Western civilization speaks of biological time when it comes to reproduction, youth, aging, death, while Ayurveda sees time as an endless series of small and large cycles that are repeated daily and obey one of the three doshas – coffee , pie, and cotton wool .
Ayurvedic life cycles
According to Ayurvedic knowledge , in childhood and through puberty, a person’s life is governed by a coffee dosha , which is dense and soft and is responsible for functions such as nutrition and life processes such as growth. In youth and early adulthood pitta dosha prevails, then 50, began to give way to vata dosha and body tissues are increasingly losing hydration coarsen and grow old. This does not happen all of a sudden, the transition between the different stages of life is smooth, and for many people who do not have the sensibility for them, they remain elusive.
Ayurveda cycles around the clock
But the Ayurvedic understanding of the cyclicality of life does not end here. It considers each day to be a separate cycle and within its limits the three doshas have their own cycles – the segments of the day in which each one prevails. This understanding is close to that of modern Western science for the “biological clock” . The difference is that in Ayurvedic cycles are related to the petty states and activities of our life and define things that we here are accustomed to neglecting.
The Ayurvedic understanding, for example, is that:
- morning between 6 and 10 pm ., And the night between 18 and 22 hours. Occurs during the kapha dosha
- from 10 in the morning to 2 in the afternoon and from 10 in the evening to 2 in the evening the dosha prevails
- The wata dosha is strongest between 2 and 6 in the afternoon and 2 and 6 at night .
Ayurveda offers optimal hours for every activity of our lives such as eating, sleeping, working, enjoying and resting .
Coffee dosha prevails between 6 and 10 in the morning and between 6 and 10 in the evening. This is the time when we are closest to the border of sleep . Because this dosha is thick, heavy and slow, during the coffee cycle we are much lazier than during the rest of the day, and we need to accumulate prana in order to wake up for the new day. This is a natural process and we must not resist it, but we must not give in to it blindly.
Although the feeling of sleeping late is a favorite of almost all of us, if we don’t get out of bed before 7am, we run the risk of our coffee dosha reaching excessively high levels . If that happens, we will remain in her captivity all day, and if it happens too often, we will end up with a serious imbalance that could harm our health. Also, coffee dosha loves food , but we should always be careful about what and how much we eat through the cycles when it prevails.
Breakfast is definitely advisable, but be careful not to overeat with it, as you run the risk of being lazy all day long in the morning, and in the long run, can cause serious weight problems. People with a coffee constitution should be especially careful with the amounts of sleep and eating , because it is they who are most prone to imbalances associated with it.
Pitta dosha is characterized by the element of fire . It is hot, activating and powerful. It is about 10 am in the morning that it supplies us with the energy we need to fulfill our obligations until noon . During this stretch of time and our digestion functions most properly – which is why it is advisable to try to eat especially during the daily pie cycle .
At night, the pita dosha becomes a purifying power that renews our body and prepares it for more challenges. That is why it is very important that between 10pm and 2am we stay in bed and sleep for this to happen.
According to Ayurveda, sleep is key in order to maximize the benefit of this moment in our daily cycle. Moreover, if we stay up late, we run the risk of missing the pita dosha peak and failing to fall asleep well in the morning – this is especially noticeable for young children .
Vata is the most difficult to keep in balance with the three doshas. But if we manage to master it and maintain its fragile harmony, between 14 and 18 hours we will be able to enjoy the generous harvest of its creative nature. That is why we are most productive in the afternoon, and then the children are the most naughty and restless. If we have free time, we can spend those hours contemplating and active leisure activities such as sports and gardening .
The night cycle of the wata dosha is between 2 and 6 in the morning and is not so much related to creative energy and imagination , but to perception and comprehension. This is the time when the dream goes on, the body is almost completely regenerated and is already in a limiting state, closer to the waking cycle . From time immemorial, yoga practitioners in India have found that this period of day and night is particularly suitable for meditative practices . In order to get the beneficial effect of midnight watt energy , it is best to strive to wake up before 6 am.
But for some, those small hours of the night are not at all related to romantic associations like reflection and meditation . People who have sleep problems – and very often these are the ones with your constitution – get overwhelmed at the thought of “4 in the morning” because this is the time when insomnia sufferers wake up after turning in the covers for hours and they finally seemed to be able to nap for a while. At around 2 am, the doshas began to grow and by 4 it had already reached very high values.
Although usually at this point, we are still asleep, in our body the processes of awakening have already begun . Ayurveda advises us if we are of this type and have trouble sleeping, not to be angry, but to try to restore the balance of doshas in our body. We can help to achieve this by accepting various herbs such as shankpushpu, jatamansi, ashwaganda and many others, as well as yoga , but the most important thing is to start observing the hours of the day in tune with their purpose.
Life cycles in humans, animals and … the earth
In addition, while they are a phenomenon that affects all humans and living beings in general, in Europe and the United States for many years, biological cycles have been widely regarded as something individual for everyone. They are viewed as the cycles of the life of the self in every person, being or plant. Ayurveda has gone much deeper into this matter thousands of years ago, reaching the realization that our entire planet is itself going through different biological cycles, and this has its manifestations and, accordingly, regularities.
Each of the seasons, for example, also has its own dosha – summer is the time of pitta , and vata reigns in winter. The growth-enhancing coffee dosha is strongest in the spring season . And since we live in symbiosis with the earth, our cycles and its cycles are synchronized – and that is how it must be in order to be healthy and happy .
Ayurveda and the monthly cycle in women
According to Ayurveda, the women’s monthly cycle also obeys the regularities of the dosha. In the period before the egg separates from the follicle and leaves the ovary, the predominant coffee is dosha. When it goes down the fallopian tubes , it is called the ovulation process in western medicine . This lasts for an average of five to seven days, the woman’s body obeys the pita dosha, and during the first five days after the start of bleeding, it is considered that the pata dosa prevails.
Knowing this, women should take care of their health with the help of Ayurvedic wisdom . They must choose the right foods and the best time to eat them, and be spared in the event that they have to fulfill their daily obligations at this delicate moment. Yoga exercises can be a great accompanying therapy to relieve the side effects of menstruation .
However, during this period, the so-called inverted postures , in which the heart falls below the waist – including one of the easiest postures – downward looking dog ( adho mukha svanasana ) should be avoided , because in this way prevents old blood from leaking and purifying the body .
In addition, each woman has a different constitution, ie. The ratio of the three doshas in Bulgaria is different , which is why the monthly cycle is unique for each. In women with pita dosha, the blood may be darker and contain clots. With coffee dosha constitution, bleeding often lasts longer than one week , while in cotton wool the bleeding is less frequent and lasts significantly less – between three and five days. The duration of the coffee dosha is moderate. Mixed types exhibit some of the above symptoms in combinations consistent with the proportions of the prevailing constitution.
The teachings of Ayurveda, thousands of years ago, have realized the laws of cyclicality that govern life on earth. Separation from these natural norms and their forgetting over the years have led to a serious imbalance in the life of mankind. That is why, in Ayurveda, we find the nurturing salvation of disease and discomfort .