Ayurvedic morning routine to increase productivity
Nia Bennett | Feb, 21 2020
Rising early in the morning is instrumental in shaping the balance of our body and mind. Dinacharya a Sanskrit word, refers to our morning routine and habits.
In Ayurveda, forming a daily, healthy routine helps us cleanse the toxins and strengthen the immunity of our mind and body.
As per the Ayurveda principles, our body includes three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha which represent the five elements of earth, air, water, fire and aether.
When our morning routine is interconnected to the cycles of nature, it helps us revive and tap into our best, energised form.
1. Waking up before sunrise
It is ideal to wake up at least an hour or 30 minutes before sunrise to synchronise our body with the energy of the sun. This period is called the Brahma Muhurta, meaning the time of the creator. This is the last phase of the night which leads to light. It is also the time when our mind is still as our body is in the Vata phase, hence it is an incredibly auspicious and powerful time. We can achieve a deeper meditative state, calm our body, improve focus and set new intentions as this a potent time for mind-body healing.
Tip: Use this time to meditate or practice yoga for stress and anxiety relief.
2. Activate your brain
Our nose is a complex organ that helps us re-establish imbalances in our brain and our emotional state of mind. Practising nostril breathing first thing when we wake up is an exceptional way to activate and boost our brainpower. There is no need to go on fad diets when aligning with our body can help us unleash inner powers we never knew existed.
It is scientifically proven that the majority of us only breathe through one of our nostrils at a time. So breathing through the right activates the left side which deals with creativity and imagination and breathing through your left nostril activates the right side of our brain which dominates logic and precision.
Tip: Practicing nostril breathing as soon as we wake up helps the nervous system, reduces anxiety, improves brain power, improves digestion and purifies the bloodstream.
3. Raise vibration
We constantly share our inner energy with everyone around us. When we exert too much, that's when we react and our body responds with ailments and fatigue. The best way to combat this is by creating a protective energy field that will help your mind and body the whole day.
When you wake up, sit in silence, look at your palms, rub them for 60 seconds till you produce enough heat and place them over your face, then your head, shoulder, arms and legs and creating an energy field around your body and raise your vibration. You can do this for a minute or two until you feel calm and comfortable.
This can also be done by chanting this mantra first then rubbing your warm palms over all your body.
"Karaagre Vasate Lakshmi - Karamadhye Sarasvati
Karamuule Tu Govindah - Prabhaate Karadarshanam"
In Sanskrit, the mantra means: wealth, prosperity and power reside in our hands. Chanting a mantra is about sounds and syllables. When you chat them loudly, they raise the vibration of our body and help in balancing our chakras.
Tip: This is a healing exercise that not only soothes your eye but ensures energy and vitality is flowing through your body.
4. Eat and set off
Breakfast is the most important and powerful meal of a day. Skipping breakfast is also dangerous because an early morning meal irritates the balance of our body which makes it difficult for us to maintain an even temper and can result in irritability and troubled emotions.
Tip: Start small, after you meditate and cleanse yourself, either make a fresh glass of juice or eat a fruit.
This will allow your body to have the energy and vitality to have a great mindset and an even better day.
After reading these simple tips, take a moment, to be honest with yourself. Ask yourself where you will be starting emotionally, physically and mentally. Give yourself the chance to start a calmer, improved life. Start today and apply all these simple steps. A good way to do this is by making a small journal which will allow you to track your productivity and overall mental progress.