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
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.
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
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]
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
maniac disorders or people with lot of stress
body inflammation [musculo skeletal diseases…]
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.
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.
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.
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 habitis 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
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
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
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.
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
Ayurvedic herbs useful to control anger:
Brahmi – Bacopa monnieri
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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 :
Fissure in ano,
Gaseous distention of abdomen,
hard stone like feces
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Exercise: Do not sit at a place for a long period of time. Consider walking / jogging for at least 15 minutes in a day
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Decoction of Coriander, Country mallow, dry ginger, and stone applealleviates 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.
Water processed with coriander and dry ginger alleviates indigestion caused by toxins (ama) and it is diuretic also.
Coriander with honey and sugar is useful.
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 (Coriandersativum) 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 constitutionwith your practionner.
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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?
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
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.
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.
Now we have to consider still another level of self-healing by cleansing and purification. Learn home remedies to remove your toxins.
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 aggravatedbecause 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?
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
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.
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 littlefinger 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.
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
According to Gheranda Samhita there are 25 mudras which give yogic accomplishments.
Beneficial for concentration, knowledge, peace, generating love for humanity and so on.
These are gyan mudra, Dhyana mudra and Braham Anjali mudra.
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.
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: 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 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
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.
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 temperaturebeyond 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.
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 🙂
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This article aims to share with you the fundamentals on rheumatisms. And I have been able to change in my dietary and behavioral lifestyle. I have also calm and soothe my rheumatism. They have practically disappeared in my lower back since I suffer of spondylolisthesis.
The origin of rheumatism
You have to be patient and persistent with dietary change. It takes time for your body to detoxify, especially if you haven’t done it for years.
I’ll explain a little bit what’s going on. You need to understand that inflammatory and autoimmune diseases start in the small intestine. It’s something very important because when you understand that your diet plays a huge role in your inflammatory diseases. It also play a role in your healing potential. I apply and it works for me.
In fact we have what we call cofactors in our food
The co-factors are elements such as lactose or the consumption of cereals which will accentuate this inflammatory sensitivity. It may be a genetic sensitivity given by our mother, our father. It is important you draw up a kind of genealogical tree of inflammatory diseases on your mother’s and your father’s side. You will know if you have a more or less favorable genetic ground, bequeathed in inheritance. And then with which you will develop inflammatory diseases.
If I take my case, that’s exactly what happens. For example in my family we have a lot of cases of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, psoriasis, eczema. Besides, my brother developed it so I know there is a genetic background in my family that is conducive to developing inflammatory diseases.
I myself developed beyond rheumatism, osteoarthritis at the level of L4 / L5 linked to my spondylolisthesis. It’s just to say that sometimes and we have a genetic ground that will be sensitizing. We cannot fight against but reduce your cofactors.
This will not necessarily cure you, because we cannot change our genes. But in any case influence them and avoid constantly entering an inflammatory state and reproducing dietary errors that will degrade your condition.
Because as soon as you actually stop this diet, your inflammatory state will come back. You can do several tests on this, you will quickly realize it.
For example, I stopped eating dairy products. I will explain you later what I stopped eating. When I reintroduced thos products from time to time. I like dairy products, but real dairy products because it is beneficial for the intestinal flora. Although for some people, dairy products are not favorable.
The emunctories and our intestinal barrier
In the body we have several emunctories: the kidneys, the liver, the skin, the lungs, the intestines and also the mucous membranes.
The emunctories do not work properly due in part to the modern diet. Because in the modern diet there have been many genetic manipulations, therefore molecular, and the addition of many artificial additives.
Thus our digestive enzymes and our mucins, which are glycoproteins that create protection for our intestinal mucous membranes, are completely lost and can no longer do their job properly to digest large molecules. And these large molecules pass into the blood because our intestinal barrier is weakened. A intestinal barrier weakened lets them pass into the blood…hence food allergies.
