The Ayurvedic Daily Routine Prescription

This inspiring guide will give you healthy tips through the oldest healing system in the world.

| December 2017

The Ayurveda Way (Storey Publishing) is a holistic health companion. A lot of us suffer from stress-related issues such as insomnia, anxiety, burnout, and digestive disturbances. Stress is what occurs whenever you fall out of sync with nature’s cycles. Stress management, then, is largely a matter of realigning yourself with nature and living in harmony with its daily rhythm. In Ayurveda, daily self-care practices are called dinacharya, which means “to follow the rhythm of the day.”

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On any given day, the three doshas each take predominance in the atmosphere during a set period. By aligning your behaviors with these forces, you can bring yourself into greater alignment with nature and improve your health.

Get going and get creative with vata.

Since time immemorial yogis and followers of Ayurveda have recommended awakening early because vata dosha, made of the air and space elements, predominates the atmosphere in the early morning, from 2 to 6 a.m. The basic nature of air is to move. This makes it easiest to wake up, eliminate, and get moving during the vata time of morning. We’re advised to do less physically strenuous work from 2 to 6 p.m., when this bioforce becomes activated again. When you feel spacey during this time in the afternoon, you are naturally feeling the presence of the air and space elements contained in vata dosha. Because creativity is an inherent quality of vata dosha, this can be a great time to write and do other creative activities.

Use your strength and rest with kapha.

The kapha dosha governs the time from 6 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. It is kapha’s presence that makes it hard to wake up past 6 a.m., because this dosha is made of the heavy earth and water elements. When you stay in bed past 6 a.m., the atmosphere takes on a heavy, inert quality, making it very difficult to get up and moving. The morning kapha period is actually a great time for strenuous exercise and other hard physical work, like moving boxes or lifting heavy objects. Your body is at its strongest during the kapha times of day. Due to kapha’s grounding, stabilizing qualities, Ayurveda recommends winding down your day and going to sleep before 10 p.m., when the other kapha period ends.

Digest with pitta.

Pitta dosha consists of fire encased in water. Just as fire has the power to convert whatever it touches to other forms, including ashes, pitta dosha accordingly governs the principle of transformation. Pitta dosha provides you with mental and physical fire. This bioforce rules the atmosphere from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night. Because of the strong connection between pitta dosha and digestive fire (agni), it’s important to eat lunch in the middle of the pitta time, around noon. This connection also explains why you may crave a midnight snack if you stay up during the pitta time of night.

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