Welcome to Part 2 of the Self-Love Series – Routines. According to ayurveda, sister science to yoga, Dinacharya is translated to a routine. Dinacharya aligns with the energy of the natural rising of the moon and sun which then affects our bodies overall digestion, mental activity and creativity.
The daily routines that are suggested can be categorized by the three doshas (energies believed to circulate in the body), vata, pitta and kapha. Each of doshas peak during certain times of the day and if we align our routines based on the doshas we capitalize on the energy from the moon or sun, depending on the time of day. The dosha times are:
- Kapha: 6-10am, 6-10pm
- Pitta: 10am-2pm, 10pm-2am
- Vata: 2-6pm, 2-6am
The morning routine is one that should be conducted every morning at the same time everyday. Kapha has the characteristics of having low energy and feeling heavy. In order to stay in alignment with this energy, it’s important to start your day with little to no sensory (ie: no phone, email, work, no stress) and pay attention to you, hence the perfect time of the day to do some self-care is in the morning and evening. Some examples of a morning routine are – saying a prayer, tongue scraping, brushing your teeth, gargle with oil, drink a glass of water, oil massage, bath, mediation, light breakfast. I’ve highlighted my favorite morning routines in a previous post, located here.
The afternoon routine is solely surrounded by our digestion. Since the peak afternoon is filled with the characteristics of fire and high energy as this is the time for pitta, this is the time for lunch. This is also another reason that your lunch should be considered your biggest meal of the day since your digestion is at its peak.
As the late afternoon turns into vata, vata has the characteristics of moving with a lot of activity, but not too much or you’ll get overtired very easily. During this time of the day you’ll be aware that this is the time to tap into your creativity with work and socialization in order to capitalize on the natural energy shift of the day.
The day ends with the same energy as the day began, in kapha, as such your dinner should be light as your digestion energy is low. After dinner incorporate more self-care actions as in reading and meditation. Meditation is highly important at the end of the day because we ingest a lot of emotions, physical activities, etc during our day and its important we don’t bring those thoughts with us to bed thus incorporating a meditation practice. Having a meditation practice at night is also an excellent way to have your meditation follow you to a deep sleep. I’ve recently started a YouTube Channel and I post my favorite guided meditations – listen here.
When we implement dinacharya our bodies will go in harmony with nature and once we are aligned with nature our body, mind and consciousness will start transforming at a higher level of functioning. I’d love to hear about your routines below! 🙂