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Dinacharya - October

Self care Activities:
Meditation: Morning meditation/chanting - at least 5 mins
Abhyanga: Morning facial massage
+ Sun Salutations: increase to 5 rounds

My intention for October
Carry out these two self-care activities in a daily basis and see what effect it has.

My progress:
1-7: Meditation 2/7; morning face massage 7/7; sun salutations 7/7
8-14: Meditation 6/7; morning face massage 7/7; sun salutations 7/7
15-21: Meditation 7/7; morning face massage 7/7; sun salutations 7/7
22-28: Meditation 5/7; morning face massage 7/7; sun salutations 6/7
29-31:

This is getting really enjoyable

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I bought myself a bottle of Sweet Almond Oil to use for the facial massage. I'm just using it plain.

I'll stick with the meditation/chanting first and see if it happens more often!

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You are both doing well with your Dinacharya! We are learning a lot. emoticon

Gill- Thank you for sharing your tweaks! Nice that she had the Ayurvedic oil to try. When you are at home, do you use an oil or a cream for the facial massage? I am finding if I meditate right after I get dressed , I have an easier time sticking to it. Thank you for the information on Buddhism.

Diane - How do you clear your crystals? How often do you do it? Falling off the kitchen ladder sounds painful. Are you ok? How are you recovering? Listening to our bodies takes practice. I am working on it, too

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This morning I found that face massage goes after 'wash' and before 'get dressed', so a tweak has been made!

Scrape tongue
drink water
chant

put workout gear on, or running gear
sun salutations & exercises
run or wash & face massage, get dressed and walk
if running, get washed & massage face, get dressed afterwards

coffee & breakfast

I did 10 mins chanting, 5 mins alternate nostril breathing.
I did exercises after my Sun Salutations
I walked for 30mins before breakfast

This routine took my almost 3hrs, and I couldn't do that if I have to be at work at 7.30 or 8am. Something would have to be left out, or shortened. I will cross that bridge when I come to it!

Gill

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Doing well with my brushing and crystal clearing. The routine is becoming well established. Eating more plants is coming along. I still need to focus to do it. Singing bowls gets left out at times. It feels good when I do it.

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My routine isn't quite working as well as it could. The meditation/chanting is the thing I keep missing - so I'm thinking I need to put it in first. On the other hand, I don't want to lose my Sun Salutations! One of the problems is clothing - when to get dressed, and when to put workout gear on!

Scrape tongue
wash face and massage face
drink water
chant

put workout gear on, or running gear
sun salutations
run or wash & get dressed and walk
if running, get washed and dressed afterwards

coffee

I'll experiment with that and see if it flows.






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Thanks for the John Douillard link, Julee - very helpful.
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Whilst away, I managed to maintain my first habits: tongue scraping, water, sun salutations.
I managed to do a facial massage every morning - in face, my sister-in-law had a bottle of Ayruvedic Dry Oil in her bathroom which I was able to use (Lavender and Ylang Ylang - very nice).

However, I didn't manage to maintain the meditation/chanting whilst away from home.

My chanting is part of my Buddhist practice (Nichiren Buddhism - http://www.sgi-usa.org for more information) we chant "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo"
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Dinacharya - October

Self care Activities:
Meditation: Morning meditation/chanting - at least 5 mins
Abhyanga: Morning facial massage
+ Sun Salutations: increase to 5 rounds

My intention for October
Carry out these two self-care activities in a daily basis and see what effect it has.

My progress:
1-7: Meditation 2/7; morning face massage 7/7; sun salutations 7/7
8
15
22
29


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/9/2018 (13:29)
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Hello Gill and Julie.
Gill, you are doing awesome. The flow of your day must be beautiful.
Julie, thank you. You are leading us so well. I appreciate the links and info you are sharing.

I feel very pressured these days.
My friend has finished moving, She needs less help.
We are really working at decluttering our home and getting things in order. In the end I will feel so much better about our home, it’s environment and such. My health conditions are flaring up as I overwork my body. I fell off the kitchen ladder 2 days ago as I was too exhausted. I am very sore, but okay. There is a time crunch now as certain basics need to be done and in place. After that I hope to be able to better listen when my body is telling me to slow down.

I am working towards these wonderful practises. I am already feeling the benefits of adding some of these things.

