To Ayurveda – a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India – food is life, nourishes body, soul and spirit and nourishing yourself is much more than just eating food. To ayurveda everything we eat, hear, see, feel, speak and inhale is food.

So you must have noticed that you may eat well, but you may not feed well. And believe me, this can be the source of much unrest and imbalances with which you live. To achieve a state of balance and enjoy the health we must (among other things) follow a daily routine, the Dinacharya – Sanskrit term used to practice conscious daily habits.

Ayurveda tells us that we are directly connected with nature, we are part of  It and thats why we must respect the natural biological cycles and be aware of our attitudes and behavior. Although every being is unique and has specific needs according to your Dosha (constitution), moment of life and routine there are some basic recommendations to achieve a balance.

To start the day we should get up before sunrise, around one or half an hour before. This time is an auspicious moment of the day, where the universe is still quiet and peaceful. Soon after we do some kind of spiritual connection (whether any religion or just to express a sense of gratitude for the new day) and then brush the teeth and scrape the tongue with a scraper to remove impurities and toxines that accumulate during the night.

Take a glass of warm water with a few drops of lemon, massage the body with proper oil for your Dosha and then bathe. It is recommended in the morning to practice some exercise – it can be yoga or not- fasting or light breakfast. Meditate and only then take a breakfast, it should be a lightweight and easy meal to be digested. Here then are you going to perform daily activities, reserving a time for lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m, time when the Agni, the digestive fire, is more active. Lunch according to Ayurveda should be the main meal of the day.

Dinner should be done between 6 p.m and 8 p.m and should be a light meal that does not compromise the quality of sleep. Before bedtime is advisable to hear a harmonic music or reciting mantras and making reflections on the day to calm the energies and prepare mind and body for sleep period that should be before 22:30.

Reading all this seems a difficult and unattainable task but it is not. You will not acquire such habits from one day to the next, but will adding one by one and making necessary adjustments in the race routine that all lead today. And soon you will see the overall result, the balance settling, sleep becoming deep and restorative, the body abandoning the routine pains and the mind becoming light and quiet.

Om Shanti