3 Ayurvedic Self-Care Daily Rituals

3 Ayurvedic Self-Care Daily Rituals

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. 

Mouth Health

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

Eat Wisely

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.

Dosha Types:

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

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The Essential Bali Guide

The Essential Bali Guide

Bali has something to offer to everyone. A magical destination with amazing rich culture and traditions welcomes you. Offering vibrant atmosphere, year-round pleasant climate, value for your money, stunning views and amazing surf.

We’ve put together an essential guide with “must do’s” while in Bali.

1. Attend a Kecak Dance:

The Kecak dance is a 70-man choir singing the story of the imperiled princess Sita, her vengeful prince Rama, and the besotted demon king Rahwana whose infatuation sets the whole narrative into motion.

A unique experience expressing the Balinese tradition and culture. 

You will be able to find them all over the island but We highly recommend the Uluwatu Temple Kecak show- show starts at 18:00 everyday except public holidays.

2. Paddle Out to Catch Some Waves:

No matter if you are a surfer or not. Bali is made for surfing. Many spots in Canggu are suitable for beginners like us! 

If you travel down to spots like Uluwatu you will be in for a treat, cleaner waves suitable for intermediate and advanced surfers but beaches like Padang Padang (right) is a nice one for beginners during high tide. For all the beginners out there: Grab a board and get an instructor on the beach and you are ready to go!

3. Taste the Food Diversity in Canggu:

Canggu is food lovers paradise! Local food, fusion, vegan and the best coffees and desserts. Compensate that with a little surf and you will be a full-time foodie when staying in Canggu.

Our favorites are:

Oma Jamu (vegetarian)

Betelnut Café 

Nalu bowls

Vida café

Fabricca Pizzeria

Peloton Supershop (vegetarian)

4. Incredible Sunsets at a Temple:

There are quite a few traditional temples in Bali but you will catch beautiful sunsets at :

Uluwatu Temple: one of the six sad kahyangan, major Balinese temples, but also the site of one of the famous nightly kecak performances. The temple stands atop of a 200 foot cliff in the southern part of the island and was constructed in the 10th century.

Tanah Lot temple: The magnificent sea temple stands on a rock just off shore and accessing it is only available during low tide. Visitors wait patiently for the tide to go down so that they are able to walk up to the rock and see the temple up close. It is said that during the 15th century, priest Nirartha instructed local fisherman to construct this temple.

 

 

5. Tegalalang Rice Terraces:

Located in magical Ubud, Along with the Sacred Monkey Forest Tegalalang is the most iconic of all the attractions in Bali therefore they can get quite crowded. We recommend visiting the terraces early in the morning or later in the afternoon to escape both the crowds and the midday heat. From the top of the road, you get stunning panoramic views of the terraces, which is really an irrigation system called Subak dating back to the 8th century. Be sure to venture deep into the jungle to take in and appreciate this ancient form of engineering.

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Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in Koh Phangan

Top 5 Vegan Restaurants in Koh Phangan

We are big time foodies here at The Wild Guru. During our visit to the beautiful island of Koh Phangan, Thailand, we toured around the island and discovered some pretty awesome cafes/restaurants on the North West side of the island (Sri Thanu). This area is also a well-known mecca for yoga schools, healing and meditation centers, and retreats: the perfect combination for a lovely vacay in paradise.

Getting back to our favorite subject: FOOD! We are sharing with you a solid and concise list of our top 5 restaurants that you must check out while in Phangan that offer tasty and creative vegan food. (list is in order of amazingness)

# 1 Eat. Co: The food here is just beyond incredible. Their whole menu is 100% vegan and the staff is super friendly.

Food explodes in flavors and the desserts are a must! Our favorite dishes include: cheesy kebab chip bomb or the kebab burger, hummus and Co (breakfast menu), bean me up bowl and you can’t skip their baked Twix dessert bar.

 

#2 Green Gallery: A super cute laid-back eatery ran by two lovely Israeli sisters. Their menu has plenty to offer on starters, mains, sandwiches and drinks. With delicious Middle East inspired dishes and perfect portions, this place will keep calling you back. Our favorite dishes include: shawarma plate or sandwich style, falafel sandwich, mushroom and onion pie, vegan cream cheese pastry and burekas.

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Nourish to Flourish

Nourish to Flourish

Today I’d like to focus on the physical, mental and emotional! For many reasons some of us forget to stop for a minute to give time to ourselves either because of busy schedules or simply because we don’t think it will make a difference or have an impact in your daily life.

The fact is that if you love yourself more, you will be more successful. Self-care will wrap you around positive energy and lift you. I have gathered some tips to help you love yourself more and keep you sharp, motivated and healthy from inside out.

·      Stay inspired! Watch documentaries/ TED talks or take an online course to learn a new skill.

·      Express and manifest: Do some journaling or practice meditation.

·      Disconnect to connect: unplug from technology. Turn off your phone for a couple of hours.

·      Let go: de-clutter your closet/cabinets and while doing so, donate what you don’t need to those  who are in need. Putting a smile on someone’s face will fill your heart with flowers <3

·      The time is NOW: stop waiting for the weekend, for summer, for love…today is what you have.

·      Get out: discover where your closest state park is, connect with nature, pick a day to go for a hike or walk and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you.

·      Sanctuary rituals: earth is home. Find ways that you can help keep her and her inhabitants happy and clean. Recycle, participate in beach clean ups, donate to animal shelters or sanctuaries that protect wild life.

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