Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: June 3, 2024

When we talk about self-care, we often picture face masks, bubble baths, and meditation. However, Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medical system, takes self-care to a whole new level. It’s not just about external practices, but rather a holistic approach to health that involves the mind, body, and spirit. In Ayurveda, daily rituals are carefully designed to support wellness and create a deep sense of connection with oneself.


To fully appreciate how Ayurveda elevates everyday rituals, it’s important to first understand the principles of Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that dates back over 5,000 years. 

“Ayurveda is an Indian heritage and is a continuously evolving health tradition. Ayurveda reveals an interesting journey from mythology to logical, rational, and evidence-based practices.”

Traditions, rituals and science of Ayurveda [1]

Ayurveda believes that each person is unique and should be treated as an individual. Ayurveda aims to restore balance to the body and mind, using a combination of natural remedies, such as herbs, spices, and oils, as well as lifestyle practices including meditation, yoga, and dietary recommendations. In Ayurveda, health is not just the absence of disease but a state of harmony between body, mind, and spirit.


One of the most popular daily rituals in Ayurveda is Abhyanga, the practice of self-massage using warm oil. Abhyanga is believed to balance the body’s doshas, or energy centers, which are essential to our overall well-being. The warm oil helps to nourish the skin, calm the mind, and relieve stress and tension in the body. Abhyanga is also a luxurious way to create a sense of ritual and relaxation in our everyday lives.


Abhyanga Is the anointing of the body with oil. Often medicated and usually warm, the oil is massaged into the entire body before bathing. For thousands of years, people have used abhyanga to maintain health, benefit sleep patterns, and increase longevity. It has also been used as a medicine for certain disorders. Abhyanga can be incorporated into a routine appropriate for almost anyone.”

Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89 [2]


Another way that Ayurveda integrates elegance into our daily lives is through the use of spices. Spices not only add delicious flavors to Ayurvedic cuisine but also offer therapeutic benefits. For instance, Turmeric [3] has anti-inflammatory properties, Ashwagandha [4] for stress management, and Ginger [5] aids digestion and soothes the stomach. By incorporating these spices into our daily meals, we can enhance our health and add a touch of sophistication to our culinary creations.

Additionally, in Ayurveda, food and herbs are considered medicine, and following a Dosha-specific [6] diet can help balance the body and prevent imbalances. The three Doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, and they represent different elements of nature and bodily functions. 


“A daily routine is necessary to bring radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in one’s constitution. It also regularizes a person’s biological clock, aids digestion, absorption, and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.”

Vasant Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic Physician[7]

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of daily routines, known as “dinacharya,” to promote balance and well-being. These routines include waking up early, practicing yoga or meditation, eating at regular times, and getting enough sleep. Another popular Ayurvedic practice is tongue scraping. The tongue reflects our internal health, and scraping it removes toxins and bacteria, improving breath and digestion.

Your Ayurvedic morning routine at a glance: 

  • Rise and shine: before 6:00 a.m.
  • Wash your face
  • Brush your teeth and clean your tongue
  • Gandusha (oil pulling)
  • Drink plenty of water 
  • Abhyanga (self-massage with oil)
  • Bath/shower
  • Yoga asanas – pranayama – meditation

These simple habits have a profound impact on our health and well-being. Ayurveda encourages us to approach these routines with intention and reverence, transforming them into elegant practices that enhance our lives. Proper digestion is seen as the foundation of good health.


While Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine, its principles can be easily integrated into modern life. By taking small steps such as incorporating spices into our meals, practicing self-massage, or setting a regular sleep schedule, we can enhance our health and well-being. Ayurveda reminds us to approach our daily routines with intention and appreciation, adding a touch of elegance to our everyday lives.

Moreover, daily rituals become part of an intentional and holistic approach to health. These practices may seem simple, yet they have a profound effect on our well-being. By incorporating Ayurvedic principles into our lives, we can prevent disease, manage stress, and cultivate a greater sense of connection with ourselves. As we continue to navigate the complexities of modern life, it’s essential to recognize the value of traditional practices and the wisdom of our ancestors. Ayurveda is a perfect example of how elegance can be found in tradition.