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Improve your vision with Trataka

For someone who practices traṭak properly from childhood, it is not necessary to wear glasses during his life

Regular practice of Tratak Kriya improve your vision. For someone who practices traṭak from childhood, it is not necessary to wear glasses during his life.

Tratak Kriya, simply Trataka or Tratakam, is one of the six practices of yogic purification (Shatkriya). It is used in Hatha Yoga and also in Tantra yoga practices. 

Trataka: the concept behind the practice

Blinking in the waking state is common to all animals. When you stare at an object, blinking occurs on its own. Tratak is the practice of staring at an object without blinking until tears flow. The ancient sages of India incorporated it into the system of yoga.

Blinking is the act of Prana, the life force. The activity of Prana is directly related to the activity of the mind. When Prana moves, the mind also moves. Likewise, when Prana stops, the mind also stops.

There are five types of Prana which deal with the main functions of the body and also five types of sub-Prana which deal with auxiliary functions.

Kurma is one of the five auxiliary Pranas or Sub-Pranas. The main function of Kurma Prana is blinking. Blinking occurs automatically when Kurma is active. If we stop blinking, the Kurma stops working. Therefore, the mind also ceases to function. This is the concept behind the practice of Tratak Kriya.

What types, practices and benefits of traṭak?

The eyes, one of the 5 senses, by which the spirit experiences the exterior, that is to say the material reality, presents the graphic and visual details of this external reality to the spirit.

All five senses (nose,  smell, skin, touch, tongue, taste, ears, sound and eyes, sight), generate a vision of the outside world. They present the same reality but from their individual point of view.

Spirit constructs the final reality by convincingly overlaying this five-pronged information on the same perception: outer reality.

The real eye is the bundle of nerve cells known as the optic nerve located between the retina and the brain where the actual image is constructed using signals received by the externally visible oval-shaped eyeballs.

The eyes are the most important sensory organ for man since 80% of the information collected in his environment, essential to his survival, is received by the eyes.

It is therefore very important to provide proper care and maintenance of eye hygiene.

Yoga offers a number of techniques that describe ways to keep the eyes healthy for as long as one lives.

I invite you to practice the techniques regularly to take advantage of the resulting benefits.

What is Trataka?

As already said, but repeating is learning 😉, Trataka is a yogic cleansing (a shatkarma) and tantric meditation method that involves staring at a single point such as a small object, blackhead, or candle flame. It brings energy to the third eye (ajna chakra) and promotes various psychic abilities.

This consists of central fixation of the sight, looking at or focusing the sight on any object.

The mind has an important role in what we see. The eyes only follow thoughts. It is possible to read a multitude of feelings just by looking the eyes from someone.

To do Trataka, the mind must be trained to focus for longer intervals of time in order to keep the gaze fixed on an object.

How to practice Trataka:

Light on the candle

You can use those objects cited below to fix your gaze:

  • on the flame of a candle,
  • a point,
  • the sun
  • the moon,
  • the vegetables,
  • the Om symbol,
  • a circle,
  • the tip of his nose
  • etc.

There are approximately 36 items that can be used to perform Tratak. The safest are the moon, the flame of the candle and contemplation of the thumb.

Ideally, Trataka is best done in the morning or evening on an empty stomach.

If you’re a beginner, you might be able to keep your eyes open without blinking for 15 seconds or so. After a while, you may increase this as stamina allows. Some people will moon gaze for ten or fifteen minutes without blinking.

Look at the sun : Surya Tratak

The sun is a great source of Prana, life energy. Looking at the sun provides a lot of Pranic energy.

It is necessary to start the practice at the FIRST RAYS OF THE RISING SUN or at the rays of the setting sun. Only two or three minutes in the first rays of the sun are recommended. More than that, you risk incurring harmful radiation.

When you look at the sun, imagine that the pranic energy is coming from the center of the sun towards your eyes in a straight line and filling your body with Prana. Imagine that your body shines like the sun full of Prana. Similarly, imagine that your exhale reaches the center of the sun and you inhale directly from the center of the sun. It heals every cell in your body.

Moon glazing:

The moon itself is a powerful meditation object because of its influence on the subtle psychic energy and dream functions. People who are very sensitive tend to be quick to notice this.

Moon gazing can be practiced on a clear night, very beneficial during full moon nights.

Keep your eyes relaxed, do not stare too hard, and avoid blinking as much as possible throughout the observation period.

Why gazing at the moon is good for the eyes?

In Ayurvedic medicine, moonlight is believed to help heal and soothe the body.

The moon gently energizes, in contrast with the sun’s sharp brightness. Moonlight exposure is thought to also relieve anxiety and stress and improve relaxation by prompting the natural release of melatonin.

Ayurveda holds that moonbathing (or moon gazing) may have particular benefit for females, since the moon is thought to help increase fertility and lead to more regular menstrual cycles.

  • Relief from insomnia
  • Remarkable concentration abilities
  • Correction of eye problems such as myopia, farsightedness and the early stages of cataracts (I haven’t verified this, but it’s a common claim)
  • Development of the third eye and intuitive abilities
  • Deep relaxation and many of the other benefits you receive from meditation

How to contemplate the flame of a candle?

Contemplating the tip of a candle flame is another way to practice Trataka.

A simple wax candle or basic lamp with a wick immersed in ghee or any oil will suffice.

Sit in any meditative posture: Siddhasana, Sukhasana, etc.

  • Place a lit candle 40-50 cm in front of you in line with the eyes, not at any angle to them, the neck should not turn to either side.
  • Adjust according to your needs and comfort. A dark environment will help focus on the flame better
  • Keep the flame at eye level.
  • The candle should be placed directly in front,
  • The flame must be stable and not waver (avoid drafts and wind).
  • Close your eyes and try to focus on the breath for a moment to be in the present.
  • Keep the body relaxed, straight and the spine straight
  • Fix the gaze on the smallest possible area at the end of the flame and stabilize the gaze with the will. The quality of the gaze is inversely proportional to the area on which the gaze is fixed
  • Keep your eyes relaxed and avoid blinking (the eyes will naturally adjust to the glare in a while) as much as possible until they become watery.
  • After which close your eyes for a while and try to create the afterimage of the flame in the closed eyes.

The clarity of the after image depends on the quality of concentration with which the gaze has been practiced.

Once the image disappears, take a few breaths with your eyes closed and then open them slowly

Apply the heat generated by your previously rubbed palms to your closed eyes to further relax them

Start with a minimum duration of one minute, then gradually increase to ten minutes or whatever is comfortable according to your abilities.

Advantages of staring at the candle:

  • Eyesight is improved
  • Eye muscles are strengthened
  • Improves concentration, intelligence and memory
  • Prepares the mind for meditation as it induces deep focus and concentration
  • Improved self-confidence, willpower and patience. What makes you efficient and productive in whatever is undertaken
  • The mind slows down, calms and leads to inner peace
  • Decision making becomes positive due to improved clarity of thought.
  • All mental afflictions are alleviated with improved attitude.
  • Alleviates insomnia or induces drowsiness, effective tool in the fight against headaches
  • Relieves daily stress

Gheranda Samhita even mentions acquiring the ability of clairvoyance as one of the benefits of candle contemplation.

How to contemplate the tip of his nose?

Light on the candle

Nasikagra Trataka is looking at the end of your nose.

One can sit in any comfortable posture, keeping the spine and neck straight.

Now fix both eyes on the tip of the nose for one to two minutes. Repeat this several times, taking rest intervals with your eyes closed in between.

Look between the eyebrows or Bhrumadhya Trataka

Sit comfortably with your torso and neck straight.

Fix the gaze between the center of the eyebrows for one to two minutes, then relax the eyes by keeping them closed for a few seconds. Repeat this operation several times.

This eye exercises technique is also known as Shambhavi mudra.

Looking between the eyebrows stimulates the olfactory and optic nerves which in turn energize the central and autonomic nervous systems.

The brain is soothed and generates a feeling of calm. Then, the mind and the eyes are closely linked, the state of the mind is reflected in the eye movements: a restless mind will also have a restless eye and vice versa. It also helps activate the Ajna Chakra.

Look at the right shoulder: Daksinajatru Trataka

Look at his right shoulder (look at the end of the right collarbone). Keeping your body straight, your neck steady, fix your gaze on the tip of your right shoulder. Take care that the neck does not move or twist towards the right shoulder as only the eyeballs turn towards it. Stay in this position for a minute to two minutes before closing your eyes to relax them.

Look at the left shoulder: Vamanjatru Trataka

The left shoulder gaze is done in the same way as explained above for the right shoulder gaze, the only difference being that here the gaze is fixed on the left shoulder instead of the right shoulder .

With regular practice you will achieve a certain level of efficiency and stability in these practices.

The last four Trataka practices can be performed in a sequence with equal durations.

What to do or not to do after trataka?

  • Wash the eyes with cold water to stimulate blood circulation after the Trataka is finished.
  • Do not use any externally applied eye medication after practicing Trataka
  • Contraindications
  • People with schizophrenia should avoid doing Trataka or do it only under the guidance of an expert.

Conclusion

Trataka sessions improve working memory, spatial memory, and spatial attention.

Tratak is just the outside help you need to focus your mind.

If you pass the Trataka, the next steps will unfold on their own.

If you meditate on a specific object consistently, the object reveals itself. Such is the power of meditation.

The Trataka kriya makes it possible to achieve this.

Regular practice of Tratak Kriya gives you healthy and shiny eyes. For someone who practices traṭak from childhood, it is not necessary to wear glasses during his life. The sight becomes comparatively sharper than that of those who do not practice. For a person who wears glasses, the number of glasses will not increase.

Through the practice of traṭak, a practitioner can activate the chakras and raise the Kundalini. But this requires the advice of a guru.

Similarly, many siddhies can be attained during the traṭak sadhana. This may vary from practitioner to practitioner. However, he should not give them importance. Likewise, it should not be practiced for the purpose of reaching the Siddhies. They become the cause of distress rather than doing good.

Accomplished yogis can perform Shaktipat and cure disease by performing Tratak on the diseased part of a person.

References

Effect of trataka on cognitive functions in the elderly

Effect of Trataka (Yogic Visual Concentration) on the Performance in the Corsi-Block Tapping Task: A Repeated Measures Study

A clinical study to evaluate the efficacy of Trataka Yoga Kriya and eye exercises (non-pharmocological methods) in the management of Timira (Ammetropia and Presbyopia)

Response to “trataka and cognitive function”

Comment soulager une sciatique grâce au yoga et à l’Ayurveda ?

Sciatique: comment y remedier?

Ah cette sciatique qui m’enquiquine…

C’est un mal bien courant aujourd’hui chez bon nombre d’entre-nous. Résorber une sciatique demande patience, bienveillance, et conscience.

