What is Ayurveda?
The ancient philosophy of Ayurveda is based on a
deep understanding of eternal truths about the human
body, mind and spirit. It evolved over 5000 years ago
before the time of Buddha. Buddha was a follower of
Ayurveda and so it managed to influence many health
systems around the world.
The term Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit ‘ayur’
meaning ‘life’ or ‘longevity’ and veda meaning ‘knowledge’, ‘wisdom’ or ‘spiritual science’. So Ayurveda is
a complete body of knowledge and profound wisdom
about how to live to achieve health (Swasthya) and
longevity through a union of physical, emotional and
spiritual balance in order to achieve Moksha (enlightenment).
Prakruti - Your Born Constitution
Prakruti literally means the first power of action (your true nature). It is the creative force behind
everything in the universe. Your prakruti is your base point and it determines what will keep you in
harmony with your nature and what will cause you to get out of balance and become sick. Trying
to change your prakruti would be like trying to change your stature from short and stocky to tall
and thin, or changing the color of your eyes or the texture of your hair.
Vikruti - Imbalances
In contrast, vikruti is the current state of imbalance in an individual’s doshas. When a person
comes for a mind-body medical consultation, I focus on his or her vikruti rather than prakruti, because they want to find out what current underlying imbalances need to be addressed.
In Ayurveda, the foundation for good health is maintaining balance in the body and mind and living
in tune with one’s unique mind-body constitution. Assessing one’s vikruti provides vital information
about what kinds of changes in lifestyle, diet, and other areas are needed to return the body to
state of balance and wellbeing.
Doshas - Cosmic Forces
There are three primary life forces or ‘humours’ that stem from the five elements known as doshas
- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These cosmic life forces control physical and mental functions. They are a
combination of the five elements, but the dominating element will decide it’s capabilities.
Air - breath, O2 & Co2
Fire - acids, temperature
Water - plasma, blood
Earth - bones, muscles
Ether - empty space
Vata - air and ether dominate
Pitta - fire and water dominates
Kapha - earth and water dominates
We are all born with our own particular balance of doshas, which creates our constitution, and that
remains unchanged throughout our lives. Based on their make-up they are given their responsibilities and determine our physique, our mental and emotional tendencies and our predisposition to
certain health problems. Balanced they are doing their job properly. Unbalanced they are not doing
their job physically or mentally.
A combination of ether and air, Vata is the principle of movement. The word Vata means wind,
from the Sanskrit root ‘va’ meaning to blow, direct, move or command. Vata is our life force - Prana, derived primarily from the breath. It is the energising force for everything in body and mind.
This is reflected in the circulation of blood and lymph and every impulse of the nervous system. It
is the motivating force behind the other two doshas, which are incapable of movement without it.
For this reason, disturbances of Vata tend to have more far reaching implications than those of the
other two doshas and often affect the mind as well as the entire body.
Pitta is a combination of the elements fire and water. It is the principle of transformation and heat
because it is responsible for all the chemical and metabolic conversions int he body that create
energy and heat. All Pitta’s processes involve digestion or cooking, including the ‘cooking’ of
thoughts into theories in the mind. Pitta governs our mental analysis, digestion, clarity, perception
and understanding. The term comes from the Sanskrit root ‘tap’ meaning to heat, cook or transform. Pitta digests nutrients to provide energy or the cellular function; enzymatic and hormonal
systems are the main field of Pitta activity.
Kapha is a combination of earth and water, the principle of potential energy, of growth and protection. Kapha is responsible for the body’s nourishment and makes up the bulk of our structure - the
bones, muscles, tissues, cells and body fluids. In the body Kapha governs strength and stability;
the water balance of the body; lubrication of the mucous membranes and the joints (synovial fluid);
protecting and cushioning the whole body; supporting and holding the structure of the body together.
Easy to lose
Hard to gain
Easy to gain
Easy to lose
Easy to gain
Hard to lose
Less than 4
Deep seated hair
Conical at base
Prone to pimples
Soft and silky hair
pitta men bald/grey
pitta women grey
teeth/ weak and
prone to cavites
White sparkling teeth
Tends to put on
weight on both or one
More than 4 fingers
Emotion & stress
Soft, sticky and
smelly like cow
In pieces soft,
firm, very quick
diarrhea or constipation
no fixed eating
Stress and emotional eating
eating not connected with emotions
Low to medium
of portions, eat a
whole cake if it’s
there also happy
with one biscuit
Stress and emotion, changing
eratic, depends on
Moderate physical energy, strong
Stress & emotion
Sour/salty/tasty picky/fussy eaters
they like too much
spice makes them
eat sweets after
Pitta don’t like
about both heat
Cold, damp, but
tolerant to both
Best energy but
lazy, once they
start they’ll complete it.
makes you ill?
