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Dinacharya aka the Daily Routine

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

As many of you know one of the most potent medicine anyone can access is routine.


Part of my mission is to make it a buzzword.


In Sanskrit, the daily routine is called Dinacharya. ‘Din’ means 'day' and ‘acharya’ means 'to follow' or 'close to'. So, Dinacharya is an ideal daily schedule taking into account nature’s cycle. In Ayurveda, the focus is levied on the early hours of the day as it is instrumental in setting the tone of your day.


With just a few upgrades in how you enact your diet and lifestyle, you can see some serious differences in a person's quality of life.


Ayurveda believes that routine is a discipline for the body and mind complex which strengthens immunity and purifies the body of any toxins. With the help of simple healthy routines, one can clean the body and mind, balance the doshas (one's individual constitution), strengthen immunity, and start the day on a refreshing and rejuvenating note.


What we do every day does define us. From what we eat, what we consume energetically and with our other senses, what we do, what we feel, what we think...


Routine gives us a place to stand. It creates a stable foundation for our lives to flourish from.

Do you have a daily or weekly routine? For me those work best vs a monthly or yearly one. It really helps me to have daily and weekly reminders of who I really am.... a divine being having a human experience perhaps::: to sit in a space that feels familiar and peaceful and filled w care is medicine for my Soul. Routine, ritual, and magic all create space for the magic and the medicine to play::: enjoy it, celebrate with those around you that love you and honor you & ground in and vibrate out that energy. Do what makes your heart sing.

My community really brings me Joy ::: I am so thankful to be surrounded and to get to be a part of such love


Here is a great Dinacharya routine that I learned when I was studying at the College of Ayurveda at Mount Madonna:


This daily routine is basically imprinted in my being and I still use this particular one today so best to share it straight from the source, one of my Teachers, Dr. Lad


THE DAILY ROUTINE


by Vasant Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic Physician


A daily routine is absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in one's constitution. It also regularizes a person's biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.


1. Wake Up Early in the Morning


It is good to wake up before the sun rises, when there are loving (sattvic) qualities in nature that bring peace of mind and freshness to the senses. Sunrise varies according to the seasons, but on average vata people should get up about 6 a.m., pitta people by 5:30 a.m., and kapha by 4:30 a.m. Right after waking, look at your hands for a few moments, then gently move them over your face and chest down to the waist. This cleans the aura.


2. Say a Prayer before Leaving the Bed


"Dear God, you are inside of me, within my very breath, within each bird, each mighty mountain. Your sweet touch reaches everything and I am well protected.


Thank you God for this beautiful day before me. May joy, love, peace and compassion be part of my life and all those around me on this day. I am healing and I am healed."


After this prayer touch the ground with your right hand, then the same hand to the forehead, with great love and respect to Mother Earth.


3. Clean the Face, Mouth, and Eyes


Splash your face with cold water and rinse out your mouth. Wash your eyes with cool water (or one of the eye washes mentioned below) and massage the eyelids by gently rubbing them. Blink your eyes 7 times and rotate your eyes in all directions. Dry your face with a clean towel.


Tridoshic eyewash: try triphala eyewash -¼ tsp. in 1 cup water, boil for 10 minutes, cool and strain. Pitta eyewash: use cool water or rose water from organic rose petals - most commercial rose water has chemicals in it that will sting the eyes. Kapha eyewash: try diluted cranberry juice, 3-5 drops in a teaspoon of distilled water.


4. Drink Water in the Morning


Then drink a glass of room temperature water, preferably from a pure copper cup filled the night before. This washes the GI track, flushes the kidneys, and stimulates peristalsis. It is not a good idea to start the day with tea or coffee, as this drains kidney energy, stresses the adrenals, causes constipation, and is habit-forming.


5. Evacuation


Sit, or better squat, on the toilet and have a bowel movement. Improper digestion of the previous night's meal or lack of sound sleep can prevent this. However the water, followed by sitting on the toilet at a set time each day, helps to regulate bowel movements. Alternate nostril breathing may also help. After evacuation wash the anal orifice with warm water, then the hands with soap.


6. Scrape your Tongue


Gently scrape the tongue from the back forward, until you have scraped the whole surface for 7-14 strokes. This stimulates the internal organs, helps digestion, and removes dead bacteria. Ideally, vata can use a gold scraper, pitta a silver one, and kapha copper. Stainless steel can be used by all people.


7. Clean your Teeth


Always use a soft toothbrush and an astringent, pungent, and bitter toothpaste or powder. The traditional Indian toothbrush is a neem stick, which dislodges fine food particles from between teeth and makes strong, healthy gums. Licorice root sticks are also used. Roasted almond shell powder can be used for vata and kapha, and ground neem for pitta.


8. Gargling


To strengthen teeth, gums, and jaw, improve the voice and remove wrinkles from cheeks, gargle twice a day with warm sesame oil. Hold the oil in your mouth, swish it around vigorously, then spit it out and gently massage the gums with a finger.


