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Ways to bring Ayurveda principles into your life

2017 was the year for Ayurveda. It was the wellness trend that saturated our Insta feed and made us wonder if Pitta Dosha was a delicious new food. Spoiler alert: it’s not. In its most simplistic form, Ayurveda is the knowledge that the mind and the body are connected and nothing has more power to heal the body than the mind.

Meditate

Meditation is at the heart of Ayurveda principles. It’s the way to connect the mind and body. A restful state of awareness created through meditation will slow your heart rate and enhance your wellbeing. We don’t need to harp on about the benefits of meditation as we’re sure you already know them, but it is the easiest way to incorporate Ayurveda into your everyday life.

Wake Up Before Sunrise

Predawn hours are dominated by vata dosha, an energy that makes it easier to get out of bed. Waking up after sunrise, a time dominated by kapha’s heavy energy, can leave you feeling sluggish. Set your alarm clock for an hour earlier than usual and spend some time meditating before work.

Drink When You Wake Up

Before you’ve eaten or had your morning cup of joe, mix the juice from half a lemon in a cup of warm water and drink it down. Add a pinch of rock salt and honey for some extra flavour.

Dim The Lights

As the natural light begins to dim so should your artificial lights. That means less overhead lights and less time on your devices. It will help your energy match the energy of the earth. Wind down by turning your TV off and reading a book. Even better, look inwards for half an hour, breathe deeply, and offer yourself some well-deserved self-love.

Drink Before Bed

Ayurveda experts believe that certain spices promote sleep so try heating some milk and adding a pinch of cardamom and nutmeg to help wind you down. Alternatively, sip chamomile or valerian tea. Use the time when drinking to take some deep breathes and look inwards.