Your dinacharya—the Ayurvedic daily routine—is essential to providing an effective framework for harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit.
It supports the biological rhythm, healthy digestion, a strong immune system, deep sleep, and inner peace. It provides a foundation for calming the nervous system and quieting the mind.
By aligning with natural guiding principles, we tune our body’s daily rhythms to a higher governing intelligence. The daily rhythm focuses on when we wake up, when we eat, and when we sleep. The consistent timing of these daily routines provide a stable support for all body systems.
Wake up by 6 a.m. or within an hour of sunrise. Waking up with the sun promotes the body, mind, and spirit to cleanse and purify with each new day. Rising during this time encourages the morning energy, full of potentiality and clarity, offering a potent time for daily self-care and spiritual practice. The morning is your time to establish a healthy and positive quality before moving out into the world.
Say a prayer, mantra, or a positive affirmation before getting out of bed, cultivating awareness and gratitude for the new day.
Brush your teeth, removing bacteria and establishing freshness of breath.
Scrape your tongue in order to stimulate your internal organs and remove toxins and bacteria that have surfaced throughout the night.
Try oil pulling with organic sesame oil, swish in your mouth for five minutes, and spit it into the trash and not your sink. This technique is antibacterial, strengthening, and cleansing for gums and teeth. You can use this time to prepare your warm water and lemon.
Then wash your face with cold water, which is rejuvenating.
Now, it is time to drink your warm water with lemon. This is alkalizing and restoring for the body, supportive of hydration and a morning bowel movement.
Next, it is important to have a morning bowel movement, releasing toxins, heat, and impurities. It is important that the digestive system is clean and clear with each new day.
Sadhana, daily spiritual practice, such as yoga, breathwork, and meditation is an option. These practices help to strengthen and purify the body, cultivating deep peace and higher awareness.
We perform self-massage or dry brushing to invigorate the lymph, blood, and energy in the body, assisting with detox, longevity, and vitality.
Now, it is time for a shower to cleanse the body. Best practice is to only use organic products; remember, your skin is your biggest organ and permeable, so what we put on our skin goes into the body. Soup is also drying, so use only where needed, allowing for the body’s natural oils.
We should eat breakfast no later than 8 a.m. This helps in establishing a circadian rhythm for optimal time of digestion, providing nourishment and energy for the new day. Again, only eat if you are hungry; otherwise, sip on ginger tea until you are, then eat.
Lunch time can be between 12-1 p.m. This is when the sun is the highest in the sky, which is connected to our digestion. The digestion is the strongest during this time, ideally making lunch the largest meal of the day.
Dinner time can be between 6-7 p.m. Eating dinner before the setting sun supports optimal digestion and deep sleep. This should be a smaller meal, as the digestive fire is lower as seen in the setting sun. Allow two hours for digestion before lying down for sleep.
Getting to sleep by 10 p.m. is important for the body’s natural processes. Between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., the body is destressing, detoxing, and healing. It is also best to sleep during the time of darkness to avoid being influenced and stimulated by the qualities of the night that can aggravate the psyche and cause disturbances.
A daily routine is foundational to living your highest good. We are nature and nature has this beautiful rhythm every day that allows life to exist and evolve.
The more we tune into the natural guiding principles, the more we learn, the more we heal, the more we thrive.