A daily ritual in the form of meditation and journaling can help with growth and development. But a health ritual in the practice of Ayurveda can help with the longevity of your health and wellness.
In Sanskrit the world Dinacharya is known as a routine or usual series of acts that you do at a particular time in a particular order.
In Ayurveda, a daily ritual or Dinacharya, is here to help improve the mind, body and spirit by cleansing and purifying.
Of course, there are many different rituals in Ayurvedic practice, but below are the five I use daily.
The Ayurveda daily rituals
With Ayurveda rituals it is all about the cleansing practices. These are the rituals you can use in your bathroom in the morning. However, remember, some of the below rituals might not be useful for you all the time.
The neti pot might be something you use when you feel congested or during winter. You need to find the ones that work for you!
Here are just 5 of the Ayurveda daily rituals I do to help maintain good health in my life.
1. Jihwa Prakshalana - Tongue scraping
The process of the tongue scraping is to start back and move forward to scrap the whole surface of the tongue. Usually this would be done for 7-14 strokes. The stimulation of the scraping helps with digestion, removes dead bacteria and is good for the internal organs. Stainless steel can be used for everyone, but if you know your constitution, here is what is recommended.
Vata - a gold scraper
Pitta - a silver scraper
Kapha - a copper scraper
For me, I got mine from a beautiful store in Sydney.
2. Garshana (pronounced gar-shun-uh) - Ayurvedic dry-brushing
Dry-brushing as an Ayurvedic practice promotes lymphatic cleansing and helps to remove the “ama” or cellular waste products from our body. Traditionally garshana is done with raw silk or linen gloves but can be done with a natural bristle body brush.
If you want to learn more about how to do it and if you should try it, please read more here.
3. Kavala Dharna - Oil pulling
The oil pulling works to strengthen your teeth, gums and jaw. It improves your voice and removes wrinkles from your cheeks. What does this look like? Gargle warm sesame oil twice a day - hold it in your mouth and swish it around, then spit it out. Finish by massaging your gums with your finger.
4. Jala Neti - Nasal Cleansing
A nasal cleanse is a simple process and helps with your upper respiratory health. It works to balance your nervous system and is also a great practice to help with mental well-being and clarity. The nasal cleanse is performed using a Neti Pot with warm, salty water. Of course there are clear instructions on how to practice this ritual, which I love sharing with my clients and will provide in future courses.
5. Mantra Chanting
The art of chanting mantras is a beautiful practice to sooth the mind, body and spirit. There are studies being conducted to show how certain sounds (when chanted) can help with physical changes to our well-being. It even works to increase our mood.
The word mantra means “mind tool” - it is a tool to help the mind with focus. For each constitution, here is a guide.
Vata: warm, soft and calming sounds chanted in silence or out loud. Try a minute or two out loud, then go silent.
Pitta: cooling, calming and sweet sounds. If chanting out loud keep the voice cool and calm.
Kapha: warm and active sounds. Sing out loud in a cheerful manner.
For me, my experience with chanting - I experience sushumna. This is all about opening all the chakras and for me, I enter different dimensions. I always hear different sounds, it is a transcending experience. It definitely is a medium to access this space.
Rituals are a daily practice and a key part of everyday life. Forming a ritual within your day (whether it is 1 or 10) can be so powerful for your growth and development.
Rituals can be as simple as breathwork while making your morning coffee every day or it can be an hour spiritual session you have with just yourself.
The most important thing you need to remember is, with a ritual, it needs to fit perfectly into your life so you continue to practice each and every day.
Are you looking to dive deeper into rituals to start adding them into your life for this year? My FREE rituals guide will be perfect for you.
Or maybe you want to tap into more Ayurveda wisdom? My Goddess Embodiment Sisterhood is the perfect place to start learning more about this ancient practice.