Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, Ayurvedic healing is one of the world’s oldest healing methods. This type of healing speaks to health and wellness in terms of energy and balance within your mind, body, and spirit. Living by Ayurvedic principles and incorporating some Ayurvedic practices into your life can leave you feeling balanced, energized, and overall healthier. Here are a few practices you may consider adding to your routine!

4 Ayurvedic Practices

Here are a few practices you may consider adding to your routine!

1. Wake Up With The Sun

Waking up early and creating a regular sleep schedule is a basic Ayurvedic practice to incorporate into your life. While becoming a morning person may seem like a challenge, putting a few practices into action to create a normal sleep schedule and wake up earlier can leave you feeling healthy and happy. Some practices to put into action to create a regular sleep schedule include:

  • Allowing for maximum natural light in your room
  • Avoiding looking at screens before you go to bed
  • Meditating regularly
  • Drinking minimal caffeine and alcohol
  • Exercising during the day to help your body go to sleep

2. Cleanse and Soothe Your Body

Ayurvedic healers are strong believers in tending to your body. Many Ayurvedic practices are centered around specific parts of the body with the goal of balancing your energy and improving your overall health. Some common practices you may consider using to soothe your body include:

  • Tongue Scraping: This is a common Ayurvedic practice where you use a scraper to remove particles from your mouth and tongue to foster oral health. Tongue scraping helps reduce bacteria, enhances your sense of taste, and more.
  • Eye Care: Implement this Ayurvedic practice by splashing cool water over your eyes or exploring other natural remedies. This is a great treat for anyone who spends lots of time at a computer!
  • Body Massage: Ayurvedic healers are big believers in massage. Through using oils and lotions Ayurvedic massage soothes your skin and keeps your body in balance.  

3. Use Six Tastes In Each Meal

Another Ayurvedic practice you may consider taking up is using the six tastes, sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent, in your meals. This philosophy speaks to the idea having these six flavors in your meals can create a balance in your life, maintaining good health, balanced nutrition, and feel satisfied overall. Some foods you may incorporate into your meals to balance these six flavors include:

  • Sweet: Dairy, berries, pumpkin, maple, wheat, and rice
  • Sour: Citrus fruits, pickles, tamarind, wine, vinegar
  • Salty: Olives and natural types of salt including sea salt and Himalayan rock salt
  • Bitter: Green vegetables, turmeric, herbal teas
  • Pungent: Hot spices and peppers, ginger, garlic, onions
  • Astringent: Bananas, green beans, okra and pomegranates

4. Laugh

Early believers in Ayurvedic healing may have been the first to say that laughter is the best medicine. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine today believe bringing laughter into your life is a great way to raise your spirits and heal your mind and body. Laughing is a great tool against hypertension (laughing for 10 minutes can significantly lower your blood pressure). It can also help you decrease stress, increase quality of sleep and improve your mood! If you are looking for simple practices to make you feel better, consider spending some time with humorous people, watching your favorite rom-com or reading a funny book.

For more lifestyle tips from The Yoga Warrior, check out our thoughts on the power of affirmations and the art of letting go.

Megan Herndon

Megan is a Seattle-based writer who covers health and wellness. She has worked in content marketing and journalism for a number of organizations including The Seattle Globalist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and The Jakarta Globe. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Washington and is currently working on her second UW degree, a Master of Communication and Digital Media. Born and raised in Hawaii and currently embracing the Pacific Northwest lifestyle, Megan loves all things active and outdoors including hiking, camping, outrigger canoe paddling, and yoga.

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