Fall is the time for festivity, fall is the time for change and fall is also the time for dryness and pain. While fall brings with the joy of hoods, sweaters, cosy meetings, hot teas, it also brings for many the pervasive issue of back pain. A dry and cold weather, winters signify ‘Vata’ dosha stated under the ayurvedic science.
Vata dosha where vata in Hindi means air, it represents qualities of air & ether. It is irregular, dry, light, rough and mobile in nature just like air. Nature is a kind of a mirror to the body. Just as a child replicates every habit he sees, we all are Mother Nature’s children. When the nature of the season shifts to a Vata dominance during autumn and fall, the same Vata factor increases in the body the internal replicated the external. Being cold and rough in nature, pain in rheumatic joints aggravates due to a decrease in natural oil and heat required. This is a primary reason or back pain during winter season.
Ayurveda, the healing science, has answered the persistent mystery of back pain decades ago. It is us who have not unravelled this revelation given by Ayurveda. If we follow these ayurvedic solutions, we can achieve harmony between the body and the weather in no time.
Low Consumption of Pungent Spices
Spices have a direct impact on the overall function of the body. While turmeric holds immunity properties, red and green chillies act as drying agent in the body due to their pungent nature. Since the external environment is dry, we should restrain ourselves from consuming spices that would accentuate this. When the body is dry, it signifies a lack of lubrication in the body which can give birth to constipation, joints ache and mental imbalance. Constipation is one of the main reasons for back pain. So avoid pungent spices. Some of the other pungent spices are: Cayene Pepper, Cliantro, Cumin, Dill seeds, Mustard seeds, Saffron, Thyme etc.
Oiling Thy Body Regularly
Another reason as stated above for lower back pain is dryness. While we should consume warm and high density lipoprotein fat, externally we should cover our body and also go for massages or apply oil. Stress, tiredness and fatigue are other causes that factors that aggravate Vata dosha. When we oil the body gently massaging out all stress, the Vata factor goes down considerably. Just like leather cracks when dry, even our skin is like leather. Each time our skin is exposed to cold air, it becomes drier. Applying essential oils or natural oils like sesame oil, castor oil, olive oil or mustard oil to the body, we can achieve the results we are looking for.
Yoga Pose for Winters
Yoga, the sister science of Ayurveda also states certain practices to bust the lower back pain and reduce the Vata dosha in the body. When we practice these poses, we break free from not only cold, we also accentuate the bowel movement, relaxing the whole body and also stimulating the mind. Poses for reduction in Vata dosha are: Padahastasna (Hand to feet pose), Padamasna (Lotus pose), Vajrasana (Adamantine pose), Vrikshasana (Tree pose), Janu Srisasana (Head to knee pose), Pashimottasana (Seated forward bend), Bhujangasana asana (Cobra pose) , Shalabasana (Locust pose) etc.
Yoga practice should be slow and easy and excess sweating should be avoided as it would lead to dryness further and defeating the reason of practicing yoga. Also, one can have a few sips of water during the practice.
Follow the above mentioned tips and forget the problem of back pain forever. Yoga and Ayurveda are a catalyst to high quality living, feel the change manifesting in short period of time.
by Manmohan Singh: Manmohan is a freelance writer, free spirit, traveler and a yogi. In addition to writing on yoga and health, he organizes yoga retreats and tours in India and in Nepal. Connect with him and his yoga center here: www.200hrsyogattc.com.