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Get some advice from Australasia's most experienced ayurvedic practitioner, Dr. S. Ajit (BAMS, PCAS).
Ayurveda, to maintain good health, we should strive to live life in harmony
with Mother Nature. Living in accordance with the natural laws of the universe
is about continually adjusting our bodies to an ever-changing environment. Being
in tune with nature also means being in tune with our unique nature or prakriti, as it is called in Ayurveda.
The food you eat, the exercise you take, the sleep you need, and the type of
climate you live in must all be suited to your constitution.
A daily routine is
essential for maintaining good health and elevating our body, mind and one’s consciousness
to a higher level of functioning. This not only helps to maintain our good
health and act as a preventative. These routines help to correct ailments one
suffers from at the root level. These routines will help to fix the root cause
and bring the bodily intelligence back, rejuvenate all the tissues affected by
We must remember that
whatever we are doing has doshic characteristics and, according to Ayurveda,
routine plays a key role in health. It’s important to start the day in a way
that complements our doshic constitution.
However, there are
certain daily rituals that we should all practise.
All these principles
if given serious thought have a very deep and authentic reasoning. As we know
the time is moving and so are the bodily forces. There is a definite relation between time and
these forces. Either it is day or night time, winter or summer season time or
sun and moon time and all these have a definite effect on our body. Once we
understand this, we can see the rationale behind this daily routine.
Wake up time
The time of day and night play a vital role in one’s wellbeing. It
is always wise to rise early because the last third of the night is governed by
Vata intelligence and Vata type sleep is characterised by vivid dreams and
prevents full rest. If one wakes up and
meditates at this time, disturbance to the mind is minimised. Also, Prana is more easily controlled during
such periods and greater spiritual advancement can be achieved.
Vata, with its quality of movement, encourages excretion when it is
balanced, and evacuation of the bladder and bowels easier at this time of day.
As urine and stool are two natural wastes and timely expulsion of these helps
to cleanse the bodily system naturally.
Some diseases originate at the junction of the Doshas and sunrise is
the junction of Vata and Kapha periods.
Arising and moving about at this time helps prevent an increase of Kapha
in both the body and mind. One always
feels light, alert and fresh when awaking early, and dull, heavy, slow and
lethargic if wakening late in Kapha time, and these qualities remain throughout
the day no matter how good exercise actually one does.
One of the most important benefits of waking up during Vata
intelligence is to provide more oxygen to the body and mind naturally. As Vata
intelligence directs the breath, all inhalation and exhalation as well. Vata
intelligence also dominates in the environment all that time one can take more
fresh air and revitalise the bodily cells. Waking up early also promotes the
mind to be more clearer, calm and alert.
The best time to wake up is between 4.30 – 5.30 am but those who
cannot do this must try to be up by at least 6.30am.