Today, the objective of the industrialists is to cultivate cereals with better yields, which says better yields says good business… They develop species without diseases to have less loss of harvest and thus more profitability.
Cereals are prettier, bulkier, less diseased, but in terms of quality and nutrition, manufacturers don’t care. Their goals is to earn as much money as possible at the expense of our health. And often even their objective is to make us dependent on certain substances…like sugar for example.
What really matters to them is to be able to make a profit by selling in large quantities. And at the expense of nutritional quality.
Results:we, poor humans eat this crap. Voluntary molecular modifications have completely modified the DNA of wheat. Among other things, and it is therefore normal that our enzymes, which have not evolved for ten thousand years, cannot digest these new molecules. This leads to poor digestion, poor assimilation and inevitably it pollutes our lymph, our blood, our tissues and our emunctory.
Our digestive enzymes have several enemies: poor diet, stress, tobacco, medical treatments and antibiotics. This pollution is very detrimental to our digestive system. This modern diet leads to the weakening of our digestive enzymes. Plus our way of life which is no longer in symbiosis with respect for our biological rhythm.
The large intestine
It the large intestine who has a major role in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
The small intestine is five to seven meters long than it really is and represents an area of 30 square meters between the folds and folds of the intestinal mucosa.
So it’s quite large since it’s roughly equivalent to a large handball field. And we have more than 100 billion bacteria that make up our microbiota.
It is one of the guarantors of our good health and it must therefore be pampered.
It is lined with a mucous membrane called the epithelium. The epithelium is itself composed of anterosite which are full of small cells which are juxtaposed to each other. It will in fact create what is called the intestinal barrier.
The role of the intestinal barrier
Its role is to be impermeable, i.e. not to allow large molecules and bacteria to pass into the blood so as not to contaminate our tissues.
Above each anterosite there are villi. They are a bit like the fibers of a carpet and which will come to select the elements which will be digested by the intestine.
The anterosite have their own means of defense since they have a whole bunch of tools at their fingertips to be able to face the invader.
For example, the intestinal mucous membranes are carpets of immune cells such as lymphocytes, white blood cells, for example.
The antero sites form a natural barrier and if they become distended this is where molecules and bacteria enter the blood. This distention is the case for celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome or intestinal permeability
The people who will have a genetic sensitivity in fact it is explained in a very simple way. They will have immune cells that include a molecular marker with HLA human leukoyte antigen. These are the glycoproteins I was telling you about earlier and which line the intestinal mucosa
So with an HLA type 2 it is when we recognize a cell as being exogenous to our interior. That is to say that it is a cell which will be identified as being a bacterium as being something unhealthy for the organism. And therefore our organism will attack it thanks to our immune system. And HLA type 1 is when we identify a cell that is part of us, so it is not attacked by our immune system.
People who have an HLA type 2 marker on their immune cells will actually have a communication problem between their cells. There will be erroneous messages that will be sent. And for example, a milk protein or gluten molecules will be identified as harmful, as being a virus or a bacterium. Then our system will recognize this molecule as being an antigen. We are going to develop our armada of cytokines which will alarm our immune system.
Except that when we use cytokines the tight junctions that stand out. You have understood it’s when you have an impermeable intestine, means that you have a problem with the tight junctions.
What studies, what solutions?
Scientific studies that have shown that people who had leaky gut actually had a microbiota that was completely disorganized. For this you can follow the Ayurvedic diet.
And a clinical doctor and biologist, Jean Seignalet has studied immunology for many years, also known for the hypotoxic diet. He conducted numerous tests on thousands of patients with high success rates. These tests showed that immune and rheumatic diseases were linked to diet.
The Ayurvedic diet is very simple:
You will have to follow several rules. First, we will put aside all dairy products and their derivatives, creams, cheeses, yogurts.
On the other hand all vegetable dairy products are to be consumed.
Bemol, the buttermilk which can be eaten with certain herbs.
