dinacharya - TAP INTO YOUR NATURAL RHYTHM
Dinacharya is a Sanskrit word made up of 'dina,' meaning day, and 'acharya,' meaning activity or routine.
So, dinacharya is nothing but a designed daily routine that helps maintain the health and well-being of the mind and body with a set of day-to-day activities.
Ayurveda suggests that one should follow the circadian rhythm, which is the body's internal clock or the sun's clock. It encourages rising with the sun and going to bed closer to sunset. The three doshas — Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are accountable for our physical, mental, and emotional components. Dinacharya effectively regulates each dosha’s biological clock, thus, helping establish a healthy constitution.
A dinacharya can help uplift your mood, and improve your mental and physical well-being. It comprises routine activities like waking up 48 mins before sunrise, evacuating bowels and bladder, tooth brushing and tongue scraping, abhyangam (oil massage), vyayam (exercise), bathing and strolling, etc. These rituals might feel overwhelming when you start, but they are essential elements if you want a functional morning routine.
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A Sneak Peek into suggested Dinacharya (lifestyle regime) for different doshas
If you are Vata-dominant and want to keep your dosha in balance.
Start with body and hair oil massages that help calm the mind and with hair growth.
A Vata-dominant person should take oils, good fats, protein, and calcium-rich foods.
Grounding practices like deep breathing, slow thinking, pranayama, and yoga are key for a vata person.
If you are Pitta-dominant and want to keep your dosha in balance.
Avoid excess spices that can cause acidity, acne, ulcers, or nausea.
It is advised to opt for ghee in regular cooking that helps counteract the heaty properties of Pitta.
Lepanam (herbal body paste) works best for a Pitta person to help enhance the overall skin complexion and glow.
If you are Kapha-dominant and want to keep your dosha in balance.
Swedanam (steaming therapy) works best for a Kapha person since it helps improve metabolic health.
Practice short walks throughout the day and avoid sitting for longer hours.
Using herbal medicated powders for dry massage can help a Kapha-dominant person with lymphatic drainage and maintain a healthy weight.