Ayurvedic Early Winter Tips
In Ayurveda they celebrate 6 seasons in India. The early winter season is the Hemant Ritu season. In India those dates range from Oct. 23rd-Dec. 22nd. Those dates might be different for you depending on your climate where you live.
For myself in Minnesota, we are currently in the early winter season. The above dates do make sense most years for our colder climate state. For those who live in Texas for example your dates might be slightly later.
Vasanat Ritu (Spring)- Feb. 18th-April 20th
Grishma Ritu (Summer)- April 20th-June 21st
Varsha Ritu (Monsoon season)- June 21st- Aug. 23rd
Sharad Ritu (Autumn)- Aug. 23rd-Oct. 23rd
Hemant Ritu (Early Winter)- Oct. 23rd-Dec. 22nd
Shita Ritu (Late Winter)- Dec. 22nd- Feb. 19th
Sample Daily Menu
The doshas occurring here are the accumulation of kapha, the pacification of pitta and vata is also rising.
The tastes of early winter
The foods that are mentioned in the Astanga Hrdayam to be enjoyed at this season are the following:
- Meat soups
- Alcoholic drinks made from jaggery and rice powder (looking for sour & astringent tastes)
- Soups with ghee
- Fresh butter
These foods can be eaten at this season as the digestion tends to be stronger in the winter months.
Modern Day Menu
- Baked Oatmeal
- Regular Oatmeal
- Roasted rice with dates & cardamom
- Red Lentil Dal
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Sweet potato, kale and black bean bowl
- Soups of many and any variety
- Bone Broth
- Cooked Veggies
Seasonal Taste By Dosha to adjust for Early Winter
- Salty, Bitter, Moderate sour, Warm & Unctuous
- Bitter, Astringent, Moderate Pungent, Warm and moderate unctuous
- Pungent, Astringent, Bitter, Warm moderate unctuous
Seasonal Living Collective
I wanted to create this program to help women become more confident in listening to our intuition by using tools that have been at our disposal for centuries. In recent years we’ve forgotten our connection to the powers that lie deep in our bones and I want to help you awaken to your powers once again.