Dianne , PEI Canada
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Dinacharya - October
Self care Activities:
Continue with body brushing. I love it.
Crystal clearing.
Eat more plants. I easily neglect this.
Use singing bowl each day.
My intention for October: Tune in to what you really need and follow through.
My progress:
1 brushing7/7 crystal7/7 Plants 5/7 s bowls 4/7
8
15
22
29

Edited by: FAITH-2-HOPE at: 10/11/2018 (20:23)
Dianne , PEI Canada
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emoticon Dr. John Douillard and dinacharya. lifespa.com/ayurvedic-daily-routine-
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nacharya/?utm_source=social




Gill - I hope you are enjoying your trip. It sounds like you did well adjusting to waking early. I am finding it easier to keep my focus when I am reading or listening to something related to my dinacharya often. How are your routines going while traveling? I am curious about the chanting. What do you mean by that? Where would I find information? I have tried things like Kirtan Kriya. emoticon www.3ho.org/3ho-lifestyle/health-and
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Gosh, today was interesting - I woke up at 5.30am, and because I am on Habit 3 of Body Thrive (Start the day right) I decided to get up and start my day. But, it was too early to go out for a run or a walk and I felt a bit confused for a while!

I went through my routine - tongue scrape, drink water, sun salutations, get dressed in running togs, make coffee and Spark until 7am when I could get out for my run. Then I came back and carried on with my routine - I had a bath and washed my hair, massaged my face, then I made my coffee and chanted. Phew!

On reflection, I can use that early time to read something from my Buddhist collection. I can't really chant that early in the day - it's too noisy. I'll figure it out.

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This morning I went for a walk before breakfast. I've set myself a goal of walking on non-run days. It's a new habit, so taking time to settle into routine.

So, with the new October dinacharya as well, I found myself wondering what order to do things in! I figured (whilst I was walking actually) that I need two slightly different routines: one for walk days and one for run days.

Walk days need to be:

tongue scrape
drink water
Sun Salutations
wash & dress
massage face
go for a walk
make coffee and chant

Run days need to be:

tongue scrape
drink water
Sun Salutations
put running togs on - run
wash & dress
massage face
make coffee and chant

so, phew, it's only a subtle difference - there are some things that trigger the next thing(s):-

tongue-scrape = drink water = sun salutations = run or walk
wash & dress = massage face
make coffee = chant

I'm so glad I worked this out - because it means I only have to go through the motions and the next thing will follow on out of habit.

I will be away visiting my brother for five days (4th - 8th). I am hoping that I can retain most of my routine: tongue scrape, water, sun salutations, face massage. They probably wouldn't mind me chanting - but I could sit quietly and do pranyama instead.
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Mini-habits. Mini-habits. I was inspired by reading that section (Crash Course on Habit Evolution) of Body Thrive - making the habits small, and then 'piggy-backing' another habit onto one that's going well.

I just re-read the link about Sun Salutations and found that she (Cate) recommends doing 10 Sun Salutations - and there was me doing one or two at most and thinking I was done! Ha! I will increase the number of Sun Salutation that I do - can I do 10? Sounds a lot. Maybe 5 would be a good target.

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Gill - I love your plan! You are inspiring me. Thank you. emoticon I should really be working on my am/pm routines. Making them automatic, right? emoticon Tell me about your morning chanting, please. I mean if you want to share.

Edited by: ITS_MY_TURN_NOW at: 10/1/2018 (15:17)
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emoticon Julee's Dinacharya - October emoticon

Self care Activities:
meditate, yoga, eat more plants, Abhyanga, oil pulling

My intention for October.
I will continue to work on daily meditation, yoga and my diet but I am adding oil. Abhyanga will be grounding and hopefully help my dry skin.

My progress: emoticon
1- 7 meditation 5/7, yoga 5/7, plants 7/7, abhyanga 2/3
8 -
15
22
29

My successes and struggles:

Edited by: ITS_MY_TURN_NOW at: 10/12/2018 (08:52)
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Dinacharya - October

Self care Activities:
Meditation: Morning meditation/chanting - at least 5 mins
Abhyanga: Morning facial massage
+ Sun Salutations: increase to 5 rounds

My intention for October
Carry out these two self-care activities in a daily basis and see what effect it has.

My progress:
1
8
15
22
29

I've chosen two new habits to add to the ones I got going in September. I'm enjoying this step-by-step approach to building up Dinacharya.

My morning routine will now be extended by two new things which should take me about 15 mins. This is do-able. It may take some 'reverse engineering' to fit it in, but it'll be worth doing.

