Benefits of Dry Brushing | Yoga of Eating
Updated: Jan 28, 2021
Ayurveda* recommends that one does garshana or Dry brushing everyday before the morning shower especially in the spring season. The lymph glands transport the " Lymph ", a fluid which contains the infection fighting white blood cells throughout the body. This helps the body drain and remove the toxins also known as " Ama" in Ayurveda. Grashana stimulates and promotes circulation of the lymph glands. The following are some of the benefits of Garshana or Dry Brushing : a) Promotes mental alertness b) Stimulates blood flow c) Increases energy d) Exfoliates the skin e) Helps combat cellulite f) Reduces Stress g) Enhances Circulation Method and Do's and Dont's : a) Use a dry brush with soft bamboo bristles b) Do it only in the morning before a shower c) Do not do if you have problematic skin condition or wounds d) The skin should be free from lotions or oils e) Keep the direction of the strokes towards the heart f) Use circular strokes on the stomach and joints g) Do long sweeping strokes on the arms and legs h) Use clockwise strokes on the abdomen and hips NOTE : Garshana stimulates the body and mind. People who have a strong kapha in their constitution should practice garshana daily, the pitta constitution people could practice 4–5 times per week. Vata people would benefit from doing this practice 2–4 times per week.
*Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of traditional natural healing in the world. Also known as the sister of Yoga, it stresses deeply on nutrition and lifestyle for optimal health. Ayurveda believes that there are three bio energies ie Vata ( Air and Ether Elements), Pitta ( Fire and Water ) and Kapha ( Earth and Water) within the body and their balance or imbalance determines the state of good or ill health .