Wellness today has turned into a complex commodity, and feeling happy and healthy seems more like a conservative venture than a personal one. Leading the kind of lifestyle, we trained ourselves well where we feel great after buying something new or reserve for those two days (weekend).
But true wellness comes from within when we treat our body and mind with delicacy and regard and invest in each movement that adds to our happiness. Being respectful to self is needed for long and better living, and surely a tricky task to achieve.
There are limitless options to choose, with no answer to the question of true wellness. The quest for optimum health is still unsolved, and our hunt goes on.
Ayurveda – the science of life, an ancient healthcare system that has been practiced for centuries to gain overall wellness has the answer to all our questions.
The practice of Ayurveda is an observant routine that keeps checking on our health thoroughly, keeping the body and mind in the center. Following certain Ayurvedic practices, one can surely improve their health and feel supported by nature’s gift of wellness and longevity.
“Sleep is the best Meditation.”- Dalai Lama
According to Ayurveda, restful and proper sleep is the foundation of good health. There is no substitute for the recommended sleep of eight hours a night. Sleeping properly at night provide many natural benefits, and can’t be replaced with anything else. Train your body and mind for a set routine, stay away from screens before bedtime, relax, drink warm milk or take a hot shower, and go to bed the same time every night.
“Wake up early morning and smile at the rising sun.” – Bob Marley
“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”, indeed the famous quote holds much importance in Ayurveda. As the body is composed of elements of nature, and Ayurveda suggests waking up before the sun and sleeping early tunes the life cycle with the solar cycle that helps to keep the body and mind in balance. Being an early bird also awakens the conscience and intensifies spiritual practices. That one hour benefits you for the whole day, keeping wellness in the count.
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”- Robert Urich
Invest time in the cleansing of the body starting from the bladder to eliminate the toxins and waste. First thing in the morning, empty your colon, the practice helps you to have a comfortable day. Proper bowel movement keeps chronic conditions at bay. The second step of the cleansing process should be brushing your teeth and scraping the tongue. The oral health regime is equally important to remove toxins from the body and also maintain healthy digestion. Shat Kriya cleansing ritual is ideal that makes you feel rejuvenated, splash water on your face, and perform Neti Kriya to cleanse nostrils.
“A good digestion turneth all to health.”- George Herbert
As you wake up, your stomach wakes up too, and deserves simple things to process first interaction of the day. This gives your gut a chance to warm itself up and get ready to take more complex food. Start your day with sipping warm water, or have detox water or lemon and honey water. The process boosts organ functioning, improves metabolism, helps with easy bowel movement, promotes a healthy urinary tract, and brightens the skin.
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“Your body is like the quite talker with the most important thing to say.”- Marrisa
Your body is always saying something or the other, to make you aware of your health; you just need to listen. You’re eating well, sleeping right, and pooping well too, and this must indicate everything is alright in there. Checking with the body isn’t about a regime; it is a sign of respect. By really listening to your body, you understand it and know the methods to protect it, promoting optimum wellness. Know how your body reacts to a certain food, activity, environment, and activity, and understand the signals without ignoring it to get everything on track.
“Detox.Destress.Deflate”- Ayurvedic Mantra
A traditional ancient Ayurvedic detoxification method of removing ama from the body, Oil Pulling involves coconut or sesame oil for swishing around the mouth. The method pulls the waste material out from the body through the mouth. Perform once or twice a week to refresh, enhance the senses, and keep the oral problems at bay.
“Mindful eating is a way to become reacquainted with the guidance of our internal nutritionist.”- Jan Chozen Bays
As per Ayurveda, our diet plays a significant role in balancing the body, mind, and soul keeping it in balanced, and healthy. Ayurveda is a science of mindful eating and provides certain rituals while consuming all your daily meals. Ayurveda encourages to give attention to your food, add colors to your plate, incorporate six different tastes – sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent, eat on time with lunch being the biggest meal when the digestive fire is the strongest, eat food slowly and quietly, consume dosha specific diet- Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, and always consider the nature of the food.
Also Read: Healthy diet plan according to Ayurveda
“Cravings are not about food. Cravings are about Stress.”- Melissa Hartwig
When the mind and body are in harmony, an individual can control the way he/she reacts to tempting stimuli. Ayurveda promotes clean eating, and if you’re following it too, you must have noticed that your body expresses its desires differently. In the case, you must crave for a bowl of salad instead of a burger. The process calls the ideal of being balanced with nature, and your body starts craving for the things that it requires.
“Touch the body, calm the mind, and heal the spirit.”- Anonymous
Every cell of the body needs to stay healthy, and nothing heals yourself better than hand therapy. Massage or Abhyanga is the oldest Ayurvedic practice using herbs, medicinal oils, and powders. Abhyanga helps the body to stay hydrated, exfoliates toxins, and softens the skin. Ayurveda suggests self-abhyanga therapy every morning, and let the oil observe in the body to increase circulation and boost the lymphatic system. Use dosha specific oil, and begin the massage from head to toe using a circular motion method.
“Yoga is not about self- improvement, it’s about self-acceptance.”- Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa
According to Ayurveda, it is an ideal order (yoga, pranayama, and meditation) to perform the ancient practice of health and wellness. Start with the strengthening practice of asanas, followed by a calming practice of breathing and conclude the session with a soulful practice of meditation. The session gets you going while centering the body, mind, and soul, and bestows you a gift of wellness.
From savoring flavored detox water to turmeric latte to welcoming the sun with the holistic practice of yoga, there is Ayurvedic routine for all to embrace overall well-being.