Dinacharya of a Yogi

by Shinjini Guha January 03, 2021

Dinacharya of a Yogi

The daily routine to a holistically healthy life prescribed byAyurveda 

Ayurvedais the science of life. By science, it does not limit itself to inventing cures for illnesses but prescribing a lifestyle that ensures the wholesome development of a person. Ranging from pregnant women to ageing people,Ayurvedahas devised a systematic way of living for people that transcends all man made constructs. 

Dinacharyatranslates to ‘daily routine’ which links the body’s functioning to the cycle of the day. This routine has different time allocated for various activities like sleeping, waking up, working, eating, and spiritual activities. These time frames are divided based on the threedosha, namelyvata,kapha,pitta, where eachdoshais dominant for four hours, twice a day. 

Breakdown of the day based ondosha:

  • Vatatime: 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • This period is when one is more aware of the energies around them. It is recommended to be spiritually active by practicingyoga and meditation in the morning hours while the afternoon and evening hours are recommended for working. If you are a creative person, thevataperiod is ideal to unleash your creative energies. 

    • Kaphatime: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    The digestion process is slower during this time and one tends to feel sluggish and unproductive during these hours. In the morning, to avoid feeling dull, it is encouraged to exercise and eat easily digestible food. During the evening and night hours, one needs to relax slowly, do mild exercise, and not perform any strenuous activity. 

    • Pittatime: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    The ability to digest is at a peak during this period. This does not pertain to just food but experiences and emotions as well. During the midday, it is advised to eat the biggest meal of the day because of the digestion capacity. Even during the night, the digestion is at its peak and it aids the assimilation of everything that was consumed during the day. However, it is advisable to eat light before sleeping.

    Following these practices to the dot might not be feasible for all of us. However, some that disrupt thedinacharya need to be avoided to lead a healthy and well-balanced life. 

    Activities to avoid:

  • Staying up beyond thepittatime unless it is necessary 
  • Eating heavy meals and/or snacks post-midnight
  • Physically and mentally strenuous activities during late night hours 
  • Functioning on less than six to seven hours of sleep 
  • Skipping any meal of the day 
  • These practices ofdinacharya were formulated by pioneers ofAyurvedacenturies ago. This ancient science of life has been guiding our ancestors to lead long, healthy, and happy lives. Embracing anAyurvedicway of living can lead us in the same direction as well. 

    Shinjini Guha
    Shinjini Guha


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