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Dinacharya : Ayurvedic Daily Rituals

By Vanesa Curutchet

 

Dinacharya, or Ayurvedic daily routine, has lots of benefits!
In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s very important to have a daily routine. This helps us in many different ways.
A daily routine is absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in one’s constitution. It also regularizes a person’s biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity. In our modern high-tech world, it is crucial for the body to stay in rhythm with nature You can always count on your day starting the same way which helps one feel more stability and steadiness even when you are traveling and it also helps cut down on decision fatigue. This is a big concern for us because we make so many small decisions throughout our whole day.

Vanesa, an Ayurvedic practitioner, describes her morning routine—how to cleanse the body and prevent the buildup of toxins, help keep the senses and mind clear, and nourish the body.

 

Morning; Detoxify, Clean and Nourish

Wake up with the sun at 7:30 am or before.

Mouth

  • Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Oil Pulling; with Organic Coconut or Sesame oil, start with ½ to 1 tbs for 10-15 minutes (can be done during your shower or while you prepare breakfast).

Nose

Clean the nasal passages with slightly salted water (distilled or boiled at room temperature) using a Neti Pot. Finish with a drop of sesame oil in each nostril with a dropper or the tip of your finger.

Body

  • Drink a glass of lukewarm lemon water to evacuate the intestines and bladder, shortly after waking.
  • Massage your body with sesame or coconut oil (1 to 2 ounces). Leave at least 20 minutes on the skin. You can practice Yoga during this time.

Yoga, breathing and meditation

  • Practice yoga postures such as sun salutations for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  • Breathing exercises 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Meditate with a mantra for 15 minutes to start your day, and create your intentions.
  • Take a shower.

Note; You can interchange the order above to accommodate your preferences.
For example, it is often more convenient to perform an oil massage before showering. And since you must keep the oil on the body for at least 20 minutes, this is an ideal time to begin your yoga and meditation session. This can be followed by a shower or bath.

Evening; unwind, connect and reflect

  • Meditate before dinner for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Take a walk after dinner.
  • Floss to prevent gum disease. Additionally, some Ayurvedic powders such as Neem can be massaged directly onto the gums.

Be in bed between 10:00 and 11:00 PM to ensure adequate rest.
Vanesa Curutchet, Ayurvedic practitioner is a contributor and a member of the Joyful Approach Tribe. She is an Ayurvedic practitioner working with clients in Montreal and around the world by phone.
For more information; Contact Vanesa at 1-514-659-4652 or at info@vanesaayurveda.com www.ayurveda.com

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