Dina-carya The term ‘dina’ means day and ‘carya’ denotes routine, the word ‘carya’ coming from the root ‘car’, which means ‘to move, to follow or to walk’. Hence Dina-carya is the path we follow to the beat of nature’s heart leading us to joy and enlightenment. This is why a teacher or master is known as ‘acarya’, or one who flows with nature’s rhythm. The importance of dina-carya The small habits we perform consistently on a daily basis have immense accumulative benefit in our life. Ayurvedic daily routines teach us to ride nature’s waves so we can effortlessly float through each day. Dina-carya is the foundation of health, happiness and spiritual advancement.
The following is a sample day with some suggested times. Adjust it according to your schedule’s convenience. A steady routine gives your physiology a healthy rhythm. Once we resonate with the rhythm of mother nature she embraces us in the cosmic dance of growth and vitality. Aim to minimise stress and tend to your highest priorities. Your Ideal time Ideal time Daily routine 6-7am Awakening. Visualisations and affirmations. Emptying bowels bladder. Brushing teeth, scraping tongue, washing mouth, cleansing nose eyes and ears. Exercising. Massaging body, face and scalp. Shower. Yoga asanas -Pranayama. Meditation/ reading from a spiritually enlivening text. Dressing and grooming. Prepare and take breakfast. Perform daily duties in the most positive consciousness. Lunch and a gentle walk, appreciating nature. Continue daily duties. Plan the schedule for the following day. Give yourself a foot massage. Have a shower or bath. Meditation & pranayama.
7-8am 8-9am 9-12noon 12-1pm 1-5pm 6-6.30pm
Prepare and have dinner. Spend some time with family. Have a gentle walk. Assess your performance during the day and contemplate the lessons given. Go to bed
9.30-10pm Prepare to sleep. 10pm
Awakening Observe how animals rise with the sun. They are in tune with the natural circadian rhythms of the universe. Similarly we can aim to rise and rest early. Our minds have greatest clarity in the morning so this is the best time for spiritual and intellectual practices. The morning sunlight is filled with life force (prana) whereas the noon sun can drain us of life. Visualisating / affirming Imagery is very potent at the three transitional points of your day. This is known as samkalpa in ayurveda or yoga. It can be practiced at any time, the best time being early in the morning, upon waking, at twilight and before sleep. Ideally creative visualisation (imagery) is performed in a quiet room at a time when you won’t be disturbed, however it can be done anywhere at any time. If you prefer to sit while visualising, place your feet flat on the floor, your palms in your lap or by your side, keeping your spine straight and your head in alignment with your body. You may prefer to lie down in which case keep your legs slightly apart, your palms by your side, facing upwards and your head in alignment with your body. Gently close your eyes and relax your whole body. Bring your awareness to your breathing. Feel your whole body becoming heavy and sinking into the floor as if you were resting in a warm cloud. A simple visualisation is to picture your ideal state of physical and emotional wellbeing. See yourself effortlessly and joyfully moving through the day spreading love and light to everyone you contact. A simple affirmation is “every day in every way my life is getting better and better” or “I embody health, vitality and love.” Physical cleansing Proper evacuation of wastes ensures good health whereas incomplete evacuation is the harbinger of all disease. The morning is the natural time for emptying the bowel and bladder. This ideally occurs before eating. Once the internal world is pure you can ingest fresh energising food. Signs of health include an easy and complete bowel motion and urination. They should be...