Ayurveda Ratricharya – Night Routine
According to the principle of Ayurveda Ratricharya – Night Routine, As the cycle continues, and we move towards night, times ruled by the doshas repeat
✿ KAPHA becomes dominant again from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, when the water and earth elements accumulate once again. These heavy qualities tell you it’s time to wind down, eat light, early dinner ✿
✿ By going to bed during the kapha time of night, the heavy quality will ensure that you drift off to sleep easily, naturally. During the last hour (from about 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm), engage only in calming activities, take a warm bath, sip tea by the fire, listen to soothing music, enjoy light conversation with loved ones ✿
AVOID: Overeating, heavy dinner – avoid heavy food, agitation, distressing conversations, violent tv shows this can interfere with sleep
As 10:00 pm rolls around, hopefully you are snug in bed.
✿ The PITTA time of night is from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, and it is important to be sleeping during this time, because the activity that now takes place is inside you; this is the time of internal cleansing. If you remain awake during this important time, you miss out on the benefit of this cleansing ✿
AVOID: Being awake, because you may find yourself at the refrigerator, reaching for ice cream or leftover pizza, since the digestive force will go looking for something to digest. Your body will thank you for skipping this, and being asleep instead ✿
VATA time returns from 2:00 am to 6:00 am
✿ The early morning vata time is not a time of creativity, but rather of receptivity. Yogis discovered long ago that this time of day, when air and ether dominate, is the best time of day for meditation, prayer, chanting and other spiritual practices. By arising prior to 6:00 am, you are able to maximize this experience ✿
AVOID: If you are still in bed, you may find that your sleep is light and disturbed, or that you awaken and have a hard time shutting off your mind.