Thursday, 25 August 2016

Ayurveda Morning Routine

Ayurveda, yoga's sister science can offer a great deal of advice about our morning routine. 

When you wake it is recommended that you scrape your tongue to remove the coating which contain ama, toxins which are the underlying cause of many health issues.  It also means that your food will taste so much better and you will not need to enhance the flavours of your food with sugars and salt. 

Another Ayurveda recommendation is to drink the juice of half a lemon in warm water first thing to light the digestive fire in preparation for breakfast.  

A massage using warm oils is ideal before you take your morning bath.  Vatas should use sesame oil, pittas sunflower or coconut oil and kaphas sesame or almond oils.   Add a few drops of essential oil if you wish - ginger, cardamon or orange are good for vatas, sandlewood or lavender for pittas, eucalyptus, rosemary or sage for kaphas. Use long strokes for your arms and legs, circular movements fr your joints.  Massage your tummy in a circular motion - up the right side, down the left. PLEASE NOTE - do not self-massage if you are pregnant, menstruating or have any medical problems (check with your doctor).

If you can, leave the oils to soak in for 10 minutes before taking a bath (care you do not slip). Pittas should have a bath in cool water, vatas warm and kaphas warmer still. Splash your face and eyes with cold water. Use natural products - remember your skin absorbs any chemicals you put on it.  

If you practice yoga and meditation before sunrise when vata energy dominates is good.  It is also a quiet time for meditation.  Please see my blog post and yoga video, 'Yoga for real life-Morning yoga'-

Follow your yoga practice with a light meal for breakfast. Check out these 'Dessert Breakfasts' on my 'sister' blog for inspiration-   Your digestive fire is strongest at lunchtime when pitta energy dominates so take your main meal then.

Janet x

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