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My current morning routine is:

tongue scrape
drink a glass of room temperature water
(get coffee brewing)
Sun Salutations
+ new things - chant + massage face

I think massage face will be best there, when I get washed and dressed, but I'll see how it works and move it if it seems necessary.

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My current bedtime routine is:
Bed by 10pm
Golden Milk
Massage feet

I'm also learning to turn electrical devices off about an hour or so before bed-time!


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 10/9/2018 (13:23)
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emoticon As we begin October and continue moving through autumn, we will continue to build and solidify our DInacharya. This month you can choose to add new things to your self-care routine or continue on with what you started last month. emoticon

If you are new to our little challenge, emoticon please just jump in where you are! If you have questions, just ask. If you have resources to share please do that, too!

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Ayurveda is all about timing and cycles and seasons. Ayurveda begins with self care. So that is where we will begin, with dinacharya . What is dinacharya?

From Wikipedia:
"Dinacharya (Sanskrit:"daily-routine") is a concept in Ayurvedic medicine that looks at the cycles of nature and bases daily activities around these cycles. Ayurveda contends that routines help establish balance and that understanding daily cycles are useful for promoting health."

Daily routine. We are going to build our daily routines. Our dinacharya. Our challenge for the month of October is to build on what we began in September, You can choose to add one or two more activities or just keep working on what you are doing. We will continue to build and add on to our routines, at our own speed. Below you will find articles that describe dinacharya and what is included.

***(Some of the articles below involve sales pitches for classes or products. I am never going to tell you that you should buy this or that. There is good information in these articles but you DO NOT have to buy anything to do this challenge. There is so much information available in books, (that you can borrow from the library) and from reputable online sources, there is no need to purchase anything.)***

emoticon Once the weather cools down, autumn is vata season. emoticon
Routine is vata balancing, which makes this a great time to establish a self care routine!

emoticon emoticon October's Dinacharya Challenge: emoticon emoticon
1. Choose 2 or more activities to include in your daily routine. (See list of ideas below)
2. Set your intention.
3. Share your choices with us, if you wish.
4. Check in once a week and discuss how it is going, ask questions, get ideas. Share successes and struggles.
5. Feel free to set up your tracker as you wish!

Self care Activities to choose from:

Wake early
Meditate/pray
Drink water
Oil pulling
Tongue scraping
Abhyanga
Yoga - Sun salutations
Exercise
Eat more plants
Eat seasonally
Allow your digestion to rest between meals…no snacking
Make your midday meal your largest main meal
Pranayama
Meals at regular times
Earlier, lighter dinner (supper)
Bed by 10pm

Or choose one, from another source, not listed.


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Dinacharya - October
Self care Activities:
My intention for October:
My progress:
1
8
15
22
29


Edited by: ITS_MY_TURN_NOW at: 10/1/2018 (14:58)
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~ Dr. Who. (Jodie Whittaker)


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emoticon emoticon emoticon RESOURCES emoticon emoticon emoticon

DINACHARYA

Vasant Lad, B.A.M.&S., M.A.Sc., Ayurvedic Physician
www.ayurveda.com/resources/a
rticles/th
e-daily-routine


Dr. Claudia Walsh
yogahealer.com/wp-content/uploads/20
12
/08/Dinacharya-Changing-Lives-througR>h-Daily-Living-082012.pdf


John Douillard, DC, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
lifespa.com/ayurvedic-daily-
routine-di
nacharya/


Banyon Botanicals - Introduction to Daily Routine
www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurve
di
c-living/living-ayurveda/lifestyle/


Yoga Journal
www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/day-ni
gh
t




Edited by: ITS_MY_TURN_NOW at: 10/1/2018 (14:46)
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ABHYANGA
1 www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurve
di
c-living/living-ayurveda/lifestyle/sR>elf-oil-massage/

2 lifespa.com/ayurvedic-daily-home-oil
-m
assage-abhyanga/

3 yogahealer.com/the-benefits-of-self-
ma
ssage-ayurvedic-abhyanga/


PRANAYAMA
1 www.yogajournal.com/practice/pranaya
ma

2 lifespa.com/pranayama-simple-instruc
ti
ons-for-traditional-breathing-techniR>ques/


SUN SALUTATIONS
1 www.yogajournal.com/poses/ray-of-lig
ht

2 yogahealer.com/sun-salutations-cheat
-s
heet/


Edited by: ITS_MY_TURN_NOW at: 10/29/2018 (07:18)
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