Daily routines (Dinacharya), are a very important part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Routines are also extremely beneficial for people with a dominant Vata dosha. Vata, being comprised of air and ether tend to need grounding and routines are a good implementation for a calm state of mind and a great way to start the day!
Wake up times do vary depending on your dosha, however around 6am or earlier is recommended. This is considered the purest time of day.
It is recommended to eliminate bowels first thing in the morning, if possible! Ayurveda believes in not suppressing bodily urges, but do not strain either. The earlier the bowels are eliminated, the less ama (toxins) being built up in the body.
Wash face with lukewarm water and splash the eyes. Tongue scrape and brush teeth, oil pulling is also suitable at this time.
Self massage (abhyanga) with suitable oil is ideal to stimulate organs and keep young and supple. If possible allow the oil to absorb for 10 to 15 minutes prior to showering. Water should not be hot or cold, lukewarm is preferable.
Drink a glass of warm water, lemon or ginger is also suitable to cleanse the body and also stimulate digestion prior to eating breakfast. I love to have fresh grated ginger in the morning, being Vata this is a fantastic way to fire up the agni!
Meditation and or yoga asanas are ideal at this time for preparing the mind and body for the day ahead. Try setting an intention for your day at this time.
Breakfast should be wholesome and nourishing, avoid raw foods for Vata. Suggestions of food can be found under your dosha Vata, Pitta or Kapha.
Now you’re ready to take on the world!
Stay tuned for our next blog on the art of tongue scraping and more on your daily routine. Give it a go and let us know how you feel.