We usually think of the seasons as spring, summer, fall and winter. In Ayurveda the seasons are divided into the 3 main doshas, Pitta, Vata and Kapha. Because during each season or period one dosha is more active than the others. Late fall and early winter is considered as Vata season; cold, dry, light, clear, and moving. The more we go into winter the more the Kapha season starts to show up; cold, wet, damp and heavy.
Luckily for us, Ayurveda has some tools in its box to help us thrive through this season:
- Get up… – preferably before 6.00 am.
- …and move – Even though it is cold, dark and wet outside, it is important that you get moving regularly and preferably sweaty. Go for a walk, do some yoga, go to the gym. Whatever makes you happy. Mornings are the best time to boost your circulation and metabolism with exercise.
- Commit to a routine – It is a good time to start with a daily routine and maintain it as consistent as possible; this will help to keep your natural cycles and sleeping patterns in balance. Tongue scraping, neti pot and nasya oil are good morning routines to start with and on top they help to avoid the seasonal allergies.
- Get oili – Perform once or twice a week a self – abhyanga, self-massage, with a good quality sesame oil.
- Stay warm – Drink warm beverages, especially warm water during the day. It activates the metabolism, helps with the circulation and keeps you warm from the inside out.
- Take a little time to relax – If you haven’t yet, start your meditation practice. It will help you to stay grounded and it helps definitely to get a good night sleep.
- Spice it up – Drink warm almond milk with turmeric, ginger, cardamom, pepper and cinnamon (Golden Milk)
Take good care of yourself and stay warm! Love, Céline
Golden milk is the THE ayurvedic drink. It can help your digestion, circulation, keeps you warm and makes you happy. Real magic! You can either drink it in the morning, instead of coffee, in the afternoon as a “pick me up” drink or before bed as a late evening treat.
Time: 10-15 minutes
Quantity: 1 cup
What you need:
- 250 ml almond milk (plus 60 ml water to simmer)
- 3 cardamom seeds, cracked (or grounded cardamom)
- ½ tsp grounded turmeric
- 2,5 cm fresh ginger
- ½ tsp grounded cinnamon
- ¼ tsp grounded black pepper
- Some jaggery or maple syrup to sweeten
How to prepare:
- Place the milk in a pot and add the water.
- Add all the spices and let it gently simmer for about 10 to 15 min.
- If needed, add some more water or milk
- Styr the sweetener to taste
- Serve hot with some cinnamon on top.
“Ayurveda is about the delicate harmony of our mind, body and spirit, and tuning into the natural ebb and flow of nature and our own true nature.” – Jasmine Hemsley
Take a deep breath, close your eyes and listen to the stillness. Its winter, baby! It has been here for a couple of weeks now and will stay with us for a couple of more weeks. It is dark, cold and wet. But it is also romantic, cozy and calm. It is the perfect time to tune in and take care of yourself. First, I will tell you about my morning routine, then some well-being tips for this winter time and about the best food during this cold and dark times and then we tune in into some detox tips. So, stay with me!
Set the tone for your day with your morning routine. Especially in winter, when it can be difficult to get out of bed, it
is important to have a set routine, which makes it easier for you. Dinacharya is the Ayurvedic daily routine. It
corresponds to a series of self-care rituals to be performed at specific times of the day. It provides us with a ready-made structure as well as support. Let me walk you through my morningdinacharya:
- Get up before sunrise – In winter this is pretty easy as the suns get up so late. But I anyway try to get up before 06.00. As the body is still in the Vata time zone until 06.00 am, which makes it easier for the body to get up. You will feel more energized and refreshed.
- Mouth cleansing – right after getting up I tongue scrape and brush my teeth.
- Inner shower for the body – I drink 2 to 4 glasses of warm water. It is like an inner body shower and the digestive tract gets activated.
- Neti Pot – I use a Jala Neti Pot to cleanse my nostrils and get rid of the mucus which was build up during the
- Body cleanse – Before I take a shower I do a quick body brush all over my body using a natural brush. It boosts the blood circulation, the lymphatic system and soothes the skin before I take a shower. During showering I pull some sesame oil in my mouth to get rid of Ama, the build-up toxins and bacteria the body has released during sleep.
- Hydrate the skin – I usually use some sort of body oil. Now, during winter I reach for sesame oil or sea buckthorn oil. When its warmer I go with coconut oil or jojoba oil.
- Meditation/gentle stretches – When all of the above its done, I take some time to sit, breath, listen and be. I usually mediate between 10 and 30 minutes in the morning followed by some gentle stretches end bends.
- Breakfast time – Now, I am ready for breakfast if I am not intermitting fasting. If I do eat breakfast it is something warm, like a cinnamon flavored oat porridge.
This is it! This is my very own and personal morning routine. It is by far not complete or perfect, but it makes it easier for me to get up and start a fresh, new, happy and energized day.
Enjoy your mornings and let me know how it goes with your routine.