A daily routine establishes harmony in the doshas, the mind-body energies composed of the 5 elements (earth, air, fire, water and ether). Keeping these elements or doshas in harmony establishes good health and forms a strong foundation for spiritual practices like yoga.

Dr. Bill Dean's Daily Shave Routine For YogisYogis keep the body clean and perform daily practices to achieve optimal health, enhance awareness and create a calm, sattvic or peaceful mind.

This daily shave routine and daily schedule was shared by Dr. Bill Dean, MD, urologist, yogi and Ayurvedic practitioner.

A Daily Shave Routine + Daily Schedule

1. Guru Time

Wake up between 5 and 7am.

2. Wake The Mind

Splash cold water into the eyes to wake majja dhatu  and mano vaha srotas (the nerves and the mind).

3. Encourage Digestion

Scrape the tongue 7 times (stimulating each dhatu).

4. Shave + Oil Pull

While shaving you may do oil pulling or kevala. While holding sesame oil in your mouth, massage the upper and lower inner and outer gum lines with the tongue  7 times. After a short gargle, spit into the toilet.  Brush your teeth. Shower.

5. Yoga

Pranayama then yoga asana practice if time but always 1000 kapalabhati.

6. Your Biggest Meal

Biggest meal at noon usually kitchari, 2 handfuls.

7. A Lite Dinner

Small dinner or just fruit.

8. Snooze Early

Bed by 9:30 to 10:30 pm.

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