The hectic lifestyles we tend to lead can often result in imbalance of the mind and body. These simple Ayurvedic practices have helped bring harmony and grounding into my life:
- Waking up. It’s best to awaken before sunrise, ideally before 6am, as Vata predominates at this time making us feel light and mobile. If we wake up later, during Kapha time, we tend to feel dull and sluggish.
- Warm water first thing. Drinking warm water first thing in the morning gently activates the digestive system and stimulates the elimination of waste.
- Elimination. Eliminating waste materials is very important to rid the body of toxins. It is best done everyday before eating our first meal. Irregular bowel movements can lead to toxins being reabsorbed by the system.
- Quiet time. Spending some time alone each day in silence for inner reflection or meditation, even if it’s for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Bed time. The best time to be in bed is around 10pm as this is optimal time for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself overnight. If we stay awake later this is entering Pitta time which can be stimulating and then falling asleep becomes difficult.
If you feel like you’re always on the go rushing from one place to the next, try to keep these things constant to provide grounding to your other busy schedule and to find balance in the mind and body. Small changes should not to be underrated as in my experience these changes are often what lead to long lasting transformations!