5 Day Challenge to Nourish Your Mind, Body and Soul
Discover a powerful daily routine that will boost your energy and help you feel vibrant in 5 simple steps!
✓ The importance of living in harmony with the rhythms of nature
✓ How to tune your body to the natural circadian rhythm and create lasting healthy habits
✓ Understand your Ayurvedic mind-body type for healthy happier life
✓ A morning Yoga class to practice in the comfort of your own home
✓ A Delicious Ayurvedic recipe to nourish your mind, body & soul
How to Live in Harmony with the Rhythm of Nature – Ayurveda and the Circadian Rhythm
Ayurveda is all about living in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
In this blog, we’ll talk about the circadian rhythm.
The circadian rhythm is our internal clock and runs on a 24 hour cycle that help regulate the body and maintain homeostasis.
When it gets disturbed due to irregular meal times, work schedules, sleep pattern or elimination, your immune system gets weakened and you might experience imbalances, feel lethargic, lack focus and clarity and so on.
Ayurveda breaks the day into six four-hour zones which is essentially the daily cycles of Dosha and these cycles are the same whichever Dosha you are. (If you don’t know your mind-body type, Dosha, take my Dosha quiz now!)
6am – 10am: Kapha
The day starts at sunrise and the cool, heavy, earthy Kapha dominates between 6am to 10 am.
This is the best time for exercise and physical labour before the sun is providing its peak heat.
Kapha is heavy and supports greater physical strength but also you might feel tired and sluggish when you wake up later at Kapha time because of its heavy energy.
10am – 2pm: Pitta
The middle of the day from 10 am to 2 pm belongs to Pitta, the hot, sharp, and fiery “king of digestion”.
This is the best time of the day to eat your biggest meal, as the Pitta or digestive fire or “agni” in Sanskrit, is the strongest at midday. Make sure you include both protein and carbs in your lunch.
2pm – 6pm: Vata
Light, dry, airy Vata rules the afternoon, from 2 pm until 6 pm.
This is the best time for mental and creative energy, as the nervous system is more active.
6pm – 10pm: Kapha
From 6pm, we move again from Vata to Kapha.
Where the morning Kapha period is for waking up, the evening one is for calming down, releasing the day’s activities in preparation for a restorative night’s rest. It’s a good time to exercise but not vigorously. I would recommend restorative yoga and meditation, or go for a walk in nature.
10pm – 2am: Pitta
Pitta increases again from 10pm – 2am.
This is the best time to be sleeping. This time around, Pitta is not intended to digest food, but to cleanse our system. If you are constantly up and awake during this time, the cleansing process will be disturbed. Therefore it’s good to get to sleep before 10pm.
2am – 6am: Vata
Vata increases again from 2am – 6am.
The nervous system begins to stir during this time before the sun rises. This is the best time to sleep deeply and naturally wake up before the sunrise and the heavy Kapha time.
Take note of these cycles tomorrow and see how you can adjust your day to work with the rhythm of your internal clock and start to notice the benefits!