Yin Yang Yoga

“Yang needs yin in order to exist, and yin needs yang in order to exist.”

Often, we keep on pushing ourselves in our life. No wonder – our modern daily life is based on qualities like achievement and success. All these qualities are associated to an energy known as yang in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). After work, we often have an overload of yang-energy, because stress, multi-tasking, and taking no time for ourselves happens all the time. But even then, we keep on going. Society tells us we need to be strong, fit and build on muscles. So we join another power-yoga class or the HIIT class at the gym. According to TCM, if we want to stay healthy and balanced, to every yang side there is yin. Yin-yang-yoga aims to harmonize those two energies that have come out of balance in our modern world.

1. What is Yin and Yang?

Yin-yoga has become more and more popular in recent years. People are searching for a balance not only in yoga but in their life. To achieve a balance in life, we need both yin and yang.

Yin and yang are like two underlying forces that can build a universe as a whole. Both are within everything: In light and darkness, the sun and moon, life and death, black and white, night and day, in fire and ice. yin represents softness, passivity, darkness, the moon and our feminine energy. The yang part in us is powerful, fast, direct, strong, active and related to our masculine energy.

Yin Yang Yoga

2. Yin and Yang in Yoga

Yin-Yang-Yoga combines two seemingly opposite styles of yoga into one unique practice which has both: the benefits of yin with relaxation, gentleness and ease combined with dynamic movement and strength that we attribute to yang. Practice includes strength, dynamic and alignment with mindful flows and passive poses that are held for longer periods of time.

We strive to find balance not only in life but also in yoga. That is why we integrate those both elements into our trainings, which makes them unique in the world of yoga. Find out more about our Vinyasa Yin Yoga Teacher Training. 

Yin-Yoga

“In peace there is strength and from peace comes strength.” (Confucius)

Initially called the ‘Daoist-Yoga’, yin-yoga allows students to move slowly and mindfully. When practicing this yoga-style, you will reach deeper levels of your body and you are mostly staying on a more passive level. This allows your energy to connect with the deeper structures of connective tissue, joints and the meridian system lying underneath the outer layers.

Paul Grilley – Yin Yoga Principles and Practice

Yin-yoga is mostly practiced in reclining or sitting postures. Although it can be taught in a number of ways, most times the practice asks to remain in a pose for several minutes, which allows to passively stretch, relax and melt into the pose. This has a calming and cooling effect on the body. Transitions between poses are done slowly and with consciousness allowing the positive effects this practice has on the body to unfold.

Yin-yoga has a lot of benefits and can help to heal your body.

Yin Yoga Benefits

Benefits

  • The physical and mental relaxation in yin-yoga helps with stress reduction
  • Yin-poses lubricate the joints and increase fluidity in the fascia
  • Yin-yoga targets the meridians and regulates the flow of energy
  • During our yin-practice we work with our fascia (connective tissue) rather than with our muscles. Our fascia often gets stuck when we overwork our body or have injuries. Working with our fascia in yoga is a great way to reduce pain, improve movement and mobility.
  • Through yin-yoga, we can reach deep access to the body targeting the deeper levels
  • Increase of flexibility is another beneficial outcome of consistent yin-practices
  • Yin has the power to calm our nervous system

Yang-Yoga

More than just being opposed to each other, yang-yin-yoga build two complementary pieces that are needed to build an integrative whole. When practiced, yang-yoga has an energizing character that builds heat inside of you.

Contrary to yin-yoga, yang-yoga ist targeting the superficial layers of the body while working on a muscular level. It is often found with popular yoga-styles such as vinyasa-flow-yoga, ashtanga-yoga and hatha-yoga – all being dynamic yoga-styles that can have a strong focus on building a combination of fire, heat and strength in the body.

Read on to find out more about vinyasa-yoga and its benefits.

Yang Pose

Benefits

  • Yang-yoga strengthens the body
  • Consistent yang-practice tones our muscles
  • We need yang in our lives to give us more structure
  • Similar to yin, also yang builds a lot of inner strength
  • With yang-yoga, you will feel your breathing improving
  • Yang improves also the way prana (life force – breath) flows throughout your body
  • Yang-yoga is great for cardiovascular fitness
  • Rather than feeling exhausted after yang-practices, you will feel an energizing effect on your body

3. How do you benefit from doing ‘Yin-Yang-Yoga’ combined?

We need both forces in order to find back to our center. The most important benefits of yin-yang-yoga is to bring back balance to our mind and our body by incorporating both into one practice. This will result in stress reduction and a dramatic improve of health. There are three main benefits to practice yin-yang-yoga to take into account:

Yin Pose

1. Finding Balance

Principles of yin and yang can be transferred into so many aspects of our daily life. Whether it is finding rest after a busy day, integrating meditation into our morning routine, or to learn things like slowing down and doing less instead of more.

