Do you know about the Energy Clock?
In Ayurveda there is a clock for energy.
There is an optimal time of day for different activities. For example, the middle of the day is the best time to eat our main meal, between 2pm and 6pm is the best time for communication, emails or meetings.
The reason for this optimal time for different activities is due to the energy present at that time. When we look at the world through the lens of Ayurveda everything is made up of the elements earth, water, fire, air and ether. The 5 elements are condensed into 3 Doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vata = Ether + Air Pitta = Fire + Water Kapha = Earth + Water
At different times of the day, these different elements are present which creates certain energies. They are:
Vata – the subtle wind energy is active between 2-6am/pm Kapha – nourishing water energy is active from 6-10am/pm Pitta – transforming fire energy is active from 10-2am/pm
What does this mean? When we match our activities to make the most of energies naturally present we have a routine for feeling vibrant and alive. This is what it’s like to be in sync, to go with the flow, to be in rhythm with Mother Nature. This is common sense, which is not that common!
An example of an Ayurvedic daily routine would look like:
Day 6am/sunrise – 10am This is when KAPHA energy is present, there is heaviness in the air, you may notice dew on the grass, sluggishness if you stay in bed too late. The best activities for this time are: o Wake up, hydrate, eliminate o Drink warm water and lemon o Move your body for at least 20min o Meditate
10am – 2pm This is PITTA time, it’s when the sun is at it’s hottest, it’s also when our digestion is the strongest. o Eat the largest meal of the day o This is a good time for strategy work
2pm – 6pm/sunset This is VATA time, a time of movement and connection. o A great time for meetings o Send emails and communicate with others
Night 6pm/sunset – 10pm This is KAPHA time, there is a sticky cohesive quality, a time to bond with family and friends. o Finish work around 6pm and unplug o Eat a light meal o Engage in activities that bring you joy o Go to sleep around 10pm
10pm – 2am This is PITTA time o Sleep at this time to allow for organ healing and restoration
2am – 6am/Sunrise VATA time again, there is a light, mobile quality in the air o Now is a time for active dreaming o This is a healing time for the immune and nervous systems