Ten Steps to Vitality
Ayurvedic Daily Routine
One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is establish a daily routine that aligns with your particular constitution and with the forces of nature. According to Ayurveda, dinacharya – your daily routine – is essential to good health because it awakens and cleanses the vital functions that sustain you throughout the day. Try these 10 easy Ayurvedic steps to support your natural good health and well-being!
Upon waking drink a cup of warm water to flush the kidneys and digestive tract, and to stimulate peristalsis.
Scrape your tongue and brush your teeth. Tongue scraping removes bacteria and stimulates the reflex centers of the internal organs located on the surface of the tongue.
Apply 3-5 drops of nasya oil into each nostril. Nasya is an herbal oil that lubricates the sinuses, reduces inflammation, relaxes head and neck tension, and balances incoming prana (vital life force in oxygen).
Before bathing, massage warm oil onto your entire body. This abhyanga (self-massage) moisturizes the skin, brings fluidity to the muscles, joints, and connective tissue, and calms the nervous system by reducing Vata, the wind principle. Follow with a hot shower or bath to help the oil penetrate to the deeper tissues.
Meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises) are important steps in your daily routine to cleanse and awaken the mind and the subtle energy channels. Sitting quietly and observing the breath brings a profound sense of calm that will benefit your entire day.
Early morning is the ideal time of day for yoga and exercise. Movement is necessary to wake up the muscles and internal organs for more sustained energy throughout the day.
Kickstart your digestion with a spoonful of the Ayurvedic rejuvenative jam, Chyavanprash. This herbal tonic strengthens digestion, immunity and vitality.
The ideal breakfast is a hot, whole grain porridge using grains appropriate to your Ayurvedic constitution. This porridge kindles agni, your central fire, thereby improving metabolism and assimilation.
Make lunch your largest meal of the day and dinner your smallest. Ayurveda teaches that agni is strongest when the sun is highest in the sky, so we digest more efficiently midday and less well at night.
Take Triphala herb one hour before bedtime to eliminate toxins from the GI tract and nourish the intestines.
Incorporating the above elements into your daily routine will promote vitality and balance throughout your lifetime.
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Banyan Botanicals (a source of Ayurvedic oils and herbs)
Recommended Read: Ayurveda: A Practical Guide: The Science of Self Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad
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