Ayurveda says that in order to lead a happy, healthy and contended life one needs to abide by certain rules everyday. This daily regimen or Dinacharya describes the optimum time of the day for our day to day activities.


As per Ayurveda every hour of the day has a specific Dosha predominance as indicated below:
 

First cycle:
6 a.m. to 10 a.m.  -  Kapha
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -  Pitha
2 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Vatha
Second cycle: 
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  - Kapha
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.  - Pitha
2 a.m. to 6 a.m.  - Vatha 

 

  • Wake up early. Starting a day early can refresh your body and mind, give you the ability to concentrate in everything you do and make you relaxed. Brahma Muhurtha (about 1.5 hrs before sunrise), when the Vatha element is predominant, is the best time for meditation, Yoga and exercises and is also called the ‘Time of God.’ 
  • Wash your face with cool water soon after rising. 
  • Drinking a glass of water can help in easing out the bowel movement. Proper bowel movement is essential to keep the body healthy and to avoid the deposition of toxic elements in the body. Nature’s call needs to be attended to everyday before breakfast. 
  • Brush your teeth and clean your tongue daily. 
  • Before bathing massage your body with sesame oil. Use warm water for bathing. 
  • Breakfast should be wholesome, as per your Prakriti and able to supply the body with the essential nutrients to kick-start your day. Fruits and cereals are the best options for a healthy breakfast. Do not skip breakfast, chew your food well and never have food in a hurry. 
  • The best time for lunch is between 12 noon and 1 p.m. as Pitha, the Dosha responsible for digestion is predominant during this period. Ayurveda advocates that lunch should be the heaviest meal of the day. 
  • A few minutes of rest and a short walk after lunch are recommended to aid digestion. 
  • The late afternoon is perfect for meditation. 
  • Say your prayers and meditate on God at dusk. 
  • Dinner should preferably be between 6 and 7 p.m. 
  • Go to bed early. An average of six to seven hours of sleep is required for an adult.