Ayurveda means life science or life wisdom. There are simple practices and rituals that we can do that can drastically shift our daily experience. In my Ayurvedic consultations, I always prescribe the daily rhythm. I also encourage people to do one thing at a time so they do not feel overwhelmed by this list of things to do. This is the perfect way to start a self care ritual and create habits that will create a sense of well-being. Small changes have big impact and evolve over time. Marjorie Nass and I create this list when we were teaching our Optimal Health Workshops. We started with the evening routine because the evening ritual will allow for you to wake up and do the morning routine.
Create the Atmosphere for a Good Night’s Sleep
Eat a light meal before 7pm. A smaller, simpler meal of soup and salad or cooked vegetables will make it possible for you to unwind and head to bed earlier
Oil massage and a warm bath will promote good sleep
Restorative yoga postures, breath practices and meditation
Shut off screens (computer, TV, smart phones) before 9pm
Begin your Day
Rise before the sun
Scrape your tongue and brush your teeth
Splash water on your face
Drink at least 12-24 ounces of room temperature to hot water
Eliminate. Yes, poop
Practice meditation, breath practices and yoga postures
Dry brush your skin
Oil massage with organic sesame, almond or coconut oil before or during your shower.
Oil pull (swish) with one teaspoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil for 5-20 minutes during your shower. Spit the oil out in the trash. Rinse your mouth with warm water.
Neti pot. Clear nasal passages. Put sesame oil, coconut oil or ghee in your nostrils
When you are hungry eat a light breakfast to sustain you until lunchtime. Try a green juice, smoothie or stewed apples, depending on the season
Sustain Your Energy
Schedule and eat lunch between 12pm and 2pm. Make it the largest meal of the day in a relaxed atmosphere. Avoid eating on the run
Notice the how, when, where and why of eating
Chew your food slowly and receive the nourishment from the meal
If you want more information on how these daily rituals can change your life, book an Ayurvedic consultation with me.
Have a great day!