Taking Charge of Your Health

The Ayurvedic clock.. it’s a way for us to
approach the movements of our day, the seasons of the year, as well as the transitions in
our lives. The Ayurvedic clock is an important way for
us to empower ourselves in our self care, so stay tuned. For the best advice on self care and personal
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a new video every Thursday. Today we’re talking about the Ayurvedic clock
and we’re gonna kick things off by talking about the 24-hour cycle, or the hours in the
day. There are different times of day that relate
to each of the Doshas. And, if you haven’t watched my previous two
videos in this series, you might want to check those out before we keep going. I will link to those in the corner as well
as in the description below. Our day is made up of 24 hours. And there are chunks of time, hours of the
day, that really do relate to each of the Doshas that carry those certain elemental
qualities that we discussed in the previous video in this series. So let’s dive right in and let’s talk about
times of the day and which Dosha they relate to. The first thing to know is that the Ayurvedic
clock works in four-hour chunks. So just remember that as we’re looking at
the qualities and how they apply to your day, in that it really does apply to things in
a four-hour block. And I’m going to demonstrate this by talking
you through those four-hour blocks. The first four-hour chunk occurs from 6:00
AM to 10:00 AM. And this time of the day is very Kaphic in
nature. Remember Kaphic is that very solid, heavier,
earth, water, elemental qualities. If you think about the time period between
6:00 AM and 10:00 AM, it’s when most people are getting out of bed. We’re moving really slow. For some of us, getting out of bed is a real
struggle. We might hit the snooze button repeatedly. In Ayurvedic philosophy, we actually would
want to get out of bed before 6:00 AM. Because once 6:00 AM comes, because it has
that Kaphic quality, it’s much harder to get things motivated and get things moving. So 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, very Kaphic in quality. It’s when we want to take time to eat slowly,
take time to drink a warm beverage slowly. Maybe it’s time where you write down thoughts
on paper, if you’re somebody who likes to journal. This time period, from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM,
is very slow in nature. It’s easing you into your day. I often recommend to people don’t schedule
a high intensity meeting that you need to be powered up for between the hours of 6:00
AM and 10:00 AM. Chances are, because it’s a more Kaphic time
of day, you and the other people around the table might not be in the best, most receptive
place to be present for that meeting. So 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM is really about easing
into your day, taking time to digest your morning meal, and moving a bit more slower. The next four-hour block of time is from 10:00
AM to 2:00 PM. This is a very Pitta time of day. If you think about it, the sun is highest
in the sky. It’s where things are getting heated. If you remember, Pitta is made up of the qualities
of fire and water. And water here being that oily type of quality. It’s where people are really sharp, receptive,
assertive. It’s where we’re ready to receive. Our minds are operating at its quickest. We’re kind of doing that firing on all cylinders. And this is a great time to schedule that
high-intensity meeting that you need people to be present for. Most likely it’s when people are ready to
get things done. I know, when I worked in an office, this was
my most productive time of day. I was ready to engage with other people. I was much more social. My brain had come online after moving slower
through the morning. And so this 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM period, it’s
a great time to eat some food, your digestion is fired up. It’s a great time to socialize with other
people. Great time to have those meetings. Maybe even a great time to get some high-intensity
exercise in, if that would serve your Dosha well. And we’re going to be talking about that in
subsequent videos. But that 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM period, very
Pitta, fiery, oily. Let’s get it done during that time. The next time period is 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This is a very Vata time period of day. If you think about it, this is when people
move into that afternoon slump. So it’s often when we space out. And, if you remember, Vata is about air and
ether, that spacious quality, that creative quality. 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM it’s a great time to do
some expansive, creative thinking. It’s a great time to prep for the next day
or projects that you have coming up. Maybe not necessarily the best time to, again,
plan a high-intensity meeting. It might also not be the best time to be working
on something that has a really firm deadline. This Vata time of day is a chance for you
to explore, to think creatively, to think outside of the box. It’s also a time of day where we want to acknowledge
that we’re transitioning, most of us, from a work mindset into maybe more of a home mindset. So there’s also a transition period that’s
happening there. So, if you want to support this Vata time
of day, again this is that time to think creatively, expansively, and work on projects that get
your creative juices flowing. I want to know, do you have a favorite time
of day? If you do, write it in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you. We are moving through our day and now we’ve
arrived at the time period between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM. Guess what? We are back at Kapha. This time period of day is very Kaphic in
nature. Again, we’re slowing down. Maybe we’re taking time to linger over dinner. Maybe we’re taking time to connect with friends
or hang out on the couch. This is a great time for a slower movement
practice. Something like a yin or a restorative yoga
class would be excellent during this 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM time period. This is when we’re winding down from our day. We should be engaging in practices that are
setting us up for a good night of rest. This isn’t the time of day where we want to
do something super active that would take us out of balance. We really do want to acknowledge the Kaphic
nature of this time of day, that slow, heavier settling in time of day. Ayurvedic philosophy says, as much as we should
wake up before 6:00 AM, we should go to bed no later than 10:00 PM. Ideally we have lights off, head against a
pillow before 10:00 PM. Because the next time period is from 10:00
PM to 2:00 AM, again that four-hour block. And this is when we moved back into Pitta
time. If we stay up past 10:00 PM we’re moving back
into that Pitta time, that very fiery, active, our brains are firing on all cylinders time. So we want to be in bed before 10:00 PM so
that we can be in the active state in our dreams in that dream state. The 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM time is where our
body is processing and digesting everything that’s happened throughout the day. It’s where we’re integrating all of the information
that we came across. Where our bodies are restoring themselves
and doing the hard work that it takes to really reinvigorate so that we can be ready for the
next day. Our brains can process. Our bodies can process. Our digestion can get re-fired up and absorb
all of the nutrients that we’ve taken in throughout the day. So honor this Pitta a time of day. Be in bed before 10:00 PM, if possible. And allow your system to relax. You may have already guessed it, but the next
time period is between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM. Once again, we’ve migrated into this Vata
