After the Daily regimen, I would like to share Ayurvedic knowledge on Ritucharya . Ritucharya is the seasonal activities that we should do for healthy and happy living.
Ayurveda gives importance to time. It is a causative factor for birth and the death of all creatures. The movement of the sun, the moon and all the planets are linked with time. Vedic science believes on existence of basic five elements (Panchamahabhoota), and time is actually responsible for transformation of five basic elements. This is the reason, why one should change food and lifestyle according to time .As a result of this, body will harmonize with nature.
Coming back to seasonal regimen , first we need to understand that there are six seasons that Ayurveda has explained. In this article I will just list out the 6 seasons that Ayurveda mentions.
Sishira Mid Jan – Mid March Cool Vasanta Mid March – Mid May Flowers Grisma Mid May – Mid July Heat Varsa Mid July- Mid September Rain Sharada Mid Sep – Mid November Moonlight Hemanta Mid November- Mid Jan Snowfall
To have a better understanding and the movement of the sun ; these 6 seasons are categorize in two groups.
a. Aadan kaala – During this period , the sun with its severe hot rays and the winds with their sharp velocity and sryness absorb the moisture from the earth.
b. Visharga Kaala – Visharga is calm. Moon is dominating in this period an the power of the sun becomes weak.
Aadan Kaala :- Since the northward movement of the sun naturally increases the heat of the places it approaches, the cooling properties are weakened. Due to progressive dryness in the atmosphere during the seasons of Shishira, Vasanta, and Grishma, which enhances bitter, astringent and hot rasas respectively and results in the human beings become weak. Therefore aadana is sweltering by nature.
Visharga Kaala :- The remaining three seasons (i.e. Varsha, Sharad and Hemanta) are characterized by the southern movement of the sun and is known as visarga kaala. All living beings gains strength during this period.
Quick review on two kaala.
Aadan Kaala Visarga Kaala Digestive power decreases
Sun moving towards north
Bitter-Astringent- Hot taste
Digestive power increases
Sun moving towards south
Next blog will be detail about lifestyle for each ritu or season.