The word Dinacharya comes from two Sanskrit words. In Sanskrit, din means ‘day’ and charya means ‘behavior’ or ‘discipline,’ or simply ones daily routine. When we follow dinacharya, or a daily routine as recommended by Ayurveda, we maximize our potential to maintain our healthiest selves. By following Ayurveda’s dinacharya we sync ourselves with the natural daily and seasonal cycles of the earth.
Did you know your hormones naturally rise and fall with the cycles of the sun and moon? And that all plants and animals on earth are naturally in sync with these cycles? Since modern times, humans have become out of sync with the earth’s natural cycles. We follow sporadic daily schedules. We wake up after the sun rises and stay up late at night under bright lights. We make many daily choices that are not that healthy for us.
A key concept of Ayurveda is to live a happy and healthy life by maintaining healthy, balanced doshas. When we start feeling the symptoms of illness, it means that vata, pitta, or kapha have already become unbalanced. The main purpose of Dinacharya is to help the doshas maintain a balanced mind and body.
The nature of the doshas is to become impure or unbalanced. Everything affects the doshas: what we eat, when we sleep, our daily activities, age, relationships, and especially climate and weather. All these things affect how the doshas move, either toward health or illness. If a person regularly wakes up after sunrise, it increases kapha dosha, and over time kapha becomes imbalanced. The opposite is also true if a person regularly goes to sleep late. It will increase vata dosha and over time vata becomes imbalanced.
The purpose of Dinacharya is to maintain a healthy balance between vata, pitta, and kapha. Click here to take a dosha quiz.
Achieving a balance between the doshas is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Dinacharya has a set of rules that applies to most healthy people, and this is where everyone should start. It takes time to incorporate healthy changes, so take things slowly.