DO this!!! With my whole heart and soul I recommend this practice when you are tired, fatigued, sore, stress, or rejuvenating….this is the BEST medicine that I truly swear by.
Daily self Ayurvedic massage (Abhyanga)
- Increased circulation, especially to nerve endings
- Toning of the muscles and the whole physiology
- Calming for the nerves
- Lubrication of the joints
- Increased mental alertness
- Improved elimination of impurities from the body
- Softer, smoother skin
- Helps you sleep
- Increased levels of stamina through the day
- Better, deeper sleep at night
Vaidya’s (Ayurvedic masters) claim that self massage improves all of the sense organs, and remarkably, improves eyesight.
boosts immune system
Makes you feel whole again, and nourishes body and mind
- 5-10 minutes using warmed Ayurvedic oils suited to your constitution.
Vata: USE VATA OIL or oold pressed black sesame oil/almond oil (warming, heavy and grounding)
Pitta: USE PITTA OIL or organic coconut oil (lightening and cooling)
Kapha: USE KAPHA OIL or mustard seed oil. (light, penetrating and warming)
- Place very small amount of oil in tiny container and over a bowl of hot water to warm before applying to body.
- Start massage on left foot for female, right foot for male.
- Massage with long strokes over limbs, and circular motions over joints and chest and abdomen. Target problem areas of congestion or pain.
- Work all the way up to the head, massaging the face also. It is ideal, but optional to massage the head with oil. (try to do the head with oil at least once per week)
- A shower can be taken after application of the oils, or beforehand. For Vata constitutions it is best to leave the oils on the body.
- Use old clothes and towels, which can be soaked weekly in napi-san to remove oil. Drops of eucalyptus oil in wash will remove oil smell.
Vata and Pitta massageshould be long, slow and calming strokes.
Kapha massage can more vigorous and penetrating to the muscles and lymphatic system.
This is a very self- nurturing practice that restores health and vitality back to the body, mind and soul. It can be performed morning or night, and is extremely helpful for those who have disturbed sleep at night. It benefits the muscles, tissues, and lymphatic system. It promotes self-awareness, and a meditative, calm state of mind. It cultivates prana and life energy, and is very grounding for those suffering from anxiety.
- We have all the oils handmade in Upper Brookfield By Annette, and they are amazing. You may order and oil for any condition you may have and we will make it up for you.
- Constitutional oils (Vata Pitta Kapha are $35, specific oils are $40)
Use Daily the Ayurveda kitchen herbs, wholesome foods, meditation, massage and Yoga to achieve your perfect digestion and lifestyle.
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The twelve principles of vapika meals
Sattvic food – Food that is primarily whole foods, plant based, lightly spiced, using no oil so that you feel refreshed and charged.
Six tastes of Ayurveda – Sweet, sour, salty, pungent, astringent and bitter. Meals that incorporate all these tastes are satiating and flavourful.
Three constitutions in Ayurveda – According to Ayurvedawe are either one or a combination of two or all three doshas (body constitutions): vata (air/ether), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth/water). When you eat according to your constitution you help maintain equilibrium in your body.
Well-balanced – A common cause for indigestion and lack of energy after a meal is more often an imbalance in the combinations and proportions of proteins, carbs and fat. A meal that is balanced in these gives you a boost of energy and vitality.
Right portion – The quantity of food we need varies a little every day based on our daily activity. Eat only as much as you are hungry and only when you are hungry. For optimum digestion it is recommended to eat a little less than you desire. Other helpful tips are eating in smaller servings rather than one big serving, eating out of a soup bowl inside of a big dinner plate. This has visual effects in the brain as well. Seeing a full bowl, rather then an half empty plate!
Healthy variety – Meals prepared using a variety of vegetables, roots, greens, fresh herbs, whole grains, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and spices all provide the complete range of nutrients.
Fresh, local and organic – Eating freshly picked organic produce from the local farmer’s market helps your local economy, helps create a community and ensures that you get the best and freshest food that tastes the best that it can and is full of all the nutrients.
Seasonal – Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables helps you keep in sync with the cycles of nature. Your body’s need for certain food changes according to the seasons of the year. For example, your desire to eat more fresh green, hydrating vegetables in the summer complements the optimum season for these vegetables just as your desire for dense warming vegetables like winter squash and beets coincides with its abundance in the colder climates. You get the most nutritive value out of a fruit or vegetable when it is eaten in its season.
Cooking tools – It’s important to take into consideration the utensils and equipment you cook with. They have to be as natural as possible. Plastic, aluminum, non-stick, anodized cooking utensils may leech toxins into the food so using stainless steel, wood, cast iron, ceramic or glass is the safest.
Avoiding tamasic (thought to promote pessimism, ignorance, laziness, criminal tendencies, and doubt), or toxic Ingredients – Avoid food prepared using plastic, aluminum, non-stick and anodized steel utensils; food that is microwaved, canned or pre-made; food containing processed and refined ingredients like oils, white flour, white sugar, salt and sugar substitutes, corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavouring, artificial colouring, packaged or stored in plastic containers or aluminum.
Cooking method – Cook food only to the extent to make it digestible, while retaining most of its nutritive value. It’s important to follow certain processes to retain the nutrients, such as steaming vegetables, soaking and sprouting beans and lentils and rinsing grains well before cooking.
A special ingredient – Preparing a meal with a positive intention, love and healing vibrations, mantras and prayers makes it even more potent and rich with healing properties.