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Ayurveda in Daily Life
Dina Charya
The daily regime or routine is called Dincharya in Sanskrit. According to Ayurveda to maintain a healthy and disease free life one should follow a daily routine or schedule. It is important to follow a daily regime in order to be optimally healthy. Everyday two cycles of change passes through us, each bringing a Vata, Pitta, or Kapha predominance.

In Sanskrit the daily routine is called the Dinacharya. Din means `day` and acharya means `to follow` or `close to`. To be close to the day in this respect actually means to merge your daily cycle with the natural cycle of the Sun, Moon, Earth, and the other planets in our Solar system. The reason for this is that your most healthy and happy state is your most natural state, and vices versa. Intrinsic to this natural state is the basic intelligence of everything from how a baby should take its first step to how the sperm should enter the egg to conceive the baby in the first place, to how a cell should remember when to live and when to die.

Dinacharya is one of the best things that you can do to stay in balance, prevent disease and treat almost any disease. The Ayurvedic Rishis considered daily routine to be a stronger healing force than any other curative medicine and so devoted initial chapters in their books to this.

Today`s society is so alienated from Nature. Who knows what day of the cycle the moon is in? To really heal you must return to balance and know your place in the Universe. One way to describe the daily cycle is in terms of the doshas, Vata, the air element; Pitta, the fire element; and Kapha, the water element. Vata is dominant from 2 to 6 in the morning and afternoon. Kapha is dominant from 6 to 10 in the morning and evening, and Pitta is dominant during mid day and midnight. Keep in touch with these energies during the day and move with them, not against them. 

Waking
From 2 until 6, or until dawn, the Vata element is dominant. Sometime during this period before dawn you should wake up. In Ayurveda the night is divided into 16 periods from sunset to sunrise. The ideal time to arise is during the 14th period which is about 2 hours before dawn, around 4:30 to 5. This is the time when there is the most sattva in the air. It is the most fresh and pure time of the day. Some exceptions to this rule of rising are the very young, the old, parents with small children, and people with fevers or diarrhea.

Realization
Take a moment to see your true nature. Remember what you are. Fall into That. 

Breathe
Take a short stroll outside and soak up the good vibes.

Elimination
As soon as possible empty your colon and bladder. If you wait until later in the morning or during the day you are slowly poisoning yourself and creating an opportunity for chronic conditions to arise.

Clean the Senses
It is guaranteed that your view of the world and of yourself will change if you purify your senses everyday. Wash the eyes with rose water and Triphala to purify the sight. Wash your ears and apply a tiny amount of sesame or almond oil in them to purify your hearing. Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue with a tongue cleaner to purify your mouth and sense of taste.

You can monitor the condition of your body by observing the coating on your tongue every morning. Gargle with warm water or herbal tea or a quarter cup of sesame oil to purify your voice and strengthen your teeth. Finally do Jal neti and put a little oil in your nose to purify the sinuses and your sense of smell. The traditional Dinacharya also recommends that you inhale the smoke of medicinal herbs every morning to purify the mind, head, face, neck and lungs.

Oil Massage
Abhyanga is the name for oil massage. The morning abhyanga is typically a self massage. It is one of the main ways that Ayurveda keeps us strong and prevents us from aging. A major part of aging is the drying out of tissue that results in slower transport of nutrients into the cell and body and toxic wastes out of the body. Oil massage removes this dryness, removes stagnated flows and organs, and nurtures your mind and your body. It also makes your skin look great if you use the right oil. More information on Ayurveda Aromatherapy Abhyanga & Massage Oils.

Exercise
Vyayama is the name for physical exercise. This is usually yoga but it can be anything including a walk, tai chi, a swim or whatever. This early morning exercise removes stagnation in the body mind, strengthens the digestive fire, reduces fat and gives you an overall feeling of lightness and Joy as it fills your body with good Prana. It is not to be strenuous, no quarter mile sprints or racquetball, but more meditative and easy.

In fact, exercising at one fourth to one half of your capacity is recommended. You want long deep breaths to absorb the Prana, not short quick shallow breaths. Too much exercise will aggravate Vata and the blood and imbalances will follow. The exercise will also help the oil that you just put on soak deep into your body and nourish all your tissues.

Bathing
After exercise bath to remove any excess oil and dirt. Both showers and bathtubs are recommended in the classics. Usually warm water baths are suggested, but care should be taken not to put very warm water on the neck and head, as this will throw you off balance. Bathing increases the digestive fire, especially if the water is a little cold. Put on clean clothing after the bath and apply essential oils as you wish.

Some always put a tilak on their forehead with sandalwood oil and use lavender instead of deodorant. This is also the time to put on your gems if you want. Gems and good clothes can increase intelligence and longevity, destroy inauspiciousness and attract good vibes. The point is that you finish the bath feeling and looking so great that you are ready to face even God. And indeed that is next.

Meditation
For a few minutes to an hour sit down and see who you really are, focus on focus, put your attention on Awareness. See and Be only Consciousness. This is the most important aspect of Dinacharya. The whole day, indeed the whole world, revolves around this. Simply be quiet. Sit in Peace as Peace for just a little while.

Breakfast
Take a light breakfast. Some like to drink a thick fruit-spirulina-herb-bee pollen-etc drink for breakfast. Western science has studied the aging process for some time and has come up with only one practice that is definitely anti-aging. This is to minimize calories while maximizing nutrients. Think of this when you are deciding what to eat and fill your mind with gratitude and Love for your food as you eat. Also, you may think that nobody does fire ceremonies anymore, but according to Ayurveda every time you eat you are offering your food to the fire of digestion so that this fire can carry the offering to the gods, and that is you.

Study/Work/Travel
Do what you do from now until noon.
Lunch (10:30-12:30)
O.K. You got up six or seven hours ago; you ate only a light breakfast. Now you are really hungry. This is great. If you want to really digest your food well it is best to put it on a hot fire and hunger indicates that you have one ready to go. Eating food before the previous meal is digested is considered one of the main causes of disease. It is also one of the hardest habits to get out of in our society where there is so much food everywhere. This is the main meal of the day so eat a healthy nutritious meal that has moderate calories. After the meal it is good to take a little walk, a couple hundred steps only, to help the food diges

Study/Work/Travel
Do what you do from now until supper

SunDown
Sundown is a special time of balance between day and night. In this balance it is easier for your mind to stop long enough so that you can see your Self. This is the time for evening prayers and meditations in many cultures around the world.

Dinner Eat around 6 to 7. This meal should be lighter than lunch. In fact, people doing spiritual practices often skip it entirely so that their early morning practices are crystal clear instead of having their awareness dulled and loaded down because dinner is still being processed. After dinner take a Peaceful walk with family and friends.

Ease
From dinner to bedtime just take it easy. Spend time with family, read, and relax.

Bedtime
Around 10 go to sleep so that you can get 6 to 7 hours of sleep before 4:30 am. A good practice is to massage the soles of your feet with a calming oil before going to bed. This will calm your system and promote well being. And remember to take your Triphala before sleep. It is also a good time to take your calming calcium citrate for strong bones and nerves. In the evening is the time to make Love with your Beloved, in a beautiful nurturing uplifting merging. Men should try not to ejaculate, as this loss of sperm means a loss of vital energy in the form of Ojas.

Ritu Charya (Seasonal Regimen) This word is the combination of two words i.e. Ritu meaning seasons and `Charya meaning routine`, thus giving the complete term the meaning of the routine that is to be followed in different seasons.