Winter & Self-Care
Winter & Self-Care
A seasonal practice
To integrate Ayurveda in your yoga practice (Sadhana) try simple seasonal rituals that help balance our internal response to the external environment. In winter, a warm chai can help promote digestion, warm-up the body systems and move lymph, resulting in the conservation of heat for a longer period of time. The same can be applied with food. If you studied with us in the past, you know we place strong emphasis on nutrition, especially individual nutrition, tailored to your body´s needs, metabolism and your state of mind.
In Winter we of course get cold, so a way to warm ourselves up, is by consuming warm foods and drinks. For now we want to leave you with a chai that is part of the winter menu and graces the kitchen on most mornings!
Winter Ayurvedic Chai with home-made Hemp Milk
Ingredients: Fresh ginger & turmeric, black pepper, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise and 2 cups of water.
Preparation: Use a mortar and pestle to grind them all except the ginger and turmeric. Put 2 cups of water into a boil and add the spices and grated ginger.
In the meantime, start preparing your hemp milk:
Ingredients: 4 tbs. of hemp seeds, 1 litre of water, 1 tsp. of vanilla essence and ½ tsp. of sea salt.
Preparation: Mix it all in a blender and then add the hemp milk to your chai.
Again, let the chai boil again this time with the hemp milk in it.
Sesame Oil for your skin
Skin oleation does exactly the same thing but from the outside in. In Ayurveda is called Abhyanga. Before your shower, apply warm sesame oil to your skin and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Shower after with just water or light soap, so you allow the skin to retain part of the oil. This is another Ayurvedic practice that will make your winter experience much more enjoyable.
Stay warm and cosy!