Dinacharya - Ayurvedic Daily Routine
Ayurveda is the holistic form for western treatment designed to harmonise the body, mind and spirit; and having a daily, consistent routine is necessary to bring radical change in the body, to the mind and consciences.
Consistent routines help to establish balance in one’s constitution. It can also regulate a person’s biological clock, aid in digestion, absorption and assimilation. The consistency also helps to generate self-esteem, discipline, inner peace, resolve, happiness and longevity. The benefits of having a regular daily routine for your health and wellbeing, is truly immense and priceless.
Ayurveda, also known as Vedic Medicine, analyses the bodily patterns which consist of three tendencies called Doshas. Which are Vata, Kapha, Pitta. Vata is Air and relates to wind in the body and motion. Kapha is Earth and relates to Phlegm in the body as well as inactivity and conservation. Pitta is Fire and relates to bile in the body as well as connected to heat and light.
Below are some ideas and suggestions for you to implement into your daily routine, you can weave in as little or much of the suggestions as you like. Like with all new changes and adjustments, it takes time to establish a habit, so be gentle, be kind with yourself and if you miss a day; just restart it with no guilt. It truly is worth investing your time and energy into developing and maintaining a regular routine, for you. Think of it as you are nurturing and balance yourself as you bring all your bodies, subtle bodies included, back into balance and harmony.
Wake up Early
Wake up with the sun or before 6am. It is good to wake with nature. When the Sun is rising, it is the most Sattvic time in nature. Even the flowers are beginning to wake up. It brings a peace of mind as well as a sense of freshness to your senses. Before waking, either practice gratitude by repeating Thank you, Thank you, Thank you before opening your eyes or even chant a mantra or praise that has meaning for you. After opening your eyes rub your hands together to enliven the meridian lines; look at your hands and then gently move them over your legs, up to the torso, over the face and head to clear the aura.
Clean the Face, Mouth and Eyes
Wash your face with cold water, rinse your mouth, wash your eyes with cold water and massage the eyelids gently by massaging the lids around the eyes. Blink the eyes 7 times and rotate your eyes in all the directions.
- Brush your teeth, floss and use the picks.
- Scrape your tongue, 7 – 14 times, with a copper tongue scraper to remove any bacteria on the tongue which causes bad breath. It also stimulates the meridian lines in the tongue.
- Gargle with coconut oil or sesame oil. This is called Oil pulling which is to help strengthen teeth, gums, and jaw. It also improves the voice, aids wrinkles around the cheeks. Put a small amount of oil in month and move the oil through the teeth, swish it around vigorously for a few minutes up to 20 minutes and then spit it out. Rinse your mouth out.
- Dry your face with a clean towel.
Drink Water in the morning
Drink a large glass or either room temperature water or hot/warm water. This is to wash the GI track, flush the kidneys and stimulate peristalsis. You can add some MSM powder and or Lemon juice in the water. It is not recommended to start the day with coffee or tea, as they drain the kidneys, stress the adrenals, cause constipation and they become habit forming.
Sit in yogic squat against a wall, to aid bowel movement. Then sit on toilet. If you can’t squat, sit on toilet. Improper digestion of the previous nights meal or lack of sound sleep can prevent this. However the water, followed by sitting on the toilet at a set time each day will help to regulate bowl movements. Alternate nostril breathing may also help with navel bumping. Wash your anus with warm water and wash your hands with soapy water.
Abhyanga – Apply oil to body and head
Rub warm sesame oil in the shower, rub it all over the body and head. Gently massage the oil into the scalp. This can prevent headaches, baldness, greying and receding hairlines. Then have a shower or bath.
Massaging the body, is a form of nurturing and infusing yourself with loving tender care. Rubbing oil on your body in the evening after a shower before you sleep can also help to induce a sound sleep and keep the skin soft and moist.
Exercise / Pranayama / Yogic practices / Meditation
You can incorporate any conscious movement here if Yoga Asana practice isn’t your jam. Practice a few rounds of pranayama or as it is more known as nowadays; breathwork exercises and then sit comfortably for meditation. Stillness is a beautiful gift for the mind. There is never a bad meditation, only a meditation we missed.
Now is time to eat. Keep it light in summer. If digestive fire is low or during winter months a more substantial warm meal.
Have the best day ever.