• What Is Nasya Oil & How to Use It
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • October 25, 2018
    What Is Nasya Oil & How to Use It

    Nasya is the nasal administration of medicinal herbs, decoctions and oils. Different types of substances are used to treat many various aliments. Nasya oil is an herbal infused oil which is both nurturing and nourishing, alleviating numerous discomforts that occur above the clavicle area.

  • Ayurvedic Oil Massage: 4 Ways to Warm Your Oil
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • September 06, 2018
    Ayurvedic Oil Massage: 4 Ways to Warm Your Oil

    One of the most important qualities of self-massage is using warm oil. It’s not just about moisturizing—it’s about getting the vata-balancing qualities of oily and warm into your life, and onto your skin. Here are four ways to warm your oil, guaranteeing a perfectly warm, but not-too-hot oil, that can be easily and quickly incorporated into your daily routine.

  • 3 Ayurvedic Tips for Back to School
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • August 22, 2018
    3 Ayurvedic Tips for Back to School

    Inevitably, the change of season and return to school brings some challenges. The inertia of summer is replaced by a need to shift into a higher gear. Fortunately, Ayurveda gives us a practical framework, and Banyan Botanicals gives us some amazing herbal products to ease us into the schoolyear.

  • Sacred Lunar Rituals for the Full and New Moons
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • August 09, 2018
    Sacred Lunar Rituals for the Full and New Moons

    The lunar cycle is twenty-nine and a half days, and its undeniable potency has kept the moon as a keystone of ceremonies, traditions, and practices within cultures around the world. While there is a fair share of mythical stories and legends surrounding the moon, there is an equal amount of research seeking to find a scientific correlation behind the cycles of the moon and cycles of living things.

  • 5 Simple Tips for Natural Energy Throughout the Day
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • August 06, 2018
    5 Simple Tips for Natural Energy Throughout the Day

    The majority of us are overbooked and over-committed, which as a result, has left us feeling stressed, unhealthy, and not quite like ourselves. When we find ourselves deep into this storyline and ready to take action, we often prioritize the what over the when, thinking a cleanse and more yoga should do the trick. But as your parents knew all along, routine is what keeps you on track.

  • Do You Hit Snooze More on Mondays? Read This.
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • June 04, 2018
    Do You Hit Snooze More on Mondays? Read This.

    If you’ve ever experienced jet lag, you know that it brings a host of complications, inluding digestive trouble, mental fogginess, and even mood swings. Recent studies suggest that travelers who frequently cross time zones also have trouble with weight gain and metabolic issues. What you might not know is that you may be suffering from jet lag even when you don’t travel.

  • Traveling with Ayurveda: Taking Your Routine on the Go
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • May 14, 2018
    Traveling with Ayurveda: Taking Your Routine on the Go

    The movement that comes from any form of high-speed travel, especially airplanes, increases the air element. Daily routines are often left behind, resulting in irregularity in mind and body.

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • May 08, 2018
    A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

    When I think of the challenges to meditation, it seems silly. After all, we just have to sit down in a comortable place and be still, quiet our random thoughts, and breathe. OMG! It may seem simple, but in truth it is the hardest thing for most of us to do. Why? Now that is a great question, and within that answer are my top three tips for folks who are new to meditation.

  • 12 Ways to Stay Grounded in a Digital World
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • May 01, 2018
    12 Ways to Stay Grounded in a Digital World

    The elements of the virtual world are ether and air. Prana, the life force, flows virtually as we exchange information and energy with the internet and our phones. But that prana is ungrounded, dispersed, and often undirected. The result? Aggravated vata dosha, the primary imbalance of our time.

  • What Happens When You Clean Your Tongue?
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • April 25, 2018
    What Happens When You Clean Your Tongue?

    The tongue is a unique organ. Lying between the interior world and the exterior world, it has a direct connection to the digestive system, especially the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. It is a map and diagnostic tool that can be used to find imbalances and discover constitutional makeup.

  • 11 Ayurvedic Tips to Improve Focus
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • April 23, 2018
    11 Ayurvedic Tips to Improve Focus

    When mental clarity and focus are a challenge, it is difficult to live to our fullest. Increased vata is often associated with inhibited concentration, however sugar imbalances (more often associated with increased pitta or kapha) can also play a role.

  • What You Need to Know About Oil Pulling & Our Daily Swish Oil
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • April 09, 2018
    What You Need to Know About Oil Pulling & Our Daily Swish Oil

    Oil pulling is not just a daily practice that only the Ayurvedic community loves. Many in the dental and medical community, along with the American society at large, are picking up on and talking about for its many benefits.Though it is a growing movement, it has been used for thousands of years and for good reason.

  • 4 Ways to Access Kapha's Gifts of Strength and Resiliency This Spring
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • January 24, 2018
    4 Ways to Access Kapha's Gifts of Strength and Resiliency This Spring

    When kapha is well tended, it offers an abundance of gifts. These practical ways will help you harness the gifts of kapha for increased strength, health, and resiliency.

  • Creating a Nighttime Ritual that Guarantees a Restful Night’s Sleep
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • October 30, 2017
    Creating a Nighttime Ritual that Guarantees a Restful Night’s Sleep

    What does it look like to be guided by nature for a restorative nocturnal respite? Surprisingly, our morning routine is a great place to begin.

  • 8 Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Sanctuary
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • October 24, 2017
    8 Ways to Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Sanctuary

    We all know the value of sleep. Perhaps more importantly, at some point in our lives we’ve endured the consequences of not getting enough sleep. Both the quality and quantity of sleep play into our moods, hormones, organ restoration, and energy levels.