You must reduce your salt intake because it is found in too large quantities in prepared meals.
It is very important to take natural mineral salt. I put a tiny bit of it in my meals, I take Himalayan salt. It is also more assimilable by the body. You can also use unrefined natural sea salt harvested manually on a layer of clay.
In fact all the minerals and all and trace elements are kept inside.
Do not take refined salt because in refined salt, they add anti-caking agents which when heated turn into cyanide.
Stop eating deli meats. Since they are generally full of preservatives, salt, bad fats and difficult to assimilate since they clog the intestines.
You will also replace the oils with cold-pressed oils that will keep all their nutrients and vitamins.
It can be hemp oil, safflower oil, linseed oil which is very good when you have estrogen problems, coconut, etc.
There’s plenty of oil on hand to replace.
Refined oils are saturated with bad fats. Choose cold pressed oil otherwise it is as you are consuming an empty oil without nutrients.
Remove all refined sugars and go for natural sugars like jaggery which is a complete sugar or honey. They are also very good for diabetics since it has a low glycemic index
Avoid consuming cereals such as wheat and corn.
We also eat legumes. You can eat “old” rice, harvest after 3 month ago. Even if manufacturers try to change its molecule, rice manages to return to its original state. It is not undergo this molecular transformation. So it comes back to its wild state, It doesn’t have acrylamide either. Acrylamide are molecules that modify the DNA of humans and especially during cooking.
There is a lot of acrylamide on the crust of bread also linked to cooking. It is therefore very very bad for the body.
Avoid anything cooked at high temperatures between 110 degrees and 180 degrees.
It is from 110 degrees that there is the Maillard reaction. It is a chemical transformation that will take place and create new chemical bonds between carbohydrates, proteins and amino acids. This creates what is called glycated protein which oxidizes the body, clogs and tires the kidneys.
All this creates inflammatory states in the body, which is why we favor gentle steam cooking.
You can completely brown your vegetables in olive oil by temporizing. The vegetables keep their crunch, their nutrients and their prana.
Prana in Ayurveda is the vital energy of the vegetable. So cook your food al dente and your vegetables will allow you to preserve the maximum of vitamins
Regarding cow’s milk, it is not made for humans.
And since human milk is not made for cows, it makes sense…
Cow’s milk is very concentrated in iron and calcium, which is far too much for your enzymes. Human milk is perfectly adapted in terms of its composition for humans.
Cow’s milk is made so that the calf develops very quickly, unlike a human who must mature very slowly and develop very slowly.
A cow’s milk in terms of its composition includes 80% casein. Casein is what we have in whey. You know when you heat butter, especially when making ghee, the foam that rises is casein. This mixture of impurities creates bloating, irritates the intestines and sometimes it can be silent and take years to come. Chooses ghee, and we will not feel the harmful effects of casein in our organism
Cow’s milk therefore contains 80% casein while human milk only contains 17%.
You realize the difference it’is a lot. It’s only on the order of a few percentages it can be counted in tens and tens and tens of percentage difference in terms of protein
Cow’s milk contains 32 grams of protein per liter and human milk 9 grams of protein per litre. We understand why it is complicated for a human to assimilate milk.
When milk proteins are split, insulin increases in order to be able to digest them. That’s why milk consumption would have a strong impact also for diabetics.
The cows are fed fermented wheat to increase their milk yield. This is called silage. This food ferments in the absence of oxygen and these wheats and corn acidify the food and therefore their milk by snowball effect will also acidify our intestine.
The cows are treated with hormones, antibiotics and all of this ends up in the milk.
Calcium and rheumatism
If you really become aware… You are the only actor of your health,... Stop milk.Because it really does not have anything good for you. And you can completely find other sources of calcium in plants.
Calcium from animal proteins is assimilated by the body between 30 to 40% by the human body, while plant calcium is assimilated at 70%.
Now you know what to do.
The reason is that it is natural, better for your health because it can be assimilated by your body. And it doesn’t mess with your microbiota.