Une de mes élèves, qui pratique le yoga régulièrement dans sa semaine, est venue me voir en me disant qu’elle avait une sciatique depuis 1 semaine.

Elle était bien embêtée, on peut même dire frustrée. Elle ne pouvait plus pratiquer le yoga comme elle aime et elle considérait son sadhana incomplet.

La prise en charge de sa sciatique

Nous avons alors discuté au sujet des séances qu’elle pratiquait pour déterminer la racine de sa douleur. Je lui ai donc demandé :

– Quelles postures accomplissait-elle ?

– Par quels moyens arrivait-elle aux les postures finales c’est-à-dire quel type de souffle utilisait-elle, sa rapidité dans les transitions et mouvements, ou plaçait-elle sa conscience ?

Comme je connais bien Valérie, je sais qu’elle est majoritairement Vata.

Vata est sa constitution ayurvédique, donc j’avais une petite idée de ses réponses. Je sais comment elle aime pratiquer puisqu’elle vient régulièrement à mes cours.

Valérie m’a donc répondu que pendant sa pratique personnelle, elle faisait beaucoup d’Ashtanga. Une forme très dynamique et athlétique du yoga. Ce qui, bien sûr, correspond à sa personnalité étant majoritairement Vata.

Les personnes Vata sont dynamiques aussi bien dans le corps que dans l’esprit. Elles aiment bouger rapidement, apprécie l’exercice soutenue mais allant au-delà de leur forme du jour. Elles sont dirigées plus par leur mental que par la conscience.

Les vata ont beaucoup de difficultés à se poser physiquement et mentalement. Elles suivent le flow comme on dit. Mais au bout d’un moment, le corps parle. Il a besoin de repos et de transition avec des pratiques plus douces : Hatha yoga, la méditation, pranayama, Chi gong …

Il fallait donc que « ma petite Valérie » calme sa pratique d’Ashtanga. Ce n’est ni bénéfique pour son squelette, ni bénéfique pour son mental et d’une manière général pour son homéostasie.

Elle précisa pratiquer toujours les mêmes postures d’étirement du rachis et des jambes sur chacune de ses séances pour travailler sur sa flexibilité. Elle restait longtemps immobile dans les poses et parfois en se relâchant complètement sans veille musculaire.

Valérie me montra comment elle pratiquait : souffle, mise en place, transition, retour et rythme et quels asanas.

Le diagnostic de sa sciatique

Management de la sciatique

Son bilan est donc le suivant :

  • Personne majoritairement Vata…avec aggravation du dosha vata dont le symptôme est la sciatique. [En ayurveda ces personnes sont plus susceptibles de déclarer des troubles et douleurs musculo-squelettique que les personnes Pitta ou Kapha.]
  • Elle pratiquait 4 fois par semaine de l’Ashtanga en plus du cours qu’elle suit avec moi dans la semaine.
  • Pratique beaucoup de postures d’étirement du rachis et reste longtemps dans la pose.
  • La respiration Ujjai n’est pas régulière sur sa pratique
  • N’inclut pas de pranayama dans sa séance pour calmer son mental et soulager son système nerveux
  • Elle travail en tant qu’infirmière
  • Elle mange des plats préparés, saute des repas et ne mange pas tout le temps à la même heure

Ce qui est mise en avant sur ce bilan :

Trop d’etirements intenses du rachis

Tous ses déséquilibres peuvent avoir concourus cette sciatique, Valerie ne l’ayant jamais expérimentée auparavant. Au vu du bilan, les solutions sautent aux yeux…

Selon l’Ayurveda, la sciatique est typique des déséquilibres Vata. Donc en tant que constitution Vata, Valérie a créé un excès du dosha Vata dans le corps en pratiquant l’Ashtanga 4 fois par semaine, sans intégrer aucune autre pratique douce ou de temps de repos pour régénérer son corps et son esprit.

Prise en charge

Je lui explique donc que sa pratique n’est pas adaptée à sa constitution et à son mode de vie et qu’il va falloir apprendre à intégrer des moments de calme, de repos, de pratiques douces pour que son corps puisse avoir le temps de se reconstituer. Pratiquer l’Ashtanga 4 fois par semaine est trop sollicitant au vu de son rythme de vie, je lui conseille d’intégrer plus de  hatha yoga et d’autres pratiques douces qu’elle aime…même si c’est compliqué pour une personne Vata qui aime bouger tout le temps, tant dans l’esprit que par le corps. Tout ceci à intégrer après que sa sciatique se soit guérit

Je la conseille également sur son régime alimentaire, actuellement irrégulier et malsain. Alors qu’elle a une pratique physique intense et un travail stressant, son corps et son mental crie famine et manquent de nourriture régénérante, fraîche, et cuisinée maison. Elle le sait elle est infirmière mais parfois redire les choses permettent de remettre en conscience pour réagir.

Je lui demande donc ses ressentis physiques par rapport à sa sciatique pour avoir une idée du degré d’inflammation du nerf et si nous pouvons pratiquer le yoga pour essayer de soulager et résorber. Valérie ne ressentait qu’un léger trajet de la lombaire L5 vers le haut de la fesse, et une tension constante dans la zone arrière de la cuisse.

Les symptômes n’étant pas dramatiques, sans troubles neurologiques et le mouvement très peu inhibé, nous pouvions donc commencer à pratiquer certaines postures de yoga pour améliorer sa condition.

Les solutions pour soulager sa sciatique

Un yoga adapté à sa condition

Je lui ai donc proposer une série de postures à pratiquer 5 fois et une série de pranayama au début et à la fin de la séance.

Apres avoir suivit cette séance, elle est autonome pour pratiquer cette séance pendant au moins 3 semaines à un mois pour améliorer sa sciatique.

Cette séance est construite sans enchainement, sans flow, sans effort intense, juste travailler sur chaque zone en conscience et sans forcer. Sur chaque posture, Valérie doit porter sa conscience sur sa douleur, et expirer sa douleur.

La séance est la suivante :

1/ Nadi shodhana sans rétention de souffle puis avec rétention pour calmer l’esprit et se concentrer sur ce qui s’en vient.

1 / Kapotasana

2/ Salabhasana et variantes avec lever d’un bras une jambe

3/ Balasana

4/ Upavishati Kapotasana ou pigeon inversé

5/ Pawanmuktasana

6 / Exercice de respiration holotropique

L’objectif du premier pranayama est de calmer le système nerveux et d’apporter la concentration et conscience nécessaire à la réalisation des postures pour en tirer le meilleur bénéfices.

Le pranayama de fin de séance est une respiration holotropique avec inhalations actives et expirations passives , complète et rapide.

Le but de la respiration holotropique est d’utiliser la respiration accélérée pour accroître la conscience de soi et faire face aux traumatismes du passé. Elle permet d’accéder à des parties de la psyché qui ne peuvent être atteintes dans des conditions normales.

Je l’utilise dans le cas de Valérie pour soulager ses troubles d’anxiété, de stress chronique et de tension qui sont dues à son déséquilibre Vata et son mode de vie en général.

Un traitement ayurvédique

Je lui ai également proposer un traitement ayurvédique appelé Kati Vasti qui est un traitement ayurvédique traditionnel utilisé pour les maux de dos et les troubles de la région lombo-sacrée, notamment les hernies discales, la spondylose lombaire, la sciatique, les problèmes de colonne vertébrale, etc…. Nous avons fait ce traitement pendant 7 jours à suivre.

Conclusion

Valérie a bien tenue le challenge des 3 semaines, ce qui n’était pas facile pour elle. Elle qui aime tellement bouger partout mais aussi probablement la source de son mal.

Au bout d’1 semaine, la sensation de tension derrière la cuisse avait disparue mais elle ressentait toujours un léger trajet du haut des fesses à l’arrière de la cuisse.

Au bout de 3 semaines, sa sciatique avait complétement disparue.

Elle a également changé son régime alimentaire et préparé ses repas la veille pour les emmener au travail. Valerie s’accorde du repos et aujourd’hui elle a même intégré 2 séances de yoga nidra à la place des 2 séances d’Ashtanga.

Elle a pris de conscience que les moments de repos et de douceur étaient nécessaires pour maintenir sa santé, soutenir son corps et son mental. Elle a plus d’énergie, de clarté et est plus positive car elle fait également du pranayama tous les jours depuis cet épisode.

Dire que se sont que les postures de yoga qui lui ont permis de guérir …cela a certainement contribué mais je pense qu’une approche complète doit être engagée.

Le corps doit être entendu dans sa globalité : mental, émotions, l’aspect physique, la nourriture que l’on donne à notre corps et son mode de vie. L’intelligence du corps s’applique en s’auto-guérissant, à conditions de le respecter.

Si vous vous intéressez au yoga et aux pathologies je ne peux que vous indiquer l’excellent blog de Muriel Adapter son Yoga, vous y trouverez des informations concrètes pour adapter sa pratique. Son blog est une mine d’informations bien utiles. En complément de mon article, je ne peux que vous conseiller la lecture de Etirement du piriforme : un exercice efficace contre la sciatique?  Ou encore Lombalgie Aiguë : un flow pour mon lumbago!.

References

Measure of Significance of Holotropic Breathwork in the Development of Self-Awareness

An Argument for the use of Holotropic Breathwork as an Adjunct to Psychotherapy

Exploring the Therapeutic Benefits of Pranayama (Yogic Breathing): A Systematic Review

Health Impacts of Yoga and Pranayama: A State-of-the-Art Review

A clinical study on the effect of ksheera vaitharana vasti in the management of gridrasi w.s.r. to sciatica

Yoga as a treatment for chronic low back pain: A systematic review of the literature

A preliminary clinical evaluation of external snehan and asanas in the patients of sciatica

A clinical comparative study of Matra Vasti and Vaitran Vasti in the treatment of Gridhrasi w.s.r to Sciatica

Ayurveda and yoga for fall season

Yoga for fall, what does that means? We are all living in the microcosm depending on macrocosm, so seasons have an impact on all beings. We can see Nature change as much as we change to its rhythm. It is therefore important to bring the ritucharya in our life to maintain the balance of our doshas.

Rituacharya is the ancient Ayurvedic practice. “Ritu” means season and “charya” means Regimen or discipline.

Ritucharya consists of lifestyle and ayurvedic diet routine to cope with the bodily and mental impacts caused by seasonal changes.

Fall season qualities or gunas

  • Dry
  • Rough
  • Windy
  • Erratic
  • Cool
  • Subtle and clear.

All these qualities are also Vata qualities. And in Ayurveda, same qualities increases the effect of them, then Autumn increase Vata dosha.

What to do to balance Vata for fall?

