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  1. 1. DINACHARYA IN AYURVEDA FOR HEALTHY BODY, MIND & SOUL Dr. SREEDHAR RAO (Sree) BAMS, MD (Ayu), M.Sc (Yoga) Director – Scientific Services Ayurveda Sanctuary Mobile: +91-9483995806 E-mail: sree@ayurvedasanctuary.com Website:www.ayurvedasanctuary.com
  2. 2. Lord Dhanvantari God of Ayurveda ‘We offer our obeisance to Lord Dhanvantari, the creator of various medicines, the destroyer of various diseases and the fear of old age and death, And who is worshipped by all men, deities and demons.’ 2
  3. 3. THE FIVE ELEMENTS ETHER/SPACE AKASH AIR VAYU FIRE TEJA WATER JALA EARTH PRITHVI 3
  4. 4. THE THREE DOSHAS  ETHER + AIR VATA  FIRE + WATER PITTA  WATER + EARTH KAPHA  VATA DOSHA CONTROLS MOVEMENT  PITTA DOSHA CONTROLS METABOLISM  KAPHA DOSHA CONTROLS STRUCTURE 4
  5. 5. VATA TYPE  Qualities: Cool, dry, irregularity & expansive  Physical: chilled, dry skin, dry kinky or wavy hair, light coloured eye, irregular or disproportionate build, light on feet and loose jointed  Mentally: Creative, enthusiasts, intuitive, even clairvoyant, sharp minds, but poor memories, they get lost easily, like wind their energy come in bursts, they tend to push hard then collapse  Imbalance: Fearful & can suffer from insomnia & constipation, chronic fatigue & chronic pain syndromes 5
  6. 6. PITTA TYPE  Qualities: Hot, oily, irritable and intense  Physical: Medium build(athletic), angular faces, fine/thin hair that grays(balds) early, red tints in their skin  Mentally: Quick-witted, intelligent, ambitious & competitive  Imbalance: Angry, impatient, impulsive, violent. Tend to have inflammatory illnesses-bleeding ulcers, colitis, chronic sore throats or red ,warm, itchy or burning skin eruptions. 6
  7. 7. KAPHA TYPE  Qualities: Cold, heavy, wet & stable  Physical: Large frames, well lubricated joints, have cool, pale, thick skin, large eyes, broad, even teeth & lustrous hair.  Mentally: Determined, steady, hard working & loyal. Excellent concentration, memory, long patience. For this reason they make good managers & administrators.  Imbalance: Overweight, develop fibroid or fatty tumours & suffer from chronic or sinus congestion. Greedy, lazy and stuck in their ruts.  “Cough” derived from Sanskirt word “Kapha” 7
  8. 8. Healthy Everyday Regimen Dinacharya • A man wishing to be healthy throughout his life has to be healthy everyday as well • Health depends on how one spends each day • Controlled and guided activities of body and mind are essential for maintaining sound health • The ideal way in which a healthy person should spend his day is explained in this lecture
  9. 9. Time to wake up – “Brahmi muhurtam” At this time the mind is fresh and the surroundings calm and quiet. Hence one can concentrate on meditation, prayers or studies. 9
  10. 10. Morning ablutions * Bladder and bowels should be emptied regularly after waking up in the morning as the autonomic reflexes are naturally active at this time. • This gives a sense of relief and makes one feel more energetic. • Regular bowel habits help one to prevent borborygmy, distension and heaviness in the stomach. 10
  11. 11. Washing the face  Persons with thin, delicate, red and warm skin should use cold water or rose water or cold milk.  Persons with dry, rough skin should use warm milk.  Persons with oily or oedematous face should use warm water.  Washing the face helps to get rid of pimples and skin diseases on the face.  It prevents any bleeding tendency of facial skin and gives lustre to the face. 11
  12. 12. Brushing the teeth  Herbal Tooth Paste: Equal quantities of ginger, pepper, long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, triphala, khadir (catechu) and rock salt (saindhav), which should be used as a paste with sesame oil. Accompained by a gum massage with sesame oil & gargle to cleanse and line your mouth. 12
