you tend to in the summer, winter is the time to enjoy some sweet sleep and wake up slightly later.
In the winter the sun rises later, so if you’re following an Ayurvedic winter routine you can let your body sleep longer so that it aligns with the sun and gets more time to repair itself.
8. Scrape your tongue every morning
Scrape your tongue every morning to remove ama from your mouth. This is the nasty biofilm which covers your tongue and contributes to those noxious mouth gases.
Toxins from your food travel through your digestive tract overnight, but we’ve found that daily use of a copper tongue scraper, using a back to front gentle scraping motions, removes that nasty gunk easily.
7. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is a great way to clean & whiten your teeth naturally and that is why it is a vital part of a daily Ayurveda winter routine. Swish a tablespoon of sesame or organic coconut oil in your mouth for 10 minutes and spit it out.
I like to do this is the shower, swishing and pulling while cleansing. This is one technique to detoxify and improve your dental health. And if you make a habit of doing it when you shower, then you’ll never forget!
Don’t forget to dispose of the oil in the bin though, as you don’t want it to thicken and clog up your drains.
6. Massage with oils from head to toe
Show yourself some love by doing a full body self-massage with warm sesame oil. This will wake up your body, improve circulation, moisturize your skin and help you get rid of toxins.
We created the Ayurvedic tridoshic oil for those who want their oil to not only hydrate, but also do the body good from the inside out. I use it every day and I love it.
5. Shower with hot water
A hot shower is good for washing off any excess oil after you’ve indulged yourself in some massage. While it relaxes tension in your body and relieves stiff muscles, you’ll also find the steam will also clear your nasal passages and alleviate congestion.
4. Move your body
Exercise becomes hard during winter because our motivation drops and we want to avoid going outdoors in the rain, sleet and snow.
A gentle yoga workout indoors is ideal for winter – especially with YouTube at your fingertips, so their really is no excuse for not working out in the winter. Below we’ve shared with you one of our fave morning yoga routines.
Not into the video thing? Cool!
Activate all your energy channels by starting with a couple of sun salutations followed by alternate nostril breathing or nadi shodha pranayama. Make this yoga session a part of your Ayurvedic winter routine and you’ll feel more awake each morning!
3. Drink warm fluids throughout the day
After your exercise drink a glass of warm lemon water. Squeeze a half or full lemon (depending on your preference) into a cup of warm water and get into the habit of making this the first drink of the day every morning.
Lemon tea is alkaline and contains fiber, and will stimulate your agni (digestive fire) and make digestion easy. It’s also really important to make sure you stay hydrated by sipping on water throughout the day, so we recommend investing in a good quality water bottle.
Herbs are the best gifts of nature for increasing your immunity and energy. You can either brew them in your tea or sprinkle them over your food. Drinking ginger tea daily will keep your body warm and boost your immunity. Tulsi, cardamom, turmeric, liquorice, black pepper and ginger are some of the best herbs for this season.
1. Eat a winter-aligned diet
During winter our agni (digestive fire) becomes more powerful. We are able to eat and digest heavier and bigger quantities of food. Start your day with a warm hearty breakfast made with grains such as brown rice, amaranth, oats, barley and rye.
Stick to an Ayurvedic winter routine by eating freshly made warm cooked meals with root vegetables such as onion, potato, garlic, turnips, beets, radishes and carrots. Steamed veggies, soups and whole grain breads work well for lunch and dinner.
No Ayurvedic winter routine would be complete without some ghee from cow’s milk (it keeps your body warm), so make sure you’re adding a little to your dishes, alongside spices like ginger, cayenne pepper and black pepper.
All of us have our own unique routines for every season, and each season has an important role in our lives – even if we do have our favourites.
Aligning your daily habits to the current season is the most natural way to live, which is what makes this simple Ayurvedic winter routine so effective.
So if you’re ready to ground yourself and nourish your body for this cold and quiet time then we hope you’ll find it helpful. If you did? We’d love it if you shared it on Facebook or pinned it to Pinterest.
Not winter yet? You can still totally follow an Ayurveda morning routine.
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