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Dinacharya - Ayurvedic Routine Rituals for Optimal Health

Dinacharya - Ayurvedic Routine Rituals for Optimal Health

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Morning
  • Wake up naturally, without an alarm clock. This will be difficult at first, but eventually, you’ll train yourself to wake up with the sunrise.
  • Empty your bowel and bladder
  • Tend to your mouth—brush and floss your teeth, and use sesame, coconut, or olive oil to practice oil pulling. Finish by cleaning your tongue with a copper tongue scraper.
  • Practice abhyanga—self-massage with warm, herbalized oil. Include Nasya, the ritual of applying a few drops of oil inside your nostrils to clear and soothe your nasal passages.
  • Take a shower before dressing in comfortable, natural fibers.
  • Practice yoga for stretching, pranayama to deepen your breath, and T.M. to begin your day with a settled state of mind.
  • Breakfast is essential to fuel your mind and body. Eat light, warm cooked foods like stewed apples or cooked whole grain cereal with soaked almonds and raisins to kickstart your day.
Afternoon
  • Favor lunch as the main meal of your day. Enjoy all six tastes, (pungent, bitter, astringent, sweet, sour, and salty) along with a light digestive lassi to round out the meal and balance stress during the day.
  • If you find you need a snack to carry you to dinner, favor fresh fruit or something light, warm, and easy to digest.
  • Practice yoga, pranayama, and T.M. to begin winding down, and balancing any stressors you may have picked up during the day.
Evening
  • End your day with a soothing, Vata-balancing routine. Avoid skipping dinner, as this can aggravate Vata dosha and may spark hunger pangs before bed.
  • Around 6pm, enjoy a light, warm, cooked meal with plenty of vegetables, steering clear of raw, cold foods.
  • Take a stroll in the evening to aid digestion.
  • Enjoy calming activities like listening to music, gentle yoga, journaling, or reading. Put away electronics by 8pm and dim the lights.
  • Practice abhyanga with warm oil, and then sink into a relaxing bath.
  • Drink herbal tea, such as Slumber Time Tea to ease any worries and encourage deep, uninterrupted sleep.
  • Go to sleep at 9:30pm during Kapha time to fall asleep more easily.



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