When I decided to solidify an Ayurvedic morning routine in my life, I was at a point of crisis.Teetering on my second burnout, I knew a change was needed so I turned to mother nature and uncovered the healing power of Ayurveda.
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 with Ayurveda, I found some simple habits for re-syncing your body, mind and spirit that have been really beneficial to me.
In this article I share a simple Ayurveda morning routine you can use to start your day full of energy and positivity. Keep reading to get a full insight into why these steps are including and how they improve your life, but if time’s short here is my Ayurvedic morning routine at a glance.
In all honesty my personal routine has evolved somewhat, but this is the Ayurvedic morning routine I used to get me started and I believe it worked because I kept things very simple in the beginning.
Simple Ayurveda Morning Routine
When you’re sleep deprived your body is not going to function optimally.
Sleep is a time for your body to rest and restore itself, but in my personal situation, sleep had been something that evaded me and the repercussions where dire.
Ayurvedic practices recommend rising with the sun and going to bed at sunset, but we live in the real world so that’s not realistically possible.
Fix a set time that you’ll be in bed in each day and start winding down at least 2hrs before. And if you’re using screens make sure you use dimmer on your screen, I use F.lux for mac.
If you have insomnia or trouble sleeping like me, Ayurveda recommends having drinking a glass of warm milk with honey right before bedtime.
Personally I try to avoid too much diary as my body just doesn’t like it, but an alternative that works well for me is soothing Turmeric milk with 1/2 teaspoon of Ashwagandha. If I’m all out of coconut milk, then my next go to is a cup on unsweetened Tulsi tea.
You can also add sleep-enhancing tasty spices like cardamom powder and nutmeg.
One book that has had a profound effect on my morning is Hal Elrods, The Miracle Morning.
For years I’ve struggled with establishing any type of morning routine, let alone an Ayurvedic morning routine, and Hal’s book provided a structure that made sense to me.
More importantly, the schedule it teaches actually works.
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.
I never used to splash my face with water in the mornings, but I’ve found that it really helps to snap me into the day, while not being as harsh as cold water.
Rinse your face 7 times with lukewarm water. In case you’re wondering why 7? Well in Ayurveda 7 is considered auspicious in Ayurveda. Another reason why I decided to bring this number into my brand name.
7. Practice the Ayurvedic Morning Routine of Jala Neti or Nasal Irrigation
Now, let me keep it real with you. I don’t do nasal irrigation as much as I should. I know the benefits of it, but it does take it a little preparing so I tend to do it more at times when I’m on holiday.
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 is also known to make you less prone to cold and flu.
It’s 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 as a bridge between the body and the mind. We breathe throughout the day and we often take our breath for granted.
It wasn’t till I feel in love with Jivamukti yoga that I was able to really appreciate how cleansing and healing the breath is. In my opinion, no Ayurveda morning routine would be complete without taking the time to come back to our source of life – our breath.
I like to do some deep breathing exercises most mornings as it helps to ground you, wake you up and fire up your energy for the day.
Check of this video for 3 easy breathing anxieties that really helped relieve my stress.
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.
This is one exercise I like to do when it feels like my eyes are feeling strained – – usually due to much time in front of the screen.
- 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.
A couple of years back I bought a cooper tongue scrapper in Delhi, and it quite literally changed the way cleaned my teeth forever. I almost can’t imagine not using my tongue scrapper each day now.
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’s not pretty. Well at least mine isn’t.
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.
Check out this Ayurvedic Oral Health kit from Lifespa
3. Take a Revitalizing Shower
In Ayurveda bathing is seen as a therapy because a shower can relax tensions in your body and increase blood circulation which helps to restore your energetic balance.
Think about it.
Don’t you do some of your best thinking and feel way more relaxed after taking a soothing shower?
That’s why I like to take my time and treat this part of my Ayurvedic morning routine as a self care ritual. When time permits, I’ll enjoy a shower for as long as 20 minutes – and deal with the wrinkly skin later.
One or two times a week I’ll also include an Ubtan scrub as part of my shower, and this leaves my skin silky smooth and visibly tighter.
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. Begin with the massaging yourself from head to toe, then 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 how you feel down below in the comments. I have a funny feeling you’re gonna feel great!
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