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What is Hatha yoga?

So what is Hatha Yoga fo real? That’s what they don’t tell you in the West, or take the time to explain to you because everyone is running around and doing Hatha as a physical exercise.

Understand hatha Yoga for a better practice and health results

Hatha is not just the physical expression of the body.

With the physical practice of yoga, you cannot benefit from its benefits because you are not taught it in the right way.

Maybe also that people are not ready to listen to it because it calls our spiritual and physical part, yet these last 2 are inseparable, whether we like it or not.

This spiritual part is also the energy in us and that which surrounds us and this energy which surrounds us is part of us.

Why do we say “today I have no energy”, it is because we feel our level of vitality and yet it is not palpable is it?

Hatha yoga purifies

In order to purify the mind, it is necessary for the body as a whole to undergo a complete purification process.

Hatha yoga, in its traditional practice, is the science of purification, not just one type of purification but 6 different impurities.

When you rid the body of these impurities, the nadis* function and the different pranas* are released. Then they travel as wave frequencies through the channels of the physical structure (nadis), traveling to the brain.

*- Nadis: channels through which, in traditional Indian medicine and spiritual theory, the energies such as prana of the physical body, the subtle body and the causal body are said to flow)

*Prana: considered as a life-giving force. Prana is seen as a universal energy which flows in currents in and around the body.

Yoga has proven to be very effective in the treatment of many diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, anxiety, depression, back pain, schizophrenia, migraines, hormonal imbalances, low back pain…

Hatha yoga balances

What is Hatha yoga: balance activities and process of body, mind and energies

The main objective of hatha yoga is to create an interaction: it is to find the absolute balance between the activities and the processes of the physical body, the spirit and the energy.

When this balance is created, the impulses generated call for the awakening of the central force, sushumna nadi, responsible for the evolution of human consciousness.

And if hatha yoga is not used for this purpose, its true purpose is lost.

The meaning of Hatha Yoga

Hatha is done by “Ha” and “Tha”, a combination of 2 bija mantras.

“Ha represents prana (life force) and the sun, heating.

“Tha” represents the spirit, and also our lunar, cooling side.

It refers to the balance of the masculine aspects: active, warm, solar, and feminine: receptive, fresh, lunar, present in each of us.

So Hatha means the union of pranic and mental forces.

Aparte…

What happens internally every time you start thinking?

If you’ve never thought about it, start thinking now.

What is thought?

What happens in us when a thought arises and the thought diminishes, and when one is replaced by another, or when the thoughts intersect?

This is called the interaction between Ha and tha, prana and mental forces.

What is Hatha Yoga: harmonizing prana and mind

In hatha yoga there is the concept of harmonizing the two energies, as they normally remain in an unbalanced and unharmonized form.

The prana force can be predominant and the mental force can be subordinate and vice versa.

If the force of prana is too great then people develop psychic disorders orillnesses, when the spirit is too high people get angry, quarrel, create conflicts, even cause murders, crimes, all kinds of violent behavior. This is the effect of imbalance.

The concept of Hatha yoga is to bring harmony between these 2 forces called ida (nadis) and pingala.

Ida and pingala

The 3 main Nadis : ida, pingala, sushumna

In hatha yoga, union means the union of the two energetic forces of the body, that is to say the pranic and mental energy circulating in the ida and pingala nadis, as said before.

Usually these two forces do not act simultaneously because either the mental force predominates or the vital energy is dominant.

Hatha yoga is the process of balancing the flow of these two forces to bring about perfect physical and mental balance as well as the awakening of sushumna and kundalini.

All branches of yoga unite these two energies and channel them through the third nadi, sushumna.

The three main nadis

The three main nadis: ida, pingala and sushumna, end with the ajna chakra, the psychic center located in the region of the medulla oblongata and the pineal gland.

Through the practice of yoga, ida and pingala are balanced, sushumna is activated and ajna chakra is awakened.

Ida is connected to the left nostril and the right hemisphere of the brain.

