Dinachara – the Ayurvedic science of optimal living

June 3, 2018

 

In Ayurvedic medicine, Dinachara in a specific therapeutic arm that focuses on how we can tap into the natural rhythms of the body, (ui.e. the circadian rhythm) to optimise health, energy and wellbeing.

Interestingly, this is an approach to optimal living that is being increasingly validated by Western science and medicine. For example, the Ayurveda has very structured guidelines on when we should eat our three meals of the day, based on the fact that at these times, we have more digestive capacity which in turn allows us to more effectively digest the food we eat and assimilate the nutrients around the body. Likewise, Western science now tells us that at these same times of the day, we have an optimal amount of hydrochloric acid, pepsin and other digestive enzymes which maximises the nutritional benefit we obtain from what we eat.

Another vital area of Dinachara in the Ayurvedic tradition is that of self-Abhyanga or self-massage. In this tradition, Ayurveda stresses the importance of spending a few minutes every morning applying warm medicated oil onto the whole body in the form of a gentle self-massage. This increases circulation, removes toxins, mobilises fat cells, reduces stress and boosts immune function. Again, this concept has been unequivocally proved by the Western research which shows that if we can spend 3-minutes a day, ideally after we shower, performing a gentle self-massage, we experience reductions in blood pressure, reduced levels of stress hormones, higher immune function and optimised levels of energy and vitality.

These are just a few examples. Below is a structured outline of an optimal Dinachara, the like of which you would adhere to if you went to a residential Ayurvedic retreat. In our busy lives, it is not always possible to follow this routine completely but the closer we get to doing so, the more empowered, positive, vital and healthy we feel.

In our clinical work, we are always astounded at how radically different people begin to look and feel after adopting these concepts into their daily lives and in terms of collective health promoting gains for minimal effort and cost, in our opinion there is nothing more powerful than this.

Therefore have a look at the structure below, modify it in keeping with your lifestyle and routine (for example, performing the self-massage and meditation in the evening if you do not have time in the morning) and then commit to adhering to this for 3-4 weeks. I promise you will notice the benefits! Enjoy.

6am-7am: Wake up and consume a warm drink 

7am-8am: Warm/hot shower, meditation, self-massage with Ayurvedic Oil and balanced breakfast and one teaspoon of Chywanprash.

12-1pm: Lunch mindfully and slowly eaten in the absence of digital stimulation

6pm-7.30pm: Evening meal eaten mindfully in the absence of digital stimulation

8pm-9pm: A second meditation if possible, light reading, conversation, down time

9pm-10pm: Into bed and asleep before 10.30pm

Product Offer: to help you begin to adopt these concepts into your daily life, we are offering half price on Maharayan Oil, which is a medicated oil to suit all doshas. This oil can be used neat, or mixed with a carrier oil such as sesame or coconut oil. 

If you would like to discuss in person how Ayurveda can help you, please feel free to contact us on 01243 276 916.

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