Ayurveda recommends a beautiful flow of rituals that make the morning a great time to take care of ourselves and lavish our being with attention and self love. It’s called Dinacharya .Your morning routine begins the night before: Getting in bed by 10 p.m. will help you start the morning off right.
By Anya Ladra
1. Wake up at sunrise: The ideal time to arise is about two hours before dawn, around 4:30 to 5:00 AM. This is the time when there is maximum Sattva, or vibration of purity and perfection in the universe. Some exceptions to this rule of rising so early are the very young, the very old, parents with small children, and convalescents who may require more sleep. Upon waking, do not get out of bed right away. Try to be aware of your body and feel grateful to be alive before your toes touch earth pray.
2. Drink warm lemon water: This helps to wash the G.I. tract, flushes the kidneys and stimulates peristalsis.
4. Gently scrape your tongue: Buy a silver tongue scraper. Scrape from back to front 5-8 times. The tongue is a mirror of your intestines. When there is a thick white coating on the tongue, it is indicative that ama (toxins) are present. Tongue scraping helps prevent diseases of the oral cavity, improves our ability to taste, gets rids of old food debris and prevents bad odor in the mouth.
5. Wash the face, mouth, teeth and eyes: Splash your face with cool water. Wash the eyes with cool water or real-deal rose water.
6. Mouth detox: Take 1-2 tablespoons of pure coconut butter or sesame oil (not toasted) in the mouth. Gargle and swish until it creates a liquid texture (about 10-15 minutes), and then spit out. This strengthens teeth, gums and jaw.
7. Use a neti pot: Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to warm water in the pot and drain through each nostril. Afterwards, put 3-5 drops of warm sesame oil or ghee in the nostrils to lubricate the nose. This keeps the sinuses cleans, improves voice, vision and mental clarity. Our nose is the door to the brain. Nose drops nourish our prana and enhance intelligence.
8. Abhyangam (Self-massage): Massage is one of our greatest allies for total health. It nourishes and soothes the nervous systems, stimulates lymphatic flow and aids in detoxification. It also improves circulation, increases vitality, nourishes the skin and promotes body/mind balance. Leave the oil for 20 minutes to fully absorb- do some yoga in the meantime. I recommend one of beautifully scented body oils by Mauli Rituals – you can choose one for your dosha. To check your dosha, visit www.balanceplan.co.uk.
9. Exercise: One of greatest allies in moving towards balance, exercise boosts the immune system and is an excellent way to counteract depression. Yoga postures are recommended to keep the body flexible, and one should try to customize the personal Yoga practice based upon needs of the body and the requirements of the Ayurvedic constitution.
11. Meditate: Begin your day with some form of breathwork (pranayama) and meditation. Start with five minutes and work up to at least 20 minutes daily. Listen to relaxing sanskrit music such as Heart of the Earth by Ila Spa, fill your room with energizing and uplifitng aroma of essential oils – I am using the mixture of juniper berry and bergamot (use a diffuser- available at Neals Yard Remedies).
12. Eat breakfast.
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