How to Create an Ayurvedic Daily Routine

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In Ayurveda, we stress the importance of a consistent daily routine. For everything, from the time you wake up, at what time you eat, and the time you go to bed. A method sets healthy biorhythms, giving the mind, body, and spirit a chance to ground, cleanse, and provides deeper nourishment. Follow the below routine suggestions.

Morning Cleansing Routine

  • Wake up at a routine time: Keeping to this allow your body and mind to begin your daily activities gracefully.

  • Drink warm water with lemon: Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon cleanses and awakens the digestive tract, hydrates the tissues, and encourages a bowel movement.

  • Rinse face, mouth, and eyes: A splash of cool water is soothing and rejuvenating to the face, mouth, and eyes. It brings a sense of freshness.

  • Scrape tongue: Use a tongue cleaner to remove the bacteria-filled coating on the tongue and to stimulate the digestive system.

  • Oil pull: Swishing and rinsing with warm sesame oil lends strength to the teeth, gums, jaw, and voice while improving the sense of taste. Swish it in your mouth for 5 minutes for as long as 15 minutes.

  • Brush teeth: Traditional Ayurvedic toothpaste are bitter, astringent and soothing like neem and licorice.

  • Self- Enhancing Practice: Take 15-30 minutes for meditation, pranayama, yoga, journaling, prayer or other activities that bring well-being to your spirit and mind. The more you allow for these types of practices, the greater you will benefit.

  • Eliminate: A healthy digestive system has a bowel movement each morning before taking food. If you are not eliminating daily, be sure your diet includes plenty of fluids, fiber from whole grains and vegetables and take Triphala before bed nightly.

  • Self-oil massage: This is a profound practice of rejuvenation and loving self-care. Perform a self-massage with warm oil dosha specific oil or medicated oil suggested by your Ayurvedic practitioner 15-30 minutes before bath. Use long rapid movements heating the skin and increasing circulation in the body. Place a few drops of dosha specific warm oil in each ear. Learn How

  • Bathe: Showering will purify the body and bring energy and alertness to the being. Rinsing the skin with warm water will generally suffice to remove excess oil.

  • Nasal Lubrication: Place few drops of medicated Nasya oil in the nose right after taking a warm shower.

  • Exercise: 30 mins to 1 hour light exercise are essential each day to keep the digestives system high by creating an internal heat. But keep in mind too much exercise can also be detrimental. It is best to exercise according to what is correct for your dosha. Ask your Ayurvedic Practitioner what type of exercise is right for your constitution.

  • Eat Regular Meals: Irregular meals and excessive snacking can weaken the digestive fire. Having scheduled eating times is essential. With lunch being the most substantial meal of the day between 12-2pm. This is when your digestive fire is at its strongest, and you will be able to derive the most nutrition from your meal. Favor warm, cooked, light meals in accordance with the doshas you want to balance and in the seasons.

Evening Routine

  • Take Triphala with Warm Water: 1 hour before sleep. Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic formulation and is revered for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the digestive tract while replenishing, nourishing and rejuvenating the issues. It supports healthy elimination upon waking in the AM.

  • Keep a Regular Bedtime: Having a scheduled bedtime lets the body know that it is time to wind-down and recuperate.

  • Promote Healthy Sleep: If you want to support healthy deep sleep, consider a warm bath, a warm glass of milk with nutmeg and cardamom, or a cup of relaxing herbal tea, apply relaxing essential oils. It is best to stay away from stimulating conversations, TV or music an hr before sleep.

  • Daily Use of Essential Oils to Balance Doshas: The regular use of essential oils topically, internally, or as a diffusion can significantly impact the balance of the doshas. Below are suggestions for oils for each dosha. Learn More

    • Vata: Basil, Cardamon, Rosemary, Frankincense, Lemon, Wild Orange, Neroli and Rose

    • Pitta: Coriander, Chamomile, Lavender, Fennel, Ylang Ylang, Yarrow, Peppermint and Jasmine.

    • Kapha: Bergamont, Lemongrass, Clary Sage, Grapefruit, Melissa, Rosewood, Ginger, and Black Pepper

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The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of Ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease.