Work Better, Sleep Better: The 24 hour Ayurveda Wellness Clock.


Hello. Hey there! Today I am making a
video on Ayurveda. I studied Ayurveda in India, and
I’ve been talking to some friends and family- everyone wants to learn more
about it! So I decided to make some videos sharing a few things that I
learned while I studied Ayurveda. This video I will cover the different
times of the day in a 24 hour clock, and will explain how we can use this information
to make better schedules and routines for ourselves so that we can feel more
calm and balanced throughout the day. Ayurveda has many definitions, but it is
a thousands of years old system of looking at the human body to improve and
extend life. It’s thousands of years old! There are many books and texts
written on Ayurveda, and I am just sharing a little of what I learned. In
Ayurveda there are three distinct times of the day: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha time.
We can become more efficient if we know what to do with our minds and bodies
during those times. The Sun rises and our bodies excrete chemicals that alter our
mood and cognitive ability– just as when the sun sets. If we can understand what
time the day is best for doing certain tasks, then we can help our minds and
bodies to do different tasks efficiently! In a 24-hour clock, we experience two Vata times, two Pitta times, and two Kappa times. It doesn’t matter what body type
you are, everyone experiences the effects of these times. Vata time occurs
between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. , and then again 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. .
Kapha time occurs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. , and then again 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.. Pitta time
is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then again from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.. Just like the
tides of the ocean, the Earth rotates through two tidal bulges every lunar day.
Coastal areas experience two high tides and two low tides every 24 hours and 50
minutes. High tides occur 12 hours and 25 minutes apart. What does it all mean?
Let’s start with Vata time. Vata time is from 2 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. Vata’s external nature is Air: the force of mobility, and exhilaration.
As well as space: the field were all activities occur in dynamic containment.
It is expressed as: wind, cold, dryness, movement. Air is light, and moves, and is
cold. During Vata time, we experience these same kinds of light, airy, moving
thoughts, ideas, and sensations in the body– between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.. Some
examples of things you might experience during Vata time: Around 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. , we begin to experience dreams. Dreams do not happen in deep REM sleep. Dreams
represent moving thoughts and moving stories that our mind is creating. A dream is
considered “wind”. It is moving thoughts and movement of the mind. The times of
the day are not limited to just humans; animals, and the movement of the earth
are also marked by Vata time. Birds wake up at 4 a.m. and begin chirping and
moving. When I had to pull all-nighters at the university, I remember finishing
writing my essays around 4 a.m. or 4:30 a.m. and walking through the campus that was
very peaceful, hearing the birds chirping wide awake, while I felt like-
not that good. CEOs who are in charge of large
companies famously get up at 4 a.m. which is in the middle of Vata time. Vata
time is the best time for waking up, so if you are able to get up around 5:00 a.m. or 5:30 a.m. your body will feel lighter and it will take you less time to wake up, or to
feel awake, than if you would have gotten up at 7 a.m. (which is in a different time). During
Vata time your body just feels lighter. You might hear the alarm, touch the alarm, get out of bed and not understand how
you’re already out and moving because it’s 5 a.m! On a tide clock, the kind of
clock that marks the movement of the ocean- From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the tide moves from half tide to high tide. and then again from 2:00 a.m. to 6:00
a.m. the tide moves from half tide to low tide. The ocean is moving during Vata time. If you happen to pull an all-nighter or work night shifts, you
might be able to get through the night fairly easily until 6:00 a.m. . At 6 a.m.
Vata time is over, and your body does not feel light, and the fatigue will set
in. 6 a.m. is when Vata time ends and you’ll feel the fatigue at 6 a.m. Vata time is also a very good time to do yoga and exercise. Some Yogi’s that live
in ashrams in India, famously wake up at 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. and they do Sun
Salutations and Ashtanga. They do certain poses that come easier during
Vata time than any other time. Vata time is marked by movement, and
this includes movement of thoughts. If you happen to stay up late, and you’re
watching movie or something between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., you might start to get
some creative ideas. For example, an idea to write a book, or something really
interesting that you should do that would not occur to you at any other time.
You might think about a creative solution to a problem that you never would have
thought of. You might begin to see something regular that you do on a
regular basis in a very creative way. In Spain and Argentina, the nightclubs don’t
get started until about 2:00 a.m. and they go until 6:00 a.m. – and people
are dancing and moving and talking during this time of the night. Even
though Ayurveda says the best time to wake up is during Vata time
around 5:00 a.m. or 5:30 a.m, if you did not get a good night’s sleep, then it’s okay
to sleep beyond 5:00 a.m. Kapha time! Kapha time is from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Kapha is marked by earth and water. It expresses itself as a force of
cohesion, absorption, and stability. Words to describe Kapha: heaviness, moist, and
mucousy! Kapha time is from (twilight + four
hours). With the first few rays of the sun comes cortisol. It is a powerful time.
