WHY AN AYURVEDIC LIFESTYLE?
How you live your daily life is the key factor to determining your life experience and your health. It is also a factor you can control.
You can’t control the weather or your genetic make-up, but what you do every day from when you get up until you go to sleep either builds up to your health, vitality and resistance to disease, or wears you down.
Your moment to moment choices, what to eat, when and how much, how to exercise, how to respond to others, how to relax, when to go to bed, etc… play a major role in your mental and physical health.
So, if you decide to take control of your lifestyle with new healthy habits, what principles can guide you?, what is this Ayurvedic Lifestyle?
According to Ayurveda, best you can do is strive to live your life in harmony with Mother Nature. The forces and rhythms of nature (day and night, the different seasons) all affect us as do the cycles of life, birth, growth, ageing and death. Through the plants we eat for food, the water we drink and the air we breathe in common with all other living beings, we are one with nature. The ideal Ayurvedic daily routine is based on the patterns of nature.
One of the main pillars of Ayurvedic Lifestyle is following a Daily Routine, in old Sanskrit this is known as “ Dina Charya”. This is how doctor Vasant Lad describes the importance of this daily routine:
“A daily routine is absolutely necessary to bring radical change in body, mind, and consciousness. Routine helps to establish balance in one’s constitution. It also regularizes a person’s biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-
esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.”
If you decide to follow an Ayurvedic lifestyle this will contribute to a better health and, most importantly, it will act as a preventive medicine avoiding health problems which simply originate from an unhealthy lifestyle.
So, let’s have a close look at what doctor Lad describes as the different steps to follow in your morning daily routine.
If you cannot manage all these steps, please don t worry, most important is to get started with something that resonates and is beneficial to you, and the rest will follow…..