Author: Dr Ranjeet Singh
According to Ayurveda, routine plays very important role in health. A natural life is a life regulated according to the individual constitution. It is best to have a daily regimen governing all daily actions such as the time one wakes up in the morning and the time one begins body purifications and meditation.
Morning routine before sunrise?
Early in the morning, preferably before sunrise one should wake up, excrete waste products and clean the teeth and mouth next one should look at the tongue, eyes, nose and throat and clean them. By examining the tongue, it is possible to detect pathological changes that may be occurring in the respective organs. After this examination, drinking a glass of warm water will help to clean the kidneys and large intestine. To clean the tongue, use a silver scraper. This process will serve to massage the tongue as well as the internal organs that correlate with the different areas of the tongue.
What one should do after completing chore?
One should then massage the body with oil and take a bath. This will reduce a sense of freshness and alertness. After the bath, put on comfortable clothes for exercise and meditation. Breathing exercises also are important in the daily regimen. After exercises, rest comfortably on the back with arms and legs outstretched breathe from the lower abdomen.
Breakfast may allow exercise and meditation. Lunch should be eaten before noon, if possible, and dinner before sunset. It is best to go to bed before 10 o’clock.
This regimen allows the flow of energy within the body and in the external environment. It is necessary at all times to remain aware of that flow in order to get the maximum benefit from your daily routine.
Other practices may be added to the routine depending on individual constitution. For example, oil massage is suggested in the evening for people of Vata constitution.
Sleeping pattern according to one’s body constitution?
Certain sleeping habits are advisable. Since the left side of a person contains female or lunar energy and the right side contains male or solar energy, the position in which one sleeps and breathes has a significant effect on the constitution and balances of energies in the body.
If one always sleeps on left side, it will suppress the lunar energy and aggravate the solar energy. The aggravation of solar energy may create Pitta in the body. So, a person of Pitta constitution should sleep on the right side. When one sleeps on the left side, lunar energy is suppressed and solar energy is opened. Sleeping in this position is recommended for Vata and Kapha types.
Suggestions for a creative, healthy life
- Awaken before sunrise.
- Evacuate bowels after awakening.
- Bathe everyday to create a sense of bodily freshness.
- 12 pranayams in the morning or evening create freshness of mind and body.
- Do not take breakfast after 8 a.m..
- Wash hands before and after eating.
- Brush teeth after meals.
- 15 minutes after meals take a short walk.
- Eat in silence with awareness of food.
- Eat slowly.
- Each day massage the gums with the finger and sesame oil.
- Fast one day a week to help reduce toxins in the body.
- Sleep before 10 p.m..
Diet and digestion
- One teaspoon of grated fresh Ginger with a pinch of salt is a good appetizer.
- Drinking lassi (buttermilk) with a pinch of Ginger or cumin powder helps digestion.
- A teaspoon of ghee with rice helps digestion.
- A glass of raw, and warm milk with Ginger taken at bedtime is nourishing to body and calms the mind.
- Overeating is unhealthy.
- Drinking water immediately before or after taking food adversely affects digestion.
- Prolonged fasting is unhealthily.
- Consuming excess water may produce obesity.
- Excess intake of cold drinks reduces resistance and creates excess mucus.
- Store water in a copper vessel or put copper pennies in the water. This water is good for liver and spleen.
- Taking a nap after lunch will increase kapha and body weight.
- If possible, gaze at the rays of Sun at down for 5 minutes daily to improve eyesight.
- Gazing at a steady flame, morning and evening for 10 minutes improves eyesight.
- Do not repress the natural urges of the body that is defecation, urination, coughing, sneezing, yawning, belching and passing gas.
- During a fever, do not eat and observe a ginger tea fast.
- Rubbing the soles of feet with sesame oil before bedtime produces a calm and quiet sleep.
- Oil massage promotes circulation and relieve excess Vata.
- Do not sleep on the belly.
- Reading in bedtime will injure the eyesight.
- Bad breath may indicate constipation, poor digestion, and unhygienic mouth and toxins in the colon.
- Body order indicates toxins in the system.
- Lying on the back of 15 minutes (shawasan) calms the mind and relaxes the body.
- Dry hair immediately after washing to prevent sinus problems.
- Blowing the nose forcibly maybe injurious to the eyes and nose.
- Continuous nose picking and scratching the anus may be a sign of worms in the body.
- Long fingernails may be unhygienic.
- Cracking the joints may be injurious to the body (causes Vata derangement).
- Repeated masturbation may be injurious to the body (causes Vata derangement).
- It is harmful to have sex during menstruation (causes deranged Vata).
- After sex, milk heated with raw cashews and raw sugar promotes strength and maintains sexual energy.
- Oral and anal sex are unhygienic (causes Vata derangement).
- Sex immediately after meals is injurious to the body.
- Avoid physical exertion such as yoga or running during menstruation.
- Fear and nervousness dissipate energy and aggravate Vata.
- Possessiveness, greed and attachment enhance Kapha.
- Worry weakens the heart.
- Hate and anger create toxins in the body and aggravate Pitta.
- Excessive talking dissipates energy and aggravates Vata.