5 ways to bring Ayurveda into your daily life

Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge) and based on mindful practices such as meditation and yoga and is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. In Ayurveda, every individual is unique, therefore the daily routine and diet recommendation will be different for each person and is based on your energy or Dosha. There are three types of Doshas – Pitta, Vata and Kapha. To discover your Dosha type, take the quiz at the Chopra Center site here.

Here are 5 ways to bring Ayurveda into your daily life.

  1. Abhyanga, or daily massage is an essential part of Ayurvedic living.  Oils have the closest biochemical structure to our skin. Therefore, this daily habit promotes skin radiance, proper skin hydration and detoxification. This ancient practice also provides grounding to ensure restful sleep, skin health, focus and overall whole body balance.
  2.  Purchase natural, from the earth ingredients to enhance your natural beauty. Your skin breathes, eats, drinks and absorbs everything it comes into contact with. Health and beauty products have ingredients that are often filled with toxic, harmful chemicals, contributing to poor skin and hair health. Purchase only all-natural beauty products, remember – the less ingredients and more pronounceable the better.
  3. Aromatherapy is an integral aspect of Ayurvedic healing. Aromas have been a pleasant way to infuse the human psycho-physiology with the healing wisdom of plants. Calm your mind with the transcendental, ancient scents of frangipani and sandalwood. Known as Nag Champa, the Indian fragrance is common in ashrams, making this scent perfect for your daily meditation.
  4. Daily tea ritual. Ayurvedic principles incorporate tea to nurture and detoxify our internal organs. Add a cup of Ayurvedic tea, most of which contains ginger, fennel and anti-inflammatory herbs to aid in digestion and gut health. Start your day with a cup to enhance circulation, metabolism, and promote digestion.
  5. Meditation. Holistic and modern science all agree; meditation is good for all around health. In fact, just 5 minutes a day has been shown to decrease cortisol levels (linked to stress), improves concentration, and improves concentration. There are several ways to practice daily meditation –  breath awareness, moving meditation such as walking or yoga. Resources to support meditation practices are plentiful. And it is easy to get started, just sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and take a deep breath.

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