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Ayurveda in Daily Life

 

Ayurveda is the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature. Ayurveda is a practical, medical science, which promotes perfect health through prevention and cure health problems by recommending lifestyle changes. This knowledge of daily living was dicovered by sages through intensive meditation and passed on orally. These were compiled in the Vedic times more than 5,000 years ago and are followed even today in India and world wide.

Ayurveda, hygiene, lifestyle and diet are crucial to good health. To attain good health, Ayurveda prescribes the specific daily routine " dinacharya" and the seasonal regime "ritucharya". Before going any further, it is important to make clear what an Ayurvedic practitioner considers to be health. For healthy life, the lifestyle should also be considered along with the diet. We can control the diet to a considerable extent. But we cannot control much of the lifestyle. It does depend on others, but whatever lifestyle is under our control, if we try to control it properly, we can become more and more healthy. Ayurveda has given a deep thought to the daily routine.

Maintaining good health and treatment of disease are two sides of the same coin. The food, drugs and regimen that prescribe for both are similar. The components are the same: they are all found in nature. Equal importance is given to the kind of food to be taken as to the drugs prescribed. Each reinforces the other and both act in similar ways to maintain the equilibrium of the doshas in the body.

 
In order to keep the tridoshas in a state of healthy equlibrium and digestion & metabolism (agni) in proper order, Ayurveda prescribes for each individual a specific daily routine ( dina – day & acharya – behaviour). The various stages to this daily routine, influenced by the specifics of your prakriti, that will enable you to make the most out of your life.
 
Given that the term prakriti denotes both body constitution and nature, it is only expected that with the changing seasons of nature there will be corresponding effects on the bhutas and thereby the doshas of the constitution. Cold, dry weather for instance enhances vata, hot humid climate increases pitta, while cold, wet weather aggravates kapha.