  13. 13. Tongue-scraping  Tongue scraping helps to get rid of waste products and bad odour of the mouth, improves taste sensation and exerts a tonic effect on the tongue.  It has been proved that the bacterial flora in the mouth is considerably reduced by cleaning the tongue. Its value in preventing the diseases of the mouth was realised by modern medicine only very recently. 13
  14. 14. Drinking cold water  Drinking cold water is useful for persons suffering from:  Malabsorption, constipation, piles  Aabdominal disorders, abdominal distension  Urinal disorders, blood disorders  Diseases and disorders of ears, norse, throat, head, eyes, back, pelvis and skin. 14
  15. 15. Auspicious objects  Every society and every religion considers a few objects or events as auspicious and others as inauspicious. Looking at such objects or touching them frequently is considered auspicious before work or meals. 15
  16. 16. Looking in a mirror  One should look at self in a mirror as it gives an idea about:  one’s appearance  state of health  happiness and  cleanliness. 16
  17. 17. Care of eyes  Deepatratak – Candle light focussing:  One shold sit, in an erect posture, on a chair and keep a lighted candle on the table at a distance of 18 inches. The flame of the candle should be steady. This is readily achieved by closing all the windows and doors and turning off the fan or by covering the candle with a glass cylinder.  One should focus on the flame without blinking initially for half a minute. The focussing time should be gradually increased to 5-10 minutes. 17
  18. 18. Care of Ears Putting oil drops in ears  prevents vataja ear diseases.  prevents stiffness of neck and jaw  Prevents deafness and tinnitus. 18
  19. 19. Care of nose  It forms a protective layer on the olfactory nerves and exerts a soothing effect on the nerves. Oil is also an antiseptic and it exerts a soothing and nourishing effect on the nose and paranasal sinuses.  It gives a pleasant smell to the breath. The voice becomes clear and unobstructed.  It strengthens the blood vessels, muscles and joints of head and neck.  It is supposed to prevent premature greying of hair and baldness 19
  20. 20. Gargling the mouth  With hot water exerts cleansing action on the mouth, teeth, gums and tongue. It imparts a light and fresh feeling to the mouth.  Gargling with cold milk has a cooling and cleansing action on the mouth and is useful in stomatitis.  Gargling with sesame oil exerts a cleansing and strengthening action on the tongue, gums, teeth, mouth and voice. It prevents stomatitis. It also improves the sense of taste. 20
  21. 21. Medicinal Smoking  Medicinal smoking is inhaling smoke of medicines through the nose or the mouth. Smoke is hot, penetrating, increasing pitta, antagonizes kapha and has cleansing action on air passages including the minute ones. 21
  22. 22. Holding fragrant substances in mouth  One should hold fragrant substances like cloves, cardamom, nutmeg or betelnut in the mouth. They help to clean the mouth, improve taste sensation and mask bad odours. These substances keep the mouth clean and fragrant. 22
  23. 23. Morning Oil Massage Advantages 1. Skin becomes soft, strong and improves complexion. 2. The blood vessels and the nerves in the skin are toned up. 3. Increases the muscular tone 4. Relieves fatigue 5. Induces sound sleep 6. Delays aging process 23and promotes longevity
  24. 24. Udgharshana Coarse powder massage in local Udgharshana results  erythema, increased heat and stimulation of local pitta i.e. enzymes in the skin.  The complexion of the skin and the muscle tone improve. The vessels in the skin and underlying muscles dilate and the capillary circulation increases.  Local accumulation of fat is prevented, thus giving a feeling of lightness to the body.  The stiffness of the body is relieved. The stability of the body is increased. Appetite also improves.  The person becomes more alert,24 feels refreshed and cheerful.
