Making the best of Ayurveda
Our modern lifestyles often come with responsibilities and expectations that at times lift us up, but often leave us feeling exhausted and off-balance. We live in the day-and-age where our bodies are persistently worn out and in dire need of restoration, which is why so many of us often turn to yoga.
Yoga, along with the ancient practice Ayurveda aid us to become better versions of ourselves by incorporating things like proper nourishment, a healthy diet, self-care and hygienic practices, beneficial physical activity and more.
Here are 10 Ayurvedic rituals you can start incorporating into your daily-routine to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled:
1. RISE AND SHINE
Just like it’s suggested to go to bed early, you also want to find yourself waking up with the sun. After a proper night’s sleep, you shouldn’t feel it difficult to wake up early. It is said in Ayurveda that sleeping beyond sunrise leads to the clogging of our communication channels with impurities that make your mind feel dull, your mood depressed and your body lethargic all day long.
2. EMPTY YOUR COLON
Speaking of, try to get yourself into the routine of hitting the bathroom in the morning. The longer we go throughout our day without proper bowel movements, the more time there is for toxins to build in the body, leading to uncomfortable and eventual chronic conditions. Our digestive tract is a key factor when it comes to being in good health and feeling our best.
3. INVEST IN A TONGUE SCRAPER
One of the most important Ayurvedic health regimes to maintain is proper oral hygiene. By using a tongue scraper, you eliminate the toxins that build up in your mouth throughout the day, which also helps maintain a healthy digestion. Then, with herbal toothpaste and a good quality brush, brush your teeth. You can lastly gargle salt water with added garlic to clear the throat.
4. SHAT KRIYA- THE CLEANSING PROCESS
Most of us intuitively splash water on our face to wake up and feel rejuvenated, which is in fact an Ayurvedic practice in itself called Shat Kriya. It is then recommended to perform Neti Kriya to cleanse the nostrils, aka time to bust out that Neti Pot! If you’re a Neti Pot first-timer, have someone experienced with this practice guide you through how to use it. If you’re interested in learning more about the Shat and Neti Kriya, plus other Ayurvedic practices and remedies, programs such as Ayurveda India Kerala in the birth place of yoga are available for those looking to take a deeper dive.
5. PERFORM SELF-ABHYANGA
Abhyanga translates to a warm oil body massage which helps tone the muscles, hydrate the skin, calm the body and mind and relax the nervous system. It can easily be self-applied by massaging your body for 15-20 minutes with herbal or medicated oil. Begin by massaging the outer ear, neck, upper spine, arms, joints, abdomen, legs, and feet, and use some nasal and ear drops as well.
6. TAKE A RELAXING BATH
Finding the time to take a relaxing bath not only supports your overall health according to Ayurveda, it can also serve as the time of day to unwind and enjoy some much-needed self care!
By incorporating these Ayurvedic rituals into your daily routine, you’ll begin to feel more energized, alert, rejuvenated and whole. Try them today!