MY MORNING ROUTINE


OIL PULLING 

It is best to do this on an empty stomach, the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning. If you use coconut oil and are in a cold climate, you may have to chew on the oil for a minute or so to let it melt.


PRACTICE

  • Put a table spoon of oil into your mouth.
  • Swish the oil around and gently try to "push" and "pull" the oil between the teeth for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • Spit the oil into the trash or toilet, (not the sink... it can clog) then prepare for Tongue Cleaning. (See below)

After a week or so you will start to notice your breath is fresher and teeth look a lot cleaner... both whiter and shinier. Some of those who love their morning coffee/tea or who smoke cigarettes may start to feel some cravings slowly start to dissipate. 


JIVHA - SODHANA - DHAUTI

Tongue Cleaning

The first action involves the cleaning of the tongue with a specially made instrument, a stainless steel tongue scraper, or a metal soup spoon turned upside down. The tongue needs to be stuck out as far as possible, then with the tongue scraper or the edge of the metal spoon scrape over the surface of the tongue from inside out. Repeat this action a few times, until the sticky witish/yellowish crust is removed entirely and only plain saliva comes off the tongue. Periodically clean the scraper, or the spoon under a running tap. Care needs to be taken that nothing of the sticky layer from the tongue is swallowed, and that the scraping action is not performed with too much force so that the tongue does not get sour or injured. Afterward rinse your mouth with clean water.


DANTA - MULA - DHAUTI

Teeth Root Cleaning

The second action purifies the roots of the teeth. This technique involves the cleaning of the whole mucus membrane of the oral cavity with salt. A small scoop of well grinding natural salt is mixed up with a little bit of water in the palm of one's hand until it becomes a thick paste. This paste is applied on the entire surface of the gums. The roots of the teeth are rubbed gently from the outside and the inside. The insides of the cheeks and the palette is also softly rubbed. The salt provokes a strong flow of saliva which flushes out impurities from the entire skin of the oral cavity. The saliva/salt mix needs to be spit out immediately avoiding swallowing any of the mixture. Afterwards, rinse the mouth thoroughly so that no salt remains inside of the mouth.


JALA NETI

Nasal Cleansing with Water

Jala Neti has the purpose of cleaning the sinuses and nasal filters with the help of saline water. This practice requires the use of a Neti pot, warm water (body temperature), and natural salt (from rocks or the sea). The Neti pot is filled with the warm water and salt. It is crucial to find the appropriate amount of salt: if the proportion is not right, either a burning or an aching sensation may occur during the practice. Dissolve a good pinch to half a teaspoon of salt into the water which is at body temperature.

Practice Jala Neti in a standing position either outside or above the sink. Insert the Neti pot in one nostril first, so that it is closed properly. Bend your head to the opposite side, avoiding backward or forward tilting of the head, letting the water flow in through one nostril, and out the other. Thus cleaning the entire nasal cavity. After half of the water is used up, pause for a moment, blow your nose gently to remove the water, and repeat on the opposite side. After concluding the practice take some time to empty the sinuses from any water by gently and repeatedly blowing your nose. Note: Care should be taken with this practice in cool climate: When performed in places with low outside temperature, to avoid infection of the sinuses and the internal ear one should respect to a minimum period of 30 minutes after the performance before the exposure to cold weather.


CHAKSHU - DHAUTI

Eye Cleaning

The last of the daily purification actions is to cleanse the eyes with pure and cold water. There are various ways in which the eyeball can be exposed to water, to flush away any kind of residues from sleep and to refresh and tone the eyes.


PRACTICE

  • Expose your eyeball to a running tap with low water pressure and allow the water to flow from outside towards the inside, while keeping the eye wide open and looking in all directions.
  • Similarly the same technique can be applied by using a cup filled with water, pouring the water onto the eyeball from outside towards the inside.
  • Make a bowl with the palms of the hands, fill it to its maximum with cold water and splash the water into your wide-open eyes.
  • Once you've completed these series of steps, you can opt to brush my teeth as per normal, (or not). 

CONTRA - INDICATIONS

Some are more sensitive to saline water and can have a reaction of swollen lips, and/or a rash/bumps appearing on the inside. If this occurs, stop the process and consult a doctor.

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