01/12These ancient Indian practices help you in your quest to be healthy

These ancient Indian practices help you in your quest to be healthy

The human body is a marvelous one – made with a network of energies that vibrate at different frequencies, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It has been perfectly created to function optimally, provided we observe the laws of nature. But every once in a while, we divert from these laws causing an imbalance, and thus diseases. Here are some ancient Indian practices that have been practiced for generations. They’re non-invasive and have zero side effects. In case you’re looking for an easy way to detox, here are a few options you can look into.

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02/12Oil pulling

Oil pulling

Oil pulling is an ancient practice that involves swishing oil in your mouth to remove bacteria and promote oral hygiene. Studies suggest that oil pulling can kill bacteria in the mouth and improve dental health. Measure one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame or olive oil. Swish it around in your mouth for 15–20 minutes, being careful not to swallow any. Spit the oil into a trash can once you're done. Rinse your mouth well using water before eating or drinking anything.

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03/12Healing visualizations

Healing visualizations

Healing visualizations help conjure up a positive image that is beneficial for our mental health. The impact of this helps put us in a better state of mind, which helps to soothe the body. This regular practice helps us to detach from the past and limiting thoughts and bring our awareness to the present moment.

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04/12Raw food diet

Raw food diet

It is believed consuming raw food helps supply the body with a lot of solar energy, as well as active enzymes.Eating these kinds of foods also has a calming and detoxifying effect on the body and mind. Gooseberries, ginger, turmeric, sprouts and cardamom are some of the foods you should incorporate in your diet.

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05/12Facial Acupressure

Facial Acupressure

Facial Acupressure is an ancient healing practice that helps to balance the energy throughout the various systems in the body. It does so by applying pressure gently on specific points on the face. Our face is believed to reflect our inner health. You can also practise this art yourself. It will help restore your skin's glow and reactivate the energy flowing through your body. It was traditionally done to keep the mind and spirit calm during an Ayurvedic head massage.

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06/12Mudras

Mudras

Joining a combination of different fingers and thumbs are believed to balance the energy we need throughout the body. Our body is thought to be a small structure of the universe, which is made up of five elements: fire, earth, water, air and space. Each of these corresponds to a specific finger or thumb. You can practise mudras while walking or just sitting still.

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07/12Crystals

Crystals

Placing natural stones near the body’s magnetic field is believed to help restore the flow of healthy positive energy and get rid of toxic negative energy. It helps the body raise the vibration to that of the crystal. Traditionally, the crystals were known for their ability to encourage self-healing.

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08/12Chanting

Chanting

The whole point of repeating a mantra for a little while is to bring awareness to the present moment and detach from the rest of the world. The holistic practice is believed to help put you in a tranquil state of mind and stay in peace. In the old days, people used to practise it to reconnect with God.

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09/12Yoga

Yoga

You probably guessed this one right after reading the headline! Yoga asanas are known for having specific physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits that aim to unite the body, mind and soul. Yoga alleviates numerous health conditions through restoring the healthy flow of our energies. Regularly practicing yoga instills a calming and balancing effect on endocrine and nervous system, relieving stress and anxiety.

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10/12Barefoot Walking

Barefoot Walking

Hey, Milind Soman is doing it too! (Although ‘running’ is his choice of sport.) Barefoot walking is considered to be a holistic practice. Walking barefoot on natural earth is a powerful and a unique way to draw upon energy that lies within the earth. The idea is that earth is composed of minerals, just like the human body is. Therefore our body’s energies resonate perfectly with the earth’s energies, and thus draws energies from it.

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