5 Ways To Start An Ayurvedic Lifestyle
Our busy and stressful lives (which typically revolve around money) has us eating processed foods, sleeping late and waking up late, and using our cell phones excessively. This leads to us having a bad body clock, which means having a slow metabolism that can cause various diseases.
But there’s an answer! If you are thinking of making changes in your routine, here are 5 ways you can get started on an Ayurvedic lifestyle.
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1) Be an early riser
Remember how your parents always used to tell you to wake up early in the morning to study for an exam? It is because there are sattvic qualities in the morning that bring freshness and peace to our mind. As it is rightly said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.”
Right after waking up, look at your hands for a while and then gently move them over your face and chest down to the waist. This helps in cleaning the aura.
2) Say a little prayer after waking up
After waking up and before getting out of bed, say a prayer to kick start the day on a positive and peaceful note. This brings freshness and positive energy to your body, mind, and soul and to other people around you.
3) Clean your face, mouth, eyes, and nose and scrape your tongue
Splash water on your face and rinse out your mouth after you get up. Wash your eyes with cool water, blink and rotate your eyes in all directions. To clean your nose from any germs, dust or any congestion, try to include jal neti, a nasal cleaning technique in your daily routine. A teapot-like vessel called a neti-pot is required for the same with warm saline water. According to yoga tradition, it cleans the inner pathway and you are able to breathe fresh air with less congestion.
An Ayurvedic practice called tongue scraping is also important to remove the coating on the tongue that accumulates overnight, which contains toxins, eventually causing illness. Using a tongue scraper, gently scrape your tongue back and forth. Rinse the scraper between sessions.
4) Drink water
You must have heard everyone around you telling you to drink lots of water in a day and keep yourself hydrated. Although it is very important to drink water throughout the day, it is equally important to drink water after you wake up, preferably from a copper jug or glass filled the night before. Drinking water after waking up flushes out the accumulated toxins from your body and makes you fresh and energetic.
5) Drink healthy teas
All-natural, caffeine-free teas from things like peppermint are an amazing way to relax and invigorate the mind and nervous system. You can also add things like ginger or lemon to get the digestive system going.
“Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” – Buddha
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