Ayurveda has elaborately explained about specific regimen to be followed in different seasons. It is based on the variation of weather affecting the physiological processes of the body. Ayurveda believes that the external atmosphere (weather) has direct impact on our internal atmosphere (health).
Recently, we discussed in detail about Ritucharya – Ayurvedic seasonal regimen, in my other website about learning Ayurveda. (If you are interested in learning Ayurveda, please visit the site and subscribe to the website in the right column.)
Ancient Ayurveda has explained seasonal regimen by dividing the year into two months.
But the climate has changed a lot since then, and different parts have different climatic conditions. In this view, the following assumptions can be made to suit ancient sayings to current time and place.
1. Hemantha Ritu – This season can be compared to first half of winter. This is a milder form of winter, or early winter, whichever may be your place.
2. Shishira Ritu – This season can be compared to second half of the winter, when the temperature dips further.
3. Vasantha Ritu – This can be compared to the season between winter and Summer.
4. Greeshma Ritu – Summer season
5. Varsha Ritu – Rainy season
6. Sharath Ritu – Autumn season
Based on climate, the prescribed Ritucharya can be continued for a longer period of time.
Having said that, care should be taken to hit the right balance. For example, during winter (Shishira) one is advised to exercise for a longer period of time. As per the text book, this advice is valid only for two months. But in countries with long winters, exercise can be continued as long as winter lasts, but it should be coupled with oil massage and hot water bath to avoid increase of Vata. (over exercise increases Vata.)
We have previously discussed about advice for people living in cold climate.
For people living in higher temperature countries, like Gulf, they have to follow more of Pitta balancing diet and activities. Because excessive Sun exposure and high temperature tends to increase Pitta.
The advice given in Ancient Ayurvedic text books may not perfectly suit to current times and places. But with wisdom, they can be very well adjusted for a better health.