Stay in balance with the seasons
Ayurveda is all about balance- how to know if we have it, how to achieve it and how to keep it. One of the most important things we can do to stay in balance is to keep an eye on the calendar. As the seasons slide from one into another, our body’s needs also slowly change. Ayurveda has come up with a scheme to adjust our diet and lifestyle practices to stay in tune with the changes in nature. Ritucharya, the science of seasonal rhythms, is based on the weather outside the window and the effect that will have on the body’s patterns of health.
To understand the effects of the seasons on our health, and to appreciate the whys and wherefores of the food we ought to eat in each season, we must look at the waxing and waning patterns of the three doshas. After all, the doshas are the supervisors of the body and their moods govern the well being of an individual at all times.
Ritucharya (seasonal programs) is based on an awareness of the climate, not on calendar months or dates. If spring comes early, your program will change to the spring routine a little early, too. For example, if the weather is warming up, we can gradually increase the amounts of cooling foods in our daily meals to compensate.
On the other hand, the routine suggested for the spring season should not be adopted just because it is March, if there is still a nip in the air and the nights are cold enough to make you think about a blanket.
So, one does not switch off one season and switch on the next, overnight. One season blends progressively into the next, merging gracefully into it, and so also should our dietary and living habits slip from one to the other without a hitch.
Do you have any tips for making it through the seasonal shifts? What has worked for you? Leave a comment and we’ll discuss it. Happy Spring (it’s really here).