My secret weapon for Winter besides eating well, staying active and practicing meditation is Ayurvedic Medicine. What is Ayurveda? It’s one of the world’s oldest holistic (whole-body) medical systems that originated in India. It’s based on a belief that true health depends on a balance between mind, body and spirit and that everything in the universe is connected.
It consists of special diets, herbs, massage and other health practices. It can be complimentary to Western medicine or used solely if you work with a trained practitioner.
In Ayurveda, our bodies have a make-up and can be categorized into three life forces or doshas. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. You can do more research on your own if you’re interested in what dosha fits you.
I’m Vata, which is known as the most powerful dosha and it controls things like blood flow, your mind, breathing, heart function and intestinal function. People who are Vata are usually thin and light in frame, agile, light sleepers, prone to digestive issues, have dry skin and hair, have cold hands/feet, are always on the go and are creative. Vata types are more prone to anxiety, skin problems, arthritis, asthma and nervous system disorders.
Ayurveda says we must always strive to have balance, especially where our dosha is concerned. In Vata people, to stay balanced we are to slow down, meditate often, get to bed at a decent hour and eat frequently. We should also always dress appropriately for the weather since we have a tendency to get cold easily, which throws us out of balance.
Self-massage with sesame or almond oil is suggested before getting into the shower along with dry brushing towards your heart. Starting your day with warm lemon water is also a ritual. Yoga, walking and hiking is also great for Vata types since it doesn’t require that you over exert yourself.
These are all things that I incorporate more into my routine when Winter approaches since the colder temperature and rush of the holidays usually causes my body to become more imbalanced.
Are you interested in what dosha you are? Do some research and see! Let me know what you think.