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• Learn which are the 20 habits that almost every yogi practices in their morning routine to cleanse and activate both the body and the mind;
• Save the illustration of this Ayurvedic daily morning routine to have it handy (it’s at the end of this article).
The alarm goes off, you hit the snooze button, and wake up fighting the grogginess while rushing to work. What a nightmare, isn’t it?
There’s no way around it. If you want to avoid the above scenario and pave the way for a successful day, you need to set in stone a healthy morning ritual.
And what better way to create one such ritual than to get inspiration from a yogi’s “dinacharya” (morning routine)? After all, these spiritual people are renowned for their calmness and balanced way of living.
So, keep reading and start changing your sloppy morning routine for the better by adopting as many of the following 20 yogi-approved habits.
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I know it may be troublesome for you, but waking up and experiencing the quietness of the early morning is the best practice you can adopt in your daily routine.
In fact, all yogis are early birds. And I also testify, waking up before the sunrise is a life-changer, especially if you used to hit up that snooze button countless times before.
Further, the Ayurvedic Institute, whose main goal is to spread Ayurveda (the science of life) into the world, explains this early wake-up habit a little more in-depth:
Depending on your body and energy type (dosha), you want to get up between 4:30 AM and 6:00 AM.
It will be hard at the beginning, but there’s a saying:
"All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end."
Robin Sharma, The 5 AM Club
Yet, if you decide to wake up earlier, you will also need to go to bed sooner. Don’t become sleep-deprived. Thus, always aim to sleep at least 7 hours a night. Psst, most of the highest-paid celebrities in the world already do this.
Tip for sleepyheads: If you just can’t get out of bed in the morning, use the 5 Second Rule.
“The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must push yourself to move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill it.”
Mel Robbins - author of The 5 Second Rule book
So, what do you have to do when you wake up with your face sunken in your puffy pillow? Count to 5, and when you hit 5, jump out of the bed.
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This is not a secret. A yogi always takes care of the spiritual side in their morning routine.
Consequently, one of the first things they like to do in the a.m. is to freshen up their aura.
Specifically, you can do this by looking at your hands for a few seconds once you opened your eyes. Then, gently slide them over your face, chest, and way down to your waist. You should feel a change in your energy once you’re done.
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Many of us forget to take care of our souls in today’s fast-paced world, and praying before or just after leaving the bed is a quick and pleasuring way to do it.
It doesn’t have to take long, just a few seconds, but make sure you connect with the Universe and express your gratitude.
For example, here’s a short prayer you can say every morning:
"You gave us the hand of protection. You gave us the power to teach and learn. You gave us the power to live and love. You gave us the power to be peaceful on this Mother Earth in the lap of the beauty of nature. Thank you very much for everything."
Yogi Bhajan - famous yoga teacher
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You don’t need to be a yogi to know that washing your face during your morning routine is a must if you want to get out of that sleepy state.
However, you also want to target the eyes a bit at this stage to activate your vision.
So, begin by mildly massaging the eyelids. Then, as recommended by the yogistic experts at the Ayurvedic Institute, blink 7 times and rotate your eyes in all directions. Finish by drying your face with a clean towel.
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Your body tends to dehydrate during the night, so you want to provide it with liquids as soon as possible.
Therefore, fill a glass of water (or a copper cup if you really want to get in a yogi mood) before you go to bed. As a result, you will have a refreshing treat waiting for you in the morning at the reach of an arm.
In addition, you should know that Pratham Yoga School recommends 2-4 250 ml cups of warm water drunk as soon as you wake up. Also, make sure to sit down while doing so, because the absorption will be better.
Now, if you wish something more than plain water, some yogis advocate for lemon water or even some digestive tea.
However, consider that making tea will take you about 5 minutes, so make sure you don’t run out of time for the rest of your dayspring ritual.
Did you know: water has zero calories, thus counting among our comprehensive list of 95 low-calorie foods and drinks for easy weight loss.
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Chances are you may be looking for a morning routine that cleanses your gut, and this is a righteous thing to do. Indeed, keeping toxic substances in your body is only going to make you feel worse as the day progresses.
