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why I love my morning routine

This world is crazy and life isn’t any less. With the fast-paced lifestyles most of us are living these days, it’s tough to get a 5-minute breather in ever just to calm down and ground ourselves. But who wants to slow down? The craziness of life is what makes it fun and interesting; it’s what gets us up in the mornings. And that’s where you have to start…the mornings.

Having a morning routine is the perfect time to ground yourself and prepare your mind, body, and soul for the rest of your day. Life is crazy, and a lot of things happen that are out of our control and unplanned. Give yourself something to expect at least once a day, this will help ground your mind and get you prepared for life has to offer you. The mornings are great, because who doesn’t want to start the day with the right attitude?

The key to a morning routine is doing things that you love and make you feel good. My morning routine consists of a daily abhyanga or oil massage, meditation and prayers, journaling and reflection, and ending it with some pranayama and a short yoga sequence. Of course, life happens and I have to tweak my routine more times than not, but even then, I’ll try to do at least 2 of the above mentioned, because I know it will help me begin my day.

I love my morning routine because it lets me have my “me time”, that time to yourself that we are always seeking, yet never seem to squeeze in to our hectic days. It gives me time to be grateful for all of the wonderful things I have in my life. It gives me the space to be reflective and ponder the small and subtle intricacies of life. And most importantly, my morning routine prepares me to have the best attitude and perspective to start my day, because I wake up and do things that I absolutely love doing.

I never realized how essential a morning or daily routine is until I started studying Ayurveda a year ago. In Ayurveda, a dinacarya (daily routine) is key to help give your body and soul exactly what it needs to bring regularity and balance your health. It is one of the best ways to nurture and nourish yourself. With all of the incredible benefits you can reap from a simple routine, it’s bound to bring you happiness and an amazing start to your day.

Creating a morning or even a daily routine is super easy to do. Start the day doing things that make you feel good and appreciative. Some ideas to incorporate could be:

  • Journaling
  • Meditating
  • Writing 3 things you’re grateful for
  • A short yoga sequence
  • Breathing exercises or Pranayama

Of course if you want a more traditional guide of what a routine looks like from an Ayurvedic perspective, check out this awesome guide from Banyan Botanicals.

Just remember, don’t overwhelm yourself. Having a 5-minute morning routine just to take a few deep breaths before you walk out the door is better than nothing. Whether you’re spending 5 minutes or 3 hours, you’re taking the time out to care for you, and that’s the most important thing.

So, have at it! And have fun! What things are you going to incorporate in your day to nourish your mind, body, and soul?

why Ayurveda?

I guess that I can officially announce to everyone that I will be attending the Ayurvedic Institute for a second year this year. My second and final year at the school. I couldn’t be more excited to continue to learn and gain knowledge on both Ayurveda and Yoga this next year, and to immerse myself in this alternative medicine system even more.

Starting school last year, little did I know that I would fall in love with this education just as much as I did with Psychology. But this ancient system of health and medicine has captured my interest and opened my eyes to a world of knowledge that I would never have been exposed to if it weren’t for Nandan.

The question always gets asked, why Ayurveda? And my answer is always, why not? Let’s start with the basics.

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian form of medicine that targets diet and lifestyle as its treatment (along with a plethora of other treatment forms including yoga, sound therapy, color therapy and so much more). I believe that the thing that got me most hooked was the fact that all treatment is individualized to each and every person. There isn’t a general sweep of prescription given to the masses to treat the same disorder or disease. Just because you have a cold, doesn’t mean it’s the same cold manifesting in your sister or friend. It reminds me a lot of psychology in that each mind is so different, each person is so different…there’s no way that the same treatment that works for me is going to work for you. I really love how Ayurveda respects this idea and nurtures each individual as an individual.

The other thing about Ayurveda that I really love is the simplicity of treatment. They say that a really good practitioner can treat even the craziest things with only a couple of recommendations, as simple as changing diet and tweaking your lifestyle. For example, if you have a cold, drink warm liquids and stay away from dairy products as it increases the snotti-ness in your system! It’s so simple. Ayurveda looks at the simple qualities of all material and matter and treats with either similar qualities or opposite qualities.

The whole concept of your body is a temple is taken to a whole new level with Ayurveda. Your body is cherished and nurtured using treatments like body massages, journaling, and really helping people reconnect with themselves on any and every level. Ayurveda supports the natural healing process.

Ayurveda is a journey unlike any other. The intimate relationship you build with the science, the different treatment protocols, the various herbs, and ultimately yourself is incredible. It really encompasses the nature and definition of holistic healing.

I’m excited to share this next year with you all and talk about all of the different things that I am learning and experiencing as I dive deeper into this science and lifestyle.