Ayurveda

I recently completed a 2 week Ayurveda foundation course, and loved it! So I thought I’d give it a go. For 1 month I am going to try sticking to the basic principles of Ayurveda, to see whether I feel any better. The whole aim of Ayurveda is to be healthy, in every part of your life. So it is definitely worth a shot!

Some basic principles and measures that I will be following:

6 Criterias of Health

  1. Proper hunger – balanced and regular
  2. Proper digestion – consistent and regular
  3. Proper elimination of body waste – consistent and regular
  4. Proper sleep – 6 to 8 hours
  5. Proper wake up – before or at sunrise (3am-6am depending on routine)
  6. Lightness – jump out of bed, with no heavyness

To be healthy, all of the above should be present. According to Ayurveda, if you are not experiencing one or more of the above criteria, then you are not healthy. To become healthy, you should correct the imbalances.

Over the next 30 days, I will be assessing myself based on the above criteria, to see if there is any changes. Hopefully I will see some improvements!

I am definitely out of balance at the moment, so I will need to apply some corrective measures to attempt the re-balance. I will explain this as I go along.

Daily Routine

Ayurveda sets out a daily routine for healthy people. This routine should be adjusted if any of the above 6 criteria are out of balance.

  1. Wake up
  2. Expulsion (go to the bathroom)
  3. Brush teeth
  4. Tongue cleansing
  5. Gargling
  6. Eye cleansing
  7. Nasal cleansing
  8. Herbal smoke
  9. Ear cleanse
  10. Self-oil massage
  11. Excercise
  12. Rest
  13. Shower
  14. Get dressed
  15. Meditation & chanting
  16. Breakfast
  17. Large lunch
  18. Light dinner
  19. Go to bed

As you can see, there are a lot of activities in the morning. 15 even before breakfast! The reason for this is mainly to wake up the senses. All of the different sensory organs are cleansed, to freshen them up for the day ahead. There is also time for exercise and meditation which are important parts of the Ayurvedic lifestyle.

Over the next 30 days, I will be trying to follow this daily routine, only adjusting where needed, based on my health at the time.

I hope you enjoy and find some of the posts interesting, and maybe inspire you to try some of the activities for yourself!

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Me with the Ayurveda foundation course gang in Karnataka (India).