#3 – Dinacharya; the value of routine



Dinacharya – Ayurvedic Prescriptions for Daily Routine

“Dina” means day and “acharya” to follow or be close to. Dinacharya is a simple way to enhance your health and well-being. When you practice dinacharya, you will be aligned with cosmic rhythms and experience greater bliss or “ananda.”

Simple tools for your daily routine:

  • Wake up before sunrise at vata time. This time has the most saatvik energy. It is also a good time for elimination. Do not suppress urges to eliminate—this includes yawning, sneezing and flatulence etc.
  • Washing the body is a way to purify the senses and to purify the soul. After brushing the teeth, scrape the tongue and then swish 2 tbsp of sesame oil in your mouth for 5-8 minutes. Wash your eyes with rose water.
  • Exercise or vyayama is an important aspect of your dinacharya. Exercising regularly strength and stamina, and strengthens immune function, improves circulation and reduces fat. Exercise 50% to your capacity. Yoga, swimming and walking are great forms of exercise.
  • Then follows a self-abhyanga. Abhyanga is one of the best ways to ground yourself and to enhance your immunity. Take a warm shower or bath afterwards. And wear clean clothes and use essential oils for fragrances.
  • Meditation is one of the most important aspects of your dinacharya. Practice some form of meditation for 20 minutes each day. After this, you can have a light breakfast. Fruit is a great way to break your fast.
  • After your breakfast, you are ready to practice your dharma. During this time, take time to nurture your relationships and cultivate gratitude.
  • Lunch should be the heaviest meal of the day. Eat slowly, consciously, and savor your food. Enjoy the company of people you love.
  • Continue on with your dharmic duties till evening. Do your prayers and meditation at sundown. This is a time for reflection and silence. Dinner should be light such as soup and rice. Finish dinner by 7p.m.
  • It is best if lights are out by 10p.m. Listen to soft music or read inspiring books after dinner or talk a brief stroll. Massage your feet with warm oil if you are unable sleep.

Remember, great health and bliss comes from a foundation of discipline and self-awareness. Connect to the divine each day and practice your dinacharya and enjoy greater well-being and happiness.  Most of all, enjoy your life!

Aparna Khanolkar is an Ayurvedic lifestyle and culinary coach in Santa Barbara. She also travels to the LA region to coach and to teach workshops. She teaches Vedic cooking classes in Santa Barbara and is available for phone consults.
Contact her at 805-698-5630 or aparna@themistressofspice.com