6 Ayurvedic self-care practices to let your inner radiance shine this spring.
Ayurveda tells us that our inner glow is fueled by Ojas- life force or the vital sap that gives us vitality, resilience, and strong immunity. Keeping our Ojas in balance is key practices in Ayurveda’s self-care practices to allow our inner radiance to shine.
According to Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India, the sister science to yoga, true health and beauty, is what naturally arises from simple acts of routine self-care. When you undertake your daily health and hygiene routines with the knowledge that you are precious, and unique, you will feel energetic, have good digestion, have a glowing skin and feel vibrant.
Modern science is starting to support the idea that inner beauty and shine starts with our lifestyle and nutrition. Stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and poor digestion have tangible effect on our health and skin.
Self-care according to Ayurveda involves the entire body, inside and out, as well as the mind and spirit. While there are many different forms of Ayurvedic self-care, I have outlined some of the most-practiced tasks and rituals below.
1)Develop a morning ritual: Rushing in the morning, or jumping out of bed with a feeling of being rushed, immediately depletes our inner energy. We are living in a fast-paced world, and this pushes us to be out of synchrony with our circadian rhythms. A few gradual changes can go a long way. Ayurveda suggests that if you follow some of these simple morning routine, you’ll feel more grounded, energetic, and balanced throughout the day.
Rise a bit earlier then the sunrise
Use a stainless steel tongue scraper to scrape your tongue.
Oil pulling: take 1/2 tsp of organic coconut oil and switch it in your mouth and spit in in the bin.
Set a positive intention for the day
Do 1-2 sun salutation or stretch your body
Spend few minutes in calmness or meditation
Drink a cup of warm lemon water
2) Invigorate your skin with a self-massage: Self-massage is an integral part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, there are many benefits to Abhyanga or self-massage with oil but mostly it helps relax the body & the mind, drains the lymphs, increases blood flow and circulation, and nourishes the skin. Oil is the food for the skin and you can use warm coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.
3) Be mindful when you eat: Ayurveda stresses that it is really important to be calm, and mindful when we eat. Eating is a ritual to nourish the body.
Sit when you eat
Contemplate your food before eating
Chew thoroughly before swallowing
Eat fresh food
Give a break between meals- no snacking
If you are upset don’t eat
Eat only when hungry
Eat with people you love
4) Find a little silence during the day: Make time to be silent and to relax, it will help you replenishes your Ojas. You can find that time anywhere by just closing your eyes for 1 -minute or taking a few minutes to do some breathing exercise. This will give a break to your senses and will increase your ability to self-reflect, to notice your thoughts and desires without reacting to them.
5) Eat the right fats and sweets: Ayurveda suggest to eat healthy fats, including omega-3, and mono-and polyunsaturated fats. This fat will help moistures dry and dull skin; include ghee, nuts and seeds, olive oil, chia seeds and flaxseeds in small quantity in your diet.
Stay away from processed foods rich in sugar as it promotes inflammation, so opt for coconut, figs, raw honey, dates for the sweet taste.
7) Be grateful- For YOU
It is always easy to criticize ourselves, but becoming aware of your criticism and replacing it with words of gratitude for who you are and what you have. Gratitude feeds Ojas giving you a lasting sense of contentment.
Be easy on yourself, and do what you can. And with that have a great day!