The morning is like the birth of the day. How we spend it determines how we live the “life” of the day. By inviting morning rituals into our routine, we set ourselves up to move through the day with more intention,  ease, flexibility, and flow. 

What Are Rituals and Why Do They Matter?

We have the ability to shift our morning, and shift our day, to feel more calm, vibrant, and whole. We do this by inviting daily rituals. The practice of daily routine, or Dinacharya, comes from Ayurveda, the oldest recorded science that focuses on balancing the individual body with the natural elements of the world. The morning ritual acts as a fresh start, a nourishment, and a clearing.

Ayurveda understands that when we start our day with a morning ritual, we start to shift the state of our days, therefore shifting the state of our weeks, years, etc. We have a beautiful ability to take time to change the way our life is lived with these small morning practices.

Ayurvedic Practices to Create Your Morning Ritual

Not sure where to begin? Learn more about ayurvedic rituals for inspiration or check out our guide to creating an ayurvedic morning routine. The important thing is that whatever you choose, you pursue the activity with a sense of intention and celebration.

Do We Need to Practice Rituals Every Day?

Now if you are like me, you might be thinking, “Well, if I am supposed to be doing these morning practices every day, that must take hours! I might as well try to get a job as a full-time yogi!” Some days you might want to take hours to seal in your morning routine, but in reality, we don’t have to do all of these practices every single day to receive their impactful benefits. 

When it comes to a morning ritual, we have the freedom to create what works best for ourselves. One strategy to honor your ritual is to create an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ day. ‘A’ days are when you have all the time to be luxurious. These are the days you can take your time to do your full ritual. This may be your time to give yourself hours devoted to yourself. ‘B’ days are when you have less time, but can pick non-negotiables. Maybe it is scraping your tongue, enjoying hot water and lemon, or sitting for your breakfast for 10 minutes. Whatever is going to serve you to connect to yourself. 

It is important to know that the ‘A’ day is no better than the ‘B’ day. The ‘A’ and ‘B’ days become your perfect mornings, the rituals become a part of you, shape you, and create an open and adaptable body. When you are starting with a morning ritual, notice what speaks to you, know what your heart is calling, listen to what you need.

Malia Wright

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