Kapha time is a very good time for going to the gym, lifting weights, running–
should be all done before 10 a.m. as the body wakes up there is a
meditative frame of mind during this time. Statistically less crimes happen
during this time of the day. The number of violent crimes committed by adults
increases hourly from 6 a.m. onward. Here are some things that you might
experience during Kapha time. If you were studying all night, or driving through
the night, and 6 a.m. comes around– right around 6 a.m. you will begin to feel the
heaviness the fatigue. Kapha is heaviness at 6 a.m., if you have been awake the whole
night, it will be difficult to push past 6 a.m. During this time there is more
moisture in the atmosphere and our bodies have more mucus. If you have been
sick or recovering from a cold you might notice more mucus in the morning from 6
a.m. to 10 a.m. Kapha time, and around 10 a.m. when
Kapha time ends, Pitta time happens and the mucus clears away. Then, again at
night, the mucus comes back during Kapha time from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you are
a student try to get to the gym and finish your workout before 10 a.m. If
you are a teacher, your students might benefit from doing some yoga or doing
some kind of running or exercise before 10 a.m.
They might be more focused later on. Kapha time is also a good time to review
notes and to review concepts that you learned the previous day. This is not the
best time for learning something new, it is the best time to review the material
and to remember what you had learned the previous day. Ok let’s move on to Pitta
time. Pitta time is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. Pitta time is the best time to do the most difficult tasks of the day. Pitta is
fire and water. This time expresses itself a force of dynamism and
transmutation/ transformation. The Sun is the brightest during Pitta time. This is
the time that you will be able to face the most complex problems at work. Pitta
time is a good time to take in stress, to debate, and to engage in discussion. In Ayurveda, Pitta time is the best time to eat the
biggest meal of the day: Meats, cheeses, and heavy grains, can all be consumed between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is better if you eat lunch on the later
side, around 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. That is a good time to eat the biggest meal of the day.
This is the time that your body is experiencing it’s “fire”. You will give your
body more time to digest the food. If you are studying, you are a student, and there’s a concept that you just can’t grasp, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the best time to study
that. Also if you’re taking a difficult class, like chemistry or physics–
(something you that you find difficult), it is better to choose that class time to
happen between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. rather than a 4 p.m. class, or an 8 a.m. class.
You’ll just be more awake, and mentally alert during that time, than you would any
other time. If you are going to the gym during Pitta time, it is also a good time
to go. The best time to go is Kapha time because if you are working, and studying,
and using your brain a lot— Pita time is the best time to do the most
difficult tasks. So you want to save your time and energy for the most difficult
things during Pitta time. The gym is not the best time to use your mental
capabilities, you run, and you don’t necessarily need to solve complex
problems when you’re at the gym. If you are studying for an exam or if you are
working on a thesis, the best time to get to the library is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. These are great thinking hours. After 2 p.m. is Vata time
Vata time happens again from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is a disturbed time for the
sea. Animals are moving. Vata time is a creative time. So from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.,
is a good time to have meetings, or brainstorm ideas. It is a good time to
work on developing an idea or editing a video. Maybe something interesting
might occur to you to do in the video, or to do in your essay, than in any
other time. There’s a lot of movement of thoughts and ideas during this time. This
is a time marking the end of the day. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. is also an acceptable
time to do some light exercise but nothing too heavy, because a strong surge
of adrenaline during this time will make it difficult to go to bed early. Again
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. comes Kapha time. This is a time to slow down. The Sun
is going down and so the cortisol levels in the body are falling naturally.
Adrenaline falls down. Kapha time from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. is not the best
time to be at the gym because you get a surge of adrenaline when you’re working
out and then you will prevent your cortisol levels from falling, and your
body will have a difficult time getting to bed early. Kapha time is a good
time for family. It is a good time to call friends and to connect with people.
Eating dinner can happen between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., but this should be a
lighter meal: such as soups and vegetables or rice. Something lighter than what you ate
during lunch time. Avoid eggs, meats, heavy fats, cheeses, and heavy grains. The
melatonin hormone also goes up during this time. Kapha time from 6 p.m. to
10 p.m. is a good time for going to bed because after Kapha time comes
another Pitta time. after 10 p.m. is Pitta time again. If you
cannot get sleepy by 10 p.m. it is likely that you might fall asleep much
later. We feel another surge of energy from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Which is the
Pitta time that happens at night. You might also feel hungry during Pitta time.
You might want to get up and eat a late-night snack or go out to dinner
with friends. In Spain, Argentina, and Italy, some people eat dinner during this
time. 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is a time that you might feel hungry. It is
important to fall asleep before 10 p.m. not only because of the surge of energy,
or the feeling of hunger that might come, but because 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. is a time
for the body to clean itself. In Chinese medicine, and in Ayurveda, they both agree that this time is for the liver. The liver cleaning organ cycle begins.
Glutathione is an important chemical coming from the liver excreted during
this time. The liver tries it’s best to clean the body during this time. Try
to fall asleep before 10:00 p.m. so that you can wake up feeling completely
refreshed. Your liver will have been able to clean your body the night before and
you’ll wake up feeling refreshed. Since this is also Pitta time, a “fire” time, the stars and the moon are the brightest in the sky between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. I
hope that you find this information interesting and that you’ll be able to
at least think about it- if you’re setting up a schedule or if you want to alter
your daily routine. Ayurveda has set up a system for us
to follow! What is the best time for working out? Before 10:00 a.m. When is a
good time to develop a response to a difficult email? Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. When is the best time to eat your largest meal? Pitta time, between 10
a.m. and 2 p.m. When is the best time to be in bed? Before 10 p.m. or else you
might get hungry and face the surge of energy that comes with Pita time. I will
be making a few more videos on Ayurveda!
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