Beginning from how to start the day on the right note, to planning your day for it to be stress free, to even calling an end to the day with the right frame of mind, here is how you can make Ayurveda a part of your everyday life for a healthier, fitter and happier you!
It is best to wake before 6:00 am
The rays of the rising sun increase Prana, or Life’s Energy forces in the body, which is why it is important to expose your body to them for a great start.
As soon as you wake up, drink a glass of warm water on an empty stomach. This will eliminate all toxins in your body and promote healthier bowel movements.
Brush Your Teeth
After you drink water, make sure that you brush your teeth well before you have your cup of tea. Scrape all corners of your tongue and the insides of the cheeks well. Accordingly, to Ayurveda, a healthy mouth means a healthy body, since most disease-causing germs and bacteria gain entry in to your body through your mouth.
This is a kind of self-massage using oil which will increase blood circulation in the body, helping to increase the production of endorphins in the body and improving lymphatic circulation as well. It gives a boost to your immune system and also uplifts the mood. Once done, follow with a refreshing bath.
Set the right tone for the day with Yoga
Begin with light stretches and then practice yoga asanas based on your flexibility. Practising yoga should be a part of your lifestyle; do not think of it as a fitness routine for your body alone, but a workout for your mind, body and spirit combined.
Once done with your yoga asanas, try to meditate to set the right intentions for your day. This will bring about a tranquil peace of mind since your body is already relaxed after practising It is far easier now to reconnect with your inner thoughts.
Eat a nourishing breakfast
Your body the much-needed nutrients to carry on with a hectic day. Make sure that your breakfast is wholesome so that it imparts both mental and physical energy.
Have an early lunch by 1:00 pm
Make sure it is not a hurried affair, but rather sit down and concentrate just on the act of eating, chewing and relishing the flavours. Do not eat at your desk or while watching TV; your meal should have your full attention.
Dinner should be the lightest meal and must be eaten by 7:00 pm
An early meal digests easily and hence, by the time you get to bed, you neither fell too full or too bloated. Eating your meal late at night will interfere with a peaceful sleep cycle.
Go for a walk after dinner
This is not a brisk walk, rather a stroll that lets you stretch your muscles and further aids in digestion.
Get into bed at 10 pm
Maintain regular sleep timings so that when you wake up early tomorrow morning, you feel refreshed and recharged.