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In recent posts, I’ve discussed the three doshas. Although everyone has a primary dosha (constitution), all doshas run through all of us. At different times of the day, at different times of the year, and at different stages in our life, some doshas are stronger than others.
The Ayurvedic day is broken up into three, four-hour time zones- one day and one night zone for each dosha. Because Kapha rules the morning 6am – 10am, waking up (and staying up) before 6am is the best thing you can do. Kapha time is also when you want to fit in some meditation, yoga and a little sweat-session (Note: Kapha time occurs between 6-10pm, for those unable to fit these things in the morning). Pitta is full of fire and so our primary meal is best eaten at lunchtime (between 10am and 2pm), but at night we should be in bed before our evening pitta second-wind hits (between 10pm and 2am). Pitta helps to digest food, emotions, and the day’s experiences. Vata time (between 2pm and 6pm) is great for concentrating on projects and studying. Hopefully, we are all sleeping between 2am and 5am, and then we are thinking about rising between 5am and 6am).
There are many ways to combat the bad effects of each of the doshas, however. One such method is aromatherapy. Kapha can benefit from invigorating and enthusiastic blends. Pitta can benefit from cooling and calming blends. Vata will benefit from grounding and earthy blends. For this purpose, I have been loving the Dosha Roll-Ons by Floracopeia.
Ayurveda actually includes 6 seasons, not just 4. Spring, Summer, Early Autumn, Autumn, Early Winter, and Late Winter. Cleansing is a great way to reset your body and mind during the 7 days before and after a seasonal change. A cleanse does not mean a fast, it means stripping your body of the terrible things you might consume on a daily basis. There are many options for cleanses, but I usually simply eat kitchari (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for 3 days at some point during this 14 day period.
Time of Life
Just like days and seasons are governed by doshas, so is our life span. From the time we are born to our late teens/early twenties, we live in kapha time. From our mid-twenties to menopause (fifty or so), we life in pitta time. In old age, we live in vata time. Doshas govern the way we deal with trauma, their taste buds, and our lifestyle preferences. Paying attention to our diet, creating a regular schedule that involves appropriate physical activity, and using complimentary herbs will help to pacify our life-cycle dosha is important. Banyan Botanicals has a great page on this information.