Combining both elements in your practice allows you to find that balance that you need to have a healthy life. Yin-yang-yoga has passive and active asanas alike and integrates pranayama and meditation. Those aspects are all combined to create that harmony and balance within a class.

2. Reducing stress

Finding a way to manage our stress in a healthy way is essential in our today’s life. Nowadays, success is mainly defined by yang-qualities such as achievement, power and performance. In the long run, this can lead to exhaustion if there is an overload of yang. As our nervous system is constantly active in a way that is unhealthy for us, signaling the body to relax and rest (= yin-energy) will give back energy that our body and mind needs to thrive instead of survive.

3. Increasing health

Yin-yang-yoga will help with slowing down our stress levels while at the same time integrating activity and movement into it. We find both qualities, ‘movement and rest’ in this yoga-style which has dramatic effects on our health. Our body finds everything that it needs in one practice: Chronic stress can be decreased and your health can claim back its power.

Finding balance through yoga

4. Where can you learn ‘Yin-Yang-Yoga’?

Whereas yin-yoga has become more and more popular in recent years, ‘yin-yang-yoga’ as a term is still new. There a few ways however that will guide you with finding your balanced flow:

Online and at home

If you are a more experienced yogi and familiar with both a yin and a yang-practice, why not create your own yin-yang-flow at home? Simply combine slow-pace sequences and long holds with elements of vinyasa and ashtanga that involve, strength, dynamic and alignment.

For yin-yang online yoga-classes, check out Eckhartyoga for more inspiration.

Yin-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

As a way of creating balance and harmony in our lives and in our body, we designed a yoga-teacher training that celebrate the yin-and-yang-side that lies within each and everyone of us.

The Inner Yoga 200hr teacher trainings that are held in Bali offer a fusion of both vinyasa flow and yin-yoga. You will learn about the concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine including meridians (energy channels) and the 5 elements within the body.

Find our more about Vinyasa Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Classes at your Yoga-Studio

Unfortunately, it is still hard to find a class that is designated as a ‘yin-yang-class’. But most modern studios incorporate both either yin-yoga and / or vinyasa, ashtanga and hatha classes into their schedule. You will get both benefits of those yoga-styles by simply combining different classes into your weekly practice.

Yang Yoga

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Mudras you can use to balance your Elements

In one of our previous blog posts, we were outlining five of the most popular mudras that you can use in your own yoga practice.

Mudras are hand gestures or seals that can lead energies. Mudra means “that what brings joy”, where ‘mud’ stands for joy and ‘ra’ means to give.

In this article, we are going to explore a few more of those hand gestures which can help you find more balance and harmony by using the elements.

The five elements in Hinduism

According to Hinduism, there are five elements that are the basis of all cosmic creation. Those are fire (Agni), air (Vayu), space (Aakasha), earth (Prithivi), and water (Varun).

Each of our fingers represents one of the five elements:

  • Ring Finger = Earth (Prithivi)
  • Thumb = Fire (Agni)
  • Index finger = Air (Vayu)
  • Small Finger = Water (Varun or Jala)
  • Middle Finger = Ether (Aakasha)

Ancient Hindu philosophy says that those five elements are integral part of every human being. Yet, every body has a different balance of those elements: while some of us need more water, others might lack the element earth. The more balanced we are with those elements, the more health and wellbeing we gain. Mudras will help us to support our system and finding this balance.

1. Prithivi Mudra – Earth

Prithivi Mudra

What it does:

Prithivi in Sanskrit means ‘the vast one’. It also stands for the element earth. Accordingly, this mudra strengthens the element earth within you, which promotes healing and overall balance in your body. For example, prithivi mudra will help you in times of feeling unsettled while traveling, or to manage the feeling of unsafely and nervousness before a speech.

As this mudra is connected with our muladhara (root) chakra, it will also help in finding more grounding energy and connection with the earth. As a result, you will feel more safe, stable and secure when using this mudra in difficult times.

How to:

To practice prithivi mudra, touch the tip of your ring finger with the tip of your thumb while the other fingers are kept straight.