And unwittingly the man will consume milk, milk proteins in his diet. When we start to look at the labels and read the compositions, there is lactose, milk powders in everything. In dark chocolate, food preparations… In short, there are really everywhere and why? You have to ask the manufacturers.
We must hunt down this milk powder and remove it from our diet. And don’t eat processed product, as raw as possible to be sure that there are no traces of lactose or other additives. These compounds are poison for us in the short term. , medium and long term.
Which cereals favored in his anti-rheumatism diet?
Just like cereals which are no longer the same, like wheat, maize….
Because of the molecular modifications of cereals, our body does not assimilate them correctly or at all.
Wheat in particular contains what is called gliadin. So it is a molecule that will distend the tight junctions and pass more easily into the blood and the lymph. It will foul the tissues by causing an immune reaction. There are also certain short chain amino acids which will cause an influx of water and gas in the intestines.
This is why in case of intestinal permeability we avoid eating gluten.
On the other hand, old cereals such as spelt and small spelt do not have these problems. Manufacturers have little interest in them because they do not generate high yields. They are rich in vitamins and trace elements and easily assimilated by people who are theoretically intolerant to gluten. There is no gluten in spelt or buckwheat.
If you can, eat bread with old grains like spelt flour. Or when you make your winter soups introducing a little spelled will give them consistency and a good grain boost.
Hay fever is another immune system derangement and relates to hypersensitivity of the nervous system.
It is also showing a disorder in the digestive system.
Vata type Hay fever
It is usually a Vata disorder because vata types are the most sensitive, however pitta and kapha types exists.
Vata allergies are cause by dust, wind, dryness and manifest more in autumn. Vata symptoms are cough with a little phlegm, headache, insomnia, restlessness and anxiety
Pitta type Hay fever
Pitta dosha is involved in the more severe allergies with toxic blood and symptoms or fever, red eyes and rashes.
Allergies of Pitta are caused by heat and sun light and manifest more in the summer. Pitta symptoms are burning eyes, thirst, fever, yellow nasal discharge and skin rashes.
Kapha type Hay fever
Kapha get allergies along with their general accumulation of dampness and mucus. Hay fever most often occurs in a weaker debilitated constitution.
Kapha allergies are cause by dampness and mold and manifest more in the spring. Kapha symptoms are abundant clear or white phlegm, dullness and heaviness.
Remedies to treat your allergies
In acute conditions the treatment for allergies is similar to that for the common cold, with a detoxifying diet.
Then, dairy and other mucus forming foods should be avoided.
Between attacks, however, it is important to strengthen the immune system and the lungs, particularly for vata constitution.
For this tonification therapy, important ayurvedic herbs are ashwaghanda and bala; Chinese herbs are ginseng and astralagus and western comfrey root. Chyawanprash is a good general tonic to take.
First determine what is your allergies type
Because you need to choose the right treatment. If you have some doubts about it, ask an ayurvedic professional that I’m also.
All kinds of hay fever require special herbs to clear the sinuses, open the head and dispel phlegm.
Kapha, Pitta and Vata remedies
For kapha, the old standby Trikatu is good or dry ginger powder as a snuff.
Ayurvedic herbs include calamus, gotu kola, ginger, cloves, camphor (in very small amount) ephedra and bayberry. Calamus ghee applied in the nose is excellent. Gotu kola oil or ghee is similarly used for Pitta conditions.
Chinese herbs include magnolia flower, xanthium (cocklebur), mint, angelica, wild ginger and chrysanthemum. Additional western herbs are peppermint, sage, eucalyptus, wintergreen, bay leaves and mullein flowers.
When Pitta is involves, bitters and blood cleansing herbs such as echinacea, barberry, dandelion and burdock must be added.
Essential oil like menthols, eucalyptus or camphor or a paste of spicy herbs like ginger can be applied to the temple or root of the nose. Sandalwood oil on the forehead is good when there are hot or febrile sensation.
