Much is said about planning, routine and how better enjoy the day to have a more balanced life. But there is always a question about exactly how to do this and fit tasks into everyday life, right? However, there is Dinacharya, an Ayurveda practice that proposes to divide the days according to the doshas and leave activities closely related to the natural cycle of the body and the environment.
For this, there are daily practices from the moment we wake up to sleep that help prepare the body, mind and spirit to perform all the activities of the day. THE Dinacharya it consists of all these practices, but it is possible that habits are built little by little through small changes. Thus, everything will be easier and, of course, pleasant. After all, it is also considered a very flexible routine, respecting the individuality of each one.
Also, under a vision of Ayurveda, Dinacharya has the function of aligning our body to the rhythms of nature, in a more natural and fluid way. All of this without failing to respect our existence as a human being, going in favor of our most ancestral instincts, based on doshas, sunlight and abilities touched by these factors.
KAPHA (6 – 10am)
The time of day stimulated by Kapha is what can be recognized as the first of the day. It starts at 6 am or when the Sun Born until breakfast time. It is the beginning of the daily trajectory, still with the awakening of the body and we must stimulate the Agni (digestive fire) to wake up.
For this, the sequence to be done in this period is: (1) waking up at sunrise; (2) thank and calmly rise; (3) drink a glass of water at room temperature; (4) eliminate toxins from the body (brushing teeth, shaving the tongue, urinating, defecating, nasal cleansing and bathing; (5) do oilings (abhyanga); (6) exercise / yoga; and (7) breakfast according to dosha.
This time in the morning is also the time for more practical and quick-fix activities. Kapha is formed by the elements earth and water, which gives it a more earthly and heavier force. Therefore, street activities, more objective calls and quick tasks are welcome to the agenda.
PITTA (10 – 14h)
Between 10 and 14h is the moment of the day of the Dinacharya dominated by the Pitta dosha and of course the digestive fire is high (Pitta is formed by fire and water). Therefore, it is time to carry out the director meal of the day: must be complete, with all the flavors and balanced according to your dosha.
After eating it is important to give the fire a moment to make this digestion. But it is not recommended to sleep right after. For about 20 minutes, rest in a sitting position or do some other light activity that does not require physical effort.
VATA (14 – 18h)
Right after the main food of the day comes the most important moment creative, formed by Vata (which represents ether and air). As it has more volatile and fluid elements, the ideal is to carry out activities that are related to the work of creating, studying and developing ideas.
In addition, air also represents movement, execution and agility. Thinking about projects, executing them and fulfilling tasks will be even easier now.
KAPHA (18 – 22h)
Afterwards, Kapha returns to the leading role and with him Sunset. To “enter” this phase of the day, pranayama is recommended, breathing exercises to make everything calmer. At this moment, there is a greater “weight” to perform the tasks and shutdown is the best way.
Along with the light, it is time to do things that don’t raise your energy so much, deal with quieter matters, or at least lower your frequency as you sleep. THE dinner falls well before 8 pm with lighter ingredients and that require little energy for digestion. Of course, they must be indicated according to the doshas and needs of each one.
PITTA (22 – 2h) and VATA (2 – 6h)
And finally it’s time to rest Dinacharya, which is stimulated by night but also governed by two moments. The first has the presence of Pitta, formed by fire and water, which stimulates the rejuvenation and production of collagen and should be used by sleep. Then, with Vata, the present fluidity must be used to make it lighter and continue to fall asleep.
Breathing, meditation, relaxing music and many practices help to make this “falling asleep” moment easier. Click here to learn more.
It is always important to remember that Ayurveda’s Dinacharya routine can be seen as a journey to achieve balance. Practices like these are best inserted into the routine with lightness and tranquility, without any feeling of demand.