Let’s admit it!
The lifestyle we are following right now is not even near the word "healthy."
This is why we see every other day that people are getting sick. We work so hard to take care of ourselves in the long run, but we forget to take care of ourselves daily.
Here in this article, we’re talking about the top ayurvedic rituals (routines) to keep yourself healthy, improve your lifestyle, and attain longevity.
The story of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is one of the most ancient medicinal systems that originated in India. The fundamentals of Ayurveda work on balancing the doshas (Kâpha, Vâta, and Pitta) of the body to make the mind and body fit. One unique fact about Ayurveda is that it’s not just a system of medicine. Instead, Ayurveda is a whole system of living. If you follow the ayurvedic dinacharya (routine), you will live a healthier life.
So, let's look at how we can incorporate Ayurveda into our daily lives.
1. Fix your sleep; learn from "the sun"
Let’s start fixing our sleeping cycle. Everyone should wake up in the Brahma-muhurta, according to Ayurveda. Brahma-Muhurta is a time period that starts 1 hour, 36 minutes before sunrise and ends 48 minutes before sunrise.
The energy you gain in the morning depends on how well you sleep through the night, as the Kapha dosha dominates in winter. Going to bed before 10 p.m. in the winter is recommended because it relieves laziness and makes you feel energised in the morning. However, you should set a specific time to wake up and sleep so that your body can rest properly, and you can maintain a routine.
Additionally, it is recommended that one not sleep during the day, as it reduces the digestive fire and increases Kâpha.
Read more about the "power of sleep" here.
2. Your tongue has something suspicious on it
After fixing our sleep cycles, let's jump into our morning routine. The ayurvedic morning ritual says that you must remove the toxins that have accumulated on your tongue. It is called Ama. It's a whitish substance that accumulates on our tongues at night. It's best to use copper tongue scrapers, as they are antibacterial, so that you can wash them at the end of this ritual.
If you follow this ritual, your mouth will be healthy, and it will also improve your breath.
3. Sesame oil can make your mouth health.
Another morning Ayurvedic ritual is Gandush. It is an oral hygiene ritual in which you must make mouthwash with a tablespoon of sesame oil before breakfast. All you have to do is take a tablespoon of sesame oil and pass it through your mouth for 5 to 20 minutes. By the end, the oil will have accumulated all the toxins in your mouth; spit it out when finished. This ritual is highly effective in the long run for oral hygiene.
4. Hot water and your stomach have a good relationship.
a. Warm water for the mornings
You must have heard that drinking warm water in the morning helps clear your bowels. But do you know where this information comes from?
Well, again, Ayurveda says if you drink lukewarm water in the morning, it helps activate your digestive fire.
To follow it correctly, you should boil the water, keep it cool, add some lemon juice (according to your dosha), and you’re good to go.
b. Warm water during the daytime
Drinking warm water all day is good for the digestive system and overall health, according to Ayurvedic medicine. Vata-profiled individuals require hot beverages in the winter to counteract the chill.
5. Clear your nose with simple practice
One of the most widely practised Ayurvedic rituals is Jala Neti. This ritual is done with the help of a little water, called a neti pot. To do this, put warm water in the can with mild salt. Now, lean a little forward, pour the water slowly into one of your nostrils, and let it come out of the other.
This is one of the most practised and effective rituals among people who practise yoga and Ayurveda.
This ritual has enormous benefits, from curing ENT diseases and hypertension to purifying the nostrils.
6. Your face and body both require massage
Another Ayurvedic ritual is to improve blood circulation. To do this, you need warm coconut or sesame oil and a soft brush. You must dry brush the oil off your body and massage it before taking a bath. Start from your chest and gently reach your heart in a circular motion. After that, massage your face down to your toes.
Doing this will improve the blood circulation in your body, and it is also helpful to keep your mind calm and energised the whole day. Here is how you can get glowing skin.
7. Yoga, meditation, and breathing
To charge our body up and limit the onset of Kapha, we should do certain rituals in the morning that will indeed make us healthy in the long run.
We should start our day with gentle sports or yoga. It is always recommended to attain a healthy lifestyle. Everyone should practise yoga or sports daily.
If you are not sporty, you can go for yogic sessions such as Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). It undoubtedly aids in the awakening of the entire body. Moreover, if you consistently practise it for the long run, you will feel nobody aches or back pains. Secondly, if you think sports and yoga are too much of a drag, go for a walk in the morning.
Want a stress-free day?
Go for meditation if you want your whole day to be stress-free. Sit in a quiet place with your eyes closed, and focus on positivity. Clear your mind from daily stress and focus on your body, senses, and environment. Meditation has some miraculous benefits, but it works with consistency.
"Good health cannot be attained in a single day." "It's a duty that makes your mind and body strong."
We summed up some of the top Ayurvedic rituals everyone must practise attaining good health and longevity. These rituals are simple yet effective, but the catch is consistency. If you master the art of being consistent, you will win the race.
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