What could be better than starting the day with an hour of yoga? The body is gently awakened, mobilized and stretched. Optimal to prepare you for sitting at your desk. So that your energy lasts as long as possible, you get in the "Healthy Mornings - Fit in the day with yoga & Ayurveda" contribution tools from Ayurveda to hand, so that you can also arrange your breakfast so that it is good for your body all around and you can feed the whole day from the morning hours.
Healthy Mornings - Basics of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is next to yoga one of the oldest health teachings from India. Here, especially the diet plays a major role, because the food tailored to your dosha can prevent diseases, to help your body in its full strength.
The doshas are energy patterns that permeate our entire organism. They control all physical and psychological processes in our body. There are three main doshas:
Vata (wind // properties: cold, dry and light): The force that controls our movement, regulates the nervous system and takes care of elimination.
Pita (fire // properties: hot, wet and combustible): The force that controls digestion and metabolism.
Kapha (Earth, Water // Characteristics: cold, wet and heavy): The protective force that provides the mind and body with stability, structure and moisture.
Each of us is born with all three doshas. However, they are individually in a different mix, and it is this unique combination that makes us who we are. For most people, one dosha or dosha combination is dominant. This in turn makes up our particular Ayurvedic constitution (prakriti).
If you want to learn more about Ayurveda, listen to Sinah's podcast with Carina Alana Preuss, the manager of Ayurveda Parkschlösschen in Traben Trabach. In the first episode 'Ayurveda Special' you will learn more about the history and basics of Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic morning - get your digestive fire (Agni) going
In Ayurveda, the morning is the time of the Kapha dosha. Between 6.00 and 10.00 a.m. the dosha in which the characteristics heavy, sluggish, sweet, tough and immobile predominate. Our digestive fire is already slightly active at this time, but not nearly as strong as at lunchtime, when Pitta replaces the Kapha phase of the day. In the morning it is therefore recommended to eat light, warm food. Agni, the digestive fire, is also super stimulated by hot water with lemon.
It is ideal if you balance all three doshas through your breakfast. For example, a warm porridge with steamed fruit and warm vegetable milk is suitable as the first meal of the day. You can spice up the warm porridge with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, etc. to address all three doshas. Here, it is advisable to avoid the combination of dairy and sour fruits as it is difficult to digest and thus weakens your digestive fire. Also, make sure that the first meal of the day is made up of natural ingredients and that you don't overeat to keep your body optimally energized.
Depending on which dosha you have, you metabolize different types of grains better or worse. Here is a small overview:
- Kapha types: Rye, spelt, buckwheat, millet
- Pitta: spelt, wheat, oats, barley
- Vata: wheat, quinoa, rice, oats
Spices that stimulate the three main doshas:
- Vata types need warming and sweet spices, such as cinnamon, fennel, cumin and ginger powder.
- Pitta types need cooling and harmonizing spices, such as turmeric, cardamom, coriander seeds and fennel.
- Kapha types need spices that are supportive and stimulating. These are especially hot and bitter spices, such as chili, ginger powder, cumin and mustard seeds.
Kickstart your energy with an ayurvedic porridge
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee (Ayurvedic clarified butter)
- a pinch of spices of your choice, e.g.: Cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom, ginger powder
- 80 g porrdige flakes, e.g. fine oat flakes, buckwheat, millet flakes, spelt flakes.
- Vegetable milk
- pinch of salt
- 1 pear and/or apple of your choice
- To sweeten: honey, agave syrup, maple syrup or a date, dried plum.
- For garnish: Cashew nuts, almonds, hazelnut, walnut, hemp seeds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds
Preparation for approx. 2 persons:
- Put a tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee in a pot and sauté the pear and/or apple with the spices. It is important that you add the spices early so that the essential oils can develop.
- Then add the porridge flakes of your choice and let them steam briefly.
- Then add the vegetable milk of your choice. Depending on the desired consistency, you can also add a little water. Important - stir frequently so that nothing burns.
- Depending on how sweet you like it, you can add a date to the simmer, or stir in honey, maple syrup or agave syrup as needed.
- Finally, add a small pinch of salt.
- Serve and ganieren with nuts, seeds. Voilà!
Duration: approx. 10 min.
Healthy Mornings - Fit into the day with Yoga&Ayurveda
We offer you the opportunity to start your day with us every day of the week. Our morning classes are timed so that you can join us perfectly before work during the week. On the weekends, we've timed them so that you can hop off the bed and onto the mat with a good night's sleep. If you want to start your morning with us in the future, you can find our schedule here.
In addition, you have the possibility to individually design your practice via our video library! You can find it here.
If you would like to learn more about Ayurveda and the beneficial effects of this healing art on body and mind, then you can visit the blog of the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen in Traben Trabach here.
If you have always wondered how you can create your morning routine, then you will get inspiration to create your individual morning routine in our article "Tips for your morning routine - Start with a positive mindset".
Written by: Raphaela Baumgartner
Recipe: Lili Borgwardt
Photos: Susanne Schramke // https://susanneschramke.com