  • Why You Should Be Massaging Your Breasts on the Reg
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • October 17, 2017
    Why You Should Be Massaging Your Breasts on the Reg

    Breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women today, and we must look at care as a multi-dimensional approach. Whether you are currently or have in the past experienced breast cancer or any emotional challenges in life, massage can be a beautiful addition to your self-care practices.

  • Your Guide to a Rejuvenating Daily Routine
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • October 09, 2017
    Your Guide to a Rejuvenating Daily Routine

    As the saying goes, it is easier to ask for forgiveness than it is permission, but this is a risky approach in the context of health. If there is mending to be done, we have waited too long to care for our well-being.

  • Daily Rejuvenation in Less than Two Minutes
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • October 03, 2017
    Daily Rejuvenation in Less than Two Minutes

    When I began to study Ayurveda, I was taken by its soulful approach. I recall being touched and moved to tears learning that the root cause of all dis-ease is that we’ve forgotten that we are Spirit.

  • How to Avoid an Oily Mess During Abhyanga
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • September 29, 2017
    How to Avoid an Oily Mess During Abhyanga

    Abhyanga, or self-oil massage, has many health benefits. Overall it protects and nourishes the skin, but it has a bonus effect as the oil absorbs into our deepest tissues to keep them supple, strong, and toned, and enhances their quality.

  • Everyday Yoga Designed for Your Dosha
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • September 19, 2017
    Everyday Yoga Designed for Your Dosha

    Here are three yoga sequences that are especially good at balancing one particular dosha. Choose from these sequences, or mix and match the postures to create your own unique asana flow.

  • When Not to Do Abhyanga & Why
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • July 13, 2017
    When Not to Do Abhyanga & Why

    An Ayurvedic self-care routine such as abhyanga can serve as a foundation for our health. Still, there are times when we should reel back or omit participation.

  • My Daily Ayurvedic Beauty Regime & Favorite DIY Recipes
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • June 30, 2017
    My Daily Ayurvedic Beauty Regime & Favorite DIY Recipes

    The author shares her favorite Ayurveda-inspired daily beauty practices and DIY beauty recipes, including a daily step-by-step skin care protocol, a rose-turmeric facial scrub, an udvartana body scrub, and a recipe for Ayurvedic facial oil.

  • 14 Practical Tips for Youthful Beauty
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • June 20, 2017
    14 Practical Tips for Youthful Beauty

    Youthful radiance and vitality gets expressed by those who live an Ayurvedic lifestyle. Living in alignment with the rhythms of nature is the key to maintaining our health and beauty throughout our lives.

  • What to Pack for a Balanced Vacation
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • June 19, 2017
    What to Pack for a Balanced Vacation

    When we take it on the road, it's important to keep our balance. The goal is not to come back feeling like we need a vacation from vacation! So while vacation is fun, it can sometimes bring a wee bit of stress, especially if we are going to places or cultures where we might feel out of our element.

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Routines and Rhythms

According to Ayurveda, daily routine, or dinacharya in Sanskrit, is one of the cornerstones of achieving optimal health. Daily routines encourage us to form lasting habits of health and wellness—rituals we can practice every day. As we grow more accustomed to the flow of our daily routines, it becomes easier to move through life in step with the rhythms of nature.

Ayurveda holds that the universe and everything in it is composed of the three doshas that correspond with elements in nature:

  • Vata dosha is composed of air and ether. It is most present in the atmosphere around fall and early winter, and has qualities of lightness, dryness, and mobility—like leaves in the wind.
  • Pitta dosha made up of water and fire. Its peak in the atmosphere occurs around late spring and summer, especially when the weather is hot.
  • Kapha dosha correlates with the elements of water and earth. Its primary seasons are late winter through spring, and its qualities are heavy, moist, and cool—not unlike the spring season itself in many parts of the world.

Discovering your prakriti or Ayurvedic body type can help you determine the unique combination of these doshas present within you throughout your lifetime. It’s easy to assume that discovering your dosha is all there is to Ayurveda, but it is actually just the beginning of establishing an Ayurvedic lifestyle.

When you’ve learned which doshas need to be balanced, you can start to create and follow an Ayurvedic daily routine to help you stay balanced or help correct doshic imbalances that may be occurring.

What Is a Daily Routine?

Simply put, a daily routine is a set of habits that encompasses oral hygiene, self-massage, healthy exercising, yoga and meditation, supportive breathing practices, and much more.

Taking time out of our busy schedules to practice self-care can make a huge difference in how we feel over time, especially when we incorporate a daily meditation routine, yoga, and pranayama (yogic breathing) as part of our ongoing set of rituals.

These articles are designed to help you find what you need to establish a daily routine that works for you. Some topics include:

  • Insight on how the doshas can fluctuate and how to adjust your daily routine accordingly. Equally important to learning your dosha is discovering your vikriti or present state of balance, which can fluctuate depending on the season, or due to any number of environmental factors.
  • How to adjust your daily routine according to the season. During certain times of the year, your daily routine and other healthy habits can be adjusted as the weather changes around you.
  • Blogs about morning and night routines in Ayurveda. Start your day out right with a supportive morning routine, and create a supportive nighttime routines as well.

Whether you’re new to the world of Ayurveda and daily routines and are looking for tips on how to get started, or you’re curious about how to make changes to the daily routine you currently have in place, Ayurveda has answers.

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