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Dinacharya: the Ayurvedic Daily Routine

The complete routine for healthier life
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The high-tech, dynamic world full of numerous distractions and entertainment often reflects on disconnection with ourselves. The way of living is a long-term model composed of daily routines and habits. It is the art of establishing harmony between body biological rhythm and the physical time. Taking in mind the natural rhythm, the Ayurvedic wise men have created Dinacharya – the Ayurvedic daily regime.


The daily routine helps to bring change in the body, mind, and consciousness, to establish a balance in one’s constitution. It regularizes the biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.


Our habit to wake up very early or too late, to stay until very late at night, to eat irregularly and excessive; the stress and pressure at work; the irregular release of the colon is part of the things, which affect our health! Let's take a look at the main characteristic of the health:


Imagine the body as a clock - Ayurveda says each body organ works best at a certain time of the day. The lungs operate actively in the morning, the stomach and when we feel hungry – lunchtime, liver – afternoon, the colon and the kidneys – late afternoon.


Morning

The most important time of the day for Dinacharya is the early morning. It is recommendable to wake up early at the same time every day. Right after you wake up, look at your hands for a few seconds. Then lift them up to your head and gently touch your face, neck, chest, and waist. This will cheer and wake you up. It is good to start your day in a relationship with yourself by reminding the Divine reality which represents your life. You can do it in your own way.

For example: "Thanks for another wonderful new day. May the joy, love, peace, and compassion be part of my life today and the life of everyone around me. I healand I’m healed. I’m well protected."

Splash your face with lukewarm water, while slightly massaging your eyelids. Blink seven times and then turn your eyes in all directions: left to the right, up and down diagonally, clockwise and back, swish your mouth.

Drink a glass of warm water, preferably from a glass or another utensil made from pure copper.

The water will not be absorbed and will clean gastrointestinal tract and the kidneys. In addition, it will stimulate the peristalsis of the small intestine, will activate the descendant bowel and ileocecal valve and will help to properly empty the rectum. It is not recommendable to start the day with coffee or black tea because they exhaust the energy of the kidneys, exaggerate the adrenal gland and lead to addiction.


After the glass of water, wash your teeth and scrape the tongue. It not only removes the bacteria from the tongue, but the cleaning sends signals to all parts of the body and stimulates the stomach and the digestive enzymes.


The begging of the day is a very important part of daily hygiene because you can learn a lot about your health and habits. Note how much your tongue is coated and how your breath smells. If it smells like last night's pizza, that means that the food has not yet been digested. If your tongue is heavily coated, that means your organism has a big amount of toxins. Maybe you had dinner too late or you consumed difficult for digesting food. If so, you better skip breakfast.


You will find out that this daily routine develops your consciousness. By sticking to it, you will establish contact with your body and easily monitor its way of operating. This knowledge allows you to take better care of your health by changing your behavior in the right way.


Make a gargle twice a day (in the morning and in the evening) with warm sesame oil to strengthen the teeth, gums, and jaws to improve your voice and remove wrinkles from your cheeks. Then, drop a few drops in each nostril to clean the sinuses, eyesight and your mind. The nose is the door to the brain.


Before you take a shower, cream your body with the same oil for a few minutes. It calms the nervous system and is perceived as a cure for overburdened nerve system. The shower cleans up the body and cheers you up.


Every person should regularly do physical exercises with quantity and intensity compatible with one’s needs and capabilities. They are very important at any age in order to stimulate the movement of the chi (prana) all over the body and to stimulate blood circulation, vitality, and digestive ability.


The lack of exercises and too many exercises can equally cause problems. The first one reflects on the stagnation of chi and people suffer from irritability, depression, muscle stiffness, indigestion, and poor colon cleansing. When a person does too many exercises, one’s muscles absorb the available chi and nutrients available, leading to body hunger and bone deprivation. Yoga stretching is convenient for everyone. Ayurveda recommends people to exercises at the middle of one’s capabilities and not to overwhelm. Once you finish exercising, sit down for three minutes and take some deep breaths and try to calm your mind or meditate.

Remember to breathe deeply throughout the whole day.


Then, it is time to enjoy your breakfast and be ready for the new day. Take your meditative mind with you and on the way to work and school realize every step you take. When you look at your boss or colleague, also take a look at yourself. This way your work will turn into meditation and you will realize that you are watching others with compassion and greater awareness.

Lunch

Around lunchtime, you will feel hungry. Have soup and any salad or rice with vegetables. Remember that is good to eat healthily and consciously. Don’t drink water or any other drink during your meal. Eat in a relaxed environment or create it yourself. Keep your spine upright. When it is upright, energy flows up and you keep your awareness.

After you finish work, it's good to spend a few minutes alone (in the park or garden, near the river, or by the sea). Listen to the sound of the water, the birds, the rustling leaves, the dogs barking. While listening to all the noises around you, you develop your meditative mind.

That way every day becomes a divine experience. Every day becomes a holiday, turns into something new. That's why keeping the daily routine is so important. The discipline creates the conditions to develop your awareness, to be open-minded and fresh.

Evening

Have your dinner around 6 pm. The late dinner will change the body chemistry, brake your sleep and in the morning you won’t wake up rested. You can cook a healthy meal with the ayurvedic recipes. Do not watch TV while eating. When you eat consciously there is no danger of eating too much. You will consume only as much as you really need.

After dinner, wash the dishes while singing something, be happy and smile. Finally, before you go to bed, take a few minutes to meditate. Sit quietly and mind your breathing. In the pauses between breaths, you will meet emptiness, and the emptiness is energy and mind.

Allow the mind to deal with your problems. This way, you will start and finish the day with meditation, and the meditation will be with you even during the deep sleep.

Perhaps the most important relationship we need to heal is the one with ourselves. If we are not happy with ourselves, we will not find peace in our relationships with others.


About the author

Lilia Asenova

Ayurvedic Nutrition Adviser

Graduated Ayurvedic Nutrition School in London and with 15 years of experience in Ayurvedic healthy and healing nutrition. Lilia is a content consultant for media, owned by a big pharmaceutical company.



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