2. Surya (Agni) Mudra – Sun and Fire

Surya Mudra

What it does:

Known both as surya and agni mudra, this is the mudra of fire, heat and sun. It stands for energy in our organs. If we don’t have enough prana or life force to start something new, we can activate energy by using this mudra. Agni or Surya Mudra are also great to boost your metabolism, regulate your heat and increase your energy in cold and dark seasons.

How to:

Fold your ring finger into your hand so that its tip touches the base of your thumb. Next, place your thumb on top of the ring finger, giving it a light pressure. Keep the other fingers straight. The suppression of the ring finger (element earth) by the thumb creates a dominance of the element fire.

3. Vayu Mudra – Air

Vayu Mudra

What it does:

Vayu mudra aims to decrease the element air in the body. By regulating excess air in the body, it helps people who suffer from bloating and gas formation after eating. Practiced regularly, this mudra also supports a better blood circulation. By reducing air in the body, it also helps to soothe pain such as sciatica, gout or rheumatism. As vayu mudra is associated with vata dosha, it is supportive for vata type people.

How to:

Fold your index finger and place it inside the base of your thumb. Then, place your thumb on the back of your index finger. Doing this, the element air (index finger) is being suppressed by the element fire (represented by your thumb). Keep your other fingers straight.

4. Varun Mudra – Water

Varun Mudra

What it does:

Varun Mudra is called the “seal of mental clarity”. Varun is the Sanskrit word for water. A lack of the water element in the body often results in dehydration and dryness of skin, hair, eyes and mouth. Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, or digestive problems such as constipation may appear. This mudra is believed to enhance the water element in your body, bringing back relief from above symptoms. Practicing this mudra also helps with blood related problems and liver disorders.

How to:

Lightly bring the tip of your little finger (water) and the tip of your thumb together while the other fingers remain extended.

5. Aakash Mudra – Ether and Space

Aakash Mudra

What it does:

Aakash means ‘recognize’ or ‘view’. By connecting our middle finger and thumb, we are bringing attention to the element ether and space and are aiming to increase this element: Aakash mudra creates a healing space within our body. It also activates our throat chakra which stands for self-expression, communication and speaking our truth. By creating more space in our body, the other elements water, air, wood and fire also get more room to expand.

On a physical level, practicing aakash mudra helps with overeating and with calcium and phosphorus absorption from diet. It releases tension and supports to detox our body.

On an emotional level, practicing this mudra helps with negative feelings, calms the mind and provides a feeling of completeness.

How to:

Bring the tips of your middle finger and thumb together creating a circle with those fingers, while keeping the three fingers straight.

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Mantras for your Yoga Practice and their Meaning

Mantras can be used during meditation, to open a yoga practice or for daily practices. They are powerful tools to focus, create vibrations in the body and to set an intention for a specific topic.

In this post, we will explore the meaning of some powerful mantras for healing, peace, love, protection, and for breaking bad habits and how you can use them in your yoga practice.

1. Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo (Adi Mantra)

Yoga Teacher Training Ceremony

Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo Is a kundalini mantra for protection. Translated, it means: “I connect with the cosmic energy and the sublime path that guides me from darkness into the light.”

Turn to the sacred within you and trust in you. Trust in your path that you have chosen. Trust your inner voice that says: There is so much more that awaits you. This mantra is a beautiful mantra to start your practice helping you to take the power of the universe and apply it to your practice.

This mantra is both meant to protect us and to connect us with our higher self and universal wisdom within us.

2. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Yoga Mantras Meaning

Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu is a kundalini mantra that means “May all human beings and living creatures everywhere in this world be happy and free. May all my thoughts, words and actions contribute to this happiness and freedom for all.”

Find stability and peace within. This is a prayer of love away from your personal, egoistic self towards aiming for a more global wellbeing. Chant this mantra before your practice to radiate and share your love to the world around you.

3. OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

Yoga Openng Ceremony

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti is a mantra about peace. Shanti means peace. The first Shanti stands for personal, inner peace. The second one stands for peace in relationships. The third Shanti stands for peace of the whole world.

To put this mantra into practice, you may cultivate a peaceful mind by practicing mindfulness and meditation. Once you created a mind that is more in harmony and peace you will automatically be able to create more harmony for others alike.

