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"Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have."
― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book
Since childhood, it has been inculcated in our minds that getting up early and going to bed early is the secret to a healthy life. Research has shown that, early birds tend to be fitter and happier than night owls. They get more work done, tend to put on less weight, and are more organized. Our body clock aligns with nature's clock if we get up before sunrise. Ayurveda also says that, starting our day before sunrise has numerous physical and spiritual benefits.
What is the Brahma Muhurta?
Brahma muhurta
48 minutes make one muhurta. The Brahma Muhurta consists of two such muhurtas, that is, 96 minutes. It is the last phase of the night before sunrise, and is considered extremely auspicious and powerful. Yoga, meditation, and religious practices should be carried out during this time.
Significance of the Brahma Muhurta
The creators hour
Our mind and body is fresh after a good night's sleep. Concentration is also very high in the morning. The environment is peaceful and unpolluted. Brahma is known as the creator of the universe. Hence, Brahma Muhurata is called the Creator's Hour. There is purity in the air and our mind, which makes it the perfect time to pray to the Almighty.
According to Ayurveda, there are three doshas in our body: vata (air) , kapha (earth and water), and pitta (fire). The kapha dosha is from sunrise (around 6 am) to 10 am. Getting up during this dosha may lead to sluggish bowel movements. Pitta dosha follows from 10 am to 2 pm, and vata from 2 pm to 6 pm. The same cycle repeats again in the evening; kapha from 6 pm to 10 pm, pitta from 10 pm to 2 am, and finally vata from 2 am to 6 am. Getting up in the vata dosha state ensures proper bowel movements. Exercising or doing yoga is also easier during this state.
How to Calculate Brahma Muhurta
The period of 1 hour 36 minutes before sunrise is called the Brahma Muhurta. You will have to subtract this period from the time of your local sunrise to find out the actual Brahma Muhurta. For example, if the sun rises at 6 am, 4.24 am to 6 am is the Brahma Muhurta. The exact time will differ in different seasons too.
Getting up late makes us lazy and dull. We perform better when our body clock is aligned with nature's clock. Early morning positivity keeps us charged the entire day. Meditating in the morning is also easier, as there is no mental disturbance caused due to the vibrations of other people.