Thus, go eliminate the urine accumulated during the night and sit on the toilet (preferably in a squat position) to stimulate bowel movement. Doing this at the same time of the day will help to regulate your defecation.
"There is nothing better than a good, cleansing poop right before your morning practice. It makes the jump throughs easier, the backbends more graceful and the twists a little less stressful."
Melissa Singh, Toronto Ashtanga Yoga Centre
Tip for beginners: If you struggle with your bowel movements during the first hours of the day, try alternate nostril breathing, a technique you can read more about at point 14 of this ultimate yogi morning routine.
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Before proceeding to clean their teeth, a yogi incorporates tongue scraping in their morning routine.
Yogis scrape their tongues for more reasons:
The Ayurvedic Institute recommends 7 to 14 gentle scrapes from the back of your tongue forward.
Also, depending on your body type, you’d want to use different tongue scrapers:
On the other hand, if you don’t wish to get so yogistic, buy an inexpensive stainless steel tongue scraper, or use a hard toothbrush.
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This shouldn’t be a novelty for you unless you were cast away and couldn’t find anything to replace your toothpaste with.
Now, seriously, a yogi always brushes their teeth. Use a soft toothbrush and invest in bitter-tasting toothpaste. As a result, you will wake up easier than if you were to use a pleasantly flavored one.
Otherwise, you can use powders like the ones made from:
Yogi tip: experience an Indian vibe during your ritual by purchasing toothbrushes made from neem wood – they’re called neem sticks. Alternatively, you can try using those made from licorice root.
These traditional tools will strengthen your gums and make them healthier.
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Since we were talking about strengthening gums, then you should know that swooshing your mouth with water and gargling with warm sesame oil twice a day brings incredible benefits to your oral hygiene.
Keep the oil in your mouth, move it energetically all around, and spit it out. Then, as the Ayurvedic experts recommend, use your fingers to give your gums a gentle massage.
Sesame oil is known for its distinctive aroma, but did you know that if you use it for gargling it will:
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Chewing in the morning is a common practice in a yogi’s daily routine.
This habit tells your liver and stomach to wake up while also improving the activity of your digestive juices.
Generally, yogis opt for nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. For example:
Counter-intuitively, yogis start crunching on the above after they clean their teeth. However, Ayurvedic experts recommend brushing your teeth again, this time without applying toothpaste.
Digestion tip: in the Ayurvedic culture, it’s recommended to chew each bite at least 30 times to ensure the food is properly processed by your body.
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A good part of the yogi world never excludes nasal drops (nasya) from their morning routines.
In fact, they use a few drops of different types of oils to:
For example, here are some oils you can use for dropping in your nose, as recommended by the Ayurvedic Institute:
Despite the above recommendations, many yogis use a neti pot instead. A neti pot is a small container with a long spout used to rinse the nasal cavities, typically with saline solutions.
Whether you go for oil drops or the neti pot, it’s up to you. In the end, your breath (prana) and voice will thank you for adopting this yogi habit in your morning routine.
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Traditional yogis call this habit Karna Purana – translating as the Ayurvedic technique of administering warm oil into the ear canals.
The ear lubricant of choice here is sesame oil. Don’t forget to warm it before releasing 5 drops in each of your ears.
Also, you want to let the oil sink in for 2-5 minutes before you switch to the other ear.
This practice is known to help you if you’re struggling with problems like:
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The main difference between a yogi’s morning routine and one of an everyday Joe’s is that they use yoga workouts to ground both their bodies and spirits every time the sun rises. And they do it with a purpose.
A session of yoga could take up to 1-2 hours, but you don’t need that much, especially at the beginning. Therefore, 20-30 minutes is more than enough to reap the benefits.
Besides, depending on your body type, you want to exercise at different paces.
If you generally struggle to keep up with your workout routines, you need to learn how to set and accomplish your fitness goals. For example, one such goal could be doing Adriene’s yoga routine shown in the video below every morning for 30 days.
"Give every area of the body some love while cultivating heat to build total-body strength and increase mobility. Synchronize the breath with movement and flow with energy and ease to create a moving meditation. Welcome a feeling of vitality and balance back into your inner world."