For red, itchy eyes, ghee particularly made with triphala can be applied to the eyelids.
Triphala ghee is best and ghee by itself is helpful. Chamomile, eyebright or chrysanthemum in lukewarm infusions can be used to wash the eyes.
A good formula also for hay fever is gotu kola, calamus, angelica, wild ginger and licorice in equal parts of the powders.
Basil tea (particularly holy basil or tulsi) is good taken with honey. Coriander and cilantro (coriander leaf) are best for Pitta.
Vata and Kapha types can take this with honey. Also, a lung tonic can be taken.
Other good treatments
Nasya therapy or nasal application of herbs and oils is important not only for hay fever and sinusitis but also for all diseases of the head and sinuses. Simply put 2 drops or medicated oil into the nostril with the help of eyedropper. Vata types should take licorice in sesame oil (name of the oil: anu tailam). Do it daily.
Pitta types should take gotu kola in sesame oil or Brahmi oil, and Kapha types should take calamus, eucalyptus or camphor in sesame oil.
Yoga employs a small pot for pouring water in the nose to clean the nostrils. This is called neti pot. Wash the nostrils with a saline solution, it works wonder in many allergies cases.
Usually, one takes about 1/8 teaspoon or a pinch of salt in the neti pot. But you can also add a little sesame oil and a little of the powder ginger or calamus for a stronger action. This opens the head and sinuses and remove phlegm and congestion. In very congested conditions a snuff of herbal powders or an application of oils works better than the neti pot.
Detoxifying: the ginger detox bath
Why ginger bath is so effective?:
Relaxes the body and mind
Detoxifies the body
Promotes healthy digestion and metabolism
Reduces aches, pains, soreness and swelling in the body
Decreases a fever
Calms the mind
Enhances detoxification before, during and after a cleanse
Beneficial during illness
Beneficial in weight loss programs
How to make it?
1/4 cup of organic dried ginger powder
Lavender and rosemary essential oils (optional but recommended)
1/4 cup of baking soda
Medicated massage oil to apply after the bath (optional but recommended)
1/4 cup of plain, unscented Epsom salt
Fulfill your tub with hot water. If you are Pitta types use warm to avoid increasing Pitta.
When the bathtub is about half way full, add the ginger, baking soda and Epsom salt, 5-7 drops of both the lavender and the rosemary essential oil (optional).
Dissolved all the ingredients into the hot water and stop fulfilling bath to the desired amount.
Lie in the bath for a minimum of 15 minutes or until a sweat breaks
Take a quick shower to rinse off any residue on your body.
Apply a medicated massage oil such as Vata Oil, Pitta Oil or Kapha Oil directly after drying off to heal and balance the body and nervous system also. This is especially beneficial for Vata and Pitta types, due to the drying and heating potential respectively.
Change the bad habits and turn them in health daily lifestyle:
Here some general advices that you can practice for all constitution. Other specific practices exists specifically for your constitution. But you can apply that if you don’t want to go further in your personalized daily routine:
Wake up each day around 6-7am
Practice gandusha each morning with oil such your doshas
Scub your tongue each morning
Perform a self oil massage at least 2 times a week with oil.. depend on your constitution
20-30 minutes daily exercises regimen each day such as walking, swimming, bicycling or yoga
Avoid daytime sleeping
Surya Namaskara (sun salutation)
Kapala Bati pranayama
As you can see, many methods can be use to treat each allergy types.
But choose one remedies on the list that most pertain to your symptoms, and also that you can realistically do.
So, remember consistency is The key for an effective treatment!
Since I’m sharing with you, you know that herbal remedies are a complimentary treatment to do with a healthy diet and lifestyle, however if you don’t have healthy diet and lifestyle you should think about it … changes required. Without these changes, you will pacify the symptoms and not treated the root cause of the allergy.
As always please contact me if you have any questions or comments!