4. Sa Ta Na Ma

Mala Mantra Chanting

Sa Ta Na Ma is a powerful kundalini mantra containing the seed sounds SSS, TTT, NNN, MMM, AAA. It is there to break through habits and behavioral patterns, to balance the two brain hemispheres, to bring the five elements of the body and the mind into harmony and to discover your purpose in life. Sa means birth, Ta means Life, Na stands for death, Ma is rebirth.

Also known under the name kirtan kriya, singing the mantra is said to activate the higher chakras and improve function of the pineal and pituitary glands.

This article might also be of interest for you: 5 Mudras every Yoga Student needs to know 

5. OM

Yoga OM Mantra

Om is the most famous mantra of all mantras. Read my previous article 5 Secret Facts about OM that will enrich your Yoga Practice to learn more about the mantra.

For thousands of years, the mantra OM has been used by buddhists and hindus as a symbol for the divine.

The sound of OM describes the primal sound of the universe and creates a seamless vibration that flows through the body from toes to the top of the head. Sing the sound of OM to center yourself, and to create inner peace and harmony within you.

6. Ra Ma Da Sa Say So Hung

Yoga Mantras

Ra Ma Da Sa Say So Hung is a kundalini yoga mantra for self and distance healing. Ra means sun, whereas Ma means ‘the moon’. Da means ‘the earth’, Sa stands for Infinity and Say for ‘You’. Finally So Hung means personal identity.

Yogi Bhajan states that this is probably one of the most powerful healing mantras that exists. Try this mantra if you want to send some healing energy to a beloved one or even to someone who is far away from you:

“For healing at a distance, this is the mantra. It cuts across time and space so you can send healing energy to someone thousands of miles away as easily as you can send it to someone across the room.”
-Shakti Parwha Kaur

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5 Secret Facts about OM that will enrich your Yoga Practice

As a yogi, we chant the mantra ‘OM’ during a yoga class to open and close the practice. We imitate our instructor by taking a deep exhale, which is followed by an inhale to then chant the sound of OM.

Yet few of us know what the mantra really is about. Getting more clear about the meaning of the sound of OM may help us to give it a deeper meaning and connection with the mantra. So let’s unveil some interesting facts about this mysterious word being one of the most respected and regarded symbols of the world.

1. ‘OM’ – the symbol

First and foremost, let’s clarify in short some facts about the symbol and meaning of OM. OM mantra is known as a mahamantra which means that it is a single letter mantra.

OM references to the three sounds ‘A’, ‘U’ and ‘M’, building the sound of AUM or OM when combined.

OM Mantra History

2. Origins of OM

OM is considered as the ‘king of mantras’. It is also given the name pranava mantra, meaning the sound of life and the universe. According to ancient texts, OM represents ONENESS. Oneness with the higher self and with the universe: The entire universe is thus seen as a composition of OM. On the other hand, OM is the representation of the individual soul, as a pure being made of consciousness.

Learn more about the history of Vinyasa Yoga here. 

OM Mantra Symbol

3. Deeper Meaning of OM

OM is the overall sound and vibration of the universe. To get a deeper understanding of OM, let’s have a look at our different states of consciousness. The mandukya upanishad, which is part of the vedic scriptures in Hinduism, outlines the theory of four states of consciousness and the existence and nature of the soul and our higher self. According to mandukya upanishad, ‘OM’ is the only thing that existed, exists and will exists.

This is followed by the statement that all are supreme beings, and that those beings do exist in four stages of consciousness: The waking state, dreaming state, deep sleeping state and lastly our pure consciousness.

1. Waking State

The first stage, called jagrat, is referred to the letter ‘A’ in AUM with being the waking state. It has an outward perception.

2. Dreaming State

The second state as the letter ‘U’ is the dreaming state, called svapna. The perception is directed inward.

3. Unconscious State or Deep Sleep State

The third stage is referred to the letter ‘M’ as the deep sleep state, called susupti. It has no activity, nor experiences of the body and the mind.

4. The absolute State

The fourth state is known as the super conscious state, a state of tranquillity, soundless, stillness and eternal peace. In this state called turiyam, there is observation of the previous three stages. The turiyam state is said to be achieved by a combination of the ‘A’, ‘U’ and ‘M’ states, thus being represented in the word AUM or ‘OM’.

Want to learn more about yoga philosophy? This blog post could be interesting for you: The eight limbs of Yoga explained

OM Mantra Symbol 2

4. Health Benefits of OM

The benefits of ‘OM’ can be therapeutic, spiritual and psychological: OM soothes the mind and slows down the nervous system by slow exhalation, controlling and relaxation of the breath. OM has the overall vibrational effect of the body and the organs: All organs are positioned above our hip region, which are then being activated by producing the sounds of A – U – M.

