Example of a Healthy Daily routine
The benefits of following a daily routine are manifold, any routine that is adhered to instills stability and calmness and reliability within your life. The subtler aspects of mind and body are nurtured by this reliability. Harmony in your life ensues and harmony creates a calm mind and a healthy body
What should a daily routine in harmony with Ayurveda be? Well luckily this is well documented in ayurveda and is called Dinacharya. Here's the basic formula!
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Wake up with or just before sunrise
Waking up to health
Remember the old adage, "early to bed early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise" this benefits longevity through helping you sleep better.
Sleep is the mother of all healing as you already know.
Drink a good amount of water upon waking
To combat dehydration from the night and help flush the toxins from the system
Around 1-3 glasses are recommended depending if you have the tendancy to have constipation or not- If constipation is something that afflicts you drink a lot more water at least 2 glasses upon waking, as it is due to having a chronically dry colon that many people have constipation.
Perform morning ablutions
Go to the toilet to empty the body of food and toxins before you put more undigested food in
This helps get rid of the toxic load in your body. If you battle to go to the toilet it is advisable to take triphala in the evening or upon waking, this will gently assist you in going to the toilet without any side effect or dependency whilst nourishing your whole system. Triphala is, in fact, a rasayana (longevity tonic) Triphala is a powder made from 3 fruit and should be available at most good health stores if you cannot get that then soak some raisins and dried figs in water overnight and eat it in the morning(and drink the water)
Failure to eliminate and then eating again leads to toxins going into the organs and causing most of the common chronic diseases.
Clean the tongue
Using either a tongue scraper or a spoon. This serves 2 purposes, first, it detoxifies your system of the "fur" which accumulates overnight and second, the tongue is like the foot in reflexology where every organ in the body is represented by certain points (acupressure points). Scraping the tongue is giving your internal organs a quick "balancing tune up or tonic".
Take a Bath and oil the body
This is very good practice for longevity. Oiling the body assists it in lymph drainage and circulation of the plasma. A dual detox and nutritive effect it also keeps you from getting wrinkles and slows aging significantly. A good oil is Sesame for all constitutions but especially good for anti aging and Vata; Pitta constitution may prefer sunflower oil while Kapha may prefer corn oil. Other benefits from oiling the body are because, in essence, it's an opportunity to connect with the body and appreciate it. Enjoy!
In the early morning is the best time to exercise as it is the time when Kapha is dominant. A 30 minute walk is very good and/or do yoga poses or tai chi/qigong all of these activities benefit your health and longevity, lower your stress and have many health benefits.
A video of the Salute to the sun daily exercise - The salute to the sun
this exercise is one of the best things one can do for all round health, i found a list of benefits.
To list some of the benefits of Suryanamaskar:
Tones up the digestive system by the alternate stretching and compression of abdominal organs. It activates digestion and gets rid of constipation and dyspepsia.
Strengthens abdominal muscles.
Thoroughly ventilates the lungs, and oxygenates the blood.
Acts as detoxifying agent, by getting rid of enormous quantity of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases.
Tones up the nervous system and improves memory.
Promotes sleep and calms anxiety.
Normalizes the activity of the endocrine glands - especially the thyroid gland.
Refreshes the skin. Prevents Skin disorders.
Improves muscle flexibility.
In women, stimulates the breasts to help firmness normally. Restores any lost elasticity, through stimulation of glands and the strengthening of pectoral muscles.
Suppresses menstrual irregularity and assists in easy childbirth.
Prevents loss of hair and graying.
Helps reduce fat.
Reduces abnormal prominence of the Adam's apple.
Eliminates unpleasant smells from the body.
Lends grace and ease of movements to the body.
Revives and maintains the spirit of youthfulness.
Broadens chest and beautifies arms.
Makes the spine and waist flexible.
Produces health, strength, efficiency and longevity.
Meditation helps you to calm and balance the mind, which is an extremely good antidote to all the stress of a modern lifestyle and modern pace of life. It has become a requirement for peace of mind and surviving the harsh effects of stress.
Go to work/Do your normal daily routine
But remain conscious and present
Stay focused breathe and remember to be compassionate and kind
Ethical Conduct during the Day
This is for the peace and stability of your own mind
Dont forget to live with good ethical conduct as this is good for the mind do not exploit or cheat others always be honest and seek to benefit or help others, live with purpose and compassion.
Transition to Bed.
Relax unwind- Disengage
A little before bedtime, take time to read spiritual books, thereafter unwind relax and cease your physical and mental activities.
How an ayurveda Daily routine can help you
A good teaching on how a simple daily routine can improve your health and eliminate even chronic diseases, by Dr Partep Chauhan, a very wise and good ayurveda doctor