Ayurvedic self-care is engaging in activities that nourish you on all levels of being on a daily basis, as well as the conscious release of physical and emotional obstacles that may be preventing you from reaching your full potential. The objective is never perfection, but self-awareness so you can recognize when you're out of balance, as well as an understanding of Ayurvedic methods to assist you get back on track.
If you read my previous blog, then you will remember Ayurveda's 4 Ps (Personalised, Preventative and Practical)... but here there's also a 4th P- and that's:
Participatory: Ayurveda's magic begins right now, with your participation.
In Ayurveda, self-care is all about awareness. It's realizing when you are taking actions that are a step away from health and cultivating, practicing and celebrating actions that are a step towards healing. The benefits of these habits are cumulative and exponential when you actively participate in your health.
The ability of the body to maintain health in the face of constantly changing environmental events is known as self-regulation. Self-regulation maintains a constant level of health and vigour from within, regardless of what is going on "out there."
Benefits of Self-Regulation:
Less chronic inflammation
Genes related to long-term health are turned on
Genes that contribute to disease are turned down
Homeostasis is achieved (optimal state of balance)
Self-regulation and self-care starts with these 6 Pillars:
Using food as medicine, that is right for your body type, you can strengthen your digestion and remove toxins (ama).
Get that heart rate up! Ayurveda can help you find the right exercise for your body type that improves your mood, health, and wellbeing. Sometimes that could mean going for a run, or a fun dance class. Whatever it is, movement that you look forward to is crucial towards looking after your mental, physical and spiritual health.
When you get a good night's sleep, especially one that follows nature's rhythm, you not only rest repair your cells and tissues, strengthen your immune system, and digest memories from the day.
Connect with your higher self, the universe or whatever is greater than yourself by taking the mind beyond just thinking and experiencee the silence that connects us all.
Properly digest and let go of emotional toxins following the 7 step cleaning method. This will allow you to shift your mind from the fight-ot-flight response towards a more enlightened, relaxed and creative awareness
Connect with nature and nourish every aspect of your life.
Ayurveda's advantages are cumulative.
There is no action that is too insignificant to make a difference- Ayurveda is a constantly cumulative practice.
You begin your existence with your prakruti (body type or essential nature) and accrue doshic energy with every action and experience, culminating in your current state of balance—your vikruti.
Even basic, common actions like drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning can help you get the most out of the other six-pillar routines you're currently doing. Every action is significant. There is no action that is too insignificant to make a difference.
What habits have I already adopted in my life?
What are some new practices that I'd like to incorporate or expand?
What micro-actions, or small steps, can I take to help me go where I want to go?