I am grateful for my yoga instructor who talked about this after a class couple of years back. Now, I am hooked. I do it every single day. This is one of the recommended ayurvedic daily practices to wake up the body and it hardly takes five minutes.
Why do I dry brush my body?
- It helps remove toxins from the surface of the body. Our body eliminates toxins through the skin when we sleep in the night. Dry brushing is an effective way to remove toxins from the top of the skin.
- Stimulates the circulation of the lymphatic fluids which is just under the surface of the skin. Unlike blood lymphatic system does not have a pump. So, it relies on external pressure or body position for moving the fluids. Good circulation of lymphatic fluids leads to good health
- Warms up your body. This practice is especially good to do in winter.
This video shows you how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ANy_2xWLAo
Try to find a brush like the one on the video with natural bristles and avoid those with plastic/nylon bristles.
Ayurvedic guidelines for daily practice is called Dinacharya. I will be writing a separate article on all the recommended Dinacharya after I have introduced them all to you. Try to add them one by one. All the practices in Dinacharya are meant to cleanse and rejuvenate the five senses. This one is to cleanse the skin and you follow this with abhyanga which rejuvenates the skin.