Ask the Doctor: Daily Routine

Question: Can you give an idea on how to start the day in terms of daily routine

One should ideally rise by 6 a.m. as the body begins to become sluggish as it moves into the kappha time of day after 6 a.m.

You should start the day with tongue scrapping which removes many bacteria from the mouth and will make the breath fresher. You can purchase a tongue scrapper online. This should ideally be followed by use of a water pik which is much more effective in removing plaque from between the teeth than flossing. Next, the teeth should be brushed with natural toothpaste using the oral B which is much more effective than using a tooth brush and also massages the gums. Finish up your oral hygiene by gargling and swishing around in your mouth a tablespoon of sesame oil. This is called pooling and helps to remove toxins inside the mouth and also tightens the gums.

This should be followed by nasya or putting a few drops of sesame oil in the nostrils and tilting the head back and snorting it up the nasal passageways. This lubricates the nasal passageways and removes excess vata out of the head, which produces a calming effect. I know this sounds like a lot but it can be done in 5 minutes.

Next, one should have 10 ounces of warm water with a squeeze of lemon and a half teaspoon of raw honey. This sweeps ama, or toxins, that are in the stomach out and stimulates peristalsis.

It is now time for abhyaga (self massage) with warm sesame oil. Massage the entire body except for maybe the hair if you are going to work. Massage for about 10 minutes followed by a hot shower.

One should then do some yoga or restorative yoga that includes forward bending, side bending, back bending, twisting, and an inversion. This can be done in as little as 10-15 minutes. Yoga should be followed by 5 minutes of alternate nostril breathing, and finished up with 15-20 minutes of meditation.

You should now start your day by taking several tablespoons of E3Live Liquid in juice and wait about 20 minutes before eating anything other than fruit.

If you are over 45 you should do cervical traction with the Pettibon Cervical Traction Unit and hang from the Om Gym for a few minutes.

You are now ready to start your day with bang!

See my book Renew Yourself: Keys to Rejuvenation and Youthing for detailed instructions on alternate nostril breathing, abhyanga, alternate nostril breathing, traction, and Restorative Yoga.


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