Pingala is connected to the right nostril and the left hemisphere of the brain.

In the same way that the right hemisphere governs the left side of the body, at the pranic level ida also controls the functions of the left side of the body.

Pingala and the left hemisphere govern the right side of the body.

Just as the cerebral hemispheres and nostrils alternate their functioning in a ninety-minute cycle, so do ida and pingala.

Ida and the right hemisphere activate an introverted state of consciousness: orientation in space, artistic, creative and musical ability.

Conversely, pingala and the left hemisphere externalize consciousness.

Your approach becomes logical, sequential, mathematical and analytical.

Ida nadi controls subconscious activities, while pingala is responsible for conscious and dynamic functions.

When these forces are balanced and working simultaneously, both nostrils are active. This indicates that sushumna nadi is working.

Small test: position your index finger below your nostrils: do you feel the flow of air coming out of one nostril greater than the other or is the flow of air coming out of your nostrils equal for both?

Cycle Length

Usually this happens for one to four minutes between each ninety minute cycle.

The object of hatha yoga practice is to increase the duration and flow of sushumna and the period during which both nostrils flow simultaneously so that a balance is created in physical and mental functions.

When the mind and body do not work in harmony, there is a split between physical and mental rhythms, which inevitably leads eventually to disease.

You should always keep in mind that body, mind and soul are not 3, they are 1.

At some level of existence you see the body.

On another level, you perceive it as a spirit.

You should never regard the body as different from the mind.

To achieve this: the shatkarmas

In hatha yoga, we first take care of the body and purify it through 6 methods. The most important point is that the nadis must be purified.

Just as a machine produces waste, our body continually produces wastes. This waste is of 3 types: mucus, gas and acidity.

If we cleanse the body internally from time to time, the excesses of the 3 wastes products are eliminated and their formation is regulated and balanced. Then good health can be maintained.

It is in this sense that the shatkarmas are of very great importance. Cleansing the body of the 3 types of imbalance in the system is an important aspect of hatha yoga and therapy.

These 6 hatha yoga kriyas (neti, dhauti, basti, kapalbhati, nauli and trataka) are also necessary for spiritual aspirants.

What is Hatha Yoga: controlling the mind by controlling prana

Indian philosophies were very aware of the difficulty of controlling the fluctuations of the mind.

She first defined the mental structure and then defined methods to relieve the monkey spirit.

Today our Western theories of personal, spiritual and psychological development have largely copied what had been defined centuries before in India.

The mind, you can handle it for a while, but you can’t always be successful all the time.

By controlling the prana (breath), the mind is automatically controlled. Prana and mind influence each other. When the prna are agitated, it affects the mind and vice versa.

Some people want to control the mind without wanting to control prana. Maybe a few people will do it, but most people of peace can’t control the mind with the mind. The more they try, the more the split grows.

Sometimes you are inspired. You feel very good, very focused, but this is not everyday practice… Practicing asanas and pranayama is the solution.

By practicing them, the mind is conquered automatically.

Hatha yoga is a very important health science. It is true that the practices require more involvement and effort from the patient than conventional therapies, but in terms of results, they are positive and permanent. It is healthier to save the huge expense of drugs, and these practices are certainly more worthwhile than damaging the body with chemicals that could be avoided for many symptoms and illnesses.

Unification Method

What makes this method of treatment so powerful and effective is that it works on the principle of harmony and unification, rather than diversity.

The 3 important principles on which physical and mental therapy are based are:

1. bestow absolute health on a part or system of the body thus influencing the rest of the body

2. balance the pole of positive and negative energy. (ida and pingala, prana and apana)

3. purify the body of the 3 types of waste.

Physical and mental therapy is one of the most important achievements of hatha yoga, which has been successful in diseases like asthma, diabetes and blood pressure, epilepsy, hysteria, rheumatism and many more. other conditions of a chronic and constitutional nature.

What has been discovered recently is that asanas and pranayama are more powerful and effective in controlling the whole body.

