To secure a healthy life, one should wake up early in the Brahma Muhurta. Brahma means knowledge, and Muhurta means time period. Brahma Muhurta is the time period perfect for perceiving knowledge.
In today’s write-up, we will talk about the amazing health gains of practicing Brahma muhurta in your daily lives.
When is the time of Brahma Muhurta?
According to Ayurveda, Brahma muhurta is approximately one hour thirty-six minutes before the sunrise. It changes every day, and it is different from place to place, depending upon the latitude and geographical location.
For example, if the sunrise somewhere is at 5 am, Brahmamuhurta will begin at 3:24 am; if the sun rises at 7 am, Brahma muhurta begins at 5:24 am.
In Indian culture, Brahma means the Lord of Creation. Muhurta means time. Together it means the Time of Brahma, Lord of creation.
The amazing benefits
Modern medicine has also performed established research on this. On Brahma muhurta, there is a good secretion of Melatonin hormone by the pineal gland. Melatonin is seen as a mood stabilizer. It means you can stabilize on this period easily (1).
The International Journal of Yoga and Allied Science cleared that there is nascent oxygen in the atmosphere. This nascent oxygen easily mixes with hemoglobin forming oxyhemoglobin, which has the following benefits;
- Boosts the immune system
- Increases energy level
- Helps maintain the balance of blood pH
- Relieves pain, soreness, and cramps
- Enhances the absorption of minerals and vitamins
Also, in this pre-dawn period, certain physiological changes happen in the human system. For instance, it has been found that your body’s waste material, such as your urine.
Brahmamuhurta is the predominant period of Vata dosha. It is a powerful and active dosha. You can perform your activities with more energy if you wake up at the day’s Vata period.
But if you are waking up late, the next dosha cycle of the day is Kapha. Kapha is generally at a slow pace, and you will have a feeling of heaviness and drowsiness if you wake up in the Kapha period of the day.
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Routines before sunrise
Though it might seem difficult to wake up at such an early hour (around 5 in the morning), the physical and mental benefits you obtain by waking up early are permanent and amazing.
During Brahma muhurta, the environment is peaceful, and it has the appropriate amount of oxygen levels. Therefore, Ayurveda suggests practicing meditation, yoga, and other health-enhancing regimens during Brahmamuhurta hours for better health.
We suggest you devote some time in the early hours to the below-mentioned rituals, as Ayurveda recommended.
Your body requires a sufficient amount of water to carry various functions of its system. Drinking water empty stomach in the morning will hydrate and replenish your body. If you are suffering from constipation, drinking water will help eliminate bowels quickly in the morning.
What temperature of water to drink? In hot weather, drink a glass of room temperature water, and during cold weather, drink warm water.
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Clean Your Teeth
Have you ever tried herbal tooth powder to clean your teeth? If not, I would recommend you to please give it a try.
Cleaning teeth with herbal powder might look strange to some people. If you are one among those who love to embrace Herbalife, you will never regret trying this regimen.
Brushing your teeth with herbal powder cleans your teeth and leaves you with a refreshing feeling inside your mouth.
You can use neem powder, cinnamon powder, meswak powder, babool tooth powder, or licorice powder. These herbal powders are readily available in the Ayurvedic stores in India.
Have you ever tried cleaning your tongue with a scraper? If yes, then I am sure you know how fresh it feels instantly after scraping your tongue. If not, kindly try tongue scraping and see the difference.
To maintain oral hygiene, Ayurveda recommends cleaning your tongue with a scraper. Here are the benefits of tongue cleaning:
- Reduces bad breath
- Cures gum infections
- Relieves tooth decay
- Removes harmful bacteria from the mouth
How to do this?
- Step 1: Rinse your scraper under the running water.
- Step 2: Gently rub it on the surface of your tongue. Rinse it every time after rubbing on your tongue.
- Step 3: Repeat it 4-5 times until the tongue looks clean.
- Step 4: Wash your scraper with the running water.
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic regimen, also known as “Gandusha” or “Kavala.” It is an act of swishing oil inside your mouth.
Here are the benefits of oil pulling:
- Prevent cavities
- Improves gum health
- Strengthens the jaw and mandible
- Removes the bacteria easily from interdental spaces
How to do this?
- Take one tablespoon of sesame or coconut oil.
- Swish it for 5 minutes inside your mouth.
- Spit it out after and rinse your mouth with warm water.
If you are new to this, try practicing it with one teaspoon of oil initially. Once you get familiar with this practice, you can start using one tablespoon of oil for swishing.
Meditation is a path to achieve calmness, positivity, and mental clarity. It helps one reach a happy and energized state of mind. It does not matter if you are a 16-year-old teenager or 90 years elder; meditation helps you at any age.
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If you are a beginner, I recommend you start with 10 minutes of meditation every day in the morning and evening. After a week, you can increase the sitting time for meditation as per your capacity.
Yoga involves controlled inhaling, holding, and exhaling of breaths along with the asanas (postures). It helps to acquire physical fitness and mental calmness. A study suggests that yoga helps to build a strong immune system.
If you are new to yoga, I would recommend you practice under the guidance of a yoga instructor initially. It will help you to understand which asana is better for you according to your requirement.
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What if I go to bed late?
Sleep is an integral component of our life. When we are sleeping, our body repairs and heals itself; hence, it is essential to get a sound sleep at night. Along with waking up early in the morning, it is correspondingly necessary to complete 6 to 8 hours of sleep.
Sleeping hours vary from person to person. To feel happy, healthy, and energetic in the morning, some may need 6 hours of sleep, and others may require 8 hours of sleep. One has to assess it for themselves.
If you sleep late at night, it is not easy for you to wake up in Brahmamuhurta. In such a scenario, you can skip awakening in the Brahmamuhurta and complete your sleep cycle.
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Long term practice of staying awake late at night and not waking up in the morning is harmful. It could lead to various lifestyle disorders. Sleeping on time and waking up early in the morning has tremendous overall health benefits.
According to Ashtanga Hridaya, only a healthy person should wake up in Brahma Muhurta (2). The text bars the following people from waking in Brahma Muhurta:
- Pregnant women
- Aged people who have not been waking up in this period from the very beginning
- People suffering from any physical and mental illness
- People whose previous meal has not been digested (No bowel movement indicates an undigested meal)
Though many benefits have been mentioned in the texts, you should avoid doing some things in this period.
- Do not eat: Eating during Brahma Muhurta causes illnesses.
- Do not do a stressful activity: Do not do anything which requires too much mental work. Doing that reduces one’s lifespan.