Back to school = back to a schedule

 

For the last week or so we have been feverishly preparing for back to school time.  We’ve been completing projects, finishing books, getting school supplies and reconnecting with friends and classmates.  It is always a little sad to bid the summer good-bye but also feels good to start a new phase.  As freeing as the summer days are with no schedule to adhere to and fewer obligations there is a sense of stability to having a set schedule.  In fact many of us, especially children, thrive when they have a set routine and schedule to keep.  This got me thinking about the daily practices that are such a big part of the Ayurveda lifestyle.  Not only are they healthy, positive, uplifting practices but simply having a routine each day that you adhere to can instill a sense of calm and a grounding we may not even be aware of.

Ayurveda teaches that our daily routine, our dinacharya, plays an important part in our health or lack thereof.  It can either strengthen our immunity and constitution or be responsible for unwanted health concerns.  But the beauty of Ayurveda is that it gives us the tools we need to live in a balanced state for ourselves, individually.  And it begins with the proper daily routine.

Below are some of the common practices in Ayurveda to consider when determining if your routine is working for you;

  • Waking up and going to sleep at the same time each day.
  • Cool water wash of your eyes and face upon waking.
  • Drinking room temperature water or warm water with lemon.
  • Tongue cleaning and oral care.
  • Elimination.
  • Meditation.
  • Exercise; intensity level and duration should also be considered.
  • Oil massage and shower/bath.
  • Enjoying your meals at approximately the same time each day.

If you find that your daily practices are not conducive to strengthening your constitution a few small changes could be powerful.  Choose one area at a time if you like and see how it feels.

 

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