As mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita, when human beings first moved from jungle life to village life they noticed an increase in sickness. Presently, the world is suffering from many lifestyle disorders. We have moved from village life to town life, to city life, to mega city life and this has had a great impact on our wellbeing. Why does likelihood of sickness increase with this shift? The disconnection from nature and its circadian rhythms leads to unnatural and unhealthy lifestyles which causes imbalances and disease.
In Ayurveda, the doshas are responsible for maintaining our natural functions. Doshas can get disturbed when our lifestyle is disrupted. A proper lifestyle includes a disciplined routine of sleeping, waking, eating, drinking, exercising, proper breathing and overall living life to its full potential. Lifestyle is well thought out in Ayurvedic medicine because proper routine has such a great influence on our health and wellness. There are many routines and lifestyle behaviours recommended by Ayurveda, for example: proper daily routine, seasonal routine, exercise routine, self-care routine, anti-aging routines, nutrition and fasting routines.