Each day, we cycle through the three doshas– Vata, Pitta, Kapha– in 4-hour increments.
Mornings between 6 and 10am are dominated by Kapha dosha,
and Kapha is all about the body.
So it’s the best time to do some vigorous breathing exercises (Breath of Fire is a great one at this time of day), and move your body– practice yoga or martial arts, dance, go for a run, do some strength training, whatever makes you feel awake and alive.
Now comes the breakfast , which is not the most important meal of the day! Remove that belief from your mind. According to Maharishi Ayurveda (which is a 5000-year old science) teaches that lunch is the most important meal of the day , it’s better to start your day with a light meal.
Even in English the meaning of “breakfast” is to “break a fast.” It’s better to break the fast of the night slowly. Your digestive system needs warm, nourishing foods in the morning to stimulate it, but not too much. The digestive fire is just waking up, and will be at full capacity when the sun is high in the sky, at noon. That’s when to eat heavier proteins and larger amounts of food.

Lunchtime is between 10am and 2pm.
In that time period, Pitta dominantes.
Pitta is the transformative fire; it’s what allows us to digest. So this is the time of day when you want to have your biggest meal, because your body will be able to transform the food you give it into fuel and energy more easily than any other time.
Have a big meal around 11 or 12, which gives your Pitta fire a couple hours to digest it, and then eat more sparingly the rest of the day. If you observe yourself, you will notice that you feel more inclined to check things off your to-do list at this time of day than any other. You are literally “on fire”, and can go through tasks quickly and effectively. The Pitta fire gives you that competitive edge that compels you to move forward and take care of business. It’s another form of”digestion”, if you will.
between 2 and 6pm, comes Vata time.
Vata’s speciality is mental and creative activity. To make the most of this time of day, stay grounded, warm and calm. Do things that feel nurturing to you .Drink hot tea, get cosy, slow down, do some long deep breathing if you feel inclined.
Vata is the most delicate of the doshas, the one that is most prone to imbalance; but if you can pay special attention to it in the afternoons, you will reap its wonderful rewards.
From 6 to 10pm, we cycle back to Kapha time.
Where the morning Kapha period is for waking up, the evening one is for quieting down. It’s a good time to exercise, but not too vigorously; choose a type of exercise that will help you shake and stretch the stress out of your body and Aim to cool yourself down, as opposed to heating yourself up. Yoga, walking or swimming are good options.
Eat dinner early and keep it small(which is easy if you were able to go all out for lunch), and avoid overly fatty and spicy foods, as this will impact your sleep. The lighter you eat in the evening, the more refreshed you will feel the next morning.
Spend these last hours of the day indulging in your favorite quiet, calming activities like reading, listening to music, meditating, relaxing with your loved ones.
Indeed, at 10pm we enter the second phase of Pitta, the fire energy, which lasts until 2am.
This time around, Pitta is not intended to digest food, but to clean our system. It basically “digests” everything that happened in our bodies during the day.This is why it’s crucial to be asleep between 10pm and 2am, so that we don’t hinder the purification process. So,if you only take away one lesson from this article, it’s this: don’t eat after 10pm.
The last phase of our 24-hour body clock,which for some of us is the first phase, is from 2 to 6am. This is Vata time once again, but don’t confuse it with the first.
This is by far the best time of day for meditation, contemplation, prayer, chanting or other spiritual practices. The main idea is to use this Vata time of day to open yourself to higher energies, to practice mindfulness, and to feel connected to yourself.


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