Ayurveda, or Ayurvedic medicine, is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, based on the belief that the key to health and wellness is keeping a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. Ayurvedic ideas draw on the influence of nature, its rhythms and cycles, and its connection with the broader community of life.
It’s no surprise, then, that those who follow an Ayurvedic lifestyle tend to cumulate a morning routine focused on staying balanced and feeling well throughout the day:
- Wake up early (and consistently), between 3:00 and 6:00 a.m.
- Called the “ambrosial hours,” 3:00 to 6:00 a.m. is when the atmosphere contains a clarity and lightness, helping us more easily awaken.
- Scrape your tongue.
- Tongue scraping removes bacteria that have accumulated on the tongue overnight and supports the natural detoxification of the digestive tract overall.
- Brush your teeth and drink a glass of warm water.
- Drinking the warm water helps to cleanse and awaken your digestive tract.
- Keep in mind it’s best to drink only after you’ve cleaned your mouth, that way you don’t swallow the bacteria and toxins that accumulated there overnight.
- Oil pulling, either briefly (1-2 minutes) or for as long as 15-20 minutes.
- A big part of the Ayurvedic routine is oil pulling or swishing a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut, olive, or sesame oil) in your mouth to strengthen the teeth, gums, jaw, and voice.
- Once you’ve finished pulling, gently massage a bit of the oil into your gums, which benefits the circulation in them.
- Awaken and reflect.
- Splash cold water in your eyes to help cool, soothe, and relax your eyes while also helping you feel more vibrantly awake.
- Take the time for meditation, prayer, or quiet reflection, to sit quietly and breathe slowly and deeply for a few minutes. This helps calm the nervous system and keep you grounded throughout the day.
- Practice yoga.
- Considered a sister science of Ayurveda, yoga is recommended as a way to loosen and awaken the body, promoting healthy circulation and moving stagnation from the organs and tissues.
- Ayurvedic Oil Massage
- Next, comes your reward for waking up at three in the morning: Abhyanga, or the Ayurvedic Oil Massage.
- Using about ¼ cup warm massage oil or sesame oil, give yourself a massage, making sure to include the ears, top of the head, and feet.
- Aaand breakfast.
Throughout the day, you’ll want to continue to establish consistent times for work, meals, and the other routine parts of your day. Remember to keep an appropriate pace for yourself, making sure to not take on too much at once, with this morning routine and throughout your day.
What’s an essential part of your morning routine that stimulates your well-being throughout the day? Tell us about it in the comments! If you can’t think of anything, try incorporating one or more of these Ayurvedic practices into your mornings.