The ancient practice of Ayurveda, originating in India over five millennia ago, offers a holistic approach to nurturing well-being through the use of time-tested rituals. Ayurvedic rituals are all about harmonizing the mind, body, and spirit, promoting overall health and vitality.
In a world where everything moves quickly, barely ever giving you a moment to catch your breath, we wanted to highlight and share some of these beautiful rituals from our heritage.
Abhyanga - The Art of Self-Massage
One of our most beloved Ayurvedic rituals is Abhyanga, the practice of self-massage, using warm oil. This nourishes the skin, soothes the muscles, and calms the mind. The oil is chosen based on your dosha, or body constitution. This practice is normally followed by a warm bath or shower to further relax and rejuvenate the body. We’re feeling more relaxed just thinking about it!
Abhyanga is not only a luxurious self-care ritual, but it also promotes circulation, detoxification, and relaxation.
Eat to Nourish
Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of a healthy, balanced diet for overall well-being. Eating nourishing foods that are suitable for your dosha can help to support digestion, promote energy, and balance the body.
Ayurveda also utilizes a wide range of herbal remedies, such as turmeric, ashwagandha, and triphala, which are known for their healing properties and ability to support well-being. These ingredients sound familiar?
Mindful Breathing and Meditation
There’s such an intimate connection between the mind and body. Mindful breathing and meditation are amazing Ayurvedic rituals that help to reduce stress, balance the nervous system, and promote mental clarity. Practicing mindful breathing or meditation regularly can help to cultivate a sense of calm, focus, and emotional balance, enhancing your overall well-being.
Connecting with Nature
Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of connecting with nature [plant] as a way to promote well-being. Maybe you like to take a walk in the park, or practice yoga outdoors, or even if you like to ground yourself by touching the earth. All these things can help you connect with the natural world and promote a sense of balance and harmony within yourself.
Rest and Sleep
Rest and sleep are vital for overall well-being. Establishing a regular sleep routine, getting adequate rest, and prioritizing quality sleep are important Ayurvedic rituals. This may involve creating a calming bedtime routine, creating a sleep-friendly environment, and prioritizing restful sleep as an essential part of your daily self-care routine.
Dinacharya - Daily Routines
On the topic of routines, establishing a daily practice, known as Dinacharya, is considered essential for maintaining peak health in Ayurveda. Dinacharya involves incorporating specific practices into your daily routine that are tailored to your dosha, and the time of day. This may include activities such as tongue scraping, oil pulling, nasal cleansing, and yoga or meditation.
We at Sachi Skin wanted to ask you what your Dinacharya entails. What are your rituals? How do you center yourself and prioritize your well being in day-to-day life?
We listen to Ayurvedic wisdom and are so proud of the rich history of holistic care that we build our products and formulations around. At the same time, we know that routines are hard to uphold when the world’s always moving, and there’s always something new to do.
Our advice? Take it day by day. Do the little things. Take care of yourselves in the best ways you know how. And if you’re ever looking to revolutionize some rituals, you know where to find us.