How much can an ancient form of healthcare assist us in planning our weekly schedules?
Surprisingly quite a lot! While Ayurveda might be new to the Western culture, this medical system has been practiced throughout the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years. It also works hand in hand with Vedic Astrology to enhance our physio-spiritual health. The beliefs behind most traditional forms of yoga and meditation originate from the sacred Vedas.
This week we are reviewing Schedule Your Week In Planetary Alignment With These Ayurvedic Principles. It is a one-page feature on the Mindbodygreen Portal. After the author, Julia Clarke, introduces herself as a wellness consultant, she presents the fundamental Tridosha theory in a simple day of the week format. She suggests easy do’s and don’ts that any thoughtful person could adapt to their seven day week. Clarke explains that we live in a world of energies which cycle in and out. Aligning ourselves to these natural forces lets us to live in rhythm with the flow of life. And that makes us healthier and happier.
Vedic Astrology and Yoga are closely related states Clarke, “Many of the world’s cultures have displayed a primal understanding of how planetary forces influence different days of the week. They formed their beliefs, language and rituals based on the understanding of how the cosmos impacts the individual. Ayurveda, yoga’s sister-science of healing, considers this when it comes to Tridosha theory, in which the five elements combine to form the three governing principles known as the doshas.”
Sunday – SUN – Pitta Dosha
Monday – MOON – Kapha and Vata Doshas
Tuesday – MARS – Pitta Dosha
Wednesday – MERCURY – Vata Dosha
Thursday – JUPITER – Kapha Dosha
Friday – VENUS – Kapha and Vata Dosha
Saturday – SATURN – Vata Dosha
Clarke’s most practical point is one that might be easily passed over, but we can’t let that happen. “Each day of the week is ruled by a different planet, making some activities optimal and others best left for tomorrow. In a Western context, our weekly schedule is likely dictated by what we do for a living, but knowing which planets and doshas influence you on each day, can allow you to make small changes to your schedule.”
Dayology agrees that “making it to the top” can be given too much energy. Our lives can become imbalanced by letting the OUTER world overwhelm the expression of our INNER selves. Paying attention to the dynamics of the seven days of the week helps us make better choices. Better choices means a better life.
Julia Clark is a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Consultant and Prana Vinyasa Yoga Teacher.