Daily Ayurvedic Routine

written by Anjula March 13, 2008

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1) Whatever your dosha, awaken early and start the day by meditating. (Sit in bed or on a couch for a moment and be grateful for the day to come).

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2) Next, to help get things moving along and flush your gastrointestinal tract and kidneys, drink a fresh glass of water. (For the best results, the water will have been resting in a copper pot overnight.)

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3) Splash your face a few times with cold water, then wash your eyes with cool water and gently massage them. Blink your eyes 7 times and then give them a bit of an early morning work-out. Rotate them in both directions, side to side, up and down, even diagonally if you can manage it. (This will have you alert and buzzing in no time.)

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4) Use a soft or electric toothbrush when brushing your teeth, (with an herbal powder made from pungent, astringent and bitter herbs or a100% vegetarian dental cream.)

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5) Scrape your tongue after brushing, to send an indirect message to the internal organs and stimulate gastric fire and digestive enzymes. (Although most Westerners forget this simple addition, it’s valuable for a number of reasons.) Be sure to scrape the whole surface of your tongue 7 to 14 times .

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6) Gargle with warm sesame oil to strengthen your teeth and gums, and improve your voice. Swish it around your mouth vigorously, then spit it out and massage your teeth and gums with your index finger. (A teaspoon will do but do not swallow).

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7) Apply warmed sesame oil to the finger tips and massage the inside of your nostrils, taking a moment to inhale the scent — first, through one nostril and then the other. ( This helps clean the sinuses and also improves the voice, vision and mental clarity).

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8) Exercise is an important part of the Ayurveda daily routine. (I recommend yoga warm ups followed by the daily sun salutations).

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9) After exercising take time out to practise pranayama. (Alternate nostril breathing).

Watch this cool 3d Yogi’s demonstration of breathing techniques.

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