Ayurveda entails practices that honor the body, mind and soul! In this article, we share with you five therapeutic ayurvedic practices to heal and nourish your body.
1. Shiro Abhyanga or Head Massage
Comprised of two words: Shiro (head) and Abhyanga (massage), it essentially means a complete massage of the head, neck, and shoulders using Ayurvedic herbal oils. These areas are most affected by stress, which is why Shiro Abhyanga is beneficial in reducing pain and stress in these regions.
Also read: How to do Abhyanga?
2. Jal Neti or Nasal Cleansing
Jal Neti is a technique used by yogis to stay disease-free and use their breath well for their yogic practices without any blockages. Just as brushing the teeth is dental hygiene, the practice of Jal Neti is nasal hygiene. This technique uses water to purify and clean the nasal path from the nostrils to the throat.
3. Udvartana or Body Massage
Udvartana means “to move something in an upward direction”. This refers to the upward direction of the strokes used during the massage. The massage techniques combined with the penetrating herbs creates heat in the body to help decrease lethargy, release toxins, reduce fluid retention and increase circulation.
Amrutam Herbal Ubtan is infused with the goodness of Ayurvedic herbs like Kesar, Chandan and Chironjee that make for the perfect recipe for a body massage and exfoliation. It helps with reducing tanning, scars and pigmentation along with all the amazing benefits of Udvartana.
4. Jihwa Prakshalana or Tongue Scraping
Ayurveda holds that the tongue directly connects to several of the body's vital organs, including the heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, spleen, and stomach. Tongue scraping gently removes toxins from the tongue itself and simultaneously stimulates, massages, and cleanses the associated organs and deep tissues.
Ayurveda recommends copper tongue cleaner that eliminates the toxins and balances the Tridoshas.
5. Ahara or Diet
According to Susrutacarya, one should eat the proper quantity of food at the proper time by sitting on a raised platform. After meals, we should sit comfortably like a king and then have a short walk. On eating, first, we should take a sweet taste, then salt and sour tastes and then pungent, bitter and astringent tastes.
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