Which you like?
Cold, dry, windy
Most, fast and all
Moderate, Under arms,
Drinks least, forgets to drink
thirsty at night
Drinks in relation
Poor sense of orientation. Careless
Good sense of
orientation, careful walkers
Medium or moderate sense of
Loud and clear
Soft and low
health plus all vata
Prone to problems
Sweet, sour and salty foods are generally good for vata people since they satisfy the system and
reduce its insecurity about being well fed. Bitter, pungent, and astringent foods are less beneficial to
vata types because they dry the system and intensify emotional instability, especially insecurity. Avoid
large amounts of any taste because vata is aggravated by excess.
In general choose a diet that emphasizes warm, soupy, and easy to digest foods. The vata gut prefers
cooked vegetables to raw. Most sweet and juicy fruits are beneficial for vata. Avoid unripe fruit or large
amounts of astringent fruits such as pomegranate and cranberry. Vata types can best utilize animal
foods in their diet. Legumes are an important food because it is the vegetable kingdoms equivalent
of meat. Combine legumes with sweet grains such as rice. Vata individuals should especially avoid
caffeine and sugar.
VATA DIET GUIDELINES
ENJOY: Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Berries, Cherries, Coconut, Dates, Figs, Grapefruits, Grapes,
Lemons, Mangoes, Melon, Nectarines, Oranges, Papaya, Peaches, Plums
LIMIT/AVOID: Cranberry, Pomegranate, Dried Fruits, Apples (except Cooked)
ENJOY: Asparagus, Beets, Carrots, Celery, Sweet Potatoes, Onion, Green Beans, Veggie Juices W/
LIMIT/AVOID: Eggplant, Spinach, Mushrooms, Peas, Too Many Raw Vegetables
ENJOY: Wheat, Oats, Quinoa, Rice (Eaten With Added Ghee, Butter, or Oil)
LIMIT/AVOID: Corn, Millet, Rye, Buckwheat, Yeasted Bread
ENJOY: Mung Beans, Red Lentils, Black Lentils, Pinto Beans, Tofu
LIMIT/AVOID: Chick Peas, Soy Beans
EAT SPARINGLY: Eggs, Turkey, chicken, Venison, Fresh Fish, Goat
LIMIT/AVOID: Lamb, Beef, Shellfish
Nuts & Seeds
ENJOY: Almonds (soaked and peeled), pecans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, nut butters and milks
LIMIT/AVOID: Excess Sesame And Fatty Nuts Such as Macadamia And Cashew
Dairy (in moderate amounts)
ENJOY: Fresh Yogurt, Milk Cooked With Ginger, Cardamom, And Turmeric
LIMIT/AVOID: Excess Ice Cream, Smoothies, Hard Cheeses
Sweeteners (in moderate amounts with other foods)
ENJOY: Maple Syrup, Fresh Raw Honey, Raw Sugar
LIMIT/AVOID: White Sugar, Excess Amounts of Chocolate, Cooked Honey
ENJOY: Ginger, garlic, asafetida (in legume soups), nutmeg
LIMIT/AVOID: Overuse of “Hot” Spices
ENJOY: Small Amounts of Wine And Beer
LIMIT/AVOID: Tobacco, Sugar, Caffeine
Yoga practice that is grounding, warming, relaxes mental and physical tension, and soothes anxiety
and fear is balancing to vata dosha.
1 Practice should be regular, both in terms of the time of practice and number of practices during
2 Vata responds well to closed chain postures where both your hands and feet are connected to the
3 Create support in postures by linking the bones and tuning them into gravity. Avoid overworking
the muscles, particularly in the arms, because this creates residual nervous tension that gets
trapped in the muscles and joints and results in coldness, stiffness, and agitation after the asana
4 Emphasize a practice to promotes warming, circulation, and downward movement of energy.
Include slow, graceful Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar), squats, and backbends that engage the
legs such as Warrior I (Virabhadrasana 1), Camel (Ustrasana) and Bridge Pose (Setubandhasana).
