Dinacharya (दिनचर्या) refers to ayurvedic daily routine recommendations that educate how to live a healthier, happier and longer life and avoid all diseases.
Ayurvedic Daily routine helps in maintaining balance and harmony in your body and nature by regulating your biological clock and advocating a healthy lifestyle. It also helps in proper digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. The discipline that you adopt in daily routine also improves self-esteem, brings happiness and promotes longevity. We are happy to share with you Dinacharya suggestion from Kalari Rasayana, CGH Earth Ayurveda, one of the best Ayurveda Retreats in Kerala.
Dinacharya, planning the day as per principles of Ayurveda
In Ayurveda they say that a good physician is judged not by how many patients he has, but by the number of healthy people there are in his village. In order to maintain the mental and physical health in our body, Ayurveda lays emphasis on following a certain daily routine or regimen which acts as preventive maintenance for the body.
Waking up in the morning:
Ideally one should get up naturally in the morning without any alarm. Practically, the ideal time to wake up is between 5:00 AM to 7:00 AM, subject to the time zone and the condition of your body.
Our body can be considered as a factory, which is working constantly with the supplies coming in, and products are manufactured and delivered, wastes are removed regularly, and the unit is well maintained. All parts work together towards a common goal. In the morning, we need to clean all the orices of the body – anus, urethra, mouth, both eyes, nose and ears.
Going to toilet:
It helps release the majority of toxins collected in our ystem over the night.
Ayurveda recommends using herbal pastes or powders for brushing the teeth as it helps in reducing dental and gum issues. Avoid using sweet and gel pastes.
Cleaning eyes, nose and mouth:
Wash eyes with clean and comfortably cool water. You can also use rose water or triphala water. For the nose, you can practice Jala Neti with saline water.
You can do Surya Namaskar, yoga asanas, aerobics or a physical activity you enjoy as per your convenience. It is advised to stop exercise before you to start to feel fatigue. Exercise improves the vitality and strength of the body.
In order to stimulate the whole body and all the vital pressure points, massage your body with oil regularly if possible, or at the least apply oil on the head, ear lobes, palms and feet. A proper oil application reduces fatigue, nourishes the skin and reduces vata issues. Those who have a hectic schedule during the week can opt to massage on the weekend. You can use sesame oil, olive oil, almond oil etc as per your body and skin type.
Only once you have cooled down after completing your exercise, take a shower as per the weather and state of your body.
If you have applied oil on your body, keep it on for 15-30 mins and wash it.
Plan the day after taking a bath:
Prayer or meditation: You can say a prayer or do light meditation before starting your chores for the day.
Based on your regular practice, eat up to 3 main meal a day. Eat your meals on time, where your heaviest meal is during the day. If you are hungry in between the main meal, you may take a light snack of fruits, vegetables, nuts or fruit / vegetable juices.
Work & life:
Try to allocate the first half of the day for brainstorming and energy-intensive work. After lunch, focus on follow-ups and other routine work. In the evening, the body needs to shift to a shutdown process. To reduce the fatigue of the daywork, one can do a
short breathing exercise like Pranayama, spend time with family or friends, or something else which feels rewarding. Take a warm shower or tub bath before dinner. A warm shower normally relaxes the body.
Positive thought and deeds:
Stay positive, avoid listening to negative messages, try meditation and Pranayama for clear and positive mind and thought. Do not engage or spread false news. Reflect on the day passed by highlighting positives and lessons learned with the negatives. Never end the day on a negative note. Focus on your inner sense of well-being towards the night.
Go to bed at the earliest if you can. If there is unfinished work, wake up early and finish it after your morning rituals. Never do it in the night, as much as possible. Night sleep is one of the three pillars of our health and it is called the ‘mother of all elements’. The duration of sleep can change from person to person. The recommended duration of sleep is a minimum of 7 hrs.
All these small acts make you feel that you are doing something for yourself, which will lift you physically, mentally and spiritually.