The Ayurvedic Body Clock
There is natural rhythm in almost everything; same is true about our body. According to Ayurveda our body is always in synchronization or in rhythm with nature. It can be called as Body Clock. Our daily physiology & body functions are always happening according to nature’s natural rhythm. Hormonal fluctuations, appetite, sleep etc. are always in cycle wise rhythm. In today’s stressful, hectic & fast life humans are daily violating or ignoring this rhythm many times & attracting many diseases towards them.
According to Ayurveda, the stress of living against these natural cycles is a fundamental violation of healthy living. Emerging science suggests that each cycle of the day as described in Ayurveda supports different activities. Living in sync with nature’s cycles is a powerful lifestyle tool to de-stress the body and mind and begin to enjoy life.
The Ayurvedic Clock
In nature, there are two 12-hour cycles that are each divided into three smaller cycles. There are 3 small cycles of 4 hours each in 12 hours. Each 4-hour cycle is linked to certain bodily functions governed by vata (air), which controls the nervous system, pitta (fire), which controls digestion and metabolism, and kapha (earth and water), which controls immunity and structural strength. If we understand the natural cycles & synchronized all activities according to that then life will be much smoother, disease free & relax.
Early to rise ( Brahm Muhurte Uttishte)
To stay in sync, you should wake up before sunrise, when vata is transcendent. Once the sun is up, we begin to fall under kapha’s earth- and water-like spell. Hitting snooze when the alarm goes off at 6 a.m. may feel delicious, but if you don’t get up ’til 7, the dense, dull, heaviness of kapha will start to color your physical and mental experience. So, waking at dawn, just before the birds, is ideal (traditionally 5:30 a.m.; maybe 6 in your time zone). That way you will start off the day in rhythm with nature’s light and will benefit from vata’s mobile, clear, ether-like qualities, which support your meditation practice.
Eat major meal in Afternoon
Ayurveda also encourages us to eat our primary meal in the middle of the day, when the fire of pitta dominates. Pitta supports our ability to digest all things—food, thoughts, and feelings. The metabolic aspect of digestion, our agni, does its best work midday. Eat later in the day, and your body will have more difficulty processing your meal. The same holds true for eating a big meal in the evening. Ayurveda recommends a light supper instead so your body can finish digesting your food long before bedtime, and you’ll be able to transition from being awake to a more restful state (what ayurveda calls “light sleep”), necessary for sandman success.