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DINACHARYA: How to plan a day according to ayurveda?

DR.SREELAL SHANKAR

AYURVEDA PRACTICES FOR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING From Kalari Rasayana, CGH Earth Ayurveda

DINACHARYA - PLANNING YOUR 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 and tells us it is wise and essential for us all to follow it. Your health relies on how you spend your day, every day.

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.

One needs to get up slowly. As you wake up, sit up and observe the palms of your hands, then you turn to the side and touch the floor with your feet. From the sitting posture, stoop down as much as possible, and then slowly get out of the bed to a standing position. These steps help in improving blood circulation to the head which can prevent sudden blackouts in the morning. Once you get up, check yourself to see how you feel in your body, if you feel a pain or stiffness anywhere, whether yesterday’s food has fully digested or not, etc.

MORNING HYGIENE

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 the nine orifices of the body - anus, urethra, mouth, both eyes, nose and ears.

GOING TO TOILET

We need to excrete the urine and faeces from our bowels first thing in the morning. This helps release the majority of toxins collected in our system over the night. It is also believed to help improve the quality of intestinal flora and boost metabolism.

 BRUSHING TEETH

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

For those people who have been prescribed the eye drops and nasal drops from Kalari Rasayana, please use it to clean your eyes and nose. These drops help in clearing the eyes, nostrils, paranasal sinuses and nourish the surrounding areas above the neck. After the nasal drops, clear the throat with Kabala, or gargling and oil pulling. Gargling can be done with lukewarm saline water. You can also do oil pulling with organic sesame oil, if unavailable then use virgin coconut oil. The application of eye drops followed by nasal drops and then gargling aids in the elimination of secretions sequentially.

For those who don't have the recommended medication, they may wash their eyes with clean and comfortably cool water. You can also use rose water or triphala water. Instead of nasal drops, you can practice Jala Neti with saline water. The above procedure will take 10 to 20 minutes.

EXERCISE

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.

SURYA NAMASKARA - SALUTATIONS TO THE SUN

Surya namaskara has been handed down from the enlightened sages of the vedic age. The sun symbolises spiritual consciousness and in ancient times was worshipped on a daily basis. It is one of the most useful methods of inducing a healthy, vigorous and active life, while at the same time preparing for spiritual awakening and expansion of awareness. 

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MASSAGING

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.

SHOWER

Only once you have cooled down after completing your exercise, take a shower as per the weather and state of your body. If you are in a tropical location with warm weather, take a bath in room temperature water. In colder climate, take a bath is comfortable lukewarm water. If you have applied oil on your body, keep it on for 15-30 mins and wash it off.

PRAYER OR MEDITATION

You can say a prayer or do light meditation before starting your chores for the day.

CLOTHES

Wear fresh clothes. Dress appropriately for the day.

FOOD

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. These are general recommendations. Please adhere to your prescribed diet given from Kalari Rasayana. During these unprecedented times, please follow the sanitisation processes given by your health authorities for food items.

AYURVEDIC GUIDELINES FOR HEALTHY EATING HABITS

The kitchen can be a pharmacy. Food can be medicine. If you treat disease with the ideal drug, you can cure it. But, if you are eating a proper food, you don't need the medicine.

Guide for the diet >> 
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 to offend another person. 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.

SLEEP

Dim the light by 9:00 PM as it will help in improving the melatonin secretions. 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. We do not recommend sleep during the day. However, in hot weather, a light sleep is acceptable.

Planning for the next day should be done either by the end of the day or next day morning, but never just before going to bed. Start sleeping on the same day! All these small acts make you feel that you are doing something for yourself, which will lift you physically, mentally and spiritually.

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