Ayurveda originated in India and it is one of the oldest medical practices (almost three thousand years ago) The basic belief is an inextricable bond between the mind, body and soul. According to Ayurvedic medicine there are three energies believed to circulate in the body and govern physiological activity. So I’ve put together 3 Ayurvedic self-care daily rituals that are easy to follow and implement.
Adopting just one or more of the Ayurvedic self-care practices can radically alter your experience of the day and cleanse from inside out.
Rise Before the Sun
Ayurvedic philosophy says that waking up an hour and half before sunrise helps you synchronize with the rhythm of sun, which is a time of pure consciousness.
Vata energy fills the atmosphere during these pre-dawn hours , and since Vata is known for movements this is the ideal time to rise.
Ayurveda recommends we scrape away any white coating on the tongue. This coating is perceived as ama or toxins. By scrapping as soon as we rise, we avoid ingesting these toxins.
Tongue scrappers are sold in many health food stores but the back of a spoon works as well. Scrape the tongue GENTLY, working from the back to the front. Use seven to fourteen strokes to cover the entire area. This will unearth your taste buds and help eliminate the accumulated toxins
Keep your Doshas in Balance. Listen to your body and learn about all the types of foods that can aggravate your Dosha type.
“Doshas” in Ayurveda refer to your unique physical and mental constitution, which influence your personal well-being. Each person has their own dominant dosha or combination of two or three of these elemental forces. Knowing yours can help you maintain balance through seasonal changes for lasting health and peace of mind. You learn more about Doshas here.
Vata: don’t respond well to bitter, astringent and spicy foods
Recommended: Sweet, sour and salty foods
Pitta: don’t respond well to hot, spicy, oily, fried, salty, fermented foods, too much alcohol
Kapha: don’t repond well to overindulgence in food in general it is recommended: consume low-fat and light foods