Are millets mentioned in Ayurvedic writings
Ayurveda means the knowledge of life and is a traditional Indian healing art. In the dark, cool and often wet season, you can stay healthy if you exercise appropriately, eat well and prefer a structured way of life. Especially in winter Kundalini Yoga in combination with Ayurveda and meditations strengthens our immune system.
Ayurveda and food through the seasons
When winter begins, nature retreats into a long slumber phase. You could say that winter is the night of the seasons and autumn is dusk. In May and June we move more during the day and have a different appetite than in hot July or August. During these months we eat little at noon and rest because Pitta, the fire, is too strong. Early winter starts in October and ends just before Christmas. In late winter, the metabolic stimulation is stopped and from the last week of December the body builds up Kapha to protect itself from cold and emaciation and to strengthen the immune system.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) identifies five seasons. In addition to the four seasons known to us, spring, summer, autumn and winter, the Chinese know a transitional season that takes place between the individual seasons. Ayurveda, on the other hand, distinguishes three main cycles -
the Kapha period begins in late February and extends into May, the Pitta period is from June to September, and the Vata period is from October to January.
"Whatever we can do ourselves to improve our own health works better than what others do for us."David Frawley, contemporary American Ayurveda expert
Ayurvedic nutrition in winter
You may find yourself hungrier during the cooler months. The body needs more “fuel” to stay warm and healthy in winter. Therefore, at this time of year, our bodies long for a more nutritious, nutritious diet. The winter diet aims to balance the Kapha and Vata qualities. In winter these can be unbalanced and predominant. As a general rule of thumb, winter meals should be warm, cooked, slightly oily, and richly flavored.
Start the day with a bowl of warm porridge enriched with steamed fruits, almonds, ginger, and cinnamon. Soups and warm lentil dishes (dahl) are ideal for lunch and dinner. Avoid raw, cold, and moist foods, overly oily or processed foods, frozen foods, and even chilled beverages. Enjoy plenty of warm water and herbal tea. Don't eat late at night when your digestive fire is going down. The following foods are particularly fortifying in winter:
Spices like ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, garlic, chilli, turmeric, and nutmeg
Grain like rice, millet, buckwheat and quinoa
legumes like yellow lentils, black beans, or mung beans
vegetables like sweet potatoes, beetroot, beets, pumpkin and carrots
Silent meditation exercise with candlelight
The run-up to Christmas is a very special time of the year. At no other time of the year do candles play such an important role ... The candle flame stands for light and enlightenment and symbolizes the different chakras of the human being, which are opened through meditation and a just life and should shine just like the flame of the candle. In everyday life, the candle stands for a cozy feeling of security. Their soft light has a mood-enhancing effect and conveys a feeling of security.
The practice of Tratakam to increase the ability to concentrate is known. Tratak (Sanskrit: trāṭaka) is an eye cleaning exercise and meditation technique. Through Tratak one would like to achieve the uniqueness of the mind by staring at a dark point, picture, flower or the like. Tratak is one of the six Shatkriyas (cleansing techniques) and is also used in Ayurveda.
One of the most traditional tratakams is looking at a candle flame. When you look at the flame, you should look at the flame and its light without fantasy. Practice the ability to simply see what is. Perceive the radiance of what is. Meditate on the candle light for up to 31 minutes with as little blinking as possible.
Kundalini Yoga in Winter: Instructions for Candle Meditation
1. Choose a quiet environment.
2. Sit in a simple posture and keep yourself warm with a meditation scarf.
3. Position the candle about two meters away
4. The flame should be level with the bridge of the nose.
5. Focus your eyes on the flame and focus on the ring of light around the flame. Concentrate the area just below the hottest tip of the flame where there is a dark spot; at this point light and darkness combine. It is important that the flame is at the level of the bridge of the nose or the point of the eyebrow. This stimulates the frontal lobe and strengthens intuition. Blink as little as possible.
Take a deep breath, close your eyelids and imagine the image of the shining light in front of the third eye.
Trataka meditation from the Library of Teachings
About Dhanvantari - Featured image of Kundalini Yoga in winter: Ayurveda and meditation
Dhanvantari is considered the patron god of Ayurvedic medicine. The god Indra sent Dhanvantri to earth, where he was born the son of a king in Kashi (Varanasi, formerly Benares). Even the oldest Hindu scriptures, the Vedas, mention Dhanvantari, which is associated with herbs and medicine. The Puranas, ancient writings about the gods, describe him as the incarnation of Vishnu. His worship, however, is mainly limited to the south of India, in the north there are no Dhanvantari temples.
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