Do you want to start the new year fresh? Work towards a more balanced lifestyle? Get rid of that foggy mind in the morning and sense of heaviness? Want to start your day more structured and balanced so that you can take that into the rest of your day and don’t feel so scattered and unstable? Then, what you need is an Ayurvedic routine. A what? ….. Just keep reading 🙂
Ayurveda means the science of life, meaning that the science is focused on maintaining life, instead of curing disease. I hear you thinking: isn’t that the same? No, not at all. Ayurveda takes life as its starting point, modern allopathic medicine takes disease as starting point: meaning only when we get sick, we start to look how to get better. Ayurveda is more preventive: creating such a healthy and strong body & mind that disease has no platform to settle into. That is why Ayurveda puts such emphasis on the ordinary day-to-day: our daily lifestyle, how and what we eat, what we engage ourselves with, our relationships, in other words: how we carry ourselves from day to day. Because we all know: dis-ease in most cases does not settle in from one day to another. No, it builds up through poor habits that we act out on regular, if even daily basis.
Ayurveda recognises three different bio-forces: Vata, Pitta and Kapha and that over the time spam of a day each of these bio-forces prevail in specific time frames and reinforce their ‘power’ upon the macrocosmos and us as microcosmos (as we are nothing but a reflection of the whole). Concretely this means:
6 – 10 am: Kapha prevails
10 am – 2 pm: Pitta prevails
2 – 6 pm: Vata prevails
6 – 10 pm: Kapha prevails
10 pm – 2 am: Pitta prevails
2 – 6 am: Vata prevails
If you are more familair with the characteristics of these three bio forces we can see, and feel how each dosha plays their power in its time frame. (note: know that these time frames are not as fixed as they are stated here, depending on distance from the equator, the distance to the sun, the seasons etc, these time frames differ somewhat. For example, the Vata time in winter will end somewhat later – towards 7 am – and somewhat earlier in midst of summer – towards 5:30 am. These time frames given here are just general standards which can perfectly be taken as point of departure).
In the early morning between (2 and 6 am) Vata prevails. The light and mobile qualities of Vata effects the mind and body and in that way slowly help us to naturally wake up, preferably somewhat before sunrise. Vata also governs the senses, especially sound, as thus we become susceptible for the sounds around us: we can hear that rooster crowing: time to get up!
Then 6 – 10 am Kapha prevails. Kapha has slow, stable, dull, heavy characteristics. No wonder that in the morning these qualities are reflected within our body and mind. Our body and mind might feel heavy, we move slow, we need time to get started etc etc.
From 10 am – 2 pm, as the sun starts to rise higher, also the body and mind warms up and we become more active and productive. Pitta energy provides us the lightness, sharpness, warmth and focus to get active, concentrate on our jobs and also to optimize our digestive power. Because Pitta being the governer of transformation in the body is the motor behind proper assimilation of the food you take in. Make use of it and eat your main meal of the day during mid day!
These three are some examples of how you can experience the power of a certain dosha during a specific time of the day. Since we are all unique individuals, we could all experience the expressions of these doshas throughout the day somewhat different. A first exploration would be to keep a diary for a week and note down during the different time frames how you feel: temperature, energy, level of appetite, mood, concentration/productivity, body symptoms: just anything that you observe (really feel!). When analysing your diary you might get more grip on the ‘problem zones’ in your day: and thus: the problem dosha! All tthis can be very useful information for your next step: counterbalance the prevailing dosha during that specific time frame….. Say what?! Hold on……. just keep reading.
When we know what dosha prevails during a specific time of day, and we know its qualities, we can apply the golden rule of Ayurveda to it:
“Like attracts like and opposites balance”. Meaning that we need to look at the qualities of the prevailing dosha and take opposite qualities to balance them out.
For example: during that morning time 6 – 10 am, when Kapha prevails and we feel heavy and sloppy and slow, we need to look at the qualities of Kapha: cool, slow, heavy, stable, dull) and bring in its opposites: meaning warmth, movement and activity. Have you ever noticed that if you wake up in time and get active soon after that you feel a lot better and energetic throughout the rest of the day? That is because you have countered Kapha in the morning!
Have you ever noticed that when you slept in late, even through the whole of Kapha time, that you just feel soooo heavy waking up and do not feel able to loose that dullness the rest of the day? That means Kapha has won you over…..
You see the logic behind it? That is why I love Ayurveda, you come a looong way with common sense 🙂
However, we could at times also USE the qualities of a dosha during a specific time frame. Lets stay with the morning 6 – 10 am Kapha time. At this time of day the mind is more heavy and stable, making it a perfect time for meditation, where we need a stable mind. If during that meditation in no time you fall asleep you know that you first need some yoga or a walk through the parc to activate the body and mind slightly, so that when you sit down Kapha has come to the right level to meditate.
I would like to invite you to reflect upon the rhythms of your day and see where you can improve: where do you need to counter and where can you work in a beneficial way with the qualities of the specific dosha prevailing?
Of course this can be a challenging exercise and you might want to ask for my help to sort this out together. I can help you to gain more insight and create a daily routine that will balance you balance your doshas and improve your health. For more info, feel free to contact me. Know that a good daily routine is the basis for a healthy life.
Start your new year empowered! Happy, healthy 2020!