Ayurveda originated in India more than 5000 years ago. It is a comprehensive medical system that teaches self knowledge and self discovery. It mainly encourages people to learn who they are, what helps them stay healthy and pinpoints why they get sick. It is described as a science of life that focuses on subtle energies in everything, ranging from thoughts, emotions to actions. Each person is born with an individual constitution which depends on three fundamental and vital energies, or doshas, commonly known by their Sanskrit names of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Based on the constitution, Ayurveda stresses tips that maximize our healthy enjoyment of living.
According to Ayurveda Therapies, our daily tasks, including eating, sleeping, working and enjoying, affect our constitution as everything has a particular doshic characteristic.
Few daily routines that one can follow to maintain wellness (as suggested by ayurveda) are:
Meditation not only helps in calming an individual’s mind but controlling his conscience to ensure better activity. Meditation maintains emotional and mental health by allowing us to be aware of “who we really are. Ayurveda recommends practice of meditation for ten to fifteen minutes both early morning and in the evening.
It is very important for the body to obtain proper rest at the end of the day. And it is equally important for the human brain to digest the day’s mental and emotional experiences for having a good sleep. Ayurveda recommends to fix sleeping hours for our biological cycle to adapt to our sleeping schedule.
- Morning Routine
Ayurveda believes that biological cycle is majorly responsible for the well being of an individual. And for the biological cycle to function appropriately, it is important for a person to enjoy a healthy morning routine. Some commonly advised routines are: cheerfully greeting ourselves in the mirror, as a reminder to love ourselves, take a hot or warm shower or bath, oil our skins, stretching exercises and dressing in clean, fresh, comfortable clothes.
- Reducing the use of electronic gadgets for entertainment
Ayurveda strictly warns against excessive use of televisions and computers as they result in an increase in the level of doshas. The speed at which the information on the screen changes and the flickering of the screen disturbs our vata. It is recommended to take breaks while working, massage face, forearms and rest our eyes.
Oiling ourselves is considered very important as it not only reduces dryness but helps in reducing anxiety. Ayurveda does not recommend oiling before eating; instead one should oil within few hours of eating. Massaging the scalp is also beneficial as it brings a sense of calmness and tranquillity.
Going on a vacation is considered pivotal in maintaining wellness by Ayurveda. A vacation gives us a chance to change scene, break from commitments; relax and rejuvenate. It is very important to plan your vacation well for it to balance your lifestyle.
Exercise, as an activity, is suggested by all sciences. As per ayurvedic science; Yoga, walking and swimming are good exercises for all constitutional types.