Mornings are sacred. Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga) teaches many beautiful rituals which I have loved incorporating into my life. This is not a stress and not something you ‘should’ do, it’s advice which you may choose to take on board to make your mornings, and then whole day, brighter, lighter and more special.
Personally, mornings are my favourite time of the day. It’s a chance for a fresh start. You can make today whatever you want it to be. So why not start off with nourishing your own needs, creating a balanced environment within so that you can then diffuse the air and those around you with this sense of calm and contentment.
Throughout the night, during sleep, our bodies are hard at work detoxifying. To make full use of all this incredible work it’s important we expel those toxins clustered at the edges of our body ready for takeoff. The very first thing I do every morning without fail (even while living in the desert), is scrape my tongue. You can buy or order stainless steel scrapers for less than £10. I bought mine over a year ago and have never looked back. This simple action rids you of the toxic build up on the tongue and we can examine our tongue to gain an insight to our mental and emotional wellbeing. I won’t go into this here as it’s far too lengthy for this post but definitely look into it if you’re interested! Other ways of eliminating toxins are brushing teeth, eliminating the bowels and bladder, showering/bathing and having this delicious ginger, honey and lemon tea…
Agni boosting tea:
1cm fresh grated ginger
A squeeze of fresh lemon
1/2 tsp raw honey
All ingredients would preferably be organic, most importantly the honey (which you also want raw). Do what you can. Often markets sell local honey, just check it isn’t pasteurised.
Simply add the three elements to your favourite mug and add (almost) boiling water. I like to top with cold water by about a centimetre or two then pour the water from the kettle on top. This means I can drink it sooner and doesn’t overly heat the honey.
This tea works to continue the detoxification process, cleanse and also stimulate the digestive system before breakfast. It’s super yummy too, such a delight!
So really the importance here is to properly take the time to be with your medicinal mug-ful. Here you have created a drink with the intention of tending to your health, continue this gesture of self-love by taking the time to truly be with it and enjoy. Drinking tea can be a wonderful meditation. Taking this 10 minutes in the morning will really set the tone for the rest of your day. I am sure that you deserve it.