If waking up ready for the day is a foreign concept, midday crashes a regular occurrence and restlessness at bedtime a trend, it may be time to reset your clock. According to Ayurveda one of the keys to good health is living in tune with nature's cycles. This literally and energetically means rising and setting with the sun. It's a tall ask to do this nowadays, but there are more easeful ways to align your system more closely with the cycles of nature, like establishing morning and nighttime rituals known as dinacharya (dina - day, charya - routine).
It's funny to imagine our lives as something we spend a lot of time avoiding, because it seems like that would be impossible to do. Our lives consist of everything we engage in, from showering to sleeping, but also a lot of busy work that distracts us and keeps us from looking at our lives. Experiencing our life from the inside means taking time each day to simply be alone and quiet in l. Many of us are so out of practice that it's almost unnerving to have a moment to ourselves. As a result, we may have stopped trying to carve out that time to take a seat at the center of our lives.
Ayurveda offers an ideal way for transitioning from the activity of the day into the sacred chamber of sleep. Following these routines will help you unplug so you can relax and rejuvenate every night, just as nature would have us!
Abhyanga — the Ayurvedic oil massage — is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by Ayurveda for overall health and well-being. Traditional texts wax eloquent about the benefits:
Rasayana, or rejuvenation, is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy that restores the body’s vitality to its fullest capacity. From Sanskrit it translates to Path (āyana) of essence (rasa). Rasa, or juice , is the vital fluid that we extract from the food we eat. It brings nourishment, it carries off toxins and it enhances our immunity; It looks a lot like what modern physiology calls lymph and plasma. So Rasayana is the way to restore and maintain the fluids, the juiciness in our bodies. It restores our health and vitality, and in that way, our youth.
In Ayurveda we spend a lot of time focused on how different we are from one another — how unique we are both in constitution and experience. But we're all also in the same boat and remembering this may just allow us to find inspiration and support where we once otherwise saw little reference or connection. Then we begin to see that we just have different paddles, each navigating our way down (or up) a different river.
Ashwagandha has become one of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs used in the West. With its dual capacity to energize and calm at the same time, it has become the go-to supplement to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Have you ever wondered what actually accounts for differences in people? Why some people are hyperactive and fast-moving and others exude grace and stillness? Why some people can eat a five-course meal with ease and others can barely finish a salad without feeling digestive distress? Genetics offers some insight, but what about the characteristics and idiosyncrasies that make every person unique? Ayurveda answers these questions through the doshas, three energetic archetype govern our physical and mental processes, and accordingly, account for the differences in our nature.