Ayurvedic Tips for the Month of February.

Updated: Feb 1

Nature is our guide in Ayurveda. We look at how nature changes with the daily and seasonal weather patterns, daylight, and nighttime to see how we can best support ourselves physically and mentally/ emotionally to stay in good health.


Ayurveda believes our disconnect from nature causes diseases and imbalances in ourselves.


Our lives and environments are ever-changing and to keep yourself in balance it helps to look at the seasonal changes to know how to adapt.


Read all about the month of February to stay in good health!


P.S. This blog is based on Ontario, Canada weather.


Read here how home-cooking can benefit your health.


February marks the time of year when we are moving towards the warmer months. How exciting! For the last six months our bodies have prepared themselves for cold weather, we have insulated our bodies with warm and heavier foods to withstand the cold winter. Now it is time to start shedding this insulation!


Even though the weather can still be cold and we can see heavy snowfall, we should be starting to prepare our bodies for spring and summertime. By now your body (and mind) might feel heavy and sluggish and you might find it challenging to get off the couch. This is exactly why it is time to change our diets and lifestyle towards a lighter and more active one.


Let's look at what we can do.

"February marks the time of year when we are moving towards the warmer months. How exciting!"

The Weather


In February we see temperatures rising slowly and more sunshine! The sun is rising earlier and setting later. More sunshine betters our mood and we naturally want to start moving more.


Our bodies start their cleansing process naturally at this time of year. We might notice a loss of appetite. This is normal and supports the natural processes of shedding our winter fur :) We can support our liver, gall bladder, and lymph by eating more bitter and sour foods. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and vinegar are recommended to add to your diet at this time of year to increase appetite and to naturally support the liver and gallbladder.


February is the start of more moisture in the air. This is great news for the dry Vatas! The quality of snow is also wetter around this time of year.

"The sun is rising earlier and setting later. More sunshine betters our mood and we naturally want to start moving more."

The Three Doshas in February


Vata

Vata will be happy with more moisture in the air. Dryness is one of their main challenges and they might feel they are at the height of this! Staying hydrated and oiling up daily is still an essential practice for vata at this time of year.


Vatas can start to look forward to the warmer months and enjoy the warmth of the sun on their face when they are outside. Vatas are still okay with the heavier winter foods and can add a little more spice to their meals. Ginger, black pepper, garlic, and even some cayenne are great to keep vata warm.


Vatas generally do not have a lot of fat tissue, so they have to worry less about a congested liver or clogged gall bladder. Their bodies will naturally cleanse enough at this time of year.


Vatas might feel cabin fever and want to get out and start new things. They need to retain their energy well and keep their battery full. Grounding practices like yin yoga, yoga Nidra, and slow walks are great for vata at this time of year.




Pitta

February can be hard on the liver. After eating a heavier diet for several months the liver might feel congested and stagnant. This can be aggravating for the hot pittas and they might feel emo