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AYURVEDA literally “the science of life”, seeks to support a rich, flavorful life on all levels. The Sanskrit word rasa translates as “juice” or “flavor.” It is also the name of the primary nutritional substance of the body that is associated plasma and lymph. If rasa is healthy, the entire body is likely to have vitality and the mind will feel satiated, content and find enjoyment in life. If we want to support healthy rasa, Ayurveda has taught that we need to have appropriate daily routines. We need to develop habits that support balance and health within shifting environments. A fundamental tenet of Ayurveda is that “like increases like.” For example the relative heat of midday will increase the heat in the body and mind and increase the power of agni, the digestive fire. This means that we will have greater digestive capacity in the middle of the day and so this is the best time to eat our main meal. The early morning, being cool and a time of change, is a beneficial time to create internal heat through exercise and to engage in a routine that centers the mind. Each time of day comes with inherent qualities. While morning and evening tend to be cool and are related to change, midday is a time of action and appetite. If we are interested in maintaining a healthy equilibrium, it is incumbent upon us to recognize these qualities and learn how to respond in a manner that maintains balance. How we respond will, in part depend on our individual constitutions. What will feel good to one person may cause irritation or anxiety in another. If we understand a little bit about our own constitutions, we can better understand how to develop daily routines that support health.
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