Balance the climate effects by appropriate lifestyle choices and diet:

  • Bring more stability, warmth, oiliness, deep nourishment, positive realtionships. Most important is to have a sense of stability, routine and groundedness.
  • Try to do the things at the same time daily: wake-up, exercise, meals, go to bed…
  • Massage yourself to calm your nervous sytem…

Diet should be:

  • Nourishing, oily and warmth.
  • Avoid fasting,
  • Use favor sweet, sour and salty tastes.
  • Breakfast of cooked grains (oatmeal, tapioca, cream of rice or wheat…)
  • Lunches and dinners : steamed veg, hearty grains, soups and stews are grounding and moisturizing. Organic dairy product and seeds are also beneficial.
  • No process or industrial food, only fresh and homemade as much as possible

Herbs:

  • Ashwaganda, chyavanprash, ginger tea, cumin, coriander and cumin tea.

Avoid or in moderation:

  • Raw food, cold or frozen foods, bitter, pungent and astringent tastes.

Bring Yoga and meditation in your daily routine:

  • For 10 to 15 min for starting.
  • Practices Vata pacifying yoga, and pranayama like nadi shodhana…
  • Slow sun salutation [here a video of complete yoga session with a modify sun salutation at 56:57 min in the video]
  • Tadasana
  • Bitilasana
  • Marjaryasana
  • Bhujangasana

  • Vajrasana
  • Balasana

  • Viparita karani
  • Savasana for 20 minutes

It is better to practice with a qualified and experienced yoga teacher to practice the asana according to your body, to avoid injuries and also to get the full health benefits from them.

For what benefits?

Learning pranayama, yoga philosophy and lifestyle will bring peace in your mind.

You learn how to manage your emotions and control your monkey mind.

You will also cure and bring calm into your body.

Practice smoothly, gently with conscious and you will rejuvenate and help your nervous system.

Moreover, we all have to learn how to invest in your own health and vitality. We all stand to benefit from aligning ourselves with the rhythms of nature all the year.

We can avoid all symptoms and diseases linked to seasons by our diet and lifestyle

These are general tips many can be down, unfortunately it is not in 1 article that you can get all the benefits of yoga and ayurveda.

Do a good start and set your Ayurvedic and yoga routine, it is simple and so beneficial.

I can only advise you to start ayurvedic and yogic practices as soon as possible to maintain your good health over time, to support your immune system and by the same token your homeostasis

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Be love, be nice and compassionate.

Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

Julie

How to control anger?

Anger and consequences…

How to control anger and have a calm mind… it is the dream of everyone…

Anger is a part of normal healthy emotion but its manifestation and quantity need to be controlled.

As per Ayurveda describes this anger depends on:

Body type of the person

A Pitta body type person gets angry very quickly more than the other body constitution.

Pitta constitution is made of fire and water elements and anger is fire element.

A Vata body type person can get angry quickly (because one of Vata gunas is fastness) but he also calms down very fast because coolness is also a Vata quality.

A Kapha person gets anger very slowly because of Kapha guna but will not react immediately and may plan for a well-executed.

Ayurveda mentioned that anger produces disease such as:

  • high blood pressure
  • schizophrenia,
  • maniac disorders or people with lot of stress
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • body inflammation [musculo skeletal diseases…]
  • inside burning
  • and long term manifestations

Diet to control anger

Diet has to be balanced to avoid production of anger. Excess of non veg, excess of spicy foods, drugs abuse and excess of alcohol are part of rajasic foods and consuming these items out of balance lead to angriness.

Here some advices for Pitta lifestyle and diet

Our period of time also contributes to get more or less angry: teenagers and elderly get angry more easily.

When we feel weak or tired we have more issues to control our emotion, angriness can come quickly in such condition.

Some medicines, in case of wrong dosage, can also lead to manic depressive psychosis or depression medicines and increase anger.

Dosha implication

Pitta gets aggravated by anger and much more if hidden inwards.

Anger-control has to be a part of effective personality management. It needs a constant practice followed by application.

Express your anger with control and intelligence

Remember that you are larger and important than your emotions.

If you rule your emotions, you live healthy. If your emotions rule you then your lifespan would be shorten and end in premature way. You have to choose !!

Medicine or therapy are essential to learn how to relieve stress or soothe the mind. Senses eradicates many physical ailments and this to avoid to throw your venom and hurt others.

The real thing is by getting angry over a person or situation you show how weak you are. You also allow the other person and situations to rule you. If you remember that you are susceptible to be conquered by someone else’s anger, you will learn to sense it even before it has shown its early signs within you.

Controlling anger is a art but also a respect of yourself and others. You can convert it in positive energy.

“Speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret” Laurence J. Peter

You could also have avoided the damages incurred on your beautiful system as an effective of unmonitored anger, thereby keeping inflammation and arthritis at bay.

A long-standing angriness habit is dangerous.

Anger is thus constructive as well as destructive. It depends on what type of anger we are.

The extent of damage we undergo due to anger and the quality and quantity of inflammatory changes and diseases which get manifested due to anger depends on our choice of fight or flight response and how frequently we do it.

“You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger” – Buddha

Types of anger

Pitta is mainly composed by fire element

There are 3 types of anger:

  • Aggressive anger because we can feel ashamed or are neglected
  • Defensive anger to fight or over reacting to defend ourself or to hide mistake
  • Frustrated anger developed with time. The person over a period of time may develop ideas or concepts out of reality

Most of the systemic diseases of the modern day are psycho-somatic in nature. We hardly find a sole physical disorder or a sole mental disorder. Body and mind are 2 sides of the same coin. A problem at the physical level might at a later time reflect on the mind and vice versa.

Anger is one of the most encountered emotions which has a serious destructive impact at a psycho-somatic level and is also a trigger for many health issues especially those of an inflammatory origin.

What are Pitta functions in the body?

Pitta is responsible for central and cellular metabolism

If pitta is balanced, these processes goes well smoothly and we are healthy.

An increased or decreased of Pitta can disrupt the heat regulation in the body and lead to depletion of tissues or blockages in the cells and body channels.

If the body is inefficient to throw the excess heat out, the heat stay inwards. Then the heat damages the body tissues and cause inflammation. When this inflammation intensifies, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases can manifest.

Other factors aggravate Pitta but Krodha [anger] is the main one.

Anger is the emotion which is a part of us and is expressed very often in varied proportions. Whenever anger occurs, Pitta is disturbed.

And if the anger become an habit, aches stay within us and give a permanent fuel for vitiation of Pitta.

The increased pitta creates an inflammatory background in the tissues and leads to inflammatory diseases:  arthritis is one.

An increased pitta and anger leads to a cyclic pattern: the inflammatory reactions in the body which is getting worst as it become a chronic pattern with time.

So you have understand, but i repeat again: if we don’t control Pitta and anger at right time, it causes damages to the body cells and organs.

Anger is one of the most common human emotions.

If you are Pitta constitution, you will always have fire in you, it is a part of you. It’s like the fire is always there ready to burn more. Pitta is always seated on coals.

It can vary in proportions to person and in given situations.

We need fire to burn our foods, our emotions but it increased to different levels of manifestation and existence.

The fuels are available in and around us: at work, in family, with friends, with life situations we live which can be stressful. We have also to face a certain competition and lot more in today society.

For Pitta people a small amount of these is enough for the anger to take a big shape and for other it will take more time to provoke that anger to set in. Some people explodes and some bury anger deep within.

We boil at different degrees

Anybody can become angry that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy” – Aristotle

Anger is Dharaneeya Vega

Dharaneeya Vega means forcibly withholding the urges which are initiated by the body.

So anger or krodha should be checked from sprouting to the surface as and when it shows its signs within us.

The one who is controlling is anger is managing is mind very well. It is avoiding conflicting, to put more fire on the gas and finally a proof of intelligence to solve differently the tensions or conflicts.

This is also better for health because anger is a form of heat and we don’t want to get combust!

Studies and researches showeds that anger has bad effects on homeostasis and health in general. It needs to be controlled within us and to throw it out in reasonable way to do not hurt others and self. This is the principle of Ahimsa in Yoga.

For example inflammatory reaction can occurred in the joints and soft tissues of musculo skeletal system and causes arthritis and other inflammatory origin musculo skeletal diseases [rheumatoid arthritis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, bone fractures…]

Ayurveda said that controlling anger is better than inversely. It is not because one time you could not control it that it will induce right away diseases. It is the amount of non-control anger day by day which will produce imbalances and with time diseases.

Anger is a negative emotion in many instances and has very important impact in our organs and mind…

Ayurvedic and yogic methods: how to control anger 

Change your habits. angryness produce inflammation in the body

It might temporally drive us to do something energetically but on the other way it also compels us to commit bad words, bad behaviors, or violence in front of others.

By learning to control krodha (anger) we avoid the pitta explosion and so avoid many inflammatory processes and diseases in the body.

How we can control anger?

Be conscious of it and act to know how to control your anger

Practice Yoga, yoga philosophy and pranayama [Learn about a simple Pranayama technique here] to think better and clearly, linked your body and your mind and relief your frustration. Do practices to pacify Pitta.

Have a anti-pitta diet [Learn more: How to balance Pitta]

Taking foods having sweet, bitter and astringent tastes, seasonal fruits not having sour taste, cold foods and comforts etc which are antagonistic to Pitta

Ayurvedic Pitta relieving treatments

  • Abhyanga (massage with herbal oils)
  • Virechana (therapeutic purgation),
  • Sarvanga dhara (stream pouring of medicated liquids like oils, milk etc over the body), Shirodhara (stream pouring of herbal oils over the head),
  • Shirovasti (oil pooling over the head),
  • Tikta vasti (enemas prepared out of medicines having bitter tastes),
  • Ksheera Vasti (enemas prepared with medicines alleviating pitta processed and prepared in milk) …

Pitta lifestyle to control anger:

  • Have a good sleep, minimun 7 hours per night, to regenerate & digest all emotions or frustration accumulated during the day.
  • Practice gratitude and happiness
  • Identify the causes of your anger
  • Ignore the causes or the triggers lead to body pain.
  • Go away from augmenting with people & situations as much as possible.
  • Convert anger : anger is an energy which will either hurt us or the other person. The better way is to throw off the fire of anger by transforming it into another form of positive or constructive energy. Get into activities like gardening, house cleaning etc.
  • Forgive and Forget : it is difficult but with time & conscious we can do it easily, it is highly effective.
  • Change your body-mind attitude
  • Change your habits when anger strikes you. Practice sports, yoga, mindfullness, walking into fresh air… Yoga is highly effective for emotions acceptance, transcending them and win over anger
  • Surrounding you with positive people
  • Think spiritual: going to temples, reading books or do spiritual practices: yoga nidra, restorative yoga … pranayama and meditation.
  • Have fun
  • Take a break: breaks are essential to keep our nerves relaxed, go for a weekend, meet friends, or share love time with family.
  • Practice your favorite hobby
  • Dancing classes, painting, writing articles or stories…
  • Join a Yoga class
  • Meditate:  You can meditate in many ways, chanting hymns, counting the beads, focussing on a point or material as a target…
  • Breathing exercises: Inhale to your tummy to a count of four, slowly exhale through your mouth to a similar count. Do this 10-15 times. You can do it 3-4 times a day. Gradually work on increasing the count of inspiration and expiration. Learn about a simple Pranayama technique
  • Eat healthy – Lot of vegetables and fruits and a balanced diet will help

Other tips to control anger

  • Remember : ‘The other person is not bad, he or she is different’. Someone looks bad because we want that person to be like we want him or her to be. Learn to give space to everyone and enjoy your space.
  • Re-search happiness: happiness and happy moments are antagonistic to anger. Swear to keep yourself happy. Try finding all possible ways and methods of keeping yourself happy.
  • Write a diary: write a diary and keep account of how many or how less situations you are encountering on a daily basis where you are getting into the anger web. Also analyse if your anger was reasonable. Think if there were any other options of avoiding confronting the anger. Analyse the causes and triggers and see if you are going to them or they are coming to you.

