by Wendy Saunders
The key to Ayurveda is creating routines, decreasing the agitated mind and allowing old habits to be replaced by new ones.
Ayurveda daily routines (dinacharya) are the key to improving one’s health and wellbeing. These include eating, sleeping and working at the same time each day.
A routine helps us to create good habits and keep our mind organised and less agitated. Different routines for different times of the day can help keep us on track on important things and help build good habits, structure our time for greater productivity and stay calm.
An Ayurvedic daily routine can look something like this:
- Abhyanga or self-massage: before showering, massage your whole body, using warm, herb-infused oil.
- Tongue cleaning: dating back to ancient times, using a tongue scraper is a great way of promoting oral hygiene.
- Oil pulling: another ancient practice, oil pulling improves the oral flora and prevents tooth decay, strengthening the tissue of gums and teeth. You can use sesame or coconut oil.For more information on Tongue Cleaning and Oil Pulling, please find Poster below from Banyan Botanicals.
- Drink hot water or herbal tea: this is a potent detoxifier first thing in the morning, Add lemon juice to support the liver. Starting with one cup, slowly increasing to three cups. With all suggestions, best to experiment slowly, to see what works best for you.
- Yoga: breathing exercises bring mental clarity and gentle stretches will get your body moving and flowing and help to alleviate any morning stiffness.
- Meditation: be still with and connect to your inner self to guide to towards your day
- Breakfast: eating a nutritionally rich breakfast in alignment with your dosha
- Work: focus on work for allocated time, maximising productivity by eliminating distractions
- Finish a light dinner by 7pm: avoid all food after.
- Go for a peaceful walk: a calming evening walk to get some fresh air and gentle movement after dinner will also help digest your meal which will increase the health benefits even further.
- Oil your feet before bed: massaging each foot before bed is a great way to bring your energy downwards, calm your mind, and release tension from your body.
- Take warm bath or shower: to calm the body, quiet a restless mind, relieve stress, and encourage a sleepy state.
- Drink a calming herbal tea: a soothing cup of herbal tea each night is a great way to induce a sleepy state.
- Perform a few restorative yoga postures. There are a handful of grounding postures to choose from and there are many examples on YouTube. A good one to align your spine is cat-cow. Another simple but effective grounding posture is legs up the wall.
- Perform a short meditation: this will help quiet your mind and calm your nervous system before bedtime. This is best done in Shavasana (corpse pose) lying down.
- Sleep:try to be in bed by 9 to 930pm, asleep by 10pm (or earlier)