Dinacharya: Ayurvedic Daily Routine For A Holistic Lifestyle – Part 1

The everyday routine is known as Dinacharya in Ayurveda. Din means the day and charya means to follow something. Ayurvedic way of life is the simplest way to be in accordance with the nature. And when your body is in accordance with the nature you enjoy great health and happier lifestyle.

One way to follow everyday cycle is by understanding the Doshas. Doshas are not just body types, the time of the day are also dominated by Doshas. Like the Vata Dosha is dominant from 2 to 6 in the morning as well as afternoon, the Kapha Dosha is dominant from 6 to 10 in evening as well as morning and the Pitta Dosha is dominant from 10 to 2 in the morning as well as night. The key is to move with them and not do things that make these Dosha aggressive throughout the day.

The following routines will help you change your lifestyle into healthy Ayurvedic Dincharya:

1. Wake up early:
The most fortunate time to wake up in the morning is forty-eight minutes right before sunrise. Starting your day with the sun rise helps your body purify itself and make the mind peaceful. The practitioners of Ayurveda have been suggesting people to wake up early to improve their lifestyle for ages.
Leave a glass of water in a copper vessel the night before and drink it in the morning. Drinking this water helps the body with the peristaltic contractions in the intestines.


2. Brush your teeth:

The human body has ten sacred points which connects us with the complete universe. The nine of these points are part of the physical self like two eyes, two ears, and two openings in the nose, mouth, rectum and urinary tract.

Mouth is an important point and must be taken care of first. Earlier people were extremely cautious of their oral health even when these commercially sold oral products were not available. People used to brush their teeth with fresh twigs of neem, khadira and even licorice. The ends of these twigs were smashed to get a brush like end. The twigs of the above stated trees had astringent properties that acted as an antiseptic for the mouth. Anyone can use these twigs to brush their teeth, however, people suffering from the following diseases are advised to use twigs for brushes: indigestion, breathing problem, fever, mouth inflammation, eye problem, head troubles, ear problems, heart ailments, facial paralysis and respiratory disease.

Use twigs or not but do brush your teeth in the morning every day.

3. Tongue cleaning:
In ayurveda, tongue is checked to see if the body is suffering from any small or big ailment.

Like:
– A pale tongue which is whitish in color is an indication of low levels of red blood cells as well as anaemic problems.
– A yellow coloured tongue is an indicator of bilious problems.
– A greyish coloured tongue is an indicator of disturbed colon as well as an aggravated Vata in the body.
– A dry tongue is an indicator of decline in blood plasma.
– A coated tongue indicates shallow breath

In olden times, tongue cleaners were made from soft and thin sheet of silver, gold, copper or even a twig. These tongue cleaners served the same purpose, which the commercially available tongue cleaners are used. A gold tongue cleaner was used by people with Vata constitution. A silver tongue cleaner was used by people with Pitta constitution. A copper tongue cleaner was used by people with Kapha constitution. A tongue cleaner made from the twig of neem and other trees can be used by people of any constitution. Nowadays you can use one of the commercially available stainless steel and even bamboo tongue cleaner.

Clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner every morning and rinse with cold water.

Continued in next post : Dinacharya Ayurvedic Healthy Routines For A Holistic Lifestyle – Part 2

Additional Reading:

Dinacharya – Daily Conduct

 

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