See if minor things are disturbing you and not essentially a big stressor or anger-trigger that is making you angry. In such cases you are only habituated to anger. See how many things and situations were under your control and how many were out of your reach. All these things will help you to get better and win over your nerves. Try to work and better the conditions and also maintain a follow up record.

  • Ask for help or counselling sessions. Don’t back out from consulting experts and from taking counselling. There are people who can help you out of your anger.

Ayurvedic medicines, herbs and methods

Learn pranayama and yoga to transcend your emotions and control anger

Ayurvedic herbs useful to control anger:

  • Brahmi – Bacopa monnieri
  • Mandookaparni
  • KolaShankhapushpi
  • Raisins

Sciences has now proven since many years how much emotions are related to diseases. You cannot say now you don;t know. If you want to improve your patterns, live peaceful as much as possible, many tools you can try. Yoga and Pranayama, and sadhana are great tools to start your journey for a better and healthy self.

If you want to go deeper and need to learn how to practice to control your anger, book a free call with me.

References 

Blog: Yoga and lifestyle medicine

Anger Disorders May Be Linked to Inflammation

Markers of inflammation in blood linked to aggressive behaviors

Inflammation: The Common Pathway of Stress-Related Diseases

Inflammation-driven brain and gut barrier dysfunction in stress and mood disorders

The Role of Inflammation in Mood and Anxiety-related Disorders

 

What is Pranayama breathing?

Pranayama breathing is generally defined as breath control. Although this interpretation may seem correct in view of the practices involved, it does not convey the full meaning of the term.

Learn pranayama to improve your health and skills

The word pranayama is comprised of two roots: ‘prana’ plus ‘ayama‘.

Prana means ‘vital energy’ or ‘life force’. It is the force which exists in all things, whether animate or inanimate.

Although closely related to the air we breathe, it is more subtle than air or oxygen.

Therefore, pranayama should not be considered only as breathing exercises aimed at introducing extra oxygen into the lungs. Pranayama uses breathing to influence the flow of prana in the nadis or energy channels of the pranamaya koshas or energy body.

The word yama means ‘control’ and is used to denote various rules or codes of conduct.

However, this is not the word which is joined to prana to form pranayama; the correct word is ‘ayama’ which has far more implications.

Ayama is defined as ‘extension’ or ‘expansion’. Thus, the word pranayama means ‘extension or expansion of the dimension of prana’ .

The techniques of pranayama provide the method whereby the life force can be activated and regulated in order to go beyond one’s normal boundaries or limitations and attain a higher state of vibratory energy and awareness.

Four aspects of pranayama

In the pranayama practices there are for important aspects of breathing which are used.

These are:

1 . Pooraka or inhalation

2. Rechaka or exhalation

3 . Antar kumbhaka or internal breath retention

4. Bahir kumbhaka or external breath retention.

The different practices of pranayana involve various techniques which use these four aspects of breathing.

There is another mode of pranayama, which is called kevala kumbhaka or spontaneous breath retention. This is an advanced stage of pranayama which occurs during high states of meditation.

During this state, the fluctuation of prana ceases. At this time, the veil which prevents one from seeing the subtle aspect of existence is lifted and a higher vision of reality is attained.

The most important part of pranayama is actually kumbhaka or breath retention. However, in order to perform kumbhaka successfully, there must be a gradual development of control over the function of respiration.

Therefore, in the pranayama practices more emphasis is given to inhalation and exhalation at the beginning, in order to strengthen the lungs and balance the nervous and pranic systems in preparation for the practice of kumbhaka. These initial practices influence the flow of prana in the nadis, purifying, regulating and activating them, thereby inducing physical and mental stability.

The pranic body

The five bodies

Five koshas

According to yogic physiology, the human framework is comprised of five bodies or sheaths, which account for the different aspects or dimensions of human existence. These five sheaths are known as:

1. Annamaya kosha, the food or material body

2. Manomaya kosha, the mental body

3. Pranamaya kosha, the bioplasmic or vital energy body

4. Vijnanamaya kosha, the psychic or higher mental body

5. Anandamaya kosha, the transcendental or bliss body.

Although these five sheaths function together to form an integral whole.

The practices of pranayama work mainly with pranamaya kosha.

Pranamaya kosha is made up of five major pranas, which are collectively known as the pancha, or five pranas: prana, apana, samana, udana and vyana.

The pranas

The pranic body

Prana does not refer to cosmic prana, but rather to just one flow of energy, governing the thoracic area between the larynx and the top of the diaphragm. It is associated with the heart and organs of respiration together with the muscles and nerves that activate them. It is the force by which the breath is drawn inside.

Apana governs the abdomen, below the navel region, and provides energy for the large intestine, kidneys, anus and genitals. It is concerned with the expulsion of waste from the body and is the force which expels the breath.

Samana is located between the heart and the navel. It activates and controls the digestive system: the liver, intestines, pancreas and stomach, and their secretions. Samana is responsible for transformation. On a physical level this relates to the assimilation and distribution of nutrients. On an evolutionary level it relates to kundalini and expansion of consciousness.

Udana governs the neck and head, activating all the sensory receptors such as the eyes, tongue, nose and ears. U dana also harmonizes and activates the limbs and all their associated muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. It is responsible for the erect posture of the body, sensory awareness, and the ability to respond to the outside world.

Vyana pervades the whole body, regulating and controlling all movement, and coordinating the other pranas. It acts as the reserve force for the other pranas.

Along with these five major pranas there are five minor pranas known as the upa-pranas : naga, koorma, krikara, devadatta and dhananjaya.

Naga is responsible for belching and hiccups.

Koorma opens the eyes and stimulates blinking.

Krikara generates hunger, thirst, sneezing and coughing.

Devadatta induces sleep, yawning.

Dhananjaya lingers after death and upon its departure, decay and decomposition of the body begins to happen.

Prana and lifestyle

Lifestyle has a profound impact on the pranamaya kosha and its pranas.

Physical activities such as exercise, work, sleep, intake of food and sexual relations all affect the distribution and flow of prana in the body.

Faculties of the mind such as emotion, thought, imagination affect the pranic body even more.

Irregularities in lifestyle, dietary indiscretions and stress deplete and obstruct the pranic flow. This results in what people experience as being “drained of energy”.

Depletion of energy in a particular prana leads to the devitalization of the organs and limbs it governs and ultimately to disease or metabolic dysfunction. The techniques of pranayama reverse this process, energizing and balancing the different pranas within pranamaya kosha .

Pranayama practices should be performed after asanas in an integrated yoga program.

Breath, health and pranayama

Practice of nadi shodhana pranayama

The breath is the most vital process of the body. It influences the activities of each and every cell and, most importantly, is intimately linked with the performance of the brain. Human beings breathe about 15 times per minute and 21600 times per day.

Respiration fuels the burning of oxygen and glucose, producing energy to power every muscular contraction, glandular secretion and mental process. The breath is intimately linked to all aspects of human experience.

Most people breathe incorrectly, using only a small part of their lung capacity. The breathing is then generally shallow, depriving the body of oxygen and prana essential to its good health.

The first five practices given in this section are preparatory techniques which introduce correct breathing habits. In addition, they help focus the awareness on the breathing process, which is otherwise normally ignored.

Practitioners develop sensitivity to the respiratory process and retrain the muscles of the pulmonary cavity, enhancing their vital capacity and preparing them for pranayama.

Rhythmic, deep and slow respiration stimulates and is stimulated by calm, content, states of mind.

Irregular breathing disrupts the rhythms of the brain and leads to physical, emotional and mental blocks. These, in turn, lead to inner conflict, an unbalanced personality, a disordered lifestyle and disease.

Pranayama establishes regular breathing patterns, breaking this negative cycle and reversing the debilitating process. It does so by giving us control of the breath and reestablishing the natural, relaxed rhythms of the body and mind.

Although breathing is mainly an unconscious process, conscious control of it may be taken at any time. Consequently, it forms a bridge between the conscious and unconscious areas of the mind. Through the practice of pranayama, the energy trapped in neurotic, unconscious mental patterns may be released for use in more creative and joyful activity.

Breathing and life span

In addition to influencing the quality of life, the length or quantity of life is also dictated by the rhythm of the respiration.

The ancient yogis and rishis studied nature in great detail. They noticed that animals with a slow breath rate such as pythons, elephants and tortoises have long life spans, whereas those with a fast breathing rate such as birds, dogs and rabbits live for only a few years.

From this observation they realized the importance of slow breathing for increasing the human lifespan. Those who breathe in short, quick gasps are likely to have a shorter life span than those who breathe slowly and deeply. On the physical level, this is because the respiration is directly related to the heart.

A slow breathing rate keeps the heart stronger and better nourished and contributes to a longer life. Deep breathing also increases the absorption of energy by pranamaya kosha, enhancing dynamisn1, vitality and general well-being.

Pranayama and the spiritual aspirant

Bhramari pranayama

Pranayama practices establish a healthy body by removing blockages in the pranamaya kosha, enabling increased absorption and retention of prana.

The spiritual seeker requires tranquillity of mind as an essential prelude to spiritual practice.

To this end, many pranayanma techniques use kumbhaka, breath retention, to establish control over the flow of prana, calming the mind and controlling the thought process. Once the mind has been stilled and prana flows freely in the nadis and  chakras, the doorway to the evolution of consciousness opens, leading the aspirant into higher dimensions of spiritual experience.

