Daily Routine

The Daily Routine
 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. ~ Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic Physician

Ayurvedic Daily Routine (Dinacharya)
1. Get up before the sun comes up or at least very close to it. This will bring peace of mind and give your body a chance to harmonize with the rhythms of the sun. The sun rise varies with the season of course, but as a general rule, vata people should get up about 6 a.m., pitta people by 5.30 a.m., and kapha by 4.30 a.m.
2. Brush your teeth in the morning and at night right before bed with herbal toothpaste. If you are able, also brush after each meal.  
3. Clean the face, mouth, and eyes. Splash some cold (not freezing) water in your face. Avoid harsh chemical face cleaners. Instead use organic soap such as Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild.
4. Drink a glass of warm water. This will clean the digestive tract and encourage a bowel movement. I also add 1/2 tsp triphala to warm water.
5. Scrape your tongue daily (only in the morning) with a tongue scraper. This stimulates your digestive system and removes toxins (ama). Never brush your tongue with a toothbrush, as it pushes toxins and bacteria even further into your system and you don’t want that!  
6. Gargle with oil. Use room-temperature organic sesame oil for Vata, Sunflower oil for Pitta and Kapha. Hold and swish in your mouth for about 5 minutes, then spit it out. You may notice that the oil is now a white foam, which is good. Here is a great website I found for more information.
7.  Meditate and do Yoga.  If possible do this in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before bed. 
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.
8. Shower or take a bath. Apply some oil before the shower (Vata, Pitta) and dry massage for Kapha.
9. Nasal Drops (Nasya). Put 3-5 drops of warm sesame oil or Nasya oil into each nostril in the morning. This lubricates the nose, cleans the sinuses,  helps with your vision and brings mental clarity. Our nose is the door to the brain, so nose drops nourish prana and bring intelligence.   
10.  At least once per week, clean your nasal passages using a net pot, mixing warm water with a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt or table salt. 
11.  Eat breakfast, try to never skip it. Make a conscious effort to enjoy your breakfast in the morning. It is ok for a Kapha person to skip breakfast and instead combine breakfast and lunch!
12. Regular exercise and deep breathing** is very important, for example, yoga, fast walking, hiking or even some jogging. This improves circulation, strength and digestion. 
** Vata: Alternate nostril breathing.
Pitta: Cooling shitali breaths (curling up your tongue lengthwise and breathing through it).
Kapha: Bhastrika (short, fast breaths).
13. Eat a healthy lunch and make this your biggest meal of the day! See if you can incorporate a walk after, actually a walk after each meal is wonderful. 
14. Dinner should be light and eaten before 7 p.m.  It is best is to eat before the sun goes down as digestion naturally slows after that and you won’t be able to digest your food, which will lead to stomach upset, bad dreams and a general feeling of heaviness. 
15. Try to make it a habit to go to bed by 10 p.m.  Do not eat, watch TV or read in bed. Give yourself a self-massage before sleep.
Dosha Clock can be incorporated into the daily routine. For example, it would not be good for Pitta to exercise in the midday during summer, which is usually hottest. Kapha should not eat really early in the morning and Vata never skip breakfast.
Vata: Dawn and dusk (2 a.m. – 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Kapha: Early Morning and evening (6 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Pitta: Middle of day and midnight (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.)

If you have a daily routine already, great! If you do not and feel overwhelmed, don’t worry. Take it easy and start with one daily routine at a time, the rest will follow as you become more comfortable. You are heading into the right direction.
Have fun and enjoy your day!