Ayurveda Lifestyle Rituals

Ayurveda Lifestyle Rituals

When I first learned about Ayurveda, I had no idea there was a world full of lifestyle rituals. I learned the basics at first and then dove in deeper. 

The best part is you don’t have to take every tip and implement it. So, don’t get overwhelmed. I suggest picking one or two things to weave into your yoga and your rituals. 

Keep in mind your dosha and what it would most like.

For example, if you are a Kapha, Dry Brushing (we will learn about this in this article!) will be amazing to stimulate you after a good yoga practice. 

If you need a refresher on what Ayurveda and the Dosha’s are, be sure to click HERE. Or if you want more yoga specific tips click HERE.

Otherwise, let’s dive in to some Ayurveda Lifestyle Rituals.

BRING ATTENTION TO YOUR ELEMENTS:

First off, you need to recognize the elements within you. This will help you know what is off balance vs what is in balance. It will take some time and somethings you won’t uncover right away. 

Start simple and have fun with it. 

Once you bring attention to your elements and dosha you will be able to pick out what is best for you and better regulate your mind body. 

REMEMBER WHAT EACH DOSHA NEEDS:

KAPHA= STIMULATION 

PITTA= SLOW THEM DOWN OR COOL THEM DOWN

VATA= GROUND DOWN

DRY BRUSHING:

We will start with my personal favorite. 

Grab a dry bristle brush. There are a lot of price points for these brushes out there. Go with the one that fits your budget. Grab one HERE. 

What does dry brushing do?

Specifically it helps with lymphatic drainage, increasing circulation. 

It also helps with:

  • Removing dead skin
  • Detox + Exfoliate skin/body
  • Reduces inflammation (say goodbye to bloating)
  • Stimulates your nervous system 
  • Digestion helper
  • Stress reducer
  • Tightens skin (reduce stretch marks!)

Seriously, the list goes on and on. When I started dry brushing I started to lose weight. I’m not sure if it was the dry brushing, but I had no other explanation. 

I can tell a difference within my body and skin when I am consistently taking the time to dry brush. 

It feels really amazing and relaxing after doing it often.

Watch this video on how to dry brush! Don’t forget to subscribe for more video’s. 


SELF MASSAGE: 

Also known as Abhyanga massage. This is a great one to do after the shower and rehydrate your skin. 

You’ll want to use an oil that works well for your dosha or coconut oil seems to be a good universal one to grab. Heating up the oil helps to better penetrate the skin, giving you better benefits. 

Just like dry brushing it helps increase circulation. However, after dry brushing your skin might feel a bit dry or flakey. Self massage will help your skin feel amazing. 

It is done the same way as dry brushing, but instead you are massaging oil into your skin. 

OILS FOR DOSHA’S: 

When we use oils on our skin it can help hydrate for healthier skin. Each dosha will have an oil that works best for that specific body type.

Kapha: 

Remember, the Kapha Dosha is earth and water. If you are a Kapha chances are your skin is already moist or oily. We will want a light oil and use it in moderation. 

What types of oils are best?

  • Grapeseed
  • Almond 
  • Safflower

Pitta:

Pitta’s tend to need a moderate oil. Not too light, not too heavy. They’re fire, so if you are a Pitta you might notice the oil might warm up just with your skin. 

What types of oils are best?

  • Coconut 
  • Sunflower
  • Jojoba 

Vata:

For Vata they are typically cold and need grounded. So if we pick a heavy oil that will soak in, it will help with grounding and warmth. They also tend to be dry, so a heavy oil will ensure you get the moisture you need. 

What types of oils are best?

  • Sesame 
  • Castor
  • Almond

ESSENTIAL OILS: 

Essential oils are amazing to mix with your massage oil or diffuse it for some aromatherapy. Just ensure you are getting oils that are quality. 

Fun fact: your emotions are linked to smell. When you diffuse oils in your home, it can help balance out your emotions. If you are a pitta, you might notice you will feel more calm and centered with diffusing peppermint oil. 

What type of oils are best for your dosha?

Kapha:

  • Cedarwood 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Eucalyptus

Pitta:

  • Peppermint 
  • Vanilla
  •  Lemongrass

Vata:

  • Jasmine
  • Orange
  • Lavender 

TEA:

Tea is great for the smell factor again. But it also helps the digestive system balance out. Plus it’s delicious. 

You will want to pick a tea that sounds good for your dosha. 

For a Kapha you might want to pick something that will wake you up. Pitta, remember we want to cool them down. And Vata you want to warm them up. 

You can check out this awesome brand that makes tea for each dosha. 

Also I really love Four Sigmatic mushroom blends if you want to mix things up. 

Kapha will love their Chai Latte Mix ( the smell alone will wake you up!)

Pitta will love the Golden Latte Mix (helps with inflammation too! Hey, turmeric!)

Vata will love the Reishi Mushroom Elixir (no caffeine for your sensitive being vata)


There are plenty more Ayurvedic lifestyle rituals to incorporate. However, these are the one’s I have tested out for you and fell in love with!

Remember to pick one that sounds fun for you and good for your dosha!