According to Ayurvedic principles every part of the day has its own specific energy that is predominantly at work. We know 3 main bio-energies, called VATA, PITTA and KAPHA. Vata means movement, Pitta stands for transformation and Kapha is inertia or potential.
Consequence is that certain activities are more suitable in the morning, others in the afternoon or evening. Ayurveda observes and actually follows the logic of nature. Like we all know that nighttime is best for sleeping and noon is a good time for eating, the whole day has timeslots where either Vata, Pitta or Kapha is high.
When you look into it closely it becomes clear that for best health we should take our biggest meal between 10am and 2pm and go to bed before 10 pm. After 10pm Pitta rises again, which means we become more active in the mind. You know those evenings, right? You get in this second round of energy and start dealing with household or work that has to be done. When you hit this fase, falling asleep becomes even more difficult.
The best time to hit the sack is between 6pm and 10pm. Ofcourse, this varies a bit according to the time of year and your whereabouts on this planet. So when should we get out of bed? Well, you ain’t gonna like this, but between 2am and 6 am, say what? Yep! That’s also a great time to do yoga and meditation practice, because nobody will bother you with phonecalls or emails. It is as if you are winning extra hours for yourself.
Personally, I have periods where getting up early comes naturally and others where I just can’t seem to get out of bed. Eating light food in the evening helps with getting up before sunrise. Why would you be so crazy to do that, out of free will? Well you know, there’s a kind of magic in these few hours before the first sun rays, where everything is quiet and dark.
After sunrise we enter Kaphatime, which means more heaviness and hard times for leaving your warm bed behind..
Ideally, we eat our largest meal between 10am and 2pm, when our agni or digestive fire is at its peak. This agni is the whole of enzymes and acidic fluids that help to digest the food and making it ready for absorption.
Do you need more energy and juice during the day? Try implementing the rhythm of nature in your daily routine and notice the difference for yourself.