Holding standing poses for 3-5 breaths will both ground and strengthen the vata type without
5 Finish with some warming inversions that place both the hands and feet on the ground such as
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) and modified forearm balance (Dolphin Pose)
followed by seated shoulder openers to release any built up tension in the upper back. Also
include seated and lying twists to release tension from the spine and balance the flow of Prana in
6 Take a longer Relaxation Pose (Savasana) (10-20 min.) to provide ample time for grounding
and deep relaxation. Use blankets and props to make yourself warm and extra comfortable.
Relaxation can be enhanced by staying focused on bodily sensations and imagery such as being
held in a warm, womblike environment. Avoid rushing after you finish practice.
1 During asana practice emphasize an even rhythm of inhale and exhale. A slow, smooth Ujjayi
breath is the best way to keep Vata balanced and ensure good circulation of prana, heat, and
fluids in the body and a calm mental and emotional state.
2 Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana) is an excellent general breathing practice for vata
types. If you find yourself feeling cold or tired start yoga practice with a gentle Skull Shining
Breath (Kapalabhati). If you are not familiar with these breathing practices it is important to get
skilled instruction before practicing them.
Mantra meditation is extremely useful for harnessing an active mind, developing concentration, and
reducing habitual negative patterns of thought and feeling.
Pitta people should avoid the “hot” tastes (sour, salty, and pungent) and should concentrate on the
“cold” tastes (sweet, bitter, and astringent). Pitta types should especially limit or avoid consumption
of meat, eggs, alcohol, and salt. All these foods augment the natural aggressiveness and compulsive
tendencies of pitta dosha. Grains, fruits, and vegetables cool the pitta heat and should form the
majority of the diet. Vegetarian food is an ideal diet for pitta people.
Pitta people have naturally strong digestion and digest raw fruits and vegetables well. They should
avoid consuming too many sour fruits and vegetables such as citrus or nightshades. Venison and white
meat of chicken and turkey are the best flesh foods. Flesh foods, as well as legumes should be eaten
sparingly. Cooling spices such as cardamom, coriander, turmeric, and fennel are the best spices.
PITTA DIET GUIDELINES
ENJOY: Apples (Sweet), Apricots, Avocados, Coconut, Figs, Grapes, Lemon, Mangoes, Melon,
Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Persimmon, Pineapple, Plums, Pomegranate
LIMIT/AVOID: Excessively Sour Fruits Such As Apples, Cherries, Orange, and Pineapple
ENJOY: Asparagus, Broccoli, Cilantro, Cabbage, Cucumber, Leafy Greens, Potatoes, Squashes
LIMIT/AVOID: Tomatoes, When Pitta Is High:Radishes, Beets And Carrots
ENJOY: Barley, Oats, Quinoa, Rice, Wheat
LIMIT/AVOID: Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Rye, Yeasted Breads
ENJOY: Black Lentils, Mung Beans, Chickpeas, Tofu
LIMIT/AVOID: Excess Consumption Of Any Legume
EAT SPARINGLY: Chicken, Turkey, Rabbit, Venison, Egg
LIMIT/AVOID: Regular Consumption of any Animal Products
Nuts & Seeds
ENJOY: Coconut Juice, Coconut, Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds
LIMIT/AVOID: Salted And Roasted Nuts, Peanuts
Dairy(in moderate amounts)
ENJOY: Milk Cooked With Cardamom And Turmeric, Soft Cheeses
LIMIT/AVOID: Hard and Salted Cheeses, Fermented Dairy (Yogurt, Sour Cream, etc.)
Sweeteners (in moderate amounts with other foods)
ENJOY: Maple Syrup, Raw Sugar
LIMIT/AVOID: Molasses, Long-Term Consumption of Honey
ENJOY: Fennel, Coriander, Cardamom, Cumin, Small Amounts Of Turmeric, Cinnamon
LIMIT/AVOID: Mustard, Chilies, Excess Black Pepper or Salt
ENJOY: Tea, Very Occasional Coffee W/ Cardamom, Cream, And Sugar
LIMIT/AVOID: Tobacco, Alcohol (Except Small Amounts Of Beer)
Yoga practice that leaves you feeling cool, relaxed through the mid-abdomen, helps to balance
excess intensity, competitiveness, and irritability is balancing to pitta dosha.
1 Perform asana in a way that is subtle, refined, and noncompetitive. Emphasize relaxing during
2 Avoid creating too much heat, especially heat sensations in the head, and too much sweating.
Rooting the inhale at the navel center and slowing the breath are two ways to achieve this.
