How is an Ayurvedic Day divided?
We have already discussed the concept of the three Doshas in our earlier posts. As an extension of that understanding we see that Ayurveda uses the concept of these doshas to explain all aspects of life. This interpretation of the day permits Ayurveda to explain the triad of harmony that Vata, Pitta, and Kapha maintains in every individual. This also becomes the foundation upon which is decided how to set right the imbalance of the Doshas.
Vedic practitioners identify that the doshas are characterized by the time of the day. Vatha is asserted to be at its strongest influence between 0200 hours & 0600 hours and between 1400 hours & 1800 hours. As one might’ve guessed this is generally the time of sunrise, and sunset suggesting a large change taking place in the known universe. Ayurveda thus advises that these are the best hours of a day to begin one’s mobility and start an action. Kapha, it is said, exists more between 0600 hours & 1000 hours and between 1800 hours and 2200 hours after dusk. This time bound is aimed at preserving the harmony of the body with the day. Hence one is advised to perform the daily chores which include brushing of the teeth, excreting the accumulated feces, bathing to remove the accumulated dirt, etc. Finally, between 1000 hours & 1400 hours and between 2200 hours and 0200 hours next day are the pitha hours. It is said that the pitha is the energy that digests food. Obviously, this is the time of the day when it is advised to eat major meals.
A general realignment of our daily schedule would help a lot towards living a life in harmony with the day.