Embracing Mindful Cleansing and Strengthening with Ritucharya

1. Lifestyle: Preparing for Winter: Embracing Mindful Cleansing and Strengthening with Ritucharya

2. Medical: The Ayurvedic medical view

1. Lifestyle: Preparing for Winter: Embracing Mindful Cleansing and Strengthening with Ritucharya - by Alexandra Krahl

Alexandra Krahl is an Ayurveda therapist here at Sanapurna. She is a certified nutritionist, massage practitioner, and ayurveda cook. She is a passionate advocate of Ayurveda and its holistic approach to health and well-being. With over 20 years of experience, she has dedicated her career to helping people find balance and strengthen their resources in the face of personal and professional stress factors.



Mindful cleansing and strengthening:
As cooler weather approaches, the wisdom of mindful cleansing and strengthening takes center stage through Ritucharya, the art of seasonal rituals. With the shift from summer to autumn, a noticeable drop in temperatures and escalating dryness marks the transition to Vata season. Vata, characterized by coldness, dryness, and mobility, can bring various symptoms like weakened immunity, restlessness, allergies, and cramps. It's important to acknowledge how the absence of Kapha in the atmosphere is felt uniquely.

Balancing Vata through Qualities:
To harmonize Vata's cold and dry attributes, embrace warmth, moisture, nourishment, and slight oiliness. This equilibrium is cultivated through intentional lifestyle practices. Try Abhyanga, a traditional full-body oil massage, coupled with a revitalizing moist steam bath using the Svedana Box. Alternatively, a 10-minute soak in a warm bathtub after oil application can yield similar benefits.

Harmonising Vata through Tastes:
The palate plays a pivotal role in the quest for balance. Embrace the sweet, sour, and salty tastes to appease Vata. Make mealtime a serene affair, emphasizing regularity and calmness. Consume three warm, cooked meals daily. When dealing with heavy-to-digest foods such as raw vegetables, cabbage vegetables, and legumes, opt for smaller portions infused with digestion-enhancing spices. Infuse your diet with the warmth of ginger, cumin, asafoetida (hing), fennel, cinnamon, and anise.

The Lesser-Known Autumn Detox:
Amidst the fame of spring detoxes, the significance of an autumn detox often goes unnoticed. While spring purifications target the srotas (channels), autumn takes on a gentler approach, focusing on both cleansing and fortification through Rasayanas - substances renowned for their rejuvenating prowess.

Decoding Cleansing in Ayurveda:
Ayurveda's perspective on cleansing doesn't inherently assume the presence of toxins necessitating elimination. Yet, the tradition is synonymous with profound cleansing therapies, exemplified by Panchakarma. Strengthening the digestive fire (Agni) is pivotal to expelling undigested metabolic remnants (Ama). Simultaneously, the circulatory channels (Srotas) are coaxed open, promoting renewed movement and cellular nourishment. On a psychomental plane, this process facilitates detachment from antiquated patterns and dependencies.

Empowerment through Rasayanas:

Rasa, the foundational bodily tissue from which all other dhatus (tissues) stem. Ayana signifies a pervasive journey, delivering nutrients across tissue layers. A Rasayana acts as a nutrient carrier par excellence.


2. Medical: The Ayurvedic medical view

SanapurnaMED with Thomas Stecher Sharma

Thomas is a renowned expert in Ayurveda Medicine and the founder of Sanapurna’s Ayurvedic practice. With a dedication to holistic healing, Thomas is here to guide you on your transformative journey towards optimal well-being. Specialising in psychosomatic issues, gynaecology, paediatrics, and allergies, Thomas brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to provide personalised care tailored to your specific needs.



The Spring-Autumn Detox Connection:
Ever wondered why detox is recommended in spring and autumn? Spring detox is not merely about addressing allergies during their peak – it's a proactive measure. Treating allergies before their prime season arrives ensures preparedness. Similarly, the autumn detox aligns with the transition between seasons, offering relief and relaxation. It's about preventing systemic issues by lightening the body's load and ushering in a smoother seasonal shift. In the realm of Ayurveda, the term "Detox" encompasses more than just the body – it extends to the mind, forming a holistic approach to restoring balance and promoting well-being. Ayurveda places a spotlight on the removal of Ama – undigested metabolic residues – from the body to optimize its natural functions. However, Ayurvedic detoxification practices are unique to each individual, with a focus on holistic healing. Let's explore the facets of Ayurvedic detoxification philosophy:

Panchakarma: A Comprehensive Cleansing:

One of the most renowned detoxification methods in Ayurveda is Panchakarma – an all-encompassing therapy designed to cleanse the body and realign Dosha equilibrium. Panchakarma involves five primary procedures: Abhyanga (oil massage), Swedana (steam treatment), Vamana (vomiting therapy), Virechana (purgative therapy), and Basti (enema). Each procedure is meticulously crafted to eliminate Ama and restore Dosha balance.

Herbs and Nutrition: Tailored Support:

Ayurvedic detoxification often incorporates specific herbs and personalized nutrition plans to aid the body's cleansing process. Certain herbs and spices are revered for their detoxifying properties, while the diet emphasizes easily digestible, light foods.

The Warm Water Advantage:

Ayurveda champions the consumption of warm water as a simple yet potent detoxification method. Warm water facilitates the dissolution of Ama, enhances digestion, and initiates an internal cleanse.

Fasting and Digestive Rest:

Ayurveda suggests intermittent breaks in digestion to provide the body with time for regeneration. Fasting can play a role in detoxification, but it should be carefully tailored to individual needs. It's imperative to acknowledge that Ayurvedic detoxification is never a one-size-fits-all approach. Each journey is uniquely designed based on an individual's constitution, existing imbalances, and health conditions. Consulting a qualified Ayurveda expert is vital before embarking on any detox therapy.

For your bespoke Ayurvedic Cleansing package please send us an email at therapy@sanapurna.ch

Date: 24 August 2023    Comments: 0

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