Thursday, August 09, 2007

Start the Day Stress-Free

"The Maharishi Ayurveda approach to stress is unique because it is a total approach, and includes mental, physical and emotional aspects," says Vaidya Agrawal. Many of these approaches are included in the ayurvedic daily routine, called Dinacharya. When you begin the day with a routine, it sets you up for a stress-free day by helping to keep Vata in balance.
Vaidya Agrawal suggests creating a schedule to make it easier to plan your time. If you have to leave for work by 8:30 a.m., for instance, it's easy to fit these steps in if you wake up by 6:00 a.m.
Schedule for the Ayurvedic Morning Routine
Wake up in the morning before 6:00 a.m.
Empty bowel and urine
Wash your face, giving special attention to the eyes.
Brush your teeth, scrape your tongue and rinse your mouth. This is also a good time to drink a cup of water.
Perform abhyanga (ayurvedic oil massage).
Because it's best to wait an additional 10-15 minutes for the oil to soak in between your massage and bath, to save time you might want to spend this time shaving, flossing your teeth, or starting your Surya Namaskara or Yoga Asanas.
Bathe or shower. Use warm rather than hot water.
Perform Yoga Asanas and Surya Namaskara (Salutation to the Sun Exercise).
Practice deep breathing or Pranayama.
Practice Transcendental Meditation® for twenty minutes
Have breakfast -- a stewed apple or pear and warm cereal is ideal.
Take herbal food supplements and Rasayanas
School or work.

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