Daily Rhythms~~ Dinacharya
In the world of Ayurveda, your daily routine, or dinacharya, is super important for creating your optimal health. It gets you in the groove of life. It helps you flow and move with grace.
A daily routine lets your body get familiar with the cycle of a day and night. It can anticipate what’s coming and be in stride with whats happening. When you eat around the same time, your body’s digestion will get stronger and be prepared to breakdown a good meal. Going to sleep at the same time helps you ease into relaxation and rest much easier. Even going to the bathroom, especially having a bowel movement in the morning, can have a major impact on your health. A good rhythm will help with the ebb and flows of energy through each day. You can take advantage of the best time to exercise or get busy work done, and relax in peace or contemplation during the quiet times. When things in life get rough or stressful, having a strong daily routine can help you steer the course. If you travel frequently, your dinacharya will really help your body maintain a sense of stability and groundedness.
Chances are, you’ve already got a daily routine. You might be really into it, or you might not even be aware that you’re into it. If you’d like to tweak your schedule, make small adjustments, slowly over time, to help your body adjust into the most optimal pattern.
The ayurvedic daily cycle follows the energy of the sun. (Obviously). But really, its worth stating that the natural timing of the day influences us more than we may notice. For instance- our digestion is strongest around noon, and we should eat our largest meal in the middle of the day. The most peaceful energy of the day is roughly 90 minutes before sunrise, called Brahma Muhūrta. This is the best time to practice your daily meditation.
The optimal Ayurvedic dinacharya is as follows:
-Wake up 1.5 to .5 hours before the sun rises. Recall your dreams, and think about what you’re looking forward to for the day before getting out of bed. Set an optimistic outlook.
-Scrape your tongue to stimulate your digestion and get rid of any ama or toxins that have built up. Brush your teeth, wash your face, gargle, and add oil to nostrils if appropriate.
-Drink a glass or two of warm/hot water. Add fresh lemon to increase alkalinity. Water helps to flush and cleanse the lymphatic system and increases digestion and peristalsis.
-Go to the bathroom, eliminating all your waste.
– Do 15- 30 minutes of yoga or exercise. Breathe deep to allow prana or vital life force energy to move through your body. Feel fresh and alive!
-2-5 minutes of pranayama or breathing exercises
-5-20 minutes of meditation, prayer, or silence.
-Shower and enjoy a short oil massage or abhyanga.
-Have breakfast according to your hunger. Fresh fruit, juice and smoothies are best in the spring and summer. Cooked apples, pears, or grains are good in the winter.
-Have lunch between 11 and 2 pm, when your digestion is strongest. Make this the largest meal of the day. Eat in a calm and quiet state. Enjoy your food.
-End your day’s work before the sun goes down.
-Do activities or exercise that make you smile. Visit friends. Hug your family members and pets.
-Relax, contemplate, or meditate as the sun goes down.
-Have a light dinner at least 2 hours before going to bed.
-Turn off your tv, computer, phone, and any glowing screens at least an hour before bed.
-Give thanks and love for all the days blessings!