Each dosha cycles through the day
twice in a rhythmic pattern:
The pitta dosha predominates
from 10am–2pm and 10pm–2am.
The vata dosha predominates
from 2pm–6pm and 2am–6am.
The kapha dosha predominates
from 6pm–10pm and 6am–10am.
According to Ayurveda, the energetic qualities of the doshas (vata, pitta, and
kapha) rotate throughout the hours so that different influences predominate in
different portions of the day. These shifting energies can affect our practices
of asana, pranayama, and meditation, as well as our strength, mood, state of
mind, and more. The inherent qualities of the doshas have a strong influence
on whatever is happening within those hours. We can fight it, or choose to
flow with it and utilize practice to help find balance amidst the ever-fluctuating
energetic ripples of the day.
Cycling Through the Day for Mindful Practice.
BY FELICIA TOMASKO
PHOTO BY ROBERT STURMAN