These are the first steps that allow us not only to modify the mechanism of an element, but also to take control of the total structure of the brain and the mind, the control system that allows us to direct all aspects of our life and the energy in it.

What is Hatha Yoga: a therapeutic science

Hatha yoga improves physical and mental health

Over the past 40 years, Hatha yoga has been accepted as a therapeutic science all over the world and many scientific studies have been conducted in this field. Today we teach yoga to people because it is very necessary. The man fells ill and medical science alone cannot meet the challenge. Hatha yoga, however, helps everyone.

Behind every sick man there is a spiritual man, a diabetic a yogi, a man suffering from depression, there is a seeker.

Hatha yoga improves physical health, but not only is it not enough, it also improves mental health.

Conclusion

Many scientific studies have been conducted in this area.

Source: Samanvaya 2022: conference on integrative medicine for Humanity and wellness.

Today, yoga is one of the integrated sciences in hospitals in the United States and now in various countries (Canada, New Zealand for example, etc.), because it allows improvement in coordination with health professionals. conventional medicine and improve the conditions of patients.

Or conversely, where conventional medicine fails, yoga improves the patient’s condition.

Yoga is a therapy that it is time to integrate more widely into health systems. There is no proof to give but scientific studies to read. They don’t cheat.

Today we teach yoga to people because it is more than necessary to improve our conditions.

The man has fallen ill and medical science is no longer able to meet the challenge alone.

Hatha yoga, however, has and does help everyone.

Hatha yoga is a great science that everyone can practice according to their own abilities.

Maybe not all the techniques because they require the presence of a teacher, but at least some can be practiced every day.

Hatha yoga techniques, along with asanas and some pranayama, are sufficient for most people.

It is necessary to practice these preparatory steps first.

Then you can go further. If the preparation is perfect, it will not be necessary to learn meditation from anyone because then it will be natural.

By practicing yoga your mind will be lifted into a new realm of awareness.

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

Life After Death

What is life after death… As long as the vayu (air and prana: or vital force) remains in the body, that is called life.

Death is when it leaves the body. Therefore, retain vayu.

Life and death in the prana?

Death is not total. This is the transmission of Vedic knowledges and yoga practice.

Life and death of the mind and body

The physical body dies, or the mind dies, but not the soul.

Death is not extinction; it is a process of disintegration.

The components of the body, the five tattwas: akasha – ether, vayu – air, agni – fire, apas – water, prithvi – earth; which are associated with the five prana vayus, disintegrate and go back to their original source.

Akasha (ether element) tattwa goes back to akasha, vayu to vayu (wind element), agni to agni (fire element), apas to apas (water element), prithvi to prithvi (earth element), and then the jivatma (the individual soul or self) moves out.

This jivatma, spirit, ego, astral body, or whatever you might like to call it, is something which survives death. The pranas also do not die, they move out of the body and return to their source. If death is to be averted the process unlinking all the three components i.e. prana, mind and soul, has to be stopped.

In this sloka, (couplet of Sanskrit verse), we are told to retain the vayu.

Vayu means air, but it does not refer only to the gross air and its chemical properties, it indicates pranic air.

The reason why we feel better after a yoga class is because we have changed our prana, or our energy body. We have moved energy (that may have been stuck in our shoulders or hips from a day of work) into different parts of our bodies, and in this way, cleared out any minor blockages that may have occurred throughout the day

What is Life?

Prana shakti is the primordial cosmic energy that governs all physical functions in our body.

Life force energy is Prana and shakti is associated with feminine and creative energy.

And one of three forms of Shakti is Prana shakti that energizes our body, mind and soul.

In the pranic body, pingala nadi channelizes prana shakti, but prana vayu moves throughout the whole body like waves of energy. It can be likened to an electromagnetic field where the energy is in constant motion.

Ida and pingala in the pranic body

The five types of Prana Vayu

The pranic body

There are five main vayu functions, known as apana, prana, samana, udana and vyana.

They are the different processes and manifestations of the one vayu, just as the various limbs of a man comprise the one body.

