Ayurveda is a natural and holistic (mind-body-soul) system of medicine that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Ayurveda considers individualized lifestyle, dietary, behavioral and psychological practices to restore holistic balance. As we age, we need to make changes to maintain optimal health. If you want to age GRACEfully, try these effective Ayurvedic tips!
Get More Quality Sleep 🖤
In Ayurveda, sleep (also called Nidra) is one of the most important components of good health in Ayurveda and just as important as proper diet with respect to obtaining an optimal healthspan. Sleep is affected by many factors, such as age, lifestyle, career and environment. Ayurveda suggests poor sleep patterns can speed up the aging process. Scientific research studies suggest insufficient sleep (and poor sleep quality) can disrupt your circadian rhythms which may lead to health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and others. Research findings are in line with Ayurvedic's focus on quality sleep as an important part of optimal health and longevity. Get your Zzzz's!!!!
Be Kind to Yourself With Self-Care Routines 🖤
Ayurveda recommends daily self-care routines. These routines include proper sleep, elimination, hygiene, massage, mindfulness practice, proper diet and others. The routines should follow optimal times to awake, sleep, care for oral health, as well as care for your eyes, nose, ears and skin. Such routines aim to support our circadian rhythms with daylight, night and seasons, and include specific cleansing procedures, massage, bowel habits, yoga and breath practices. They help prevent chronic diseases that affect the aging process. Researchers are starting to understand the importance of routines, biological clocks and circadian rhythms and their role in aging and overall well-being Disturbances in the circadian rhythm are associated with all kinds of health problems and diseases. Examples of disturbances to our circadian rhythms include travel, night shift work, jet lag, eating late at night and insomnia.
Spring Clean Your Inner Self Through Detoxification 🖤
The practice of detoxification and rejuvenation therapies (also known as panchakarma therapies in Ayurveda), provide our bodily tissues with nourishment and healing (Dhatus). This practice also helps to support your lifespan through optimal circulation, blood flow and the elimination of toxins. Therapies such as oleation and fomentation (poulctice) help to neutralize Vata-triggered coldness and dryness that accompany aging.
Rub It In With Oil Massage (Abhyanga) 🖤
Regular oil massage (also referred to as Abhyanga) with warm oils infused with your constitution-specific herbs helps to maintain good health and delay age-associated changes. Abhyanga helps to restore balance of the Doshas and enhances well-being and longevity. Some interesting research has shown the use of oil massage is associated with a significant reduction in stress experience, as well as a significant reduction in heart rate, and even lowered blood pressure. Check out the WILD GRACE body oils HERE.
Try Yoga, Breath Work and Mindfulness 🖤
Practicing of yoga, meditation and breath work (pranayama) has been shown to help delay the aging process. Research has shown time and time again that yogic practice enhances muscular strength and body flexibility, improves respiratory and cardiovascular function, promotes recovery from addiction, reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, improves sleep patterns, and enhances overall well-being and quality of life.
Take it one ritual at a time, towards more grace & joy!