ABC's of Ayurveda
The word Ayurveda is commonly used amongst the wellness community. It is a sanscrit word that translates to “The Science of Life. The question that is usually followed up in conversation is, what’s your dosha? Ayurveda is a big world with it’s own language and deep tradition. It is a practice that believes everything in the universe is connected and health is achieved by staying in alignment with rhythm of the world that surrounds us. The one thing to know about Ayurveda is that it’s for everyone because the main objective is to preserve and maintain health. Those who are healthy benefit from Ayurveda by becoming stronger and more energized while those who are sick or at dis-ease will be able to bring back their health in a natural way.
Ayurveda has been around for 5,000+ years and in the simplistic form it is a holistic medicine practice from India. Ayurveda is used to prevent and treat a number of ailments but it so much more than that and has really been a foundation for my overall health. For diet, exercise to beauty rituals, for me, it all starts with Ayurveda. Vedas (Ayurveda practitioners or doctors) will determine your dosha, which is essentially your constitutional make up to offer dietary guidance and ways to create balance in your life from massages to herbal and oil remedies. Even if you don’t know your dosha or what Ayurveda really is, there are simple ways to incorporate this beautiful practice into your lifestyle.
Use a tongue scraper first thing in the morning before brushing your teeth. This is a simple one to add to your morning routine. It’s an excellent way to remove toxins and bacteria that accumulate in your mouth while you sleep.
Practice self massage with oils. This is such a wonderful way to practice self care. I like to use warm coconut oil or sesame oil. This luxurious ritual is called Abhyanga. It has many benefits such as hydrated and soft skin with the oil is absorbed. It’s such a nourishing ritual that will enhance circulation and stimulate the lymphatic system.
Get to bed early! Establish a sleep routine and try to wind down a bit earlier. Having a good night’s rest will also help aid digestion and you will wake up early with the sun and ready to hit the ground running!