Along with food and the state of mind, body care is one of the three pillars of health according to Ayurveda Passage review of different gestures.
Looking after his body and maintaining it daily is one of the major concerns of Indian thought, because the quest for purity is fundamental to the development of being. In Ayurveda, we consider that without the support of the body, the soul could not be there. It is therefore necessary to maintain this body “, explains Sylvie Verbois, author of various works on ayurveda.
LA DINACHARYA: THE DAILY ROUTINE
These different gestures constitute the “dinacharya”, this “daily routine” which, alongside diet and state of mind, constitutes one of the three pillars of health according to Ayurveda. “These daily actions are of crucial importance for those who want to approach health and well-being from a preventive angle.”, Underlines Michèle Beck, Ayurvedic counselor and therapist.
SPREAD WATER ON YOUR FACE
It helps to wake up, clarify thoughts and remove secretions that have accumulated overnight. “This avoids any obstruction of the movement of vital energy (prana) and bodily fluids”, specifies Michèle Beck. We don’t forget the eyes: we throw in cool water while keeping our eyes open, then we make a few blinks and rotations in all directions. Test tomorrow morning: you will quickly see the benefits of this ultra simple gesture!
CLEAN YOUR NOSE
Jala neti, or “cleansing by water” in Sanskrit, designates that of the nose and sinuses. It is made with a kind of small watering can called lota which is filled with lukewarm water added with sea salt. We introduce the tip into a nostril, the head tilted at 45 degrees on the opposite side and the body slightly leaning forward, and we pour the water (half a lota). The water then flows by itself through the other nostril. You blow your nose and do the same on the opposite nostril. Jala neti is particularly recommended for people with ENT problems.
CLEAN YOUR MOUTH
Besides brushing teeth with a toothpaste with plants and essential oils (neem, amalaki, cloves, mint …)
jihwa prakshalana, the cleaning of the tongue, is the key gesture of Ayurvedic oral hygiene. It is very simple: with a small silver spoon or a copper tongue scraper with bactericidal properties, we remove the whitish deposit which covers the tongue in more or less quantity after a night’s sleep. This gesture allows on the one hand to avoid that ama (toxins) is reabsorbed and accumulates elsewhere, on the other hand to stimulate agni, the digestive fire. It’s much better than brushing your tongue with your toothbrush … and swallowing much of that deposit!
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
In Ayurveda, we drink a lot (between 1.5 and 2 liters per day), but never iced, on the contrary, water and herbal teas, consumed in abundance, are served warm or hot. However, each profile has its own temperament and needs, moreover pitta can drink cold. Finally, we drink a little before the meal, but not during it so as not to “drown” the digestive fire: we rather hydrate throughout the day.