Ayurveda principles for Winter – the secret to maintaining balance in colder weather

Ayurveda in Winter – a guide to harmony of body and spirit

Winter often carries a negative reputation, earning titles such as the flu season, the cold season, and a time when contagious diseases tend to spread. Contrary to this perception, winter can actually be an opportune season for enhancing your immunity. It becomes a strengthening period if one is mindful of the specific contra-indications to avoid.

In Ayurveda, each season comes with distinct guidelines against particular practices. Winter, characterized by its cold and dry nature, necessitates specific measures to maintain overall body and mind health. Recommendations may vary depending on individual constitution, current health status, and ethnicity.


  1. Avoiding the consumption of cold and dry foods for example eating salad and raw foods. Consuming chilled foods like ice cream, chilled water, frozen foods.
  2. Engaging in vigorous physical activities without adequate preparation or warmth.
  3. Exposing the body to prolonged cold weather without sufficient protection.
  4. Neglecting proper hydration.
  5. Afternoon naps and disrupting regular sleep patterns.
  6. Fasting
  7. Not caring for the skin and allowing excessive dryness
  8. Overlooking emotional well-being.

It’s crucial to note that these are general guidelines, and individual variations may apply. If we fast during this season or eat a lot of cold light foods our Vata dosha can go even higher due to the increased quality of lightness and coldness the body absorbs. Therefore, embracing these recommendations can improve our well-being and help us face the cold winter months stronger and healthier.

Ayurveda in practice in Winter – an individual approach to Ayurvedic recommendations

It’s important to realize that the above guidelines are general, and importantly, there may be individual differences in the need to apply them. Seeking advice from an Ayurvedic practitioner can offer personalized recommendations based on your unique constitution and health needs.

At Ceylon Ayurveda, you are invited to have a personalized consultation with Dr. Dhananji. Don’t be afraid to tap into the wisdom of Ayurveda and let us guide you towards optimal health. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact us

If you’re interested in tips for staying balanced according to Ayurveda during the winter time, read the article „The four seasons with Ayurveda – WINTER”, where we explain why winter is considered the healthiest season according to Ayurveda.

The text was prepared by Dr. Dhananji

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