Ayurveda’s 5000-year track record is a testament to its effectiveness and ease of use. Explore traditional Ayurveda practices and treatments you can do daily at home including: Ayurveda massage, breathwork/pranayama, nasya, yog-asana, and more. Dig in and sample what it's all about.
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Ancient Practices for Your Modern Ayurveda Lifestyle:
Perform Abhyanga Massage - a type of Ayurveda massage done with warm oil - can nourish your body and improve your overall wellness. Best of all, you can use Abhyanga oils to do self-massage at home. Daily Abhyanga practice can boost your energy levels and help you keep the doshas in balance.
Use Nasya Oil is a therapeutic oil used in Ayurveda to nourish and cleanse the nasal passageways. Nasya oil is used for both Panchakarma (specialized deep cleansing) and Dinacharya (daily routine). Nasya oil is infused with Ayurvedic herbs to balance the doshas, improve the flow of prana, and alleviate a number of mental and physical health ailments.
Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life Breathing links us both to the mind and the body. And the more we pay attention to breathing by way of a gentle awareness, the more we can relax and find our mind concentrated. When we breath diaphragmatically, we shift from flight-fight-freeze, to rest-restore-relax mode.
Dress according to Ayurveda to Ground Vata dosha. According to Ayurveda, one can reduce Vata by choosing fabrics and colors of clothes that balance Vata. One can extend the science of Surya Chikitsa (color therapy or treatment) to the environment in general, such as the color of paint on the walls, furniture, or at work something as simple as the color of flowers or picture on your desk. Best Colors for Vata: Whites, oranges, yellows, and reds. Keep your body warm and avoid drafts and wind specifically on the head, ears, and neck. Some nice wool socks on the feet is a good idea too.
Practice Breathwork Pranayama. Prana means "life force" and ayama means "expansion." Pranayama practices help us permeate our bodies and minds prana, with the vital force. Pranayama increases your vitality. In addition to diaphragmatic breathing, add nadi shodhana to your pranayama practice. Alternate nostril breathing is one of the most effective pranayama exercises to relieve anxiety. This exercise can restore Vata balance and put your body and mind at ease. Nadi shodhana is especially balancing in autumn.
Perform Restorative Yog-asana. It is a slower-paced, meditative yoga practice that allows you to ground your body, calm your mind, and focus on your breath while releasing tension. As opposed to quickly moving from posture to posture (as is commonly practiced in yoga), restorative yoga is about slowing down and coming in touch with your inner being through breath awareness, or prana. It is particularly soothing for Vata because these slow, long movements encourage the regulation of internal movement (for which Vata is responsible).
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Try These 3 Asanas to Rejuvenate Body, Mind, and Soul
1.) Bālāsana — also commonly referred to as Child’s Pose is a resting pose that closes the front body and evokes feelings of being nurtured and protected. This pose stimulates mental and physical relaxation.
To move into Child’s Pose, kneel on your yoga mat with your thighs apart
Sink your buttocks to the heels of your feet
Curl your spine and fold your body forward
Draw your forehead down towards the ground
Breathe deeply into the back of your body
Extend your arms in front of your body
Relax and observe the breath.
2.) Savāsana — also known as Corpse Pose, Savāsana is used to promote relaxation and stillness at the end of your restorative yoga practice. While in Savāsana, listen to our guided progressive relaxation.
3.) Viparita Karani - also known as Legs Up the Wall Pose, Viparita Karani calms the nervous system and reduces stress and anxiety.
To practice Legs Up the Wall Pose lay on your back with the spine, neck, and head aligned.
Move your legs up against the wall
Place your hips about 6 inches from the wall or the distance that is comfortable for you
Arms about 8-12 inches from your sides
Stay in this position for as long as you are comfortable and relaxed.
To release the pose, gently push away from the wall and bring your knees to your chest, roll to your left side, pause, keep connected to your relaxed state, and slowly come to a seated position.
This is a perfect pose to transition from the day to your dinner and evening.
Following a supportive dinacharya (daily routines, especially morning and evening) and Ritucharya (seasonal routines) are key to good mental, physical, and spiritual health. Adding Ancient Practices for Your Modern Ayurveda Lifestyle provides you a framework for a whole new way of being.
There is a saying, "The mind is more in the body, than the body is in the mind." The Saumya 3 Step meditation Process shifts us from fight-flight-freeze mode, to rest-restore-relax mode. Give it a try for forty days and observe the changes. The more grounded and relaxed we are, the smoother life flows.
"The breath is the connection between the mind and body, so by training the breath, we become calm, focused, and grounded, we slow down the aging process by decreasing stress. These practices are so simple and easy to have as part of our daily life. We actually feel and look younger."
- Veena, Saumya Ayurveda
1. Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. When we re-learn to breath diaphragmatically, we move from the flight-fight-freeze mode, to rest, restore, relaxation mode from where we want and need to live.
3. Ayurveda Daily Routines: --Ayurvedic Morning Routine | 6 Rituals for a Calm and Centered Day
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Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.
She is President Emeritus of the Meditation Center and former staff member of the Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda.
Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee. She remains passionate for over 30 years, helping clients feel their best physically, emotionally, and spiritually with Ayurveda.
Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, so it fits your life and becomes woven into your daily life, naturally.