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The last few weeks of 2020, I was definitely not functioning as my best self. After reading, Sahara Rose’s book “Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda” where she shared how to schedule your day based on Ayurveda, I decided to put it into practice (what did I have to lose?). I wanted to share this way of time management because it’s been super helpful for me, especially when I definitely want to take scheduled rest & self-care this year to prevent burn out.
What is Ayurveda? It is one of the world’s oldest holistic (mind, body, spirit) healing systems, developed thousands of years ago in India. It’s the sister science to yoga. Where yoga is the spiritual side, Ayurveda is the physical body side. Its intention is to promote good health, so our spiritual journey is as easeful as possible.
Back to the daily routine! The concept here is that during these certain time frames, I know exactly what I need to focus on. Intuitively, I feel like I DO function best when I followed this schedule before learning about it, so putting this into intentional practice since the beginning of the year have been a game-changer.
Importantly, during the switch in time blocks, I practice self check-ins (Tara Brach calls this the “pause”) to evaluate my energy level and to center myself by asking myself, “What do I need in this moment?” Sometimes, it’s as simple as a hot cup of tea, a 10 minute meditation, playing with my cats, or a cuddle with my boyfriend.
Here’s the breakdown of the system. Workouts are recommended during Kapha time because this is the Earth element and when we work out, we are connected to our physical body, the densest form or ourselves, connected to the earth element. I’ll recommend yoga practices that I love to do during those hours.
- Kapha | 6-10 am, I’m waking up, I’m practicing yoga and meditation, I’m doing my morning routine.
- I LOVE this because in the past, I would rush through my morning routine because I was anxious to get started on my tasks for the day. Now, I’m taking my time. I know that I have the next time frame to do my tasks.
- I set the day up for success by nurturing a calm energy rather than a “rushed”, anxious energy.
- If I have the energy, I like to do my harder “workout” in the AM. Sometimes, I’m not feeling well, so a gentler stretch would also do.
- Pitta | 10am – 2pm is when I do my most challenging work. This is the work I find the hardest to find the WILL to do it, but it must be done. For example, fixing technical things (overwhelming for me).
- Stay present – focus on one task at a time
- I like to use this time block to also do continued education type things – whether that’s involving yoga or entrepreneurship, or both. My brain is most focused during this time, so I like to nurture that by using this time to learn.
- Planning is also great during this time
- I most definitely need a 10-30 minute meditation before I transition to the next time period.
- Vata | 2pm – 6pm is during creative time
- I’m creating sequences for you, designing my website, picking up the ukulele, creating images in canva
- Posting & engaging on social media
- Kapha | 6pm – 10pm is when I start to wind down
- Self-care – Reading a book, face masks, shower bomb, cooking dinner. Self-care is different for everyone, just make sure it’s energy giving and nourishing rather than depleting
- Game-changer here. I’m consciously thinking about ways I can nourish myself during this time. I’m intentionally slowing down. We often hear “preventative health care”, but self-care for me is preventative mental health care (no burnouts this year, please)
- I typically choose a yin, restorative yoga practice, or a body scan.
And there you have it! This is a system I shared to my email subscribers earlier in January and it’s something I’m still practicing til this day. On days where I have that anxious energy, I notice it’s because I strayed away from this schedule.
To help you get started, I created this free worksheet. If you give this system a try, let me know how it goes. Or if you have a different schedule that’s been working for you, I’d love to hear bout it.
I’m rooting for you!