Ayurvedic Daily Routine

Alrighty. Let’s talk about the Ayurvedic daily routine! We know doshas rule our bodies, but they also rule nature and the universe in the way of time and space. Remember, macrocosm vs. microcosm. We are tiny bits of this big nature that surrounds us, so when we go in accordance with nature, we will function at our best. This daily routine will help guide you as to which energies (doshas) govern which times of day. Doshas rule certain times of day, seasons, and stages of life, so once we know what energies are strongest at specific times, we can go with the flow of those energies to achieve overall balance.

See the chart above. Study it for a sec. Ok, now I’ll go into detail about the Ayurvedic daily routine.

Let’s start at 2 a.m. – 6 a.m. Vata Time: The body prepares itself to wake and start moving. Dreams start happening, there is movement in the bowels preparing for elimination, and the mind is closest to the higher self. It is best to wake 1 hour to 1/2 hour before sunrise so that you rise with the vata energy of movement. You will be surprised how energized you feel the rest of the day. Once sunrise hits, kapha period starts and you could have a groggy start to your day. So wake up, go to the bathroom (vata is responsible for elimination), drink water, and do your yoga and/or meditation. You could also exercise at this time of day because you will get moving easily.

6 a.m. – 10 a.m. Kapha Time: The energy of kapha is slow and steady. Eat a light breakfast around 7 or 7:30, just enough to tide you over til lunch. Your agni is weak from the night’s rest so you have to rekindle it. Kapha time is a great time to get the mundane tasks out of the way, cause kapha follows. Think about it, when you get to work, you’re not really creative or ready for any heavy strategy are you? Wouldn’t it be nice to just follow a simple task list, right when you get in, to get a bunch of thing done? That’s kapha.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pitta Time: Get ready to strategize, make new goals, organize, and analyze! This is pitta time and thoughts, perceptions, discriminations, and intellect are at their peak. Have strategic meetings now, when people are their sharpest and ready for a challenge. Noon is also when agni is strongest (because agni and pitta relate to the sun and sun is strongest around noon) so eat lunch at noon and make it your biggest meal.

2 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Vata Time: At about 2 or 3, you are getting a little antsy…you might need a snack or you might feel a little bit chatty. Right? That’s vata wanting to move. You’re probably not really hungry, but you’re getting bored and your mind wants to wander. If you have afternoon meetings you might have a wandering mind and end up with doodles on your notes. This is a great time to create and innovate!! Creative work should be done at this time of day. And at the end of the work day, make a task list for the next morning. This will help your vata stay organized and your kapha will love to have a list when it gets in in the morning.

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Kapha Time: Relax! Have a light dinner. It’s kapha time so agni is not as strong. It’s time for family, relaxation, nurturing, and winding down. Get to bed by 10 so that you start sleeping in the slowness of kapha.

10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Pitta Time: If you’ve stayed up past 10 (yea, most of us do), do you feel like you get a “second wind” and your brain starts going and you start working out the days problems in your head? That’s pitta kicking back in. Pitta will digest all thoughts, perceptions, foods, and everything given to your mind and body from the entire day. Pitta is working hard to move all that stuff through the entire digestion process. If you stay awake past 10, you might have a hard time falling asleep because your body and mind is a processing machine!

2:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. And back to Vata: Where it eliminates all the stuff that pitta digested…and gets ready to start a new day fresh with new choices, new challenges and a nice task list waiting on their desk.

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    Also, at what time should I do my studying? I study mostly at night and I am not really sure that this is the best way. I am a vata type person, and I have many kapha type qualities too (if that helps)

    Thanks!!

  8. Iris Doyle says:

    Help!!! I am a college student and I want to make a daily routine but I am having trouble deciding what to do when based on the guidelines. if you could help in any way I would really appreciate it.

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  11. iona says:

    This is sooo amazing & clear. I’m going to print it out & put it in my studio!! Thanks a million. I’m getting really excited about Ayurveda now :)

  12. Brenda says:

    Could you go more indepth to the personality traits of the different doshas ?

  13. Myrna says:

    I came upon your amazingly wonderful blog about 2 years ago. The info is indispensible! Thank you Monica, so very much for so richly dense info!!!

  14. Swati says:

    Hey Monica. I absolutely love ur blog. I am frm India but never gave Ayurveda much thought. Although my grandparents and parents instilled some discipline in my ‘dincharya’ which I was unaware of being Ayurveda rules until I read ur blog. And they worked. Now that I have my home I make my own rules which are different frm the ones I had when I lived with my parents and now it has dawned on me where I have been going wrong…why I have less energy, weak memory, high stress and sleep disorder. Thank you so much for such a accessible forum.
    I have a few questions though:
    – I grew up in India where is a lot of sun compared to London where I live now. For some time I moved to New York – a lot of sun again and my energy levels were similar to when I lived in India. Do countries or places have Doshas? – India & New York – Pitta, London – kapha?
    I took your test and I am pitta-kapha. I think i was more kapha when young but now am equal parts pitta-kapha (vata digestion though)
    In London I grew depressed, lethargic and craved toast, cake, tea, pasta all the time. My memory went for a toss, my hair started falling, I had acne on my cheeks (I never had acne in my youth), I could not sleep at night…..the list goes on.

    Any comment or advice would be most helpful. Thank you and pls carry on the great work!

  15. Monica says:

    Hey JP! Thanks for the kudos. And yes! You are correct – the times are just a general guide and we should pay attention mostly to sunrise/sunset. The adjustment to daylight saving is the same – there will be a slight sleeping pattern/routine change at first, but then go back to sunrise/sunset routine. Hm…maybe I will alter the chart so that it doesn’t focus as much on time. Thanks for the great questions!

    • Salma says:

      So, let’s say the sun rise at 7am. and goes down at 5p.m. (That’s about the case today where I live).

      2:20am – 7am: Vata
      7am – 10:20am: Kapha
      10:20am – 1:40pm: Pitta
      1:40pm – 5pm: Vata
      5pm – 9:40pm: Kapha
      9:40pm – 2:20am: Pitta

      correct?

      • Monica says:

        Hi Salma!

        Yep, pretty much! And then daylight savings kicks in (many places in the US) this weekend…which will mess things up. But your instinct to stick with rising and setting of the sun is spot on. That’s the best way to do it. Helpful? :)

      • Salma says:

        I have quite a hard time going in bed so early. But I’m curious to see how it feels living in this rythm. Thanks for the very detailed explaination!

  16. JP says:

    One more question in the same line…Will it change with TimeZone and DayLight Settings….Question raised in my mind because from tomorrow DLS starts in Germany…. :)

  17. JP says:

    Thanks a lot..You are doing really a great job…I am 100% vatta person…I have a question here…All these timings are fixed or will vary because of SunRise timing…Since I heard everything (Muhurthas- Time periods) are calculated based on SunRise time, that varies thro out the year….these timings are fixed or will vary based on SunRise time…Please enlighten me :)

  18. NinaKruse says:

    OMG This is such great information. No wonder my day is soooo mixed up!!! Thanks!

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