We are so glad to share with you these natural techniques of staying warm in winter. Ayurveda lays out some simple, yet powerful diet and lifestyle tips. So, go ahead and try these solutions on how to keep warm in winter naturally. We promise, it’ll make this time of the year much more cozier!
Staying Warm In Winter: 8 Ways To Burn Your Internal Fire
1. Massage With Warming Oils.
An excellent way to make your body warmer in the winter is with a warming oil massage. For Vatas, sesame oil is the best and for Kaphas, castor oil is good. The heat from the oil penetrates deep into the body, strengthening and energising it from within. Here’s more about Abhyanga (Ayurvedic self-massage.)
2. Drink Herbal Teas.
How to keep warm in winter? Drink LOADS of warm teas. Ayurvedic herbs can be rather powerful when it comes to heating up the body. You’ll feel the effects in a matter of minutes. Skip the caffeine and go for herbal teas made with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper or rosemary.
3. Adjust Your Diet For The Winter.
To stay warmer in the winter, you need to eat according to the season.
- Avoid astringent, raw, bitter, cold, and processed foods.
- On the other hand, eat plenty of (naturally) sweet, sour, and salty foods.
- Stack your kitchen up with root veggies such as carrots and beet.
- Have plenty of warm soups and stews for staying warm in winter.
- Use warming spices in your food, such as garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cardamom, turmeric, and cinnamon.
- Always boil milk before drinking and preferably add warming spices to it.
- Vatas should add plenty of healthy oils to their food, like ghee and olive oil.
- Kaphas can have their food slightly dry.
4. Exercise In The Morning.
Another important tip on how to keep warm in winter is exercise. Jogging, swimming, dancing, and cycling can make a significant difference in your body temperature.
Yoga poses also help generate body heat:
- Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar)
- Boat Pose (Navasana)
- Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
- Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
- Headstand (Sirasana)
- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
5. Take Frequent Hot Baths.
Some hot bath pampering is a great way to stay warmer in the winter. Rest in a hot tub for around twenty minutes, and there will be a noticeable difference in your body heat. Just make sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Here are some more health benefits of hot baths.
6. Practise Warming Pranayama.
Yogic breathing or Pranayama is another excellent technique for keeping warm in winter. The effects are instant and you can do them every day. The best warming Pranayamas are:
- Right nostril breathing (Surya Bhedana)
- Oceanic Breath (Ujjayi Pranayama)
- Skull-Shining Breath (Kapalbhati)
- Bumblebee Breath (Bhramari Pranayama)
7. Get Sunlight As Often As You Can.
How to keep warm in winter? Don’t forget to step outside and embrace the sunrays. During the day, keep your curtains open. This not only helps warm your body up, but also boosts serotonin levels and thus soothes winter depression. Moreover, you need all the Vitamin D you can get!
Note: Posts on Ayurvedum are solely for the purpose of sharing the goodness of Ayurveda and bringing awareness about natural and healthy living. Please do not substitute it for professional medical advice. Ingredients discussed can interfere with certain medications. So, before using anything to treat yourself, always consult an Ayurveda doctor or practitioner.