Dinacharya Self Care | Daytime Routine in Ayurveda

Publication date: Oct 7, 2021

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Dinacharya Self Care | Daytime Routine in Ayurveda

The Dinacharya Self Care daytime routine typically takes place between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. It’s the time for study and/or work.

Agni (the digestive fire) is thought to be at its strongest around noon, and hence your lunch should be taken between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. This should also be the largest meal of the day.

It’s thought that the time between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. is ruled by Pitta Dosha energy, and therefore it’s better to tackle the heavy-duty tasks of the day in this period.

The time between 2:00 p.m. and 06:00 p.m. is rather influenced by Vata Dosha energy, and therefore considered a time in which it’s better to occupy yourself with creative issues and problem solving.

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In the second part of the daytime schedule (after lunch), your energy tends to diminish. It’s better not to have a nap now or eat sugary snacks, but to take a moderate walk to regain some fresh energy, and/or perhaps have a reenergizing cup of (herbal) tea.

Of course, the above depends on the type of society you live in. Let’s say, if you have a long siesta break of about four hours or so, you might as well take a nap; you’ll have plenty of time to regain energy afterwards. Yet, in these types of societies, the workday afterwards tends to be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., which is a very different routine, and subsequently harder to fit in the prescribed Dinacharya practices.


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