Winter Ritucharya (Winter Daily Routines) 

January 9, 2016

Winter Ritucharya (Winter Daily Routines) 

The news is reporting that as of this morning, there is snow on the ground in 49 of the 50 states! Only Florida is snow free (yes, even Hawaii has snow on top of Mauna Kea).   It reminds me that it is time to discuss our Winter Ritucharya (winter daily routines).

 In the winter the Heaviness of Kapha (earth-water) increases;  as well as the cool dryness of Vata (air-space).    In winter, people are more prone to digestive problems, sinus problems (I have been having a sinus headache for a couple days now), colds, flu, aches and pains (especially in the joints), anxiety, sleep difficulty, and low enthusiasm.  

It is recommended to eat warm easy to digest foods.  Make sure foods are cooked well so that they are soft and digested easily.  Minimize the consumption of uncooked and raw foods this season; and if you must eat raw foods, have them chopped very well, or blended in smoothies.    It is a good idea in the winter to combine leafy vegetables with stem vegetables (such as asparagus and squash) to help balance Kapha and Vata.  Cook flowery vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower) with root vegetables (such as carrots and beets).  

As a Reiki practitioner, I am now very aware of the energy that surrounds everything around us.  Try to cook your meals with your own loving hands, with the intention of infusing your foods with love and energy.   Share this meal with someone to energize them with your love and energy– peace, patience, and light.  It will energize those things within you as well.  

Avoid cold drinks.  Hot water or HERBAL teas should be sipped throughout the day.  

To help with sleep, try 8 ounces of tart cherry juice (2 ounces concentrated diluted) about an hour before bedtime or golden milk.  Do Abhyanga (self-oil massage before your evening bath) using sesame oil infused with rosemary essential oil (100 ml sesame oil with 20 drops rosemary essential oil).  Sesame and rosemary are heating.  Shower or bathe as usual AFTER your massage.  Your skin will take what it needs, and the water will wash the excess away. 

Alternate nostril breathing can also be helpful.

If you would like more details on Abhyanga, alternate nostril breathing,  an Ayurveda  Nutritional Consultation, Reiki, Chakra balancing, or stress reduction, email me here at (for an appointment). 

References: Marballi, N. (2015).  Winter Season Ayurvdic Suggestions from Dr. Naina.  Retrieved from

William Adriance