3 Practicing Uddhiyana Bandha Kriya is one of the primary hatha yoga practices for balancing
4 Incorporate Moon Salutations (Chandra Namaskar), Seated and Lying Twists, Peacock Pose
(Mayurasana), and straight-legged standing poses such as wide-legged forward fold (Prasarita P
adotonasana), Tree (Vrikshasana), Balancing Half Moon (Ardhachandrasana)
5 Forward bends that stretch the inner and outer legs such as Cow-Faced Pose (Gomukhasana) and
Cobbler Pose (Baddhakonasana) work the channels that relate to Pitta Dosha.
1. Emphasize a cooling breathing pattern during asana practice where the exhale is longer than
inhale and there is a conscious intention to relax during the exhale. Having a smooth, rhythmic
breath while performing the postures, particularly the Sun Salutations, is of ultimate importance for
insuring that Prana spreads the heat equally throughout the body. Also, the suspension of the breath
after exhale has a powerful effect to concentrate the mind, which stabilizes the flame of Agni, the
purified essence of fire.
2. After practice if you feel any excess heat sensations in the body, skin, or are mentally or emotionally
agitated, you can practice Shitali, Sitakari, and/or Kaki Mudra to cool excess pitta. All these breathing
exercises involve breathing through the mouth and if you are not familiar with them it is important
to get skilled instruction before practicing them.
Most styles of meditation have a cooling quality but these can be enhanced by incorporating cooling
mudras, water imagery, and/or toning sounds such as “ahhh” or “shh”. Loving-kindness meditation is
transformative for overheated emotions such as deeply held anger, resentment, or hatred.
Kapha people need to focus on bitter, astringent, and pungent foods which invigorate their bodies
and minds, and should avoid sweet, sour, and salty foods which help them remain set in their ways.
Kapha individuals should never eat fried or otherwise greasy foods and should shun dairy products.
Fat is the worst possible food for kapha types. Vegetables are the best for kapha types who should
limit the total amount of food they eat.
Kapha types need a lesser amount of grains than vata or pitta people. All vegetables are good for kapha
dosha except potatoes, tomatoes, and water chestnuts. They should avoid especially sweet or sour fruits
in their diet. Dried fruits such as prunes and astringent fruits such as pomegranates and cranberries
are especially good for kapha dosha. Kapha types rarely need any flesh foods because their flesh is
adequately nourished by other foods. Kapha is increased by sweets, so kapha individuals should not
use any sweetener except small amounts of raw honey that helps reduce kapha. They find spices useful
to awaken their senses and they should be encouraged to use all spices except salt, which increases
kapha directly. Similar to vata people, ginger and garlic are the best spices. Occasional consumption
of coffee is permissible.
KAPHA DIET GUIDELINES
ENJOY: Dried Fruits, Apples, Apricots, Cranberries, Pears, Pomegranate
LIMIT/AVOID: Excessively Sweet, Juicy, Or Sour Fruits Such As Dates, Orange Juice
ENJOY: All Including Peppers And Chilies In Moderation
ENJOY: Millet, Buckwheat, Barley, Rice, Corn, Quinoa
LIMIT/AVOID: Wheat, Breads
ENJOY: Well-Cooked Tofu, Black Beans, Mung Beans, Pinto Beans
LIMIT/AVOID: Black Lentils, Soybeans
EAT SPARINGLY: Very Limited Amounts Of Eggs, Chicken, Fish, Rabbit, Venison
LIMIT/AVOID: Fried Meats
Nuts & Seeds
ENJOY: Small Amounts of Sunflower And Pumpkin
LIMIT/AVOID: Heavy Salted Nuts
Dairy(in moderate amounts)
ENJOY: Small Amounts of Ghee And Goats Milk Cooked With Cardamom And Turmeric
LIMIT/AVOID: Most Other Forms of Dairy Especially Cheeses
Sweeteners (in moderate amounts with other foods)
ENJOY: Raw Honey in Small Amounts
LIMIT/AVOID: Everything Else
ENJOY: All Spices, Especially Ginger And Garlic
LIMIT/AVOID: Excess Salt
ENJOY: Black Tea, Coffee, Small Amounts Of Tobacco Smoke
Yoga that is warming, invigorates circulation, encourages the expectoration of excess mucus, and
makes the mind/body feel light and clear is beneficial to kapha dosha.
1 Reducing Kapha with yoga practice must be achieved in a gradual, step by step manner. Along
with awakening the body, we must awaken the senses, the breath, the imagination, the emotions,
and the subtle spiritual realms which are related to the elements of fire, air and space.
