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Hemant Ritucharya- An Ayurvedic Guide To Holistic Winter Routine


Vd. Shweta Labde


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ऋतुविशेषवशाच्च आहारविहारसेवानप्रतिपादनार्थं ऋतुचर्याया: ।

The Six Season Of Ayurveda

It is a heavy winter morning in early December. The grey skies and soft cold wind caressing your cheek are a welcome break from the sultry summer days. The sweet smell of Jasmine brings back some of your favourite childhood memories. You are tempted to snuggle up in your favourite blanket with a good book and a warm, soothing cup of tea. The dewy season encourages you to take a beat from your chaotic life, to let your body relax and adjust to the changing season, and your mind to absorb the tranquil vibes.

Ayurveda categorises the entire year into 2 periods or Kaalas; Adana and Visarga Kaal, and 6 seasons which last approximately for two months each. The Adana Kaal comprises of three main seasons-

Grishma (summer season)
Vasant (spring season)
Shishira (late winter season)

The Visarga Kaal consists of the remaining three seasons-

Varsha (rainy season)
Sharad (autumn season)
Hemant (early winter season)

Hemant Ritu is the onset of winter in India and it brings with it some significant changes in the environment and our health. Our Vata Dosha and Agni or digestive strength and physical strength are at its peak during this season. Which is why it is of the utmost importance to follow a mindful and balanced seasonal lifestyle of Ritucharya.

Winter Ayurvedic Rituals To Nurture & Rejuvenate- Diet & Skincare Tips

As you take a deep breath, let the cold air flow through your body, cleansing you of all the negativity and filling your soul with a calm and positive energy. It is time to revive and rejuvenate your body for the new year with some easy tips that can easily be imbibed into your daily winter routine.

  1. Early To Bed Early To Rise- The cold season often invites lethargy which can have an adverse effect on your body. The best way to keep yourself active is to rise with the sun and let the soft sunrays nourish your body with their warmth. Start your mornings with a steaming cup of Shanti Charya Kadha and yogasana to promote blood circulation.
  2. Abhyanga & Shiro Abhyanga- Our skin and hair tend to take on a dull quality during the winter season. There is dryness in the air which takes away the smooth, supple and glowing quality of your skin. Therefore, it is recommended in Ayurveda to undergo Abhyanga or hot oil massage with Charya Sampurna Combo that contains some of the most beneficial herbs such as Keshar, Anantmool, Shatavari,etc.
  3. Nourish Your Body With Seasonal Foods- Agni is at its strongest during Hemant Ritu, which tends to make you feel hungrier than usual. Make sure to incorporate rich and heavy foods in your winter diet such as pulses, grains, soups, dry fruits and spices and spices like pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric or clove.
  4. Add Enough Ghee To Your Diet- Ghee is a fantastic source of healthy fats and omega 3 fatty acids, which helps to keep you warm and provide energy during the cold season. The richness of ghee adds a sense of satisfaction to meals, and contributes to maintaining and nourishing your health.

By adhering to the principles and mindful practices of Hemant Ritucharya, you invite balance and vitality into your winter routine. Embrace the wisdom of Ayurveda, and let the serenity of the season guide you towards wellness.

Vd. Shweta Labde

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