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A Change of Season… Ayurvedic Perspective.

March 7, 2011
On the Indian continent, where Ayurveda first originated around 3000 B.C. and is still practiced today, they experience six seasons each roughly two months long. Here in the south of Africa, when the earth moves its tilt (Ayana) from north to south, we experience Autumn (Sharada). In the month of March, though its rays do increase, the sun begins to decrease its intensity on the earth and the moon energy becomes stronger, giving rise to the colder seasons. 

According to Ayurveda, the Doshas of the body and the seasons are related. Our health is affected by the qualities of the climate in which we live. There are various environmental factors like temperature, humidity, wind, rain, clouds, atmospheric pressure and sunlight etc. that affect our health. For example, with the sudden change of the sun-rays becoming longer, this aggravates the fire element (Pitta), accumulated during the summer months. This is also known as Prakopa and may bring on symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

Ritucharya is the Seasonal Regime practiced by yogis and citizens alike. This creates balance in the body due to a changing external environment. With this ancient knowledge, we too can live in accordance with our environment today. Since the holidays are upon us, take time to follow these practical suggestions for a happy and healthy life:

  • Organic Milk & Ghee (Clarified Butter) is best, as it pacifies Pitta. Why not try 2 tea spoons of Ghee & pinch Turmeric in warm milk, in the place of dinner or breakfast.
  • Sweet, whole & light foods like dried Dates calms Pitta Prakopa. They also strengthen the Liver therefore assisting in calming chills & fevers associated with diarrhea and vomiting episodes.
  • Moderate, heavy textures like Barley & Rice in the form of Kichadi (India Rice and Dhal preparation) are good, as well as Wheat to cool a Pitta disposition.
  • Enjoy water energized by the sun & full moon-light, as it purifies the body! I found putting it in a Blue Glass Bottle (for its cooling properties) for 24hrs really does the trick.
  • Avoid too much sun exposure and the extremes of frost, cold & humidity as the season changes.

Finally, rest during the season change is important, as dis-ease tends to increase. To implement these trips, have a Prakruit (Diet & Lifestyle) Assessment or attend an Ayurvedic Cooking Course, where these fundamentals & recipes can be discussed more intimately.
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Claire Stephenson has been a Wellness Consultant for the past thirteen years! As well as Yoga & Ayurveda, she is also a qualified Reflexologist, Aromatherapist & Facial Therapist. She now facilitates Ayurvedic Cooking Courses as well as Diet & Lifestyle Assessments. Cell: 082 338 8001 | claritystephenson@gmail.com | http://clairestephenson@blogspot.com

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