Dinacharya – Daily Routine For Your Dosha
As long as we are not living in harmony with our constitution we can’t really be healthy. There is no substitute for our own right lifestyle. It cannot be bought at any price and another person cannot provide it for us.
The beauty of Ayurveda is that is gives each one of us the means to live in balance. How you live your daily life is a factor which either builds up your health or wears you down. Your everyday choices – what and how much to eat, at what time to get up and go to bed, what activity to take if ever, and so on – are the major component for maintaining health and harmony.
Dinacharya – Ayurvedic daily routine was developed to put our lives in harmony with nature’s rhythms. Our body is a clock.
Every organ has a definite time of maximum functioning. Morning is the lung time, noon is stomach time, afternoon is liver time, and early night is colon and kidneys time.
There is also a doshic clock. Dawn and dusk are Vata times, early morning and evening are Kapha times, and midday and midnight are Pitta times.
6 a.m. – 10 a.m. Kapha 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Kapha
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pitta 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. Pitta
2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Vata 2 a.m. – 6 a.m. Vata
Here are the basic features of Ayurvedic daily regime, which is the art to bring the biological and doshic clocks in harmony.
Wake up (this is the ideal, do the best you can)
Vata ½ hour before sunrise.
Pitta 1 hour before sunrise.
Kapha 1 1/2 hour before sunrise.
Wash your face, mouth, and eyes.
Drink a glass of water: Warm for Vata, room temperature for Pitta and Kapha.
Evacuation: Even if you don’t have the urge, sit on the toilet for a few minutes, without forcing. If you do it every day, following your glass of warm water, the habit will develop.
Clean your teeth and scrape your tongue.
Massage with the oil appropriate for your dosha (see Abhyanga).
Bath or shower.
Exercise: Do yoga postures and breathing exercise (pranayama).
Meditation: Spend 15-20 minutes or more in meditation or prayers.
Mealtimes: Follow the dietary guidelines for your leading dosha.
Breakfast Vata 8 a.m. Pitta 7:30 a.m. Kapha 7 a.m.
Lunch 11 a.m. – noon noon noon – 1p.m.
Dinner 6 p.m. 6-7 p.m. 7-8 p.m. No snack!
Sunset: Meditate for 15-20 minutes.
Bed time: It is recommended to go to bed between 10 and 11 p.m.
TODAY’S TIP: You don’t have to complete every step of this routine daily. Just keep it in mind and do your best. The most important thing is the time you wake up and go to bed.
See also: Ritucharya-seasonal routine