Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Beat the heat through Ayurveda
Summer Season (Grishma Ritu):
Summer season is called Grishma Ritu. In summer season, our bodies are at the weakest. The sun not only evaporates the moisture from the earth but from our bodies as well. Due to Grishma Ritu, the accumulated fat in the body melts away.
Dosha Involvement in summer
Kapha ( fat and water) decreases day by day and vata (air element) increases consequently thereby causing dryness in the body.
Dietary Advice for Summer:
· Consume sweet, cold, liquid, and unctuous diet and drinks
· Drink plenty of water
· Milk, buttermilk, fresh juices, Tender coconut water
· Watermelon, apple, orange, mosambi, berries, pomegranate, gooseberry are fruits that are advised
· Vegetables (carrot, green bean, cauliflower, tapioca, cilantro leaves, fresh ginger, coconut, mint leaves, onion, cucumber, okra, lemon) should be consumed during summer.
· Grains (oatmeal, rice, wheat, moong dal, green moong, navara rice, basmati rice) are to be consumed by the body for nourishment and hydration.
· Meats of Animals and birds of aired climates
· Sour, salty and spicy, deep fried, heavy food
Life style to be followed:
· Physical exercise should be given up during this season.
· Daytime naps are appropriate in a cooled environment.
· In nighttime you can smear your body with paste made of sandalwood and sleeps on airy rooftop and be cooled by the rays of the moon.
· Sexual intercourse is prohibited although some can enjoy gardens, cold water and flowers.
· In the summer, alcohol is prohibited as it is heating and drying to the body.
· Avoid exposure to sunlight
· Yoga practice in early Summer: cooling asanas such as Bhujangasana, shalabhasana, sarpasana, shavasana and forward bend are recommneded. Breathing execrise such as pranayama- sheetali are cooling for the entire body.
· Mudra: Maha Mudra, anjali mudra, viparita karani mudra, hridaya mudra, Yoni mudra
· Meditation: Yoga nidra