Pranic absorption takes place on a major scale in the thoracic region and is the function of prana vayu.

Elimination takes place largely through the urinary/excretory and reproductive organs and is powered by apana.

In between apana and prana, in the stomach region, is the area of assimilation, which is the function of samana.

Movement in the throat and facial expressions are due to udana and circulation is powered by vyana which pervades the whole body.

The Pranic Body

All the processes which affect absorption or inward movement of the subtle cosmic force are due to prana.

Those which affect elimination or outward movement are due to apana.

Assimilation, preservation, and continuation are the work of samana.

Ascension and refining are the work of udana, and pervasiveness is the property of vyana.

These actions occur within the various realms of existence.

The vayu, however, is specifically concerned with the pranic body or pranamaya kosha.

Pranic body and pranyama kosha

Pranamaya kosha is the vital life energy which organises the body parts and provides movement for mental and physical expression. It allows the invisible indweller, our True Self to be able to animate in the external world

Pancha kosha: the 5 sheaths of our body

In the Upanishads, prana vayu is also called the “in breath”, apana the “out breath”, samana “the middle breath”, and udana “the up breath”.

In other words, prana vayu is inhalation, apana exhalation, samana the time between inhalation and exhalation, and udana, the extension of samana.

According to the Maitri Upanishad (11:6), “Samana is the higher form of vyana and between them is the production of udana.

That which brings up or carries down what has been drunk or eaten is udana.

From a yogic point of view the most important is:

  • Vayu is samana related to sushumna nadi.
  • Prana vayu is related to ida,
  • Apana to pingala,
  • and ascension of kundalini to udana.

Samana vayu has to be developed. This takes place by suspending apana and prana within the region of samana.

Each vayu is interdependent and interconnected.

In the Chandogya Upanishad it is asked:

How are you body, senses and yourself (soul) supported?

  • On prana.

How prana is supported?

  • On apana.

And how is apana supported?

  • On vyana.

How is vyana supported?

  • On samana.

Because of these five main movements, five subsidiary or upapranas are produced.

These are known as koorma which stimulates blinking, krikara which generates hunger, thirst, sneezing and coughing, devadatta which induces sleep and yawning, naga which causes hiccups and belching, and dhananjaya which lingers immediately after death.

What is death?

Prana and life after death

From the time of conception up until four months, the fetus survives purely on the mother’s prana.

After four months it is said that prana enters the fetus and individual life begins. As the individual pranas begin to move, so the individual body functions become active. However, the child is only independent once it is born and starts breathing.

The moment prana completely leaves the body, consciousness departs, because prana and consciousness are the two poles of the one source, the Self.

The Prashnopanishad says, “This prana is born of the Self. Just as there can be a shadow when a man is there, so this prana is fixed on the Self…” (3.3)

At death, when the breath stops and the prana leaves, the magnetic force which held the body together deteriorates and along with it, so does the body. Therefore, the breath and prana are likened to a thread in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, verily by air, as by a thread, this world, the other world and all beings are held together.

Therefore, it is said, when an individual dies his limbs have been loosened because they are held together by air like a thread.”

When prana leaves the body there is no force to animate it. As long as prana is retained the body will not die.

What generates life?

Life is generated with inhalation, with exhalation there is loss of prana. When the breath is held, the prana does not move out or in, it becomes stabilized.

Prana is the basis of life and can be directly controlled through the breath.

The yogis who go underground for days together in a place where no air can penetrate, completely stop the breath.

These yogis concentrate on the prana as a point of light in the mid-eyebrow center. When their consciousness is completely absorbed in that light, the breath stops automatically.

Prana remains in the body, but there is no breathing process. There is no absorption of prana, no elimination, no function of prana and apana; only of vyana. The body functions are suspended as long as consciousness remains absorbed in the point of light. It is a state of suspended animation.

The moment the awareness starts to come back to the physical body, the breath starts and the yogi has to come out.

Through the breath, prana and consciousness are essentially linked; they can be separated by a scientific means which starts with the yogic technique of learning to retain the breath.

