If you have been feeling lately that you are rushing through life, then it’s time to turn to the ancient science of Ayurveda to slow down and rejuvenate yourself.
This 5,000-year system of medicine is based on the belief that your everyday choices can either create ease or disease in your life. And Ayurvedic practitioners recommend these simple habits for re-syncing your body, mind and spirit to lead a holistic life.
In this article we’re going to share with you a simple Ayurveda morning routine you can use to start your day full of energy and positivity.
Simple Ayurveda Morning Routine
10. Go to bed at a reasonable time
The more sleep-deprived you are the more your body suffers. Sleep is when our bodies rest and restore themselves, so make sure you go to bed at a consistent and fixed time daily. Ayurveda says the best time to doze off is 10 PM.
If you have insomnia or trouble sleeping try this Ayurvedic remedy – drink a glass of warm milk with honey right before bedtime. You can also add sleep-enhancing tasty spices like cardamom powder and nutmeg. Go ahead and get your beauty sleep, you deserve it.
9. Rise early and shine
If you wake up after sunrise, you might have struggled with not having enough time to follow a proper morning routine. It may not be your favorite thing to do but waking up before sunrise can work wonders for you.
Imagine opening your eyes to a quiet peaceful morning and having time to breathe, exercise, take care of yourself and plan your day ahead. That’s what life looks like when you start doing following the Miracle morning plan and incorporate it with your Ayurveda morning routine.
8. Rinse your face with lukewarm water
Splashing your face with water in the morning removes dirt from our skin and takes away the stress and heat it collects overnight. You can rinse your face 7 times with lukewarm water as the number 7 is considered auspicious in Ayurveda. This is also a very gentle natural way to alleviate any lingering feelings of tiredness.
7. Practice the Ayurvedic morning ritual of Jala Neti or nasal irrigation
Jala neti (in Hindi & Sanskrit) or nasal irrigation helps clear the nose of mucus and debris by flushing the nasal canal with water using a neti pot. A neti pot is a small water container which looks like a teapot.
This yogic cleansing practice reduces congestion, snoring and sinusitis, and makes you less prone to cold and flu. While a little tricky to get the hang of in the beginning, once you’ve experienced the benefits of clearing your nasal passage and how much clearer you feel as a result of it, you’ll be so glad you included jala neti into your Ayurveda morning routine.
6. Do breathing exercises
The breath acts a bridge between the body and the mind. We breathe throughout the day and we often take our breath for granted. No Ayurveda morning routine would be complete without taking the time to come back to our source of life – our breath.
Doing deep breathing exercises, a very short meditation and a couple of sun salutations are a great way to find focus in the morning.
5. Exercise your eyes
According to Ayurveda, our eyes can overheat from time to time and cooling them is essential for good eye health. Rinse your eyes with cool water when they feel strained. Since we spend a majority of our time staring at screens, doing quick yogic eye exercises can be very beneficial.
Try this exercise the next time your eyes are feeling strained – take your eyeballs up and down, from one side to the other, without moving your neck. Now rotate them in a clockwise direction and repeat counterclockwise.
Rub your palms together to create warmth and cover your eyes with them. Release and look at the world with a new vision!
4. Clean your tongue
Scraping your tongue is a common Ayurvedic morning ritual which benefits your oral health and removes disease-causing germs and toxins. We eat and break down our food with the mouth and it is where the body begins the process of digestion.
Have you ever seen your tongue when wake up in the morning? It usually has a coating which develops overnight, and this film is laden with toxins which can create less than desirable conditions within your mouth which may contribute to bad breath.
You can easily find a metal or plastic tongue scraper and make gentle cleaning strokes on your tongue from the back to the front. This will also stimulate your digestive fire (agni) and aid your digestion. However, we really prefer this copper tongue scraper.
3. Take a revitalizing shower
In Ayurveda, bathing is seen as a therapy because a shower can relax any tensions in your body, increase blood circulation, clear your mind, rid you of toxins and restore your energetic balance. That’s why we advise you to take your time with this part of your Ayurveda morning routine.
You can choose warm or cold water depending on the season and your dosha (bio-elements that create your bodily constitution) type. Cool water is ideal for Pitta, lukewarm water suits Vata & hot water is best for Kapha.
Since our skin is porous and it absorbs whatever we apply to it, Ayurveda recommends using naturally made soaps and oils. Treat your skin with compassion and avoid synthetic bath products where possible. I’m currently obsessed with products from Rituals.
2. Massage with oils
Abhyanga is a technique of self-massage which is integral to an Ayurveda morning routine. It is an easy way to detoxify and moisturize your skin. It also calms your emotions and gives your nervous system a boost. Practicing Abhyanga everyday just takes 3-10 minutes.
Get yourself a bottle of nutrient-rich massage oil like sesame oil. Begin with the massaging yourself from head to toe. Use long strokes from up to down for your arms and legs. Rub your palms in a circular motion on all other areas of your body. Start with your scalp, using gentle circular strokes and move to your face and neck. Then rub the oil length-wise on your shoulders, arms, wrists and hands.
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Work your way down your chest and back, followed by your tummy, hips, thighs, knees, legs, feet and toes. Notice how different you feel afterwards! Now that’s what we call self-love in the shower.
1. Drink warm lemon water
If you’ve been battling digestion issues, then you’ll love the benefits of drinking warm lemon water each morning because it helps with both constipation and diarrhea. Squeeze a half or full lemon (depends on how lemony you like your water) and mix with a glass of warm water. Drink it one go and sip it slowly. Simple as it may sound, this drink is full of vitamins, potassium, magnesium and zero fat!
Okay, so we’re done with creating the rhythm of a helpful morning routine. But here’s what I want you to do…
Include these rituals in your daily Ayurveda morning routine for the next 7-days, then report back to us how you feel down below in the comments. I have a funny feeling you’re gonna feel great!
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