Ayurveda in Daily Life — Healthy Living
There is more to Ayurveda than what meets the eye!
Ayurveda, as a science, is based on the fundamentals of maintaining harmony and balance between mind, body and soul. Dating back some 5000 years, Ayurveda is being adopted as an integral part of lifestyle by people from across the globe at a rapidly increasing rate. Its popularity has been growing worldwide for numerous reasons and most significant among them being its reliance on natural and organic resources. So much so that Ayurvedic techniques and ayurvedic home remedies are in fact surpassing the usage of other drugs used to cure primary as well as chronic diseases, illnesses and ailments using various medicinal plants.
Ayurveda emphasizes on incorporating its practices in daily life to maintain good health and focused mind. . It states that along with one’s diet, it is also essential to regulate one’s lifestyle. This application in our lifestyle is categorized as ‘Dinacharya’.
Ayurveda explicitly states that it is imperative to follow a daily schedule to maintain a healthy lifestyle and by following an Ayurvedic dinacharya you can live a disease free life.
Tips for following an Ayurvedic dincharaya:
While following a dincharaya is important, to know how to kick start and keep one’s self engaged with it is equally significant. Here are few ways in which you can regularize your daily life following Ayurvedic Dincharaya and uplift your mood and energy levels instantly.
1. Rise & shine: According to Ayurveda, pre-dawn hours, between 4:30 a.m. to 5 a.m, is an ideal time to wake up and shine. These are the hours that are dominated by vata dosha and the energy around this time makes it easier for you to get out of the bed. Pre-dawn is also considered to be an auspicious time of the day as it is a certain amount of calmness and tranquility in the atmosphere making it easier to meditate around this time.
2. Rinse: Cleansing your mouth of any germs or pollen that might have accumulated overnight will make you feel fresh and rejuvenated. There is a technique called jala neti that Ayurveda prescribes. It involves cleaning your sinus, nasal passage and mouth with the help of a tea pot like vessel called a neti pot. All you have to do is put water in the neti pot along with ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt and using the spout of the vessel to pass the water from one side of the nostril and letting it pass out from the other.
3. Cleansing of the senses: To enhance all your senses, they should be thoroughly cleaned in the morning. Clean your ears with sesame oil and your eyes with rose water. Brush your teeth and clean your tongue to enhance your taste buds and stimulate digestive responses.
4. Oil massage: Regular oil massages in the morning will ensure your tissues don’t get dry, your body stays moisturized and proper blood circulation is stimulated for a calmer and healthier nervous system.
5. Exercise: This can be in any form, be it jogging or yoga like Surya Namaskar. Regular exercising strengthens your muscles, reduces fat and also removes stagnation from the body.
6. Bathe: Bathing helps remove excess oils and dirt from the surface of the skin, makes you feel fresh and rejuvenated and energized to take on the rigours of the day.
7. Meditate: Meditation helps you focus on your goals, keep your mind, body and soul work in tandem with each other, calm your nervous system and make your mind feel stable and steady.
8. Unwind: It is very important to unwind post a hard day’s work. As the sun goes down, go home and relax and send your body the signal that the day’s grind has finally come to an end. Dim the lights, light some scented candles, lie down, close your eyes and relax with soulful music playing in the background. Doing this will not only relax your mind, body and soul but also release stress, tension and pressure out of your body and make you feel happy and relaxed. Spending time with your family is another way of relaxing so do it as often as possible.