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Ayurvedic Principles: Why You Should Wake Up Early


| 6/6/2018 7:43:00 AM


Among the classical Ayurveda textbooks, the one close to my heart is Ashtanga Hridaya, written by Acharya Vagbhata. In Ashtangahridaya textbook, the second chapter deals with Dinacharya (Dina in sanskrit means day, and charya in sanskrit means regimen) or the daily regimen. From the view point of scholar Vagbhata lets look at the art of daily regimen with Ayurveda.

woman doing yoga at sunrise in field
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Primary charya or regimen mentioned is 'ideal time to wake up' is Brahma Muhurta.

Time to wake up. It is advised to be awake at Brahma muhurta (45 minutes before sunrise). Though it might seem difficult to wake up at such an early hour (around 5 in the morning), the physical and mental benefits you obtain by waking up early are permanent and amazing.

Have you ever thought about why the Ayurveda classics ask you to wake up early?



The fact is when you wake up early in the morning, before sunrise, the predominant dosha according to time is Vata. Vata is powerful and  an active dosha. You can perform your activities with more energy if you wake up at Vata period of the day. But if you are waking up late, the next dosha cycle of the day is Kapha. Kapha is generally in slow pace, and you will have a feeling of heaviness and drowsiness if you wake up in the Kapha period of the day.



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