A daily routine is necessary to bring radical change in your body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps imbibe discipline and therefore improves your physical and psychological balance. It regularizes the biological clock, aids digestion, absorption, assimilation, generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity. ‘The Science of Life’- Ayurveda, describes the most important principles of Dinacharya (daily regimen), Ritucharya (seasonal regimen) and Sadvritta (moral code of conduct), essential to prevent lifestyle disorders such as Diabetes and Hypertension and maintain a positive mind and healthy body.
Ayurveda emphasises on “Swasthasya Swasthya Rakshanam”, which refers to protecting the health of a healthy and provides measure to support health. Further in this blog read specifics about Dinacharya, Ritucharya and Sadvritta, practice them and reap the benefits of staying healthy.
Wake up early in the morning (Brahmi Muhurta)
Waking up daily in the ambrosial time between 3 AM and 6 AM sharpens your intellect and is also the best time to acquire knowledge. It recharges your biological clock and helps maintain the rhythm for a whole day.
Clean the face, mouth and eyes (Prakshalana)
Splash cold water on the face, wash eyes and rinse mouth.
Ayurveda Recommends Triphala wash (herbal eye wash) – In 100ml of water add 1/8 tsp of Triphala powder, boil for 10 minutes, cool and strain. This concoction prevents irritation of the eyes and improves eye health.
Drink water in the morning (Usha pana)
Drink a glass of water at room temperature and not tea/coffee. Drinking water cleanses the digestive tract, stimulates peristalsis and regulates bowel movements.
Clean your teeth and tongue (Danta dhavana & Jihwa nirlekhana)
Use a soft toothbrush and toothpaste or powder with astringent, pungent and bitter taste. Brushing dislodges food particles in between the teeth and makes gums strong and healthy. Gentle scraping of the tongue from backwards for 7-14 strokes stimulates internal organs, helps digestion, and removes bacteria from the gut.
Gargle twice a day with warm sesame oil to strengthen teeth, gums, and jaw, to improve voice and to reduce wrinkles on face. Hold 10-15ml oil in the mouth, swish it around vigorously, then spit it out. Then gently massage your gums with a finger. You can also use honey, saltwater, triphala decoction, medicated oil like Irimedadi oil, to gargle.
Instillation of oil drops in nose and ears (Nasya and Karnapoorana)
Each morning instil 3 to 5 drops of warm ghee or oil into each nostril in . Doing so lubricates nasal passage, cleans sinuses, improves voice, vision, and mental clarity.
Application of oil to the body parts (Abhyanga)
The practice of anointing yourself from head to toe using warm oil is called Abhyanga. Daily practice of Abhyanga restores balance of the doshas and enhances well-being and longevity.
Any form of regular exercise, especially yoga, improves blood circulation, strength, and endurance. Yoga helps you relax, have sound sleep, improves digestion and elimination. Exercise daily to half of your capacity, until forehead sweats. To know what you should practice, follow this link, and practice yoga daily- https://youtu.be/7d5ZzORj96o
To bath is to cleanse and refresh. Bathing removes sweat, dirt, fatigue, energises body and provides clarity to mind. Use hot water for the body and cold water for the scalp. Using coldwater prevents hair fall, thinning of hairs, etc and using hot water gives strength to the body parts.
There are 6 seasons as per the Indian or Hindu calendar and Ayurveda explains different seasonal regimen and principles for each one of them. Each season is associated with dosha variation in your body. The adaptations are essential as a key for survival. When you do not follow food, dressing and other regimen as per season you risk yourself with the onset of diseases as homeostasis is deranged.
We are experiencing summer season in India now. Summer season (Greeshma rutu) begins from mid-May and is the season which brings exhaustion, dehydration, and lethargy. Due to the heat of the sun kapha dosha decreases and due to dryness of air in the atmosphere Vata dosha increases.
Recommended diet and lifestyle for the season
- Drink plenty of water and other liquids such as buttermilk and fruit juices to keep body hydrated
- Cut down drinks like coffee, tea, alcohol or carbonated drinks that might cause dehydration.
- Take food which are sweet in taste and avoid spicy, oily, and fried food.
- Use thin and light clothes, use perfumes that are cooling
- Do not indulge into excessive exercise and enjoy night breeze under the moonlight
These are essential and important practices for achieving good health. Adopting the correct routine supported by awareness brings with it many more health benefits to your body and mind.
Follow a Moral Conduct
A healthy mind is essential to support your physical body. Keeping away negative emotions, staying positive, developing good conduct of body, mind and speech is crucial for balance and harmony.