Hello and Good morning. Today I’ve listed a morning routine that can bring positivity, glowing vibrations, and good health to your body and others around you! The key words in these practices are: warming, invigorating, and transformational. Ayurveda is a system of healing that has its roots in ancient India. Ayuh means LIFE and veda means KNOWLEDGE. Ayurveda defines life as the conjunction of body, mind, and spirit found in cosmic consciousness and embracing all of creation. So instead of running to the doctor for a quick fix (surgery, shots, prescriptions), ayurveda is a medical science that heals and maintains the quality and longevity of life through an art of daily living to prevent all health issues before they happen.
1. Waking- When you arise drink a whole glass of room temperature water before you do anything! Go to the bathroom and sit on the toilet and try to have a morning elimination. If you do not, after a couple of days of this practice you will eliminate at the same time everyday.
2. Cleaning the Mouth- Start each morning by scraping your tongue. Clean the tongue by gently scraping it with a tongue scraper slowly from back to front five to ten times. Then clean and dry your tongue scraper, brush your teeth, floss, and mouthwash.
3. Digestive Tea and Herbs– Put some shredded ginger and lemon juice in hot water and drink a cup of this tea to get the digestive fire burning. Take indian herbs, Neem and Triphala. Neem contains chemicals that help reduce blood sugar levels, heal ulcers in the digestive tract, prevent conception, kill bacteria and prevent plaque formation in the mouth. Triphala pills benefit various health conditions like constipation, digestive disorders, hyperacidity, body infections, blood impurity, inflammation, general body weakness, nerves weakness, and headaches. You can get these at Whole Foods or any online herbal supplement distributor.
4. Yoga or exercise- Do yoga or exercise before breakfast. If this is not possible wait 3 hours after eating before excercise. This is to let the body focus on movement rather than the digestive process.
5. Meditation Take 5-30 minutes to sit still and pay attention to your breath.
6. Breakfast – Prepare breakfast oatmeal and eat this in a calm environment while you sip your digestive tea. Try to make a breakfast that is warming. Avoid cold juices, fruits, yogurt, milk and cereal that shock the digestive system in the morning.
If you can, try to drink the digestive tea throughout the day. After about 2 weeks of these small practices you WILL feel the effects of the body cleansing and brightening.
Photo cred: Scott Griffith, my Dad!