Ayurveda means science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science.) It is a holistic approach to health. For Ayurveda, the mind and body are connected and the most powerful tool to heal the body is the mind. People in India have been using Ayurvedic Practices for over 5000 years for the prevention and treatment of illness through methods such as massage, meditation, yoga, and dietary changes. Read on for 6 Ayurvedic Practices you should be doing to be the healthiest version of yourself!
Meditation – Since the body and mind are connected, meditation, which is known to calm the mind, naturally helps balance the body as well. It is a very important and powerful tool and, if practiced daily, it may help to heal a great number of illnesses, both physical and mental. Meditating for just 10 minutes a day is a great way to start. Try to practice mindful breathing throughout your day, as well.
Tongue Scraping – At night, your body works hard to eliminate toxins. Many of those toxins accumulate in your mouth and especially on your tongue. In Ayurveda, it is vital to get rid of toxins in your body to improve your health. By using a tongue scraper or even a spoon to scrape your tongue every morning, you will help your body detoxify by removing the bacteria accumulated on your tongue during your sleep.
Oil Pulling – Oil pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of oil (we prefer coconut) in your mouth for 15-20 minutes, first thing in the morning after brushing your teeth. Oil pulling is believed to support oral hygiene, detoxify the body, freshen breath, and whiten teeth. Make sure you don’t swallow the oil; when the time is up, simply spit it into the trash (so it doesn’t harden and clog your drains) and rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
Dry Brushing – Dry brushing is a traditional Ayurvedic massage practice that revitalizes the body and buffs away dull cells to reveal smooth skin. Dry brushing is believed to enhance detoxification by stimulating the lymphatic system. The ideal time to dry brush is in the morning prior to showering. Start at your feet, brushing upward toward the heart in gentle, short strokes. Use a clockwise direction on the stomach. Post-shower, apply your favorite body oil or moisturizer for maximum softness.
Mindful Eating – In Ayurveda, it’s not only important to pay attention to what you eat, but also to how you eat. Practicing mindful eating is essential for good digestion and for a good balance of body and mind. It’s very easy to get caught up in our daily lives and eat in a rush or while multitasking. Make time to sit quietly to enjoy your meals. Pay attention to all the flavors and to when your body signals that you’re full. Thoroughly chew each bite; eating like this avoids overeating, bloating, and other digestive problems.
Turmeric – Incorporating turmeric into your diet may help to prevent illnesses. Turmeric is a comforting and potent anti-inflammatory herb. Use it in soups, sprinkle it in veggie recipes and stir-frys, blend it into smoothies, or make your own golden milk lattes! If you’re pressed for time, we love this premade Organic Turmeric Golden Coconut Milk.
Which Ayurvedic Practice will you begin doing? Let us know in the comments!