“Utsav” is a Sanskrit word commonly referring to a celebration of a joyous occasion or a festival. It is derived from joining two words, ‘Ut’ which means to eliminate, and ‘sava’ meaning sorrows or grief. Thus, Utsava means to forget or do away with the displeasures and just celebrate the bounties of life.

It is mentioned in the scriptures that when Lord Krishna celebrates with his Gopis, who have come to him leaving behind all their worldly worries, the whole of Vrindavana and the entire Universe is filled with bliss and joy.

Around the world every festival has a history, some customs and traditions, and a purpose for celebrating. It eliminates distress and spreads happiness, vibrance and blossoming in the society, also strengthens bonds within a family.

Even though festivals are for enjoyment, it is very important to keep our Doshas balanced during the holidays. We might feel overwhelmed, anxious, restless and overeat.

It is the time of the year when our Vata gets out of balance. There are so many things we worry about, family, food, finances, gifts, guests, making sure everything is done in time and looks perfect. This causes a lot of anxiety.

For some individuals Pitta governs our emotions and our hearts comes into play. Memories of loved ones you have lost, or family members who are far might make you feel sad or angry.

Then, there is always overeating at this time of the year. Kaphas need to keep in check as we tend to over consume sweets, candies, and rich foods. Make sure you only eat when you truly feel your hunger.

Celebrate the holidays! It’s all about connection. Connecting with people around us brings warmth to our hearts and increases Ojas.

By following these simple tips, you can have fun, enjoy and make this holiday season a memorable one.

  1. Get organized – Declutter your space, simplify, make a list and set a specific time for all your projects. Remember to set aside some time and space for nourishing yourself.
  2. Set a routine – Early to bed, early to rise. Make sure you go to bed by 10:00 pm and wake up by 6:00 am.
  3. Start your day right – Practice meditation every day, at least for a few minutes to keep your mind calm.
  4. Breath, Body Practice – Yoga and Pranayama, if practiced early in the morning will refresh your body and give you the energy to take on the day.
  5. Look Beautiful – Take out time for self-oiling (Abhyanga) and self-massage. These are grounding and calming practices to support you. Dress up well to look radiant, shine from inside out.
  6. Fuel Up – Have a nourishing breakfast. Include foods that give you enough energy to keep you going till lunch.
  7. Feast at lunch – In the middle of the day, fill your plate with nourishing and grounding foods. Sit down in a cheerful surrounding amongst loved ones and enjoy every bite. Take in all the 6 tastes and the happiness with it.
  8. Enjoy – Play music and fun games. Enjoy your time with loved ones and friends. Have a blast.
  9. Earlier & Lighter dinner – Try having your dinner early, preferably by 6pm. Have light and nourishing foods.  Give your body enough time and space to digest the food by the time you hit the bed.
  10. Relax – Wind down.Take some time out and bring out your essential oils, set up a massage table, or lie down with your feet up the wall and just relax.

Have a Happy! & Joyous Holiday Season!

Blessings! & Love,

Batool Merali