In The Science of Pranayama, Swami Sivananda writes, “There is an intimate connection between the breath, nerve currents and control of the inner prana or vital forces. Prana becomes visible on the physical plane as motion and action, and on the mental plane as thought.

Pranayama is the means by which a yogi tries to realize within his individual body the whole cosmic nature, and attempts to attain perfection by attaining all the powers of the universe.”

General notes for the practitioner

In the traditional texts, there are innumerable rules and regulations pertaining to pranayama. The main points are to exercise moderation, balance and common sense with regard to inner and outer thinking and living. However, for those who seriously wish to take up the advanced practices of pranayama, the guidance of a guru or competent teacher is essential.

Contra-indications:

Pranayama should not be practiced during illness, although simple techniques such as breath awareness and abdominal breathing in shavasana may be performed. Carefully observe the contra-indications given for individual practices.

Time of practice:

The best time to practise pranayama is at dawn, when the body is fresh and the mind has very few impressions. If this is not possible, another good time is just after sunset.

Tranquillizing pranayamas may be performed before sleep. Try to practise regularly at the same time and place each day. Regularity in practice increases strength and willpower as well as acclimatizing the body and mind to the increased prank force. Do not be in a hurry, be slow and steady

Progression is essential.

Pranayama’s course

Bathing:

Take a bath or shower before commencing the practice, or at least wash the hands, face and feet. Do not take a bath for at least half an hour after the practice to allow the body temperature to normalize.

Clothes: Loose, comfortable clothing made of natural fibres should be worn during the practice. The body may be covered with a sheet or blanket when it is cold or to keep insects away.

Empty stomach: Practise before eating in the morning or wait at least three to four hours after meals before starting pranayama. Food in the stomach places pressure on the diaphragm and lungs, making full, deep respiration difficult.

Diet: A balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals is suitable for most pranayama practices. A combination of grains, pulses, fresh fruit and vegetables, with some milk products if necessary; is recommended. When commencing pranayama practice, constipation and a reduction in the quantity of urine may be experienced.

In the case of dry motions, stop taking salt and spices, and drink plenty of water. In the case of loose motions, stop the practices for a few days and go on a diet of rice and curd or yoghurt.

The more advanced stages of pranayama require a change in diet and a teacher should be consulted for guidance on this.

Place of practice:

Practice in a quiet, clean and pleasant room, which is well ventilated but not draughty. Generally, avoid practising in direct sunlight as the body will become over-heated, except at dawn when the soft rays of the early morning sun are beneficial. Practising in a draught or wind, in air-conditioning or under a fan may upset the body temperature and cause chills.

Breathing: Always breathe through the nose and not the mouth unless specifically instructed otherwise. Both nostrils must be clear and flowing freely. Mucous blockages may be removed through the practice of neti or kapalbhati. If the flow of breath in the nostrils is unequal, it may be balanced by practising padadhirasana as a breath balancing technique.

Sequence:

Pranayama should be performed after shatkarmas and asanas, and before meditation practice. Nadi shodhana pranayama should be practised in each pranayama session as its balancing and purifying effects form the basis for successful pranayama. Mter practising pranayama, one may lie down in shavasana for a few minutes.

Sitting position: A comfortable, sustainable meditation posture is necessary to enable efficient breathing and body steadiness during the practice. Siddha/siddha yoni asana or padmasana are the best postures for pranayama. The body should be as relaxed as possible throughout the practice with the spine, neck and head erect. Sit on a folded blanket or cloth of natural fibre to ensure the maximum conduction of energy during the practice. Those who cannot sit in a meditation posture may sit against a wall with the legs outstretched or in a chair which has a straight back.

Avoid strain:

With all pranayama practices, it is important to remember that the instruction not to strain, not to try to increase your capacity too fast, applies just as it does to asana practice. If one is advised to practise a pranayama technique until it is mastered, and it can be practised without any strain or dicomfort, it is wise to follow that instruction before moving on to a more advanced practice or ratio. Furthermore, breath retention should only be practised for as long as is comfortable.

The lungs are very delicate organs and any misuse can easily cause them injury. Not only the physical body, but also the mental and emotional aspects of the personality and need time to adjust. Never strain in any way.

Side effects:

Various symptoms may manifest in normally healthy people. These are caused by the process of purification and the expulsion of toxins. Sensations of itching, tingling, heat or cold, and feelings of lightness or heaviness may occur.

Such experiences are generally temporary, but if they persist, check with a competent teacher. Energy levels may increase or fluctuate; interests may change. If such changes cause difficulty in lifestyle, decrease or stop the practice until a competent teacher or guru gives guidance.

I cannot explain here all the health and scientifically proven benefits of pranayama. And what pranayama is practiced to improve or cure diseases. That will be the subject of another article.

I am always here to help you in your practice, ask me your questions or book a one-one with me if you want to learn, make your health the priority. and if you want to develop your skills.

Be safe, be love and nice.

Nadi shodana practiced by a saddhu in Varanasi – India

References:

Exploring the Therapeutic Benefits of Pranayama (Yogic Breathing): A Systematic Review

Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life

Effects of various Praṇayama on cardiovascular and autonomic variables. 

Sudarshan Kriya Yogic breathing in the treatment of stress, anxiety, and depression. Part II–clinical applications and guidelines

Effect of Sheetali pranayama on cardiac autonomic function among patients with primary hypertension – A randomized controlled trial

Immediate effect of Kapalbhathi pranayama on short term heart rate variability (HRV) in healthy volunteers

Yoga breathing, meditation, and longevity

Effect of pranayama breathing technique on asthma control, pulmonary function, and quality of life: A single-blind, randomized, controlled trial

Effects of Yoga Respiratory Practice ( Bhastrika pranayama) on Anxiety, Affect, and Brain Functional Connectivity and Activity: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Constipation Ayurvedic Remedies

Today I am going to talk about constipation and ayurvedic remedies. Many of my patients ask me for explanations and solutions to avoid this regular inconvenience that is encountered more in women and even more in autumn / winter.

Constipation and causes

I will explain why you have to worry about it and treat it. if  not treated on time or if neglected, it may lead to a major problem.

You can easily get rid of constipation and integrate ayurvedic remedies into your lifestyle to treat and prevent it

I’m not going to review jathar Agni, the digestive fire again, you can find it in my podcast, but today I’m going to deal a little with this intestinal transit disorder of constipation.

What is constipation?

It is in fact the main disorder of the digestive system. In summary, for Ayurveda, if our elimination is correct, we are and remain healthy.

The colon contributes in major part to an adequate elimination. Either the elimination of waste from our food but also all the other wastes produced by the body to maintain its balance.

Proper functioning of the colon is distinguished by a tongue without persistent deposit (which does not return quickly after scratching it) and through easy and regular transit.

Your poop should be molded and floated.

Conventional medicine defines constipation as infrequent evacuation: less than 3 times per week.

Ayurveda states that we should have a bowel movement 1-2 times or even 3 times a day.

The real problem is, lack of bowel movements for a long period of time sends wrong signals to liver, brain, immune system etc, leading to migraine and such other complications (as explained below)

Causes of constipation

The main cause of constipation is your diet, especially foods having dry, light, rough qualities and also heavy to digest, although it can also be triggered by fever or infectious diseases.

Excessive consumption of pungent, astringent and salt foods can also be a cause

Other secondary factors are conducive to constipation:

  • late awakening,
  • hasty departure in the morning to work before which we “forget” to have a bowel movement,
  • morning sexual activity,
  • lack of physical exercise
  • Less intake of water
  • Working in strong sunlight, long walk, heavy travelling
  • Sitting at a same place for a very long time
  • Excessive use of antiacids
  • Depression
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • And of course our famous mind. Psychological factors also produce constipation: stress, insomnia and fears in particular.
  • Some medications, like diuretics, have side effects and cause constipation.

Complications :
If constipation is neglected for long, it can cause :

  • Hemorrhoids,
  • Fissure in ano,
  • Gaseous distention of abdomen,
  • bloating,
  • hard stone like feces
  • Headache,
  • liver disorders and various metabolic as well as intestinal diseases may be originated.
  • In few of the individuals back ache, reverse peristalsis can be also found

Constipation and ayurvedic remedies

Constipation and solutions

In case of temporary constipation, spices will be of great help (ginger for example) because they normalize the functioning of the digestive fire.

Laxatives that tone the colon such as triphala and psyllium are also recommended.

Mild oleation

Internal oleation with 5 – 10 grams of ghee

External oleation – oil massage with sesame oil or Maha Narayana oil

For more serious and long constipation, it is castor oil that can be recommended but be careful its use should be done as a last resort. It can be used alongside ginger infusions to normalize digestion at different levels. Before to use castor oil, ask advice to your practionner. It is strong and for some conditions it is not adviced at all!

In cases of acute or severe constipation with very heavy tongue, fever and severe bloating, more powerful purgatives such as senna or rhubarb root are used.

There is then the probable presence of important toxins (Ama) in the digestive system and we must accompany these plants with a fast or a light diet for a few days to let our system eliminate the accumulated waste which is of course toxic over time. for us if they stay too long in our system.

Be careful, in case of pain in the lower right part of the abdomen, there may be appendicitis and these powerful purgatives are dangerous in this case.

Different type of constipation

Ayurvedic Body Type

Ayurveda recognizes different types of constipation depending on the dosha involved. This results in different states of tonicity of the colon: soft, intermediate and hard.

People who have a soft colon tend to have loose stools. In case of constipation, Isagbol (psyllium) or hot milk is usually sufficient. This condition is due to an elevated Pitta which dries up the stool due to its heat. It rarely becomes chronic.

An intermediate type colon is characteristic of Kapha. Stronger laxatives are then needed. For example, we may need to associate Triphala and Trikatu (especially if Ama is present). This condition is due to high Kapha which produces congestion of mucus which clogs the colon.

A hard colon characterizes Vata. Constipation is or becomes in this case often chronic and it is difficult to correct. Stronger laxatives, such as castor oil or sene, are needed at the start of treatment and over a short period, followed by milder, toning laxatives like Triphala over the long term. A strictly anti-Vata diet, lightest at first, should also be followed.

Follow ayurveda wisdom, treat naturally when it still time befor complication. Treat constipation with ayurvedic remedies

Chronic constipation must be treated.

Because it means that you store the wastes from food and your cells inside. It can lead to a variety of ailments, from the mildest to the most serious over time. It is necessary to correct this state. If the measures taken are not sufficient, then it is necessary to consult.

Correct elimination leads to a healthy body. The regeneration of our cells and organs operate favorably which supports all the functions of our metabolism.

The mind is also affected by this constipation.

When we are constipated, we feel that the lower abdomen is crowded, swells and occupies our mind. Our belly is not free and neither is our mind.