state of being. Again, this is where that spaciousness, airiness,
creative energy comes into play. And it’s why, in Ayurvedic philosophy, they
recommend we get up before 6:00 AM or with the dawn. And with the dawn depends on where you are
in the world so we want to acknowledge that. But, if you get up during this Vata time of
day, you have that opportunity to be spacious and creative. This is a great time to practice meditation. A great time to practice some breath work. It’s also a great time to journal and write
and be creative and let things flow as they want to. This Vata time of day is very spacious. And so giving ourselves that gift of maybe
experimenting with getting up before 6:00 AM can allow you to experiment with what would
it be like if I entered into this Vata time of day with that spacious approach. Just a quick note here, these blocks of day
may shift a little depending on where you are in the world as well as what will serve
you best in terms of your Dosha or constitution type. Another important note is that, for those
suffering from illness or those who are pregnant or with young children, these times of day
and the recommendations around them are really flexible and fluid. So part of understanding the Ayurvedic clock
as it applies to the day, is also about understanding what resonates for your system and what’s
going to serve you best during this period of your life. Now we’ll move into the Ayurvedic clock as
it applies to the seasons. When we talk about seasons and Ayurveda, the
seasons are also delineated in a way and are enhanced by looking at the Doshas and the
elements that apply to those Doshas. So, If we think about the seasons, they have
qualities, they have characteristics, they have a personality. And so our Doshas and the elements can help
us understand the Ayurvedic nature of the seasons. Let’s begin again with Kapha. Late Winter and Spring are very Kaphic in
nature. Again, the qualities and elements of Kapha
are wet and heavy. I like to think about it like mossy, heavy
earth. That smell of really heavy rains and rain-soaked
soil. If you think about the time period of late
Winter and Spring, we’re transitioning from a very cold period into a warmer, thawing
period. This is where everything tends to get a bit
mushy. The soil is mushy. As snow melts, things get heavier. The air tends to be saturated. As snow evaporates, the air becomes a bit
lighter as well. And so there’s this quality of earth and water,
in that we have the Spring rains. We have soggy, mushy earth. Again, it’s very muddy. And so, if you think about the Kaphic quality,
which is very earthy, very heavy, very dense, it’s very solid. The watery quality is heavier. Again, it’s that molasses-like quality. That late Winter into Spring is really what
that’s about. And, if you think about it, for those of us
who move from a late Winter into Spring, it is a slow transition as things start to wake
up and buds start to appear on the trees. And the thawing process from moving from a
very cold time period to a warmer period, it is a slow, gradual process that’s very
Kaphic in nature. The next season is Summer. And Summer, as you may have guessed it, is
very Pitta in nature. It’s fiery, it’s hot. It’s where we want to be outside and active. We want to socialize more. There are more parties being held during the
Summer months. It’s very… It’s got this almost electric quality. The days are longer, so we’ve got a lot more
light coming in. It’s really that time period of waking up
and being active and getting fired up about things that are happening. A lot of people have time off and this is
where vacations take place. So people get energized to try out something
new or be in a different place. Very Pitta in nature, when it comes to the
Summer. Then we move into Fall and early Winter. Fall and early Winter are characterized by
Vata. Remember Vata is ether and air, it’s spacious. Air is cooling to the system. And so, as we transition from Summer into
Autumn into early Winter, it is that cool, crisp air quality. It’s leaves crunching under foot. It’s when things turn inward. And Vata is very much that. As much as it is expansive, it also reacts
to that windy, cool quality. Vata is cold, if you think about it this space
is very cold out there. And so this Autumn into early Winter is that
time period where most of us are adding layers to stay warmer. We are turning inward. We’re turning up the heat. And, when we go out, maybe it’s that time
where you can actually see your breath. You can see the air leaving your body as you
exhale. And, when you inhale, you’re taking in that
cooler air. Winter and Autumn are times of period where
we can be more creative, because we aren’t as distracted as we are in Summer with all
of the things that are happening and all of the events taking place. It is that time where we kind of come back
in and acknowledge that, “Oh, this is a creative time period where I can actually excavate
the creative energy that’s been inside of me all along.” What is your favorite season? Mine happens to be Autumn and early Winter
and I do happen to be Vata. So I’d love to know, for you, what is your
favorite season? And does it resonate with your Dosha? Put it in the comments below. Let’s talk about the Ayurvedic clock and the
seasons of your life. The time period from birth to 18 years is
a very Kaphic time. We’re lower to the ground. It’s where we’re stabilizing ourselves. We’re centering ourselves. We’re grounding ourselves in who we are. I have an 18 month old currently and I am
seeing, as he’s grounding into what his individuality and personality is. Birth from 18 years of age is where we are
coming into a sense of who we are, a more stable sense of who we are. It’s where we are laying the foundations. And if you think about Kapha again: earth,
foundation. We’re laying the foundations for the rest
of our lives. Not that things can’t change, but our birth
to 18 years season of our life is where a lot of things are formulated. How we see the world and how we want to be
in the world. Our 20s and early 30s, this is when we’re
in the Pitta time of our lives. We’re fired up, we’re getting things done. We’re young, we’re independent, we’re exercising
that independence. We’ve started new jobs. Maybe we’ve graduated from university, maybe
we’ve graduated from high school. And we are coming into our own. It is a very fired up time of life. It is when we are operating on all cylinders,
when we want to make things happen for ourselves, and we are dedicated to doing whatever it
takes to get it done. As we age, we move into a more Vata time of
our life. If you think about it, this is where things
get colder and more brittle. This is where things get a little bit spacier. And, if you look at us as we age, we do tend
to get more frail both physically and mentally. We tend to space out more. Individuals who are older may suffer from
forgetfulness. Although I suffer from forgetfulness now,
so who knows what stage of life I might find myself in right now. Although I also am a new parent. And this is an important thing to remember,
many new parents find themselves in a Vata time of their lives as we shift from really
being grounded in ourselves to grounding into another person. And so our Vata time of life may emerge in
different ways at different times, but the true Vata period of life is as we age and
are getting older. We do become a bit more brittle, a bit more
crisp, a bit more cold. You often see older individuals wrapping themselves
in layers of blankets to stay warm. And that exemplifies the Vata time of life. I hope you enjoyed this video and found it
helpful. If you did, be sure to subscribe to my channel
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list in the description below. Make sure you pick those up. Stay ignited out there. I will see you soon. Bye.


