The principles of Ayurveda can be used every single day to reveal a healthier, happier, more balanced you.
By combining Ayurveda and self-care you can promote a better sense of self, improve your self-worth, and actively boost your confidence levels, and it’ll leave you feeling pretty brilliant!
As with most routines, an Ayurvedic inspired regime should start in the morning. From self-massage to oral hygiene, we take a closer look at the mindful Ayurvedic principles that will help you fall in love with yourself every day!
Wake with (or even before) the sun
Until you commit to waking with or before the sun, you won’t appreciate its powerful plus-points. Awakening at sunrise is so much more than getting up early.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, an early wake-up call exposes you to the solar energy that keeps us uplifted for the rest of the day.
It’s at sunrise when the doshas tend to shift, taking your body from the sleepy haze of night to the charged and renewed feeling of day.
With this in mind, waking with the sun leaves us happy and more positive, lighter, and more productive, and promotes that deeper self-awareness that only comes with exposing ourselves to the power of early sunshine.
That first hit of sunlight can also have a beneficial effect as the day draws to a close, and it’s backed by science.
We’ll let Verywell Health explain more:
“Getting morning sunlight can help you sleep better at night. That might not seem to make any sense.
However, there’s evidence that it’s true, especially if you have a circadian rhythm disorder. That’s because of numerous factors, including:
- Body temperature, because sunlight can warm you up
- Morning production of the stress hormone cortisol
- Increases in the level of the hormone serotonin, which is important to sleep.”
Make meditation your first task of the day
Meditation should be a vital part of everyone’s every day, and its effects are even more powerful when practised first thing in the morning.
When you have only just woken up, your brain is more susceptible to meditation’s mindful stillness. It hasn’t started to overthink yet and isn’t too distracted with what’s on the to-do list for the day ahead.
Even a couple of minutes of meditation can work wonders for your mind and body, and these benefits will be experienced for the rest of the day.
Set the tone for an awesome day with this beginner’s guide to morning meditation.
Invest in a good oral hygiene routine
Unbeknown to most, oral hygiene plays a fundamental role in the Ayurvedic self-care routine.
Good oral health maintains healthy gums, teeth, lips, and tongue, which is essential considering the mouth is the gateway to your digestive system.
Naturally antimicrobial herbal toothpaste, combined with a vertical brushing technique, is a great place to begin.
Those looking to step up their Ayurvedic oral hygiene routine should add tongue scraping to the mix too.
Tongue scraping is not only relaxing, it actively reduces the odour-causing bacteria that’s difficult to remove through brushing alone.
We’d recommend investing in a stainless steel or copper tongue scraper – plastic scrapers are more difficult to clean.
Use the scraper from the back to the front of your tongue 5 to 7 times, before brushing and flossing. Tongue scraping should also be performed before your first drink of the day.
Soothe your soul with sips of warm water
Drinking warm water, especially in the morning, is suggested in many traditional Ayurvedic texts. The energising nature of warm water stimulates the digestive system so you can start the day off right.
According to Ayurvedic principles, drinking warm water also improves blood circulation to aid detoxification, enhances physical and mental performance, soothes symptoms of seasonal illnesses, and can remedy aches and pains – including menstrual cramps and migraines.
The powerful purifying effects of warm water have a positive impact on the mind too, with a cup of warm water leading to better balance and clarity.
You can be as creative as you like with your morning beverage. Infusing warm water with herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables will unlock yet more positives.
Continue to support your Ayurvedic lifestyle throughout the day with a diet that balances your dosha.
Discover your Ayurvedic body type and receive a personalised diet plan by taking our quiz.
Indulge your body and mind with self-massage
Dry brushing or ‘garshana’ is another mindful Ayurvedic ritual that can work wonders for the skin and prepare your body for the day ahead. But those looking for yet more daily indulgence should add another Ayurvedic treatment to their morning must-dos.
Self-massage or ‘Abhyanga’ should be performed before your morning bath or shower but after dry brushing.
It’s a gentle, warming, and stimulating technique that soothes dryness, reduces visible signs of ageing, promotes better quality sleep, and actively encourages healthy skin.
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