By Angela Glaz
Ayurvedic Health Coach and 500 Hour E-RYT
Habit vs. Routine
Before we start to talk about the art of cultivating a routine, we first need to differentiate the difference between a routine and a habit, as the two can often be confused. A habit is an action we do often in a regular and repeated way, without much thought behind it. A routine is a regular way of doing things in a particular order with intention and effort.
When we start to connect the definition of routine to the teachings of Ayurveda, we see a few commonalities; self-awareness, presence, and discipline. These three commonalities are key components to integrating Ayurveda into our daily lives and cultivating a routine.
Why is routine so important?
According to Ayurveda, a daily routine balances our doshas (especially vata!), it relieves feelings of stress, it helps us stay positive, healthy, and happy. and helps aid in digestion. When our digestion is on par, our body is able to properly put nutrients in their place and remove what is not needed through our stool and urine. This then ensures that there is no build up Ama (toxins) in our fat cells. This means, it can actually help us lose weight.
In addition, everything in nature is cyclical, it has a rhythm; the seasons, the phases of the moon, birds flying south for the winter, ect. We are no different, we are made up of the same five elements; space, air, fire, water, and earth, as the rest of the universe. Our body functions better when things are rhythmic. .
Types of Routines
Dinacharya (daily routine)
Wake up time/Bed Time
When you eat
When you use the toilet (will become rhythmic when eating does)
When and where you incorporate self-care and hygiene rituals
When you exercise
Ritucharya (seasonal routine)
Adjusting your diet according to the season. Bringing in more foods that hold the opposite qualities of the season. Example - Warm and grounding foods in Fall.
Adjusting your exercise according to the season. Shifting your activities to those that hold the opposite qualities of the season. Example - Swimming during summer.
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