There is a famous adage that masters your morning and masters your life. It totally relates to how we start our day really matters. It really makes a huge difference if you wake up early, cleanse your body and have a self-care routine. So wasting your best part of the day can also ruin the mood for the rest of the day. In Ayurveda having a daily ritual that we should dedicate some time to nourish our body and cultivate a sense of deep respect for us. When it comes to being your best self-care is the first step towards it. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda the daily ritual of the self-care is known as dincharya that has been developed from the Sanskrit words ‘Dina’ means day and charya means practice. In order for it to be more effective, it should be part of our daily routine.
According to the Ayurveda, the practices of dincharya or rituals should be practiced in the mornings to create the foundation for the rest of the day. So here are some self-care rituals you must include in your daily routine.
Wake up with the sun
According t to Ayurveda morning carries the highest energies and one must wake up between 4 to 6 am as this is the best time to be in touch with your inner consciousness. When you wake up instead of straightly jumping out of the bed take some moment to set an intention for the rest of the day.
Move to the bathroom
Emptying your bowel is the key to optimal health. It helps in regulating your digestive system hence give your body space and time to empty your bowel. Also, you can give yourself a self-massage on the abdomen and deep breath in your belly to stimulate it.
After that practice oil pulling to remove ama (toxins) from your mouth. Take a spoonful of coconut oil or sesame oil and swish around your mouth for two minutes or you can go for five minutes and spit it out. After that brush your teeth and scrape your tongue to remove the left plaque buildup from your mouth.
Drink the warm honey lemon water
Get a glass of warm honey lemon water and sip on it to stimulate your digestive system, hydrates your tissues. If your bowel movement is slow then this concoction will help you to stimulate your digestion.
Jala neti is the process of rinsing warm water through your nostril to clean your sinus cavity. You can also add a little salt to it this will clean your nasal passage and improve your respiratory health. After that you can put 3 to 4 drops of ghee into your nostril this will improve your vision, mental clarity and enhance your intelligence.
Abhyanga (oil massage)
Abhyanga or self-massage is the best practice to nurture yourself every day. Abhyanga is the ancient Ayurvedic ritual to lubricate your entire body with the help of warm medicated oils according to the health conditions of the body. Till now abhyanga is an essential ritual of every Ayurvedic treatment in Rishikesh. Skin is the largest organs of the body and massaging oil generously keep it smooth supple, strengthen your bones and create a calming effect on your nervous system. You can use sesame oil, coconut oil or sunflower oil according to your dosha and massage yourself using long strokes and let the oil seep in for 15 to 20 minutes before bathing. Regular practice of abhyanga promotes healthy blood and lymph circulation in the body but also remove the cellulite which is a toxic buildup in the body.
Even though any sort of movement bring balance in the body and mind but Ayurveda recommends for yoga to create a balance between mind, body and soul. Yoga helps your mind to become strong by connecting it to yourself through the mean of your breath. Even though you are short on the time practice 6 to 7 rounds of sun salutations gently wake up each and every organs and muscle of your body.
Amid every chaos take some time to sit with yourself, your thoughts and being in the present moment. Even though for 5 minutes meditate and connect to your inner consciousness particularly in the morning. According to the Ayurveda as in after a whole night of restful sleep, your mind is clear and ready for the day.
A morning bath is a necessary ritual of an Ayurvedic dincharya as it cleanses your body, remove impurities and relax your muscles.
Eat a healthy breakfast
Eat a wholesome breakfast made with fresh and whole food. Chew your food well, eat mindfully, enjoy each and every bite of your meal and go on with the rest of your day