Dinacharya - Daily Regimens

The word Dinacharya is derived from two words – Dina means ‘day’ and Charya means ‘regimens or routines’. Dinacharya (daily routines) is very essential to establish balance and harmony in our body, mind and spirit. Leading a life without a routine is the same as swimming against the current, which makes onward journey difficult.

Experts says that “Instead of changing complete lifestyle to adhere to specific recommendations, better to find ways to fit recommendations into your lifestyle”.

Daily routines help to regulate the body’s biological rhythm, so that the internal organs can function the best without much stress. It aids digestion and absorption, reduces stress, improves sleep, brings positive attitude, clarity of mind, strength, immunity, self-discipline, self-awareness, happiness and longevity.

Ayurveda elaborately explains the importance and benefits of each and everything you do from the time you wake up till you sleep. The regimens doing at a particular time has unique effects upon the body. So do things in a way that is inherently beneficial. You should follow the rhythm of nature – the sun, the moon, day and night- which affects your body and the doshas (the vital energies). Hence adherence to this rhythm is essential to achieve the best out of it.

Make Room For Good Habits And Create Healthy Routines

               Experts say that “Instead of changing complete lifestyle to adhere specific recommendations, better find ways to fit recommendations into your lifestyle”. Thus here we aim at introducing the Ayurvedic aspects of daily routines and how to implement them gradually into your life.

Why routine is important?

“We are what we repeatedly do”.

Everything in the universe has a rhythm. One who wants to have a balanced healthy life, follow a proper routine in accordance with the laws of nature by fostering harmony between individual and nature. One must take care the body at any cost, because if the body loses (becomes unbalanced) everything else will lose. As per Ayurveda, following a routine is loving, caring, nurturing and connecting yourself, which is the key for healing and healthy living. “Rhythm of the body, melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life,” said B.K.S Iyengar.

Benefits of having routines:

               Ayurveda elaborately explains the importance and benefits of each and everything we do; from the wake up time till sleep time. The regimens performing on particular time has unique effects on body, do things in an inherently beneficial way. We should follow the rhythm of nature – the sun, the moon, the day and night, which have a great influence on our body and the doshas (the vital energies), hence adhering to these rhythms are essential to achieve the best out of it.

  • Helps to regulate body’s biological rhythm: The internal organs can function the best without much stress. Thus aids digestion and absorption, reduces stress, improves sleep, brings a positive attitude, clarity of mind, strength, immunity, self-discipline, self-awareness, happiness and longevity.
  • Prevent lifestyle disorders: such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, behavioral problems, high cholesterol, obesity, etc.
  • To enjoy the real pleasures of life in all aspects: Going through the routine will prompt you to take a closer look at yourself, and you will begin to love yourself and your life.
  • To maintain health and improve immunity: Practicing daily routines will strengthen your inner core fire (agni), to fight against the foreign bodies and microbes, thus prevents you from diseases.
  • To achieve your life goals: Having a plan in life help to achieve goals, as “success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out”.
  • For emotional well-being: Rhythm in your body will influence your mind, there is an incompatible relation between body and mind.

 How to implement routines:

  • Make a list of your daily tasks (introduce new regimens one by one till you get used to that)
  • Schedule the daily activities
  • Try waking up immediately with the first alarm
  • Stay active throughout the day by taking breaks at work
  • Test drive your new routine and take notes of your feelings.
  • Determine your goals and be flexible about the methods.