5 Ayurvedic self-care rituals to relax and rejuvenate the whole body
Ayurvedic medicine has a long history, first spread through oral traditions, and later recorded in Sanskrit in four sacred texts called Vedas. This ancient Ayurvedic practice is to connect with ourselves and maintain harmony and balance with the natural world. Ayurvedic rituals are not just about preventing disease, not just curing disease; they are also about how to live in a vibrant state. In India, more than 90% of the population uses some form of Ayurvedic medicine. Although it is becoming more and more popular in the West, it is still considered an alternative therapy.
The theory behind this drug is that all areas of life affect a person’s health. In the Western world, we believe in using targeted strategies—usually prescription drugs—to cure specific diseases. Ayurveda treats the body as a whole. Like traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda is about the connection of mind, body and spirit.
The purpose of daily Ayurvedic rituals is to restore the body to its original state of health; true luminous beauty must be supported by health.The core of Ayurveda is Ojas, Our vitality, the essence of our health and happiness. They are our honey, the sap from our body tree. Ojas empowers us to thrive. When our ojas are strong, our body is strong and elastic, our skin is clean and shiny, and our hair is shiny and healthy. Ojas also fills us with love and compassion.
However, the modern world has had an impact on ojas. Constant pressure, processed food, technology, over-expansion, and too much information will deplete ojas and dry them out. When we restore them through meditation, healthy food, and harmony with the universe, we become radiant.
Remove waste and toxins from the body Help ojas flourish, because detox can nourish the system. The purpose of daily Ayurvedic practice is to improve your health. When your body is free of toxins, it can get health benefits from nutritious foods, masks and body oils. Ayurveda does not advocate harsh, one-time detoxification methods, but uses small exercises daily or a few times a week to help ensure that your body always detoxifies and effectively disposes of waste.
Ayurvedic self-care practice
Slowly incorporate these practices into your day. You can start with small things, such as adding fresh produce to your diet, massaging your feet before going to bed, or drying your skin in the morning. Adding these Ayurvedas to your daily life will help you maintain your body’s rhythm and balance. Once you understand your body, you can adjust certain exercises.
1. Tongue scraping
Scraping your tongue every morning can provide you with clues about the efficiency of the digestive system. If you have a thick tongue, this usually means that there is a lot of ama or toxicity in your system. Through this Ayurvedic morning routine, you can measure how well your system excretes toxins.
+ Use a stainless steel tongue scraper (you can find it online or in most health food stores) or a spoon. Scrape gently from the back or bottom of the tongue forward until the entire surface is scraped. This usually needs to be done anywhere from seven to fourteen times. This can remove any bacteria. Gua Sha stimulates the stomach and digestive enzymes to wake up and start working.
+ Rinse your mouth, and then continue to pull the oil as your next Ayurvedic morning ritual.
2. Oil pumping
At night, when you sleep, your body will accumulate toxins while it is resting and clean. Oil pumping can release these toxins. As an Ayurvedic ritual, the first thing in the morning should be to suck oil, and then drink or eat anything. Coconut oil, sunflower oil and sesame oil all work well, but coconut oil has the added benefit of whitening teeth.
+ Take a spoonful of oil and rinse your mouth for fifteen to twenty minutes (this is the recommended time, but sometimes I only use a few minutes to feel the freshness and teeth whitening effect of coconut oil).
+ The important thing is to keep the oil in your mouth instead of swallowing it. It is also wise to spit it in the toilet or trash can because it will clog the sink.
+ After the oil is pulled, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth.
3. Dry brush
The skin is our largest organ and is responsible for 25% of the body’s detoxification capacity, but when the whole body is worthy of respect and respect, we tend to focus our beauty and self-care routines on the face and hands. In addition to being a ritual practice in Ayurveda, Brush the skin all over It has been used for a long time in Scandinavia, Russia, Japan and Greece, as well as the Cherokee tribe (using dried corncobs), just to name a few. Skin brushing helps to remove dead skin. It also stimulates the lymphatic and circulatory system and helps the kidneys and liver release excess hormones accumulated in the organs.
Over time, dry brushing can prevent cellulite and help collagen regeneration. In the short term, it can refresh you. When you shed dead skin, you are also asking for the release of things that no longer serve you. Dry brushing is an Ayurvedic ritual and should be performed before bathing or showering; your skin should be dry.
Practice dry brushing:
+ Use a body brush with natural bristles (I like a body brush with copper inside to help balance the electromagnetic field), starting from the feet and moving up to the torso.
+ Brush each part of the body six times with a long stroke in the direction of the heart.
+ Swipe it, it feels a bit painful but good-just like when you get a very deep stretch.
+ In order to increase the detoxification effect, then take a cold shower.
In the West, we think massage is a special enjoyment, but for many people in India, massage is a regular part of life and Ayurvedic self-care. Babies and toddlers receive massages every day, and when they get older, they will be taught to massage their families. Women receive daily massages for forty days after giving birth. Once you get used to the health and beauty benefits of massage, you cannot do without them.Fortunately for our wallets, Ayurveda considers self-massage, or AbiangaIt is as beneficial as a massage given by others.
Set aside some time every week or every day to practice abhyanga, and you will soon see the benefits of this common Ayurvedic ritual, including conditioning and glowing skin; improving circulation; alleviating joint stiffness; and removing toxins from the body. This is also a wonderful way to get to know your body better. Use sesame oil, sunflower oil or almond oil for massage; if you heat it in a pot of hot water beforehand, it will feel particularly luxurious.
+ Starting from the limbs, apply a lot of hot oil on the body. Use long strokes on your arms and legs, and make circular motions on your joints. Massage clockwise to release pressure, and massage areas such as the neck and underarms to target the lymph nodes.
+ Massage your abdomen and chest in wide, clockwise circular motions. Follow the path of the stomach intestines, moving up on the right side, and then down on the left side.
+ Apply oil to your top wheel and work outwards in a circular motion.
+ Dip your fingertips in the oil and massage your ears.
+ Massage your feet (but be sure to wipe off the oil before walking).
+ Throughout the massage process, send love to your organs and thank your body for everything you have done.
+ Give yourself enough time to allow the oil to seep into your skin before you dress.
If you don’t have time for a full massage, you can always take a small spoonful of shea butter and give yourself a foot massage before going to bed. This is a point massage, and shea butter helps to moisturize dry skin. At the same time, you are respecting your feet-which are your foundation-and how much they do for you throughout the day.
In ancient times, bathing was regarded as a gift of health from the gods. Making bathing one of your regular Ayurvedic rituals may be a healing activity. Almost every night, after I take good care of my work, my daughter and my animals, I indulge in bathing. Taking a bath is the perfect way to enjoy time alone and create a sanctuary for yourself. Bathing is cleansing, can enhance physical and mental energy, eliminate negative emotions, and relax the body and mind.They are also a great way to absorb deeply Essential oil treatment drugs And other ingredients that are good for the skin.
Relaxing mineral bath
One of my favorite relaxation baths of all doshas is the magnesium bath. Most of us are deficient in magnesium, which is due to food depletion caused by overuse of soil beds. Magnesium is essential for healthy skin and hair, helps sleep, and promotes a deep sense of calm and well-being.
+ 1 cup magnesium flakes
+ 10 drops of relaxing essential oil (I like chamomile or lavender)
+ Fill the bathtub with the water temperature that suits you. Add magnesium and essential oils before adding. Soak for 20 minutes or more.
extractWith permission The overall beauty of Shiva Rose (Craftsman Books). Copyright © 2018.