Hemant And Shishir Ritu for wintercharya: Ayurveda Lifestyle Regime in Winter Season

 Hemant and Shishir Ritucharya  for winter 

Ayurveda Lifestyle Regime in Winter Season
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According to seasons, the rules of lifestyle are prescribed in Ayurveda texts - Samhita to stay healthy. It is described in Ayurveda codes that a person who adopts a suitable diet according to the seasons and stays away from adverse things, strength increase in his body by all means.

According to the movements of the Sun and the Moon, a year is divided into six seasons in India. The cold season- WINTER is generally experienced in the Hemant and Shishir Ritu.

The environment during Hemant Ritu:

We can call the Hemant Ritu -the arrival season of winter or can call  "Pre-Winter Phase". During the festival of Diwali, signs of the arrival of Hemant Ritu start appearing in the environment. According to the Indian calendar, the month of Magashirsha and Posh is called Hemant Ritu. According to the English calendar of this month, we can say that the month of November and December will be of Hemant season. During this time, the movement of the Sun is towards Dakshinayan. During this time, the duration of the night is long and the days are short. This time in Ayurveda is called ‘Visarga Kal’. At this time, the force of the Moon is more and the strength of the Sun remains weak. At night, dew also starts pouring from the moon in the atmosphere.

The environment during Shishir Ritu:

Shishir Ritu is the coldest season in India. The time period of the peak season is considered as the month of January - February or the month of Phalgun and Maah. During this time the air becomes dry, dryness is felt in the atmosphere as well on the body too. The speed of the sun is towards the Uttar Disha. This is the predominant season of Agni Gun (qualities). During the peak season, the strength of the moon decreases, and the force of the sun gradually increases, which increases at the highest till the arrival of the summer season. In Ayurveda, this season is called the time of ‘Aadaan Kaal’.

Hemant and Shishir Ritu are the main seasons for making the body strong enough. It is said that if the strength of the body and the Immunity power is properly developed in this season, then the whole year will be healthy in all aspects.

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Why We feel more Hungry in Winter?

During the winter season, due to external cold, the tiny holes of our skin get tightened, and almost closed. This is why we also reduce sweating. Due to the closure of the pores of the skin, the internal heat of the body is not able to go out through the skin. It is a natural mechanism of the body to keep its body warm. The temperature of the body is maintained by this way.Vat dosha increases in our body during this season. Our digestive fire in the stomach is ignited in a strong way due to the increased Vat dosha. For this reason, the body is capable to digest the food easily. Therefore, one feels hungrier. If this kindled fire gets less fuel in the form of food, then this powerful fire can also destroy the Dhatu of the body. That is why it is considered beneficial to eat heavy and nutritious and powerful dishes during digestion in this season. 

Hemant and Shirir Ritucharya:

Let us now see what will be beneficial in form of diet and lifestyle during the winter season:

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Food & Diet in Hemat and Shishir Ritu:

  • During this season, the nights are longer and the days are short, so it is important to wake up in the morning and take nutritious and powerful food supplements. If the food is not taken properly, the accumulated heat in the body can lead to adverse results on the Dhatus (body elements) of the body and may lead to Vata Dosha disorders.
  • During Winter, the drinking water should be heated and drunk. Our digestive fire can be cooled down by cold water resulting in indigestion. Consumption of water containing dry ginger or basil will be healthy in this season.
  • One should not keep fast during this season. One should not stay hungry for a long time too.
  • Food with Sweet and sour taste, delicious and nutritious supplements should be taken. Dry, un-fresh, bitter and astringent flavored food should not be taken.
  • Take fruits like dates, amla, sugarcane, banana, guava, coconut etc. This season we can get gooseberry very fresh and good in quality. The consumption of gooseberry, chyawanprash or amla in any form of food is considered good for body.
  • During winter, eat plenty of carrots, Pudina, Spinach, Brinjel, Peas, Cauliflower and all kind of fresh green vegetables. Making soup with fresh vegetables and hot spices will be delicious choice and proven to be healthy too.
  • Use Dry ginger, black pepper, garlic, fresh turmeric, ginger, fenugreek, mint, lemon and hot spices in cooking frequently.
  • Nutritious laddoos made from cow ghee, gaund, and jagerry is powerful source of Nutrients. Dishes like chikki and laddu of sesame-peanut will help giving energy to the body.
  • Drink milk, milk malai, cow ghee, rabri, butter, Mishri, honey, panchamrit etc. on regular base is very essential in winter.
  • Eating dry fruits like peanuts, sesame, almonds, walnuts, figs, zardalu, dry grapes, saffron is very healthy for the body.
  • Dishes made from wheat, millet, urad dal, rice, gram, maize should be taken.
  • Those who eat meat can take it according to the digestive power in the season. Even non-veg soup will be more beneficial too.
  • In the winter, it is said to consume alcohol in less quantity. It is not for intoxication. But it is proven that small quantity and proper intake method of alcohol consumption will be helpful for health during winter.

Vihar in Hemant and Shishir Ritu:

  • During winter, Vata dosha gets aggravated and Kapha dosh gets accumulated in the body.
  • In this season, the oil massage should be done every day to make the body strong and get lustrous skin. While massaging, the oil should be heated mildly and then applied thoroughly. By heating the oil, it can enter the skin easily.
  • To Massage oil of sesame, olive or mustard can be beneficial.
  • As dry wood stick turns lustrous and lives after the application of oil, likewise massaging the oil makes our body strong, and skin becomes shiny and healthy. You can take a steam bath after an oil massage. Also, exercise and exercise.
  • Performing varied workouts, fast walks, running, cycling, playing a variety of sports such as kabaddi - wrestling - cricket - tennis provides great stamina in this season.
  • Practicing Surya Namaskar, various yogasanas, and pranayama is beneficial for the body during winter.
  • Sunbath, sun salutations, taking sun rays on the body will remove the cold and the body will become energized.
  • Use lukewarm water for bathing. Do not put too much hot water on your head. Taking a bath in the morning is necessary for the body's elation even when it is cold.
  • Many people do not get up early in the morning due to extreme cold conditions. But this is the wrong thing. It is necessary to get up early in the morning for good health.
  • Aagru or Guggul should be sung at home. On inhaling sunlight from the nose, the same tubes will remain healthy by releasing phlegm.
  • Dhoopan of Aagru or Guggul should be done at home. On inhaling dhoop from the nose, the respiratory tract will remain healthy by releasing phlegm.
  • In this season, one should not sleep much during the day. And sleep early in the night.
  • Tolerating extreme cold, walking in cold air is not beneficial for health.
  • Warm and woolen clothes should be worn during this season to avoid cold. One should not go to the open air during the day. Sleeping in a warm room at night and sitting near the bonfire is beneficial.

Master Stroke

"We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives."– Gary Zukha

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