Prana is the tangible manifestation of the higher Self and Hatha yoga uses prana as the key to expand the awareness of consciousness and realize the Self.

Some systems of yoga aim at self-realization by purifying and concentrating the mind, others by purifying and channelizing the emotions, and some by purifying the intellect and developing wisdom.

There are so many ways of redirecting the vital life force from the lower to the higher centers.

Hatha yoga achieves it by a means which is most practical for everybody through the physical body and by working directly on the pranic movements.

References:

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

Pranayamas and Their Neurophysiological Effects

Oxygen Consumption Changes With Yoga Practices A Systematic Review

Prana: The functional basis of life

Treatment of Insomnia by Pranic Healing

A Pilot Study of the effects of Yoga Prana Vidya (YPV) protocols on social behaviour, cognitive abilities and IQ of mentally challenged children

Perimenopause and Menopause

Perimenopause: Lifestyle Tips

Menopause is not a disease, it is a natural process

Menopause, perimenopause and post menopause are stages in a woman’s life when her periods stop. This is the end of the childbearing years.

Perimenopause is the first stage of this process and can begin eight to ten years before menopause. Menopause is when a woman has no more periods for at least 12 months. This period may vary depending on hereditary factors, nature, body constitution, mental status, stress levels, working condition, countries.

It is also depending on present lifestyle, medicinal therapies undergone …,

Menopause is a normal process, it is not a disease and usually occurs in the late 40s and early 50s. Early cases happen at 35-36, and become more common these days or later cases at an age of 50-52 years is also reported in some countries.

Post menopause is the stage that follows menopause.

The drop in estrogen levels associated with menopause can cause annoying and persistent hot flashes.

It can also make women feel like they are in a constant state of PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Unfortunately, these emotional changes are an integral part of menopause. Some of the emotional changes experienced by women in perimenopause or menopause may include irritability, feelings of sadness, lack of motivation, anxiety, aggression, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, mood swings, etc.

They may also experience physiological changes such as weight gain, hair loss, aches and pains, etc.

Ayurvedic insight is useful for women undergoing menopausal symptoms and help minimize the unpleasant experiences and emotions associated with them.

Perimenopause: ayurvedic view

Menopause and symptoms

In Ayurveda perimenopause period is termed as Rajonivritti kala. Raja means Menstruation, nivritti means retirement or cessation and kala means time period.

As sais above, the ovaries gradually reduce their estrogen hormone production, and one or several following symptoms can occur:

  • Irregular menstruation
  • Prolonged bleeding or scanty menstruation
  • Back ache – non specific kind
  • Headache – partial head ache or head ache of interfering agent
  • Body ache
  • Neuritis or numbness in body parts
  • Fatigue, excessive tiredness
  • Nausea
  • Anorexia (tastelessness)
  • Excess sweating
  • Inferiority or constant grief
  • Mood elevation
  • Nervousness
  • Intestinal problems
  • Acid peptic disorders
  • Excess or decreased appetite
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Stress and strain
  • Loss of sleep, disturbed sleep
  • Hot flushes
  • Breast tenderness
  • Worse premenstrual syndrome
  • Lower sex drive
  • Vaginal dryness; discomfort during sex due to friction
  • Urine leakage when coughing or sneezing
  • Urinary urgency (an urgent need to urinate more frequently)

Do you need a treatment for Perimenopause?

The most important is to be aware of this conditions when it happens because if the symptoms are mild it can be managed with lifestyle changes like  regular oil massage for stress and body ache. Then treatment is not required.

In severe symptoms such as heavy bleeding with clots, severe stress, depression, excessive sweating, …, treatment is useful.

Which lifestyle, exercises and hobbies

It is important to keep your activities to engaged your body and mind. It is very important for physical and mental health.

Pranayama, Yoga and oil massage for Perimenopause

Pranayama helps to keep mental balance and learn how to manage your emotions like . mood swings and stress. Learn about a simple Pranayama technique

Yoga for Perimenopause

Too much hot yoga will exacerbate symptoms. Practice a hatha, yin, or restorative yoga instead.