5. Spiritual effects of OM

By chanting the mantra ‘OM’, we are preparing for the higher state of consciousness and the universe. The vibration created by the chanting builds positive vibrations around you. When chanting ‘OM’ in a group, those positive vibrations will charge up the entire setting and environment around you.

OM aims to remind ourselves to look within and answer fundamental questions about the meaning of life and who you truly are.

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Saucha: A guide to practice Purification

In our last post 5 best yoga detox poses, we discussed a way of detoxing our body through yoga asanas. We introduced some great poses that you can do to help your body getting rid of all the toxins that accumulated over time. As cleansing is seen as an essential part in yoga, we are going to talk about Saucha in this post. Saucha is seen as one of the main elements that a yogic lifestyle involves. It is the first of the Niyamas: personal observances. Niyamas are part of the eight branches that Patanjali outlines in his Yoga Sutras as being the essential steps towards samadhi or spiritual fulfillment. Read more on Patanjalis eight limbs of Yoga.

Translated, saucha means purity or cleanliness of our body and our mind. To reach that cleanliness in a holistic way, we are going to introduce to you some of the best ways to practice saucha in your life.

5 best ways to practice Saucha

Saucha through cleanliness at home

Holding onto things and having a mess at home also often represents a state of mind, that is confused and disorganized. Whereas a clean home not only means having everything bright and shiny, but also to be mindful with possessions, carefully choosing what you need and what you don’t need.

Great habits of a regular saucha practice at home is making your bed every morning, allowing natural light to enter your home, having things organized and creating a zen-like space that is making you feel comfortable, cozy and at home.

Purification of the mind

Purification of the mind means being mindful with where we place our energy at. But also being conscious with what we feed our mind with. Keep in mind: ‘Where focus goes, your energy flows’. Thus said, especially social media and television nowadays easily leads to distraction. Distraction like this can be like food for our mind with no nutritional value.

Where focus goes, energy flows.

Also, carefully choosing the people we surround ourselves with – as some say: ‘we are the average of the 5 people we spend most time with’. Choosing what and who we want to spend our time with can be challenging and needs discipline. Sometimes it is also just not possible due to external factors that we can not really influence. Yet, saucha for your mind saves us energy for a more effective use of our creative potential.

Helpful tools are using affirmations, meditation, practicing gratitude and cultivating pure thoughts with good intentions.

Purifying through a healthy diet

What you put into your body is who you become, right? Maybe not that easy, but what we eat and drink every day is how we will feel like, how much energy we have, and how healthy we are.

Purification through food doesn’t need a juice cleanse or detox week. It can be practiced daily by eating mostly organic, unprocessed and clean food containing lots of greens and vegetables loaded with nutrients. Also, try avoiding processed food as it often contains preservatives, pesticides and additives. As a consequence, our bodies have to work harder to get rid of those toxins.

Developing a habit to enjoy that intake of fresh, colorful food which nourishes your body, mind and soul helps. At the same time enjoying life and not stressing too much about eating 100 % ‘perfect’ and clean. Your body will forgive you an occasional cheat day.

Some healthy routines that keeps your body glowing and your energy flowing:

  • Drinking warm lemon water in the morning
  • Flush your body with enough water every day
  • Occasional juice or water fasting. If you want to give yourself a reset, feel stable enough and are not dealing with eating disorders at that time
  • Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes

Eliminating environmental toxins

In our western society, we are flooded with toxins. Those toxins are either surrounding us externally, or that we intake through our diet, respiratory system, skin or even mentally. Practicing saucha, can have a massive impact on your overall health and well-being.

Environmental toxins are chemicals and substances that cause disease and disrupt sensitive systems in our bodies. But where to look for when the goal is to eliminate environmental toxins? Well, we could all stress ourselves being surrounded by so many environmental toxins like air pollution, plastic, BPA, pesticides, aluminium, electromagnetic pollution and chemicals in our skin products.

And it is fair enough to say that those things should be taken seriously. What we can do is being more mindful with what we put on our bodies using organically certified skin care or natural cosmetics without chemical additives, equip our home with plants, avoiding to buy plastic material and packaging. To allow our bodies times off from electronic devices to reduce electromagnetic pollution and to buy more at local farmers markets or organic grocery stores.