  1. I had never heard of this! I've heard of, and resonated with, a circadian rhythm chronotype but this information is interesting and useful. As a Vata, I thought it was interesting learning about the Pitta time because I'm actually quite productive during that 10am-2pm window.

  2. Great video Heather. I typically wake up late but would love to get in the routine of waking up a bit before 6 am and getting my day started slower. The Vata time of day makes sense to me since it does feel very transitional. My favorite time of day is later in the night I normally stay up super late like 12 but I really like your information about the 10 pita time for relaxing. Thank you for the info!

  3. Love this idea. I have started getting up at 6am and meditating and journaling for an hour and it has been transformative!

  4. Fascinating! So true about the 6am to 10am time, but I never thought of it or learned anything about this clock. I usually exercise 6am, maybe I need to rethink this.

  5. Heather I have never heard of this. I really like the fact that the morning is reserved for a slower pace. I try to do my most work in the morning which proves to be difficult sometimes. Should we work out though? I find this is my only time. Great too see your videos again

  6. I hadn't heard of an Ayurvedic clock. I have started a practice this year of getting up by 5:30am to make time for meditation, journalling and to have a slower and calmer start to my day.

  7. I didn't know the Ayurvedic clock ! I wake up at 6:15am to make time for yoga, meditation (sometimes)… and prepare the kids !;-)

  8. Thanks Heather! I love 4am when I get up. It's the time I work on me for 2 hours, When the world is so busy and noisy this is a really amazing time for me.

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