“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…It is about learning to dance in the rain”.
AYURVEDIC DAILY LIFE REGIMES
Daily routines are an essential part of Ayurvedic Health management. To create positive health giving changes in the body, mind and consciousness, Ayurveda recommends that one should establish a daily health regime to bring about balance in one's constitution. Routine helps to establish balance in one's constitution and in life. Daily Ayurvedic health regimes assist in the prevention of premature ageing, they improve digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients, and promote a positive sense of self-esteem and instill self discipline and self-confidence. Daily regimes bring about a sense of peace and happiness and they promote longevity.
Before getting out of bed sit up and take 5 minutes to breathe deeply and consciously. Remember the Lord and give thanks for another day. Ask God that you may be filled with love and compassion for yourself and all those that you may encounter throughout the day. With each in breath - feel that your body, mind and spirit is being healed, and with each outgoing breath - give thanks for the healing.
Gaze gently into your open hands, place the hands over the face, then slowly sweep the hands down over the chest and then the abdomen. Try to visualize yourself cleansing your physical body and your aura.
The Time To Rise
It is good to wake up before the sun rises if possible. This time of the day is known as Brahmamurhurta and is a time of peace and stillness, it is the time that precedes the light of the day and is most conducive to meditation. Brahmamuhurta is between 4.00am and 6.00am, it is the most auspicious time of the day and it is the time when the Divine energies are most potent. It is the most sattwic (pure) time of the day when we are able to absorb the loving qualities of nature and find the deepest sense of inner peace, balance and harmony.
The Most Ideal Time To Rise For Your Individual Constitution:
Drink Water in the Morning
Drink a glass of fresh water upon rising, the water should be at room temperature, preferably from a pure copper cup filled the night before. (Copper has the capacity to draw unwanted toxins from the system). This wash cleanses the GI track, flushes the kidneys, and stimulates peristalsis. It is not a good idea to start the day with tea or coffee, as this drains the energy from the kidneys, stresses the adrenals and causes constipation, and is habit-forming.
Adding the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon is also a good cleansing and invigorating tonic for the body first thing in the morning.
Evacuate the bowels to cleanse the body from the previous nights meal and any undigested food matter. If bowel movements are inhibited drink a few glasses of warm water to help with evacuation.
Gently scrape the tongue from back to front 7-14 times. This will help to stimulate the internal organs, the digestion and will effectively remove bacteria. Tongue scrapers recommended for the different doshas include:
Vata: Gold scraper.
Pitta: Silver scrape.
Kapha: Copper Scraper.
If you are unable to find the appropriate tongue scraper for your dosha a small silver teaspoon works well when used to clean the residue from the tongue. Many people use a toothbrush to clean the tongue, but this method is not as effective as using a proper scraper.
Cleaning The Teeth
Always use a soft toothbrush. Clean the teeth with an astringent, pungent or bitter toothpaste or powder. Neem or Vicco toothpastes are good for this purpose. Use a neem stick if available as it will dislodge fine food particles from between the teeth and gums and makes them strong and healthy. Licorice sticks may also be used. For Vata and Kapha oral hygiene – roasted almond shell powder can be used and for Pitta – Ground neem.
Sesame oil mouth wash and gargling is highly recommended for strong healthy teeth and gums. Gargling with sesame oil helps to remove wrinkles from the face and improves the tone of the voice. Hold the oil in the mouth and swish it around vigorously for a period of time, then spit it out and gently massage the gums with the finger. (Click on the link below to read about oil pulling methods and the wonderful benefits associated with this practice.)
Chewing sesame seeds is helpful for receding gums and for strengthening the gums. (ensure that sesame seeds are fresh and palatable). Dates combined with coconut flesh is also good for teeth and gums. Chew 3-5 dates together with 2cm of coconut flesh. Chewing in the morning stimulates the liver, digestion and the stomach. After chewing brush teeth without using toothpaste.
Nasal Drops (Nasya)
3-5 drops of warm ghee or special nasya oil deposited into each nostril in the morning will help to lubricate the nostrils, cleanse the sinuses, improve the voice and the vision and improve mental clarity. The nose is the doorway to the brain, Therefore nasya or the use of nose drops nourishes the brain and the intellect.
Nasya Treatments Recommended for the Doshas:
Vata: sesame oil, ghee, or vacha (calamus) oil.