2 Do an active and warming asana practice to stimulate metabolism and circulation. Work postures
that create sweating and sustained intense physical effort. However, if there is excessive muscular
effort then Prana does not move properly in the channels. This will obstruct the proper flow of
kapha which upsets the nervous system. The body will in turn try to stabilize this by creating
more kapha. It is very important to understand that effort and sweating are not the only important
factors for kapha reduction. It is necessary to protect the balance of Vata Dosha while doing
things specific for reducing kapha.
3 Practice Yoga in the morning. Include Sun Salutations and fluid vinyasas between standing poses
to encourage the elimination of physical, mental, and emotional stagnation or heaviness. Standing
forward bends and twists are useful to wring kapha dosha out of the lungs, stomach and liver.
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svansana) is good for lung and sinus congestion.
1 During the practice of asana, incorporate a deep breath with an emphasis on a gentle exhalation
retention. A smooth, rhythmic breath while performing the postures, particularly Sun Salutations,
is key for maintaining concentration and ensuring that prana spreads the heat equally throughout
the body. When you work this way you will actually sweat less because the heat stays inside in
the body. This inner heat melts excess kapha in your tissues so the body can eliminate it. If the
breathing is erratic or overly aggressive it disturbs both fire /pitta and air/vata doshas so kapha
won’t budge. It might even increase slightly as a response to the stress.
2 Skull-Shining Breath (Kapalabhati) and Bellows Breath (Bhastrika) are excellent for reducing
excess kapha. These breaths are intense by nature and should be learned from a skilled instructor
before practicing them.
Eyes-open meditations, solar or space visualizations, and standing or walking meditations are best.
Kirtan is excellent for clearing emotional heaviness from the heart and strengthening the lungs.
AT HOME ESSENTIAL DETOX STEPS
Do you ever feel like you’re walking and thinking in a thick fog? Can you relate to feeling sluggish,
less vibrant than you know you can be? Maybe you suffer from extra weight or allergies? All of
these are symptoms of your system being toxic.
After the cleanse, be prepared to experience a heightened level of mental clarity and physical
vitality. It’s actually pretty simple but not always easy, but it’s totally worth it, to take a week of your
life and do everything in a different, clean way.
The Root Cause of Disease
According to Ayurveda, the root cause of all disease is the accumulation of toxins produced by improper digestion. The traditional method for removing deep-seated toxins is an expulsion therapy
called panchakarma. Nowadays you can go to Ayurvedic clinics worldwide and spend significant
time and money receiving this treatment. But if that’s not an option for you? Well, you can adapt
these ancient principles and receive huge benefits by doing a home version on your own schedule.
Note: Panchakarma means “five actions” and refers to the five detoxification procedures mentioned in the ancient Ayurvedic text, the Charak Samhita. A home cleanse incorporates the preparatory methods of oleation and sweating. It also includes the cleansing techniques of nasal oil,
purgative herbs, and medicated enemas. The purification is followed by a traditional rejuvenation
Imagine trying to dye a dirty, old white t-shirt. Unless you wash it first, there’s no way it can take
the dye. The space between the weave is too full of dirt. It’s the same with trying to improve your
health. Unless you clean out the internal system first with a comprehensive detox, you can’t absorb or integrate revitalizing and strengthening medicines.
Here’s what to do
Internal oleation consists of drinking ghee on the first mornings of your cleanse. Ghee provides
the lubrication necessary to bring toxins from the deep tissues to the digestive tract, from which
they will be eliminated using purgative herbs. At first this might sound kind of strange, but in fact it
is only through ingesting oil that fat-soluble toxins can be removed from the muscle and fat tissues
in which they are stored.
Daily administration of herbal nasal oil lubricates the sinus cavities, balances incoming energy,
clears the mind, and relieves stress in the head and neck. People with seasonal allergies have
seen vast improvements in their sinus congestion through daily use of Ayurvedic nasal oil.
External oleation is performed using warm sesame oil and massaging it onto the entire body before bathing. This self-massage calms the nervous system, increases circulation, and encourages
the release of internal toxins.
Purgation therapy is accomplished by taking the Ayurvedic herbal formula Triphala. Triphala is a
mild but effective laxative that has the unique ability to scrape old toxins and undigested material
from the small crevices within the large intestine. Triphala has been used for millenia in Inida as a
daily colon cleanser and rejuvenator.
Medicated enemas using dashamula are a crucial part at the end of a home cleanse to flush all
the toxins that have now been brought in to it from the peripheral tissues. With the proper instructions, you may find this to be one of your favorite parts of the cleanse.
