A best practice guide: an Ayurvedic daily routine
The benefits of following an daily routine are manifold, any routine that is adhered to instills stability and calmness and reliability within your life. The subtler aspects of mind and body are nurtured by this reliability. Harmony in your life ensues and harmony creates a calm mind and a healthy body.
The benefits are to your mind and your body, as mind is usually the reason we have illness. A calm mind will benefit your vata related illnesses which means you will suffer a lot less ill effects of stress, and will be more on form and adaptable to life’s challenges. Benefits of a daily routine
- Stress will be managed in a positive way and become a motivator instead of destroying your immunity and aging you.
- Lower chance of blood pressure related problems, and if you already have hypertension it will ease the symptoms and eventually it is most likely you can go off the medications.
- Lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, it can even reverse insulin resistance.
- A calmer disposition
- Supreme health
- Longevity/anti aging benefits
So what should a daily routine in harmony with Ayurveda be? Well luckily this is well documented in ayurveda and it is called Dinacharya.. heres the basic formula!
- Wake up before sunrise (at least 30 mins) remember the old adage, “early to bed early to rise makes a person healthy wealthy and wise” this benefits longevity through helping you sleep better. a. Do not jump out of bed, a good practice is to focus on your hands or a devotional image, and then become aware of your body, focus your awareness and “feel” it. This helps to bring your consciousness fully into your day b. A useful exercise for your memory, lay in bed and try recall all the events of the day before from sunrise to you waking. This improves the memory and intellect(makes it keen)
- Perform morning ablutions this helps get rid of the toxic load in your body, if you battle it is advisable to take triphala in the evening before or upon waking(at 5 am) this will gently assist you in going to the toilet, without any side effect or dependency whilst nourishing your whole system, Triphala in fact is a rasayana(or longevity tonic)
- Clean the tongue use either a tongue scraper or a tablespoon, this serves 2 purposes it detoxifies your system of the “fur” which accumulates there and the tongue is like the foot in reflexology, every organ in the body is represented by marma points(acupressure points) so scraping the tongue is giving your internal organs a quick “balancing tune up or tonic”.
- Take a Bath and oil the body this is very good practice for longevity, oiling the body assists it in lymph drainage and circulation of the plasma and lymph all over the body, a dual detox and nutritive effect it also keeps you from getting wrinkles and slows aging significantly. A good oil is Sesame for all constitutions but especially good for anti aging, Pitta constitution may prefer sunflower oil, Kapha may prefer corn oil. Other benefits from oiling the body is because in essence its an opportunity to and connect with the body and appreciate it, a massage, enjoy! Bathe after the oil self massage.
- Exercise in the early morning is the best time to exercise as it is the time , a 30 walk is very good, and if you can fit the time do some yoga poses or tai chi/qigong all of these activities benefit your health and longevity and lower your stress and balance your blood pressure.
- Meditate for about 15-30 mins meditation helps you to get a very calm and balanced mind, which is an extremely good antidote to all the stress of a modern lifestyle and modern pace of life. It has become a requirement for peace of mind.
After this you can go about your daily business but always be mindful to try and help others and have a compassionate heart.