Setting a Daily Schedule, Ayurveda Style

Smooth-Touch-Workspace-1300x866Studying Ayurveda has helped me understand the benefits of proper diet and lifestyle, but that doesn’t make me immune to the lure of delicious snacks and late nights (leading to late mornings).

Ayurveda thoughtfully lays out the optimal times to eat, sleep, and exercise to maximize health and energy each day (called dinacharya). By following the flow of nature–going to bed when it’s dark, waking up before it’s light, eating when you’re hungry, drinking when you’re thirsty–you are at your healthiest, most energetic, and feel your best. 

That said, a demanding full-time job, patients, exercise, and social life often foil my best-laid plans. In an ideal world (and when I’m my most disciplined), this is the routine I follow to feel my best.

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Defy the Aging Process with Abhyanga

Ahh-bhyangha.

Ahh-bhyanga.

Ah, youth. In the kapha time of life, which occurs from birth to puberty, synovial fluid is there to lubricate our joints, collagen makes our skin plump, and moisture in our eyes keeps them bright.

But as we age, vata increases and saps moisture and lubrication from our bodies which creates cracking in joints, wrinkles, and dry eyes, to name a few symptoms.

A practice called abhyanga (or self oil massage) can help us by replacing some of the lost moisture, lubricating joints, and keeping skin looking radiant–especially in winter.

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For the Ladies: Relief for That Time of the Month

Embrace your lady vacation.

Embrace your ladies vacation.

Ladies vacation. Lady times. The crimson wave. That time of the month.

Whatever name you use for menstruation, Ayurveda offer lifestyle, diet, and exercise tips that will bring relief. If it wasn’t obvious, this one is for the ladies out there.

Minimal exercise

This is one of the most important bits of advice I learned during my studies. I used to hike, run, do handstands, and never take a break when that time of the month came. And I paid the price.

Apana vayu is the body’s downward energy that moves urine, feces, sperm, and menstrual blood out of the body. Exercise during your period increases vata dosha and disturbs this downward flow. By not honoring your body’s need to rest, increased vata can cause cramps, pain, clotting, and more serious lady disorders.

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