Cooperating with Daily and Seasonal Rhythms
We can be healthy and functional by cooperating with daily and seasonal rhythms.
Daily phases during which dosha influences prevail
Vāta is influential from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. (or sunrise). Awaken before 6 a.m. to eliminate body wastes and be attuned to the lightness and free flowing energy of vata dosha influences.
Kapha is influential from 6 a.m. (or sunrise) to 10 a.m. If possible, this is a suitable time to exercise, because strength and stamina are at a peak level. It is also a good time to focus on work or activity that requires concentration and inner strength.
Pitta is influential from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Because digestive fire is stronger during this phase, it is the ideal time to have your major meal of the day.
Vata is influential from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (or sunset). Food and exercise should be light at this time of day.
Kapha is influential from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Retire for sleep before 10 p.m.
Pitta is influential from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Avoid late night eating if still awake.
seasonal phases during which dosha influences prevail
Vata influences are pronounced during the winter months from November to February when the weather is cold and dry. Fall season is a good time for a gentle body cleanse. Especially during these months, observe dietary and activity regimens which pacify or subdue mental and physical vata characteristics. Foods should be heavier and nourishing.
Kapha influences are pronounced during the spring months from March to June when the weather is wet, and moisture in nature replaces dryness. This is a good season of the year to implement a gentle body cleansing program and to observe dietary and activity regimens which pacify or subdue kapha characteristics. Foods that increase pitta influences can be chosen. This is also a good time to implement a more active exercise program. Be sure to stay warm and dry. Cultivate warm emotional states.
Pitta influences are pronounced during the summer months from July to October when the weather is hot. Maintain dietary and activity regimens which subdue pitta characteristics. Foods should be light and wet.
Rāgas: Times for Listening or Performance
"Each rāga is associated with a definite mood or sentiment that nature arouses in human beings. The ancient musicologists were particularly interested in the effects of musical notes and how they effected and enhanced human behavior. Music has the power to cure, to make you feel happy, sad, disgusted and so on. Extensive research has been carried out to find out these effects. This formed the basis of time theory as we know it today. It is said that performing or listening to a rāga at the proper allotted time can affect the health of human beings." Gurukripa Clinic, India
Below is a small sampling of rāgas and their related time.
- Maru Bihag
- Gunkri Bhairav
- Ahir Bhairav
- Bhoopali Todi
- Ramkali Todi
- Nat Bhairav
- Lalit Bhairav
- Jogiya Bhairav
- Gaud Saarang
- Multani Todi
The 24 hour day is divided into 8 periods (prahar) in Indian classical music:
1. 6 am - 9 am 1st beat of the day. Daybreak, Morning (Kapha)
2. 9 am - 12 pm 2nd beat of the day. Late Morning (Kapha into Pitta)
3. 12 pm - 3 pm 3rd beat of the day. Afternoon, Late Afternoon (Pitta into Vāta)
4. 3 pm - 6 pm 4th beat of the day. Twilight, Early Evening (Vāta)
5. 6 pm - 9 pm first beat of the night. Evening, Late Evening (Kapha)
6. 9 pm - 12 am 2nd beat of the night. Night; Midnight (Kapha into Pitta)
7. 12 am - 3 am 3rd beat of the night. Late Night (Pitta into Vāta)
8. 3 am - 6 am 4th beat of the night. Early Dawn; Morning (Vāta)
- Vāta: 2 - 6 am / pm
- Kapha: 6 - 10 am / pm
- Pitta: 10 - 2 am / pm