Saucha in your yoga practice

Lastly, our yoga practice can be a great way to practice saucha. Start your practice with a clean body. This shows a sign of respect and self-care not only for yourself, but also for the other students around you. Make it a ritual of cleaning your mat after the practice and organize the space around you in a clean and zen-style way.

Physically, practicing saucha can be done by various means through mudras, mantras, pranayama (e.g. Kriyas), and of course the practice of physical movement. Read on for the best Detox Yoga Poses to cleanse your body.

A life-changing morning routine in 6 simple steps

Imagine waking up at 6 am because your alarm clock gently wakes you up. You immediately check your phone, doing a quick check of your emails and social media. And before you even did the first step out of your bed, your mind is already concerned with all the to-dos of the day. You brush your teeth, then rush to drink a cup of coffee before getting off to work. In between, you continue to check your newsfeed and Instagram. Probably a regular morning routine like most of us are familiar with.
But there are more ways to make your morning more relaxing, healthy and Zen. Making the following six steps a habit will easily benefit your body, your soul and your mind and helps to make your Yoga lifestyle holistic and more complete.

In just a few simple ways, this morning routine will provide you with maximum energy and vitality throughout the day and eventually ultimately prepare you for your morning yoga session on the mat. Let’s begin with number one which is an essential habit for a healthy rhythm of our body’s internal clockwork.

  • Waking up early and without alarm.

Train your body to wake up early. As your body should have around 8 hours of sleep every night, a prerequisite for this is – of course – that you went to bed early the night before. Ideally, it should be no later than 11 pm. To allow your body to wake up according to its natural rhythm, try to not set any alarm clock. Getting up without alarm trains your system to regain its natural function of waking up when it has gained enough recovering sleep – which should be usually between 6 am and 8 am.

  • No-phone-in-bed rule

For most people, waking up in the morning and switching on their mobile phone is the first thing they do, even when still in bed. But try to allow your normal body functions and your hormones to slowly tune in again without electric radiation. As we expose ourselves with a lot of electronic devices during the day, this influences your natural balance of hormones.

  • No-phone-in-bed rule

For most people, waking up in the morning and switching on their mobile phone is the first thing they do, even when still in bed. But try to allow your normal body functions and your hormones to slowly tune in again without electric radiation. As we expose ourselves with a lot of electronic devices during the day, this influences your natural balance of hormones.
So, gift yourself with those precious minutes after waking up. No radiation in bed and no outside information for those sacred, peaceful moments of the day. Because this is a time of being still in that state between dream and day.

  • Oil Pulling

Also, make oil pulling (known as gandusha in Ayurveda) a regular routine every now and then.

According to Ayurvedic science, oil pulling draws the toxins out of your mouth and cleans the oral cavity. Oil pulling is also said to have a lot of benefits: It eliminates your bad breath and reduces inflammation. It boasts your immune system, heals bleeding gums, kills candida, and treats tooth decay. Using virgin coconut oil is perfect for this practice, because it has strong antiseptic characteristics and its taste is quite good. But you can also use some sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil if you prefer.

Oil pulling is simply done by swishing a good teaspoon of oil in your mouth for around 15-20 min. You can do it while showering for example. Please note to spit out the oil into the trash after using it in your mouth. Never pour it down the sink as it will clog the plumbing, and harmful bacteria will accumulate in the groundwater.

  • Make your bed

While doing oil pulling, you can already start with the next step: Making your bed. It is only a small effort – but with big results. It not only lets your bedroom look more tidy and neat. It’s also your first quick win of the day. You’ll immediately feel glorious after doing it and start into your day more positive. Promised.

  • The lemon-water-morning-ritual


According to Ayurvedic teachings, warm lemon water in the morning helps flushing out the Ama (toxins) in your body. In Ayurveda, Ama is considered as being the underlying cause for many kind of illnesses. It’s consisting of either sticky bile resulting from bad dietary habits and poor digestion or environmental toxins accumulating in the body.

The warm lemon water morning ritual is considered to help preventing and reverting disease by cleansing out those toxins and making your body more alkaline. Warm lemon water also helps to bring your digestive system back on track and is a true metabolism booster.

So after getting up, simply make drinking lemon water a routine like brushing your teeth. To do this, just drink a glass of warm water with the juice of half of a lemon every morning.

  • After your morning routine

This morning routine will set the foundation for the rest of your day. Take this precious time for yourself. Maybe you want to create now, start your daily Yoga practice, sit down to meditate, or go off to work. Whatever it may be, have a wonderful day.