The benefits of waking up early according to Ayurveda

Updated: Feb 12

While catching the sunrise is always a highlight of my day, there’s a reason why I wake up before the crack of dawn: brahma muhurtam.

Brahma muhurtam, which literally means ‘the Creator’s hour,’ begins approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes before sunrise. This period is considered to be the purest time of the day. At this hour, for the most part, daily activities have not yet begun and therefore the environment that surrounds us remains calm, quiet and peaceful. This stillness has a ‘direct’ positive effect on the body and mind thus making it an ideal time for meditation, reflection, prayer, yoga, exercise, learning and self-care.

According to Ayurveda, living in harmony with Mother Nature’s circadian rhythms results in a healthy life:

“Brahmi muhurtam uttishthet swastho rakshartham ayusha: tatra sarvartha shantyartham smareccha madhusudanam.”

Which means:

“One should wake up in the brahma muhurta for sustaining perfect health and for achieving a long life span, as desired.”

Yes, I know waking up at this hour may not be appealing, especially if you are not a “morning person.” However, even a few minutes of self-care can go a long way.

If you think about it, we spend most of our day fulfilling various responsibilities before we focus on ourselves. When we do finally get around to it, it is late in the day and we don’t have the energy left.

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of an early morning self-care routine because we are well rested and more aware which makes it an ideal time for yourself.

Follow these simple steps to begin cultivating your morning routine:

  • The night before, set the intention to wake up early

  • Wake up 5 -10 minutes earlier than you usually do

  • Open a window and breath in the fresh, crisp air

  • Use this precious time to practice gratitude, meditate, stretch, read or simply and mindfully sip your cup of coffee or herbal tea. This is time for yourself.

Repeat this until it becomes second nature. Discipline and consistency are key to committing to routine.