One does not go without the other and it is also for this, and studies have proven it, that our intestines call the second brain. A whole bunch of neurons connect them both.

I remind you and as a precaution, that castor oil and senna must be taken with a therapist or a doctor. These herbs are very powerful and their actions are not trivial in the body. Do not self-medicate with these two herbs.

In short, there is still so much to say but to conclude, listen to your body, do good by practicing simple but effective things for your health and your well-being.

These tips are very useful and you can use them right now without side effects.

Check and change your food

More vegetables

Many constipation and ayurvedic remedies can be done. In the event of chronic constipation, we will ensure that the food contains enough non-digestible vegetable fibers which will ‘scratch’ and sweep your intestinal mucosa walls and therefore clean it. (legumes, corn (bran), cauliflower, raisins, cabbage, berries, green leafy vegetables, celery, beans, guava, figs, flax seed, spinach, orange, mushroom…). And also use good fats like ghee, sesame or olive oil.

If the digestive fire is powerful, raw fruits and vegetables can be useful but beware, it’s always the same, it all depends on your constitution and the constipation you experience.

Grape and plum juices are recommended, apples and cranberries should be avoided.

Consumption of sesame oil is very good for treating constipation, consumption of olive oil is also effective. Just like ghee, which will have a therapeutic effect on our microbiota and promote the proper elimination of our waste.

More water

Drink good amounts of water throughout the day. With no constipation symptom, Ayurveda recommends to drink water only when thirsty. But in a disease condition, such as constipation, one can have good amounts of water. Water along with fiber rich diet softens bowels and prevents constipation.

Milk and dairy products: reduce your consumption

More exercices

Exercise: Do not sit at a place for a long period of time. Consider walking / jogging for at least 15 minutes in a day

Other tips

Do not hold the urge: As per Ayurveda, a natural urge is a signal to the person to act. It needs to be attended immediately. Regular holding of urge eventually will lead to constipation.

Generally speaking, it is best to get up at dawn, colon time (vata time). Take a large glass of lukewarm water which will have been charged with copper for at least 6 hours in its copper bottle.

Then, a little later, a glass of hot water or herbal tea upon awakening peristalsis, which can also be stimulated by some gentle yoga postures and a light massage of the lower abdomen.

The sitting position on the toilet is not physiological, it is advisable to have your knees raised to have a bowel movement, as by squatting on the toilet bowl for example or like the Turkish toilet which is in fact the ideal position to eliminate stool.

Then, if the evacuation has not yet occurred, one can have oatmeal hydrated in hot milk and ghee for breakfast. This constitutes a light laxative (fibers + fats). Note that cold foods, such as cold milk and cold cereals, block the evacuation.

Do not consume any drink or cold food during the winter this worsens Vata and therefore the internal and external dryness of the body.

Treat constipation with useful ayurvedic remedies

Hareetaki -Chebulic myrobalan-Terminalia chebula

Castor oil, before to use cator oil, ask your therapist, everybody cannot take it internally.

Recipies for constipation and ayurvedic remedies:

  • Soak 10-15 raisins in water in the morning and consume it at night.
  • 1 teaspoon of cow’s ghee should be dissolved in one cup (150ml) of warm water. In non- diabetic patients, 1 spoon of sugar candy can also be added (in non diabetic patients) and taken during bed time. This is highly effective against mild constipation.
  • The fruit pulp of cassia fistula, known as golden shower or purging cassia, is taken (10grams) along with water or milk. This helps to relieve even chronic kind of constipation.
  • Regular use of aloe vera pulp in diet prevents hard bowels.

Yoga asanas for constipation

Yoga asanas for constipation
  • Uttana Padasana, (Raised Legs Pose)
  • Ardha matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)
  • Pawanamuktasana (Wind Release Pose)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
  • Vajrasana (diamond pose)
  • Bujhangasana (cobra pose)

All asanas and exercises that put pressure on abdomen are very useful in the treatment.

If you want more info about yoga, i would love to see you in my 1:1 session to learn more about you and how to get a better health

Om Namah Shivaya

Julie

References:

Ayurvedic management of chronic constipation in Hirschsprung disease – A case study

AYURVEDIC UNDERSTANDING AND (CONSTIPATION)

An Ayurvedic approach of constipation

Role of yoga therapy in improving digestive health and quality of sleep in an elderly population: A randomized controlled trial

Management of Constipation through Yogic Therapy

Coriander Benefits and Home Remedies

Coriander seeds and leaves are used for therapeutic purposes and are part of asian culinary since ages. It has many useful health benefits, and you should know it for using it as home remedies.

Coriander, one of the exellent herbs to reduce burning sensation

Some people don’t like coriander at all and this hate can be explained by genetic influence.

Coriander seeds and leaves properties

Coriander rasa or taste, as defined by Ayurveda for each food, is astringent, bitter and light to digest, it is also unctuous and oily and after digestion the taste remain sweet

It has a hot potency and balances the 3 doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Coriander is diuretic and so will increases the volume of urine

It improves strength of digestion and useful in case of fever.

Added to your meal will give a fresh perfume and useful in malabsorption syndrome and diarrhea.

Coriander seeds also a part of useful home remedies

We use also coriander in case of anorexia. It also helps to relieve bad odor (breath) and tone the cardiac muscle.

In case of excessive thirst, burning or vomiting sensation, it is very useful for you.

In Ayurveda it is also used to manage cough, cold, and asthma,  haemorrhoids or worm infestation.

Fresh coriander is used especially useful in treating Pitta aggravation.

The great advantage of coriander is you can use all part of this plant: seed and leaves.

You can use seed powder, boiling 3-6 grams and have a cold infusion of 10 ml to 30 ml per day, depends on what your doctor or therapist says.

Research

Modern researches have shown that coriander seeds are efficient to control blood sugar and cholesterol level.

Many studies have shown coriander seed’s benefits in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It is also a very good anti oxidant and and helps resist the accumulation of free radicals in the body. (Look at the studies below at the end of the article)

Home Remedies with coriander

Before, check if you can take those consels according to your therapist or ayurvedic doctor. It all depends on your personal history and if you already have other medical prescriptions.

Coriander to reduce cholesterol,

3 to 5 grams of coriander seed powder can be taken along with half a cup of honey water, once or two times a day. Honey water is prepared by adding a teaspoon of honey to half a cup of water.

Coriander cold drink: natural cleanser and coolant drink

Coriander cold drink natural cleanser and coolant drink

This drink is a very easy to make and useful in case of fever, burning sensation, excessive thirst and other high Pitta conditions.

It also helps to reduce abdominal colic pain due to high Pitta and acidity, excessive sweating of palm and feet. And reduces bleeding during menstruation and hot flahes.

Coriander is one of the best and easy drink to make.

This drink is a natural coolant and detoxing because it cleans the thissue channels and energize the body

1. Take one part of crushed coriander seeds. (for 10 grams)

2. Add six parts of water (60 ml)

3. Keep it covered over one night

4. Next morning, filter it, and mix with a little quantity of natural sugar (coconut sugar, sugar cane…), and  drink it in empty stomach.

But avoid honey because it has a light hot potency.

It can be taken for a period of 6 / 8 weeks.

After taking this, it is better to avoid food for at least 30 minutes.

If you wish to drink your morning tea give a gap of at least 10 minutes.

Fever

The cold infusion of coriander mixed with sugar and taken in morning alleviates even severe burning sensation immediately.

Appetizer and expectorant:

Decoction of coriander and ridged gourd or angled Luffa gourd(Luffa acutangula) and smooth gourd ( Luffa cylindrica) acts as appetizer, expectorant, carminative (relieve flatulence) of Pitta and Vata,.

It is also antipyretic (to prevent or reduce fever), digestive and purgative.

To improve the digestive fire, and suffering from fever can take water processed with 2 parts of coriander and one part of dry ginger.

Decoction of coriander and dry ginger, added with lemon juice and natural sugar is useful for fever in autumn.

For diarrhea

Decoction of Coriander, Country mallow, dry ginger, and stone apple alleviates sudden pain occurring in the abdomen and constipation. This is digestive and an appetizer.

Ghee processed with 4 time of water and coriander paste can be given in diarrhea caused by Pitta and associated with pain. It is also a good appetizer and digestive.

Water processed with coriander and Country mallow should be given to those suffering from thirst burning sensation and diarrhea.

Indigestion

Water processed with coriander and dry ginger alleviates indigestion caused by toxins (ama) and it is diuretic also.

Thirst

Coriander with honey and sugar is useful.

Diabetes

A teaspoon of coriander seeds can be soaked in a cup of water, kept over night. Next day morning, that water can be drunk, before food.

Burning sensation of eyes

Coriander (Coriander sativum) seeds are soaked in water or rose water and instilled to the eyes.

All those counsels are general, in Ayurveda everyone is different and react differently, then check if you can apply all of this recipies for your own constitution with your practionner.

You can also learn ayurveda with me to become your healer and maintqin healthy life.

References

The cholesterol lowering property of coriander seeds (Coriandrum sativum): mechanism of action

Hypolipidemic effect of coriander seeds (Coriandrum sativum): mechanism of action

Antioxidant, Anti-Inflammatory and Antidiabetic Proprieties of LC-MS/MS Identified Polyphenols from Coriander Seeds

Neuroprotective effects of Coriandrum sativum and its constituent, linalool: A review

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) and its bioactive constituents

Effect of walnut leaf, coriander and pomegranate on blood glucose and histopathology of pancreas of alloxan induced diabetic rats

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.): a potential source of high-value components for functional foods and nutraceuticals–a review

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum): A promising functional food toward the well-being

Stress, impacts and Ayurveda remedies?

Stress is draining you down

In our anxious society, where behaviors and attitudes around us are erratic, violent and sometimes inhuman…Therefore, the best way to protect ourselves from stress is, first, to get away from anything that is mentally, physically and emotionally toxic. How to relief your stress with Yoga and Ayurveda

Stress and context

If it is in the context of work, it is difficult to leave everything to get away from its anxiety-provoking environment, I grant you…But remind that everything is possible in your life, it is just a question of choice. If I have to choose, I choose my health and my happiness first…

So the solution is to learn to practice the yogic and Ayurveda methods which are proposed to you by competent teachers or by using my services.

There is nothing complicated and it is imperative to practice them to find your emotional and physical balance to prevent any diseases from stress.

You already know that chronic stress is devastating for our organism. And if you have not realized that you are THE priority of your life, I invite you to reconsider your life map….

The environment in which we live has become so hostile to our homeostasis (a state of balance among all the body systems needed for the body to survive and function correctly). Above all, Ayurveda and Yoga has beautiful and so efficient solutions scientifically proven for your stress.

