Ayurveda teaches the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and daily routine rooted in the natural rhythms and cycles of our planet. The human body and mind thrive on a solid routine. Many illnesses and doshic imbalances can be significantly improved by following Ayurvedic lifestyle guidelines.

In Ayurvedic medicine, Vihara Chikitsa is known as a healthy lifestyle, and is considered an important part of Ayurvedic treatment protocol.

Some basic principles for a healthy lifestyle include:

  • Live in sync with the earth by waking by 5 am and going to bed no later than 10 PM.
  • Upon waking, brush the teeth, drink warm water, and empty the bowels.
  • Exercise in the morning before breakfast, but do exercise according to your constitution. Don't overdo.
  • Eat food according to your constitution, and eat for your body - not for your desires.
  • Avoid snacking between meals, unless a medical condition requires it.
  • Eat breakfast between 6 and 8 am, lunch between 12 noon and 2 PM, and dinner between 5 and 7 PM.
  • Eat food according to your main constitution.
  • Drink water, drink water, and drink water.
  • Avoid drinks and food with caffeine. These stimulate the central nervous system and increase Vata.
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, and other addictive substances.
  • Do not sit or stand for long periods of time during the day or night.
  • Preferably, choose an occupation which allows you to eat at regular daily times and is low stress.
  • Avoid overuse, under use, or misuse of the senses.
  • Avoid sexual activity soon after a heavy meal.
  • Avoid negative thinking, speculation, arguing, and gossiping.
  • Do not suppress natural urges of coughing, sneezing, yawning, passing gas, urination, defecation, and ejaculation.
  • Avoid long exposure to wind, sun, show, storms, heat, dust, and cold.
  • Avoid excessive talking. Learn to listen more.
  • Avoid excessive use of computers, television, cell phones, and internet.
  • Read books and spend more time learning.
  • Balance your life by spending an abundance of time in nature by hiking, camping, etc.
  • Be kind and compassionate to all earth's creatures.
  • Wear a hat when going out into the hot sun.
  • Learn to play a musical instrument.
  • Do daily oil massage with oils good for your constitution.
  • Do daily meditation.
  • Do daily devotional, prayer, and spiritual practices.
  • Make your food fresh for each meal, and avoid eating left-overs.
  • Listen carefully when others are talking.
  • Maintain your good daily routine when traveling.
  • Be good to yourself, love yourself, and respect yourself.

These are some of the important Ayurvedic lifestyle guidelines which help bring a grounded and balanced life of health and longevity.

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