RELEVANCE OF AYURVEDA IN TODAY’S LIFESTYLE – Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital

Ayurveda is composed of two words-‘ayur’ meaning life and ‘veda’ meaning ‘science’ i.e. Ayurveda can easily be understood as the ‘science of life’. When in today’s world science and technology are buzz words, the relevance of the ‘science of life’ itself cannot be lost.

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Ancient ayurvedic texts have been researched and a lot of hidden knowledge has been brought to surface light. For most people today’s life is busy, fast, challenging and thus not without stress and fatigue. By understanding the fundamentals of Ayurveda and adopting the simple tips in our life; can be very helpful in coping up with the fast paced life and taking care of the toll it takes on our physiologies.

We all follow some routine; a certain time to reach office, completing assignments on given dates, meeting deadlines etc. To lead a healthier life today and in the long run; we only need to sync this routine to an Ayurvedic routine. Ayurveda suggests having a routine ‘that rises with the sun and ends with sun’. Literally, one’s routine shall be in sync and inspired by the nature and should reflect the laws of nature. One of the keys to good health and feeling great all day long is living in tune with nature’s cycles.

We do not require running away from the responsibilities that we have to follow and adopt a lifestyle that is accordingly to nature. Instead what is required is that we incorporate few simple changes in our lifestyle that fulfills both the purposes of being healthy and fulfilling our responsibilities & dedicating our time demanded in the daily life.

Sunrise to Mid Morning: 6 am to 10 am of the day is dominated by the Kapha energy.  Kapha is said to be associated with laziness and lethargy; so if one leaves the bed after 10am one might not feel that fresh and active. So, it is the best time to wake up, energize and stimulate the body. It helps for a great start of the day. One should rise early, have a bath, meditate, exercise and have breakfast within two hours of waking up.

Mid- Day to Afternoon: 10 am to 2 pm in this time period Pitta is aggravated. Pitta is associated with Fire and functions to control the digestive system of the body. This means that having full meals at this time of the day will aid and improve the digestion. One should walk 100 steps after meals.

Afternoon to Evening: 2 pm to 6 pm the Vata energy is at the highest. It is associated with elimination, movement, nervous system etc. It also activates the mind and thus enhances creativity.  One should not indulge in physical activity during this time of the day and instead should opt for mental work, since the physical strength is low as compared to mental strength.

Evening to Night: 6 pm to 10 pm the cycle of the day is complete and again at this time Kapha energy starts to direct the body. It is the time to unwind and relax with the family. One should practice Meditation, have early dinner, walk and then go to bed.  There should be maximum of two hours gap between dinner & going to bed.

Such simple changes in life are practical as well as promote good health, resulting in better energy levels, less fatigue and also less chances of meeting with a disease.

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