Dincharya-Daily Health Regime

It is said that discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. So, if achieving optimum health is our goal then we have to follow a regime. The ancient Indian scripture of Ayurveda has prescribed a set of daily health regimes known as “Dincharya” (Sanskrit: दिनचर्या). The word Dincharya is made of two words in Sanskrit- “Din” means day and “charya” means discipline. Here we try to present a few habits mentioned in the scriptures for great health.

1. Getting up in the Brahma-Muhurta or early in the morning

ब्रह्मे मुहूर्त उत्तिष्ठेत्स्वस्थो रक्षार्थमायुष
A healthy person should get up from bed at Brahma-Muhurta. That is, before dawn, or around 45 minutes before sunrise. The last three hours of the night from 3 am to 6 am is known as Brahma-muhurta.
प्राता रत्नं प्रातरित्वा दधाति ।
An early riser earns good health

2. Rinsing and cleaning of senses

Rinse your face with cold water and brush your teeth daily. Perform “Jalneti” (watch video) a technique which involves cleaning of your sinus, nasal passage, and mouth, ear, nose and throat area of the body. Gargling is also a good practice.
भक्षयेत् दन्तधवनम्
Teeth should be brushed after every meal.

3. Abhyanga or oil massage

अभ्यङ्गमाचरेन्नित्यम्स जराश्रमवातहा
दृष्टिप्रसादपुष्ट्यायु:स्वप्नसुत्वक्स्तदारढ्यक्रुत्
शिर: श्रवणपादेषु तं विशेषेण शीलयेत्
Abhyanga means massage. There are multiple benefits of daily oil massage including delaying aging, relieving tiredness. It improves vision, nourishes body tissues, induces good sleep, and improves skin tone and complexion.

4. Vyayama or exercise

लाघवं कर्मसामर्थ्यं दीप्तोऽग्निर्मेदस:क्षय:
विभक्तघनगात्रत्वम् व्यायामात् उपजायते
Exercise brings about lightness, it improves work capacity, increases digestion power, burns fat. It brings the body into good shape.

5. Snana or Bathing

दीपनं वृष्यमायुष्यं स्नानमूर्जाबालप्रदम्।
कण्डूमलश्रमस्वेदतन्द्रातृड्दाहपाप्मजित् ॥
उष्णाम्बुना अध कायस्य परिषेको बलावह: |
तेनैव तूत्तमाङ्गस्य बळ्ह्रुत्केशचक्षुषां ||
Daily bathing is useful not only in getting rid of dirt and sweat it also improves digestion, prolongs life, increases enthusiasm and strength. While bathing, pour warm water below the neck and cold water above the head for improved vision and healthy hair.

6. Aahar or Diet

जीर्णे हितं मितं च अद्यत् I
मात्राशी सर्वकालं स्यात्मात्रा हयग्ने: प्रवर्तिका I
One should always eat, only after digestion of previous food and in limited quantities.
अन्नेन कुक्षेद्वौअंशौ पानेनैकं प्रपूरयेत्।
आश्रयं पवनादीनां चतुर्थमवशेषयेत ||
½ part of the stomach should be filled with food, ¼ parts should be filled with water and the rest should be left empty.
तन्मना भोजनगतहः चित्त
Eat mindfully. What we think while eating is as important as what we eat. How thankful we are for the food on our plate, the positive or negative thoughts in our mind, everything has an impact on our digestion. Watch video on भोजन करते समय इन बातों का रखें ध्यान | Keep These Things in Mind While Eating

7. Langham or Fasting

Skipping dinner once a week is ideal for all body types. It helps in clarity of sense organs, excretion of waste, elimination of toxic and morbid material from the body.

8. What to Drink and When

भोजनान्ते पिबेत्तक्रं वासरान्ते पिबेत्पयः ।
निशान्ते च पिबेद्वारि त्रिभिर्रोगो न जायते ॥
By drinking buttermilk at the end of a meal, milk at the end of the day, and water at the end of the night or in the morning, one doesn’t get diseases.

9. Maintain personal hygiene

Apart from daily cleansing of the body, one should also regularly cut his hair, nails, and mustaches. Keep feet, ears, nose, eyes, etc clean. One should neither induce natural urges forcefully (eg; urinating, when there is no urge to pass urine) nor suppress it.

10. Sat-vritti or good conduct

नक्तं दिनानि मे यान्ति कथं भूतस्य संप्रति।
दुःखभाङ् न भवत्येवं नित्यं संनिहितस्मृतिः॥
One who reflects constantly on how his days and nights are passing and adapts accordingly to the situation will never be afflicted by sorrow.
आर्द्रसन्तानता त्यागः कायवाक्चेतसां दमः ।
स्वार्थबुद्धिः परार्थेषु पर्याप्तमिति सद्व्रतम् ॥
Having control over the activities of the body, speech, and mind, showing selfless devotion to the cause of others, taking care of the interests of others as if it is his own are considered as good conduct. Practicing these conducts on a day-to-day basis guarantees good health and prosperity.
Source: Ashtang Hridayam by Acharya Vagbhatta

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9 Comments

  1. Sushree 06/03/2022 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks for these useful tips for healthy life.

  2. sudhanalini sarangi 25/03/2022 at 11:25 am - Reply

    आर्द्रसन्तानता त्यागः कायवाक्चेतसां दमः ।

    स्वार्थबुद्धिः परार्थेषु पर्याप्तमिति सद्व्रतम् ॥

    Amazing facts to know। Thanks JKYOG

  3. MANORAMA DAS 28/03/2022 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Wonderful. Thank You.

  4. Sushanta Kumar Mohanty 05/04/2022 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Very useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

    • Manjushree Nanda 26/09/2022 at 2:46 pm - Reply

      We have to follow the discipline for daily dincharya.Thanks Jkyog.

  5. Manjushree Nanda 11/04/2022 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this useful tips of dincharya.

  6. Sneha 12/04/2022 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing very useful SMS.

  7. Sanjay 24/09/2022 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    At least we have to follow these simple rule for simple living.

  8. MANORAMA DAS 25/09/2022 at 11:58 am - Reply

    So beautiful article. For a healthy and good life, we need to follow this daily simple discipline. Thank you so much.

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