Tongue scraping reduces undesirable bacteria and odours, improves taste and reduces the accumulation of undigested toxins (ama) ( https://lifespa.com/the-science-of-tongue-scraping-with-copper/).
Follow with a large glass of cooled boiled water with a slice of organic lemon to clear undigested waste from the gastrointestinal tract (http://www.unityyogasheffield.com/blog/the-lemon-water-morning-ritual). Then gargle with warm organic sesame oil (oil pulling) to strengthen teeth, gums and jaw and improve the voice. Lovingly apply the warmed oil over your body (abhyanga) to nourish, strengthen and tone the skin and underlying tissues. This stimulates circulation, improves cellular metabolism (agni), restores energetic balance, reduces the effects of ageing and increases longevity. Let the oil soak in while you place 3-5 drops of the warmed oil into each nostril to lubricate the nose (nasya), clean the sinuses, improve vision and mental clarity. Follow with a warm shower and then brush your teeth. Exercise, including yoga with breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation, is best done as part of your morning routine.
Next time we will expand on your daily routine (dinacharya) to include mealtimes….