Jasmine’s 5 Ways to Integrate Ayurveda Into Your 2019
When people hear about Ayurveda for the first time, they are often mystified and intimidated, but there is no reason to be! Ayurveda is all about listening to your body and to nature around you, so once you get to know it, it becomes simple and intuitive. To get you started, here are some easy ways you can inject a bit of this ancient holistic health system into your life this year.
This super easy everyday practice is the first thing I do every morning and is a real game-changer. Use a U-shaped copper Tongue Tingler to clean the gunk that accumulates on your tongue overnight, and it helps with bad breath, as well as and making the taste of your food more satisfying.
This beautiful warming elixir is an Ayurvedic classic, made by simmering milk (dairy or nondairy) with balancing spices and sweetening it with a touch of jaggery. It is just as perfect to ease you into the day (a great alternative to coffee in the morning) as it is to help you sleep (a great alternative to a glass of wine) or as a comforting mid-afternoon pick-me-up (a great alternative to hot chocolate!).
3. Hot water
Ayurveda teaches us that it is better for us to drink hot water, rather than cold, because cold water shocks our digestion, whereas hot nurtures it. This makes sense intuitively if you think about it (and is particularly welcome in winter when even room temperature water is very cold!). This is a super easy way to live a bit more Ayurvedically. Just heat up a kettle, fill up an insulated flask and sip from a mug throughout the day.
I do an Abhyanga self-oil massage every week — it’s such a grounding and nurturing practice, all from the comfort of your home. All you have to do is create a soothing warm space, in your bathroom for example, and work a balancing oil over your body in long strokes. It has so many benefits and is a lovely way of turning your attention inward and checking in with how your body’s doing.
Oil pulling is a great complement to tongue tingling for a healthy mouth. Akin to a mouthwash, but one that enhances the microflora rather than wiping it out, this practice consists of swirling pure coconut or sesame oil around your mouth and through your teeth for about 20 minutes. A healthy mouth is linked to a healthy digestion, which is key for overall wellbeing.