Ayurveda is an old healthcare system that’s estimated to be at least 5,000 years old. It has its roots in the Vedic culture of India. Although it was a suppressed science during the British occupation, Ayurveda has experienced a significant revival both in its native land and around the world.
You may not know it, but Tibetan medicine and Chinese medicine have their roots in Ayurveda. Early Greek medicine also has many concepts that refer to the classical Ayurvedic medical texts dating back many thousands of years.
Unlike Western medicine, Ayurveda doesn’t just deal with illnesses, it’s science the science of living. It provides a body of knowledge designed that’s to help individuals stay healthy while actualizing their full potential.
By “body of knowledge”, we mean that Ayurveda has guidelines on our daily routine, behavior, diet, and properly using our senses. Ayurveda reminds us that the state of health is the balanced and dynamic integration of body, mind, spirit, and environment.
Practice Ayurveda to Stay Healthy
In this article, we’re going to outline some Ayurveda tips for maintaining your health and preventing diseases. There is a saying in Ayurveda: “we process our experiences.” These experiences are drawn in through all of our senses. The mind then processes them into memory and biochemical markers, making these experiences a part of us.
In other words, we “digest” everything that happens to us. That is how a soothing walk positively impacts our body, mind, and spirit. With that being said, here’s a list of Ayurveda tips for your soul.
* Sleep early and awaken early, ideally before sunrise. A good night’s sleep will help you start your day with a clear mind.
* Clean your face with water several times during the day to get rid of grime, and prevent the appearance of acne, and to have a rejuvenated feeling.
* Get an oil massage. Massaging your body with oil before bathing will refresh you, reduce fatigue, and moisturize dry skin. Rubbing the scalp with oil can prevent dry scalp, graying hair, and hair loss. It also enhances mental performance, among others.
* Get some exercise regularly: No doubt exercising regularly is good for your health. Exercise does not just refer to physical exercise, it also refers to mental exercise. Do yoga and practice meditation regularly – it will keep your body safe from illnesses, and enable your mind to protect itself from stress.
* Observe proper hygiene by bathing two times each day. Clip your nails and wear only clean clothes. If you’ve just come from outside, clean your face, hands, and legs
* Be careful of any negativity. Control your mind (through meditation) and keep your emotions clean of any negativity like anger, avarice, depression, jealousy, hate, sadness, etc. Saying a prayer might help. Avoid speaking ill of others and try to keep the mind comfortable by doing things you enjoy doing.
* Mind your food intake. Eat fresh and wholesome food and follow eating healthily habits. Food ought to be well cooked in a peaceful and calm atmosphere. (Food tastes definitely better when it’s cooked with love.)
* Maintain your ideal weight. Excessive weight and emaciation are harmful. So always follow a healthy diet plan, get some exercise regularly, and keep track of your weight.
* Breathe deeply into your diaphragm. Doing breathing exercises brings you to a heightened state of awareness.
If you notice, the Ayurveda tips we mentioned above are fairly common, that is, you have heard of them before, which tells you about the far-reaching influence of this ancient practice.
Ayurvedic Tips for Different Seasons
Regardless of what your Prakriti or natural constitution is, you will be constantly influenced by the climate and environment changes including the seasonal changes. During the fall season, when the cold, dry winds begin to blow, you will need to change your lifestyle to balance yourself if you are predominant with the Vata in nature.
For those who have a Vata constitution (thin, slender, and tight body), you will need to engulf these tips as you are going to impacted by the fall season. While for Pitta constitutions(medium, mesomorphs, and muscular) are more affected by summer and Kaphas constitution (large and round body types) are more affected by winter.
This is the perfect season for mild Ayurvedic detoxification to eliminate toxic compounds (ama) after winter. It is an ideal time to give the organs gallbladder and liver a break considering that spring is reigned over by these organs. This is just like an oil change for your system.
You can wake up from your bed with the sun which can help you to continue being fit. Gently brush and massage your teeth as well as your gums with the help of sesame oil. After teeth brushing, go get a glass of warm water and drink. Cleanse your bowels and bladder to discard waste and toxins from your body.
Use warm oil to massage your body. use sesame oil for Vata, coconut oil for Pitta, and almond oil for Kapha. After massaging with the oil for 30 minutes, go and take a bath. After bathing, perform yoga practice together with meditation. After that, rest for a while and eat a healthy meal.
During the summer season, you may take about 10 or 15 minutes walk at sunrise. Let the gentle sun rays fall on your face and skin. According to Ayurveda, the sun rays are going to stimulate sadhaka pitta, which is an energetic principle that acts as a mood lifter the same as melatonin and serotonin that helps bring about contentment and creativity.
The sun’s rays can also help stimulate the body’s production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin which is very important for our body in calcium absorption and therefore contributes to stronger bones for our body.
Also, you need to stay hydrated since the heat of summer can saps moisture from plants, the environment, and our physical structures. Thus, it is good to add a pinch of salt in your food during the summer to compensate for perspiring. For this season, you should drink a minimum of six glasses of 8-ounce water every day.
Autumn & Fall
In fall, is recommended for you to consume more seasonal vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, pumpkin, dark leafy greens, etc. Take warm beverages like herbal teas and hot lime water every day as this will help you to balance the drying attributes of air in autumn months.
Also, you must get rid of negative thinking, behavior, and people as it is like the leaves drop off from the trees, we will need to eliminate those negative beliefs that can harm our mind and soul. By practice so, we will be able to have a healthy and happy life.
Go to bed earlier: In the evening of autumn, when the sky begins to turn to dark in the evenings, you should start preparing yourself for getting to bed. having enough sleep is very important to make your immune system to remain strong before the winter season arriving. You may take some hike outdoors and immerse yourself into the beauty nature scents and atmosphere.
During winter which can be cold as hell, you may go for a warm, nourishing, and therapeutic massage. This will help to heal yourself internally. You may add more heating spices and herbs to improve your digestive system and make you feel all fuzzy and heat inside your body. If you are feeling cold and would like to get rid of it, you are recommended to take a perspiring treatment. There is one such treatment where it is with the use of hot water bath or small wood fire.
Since the weather is cold, the floor will be cold as well. Thus, you need to ensure that you are wearing thick footwear all the time. A primary reason why many people are suffering from hip and leg pain during wintertime is because of constant exposure of feet to the cold. This boosts Vata tremendously and causes the pain sensation extravagance. So, you should remember to always put on your footwear even stay at home.