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Sattvic Self-Care: 5 Tips for an Ayurvedic Lifestyle

Learn how the three Gunas impact your quality of life and what you can do to create more balance.

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How is your dinacharya practice going? These daily wellness rituals can help support a sattvic lifestyle, which is living in a state of balance.

You know the feeling of being super content with life? That’s sattva, which means “true essence." We’re in the flow of life when we can maintain a joyful, tranquil mind. When prana (life force) is moving in the proper directions, we function with more ease—easily digesting, easily sleeping and easily waking. Anything that interrupts this balance impacts sattva.

Sattva is one of three Gunas (essential qualities of nature). All matter in the universe is made of these Gunas in various amounts:

  • Sattva (ease, harmony and balance)

  • Rajas (energy, activity and movement)

  • Tamas (inertia, stagnation and darkness)

We need all three Gunas. Sattva improves clarity and wisdom. Rajas motivates us to get out of bed in the morning and move from one pose to the next on our yoga mat. Tamas helps us pause and rest.

We can tell that sattva is leading the way when we experience greater awareness and a peaceful state of mind. Working excessively, an overactive mind and quickly becoming agitated can mean rajas is dominant. Tamas is prevalent when we lack enthusiasm, find it hard to get going and feel stuck.

Depending on our habits, any dosha can become more sattvic, rajasic or tamasic. The goal is to create a more sattvic life.


Spending time in nature and following the Ayurvedic clock are key sattvic self-care practices. For more ways to support sattva, sign up for Nourish Note, my monthly newsletter.

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