The secret of physical health and good mental condition lies in knowing one's own Ayurvedic Dosha constitution and an active care to maintain its balance within the daily Ayurvedic cycle.
What is Dosha?
Every human being is endowed with an original set of three life principles, which come from the five basic elements that make up nature. The first is a combination of air and ether – VATA dosha, the second is a combination of fire and water - PITTA dosha and the third is a combination of water and earth KAPHA dosha. The five elements combined in the three basic life forces shape our physical body (kapha), take care of the transformation of food and sensations into energy (pitta), and give space to all the life functions that keep us moving (vata).
Discovering which of these are more predominant in us and shape us as we are, including our character traits and health tendencies, gives us a good guide to keeping the various forces in balance, i.e. in the ratio that is innate to us. This is of course different for each person. What is good for us may not be good for others. Therefore, it is always necessary to listen to oneself and choose everything according to the individual constitutional type.
AYURVEDIC DAILY CYCLE by Individual Doshas
Doshas not only determine the individual characteristics of each of us, even the different periods of the day are marked by cyclically alternating vata, pitta and kapha. This affects our balance, how we feel and how we perform in our activities. Try to follow the natural phase of the day with your activities, get more energy and improve the overall quality of your life:
VATA Cycle I. (2:00 - 6:00 am)
Best time for silent meditation and yoga. Waking up before sunrise, along with the subsequent breathing exercise, brings inner strength and energy to the whole day.
KAPHA Cycle I. (6:00 - 10:00 am)
After waking up, drink a glass of warm water, empty yourself and take a shower. Second best time for meditation, yoga, exercise and running. Breakfast in accordance with the constitution. If we are still asleep at this time, getting up will be more difficult and we will gain less energy.
PITTA Cycle I. (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Morning work activity. Lunch between noon and 2 pm in the form of a tasty filling meal in accordance with the constitution. The best time for digestion and metabolism because pitta, which controls the digestive fire, is active. Ideal to supplement with 15 minutes of relaxation.
VATA Cycle II. (2:00 - 6:00 pm)
Afternoon work activity. Light afternoon snack or dinner in accordance with the constitution.
KAPHA Cycle II. (6:00 - 10:00 pm)
The best time for relaxation, sports and leisure activities. To maintain a good physical and mental balance, it is always good to start and end the day with breathing exercises and meditation.
PITTA Cycle II. (10:00 pm - 2:00 am)
At this time comes the deepest and most refreshing sleep. If we are awake, the desire for the evening meal comes. A long night's wakefulness disrupts the regeneration process and makes the morning sleepy. For a good sleep, Ayurveda recommends sleeping on the right side.