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Category - Daily Routine

Rising

Rise in accordance to the seasons.  It is beneficial to wake up before the sun rises. If you get up around 5:30am, it will be very beneficial.  Waking up after 7:00am in kapha time promotes sluggishness.  

Hot Water To Start The Day

Drinking a glass of hot or warm water straight after rising up in the morning is an excellent daily routine. Hot water first thing in the morning wakes the body up by dilating the channels, it flushes the…

Evacuation

According to Ayurveda, it is important to evacuate the bowels every morning.  If during the day, you carry around the waste material you created at night, you may absorb some of that waste material into your system which…

Excercise

According to Ayurveda everyone should do some exercise every day and it should be practiced before breakfast.  As a general rule, Ayurveda recommends exercising up to one half of one’s capacity, up to the point of a mild…

Pranayama

Pran is the life force of the universe coursing through the nerves of our physical body and the nadis (pathways or prana in the system).  Ayurveda and Yoga uses the breath to manage thoughts and emotions, through the…

Meditation

End pranayama by going right into meditation.  Using meditative techniques can help to raise awareness, instill intention in spiritual practice, remove attachments to the things we like and aversions from the things we dislike and give clarity of…

Breakfast

According to Ayurveda, fasting or skipping breakfast in the morning is not recommended.  Breakfast should include some grains for nourishment and not be sweet but savory.  It is best to be a light meal.  Dietary habits should result in satisfaction,…

Nasya

Ayurveda’s answer to Neti is nasya which is one of the Panchakarmas or 5 actions of purification.  Ayurveda teaches us that bacteria multiplies in our subtle channels, including the sinuses, creating infectious mucus and congestion. During Nasya, a…

Oral Hygiene

Traditionally cleaning the teeth is done by using a tooth powder that is astringent/bitter/pungent in taste (Dasana tooth powder) to clear the accumulated bacteria from the mouth. Scrape the tongue every morning.  To scrape the tongue use an Ayurvedic tongue…

Self Abhyanga (massage)

‘Abhyanga’ or oil massage has been used for thousands of years in India to maintain health and wellbeing, aid restful sleep and increase longevity.  Self massage is incorporated into the daily routine with warm, often medicated oil, massaged…

Bathing

Following the oil massage, take a bath or shower.  In Ayurveda it is a therapeutic activity designed to restore the balance of mind, body and spirit.  Considered to be healing, it enhances physical energy levels, improves mental clarity,…