Winter Health (“vata” time of year)

December 23, 2011 By: Patricia Tedeschi Category: Conscious Livelihood, Mind Body Spirit, Uncategorized

 

As well as experiencing dryer skin in this “Vata” time of year, do you find yourself more anxious, flighty and spacey?  It is probably more than “the Holidays.”  Your Vata dosha is more than likely out of balance, which merely means nature is delivering an abundance of vata like qualities in the form of cooler temperatures, and blustery winds.  This can tip us a bit over the edge emotionally and physically.

You don’t need to feel blown away by vata’s high season.  Choose nurturing lifestyle choices which will help keep you grounded.

Stick to a daily routine which includes a good amount of downtime.  Your skin also appreciates a regular routine with cleansing, moisturizing and exfoliating on a regular basis with simple, clean, effective products a must.

Prepare warm, moist foods.  Salty, sour and sweet tastes calm vata.  Caffeine-free teas are a good choice-nothing better on a cold day than holding a warm cup of tea in one hand and a good book in the other.

Engage in moderate, consistent exercise.  If you practice yoga, standing poses like Warrior ll build and sustain stability.  Restorative poses held for a longer period of time (Yin) encourage relaxation if you are over stimulated or fatigued.

A full body massage (abhyanga) several times a week (try Better Botanicals Hydrating Body Oil) protects and nourishes the skin.

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