Wow, the weather here in Perth has sure been changing! What a windy 🌬 few days it has been! This leads us to the topic of seasonal routine in Ayurveda. Do you follow a seasonal routine?
Called Rtucharya in Ayurveda, Ayurveda recommends following a seasonal routine. Classical references describe six ritus, or seasons. The year is divided into two kaalas, based on the northern and southern solstice. It is amazing the depth of seasonal understanding from thousands of years ago!
The six ritus are as follows:
Hemantha and Shishira Ritu are early and late winter.
Vasantha is 🌷 spring.
Grisham is ☀️ summer.
Varsa is the 🌧 rainy season.
Sarat is 🍂 Autumn.
Ayurveda also describers Ritusandhi, which is the time between seasons.
In Australia, we generally follow the four seasons and we are in Autumn 🍂 at the moment. From an Ayurvedic perspective, Autumn would be a combination of Sarat and Hemantha. The qualities of Vata are increasing and more dryness, roughness, cold and mobility increase with the season. With these changes, we should make subtle alterations to our routine and eating habits to encourage an easy seasonal transition.
It is particularly important to establish a routine to maintain balance of the Doshas, particularly in Autumn. Moist, nourishing and grounding foods are recommended 🥣. Warming spices, and cooked foods will help aid the digestive fire, Agni, and keep the digestive system regular.
It is important to refrain ❌ from eating raw, cold and light food, as they will further aggravate the already heightened state of Vata.
✔️ Avoid the cold temperatures and wind. Keep active with daily exercise.
Ayurvedic Herbs and formulations recommended at this time are Chyavanprash, Ashwagandha and Triphala. These will all encourage optimal digestion.
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Happy Autumn 🍂