How to Implement More Ayurvedic Practices in Your Everyday Health and Wellness Rituals
Ayurveda is an ancient healing science with its roots in India. It is often associated with yoga as these two practices developed around the same time, in the same geographical area, and complement each other. Although Ayurveda is a complex science, there are many simple ways to incorporate Ayurvedic practices in your every day health and wellness rituals.
What are Ayurvedic practices?
Ayurvedic practices are all about balancing the body, mind, and spirit. Energy is central to Ayurveda. It is believed that optimal health is reached by balancing the doshas, or kapha, vata, and pitta energies. As such, each Ayurvedic practice aims to promote health and healing by rebalancing energy.
4 Ayurvedic practices to try
Below are four Ayurvedic practices that are easy to introduce to your every day wellness routine. Each one is simple, yet may have lasting ripples through your daily life.
1. Dry Brushing
Dry brushing is one of the best Ayruvedic practices to try when you are starting out. Externally, dry brushing exfoliates the skin. Internally, it promotes increased circulation, lymphatic drainage, and a rebalanced nervous system.
To dry brush, purchase a dry brush. Before you bathe, run the dry brush along your body in the direction of your heart. Do this with some vigor.
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2. Oil pulling
Oil pulling is believed to draw toxins from the body through the mouth. It benefits digestive and heart health, and is also believed to promote oral hygiene, too.
To practice oil pulling, use a tablespoon of high quality cold pressed oil, such as coconut oil. Swish the oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes and spit, before brushing your teeth as usual.
3. Scalp massaging
A scalp massage is one of the best Ayurvedic practices to do before bedtime. The self-massage not only promotes healthy hair and reduces dandruff, but it also has wider benefits such as reducing headaches and insomnia.
To practice Ayurvedic scalp massage, choose a base oil such as coconut oil or castor oil, and add essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, or others. Massage your scalp in circular movements with your thumb and forefingers for 5-10 minutes.
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4. Oil cleansing
Oil cleansing is a new trend in the Western wellness world, but has its roots in 3,000 years of Ayurvedic practices. It involves washing your face with an oil. Because like attracts like, the oil cleanse will pull out sebum and other oils from your skin’s pores.
To practice oil cleansing, put some oil on your palms and warm between your hands. Apply the oil to your face in circular motions, before removing with a warm washcloth. Shop the Cloverdale Collective oil cleansers here.
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Have you tried any of these Ayurvedic practices? My personal favorites are dry brushing and oil cleansing. Did you know they were part of the ancient practice of Ayurveda?