9 Ayurveda Health Practices That Are Boosting Our Wellbeing In 2017

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Everyone is practicing ayurveda. It is the fastest rising health trend in the world.

And it is easy to see why.

Ayurveda health practices are natural and easy ways to boost your health and wellbeing.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda, a mind-body system developed by the sages of India millennia ago.

It predates the science of medicine. It predates evidence of the mind-body connection. It is the oldest surviving health systems [1]. It was created by the sages.

Ayurveda is a health system that uses nature and natural practices to increase wellbeing. And even today in the 21st Century, Ayurveda remains one of the  most sophisticated health systems in the world.

Ayurveda has solutions for all kinds of illnesses:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • stress
  • skin issues
  • improves digestion
  • heart problems
  • respiratory problems
  • Oral hygiene
  • And even erectile dysfunction

It is a health system we can all benefit from.

Ayurveda is based on two core beliefs:

1) The mind and the body are linked, so what we do to one will affect the other.  [2]
2) The number one way to heal the body is by healing the mind.

Just as in meditation we practice focusing the mind and controlling consciousness in order to create health, in Ayurveda we bring the mind into balance and this heals the body.

Given that science has proven that there are over 100 health benefits of meditation, it seems today we have the scientific proof that these mind-body exercises for health do indeed work.

However, Ayurveda also extends far beyond just meditating. Ayurveda incorporates diet, sleep, hygiene (personal and mental) and other areas of wellbeing.

Ayurveda itself actually means Knowledge of Life  (Ayur = life, Veda = knowledge).

The Health Benefits of Ayurveda

There are lots of reasons to start doing Ayurveda.

Ayurveda can be used to create physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It achieves this through the use of food, beverages, herbal supplements, mindfulness, and exercise.

One of the most popular Ayurvedic techniques, for instance, is oil pulling.

Oil pulling involves swilling coconut oil around the mouth for twenty minutes every morning. This simple practice is a powerful way of cleaning the teeth, treating gingivitis, and creating oral health. I have personally been using oil pulling for the past 6 months and have seen some excellent results. My gums look much pinker and healthier and my teeth are cleaner than ever.

There are many other benefits of the Ayurvedic system:

Thanks to these benefits, Ayurveda health practices are becoming hugely popular.

 

Ayurveda is the fastest growing health trend

Ayurvea is currently the hottest rising trend in the world of spiritual health.

Until the last few years, Ayurveda health practices were known by only the most ardent yogis. But yoga has grown in popularity by more than 50% over the past five years (3). And meditation is growing in similar numbers.

With the rise of yoga and meditation we are witnessing a spiritual awakening. People are awakening to yoga, meditation, mantras, and many other spiritual systems, including Ayurveda.

Packaged Facts [4], a leading publisher or research in the foods and beverage market, tells THE DAILY MEDITATION that Ayurveda is currently trending among Baby Boomers, Millennials, and anyone interested in holistic health.

The majority of people practicing Ayurveda are using it as a complimentary practice. Ayurveda is perfect for this. It is easy to combine Ayurveda practices with other health practices.

For instance:

I’ve personally been using oil pulling alongside an Alkaline diet. The Ayurvedic technique does not interfere with the diet and is easy to fit into your current lifestyle, which is one reason why it is becoming so popular.

Try integrating the following nine Ayurvedic practices into your lifestyle for a health boost.

 

9 of the best Ayurvedic Health Practices To Try in 2017

NOTE: Arguably the most important Ayurveda practice is meditation. I recommend reading our complete guide to meditation before trying the Ayurvedic techniques below.

 

1. Oil pulling

Want healthy teeth and gums? Try oil pulling.

Oil pulling is my favorite Ayurvedic practice. It is a very effective way of cleaning the mouth, teeth, tongue and gums. However, it is not an alternative to brushing your teeth.

Hw to do oil pulling:

  1. Purchase some organic coconut milk.
  2. Swill the oil around your mouth.
  3. Try to pull the oil between your teeth
  4. Continue for 20 minutes.
  5. Stop if you jaw gets sore or tired.

You might be surprised how hard this is the first time you do it. But it soon becomes easy.

Oil pulling detoxifies the mouth. This then detoxifies the body. In my experience it is pure magic for the teeth and gums, and it will also whiten teeth but only a little.

In the Ayurvedic health system the mouth is incredibly important.

Oral heath is very closely related to health in other parts of the body because what goes in the mouth soon gets transferred to the organs.

One of the best ways to create a healthy body is to have a healthy mouth (whether that means curing gingivitis or simply having white teeth is up to you).

 

 

2. Try Abhyanga—self-massage with body oil.

Hands up who likes a good massage?

In Abhyanga we give ourselves a full body massage using body oil. This helps the body stay hydrated and softens the skin.