Pitta: brahmi ghee, sunflower or coconut oil.
Kapha: vacha (calamus)
or seek the advice of an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner.
Oil Drops in the Ears (Karana Purana)
Tinnitus or ringing in the ears, excess wax, poor hearing, lockjaw and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint syndrome) can be relieved through the use of karana purana (Oil drops in the ears). Please consult an Ayurvedic health Practitioner to see which oil is suitable for your type and your health condition.
Apply Oil to the Head & Body (Abhyanga)
Use a body brush or bristle brush to slough off dead skin cells and prepare the body for Abhyanga oil massage. Massage warm sesame oil over the head and the body. Gently massage the oil into the skin starting from the feet up to the head.
Rub warm oil over the head and body. Gentle, daily oil massage of the scalp can bring happiness, as well as prevent headache, baldness, graying of hair, and receding hairline. Oiling your body before bedtime will help induce sound sleep and keep the skin soft.
Vata: use warm sesame oil.
Pitta: use warm sunflower or coconut oil.
Kapha: use warm sunflower or mustard oil.
Bathing is a daily ritual that is both cleansing and refreshing. Bathing removes sweat, dirt and fatigue and refreshes the body and mind. It brings about a feeling of purity and cleanliness inducing a feeling of sacredness into your life.
Adorn yourself with clean clothes made of natural fibers as this brings about a sense of beauty and virtue. Try to wear clothing made from cotton, silk, linen or wool. Natural fibers do not interfere with the auric body. Synthetic fibers create static electricity and inhibit the bodies ability to absorb pure healing energy.
Use of Perfumes
Using natural scents, essential oils, or perfumes brings freshness, charm, and joy. It gives vitality to the body and improves self-esteem.
Vata: the best scent to use is hina or amber.
Pitta: try using veritver, sandalwood, or jasmine.
Kapha: use either amber or musk.
Yoga asanas improve sleep and improve the circulatory system, they build strength and endurance. Regular practice of asana will help to improve digestion and elimination. Asanas help the practitioner to relax and have sound sleep.
Regular exercise, especially yoga, improves circulation, physical strength, and endurance. It helps you to relax and have good quality sleep. Exercise helps to improve digestion and elimination. Develop and exercise program that can become a part of your daily life regime practice.
Yogasana Suitable For The Individual Constitutions.
Vata: 12 x Sun salutation done slowly; Leg lifting asanas for the abdominal strengthening and toning; Camel; Cobra; Cat; Cow; Vata types should perform exercise in a slow gently manner.
Pitta: 16 x Moon salutations performed in a moderately fast manner; Fish; Boat; Bow; Asana should be of a calming nature..
Kapha: 12 x Sun salutation done rapidly; Bridge; Peacock; Palm tree; Lion. Kapha types should perform asana in a more vigorous manner.
After exercise, sit quietly and do some deep breathing exercises as follows:
Vata: Nadi Shodhana - 12 alternate nostril breaths.
Pitta: Sheetali Pranayama - 16 cooling breaths.
Kapha: Bhastrika Pranayama – To be performed within the practitioners capacity (up to 10 rounds of 10 inhalations and exhalations performed radidly.
If you need assistance with these pranayamas please ask your Yoga Teacher for guidance and proper instruction.
It is important to meditate in the morning and in the evening for at least 15 minutes. For optimum benefits try to meditate 3 times each day for 15 to 20 minutes. The best times of the day to mediate are at sunrise, noon and sunset. Meditation will bring about a sense of peace and balance in your life.
Meals should be light during the summer months and more substantial during the winter months. Try to maintain a diet that is in harmony with your personal constitution.
|Daily Schedule for Each Dosha|
|Wake up||6.00 am||5:30 am||4:30 am|
|Breakfast||8 .00am||7:30 am||7.00am|
|Lunch||11.00am - 12.00pm||12.00pm||12.00pm - 1.00pm|
|Supper||6.00pm||6.00am - 7.00am||7.00am - 8.00pm|
Sleep on your back
|10.00pm - 11.00pm
Sleep on your right
|11.00pm - 12.00pm
Sleep on your left
Lead me from the
"unreal" to the "real",
From death to immortality.
May all beings
May all beings attain oneness,
May all beings attain fulfillment,
May all beings
May all beings