Too much information, anxiety-provoking information, electromagnetic waves, junk food and industrial food, water and air pollution…Enough? …Sorry but this is how we live because we have accepted it for many years!!!

And I also invite you to discover this podcast, it will help you understand stress, find other solutions to fight it and also maintain your health.

What Ayurveda says about stress?

Healthy food and lifestyle

Ayurveda asks us to live as healthy as much as possible to prevent, maintain or health or cure disease if we didn’t prevent before. This also involves our feelings, emotions and attitudes but this requires of course a work on oneself.

Mental and emotional stress is a silent killer.

Numerous researches have proven the negative impact of stress on the body, especially on the autonomic nervous system. In other words, the autonomic nervous system is the body’s conductor, regulating, with the help of the hormonal system, the functioning of the body’s organs.

In short, stress can have a negative impact on your physical well-being, medium and long term. This is the case for people with high blood pressure or emotional tachycardia and so many other diseases created all over the years by your non-taking care of. This is why, when stress is underestimated, these symptoms tend to become chronic and strongly weaken immunity.

Ayurvedic and yogic tools to heal from your stress

Yoga and pranayama breath works: vedic science of life

So in order for the body to return to balance, the parasympathetic system must be activated (this is the nervous system that encourages rest, energy conservation, absorption of nutrients that promote good health, it contributes to the regularity of the cardiovascular system…).

It is therefore necessary to relax and regenerate 😉

Some Yoga and Ayurveda anti-stress tools:

Observe your breath! If your breath is short take deep, slow abdominal breaths with long exhalations.

Therefore, poor breathing leads to poor cell nourishment, so they function less well and our metabolism suffers (fatigue, poor digestion, bad attitudes towards what comes up in our life…). In the long term, this is very detrimental.

The environment in which our cells are immersed is a determining factor for their health. If they are immersed in an environment that is poor in oxygen and overloaded with waste so they will not be able to do their work properly. Our organism is nothing more than a cluster of cells whose objective is to make it work. If this is not the case, the whole body will not function properly. We will then say that it is sick)

Sit comfortably with your back straight, feet on the floor, palms on your thighs and eyes closed. Take a deep breath and place your intention on the parts of the body where you feel tension. Ask each part to relax. Repeat 3 times or as needed with CONCENTRATION and CONFIDENT;

In case of long days in front of the computer, regularly look up at the sky and practice the eye exercise. (Without moving my head, I direct my eyes up, then down, to the right and left. Then I make circles with my eyes starting from the right and then the left). Stretch your body and take a short walk every 2 hours. Body is not made to stay seated more than 2 hours in a row.

And lean forward for a few moments, then back. Twist to the right and left and stretch upward.

Then, stretch your neck, from right to left, making a circle with your head.

Change your lifestyle before stress kill you. You are a light in this Universe, don’t let it go out…

Conclusion

To sum up, do all this in consciousness, that is to say that you have to pay attention to what you are doing, do not let your mind think about what you are going to do or should do in 5 minutes. Be there in consciousness with your body and your mind for better results.

And learn to take even 5 minutes for YOU and release your stress… And what is 5 minutes?…

In addition, there is so many others powerful ayurvedic and yogic technics, but you need to learn them. If you want to learn, then you can meet me here.

As we say, anyone can show you the way but no one can take it for you 🙏

Knowing how to take a BREAK … is to regenerate, sustain your health and love yourself for years.

More tips here or here

References:

Common pathways and communication between the Brain and Heart: Connecting post-traumatic stress disorder and heart failure

The role of psychological stress in cancer initiation: clinical relevance and potential molecular mechanisms

Neurobiological Links between Stress, Brain Injury, and Disease

Multilevel Interactions of Stress and Circadian System: Implications for Traumatic Stress

The Effects of Acute Stress on Episodic Memory: A Meta-Analysis and Integrative Review

Repeated Stress Induces a Pro-inflammatory State, Increases Amygdala Neuronal and Microglial Activation, and Causes Anxiety in Adult Male Rats

Emotion regulation moderates the association between chronic stress and cardiovascular disease risk in humans: a cross-sectional study

Mental Stress and Its Effects on Vascular Health

Stress related disorders and risk of cardiovascular disease: population based, sibling controlled cohort study

Home Remedies : techniques for Cleansing and Purification

Now we have to consider still another level of self-healing by cleansing and purification. Learn home remedies to remove your toxins.

Cleansing and purification with Ayurveda

What if you haven’t taken the opportunity to develop awareness, to modify the cause, or to apply opposite qualities to restore balance, and you have begun to get sick? What to do now?

… Efficient ayurvedic home remedies…

The principle of opposites is almost universally valid and helpful at any stage of disease. This principle is to cure with opposites qualities.

But once disease has begun to develop, it will not be sufficient. At this stage it becomes necessary to use techniques for cleansing and purifying your body of excess doshas and accumulated toxins.

The creation of Ama: toxins

As we have seen, when the doshas are aggravated because of poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle, negative emotions, or other factors, they first affect agni (the body’s biological fire, which governs digestion and assimilation).

When agni becomes weakened or disturbed, food is not properly digested. The undigested, unabsorbed food particles accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract and turn into the toxic, sticky substance called ama. In the third (“spread”) stage of the disease process, ama clogs the intestines, overflows through other bodily channels such as the blood vessels, and infiltrates the bodily tissues, causing disease.

Ama is thus the root cause of disease. The presence of ama in the system can be felt as fatigue, or a feeling of heaviness. It may induce constipation, indigestion, gas, and diarrhea, or it may generate bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, stiffness in the body, or mental confusion... Ama can most easily be detected as a thick coating on the tongue.

The roots of diseases : know the roots for healing and purification

According to Ayurveda, disease is actually a crisis of ama, in which the body seeks to eliminate the accumulated toxicity. Thus the key to prevention of disease, once ama has begun to build up, is to help the body eliminate the toxins.

To remove ama from the system, Ayurveda employs many internal cleansing programs.

One of these, most widely known in the West, is a five-procedure program known as panchakarma (“five actions”). The panchakarma programs used at Ayurvedic treatment centers include prepurification methods to prepare the body to let go of the toxins, followed by the purification methods themselves.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Panchakarma is a special, powerful procedure requiring guidance from a properly trained medical staff, not just someone with a modest amount of ayurvedic training. It is performed individually for each person, with his or her specific constitution and medical condition in mind, and it requires close observation and supervision at every stage, including post-panchakarma support.

Both for periodic prevention (to reverse any buildup of ama) and to deal with a specific health problem, panchakarma is a highly recommended art of cleansing and detoxification. If you are not near a center where panchakarma is available under the supervision of a trained Ayurvedic physician, you can do an effective purification program at home. An efficient home remedies by yourself.

Should You Use Ghee?

Use ghee for oleation and purification. A wonderful home remedy

The use of ghee for internal oleation is recommended for most people. It’s an excellent home remedies for many imbalances. However, individuals with high blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and sugar should not use it. So before you begin your home treatment, see a doctor and have your blood tested for these factors.

If they are within the normal range, there is no problem. If they are high, then instead of ghee use flaxseed oil, which provides effective oleation and also contains fatty acids, which help to reduce cholesterol levels.

Take 2 tablespoons of the flaxseed oil three times a day for three days, fifteen minutes before eating.

A Simple Home remedies for purification

Begin your home detoxification program with internal oleation with ghee. See here how to make ghee.

For three days in a row, take about 57g of warmed, liquefied ghee early in the morning.

If you are a vata person, take the ghee with a pinch of rock salt.

And for a pitta individual, take the 57 g of plain ghee.

Kapha individual should add a pinch of trikatu (a mixture of equal amounts of ginger, black pepper, and pippali, or Indian long pepper) to the ghee.

The ghee provides internal oleation and lubrication, which is necessary so that the ama or toxins begin to come back from the deep tissue to the gastrointestinal tract for elimination.

After your three days of internal oleation

Internal oleation for purification, another efficient home remedy

Another home remedies : It is time for external oleation.

For the next five to seven days, apply 200 to 230gr of warmed (not hot!) oil to your body from head to toe, rubbing it in well.

The best oil for vata types is sesame, which is heavy and warming; pittas should use sunflower oil, which is less heating; kaphas do best with corn oil. You can do this oil massage for fifteen to twenty minutes.

After the oil is well rubbed in and absorbed (wait minimum 20 minutes before shower), take a hot bath or shower. Then wash with some Ayurvedic herbal soap, such as neem. Let some of the oil remain on your skin.

The ancient Ayurvedic textbooks recommend rubbing some chickpea flour over the skin to absorb and help remove the oil. This works very well to remove the oil, but it is more suited to a culture in which individuals bathe outdoors.

Today, if you use chickpea flour, be aware that oil, flour, and hot water combine into a formidable mass that can easily clog your plumbing. Flushing the drain with extra hot water immediately following your bath can help.

Use of triphala

During your home purification, every night at least one hour after supper take ½ to 1 teaspoon of triphala. Add about half a cup of boiling water to the triphala powder, and let it steep ten minutes or until it has cooled down, then drink it.

Along with its many healing and nourishing properties, triphala is a mild but effective laxative. It will provide the benefits of a more potent virechana or purgative treatment, but more gently and over a longer span of time. Triphala is safe and can be effectively used for months at a time.

Basti: another best home remedy to clean and purify

This procedure was well-known by our past generations and useful if you want to complete your home panchakarma treatment. On the last three days perform this ayurvedic medicated enema, or basti, after your hot bath or shower.

Use dashamoola tea for the enema (or basti).

Boil 1 tablespoon of the herbal compound dashamoola in 1,8 L of water for five minutes to make a tea. Cool it, strain it, and use the liquid as an enema. (How to to it here).

Retain the liquid as long as you comfortably can. And don’t worry if little or no liquid comes out.

For certain individuals, particularly vata types, the colon may be so dry and dehydrated that the liquid may all be absorbed. This is not harmful in any way.

This snchana (oleation both internal and external with ghee and oil), swedana (sweating using a hot shower or hot bath), and virechana (purgation) using triphala, followed by basti using dashamoola tea, constitute an effective panchakarma that you can easily do on your own at home.

During this entire time it is important to get plenty of rest, and to observe a light diet.

From day four to day eight, eat only kitchari (equal amounts of basmati rice and mung dal cooked with cumin, mustard seed, and coriander, with about 2 teaspoons of ghee added to it). Kitchari is a wholesome, nourishing, balanced food that is an excellent protein combination. It is easy to digest and good for all three doshas, and it is also cleansing.

Be your own healer

Do this simple home remedies for purification and cleansing, preferably at the junction between seasons. Take responsibility for your own healing.

