Ayurveda Daily Routine
Ayurveda Daily Routine
Most people equate the ancient holistic healing science of Ayurveda with special treatments administered by a practitioner. While it is great to treat yourself to such luxurious and health-giving therapies, there is plenty you can do for yourself at home following a simple, yet effective, daily Ayurveda routine.
Whether you are an ethereal Vata, a fiery Pitta or an earthy Kapha, there are a few simple things you can do that may add vibrancy and clarity to your state of being.
To start your day the Ayurveda way, its best to awaken bright and early. Cos and Adil are starting their morning by meditating to lift away that heavy morning feeling.
Drinking a fresh glass of water is a typical Ayurveda way to start the morning. For the best results, the water will have been resting in a copper pot overnight. This will flush your gastrointestinal tract and kidneys, and help get things moving along quite nicely.
Next its time for a refreshing face wash. Splash your face a few times with cold water, then wash your eyes with cool water and gently massage them. Blink your eyes 7 times and then give them a bit of an early morning work-out. Rotate them in both directions, side to side, up and down, even diagonally if you can manage it. This will have you alert and buzzing in no time.
When you brush your teeth, use a soft toothbrush and a herbal powder made from pungent, astringent and bitter herbs.
Its crucial to scrape your tongue after brushing. Although most westerners forget this simple addition, its valuable for a number of reasons. It sends an indirect message to the internal organs and stimulates gastric fire and digestive enzymes. If you notice a coating on your tongue, it may mean last nights dinner was not digested properly. Perhaps you ate too late or your food was too hard to digest. Be sure to scrape the whole surface of your tongue 7 to 14 times.
To strengthen your teeth and gums, and improve your voice, try gargling with warm sesame oil every morning. Just a teaspoon will do. Gargle, swish it around your mouth vigorously, then spit it out and massage your teeth and gums with your index finger.
Heres a part of the body most of us neglect unless were suffering from a cold or flu: the nostrils.
According to Ayurveda practitioner Louise Darragh-Law, the nose is the doorway to the brain. Apply three drops of warmed sesame oil to the finger tips and massage the inside of your nostrils, taking a moment to inhale the scent through first one nostril and then the other. Doing this daily helps clean the sinuses and also improves the voice, vision and mental clarity.
An important part of the Ayurveda daily routine is exercise. Regular exercise improves the circulation and increases strength, stamina and endurance. Not only that, but it increases your chances of having a decent nights sleep and improves digestion. But unlike the western form of working out which encourages pain for gain, the Ayurveda way is to exercise to half of your capacity. Exercise only until sweat starts to form on your brow, armpits or spine.
The boys are doing their daily sun salutations.
Quiet time is integral to the Ayurveda lifestyle. Here the boys take time out after exercise to practise alternate nostril breathing, known as pranayama.
Just as we started off our Ayurveda day with meditation, its important to meditate again at the end of the day for at least 15 minutes. Its a peaceful way to end the day and regular meditation will bring your life into balance.
Oil massage is a great way to treat yourself during your daily routine. Warmed fragrant sesame oil, rubbed all over the head and body, may prevent baldness, greying and headaches. Sesame oil softens, smoothes and brightens the skin.
To induce a peaceful sleep at the end of the day, try applying coconut oil to the feet.
Ayurveda practised as a daily routine may have you feeling more healthy, balanced and vibrant, in the long run. Take a few moments out of your day to do things the Ayurveda way.