Ayurveda has always been talking about good food and lifestyle. When it comes to lifestyle, Ayurveda has beautifully explained about how we should spend a day or night or season etc. Today we talk about dincharya , which means the daily regimen for healthy and happy living.
Dincharya is explained in many ancient ayurveda text. Mostly it emphasize on preventive aspect of health. Healthy person should have the balance state of all three doshas, seven tissues , three waste and a good digestive fire along with the pleasent mind , soul and sense organs.
Starting a day with Wakeup
The best time to wakeup from bed is brahma muhurta. Brahma muhura is the early hour of dawn. Approximately 45minutes before the sunrise, however some author advice it as 96minutes before sunrise which is around 4:25 AM. This time is for a healthy individual. If one is unhealthy or diseased, person may not need to wake up early in the morning ans should follow their physician’s advice.
Cleansing procedure (Saucha Vidhi)
It includes the natural urges and cleaning the parts as well. For healthy person, one should eliminate the natural urges like faeces and urine , facing north in the morning hours and south in the night. For hygiene, Ayurveda advice to be silent, while defecation. And also one should be careful not to do it forcefully. Suppressing the natural urges leads to imbalance of vata, which can result in number of diseases.
Cleansing of teeth (Danta Dhawan)
Ayurveda has mentioned different plants to use as a toothbrush. It includes the size , taste and the character of the twig of a plant. And one should brush the teeth early in the morning as well as immediately after having food without causing pain or injury to the gums. Ayurveda text Astanga sangraha explains the procedure for brushing the tooth, which I will write in next article. Also there are some contraindication for tooth brush like in case of cough, fever and vomiting etc one should not brush teeth early morning.
Eye is one of the most complex and sensitive organ. So as to care it, rasanjana (Prepared from Berberis aristata darvi kwath) is to be applied once in a week to balance the vitiated kapha for keeping th vision clear. And as a daily anjana, sauviranjana (Antimony sulphide) as collyrium is excellent to protect eyes. There are many advantages on doing so.
After anjana, naavana actions (nasya or nasal administration), gandusa (mouth gargle), dhumpaan (inhalation of medicated fumes) and tambula sevana (Paan chewing are also to be conducted)
Abhyanga and Vyayama (Body Massage and Exercise)
Exercise is integral part of healthy living, whereas abhyanga helps to delay aging, relieves fatigue and mitigates vata if done appropitately on right time. Exercise increase vata whereas massage balance it. So this combination is really amazing to experience benifits without having any side effects. Ayurveda also contratindicates exercise for children, aged person , person suffering from indigestions and one suffering from vata and pitta disorder.
Normal bath with hot water gives strength to the body but head bath decrease the strength of the hair follicles and eyes. Hence head bath with hot water is contraindicated. Also ayurveda advice not to have a bath in the rivers and ponds when the water is insufficient and naver take bath nakedly.
Sadhvritta (Regimen of right conduct)
It includes, taking balanced and wholesome diet, not to suppress natural urges, never do any work at the time of urge, and treat the disease as soon as possible. Right moral is very important for happiness, therefore one must always pursue right conduct. One should care for near and dear one and wicked person should be kept at distance.
न पीसयेदिन्द्रियानणि न चैतान्यति लालयेत् । Astanga Hridaya ch1.29
Which means one should neither afflict the sense organ (eyes, ears etc.) too much nor let them remain inert
There are many more advices, which now hasd converted into Law.
These things mentioned back thousands of years are still helpful for health , happy and conscious living.
Reference:- Astanga Samgraha (First chapter of sutrasthan)