Adriene Mishler - international yoga teacher
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After the yoga session, you will have already got rid of the slight wooziness we all try to get away from when we wake up, and that’s because you sent blood filled with nutrients and oxygen throughout your entire body.
However, after that, you want to bring your attention to your brain. And you do that by doing deep breathing exercises, or ‘Pranayama’ as yogis’ call them.
There are lots of yogic breathing exercises you can try, but let’s focus on one of the most effective and simple to grasp.
Just a few benefits of practicing alternate nostril breathing are:
But let’s cut to the chase and learn how to do this powerful breathing exercise using former international yoga teacher Yogi Bhajan’s instructions. This exercise, visually explained in the video below, will help you achieve balance in both your mind and body.
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In this fast-paced world, we neglect our inner selves more and more as we let our daily problems and the mountain of distractions take over our minds, transforming them into toxic places.
To not let this happen, follow every yogi’s advice and add a short meditation session to your morning routine. It should be around 15-20 minutes long, and it doesn’t have to be complicated.
For instance, some yogis like to just walk in the garden and stand by the trees, absorbing some healthy vitamin D from the warm sun rays while reflecting on their thoughts and the beauty of nature.
Others would go all in and light up incense sticks while sitting on a mattress and humming a mantra.
Try both of the above methods and see which one makes you feel calmer and more joyful.
FACT: did you know that meditation is one of the best ways to get out of a negative mental state? Check out our 11 guaranteed ways to quickly improve your mood for more techniques that will bring happiness to your everyday life.
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Write down the first things that come to your mind in your journal every morning. And be sure to express what you’re grateful for.
Tip: don’t avoid negative feelings. If you hold a grudge against someone, write about it in your journal. As a result, you’ll see what actually drives your hatred and maybe find a way to eliminate it completely.
"How did you feel before and during the practice, your emotions, physical and mental feeling is something we all need to tune in, and mindfully acknowledge."
Nicklas Johansson - founder of Yogateket online yoga studio
After you have logged in your thoughts, use your journal to organize your daily tasks using our 6 tips for a goal-crushing to-do list. This way, you’ll make sure you don’t fall behind with any of your assignments while keeping your mind free of stress.
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As you may have noticed by now, if you wish to have a morning routine similar to a yogi’s, then you need to focus on your personal hygiene.
Thus, after yoga, breathing, and meditation, go take a refreshing bath or a cold shower. Make sure to use warm oils and softly massage your head and body with them.
In this matter, the Ayurvedic Institute recommends:
Most yogis always stick to this habit because it revigorates you while removing any left signs of fatigue, dirty sweat, and mental fogginess.
Useful tip: play something inspirational in the background while you’re in the bathroom. It may be a podcast or the song that stuck in your heart since your last festival attendance, no matter if you attended Tomorrowland, Glastonbury, Untold, or any other musical venue.
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You should know that yogis usually avoid fasting because they think you absolutely need energy from food to function properly. So, a good nutritious breakfast is a must if you want to start your day on the right foot.
And, remember, stay away from those 16-hour-long no-eating windows.
Also, when choosing your breakfast, you need to consider what kind of food is best for your body type:
In addition, stick to keeping your breakfast light in the hot months and eat more high-calorie foods during the cold seasons.
To help you out in prepping meals for your first meal of the day, here are some of the many types of foods yogis eat during breakfast:
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If you dress up with clothes you feel good in, then you’re ready to rock the day.
Besides, this is one of the many hacks found in our Superhuman Work Productivity Guide, that will teach you to work 10X faster and enjoy more of your days!
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Last but not the least, you want to spray a little perfume to your neck to build confidence, acquire an air of joyfulness, and, why not, an irresistible charm.
According to the Ayurvedic Institute, yogis use different fragrances depending on their body type:
To conclude, we prepared a summary illustration of all the 20 habits you need to adopt if you want to follow a life-changing yogi-style morning routine, from waking up before sunrise to applying the final touch of fragrance.
We’d love to know how your days unfold as a result of adopting this yogi morning routine. Drop us a comment below!
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