Ratricharya – The nightly rituals with Ayurveda
Namaste from HemaVeda,
Everyone is seeking good health. And we must also appreciate and observe how we live our life – whether it is eating, drinking, sleeping or even how we emotionally experience our life. Health is all encompassing aspects of body and mind and often extends to our social life – the people close to us and on the internet that affect our wellbeing these days.
When we all are trying our best to live a healthy life we seek routines – crash diets and at times get-quick-in-shape plans. Whether it is a juice diet for 10 days or that $19 gym membership – that will quickly undo all the excesses we might have enjoyed over the last weekend.
These plans have helped us all to varying degrees but do not seem very sustainable. What we need is something more natural that does not shock our bodies and also allow us to keep up with these routines without being excessively stressed and stay the course.
This is where Ayurveda comes to help. It is an ancient science and not a quick-fix-make-it-go-away technique.
Pls. allow me today to share some of this wisdom – as discussed in Ayurveda Literature.
Ayurveda offers us few fundamental principles for maintenance of good health. The definition of good health is not just an absence of disease but it is a harmonious balance of physical, mental and social well-being. These principles are described in the form of dina-charya (day regimen), ratri-charya (night regimen), and ritu-charya (seasonal regimen).
This blog is divided into each of these regimens. For din-charya, pls. see this.
Here I will discuss Ratri-charya (night regimen) and try answering these questions like
Why do I feel bloated going to bed?
Why do I struggle falling asleep?
Ayurveda regards nidra (sleep) as one of the most essential factors responsible for a healthy and fulfilling life.
Sleeping at the proper time and proper duration leads to equilibrium of dhatus (tissues) and alleviates lethargy. Adequate night sleep provides nourishment, good complexion, strength, enthusiasm, restores gastric fire and enhances digestion.
Proper night sleep pacifies kapha dosha and eliminates the toxic compounds in the body. Appropriate sleeping environment and space is an important aspect of Night rituals according to Ayurveda classics. Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is also beneficial.
The other significant aspect of the night routine is the presence of Moonlight. As per the Ayurvedic classics the moonlight that falls on the body has a direct effect on the body and mind. The moonlight is said to act as a cooling agent for the human body. Moonlight also enhances the desires, revitalizes the body.
Ratricharya or night regimen is an important practice which was first mentioned in Ayurvedic classical literature. It is about the regimen to follow at night for the maintenance of health and well-being.
These rituals help both the body and mind. Such self care in itself allows our minds and bodies to align and help us rest better and feel rejuvenated the next morning.