After a cleanse it is important to rejuvenate. Rasayanas are herbal formulas used to build a new,
strong foundation from which to move forward. The most common rejuvenative product is Chyavanprash herbal jam. Containing over 15 tonifying herbs, Chyavanprash is a tasty way to build
immunity, respiratory function, metabolism, and energy.
The Best Yet? You Don’t Have To Starve
During a detox, people can feel hungry or deprived. With an Ayurvedic cleanse, you enjoy as
much as you want of the traditional cleansing dish called kitchari. Kitchari is a wholesome meal of
basmati rice and split yellow mung beans cooked well together with digestive spices and ghee. It
is easily digested and allows your digestive fire to focus on burning off old toxins instead of on new
food coming in.
This type of Ayurvedic Cleanse is safe and effective for all constitutional types, but is not recommended during pregnancy, menstruation, or in certain medical conditions. It’s best to consult your
practitioner (or email me if you don’t have one!) before doing any type of detox.
Dincharya daily routine guide
Dinacharya is the Sanskrit word for daily routine, ‘Din’ means day and ‘charya’ means to follow or
close to. The daily routine recommends good hygiene, moderate exercise, healthy diet, efficient
elimination of wastes and a positive mental outlook. Ayurveda states that in order to be optimally
healthy we should tune our bodies to nature’s master cycle. Every day there are two cycles of
From 6am to 6pm and
From 6pm to 6am.
Within each cycle there are 4 hour periods that are dominated by vata, pitta or kapha energies.
We also have vata, pitta and kapha energies within our bodies in various strengths and combinations so it is good if we can prevent activities that aggravate the cycle of vata, pitta, kapha.
6am to 10pm – Kapha
10am to 2pm – Pitta
2pm to 6pm – Vata
6pm to 10pm – Kapha
10pm to 2am – Pitta
2am to 6am – Vata
Therefore Dinacharya is basically an ideal daily schedule for us to follow, which analyzes the master cycles of nature and suggests optimal times for carrying out our daily routine.
Taking the above into account the daily routine should look something like this:
Get up early, 2 hours before sunrise, if you can’t manage that try 30 minutes before. This is the
time that Vata is dominant, and is the most fresh and pure time of the day and it helps to tune your
body to nature.
Drink 1-2 glasses of warm water one hour before and one hour after each meal this will help to
stimulate your bowels to move. Make a habit to pass urnine after each meal.
Do some brief exercise 10 minutes is plenty, yoga and breathing exercise is good to awaken the
body slowly and prepare it for meditation. Meditate for about 15 minutes more if possible especially during detox.
Chew some black sesame seeds for a few minutes or use oil pulling to help remove toxins in
the mouth. Massage your scalp, forehead, temples, hands and feet for five minutes or do a full
Abhyanga: Massage your body with sesame oil including souls of feet leave for 15 mins before
bathing or showering in warm water.
Clean your teeth (herbal toothpaste Neem is perfect) and scrape your tongue, ayurveda considers
a coating on your tongue as an indication to toxins in the colon.
Eat breakfast consisting of a diet balanced according to your personal requirements.
Do not start your work or business activities before breakfast. After breakfast allow 5 minutes to
plan your day in your diary, prioritize your work load.
Lunch should be eaten between 12 noon and 1pm as this is the peak Pitta period and Pitta is
responsible for digestion. Ayurveda recommends that lunch be the largest meal of the day. Try to
eat fresh food and make an effort to eat conciously, concentrate on how the food tastes and on
fully chewing your food.
Experiment: Engage all your senses for 5 mins before actually eating and note, physical and emotional sensations as they arise, salivating, impatience, embarrassment waiting etc. Look at your
food, touch it, smell it, listen to it and give thanks.
Take a short walk to aid digestion or sit cross legged for twenty mins to allow blood flow to rush to
stomach to aid digestion
6pm - If you do physical type work you should spend 20 minutes doing relaxing yoga or meditation, if your work is not physical then 20 minutes physical exercise would be beneficial.
Evening meal, this should be lighter than lunch and should be taken at 7pm.
A short walk to aid digestion after dinner.
Sundown is the time for prayers or meditation it is a special time of balance between night and day
and is the best time of the day for reflection.
Before bed open your diary and tick off the work which you have completed, anything which has
been left or not completed add to another day. This will help unclutter your mind to allow you a
more restful sleep.
Bedtime around 10pm is optimal.