This is my language! Āyurveda is science of rhythm, routines, and cycles. It acknowledges that the movement of nature isn't linear, but is instead cyclical. Like these lyrics from one of my favorite bands remind us,
'Nature is always round.'
~ Wider Circles by Rising Appalachia
what do these rhythms mean to you?
Āyurveda and western science agree that misalignment of our circadian clock can affect behavior, hormone levels, sleep, body temperature and metabolism. These are all major measurements of how we experience wellness. By relearning how to align with our own inner clock with the larger environmental clock we bring the body back into balance.
where can you find rhythm?
While some of these routine shifts are common sense, others have been lost in decline of our traditional cultural knowledge. We used to know well how to sync up with nature's rhythms. It can be useful to work with a practitioner to identify which routine shifts would have the biggest impact on your specific health concerns.
While some schedule adjustments will be very specific to the individual, some are more universal. Here are three of my favorite schedule/routine hacks that can be useful for everyone...
1. Get good sleep between the hours of 10p and 2a. These are the power hours for rejuvenation and immune boosting sleep. Miss these and you can't make them up that night.
2. Use your phone to remind you of what you want to do, and when. For example, set a reminder that says 'Go to bed, love.' for 9:30p and when it goes off0 remember your loving intention to get enough rest and have adequate energy the next day.
3. Use your calendar to schedule your SELF. You won't magically have the time to shop, cook, meditate, do an āsana practice, etc if you don't schedule it in like you do everything else. Block out your daily routines on your calendar, and hold them as your non-negotiables each day.
I'd love to hear what routines keep you most balanced, and how you find balance in a culture that is constantly pushing and pulling at our rhythms. Share your stories in the comments below.
Yours in radical wellness,