9. Chewing


Chewing a handful of sesame seeds helps receding gums and strengthens teeth. Alternatively, chew 3-5 dried dates and an inch of dried coconut meat. Chewing in the morning stimulates the liver and the stomach and improves digestive fire. After chewing, brush the teeth again without using toothpaste or powder.


10. Nasal Drops (Nasya)


Putting 3 to 5 drops of warm ghee or oil into each nostril in the morning helps to lubricate the nose, clean the sinuses, and improve voice, vision, and mental clarity. Our nose is the door to the brain, so nose drops nourish prana and bring intelligence.


For vata: sesame oil, ghee, or vacha (calamus) oil. For pitta: brahmi ghee, sunflower or coconut oil. For kapha: vacha (calamus root) oil.


11. Oil Drops in the Ears (Karana purana)


Conditions such as ringing in the ears, excess ear wax, poor hearing, lockjaw, and TMJ, are all due to vata in the ears. Putting 5 drops of warm sesame oil in each ear can help these disorders.


12. Apply Oil to the Head & Body (Abhyanga)


Rub warm oil over the head and body. Gentle, daily oil massage of the scalp can bring happiness, as well as prevent headache, baldness, graying, and receding hairline. Oiling your body before bedtime will help induce sound sleep and keep the skin soft.


For vata use warm sesame oil. For pitta use warm sunflower or coconut oil. For kapha use warm sunflower or mustard oil.


13. Bathing


Bathing is cleansing and refreshing. It removes sweat, dirt, and fatigue, brings energy to the body, clarity to the mind, and holiness to your life.


14. Dressing


Wearing clean clothes brings beauty and virtue.


15. Use of Perfumes


Using natural scents, essential oils, or perfumes brings freshness, charm, and joy. It gives vitality to the body and improves self-esteem.


For vata the best scent to use is hina or amber. For pitta try using khus, sandalwood, or jasmine. For kapha use either amber or musk.


16. Exercise


Regular exercise, especially yoga, improves circulation, strength, and endurance. It helps one relax and have sound sleep, and improves digestion and elimination. Exercise daily to half of your capacity, which is until sweat forms on the forehead, armpits, and spine.


Vata: Sun salutation x 12, done slowly; Leg lifting; Camel; Cobra; Cat; Cow. Slow, gentle exercise. Pitta: Moon salutation x 16, moderately fast; Fish; Boat; Bow. Calming exercise. Kapha: Sun salutation x 12, done rapidly; Bridge; Peacock; Palm tree; Lion. Vigorous exercise.


17. Pranayama


After exercise, sit quietly and do some deep breathing exercises as follows:


12 alternate nostril breaths for vata; 16 cooling shitali breaths (curling up your tongue lengthwise and breathing through it) for pitta; 100 bhastrika (short, fast breaths) for kapha.


18. Meditation


It is important to meditate morning and evening for at least 15 minutes. Meditate in the way you are accustomed, or try the "Empty Bowl Meditation". Meditation brings balance and peace into your life.


19. Now it is time for your breakfast!


Your meal should be light in the hot months or if your agni is low, and more substantial in the cold. Enjoy your day!


One of the best things you can do is to wake up relaxed. This gives you a stable foundation for your day. To do this you can apply the tools of the dinacharya and see if it makes a difference to your day. I recommend giving yourself 3 months or more to see some change and then 1 year to see results that are life-changing.


As we evolve more and more fully into the Global Community that we are it is becoming more and more important to share the wisdom to the next Generations. Routine is one of those things I find so valuable and key to peace.


Here is another tool I love, a sweet little chant to begin or end a practice, ritual, or ceremony.


Mantra for Peace


ॐ द्यौः शान्तिरन्तरिक्षं शान्तिः

पृथिवी शान्तिरापः शान्तिरोषधयः शान्तिः ।

वनस्पतयः शान्तिर्विश्वेदेवाः शान्तिर्ब्रह्म शान्तिः

सर्वं शान्तिः शान्तिरेव शान्तिः सा मा शान्तिरेधि ॥

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः


Om Dyauh Shaantir-Antarikssam Shaantih

Prthivii Shaantir-Aapah Shaantir-Ossadhayah Shaantih |

Vanaspatayah Shaantir-Vishvedevaah Shaantir-Brahma Shaantih

Sarvam Shaantih Shaantir-Eva Shaantih Saa Maa Shaantir-Edhi |

Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||


Om May there be peace in the heaven and peace in the sky

May there be peace on Earth

May there be peace in the water and peace in the plants

May there be peace in Nature and Peace in the Gods

May there be peace real peace unto the whole universe

May there be real peace in all

May that peace real peace be ours

Om Peace peace peace


Meaning:

1: Om, Peace is in Sky; Peace is in Space (between Earth and Sky);

2: Peace is in Earth; Peace is in Water; Peace is in Plants;

3: Peace is in Trees; Peace is in Gods (presiding over the various elements of Nature); Peace is in Brahman (Absolute Consciousness);

4:Peace is pervading everywhere; Peace alone (which is outside) is in Peace (which is inside); May you be (established in) that Peace (and make your life fulfilled);

Dr Lad has written a wonderful book about the fundamentals of Ayurveda.

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