16 daily practices that Ayurveda recommends for your well-being

Ayurveda is all about promoting preventive practices to keep your health in check. Check out these easy tips to include in your everyday life.
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Set aside some meditation time every day. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
National Institute Of Ayurveda, Jaipur Published: 27 Dec 2021, 12:07 pm IST
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It’s always the little things that matter – physically, mentally socially or even spiritually. Ayurveda, the science of life, also recommends small practices with significant effects to improve quality of life and instil discipline for holistic health.

The routine and rituals that you practice in daily life have a deep impact on you, that routine includes something as basic as waking up, bathing, eating and brushing teeth! If you lock a healthy routine, half your job of feeling good and looking good will be done.

We ought to understand, after all, that an imbalance in our work-life scale and unhealthy eating and drinking practices have led us closer to a number of lifestyle related disorders. It is understandable that bringing lifestyle changes according to Ayurveda has to be our go-to method for a better and healthy life.

Here are some key points to remember about your ‘Dinacharya’ or daily regime, according to Ayurveda:

1. Waking up in Brahmamuhurta:

One should get up before sunrise because the atmosphere at that time remains pollution-free. The amount of oxygen at this hour is the maximum. Due to the influence of early morning sun rays and pollution free environment, useful chemicals are secreted from the body due to which the body remains energetic.

2. Ushapan:

Drinking water after waking up in the morning flushes out the toxins from the body. The digestive system remains healthy . It prevents premature graying and wrinkles.

3. Isha Remembrance/Meditation

For a healthy and focused mind , which removes mental and physical stress. There are no physical and mental ailments caused by stress. For meditation, one should meditate with Ish smaran/Ishta/deity in mind.

4. Clearing of bowel

As a result of metabolism in the body, the toxic elements produced are removed by excretory process. By attending nature’s call of morning hours, there remains lightness in the body throughout the day. After this action, the hands and feet should be cleaned properly so that there remains no fear of infection.

5. Brushing and tongue scraping:

This ensures that the teeth get clean and strong. Mouth odour and distaste in mouth is destroyed. The tongue remains clean and free from filth due to which the taste perception gets healthy.

Wash your face and mouth daily
Washing your face and eyes in the morning can refresh you. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

6. Mukhadi dhavana or face wash:

Wash the mouth and eyes with water. This removes excessive oil from the face. Acne, freckles get cleared, face becomes radiant. Eyesight improves .

7. Anjana or eye wash:

Vision gets cleared. Eyes become beautiful and attractive. Eyesight increases and becomes free from diseases.

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8. Nasya:

Putting 2-3 drops of warm and further cooled mustard or sesame oil in the nostrils every morning protects from the diseases of the head, eyes and nose. Your eyesight increases, hair becomes long, dense and black. It prevents premature hair fall and greying.

9. Abhyanga:

Ayurveda recommends that oil massage should be done on the body before bath. It makes the skin radiant, disease free. It increases blood circulation in the skin. Toxic substances come out of the body in the form of sweat and the skin gets wrinkle-free.

Ayurveda says exercise is important.
Daily exercising keeps your body and health in form. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

10. Exercise:

Surya Namaskar, aerobics, yoga or other daily exercise increases physical strength and immunity. All the channels of the body get cleared, blood circulation increases and the waste material is removed from the body. Excess fat is reduced.

11. Kshauar karma

Shaving or trimming Beard and moustache, Getting haircut and trimming nails on regular intervals is advised to maintain cleanliness and happiness. It minimizes infections occurring due to nails.

12. Udvartana (Ubtan):

According to Ayurveda, applying paste or rubbing of aromatic herbs, can help remove body odour. There is joy and energy in the mind. Ubtan removes extra fat from the body. The parts of the body become stable and firm. The skin becomes soft. It avoids skin conditions like acne and freckles.

13. Bathing:

Bath is essential for daily health. Bathing removes all kinds of impurities from the body. This leads to deep sleep, removes excess heat from the body, odour, sweating, itching and thirst. A bath also activates all the sense organs of the body. Blood is purified and appetite increases.

Proper sleep is crucial to your health
Adequate sleep and regular sleep patterns are crucial to your well-being. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

14. Wearing clean clothes:

Wearing clean and comfortable clothes increases beauty, happiness and builds up confidence.

15. Avoid direct sun, dust:

Direct sun rays should be avoided. Due to excessive exposure of the skin to the direct sun rays, various disorders like irritation and sunburn can occur. So, you are recommended to use an umbrella or scarf for protection.

16. Sleep:

In all seasons except summer, 6-8 hours of sleep is necessary at night. In summer, one should take rest for 1-2 hours during the day as well as at night, because the excessive heat causes loss of water and energy in the body. That is refueled by a nap during the day. By taking proper sleep, physical and mental fatigue is removed, and the process of digestion is improved, thereby infusing new energy in the body.

So, ladies, try to inculcate these healthy habits in your and your loved ones’ life for a better and happier living.

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National Institute of Ayurveda (deemed to be University)  is an apex autonomous Institute under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India for promoting the growth and development of Ayurveda as a model Institute for evolving high standards of Teaching, Training, Research, and Patient Care and also to invoke scientific outlook to the knowledge of Ayurvedic System of Healthcare. ...Read More

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