  25. 25. Exercise: Suryanamaskar Involves the mind, the body and the breathing  Yogic Exercises or Asanas:  These exercises differ from the usual physical exercises in that the movements are slow and merge steadily from one posture into another. They are meant to improve the functions of internal organs rather than to develop muscles e.g. pranayama or breathing exercises is good for lungs. 25
  26. 26. Shaving, hair cut and nails  One should regularly go for a hair cut every sixth day and shave daily before going out for professional work. One should not allow nails to grow beyond fingertips. These procedures add to one’s personality, hygiene, sex urge and longevity. 26
  27. 27. Bathing  One should take a bath, at least once a day. Pay special attention to all body secretion areas and every orifice. Never have a bath or shower colder than luke- warm. Advantages:  Heaviness, exhaustion & sleepiness disappear  Body, sense organs & mind feel refreshed  Soothing effect on blood and reflexly the heart is stimulated  Appetite & digestive power improve  Promotes longevity  Sexual power increases 27
  28. 28. Morning Prayers-Puja  One should worship a particular God to whom one is naturally devoted.  Charak quotes this prayer for improving the health of body and mind “Let the God of fire retain in my body; let the God of wind maintain my life & breath; let Lord Vishnu give me strength; let Indra supplement my body with energy. Let me be dedicated to celibacy, knowledge, friendship, generosity, sympathy and true happiness”. 28
  29. 29. Dress  A person with Vata constitution should wear yellow or red cotton or silk clothes.  Persons with pitta constitution should wear white, green or blue cotton clothes.  Persons with kapha constitution should wear red woollen clothes.  In general one should wear clean, soft and white clothes as they impart happiness, success, wealth and longevity. 29
  30. 30. Flowers, scents & cosmetics  Act as de-odorants, exert a soothing effect on mind and body.  Flowers and perfumes increase enthusiasm, sex urge and strengthen the constitution of a person.  Gold Ornaments: A person wearing gold ornaments looks attractive and happy. A very little gold is absorbed through skin. Gold increase Oja, the essence of all tissues, gives lustre to body and neutralises all the three doshas.  It exerts a pleasing effect on mind. 30
  31. 31. Occupation  If you are in job which makes you nervous, irritable consider a change.  You will be happiest in jobs with lots of routine and steady performance requirement. This may vary with different body types. 31
  32. 32. Diet  A healthy person should take a balanced diet having all the six taste in moderate amount.  One should take hot, fresh food in good company at appropriate time.  Some dietetic items while nourishing the body maintain a balanced state of tissues, doshas and waste products. Diet should mainly consist of these items.  Other food items though nourishing disturb the balanced state of the body. These food items should be taken occasionally and in small amounts. 32
  33. 33. Afternoon  After lunch one should walk 100 steps slowly to and fro.  One should relax in supine position for a period lasting 8 breaths, then lie on the right side for a period lasting 16 breaths, and later turn on the left side and relax for a period lasting 32 breaths.  This process should be repeated after lunch as well as after dinner.  A healthy person should relax in a chair in a sitting posture or with a backrest and doze off for about a33 half to one hour.
  34. 34. Sex  It should be performed early at night. It should not be performed at dawn, midday, dusk or midnight, when the vata and pitta are increased and one cannot take adequate rest after intercourse.  Frequency of Intercourse: In general intercourse should be preformed on every 4th day in autumn and spring.  Intercourse should be performed once every 15th day in summer and monsoon. In winter one can enjoy sex to one’s satisfaction. 34
  35. 35. Meditation  An average person should focus his attention on the image of God he loves and try to meditate.  One should regularly meditate after waking up and before sleep.  A person who is unable to meditate should try to control his various desires, emotions, behaviour and actions so that he evolves into a 35 better person.
  36. 36. Getting ready for bed  Go to bed to sleep.  No reading, eating or watching television in bed.  Sleeping on the left side will open your right nostril which will help in digestion of the food. 36
  37. 37. Sleep  Usually 6-7 hours sleep is enough to give rest to both the body and the mind if the body routine is well balanced. 37
  38. 38. Thank you Let everyone be happy; Let not anyone suffer from diseases; Let everyone be a well- wisher of other and; Let not anyone suffer from misery. 38

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