Take frequent breaks, stretch your body and rest eyes at regular intervals. Incorporate Yoga, walking and swimming into your daily lifestyle. Do pranayama, oil massage, cleaning of the sinuses and exercise daily. Set fixed bedtime, massage your scalp and feet with sesame oil, dim bedroom lights, practice Savasana and meditate for a while before sleeping.
Ayurveda is based on the philosophy of self-knowledge and self-discovery and how a person’s individual constitution (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) determines his lifestyle choices and actions. Ayurveda recommends the following routines that will help in balancing our doshas to lead a disease-free life:
1. Watch Less Television
Ayurveda believes in the principle of “like increases like”. Negative emotions (fear, sorrow, aggression) from content quality, inactivity and cravings, that lead to poor food choices, lead to dosha imbalances, especially Vata.
2. Limit Electronic Devices
Harmful radiation, flickering screens and overuse of sensory organs through the use of electronic gadgets leads to Vata aggravation. Ayurveda encourages taking frequent breaks, stretching fingers, hands, arms and shoulders, and resting the eyes at regular intervals.
3. Exercise Daily
Incorporating Yoga, walking and swimming into your daily lifestyle helps balancing all three doshas. People with a desk job that necessitates prolonged sitting, should include simple stretching asanas like Mountain Pose (Tadasana), Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana), Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana), Child’s Pose (Balasana) to de-stress tensed muscles and regain right posture.
4. Follow A Morning Routine
Dinacharya or daily routine (lifestyle) is the cornerstone of Ayurveda philosophy. Ingraining the right habits, like cheerfully greeting yourself in the mirror, breathing exercises (pranayama), some simple exercises (Vyayama), oil massage (abhyanga), bathing with warm water, cleaning of the sinuses (jal neti) and meditating for some time will help start the day on a positive note.
5. Foster Healthy Relationships
Ancient Ayurveda texts talk about sexual union as an experience with more profound implications than pleasure. It helps build a sacred consciousness that opens up our heart to love ourselves and all beings with increased passion. True satiation of our desires only arises from the union of emotions, body and soul. Unsatisfying sex, however, disturbs the emotions and thus the doshas.
6. Get Sufficient Sleep
Sleep provides the body focused time to digest not just food but also emotions that you experience throughtout the day. Allows the body to store, recharge and restore vital processes that keep everything in balance. Set a fixed bedtime, massage your scalp and feet with sesame oil, dim the lights, use fresh linen and meditate for a while before sleeping. Yoga poses like Savasana help achieve deep sleep.
Ayurveda believes that the solution to most things that disturb us lie within ourselves. Its not just what we consume as food but what we absorb through emotions that keeps or disrupt the dosha balance. Ayurveda recommends spending few moments throughout the day to consciously observe how our body and mind react to the stimuli that it is provided with.
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