The warm oil absorbed into the skin increases circulation and boosts the lymphatic system.

It is traditional to use sesame or coconut oil for this, depending on your dosha (you can find out your Dosha using this test on the Chopra Center).  It is best to massage the oil before beginning the massage and then begin to massage from head to toe using circular motions.

I recommend Taaj’s body oil.

 

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3 Mindful Eating

 Diet is very important in the Ayurvedic health system. Equally as important as what we eat is how we eat it.

Food should be eaten mindfully.

When we eat too quickly we create a mind-body problem, because the body is eating while the mind is elsewhere. Eating mindfully heightens the mind-body connection.

Modern society demands that we rush everything, but the wise among us know to take our time and to appreciate the moments. One of the best times to do so is while eating.

Mindful eating can be practiced with the family. Mothers and fathers might like to suggest that the whole family eat slowly and mindfully, focusing on the process of eating and being conscious and awake while at the dinner table.

Read my guide to weight loss meditation for more on mindful eating.

 

 

4. Pranayama (Breathing Exercises) / Kapalabhati

Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga and Ayurveda all advocate the use of breathing exercises.

By meditating on the breath we slow the mind, increase oxygen intake, and fill the body with positive energy.

One Ayurvedic breathing exercise is Kapalabhati in which the breath is used to pull the belly in. We then breathe our forcefully. This heightens Agni (fire) and is a good exercise for the abs.

How to do Kapalabhati

1. Sit comfortably with good posture
2. Breathe deeply in through the nose and dout through the mouth.
3. Brethe deeply through the nose to fill your body down to your pelvis
4. Press the air out quickly while sucking your navel toward your spine
5. Relax and let your lungs fill naturally
6. Repeat 10 times
7. Breathe normally. meditate on the sensations in your body
8. Repeat the whole process 4 times.

 

5. Sweating (Swedana)

The skin is the largest organ in the human body.

One way the body uses the skin is to flush out impurities.   When we sweat we open the pores, allowing impurities to leave the body through the skin.

To improve our sweating we can use Swedana. This can help reduce acne and skin problems.

Swedana is a purifying Ayurvedic practice. Traditionally, it is done by practicing Abhyana (massage) and then having a herbal steam bath.

  1. Show some love for your body by trying this technique.
  2. Get some vigorous exercise so you’re sweating.
  3. Have a full-body massage (Abhyana).
  4. Continue to Swedana (herbal steam bath).

This will purify the skin and stop acne and other skin problems.

 

6. Drink Ginger Tea

Mother nature truly is the source of great health and happiness. The sun, water, fresh air… and ginger tea.

One thing that surprises a lot of people is that drinking cold water can interfere with digestion [6].

Warm water is actually a lot kinder on the body. Especially if that warm water has ginger tea in it.

Ginger tea is a great way of boosting Agni (digestive fire) and helps improve digestion. Your body will be thankful if you drink more ginger tea.

Why not do it now. Go grab either a ginger tea, or just a plan black or green tea with ginger added to it. Drink it while you read the rest of this article. Simple.

I love a good cup of Yogi Tea!

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7. Scrape your tongue

The tongue holds a lot of the body’s bad bacteria [7]. That bad bacteria can cause gingivitus, digestion problems, gum disease and more.

Getting rid of that bacteria is one of the best ways of boosting dental health and overall wellbeing.

The easiest and one of the most effective ways of removing bacteria from the tongue is with a tongue scraper.

This is incredibly quick to do and has no side-effects except for possibly gagging. There really is no reason not to practice tongue scraping.

 

8. Appreciate the six Ayurvedic tastes

To get the most out of food, include all six tastes of Ayurvedic nutrition. They are: Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent.

Here’s a great way to boost consciousness of food:

  1. grab a fruit, vegetable, nut or legume and mindful eat it.
  2. Note which one of the six tastes above that you think it is.
  3. Try to include at least one food from all six groups in every meal.
  4. Try mixing Ayurvedic spices like Cayenne pepper, ginger, and cinnamon.

Not sure what to cook up? Take a look at Kate O’Donnell’s excellent book The Everyday Ayurveda Cookbook which you can get here.

 

9. Enjoy a lovely Basti (Enema)

Here’s an alternative way of using herbal oil: introduce it to your rectum.

Basti (enema) is performed by using herbal oil on the rectum in order to lubricate the intestinal tract.

It’s actually a great way of removing toxins from the intestinal tract.

Clearly, not for everyone. But if you really want to show compassion to your body this is a great way to do it, because the health benefits are amazing.

 

 

 

The world is awakening to the power of these Ayurveda health practices. And only good can come of it.

Which of the above Ayurvedic practices have you tried? And what do you think about Ayurveda in general?

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