You will start to experience a great change in your thinking and in your feelings, and you will really fall in love with your life!

More tips for your health here.

References

Ayurveda and Panchakarma: Measuring the Effects of a Holistic Health Intervention – PMC (nih.gov)

Effect of Vasantic Vaman and other Panchakarma procedures on disorders of various systems – PubMed (nih.gov)

Assessment of Quality of Life in Patients With Skin Disorders Undergoing Ayurvedic Panchakarma (Biopurification) as Management – PubMed (nih.gov)

Utilization of Ayurveda in health care: an approach for prevention, health promotion, and treatment of disease. Part 1–Ayurveda, the science of life – PubMed (nih.gov)

Utilization of Ayurveda in health care: an approach for prevention, health promotion, and treatment of disease. Part 2–Ayurveda in primary health care – PubMed (nih.gov)

Ayurvedic management of female infertility due to tubal blockage – PubMed (nih.gov)

Boost your immune system with Mudra

Akasha Mudra

In Ayurveda when elements in our body are disturbs they compromise our physical, mind balance and therefore our immune system. If we don’t take action, to boost our immune system, our homeostasis is compromised and with time if our unbalances are not treated can lead to diseases.

Mudras are hand gestures used through yoga practices as well as in yoga, pranayama, meditation or mantra recitation.

In the Vedic sciences, especially in Ayurveda and Yoga, each finger of our hands is associated with an element: space or ether, air, earth, fire, water. In a special hand gesture called Mudra

  • Your thumb represents the fire element
  • The index finger represents the air element
  • Your middle finger represents the element ether
  • The ring finger represents the earth element
  • The little finger represents the water element

It exists hundreds of mudras, some are done for health (to boost or sustain our immune system), others for wellbeing, some for creating certain other kinds of body processes and healing.

So for different aspects of life there are different mudras.

Why performing mudras?

They aim to bring back the elemental balance by guiding the flow of life energy within the body.

Depending upon the elements to be balanced, specific yoga mudras are practiced by manipulating the fingers. For example, to increase the water element in the body, varun mudra is practiced. Similarly, to reduce the air element in the body, Vayu mudra is practiced.

Science behind the mudras

The fingers of our hands are just like live wires of electric current. When the fingers touch others, it completes an electric circuit and the life energy flows through that circuit to balance the elements represented by those particular fingers.

Chin Mudra

Importance of mudra

Mudras act as catalysts and switches in the body to improve body functions like immune system. 

Concentration of mind is accomplished by mudras and regain lost energy

Mudras tell us the state of mind such as physical, mental and spiritual.  Deadly diseases like cancer, dementia, insomnia, diabetes, depression and minor diseases of cough and cold, vomiting, deficiency of vitamins and minerals can be cured or ease permanently. 

Mudras help to link the brain to the body, soothe pain, stimulate endorphins, change the mood and increase our vitality.  It also stimulates the brain, works on the nervous system, helps in relieving stress, improves concentration and lastly, it gives you a peaceful mind.

Classification of Mudra.

They can be classified into the five basic categories

Yogic:

According to Gheranda Samhita there are 25 mudras which give yogic accomplishments.

Spiritual:

Beneficial for concentration, knowledge, peace, generating love for humanity and so on.

These are gyan mudra, Dhyana mudra and Braham Anjali mudra.

Curative:

The mudras which are practiced boost immune system, curing diseases, to ward off the foreign elements from the body, to keep balance of elements in the body fall under this category. These are prana mudra, Apana mudra, Vayu mudra etc.

For religious purposes: the mudras which are practiced during performance of sacred and religious offerings are religious mudras. These are gyati mudras.

Customary:

When practiced these are beneficial for self and others. These are namaskar mudra, pranayama mudra.

Thus, the above mention mudras applied tension to the nerves or the neural which form the psycho neural circuits and it helps in balancing the five basic elements and reduce cough, cold, and bronchial infections. It also balancing the tension, and redirection of the internal energy effects the changes in veins, tendons, glands and sensory organs, to bring the body back to a healthy state.

Focus on Shiva linga mudra for your pratice:

Linga Mudra

Linga Mudra: interlocking the fingers of both hands together (knuckle pointing outward), then straightening the thumb.

This mudra is known to generate heat and improve the breathing capacity of the body. The vertical position of the thumb in this mudra is considered a symbol of the Hindu god Shiva

Meaning Of Shiva linga mudra

Shiva Lingam

Shiva Linga is the symbol of Shiva. The shape of the hands and the right thumb in linga mudra resembles that of the erect penis (phallus). In Sanskrit, the phallus is called Linga, hence the name of this mudra.

Fingers intertwined in linga mudra form the firm oval-shaped base that holds the shapeless structure upright. The intertwined fingers at the bottom represent the supreme power which contains the whole universe and the right thumb shows the creation.

In Hinduism, we therefore find the Shiva Lingam which is the most common among all the symbols of the god. The reason to worship Shiva Lingam comes from the fact that he symbolizes masculinity and has the power of creation. The lingam also rests on an oval shape which represents Yoni, the feminine power, because without it creation cannot take place

Benefits of Linga Mudra

The main benefit of Linga mudra is its ability to generate heat in your body. This generation of heat can help your body fight many infections, colds, mucus production, general lung disorders, bronchial colds and fever regulation.

Central heat helps you improve your metabolism and your respiratory functions. And regulating fever benefits your immunity and ability to fight infections. Linga mudra also has a few other benefits:

  • Effective in weight loss
  • Proven to be beneficial in increasing oxygen levels
  • Relieves colds and flu
  • Fights bacterial and viral infections
  • Reduces mucus production and mobilized accumulated mucus Fights
  • Infections and bronchial disorders
  • Improves digestion
  • Eliminates lethargy and laziness
  • Increases self-confidence and willpower
  • Boost immune system
  • Improve potency and sexual health
  • Can relieve menstruation in women

How to do Linga Mudra?

To begin, come into any comfortable position. Next, bring your hands in front of the chest.

Interlock the fingers of both hands so that the joint points outward. Point your right thumb up and take your left index finger and your left thumb around your right thumb. Join the fingertips of your left index finger and left thumb behind your right thumb.

You can also practice the linga mudra by raising your left thumb and encircling it with your right index finger and right thumb. You can rest your hand on your lap next to your solar plexus.

Ideally, this mudra should be practiced for 45 minutes a day. From cover to cover or in three parts of 15 minutes each. However, you can start by training in three parts, with 5 minutes in each part.

Body postures for performing the linga mudra

The linga mudra can be performed in different sitting and standing positions. You can sit in a chair with an erect spine and try this mudra. This is the most relaxed way to practice. However, in yoga style, perform a seated mudra in sukhasana, padmasana, or any other seated cross-legged pose. Cross-legged seated poses will improve your immunity, metabolism, and concentration. You can also sit in a Vajrasana which will improve digestion benefits.

However, if one wants, one can also do linga mudra while standing or walking. While doing this, stand straight with your legs hip-width apart. Keeping your spine straight, maintain your spine length, press your shoulders and push your head back in line with your hip.

Sukhasana pose to perform Linga Mudra

Effect on 3 Doshas

I remind you that the five fingers of your hands represent five elements (and therefore different groups of energies, Vata, pitta, Kapha,) fire, air, space, earth and water.

Linga Mudra‘s interlocking finger technique allows the air, space and earth elements to merge and overlap and allows the air and fire elements to stand out. This mudra will increase the interaction between the air and fire elements; air always helps the fire to spread. Fire represents the warmth and vitality of your body. This mudra uses the air element to stimulate the fire element and spread the force of vitality and vigor throughout your body and mind.

The Linga Mudra balances Pitta (air and fire) and Kapha (water and earth) in your body. Pitta stimulating nature (boosting digestion and metabolism) of the linga mudra will ensure, Kapha energies that are out of balance Excessive Kapha energies can cause problems such as depression, lethargy, asthma and weight gain.

A body and mind well balanced maintain our immune system. If you feel any disorders it is time to boost your immunity.

How long to practice?

Too much linga mudra can raise your body temperature beyond safe limits. Too much can upset the Pitta-Kapha balance and make you feel sluggish or feverish. Also, it can show side effects such as high blood pressure, profuse sweating, nausea, and dehydration.

Indeed, these sensations can be considered as parameters determining the duration. Once you start feeling these sensations, you definitely need to reduce your overall duration.

Each person has a different constitution, so if you start to feel hot sensations even before 45 minutes of practice, you will need to shorten your duration further. To start, do not try 45 minutes in a row, but in three parts of 15 minutes each.

When to practice?

Linga mudra can be practiced at any time, it’s just that you will need to make sure that before practicing your body temperature is normal and heart and respiratory vital signs are normal.

You can practice the linga mudra in the morning and in the evening. Morning and evening practice sessions will increase the benefits of the mudra on immunity and temperature regulation.

Since this mudra helps with digestion, it might be an instinct to practice directly after meals, but that would be a bad idea. The digestive benefit is more of an indirect benefit. However, is to raise your body temperature, which can be counterproductive on a full stomach.

The linga mudra also goes very well with meditation. Calm your mind and focus on clearing your negative thoughts. If necessary, use means such as single-pointed concentration, musical concentration, or even mantras. You can even sing simple affirmative slogans like, “I offer all negative qualities in the fire of transformation.”

Precautions and contradictions

To boost immune system is one thing but some precautions relating to the linga mudra have to be taken. Since mudra is a powerful body heat booster, you should not consume an excess of body warming foods like red meat, animal fat, processed foods and full fat dairy products before its practice.

Also, avoid activities that raise body temperature throughout your day, and especially after practicing the Linga Mudra. If you practice other training routines, you will also need to be careful about the selection and duration of your exercises.

You should avoid practicing linga mudra if you have conditions such as menopause, thyroid disorder, ulcer, hypertension, migraine or recent stroke.

Conclusion

Kilaka Mudra

So, the various types of yoga mudra may be practiced anytime, anyplace, in the bus, train, car, office or at home. It is suggested by experts that the yoga mudras should be practiced for minimum 24 minutes incessantly for good results. It can also be done for five minutes at a time as well.

To believe it, you must try it. There is nothing to lose and much to gain.

Why not to try instead of taking chemicals…I know to perform Mudra it is asking a minimum of effort and patience… The most important thing is it is natural and your work with your inner healing power. And that’s true that we don’t learn that at school 🙂

Enjoy your practice, do it with awareness, peace and meaning 🙂

And tele me in comment what you felt after yourpractice…

Hari Om

Take care

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5934951/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/398852/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29755225/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28285240/

https://escipub.com/gjr-2019-02-1605/

Books:

kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Siddhas Govindham Pages 185 – 209.

Yoga for daily life B Y K K Suman Pages 261-270- chakras

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