These use gentle and mindful movements to keep you grounded, connect you to your body, and relax the mind. It will work effectively on your conditions with a qualified yoga teacher.

3 Yoga Poses for Perimenopausal Women

Salamba Sarvangasana: helps relieve stress, mild depression, and menopausal symptoms.

Marichyasana: helps with emotional calming during time of intense hormonal shifts.

Marichyasana for perimenopause

Janu sirsasana: help manage perimenopausal symptoms like mild depression, hot flashes, and anxiety.

Oil massage:

After Menopause, depleted calcium and bone strength are common symptoms like osteo arthritis. This is very important to do daily oil massage with Maha Narayana tailam  or Ksheerabala taila especially if you feel headache, body ache, sleeping problems, arthritis
and joint pains.

If you do not get any time to do a long massage, here a fast and efficient massage technic

Your diet:

Food to to be preferred

  • Favour green leafy vegetables, cabbage, soya food, lady finger, beans, almonds, sesame seeds, flax seed,garlic, basil which are good supplement in calcium.
  • Beans, cereals, pumpkin seed, carrot, dates, sesame seed, chickpeas, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, roasted almonds, roasted cashews, or sunflower seeds, raisins, peaches, or prunes, spinach, bread are excellent to bring iron in your diet.

Iron is needed to make myoglobin, the protein that provides oxygen to the muscles. Helps to manage fatigue, restless leg syndrome, cognition and anemia, difficulty regulating your body temperature, headaches

  • A variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • Include a teaspoon of ghee in diet for a healthy gut, it also promotes memory and concentration.

Which Foods to avoid

Avoid high amounts of fried, oily, salty foods, as well as sugar.
If you are suffering from hot flashes, avoid excess spicy foods and coffee.

Your family

Family members: husband, children and so on should take special care towards your health and your mind set up.

Family members should know that, the hormonal imbalance causes changes in the body and mind of the woman. Conversations and discussions should carry enough care toward her.

Ayurvedic treatment


So, the goal is to pacify Dosha imbalances. Between 40-50 years, both pitta and vata are aggravated. So measures should be taken to pacify both Vata and Pitta dosha.

Medicines to improve strength and immunity: Ashwagandha is used in the treatment of fatigue, stress, mood disorders etc.

Medicines to treat vaginal dryness, frequent urination and urinary tract infections: Yoni picchu for vaginal dryness : put a sterile medicated cotton swab, dipped in oil or ghee, is placed the vagina. Ask your practionner to know which oil to use. Usually you can use sesame oil, almond oil, coconut or olive oil and others depending on your constitution.

For hot flashes: Pitta dosha balancing diet

Rejuvenation – anti aging therapy:

Shatavari rasayana can be use depending on your conditions.

Your home remedies for perimenopause symptoms:

To restore mild deficiency caused during menopause

·      50 grams of cumin seeds and 50 grams of fenugreek powder

·      Fried them in 50 grams of ghee.

·      Add to it 50 grams of organic jaggery or brown sugar well powdered.

·      Make a round ball of 10gram each.

Daily 1-2 balls should be taken along with lukewarm milk.

To restore the vitality and energy and prevents fatigue and other symptoms commonly found during menopause

5 grams of ground nut, cashew nut, sesame seeds, jaggery or honey and ginger well powdered or pounded well.

Taken it with warm water, early in the morning.

It is easy to learn how to get rid of physical symptoms and how to manage physical and mental stresses caused by this transition.

I repeat but if you prevent and manage at the first stages, with efforts, healthy habits, healthy and nutritious food during menopause, the practice of yoga, meditation and pranayama, you will live normal life.

Ayurveda Medicine keys are : prevention, care, good food and healthy habits and work your mind.

Menopause, another adventure of life is opening

Julie

References:

Premature Menopause

Clinical evaluation of Ashokarishta, Ashwagandha Churna and Praval Pishti in the management of menopausal syndrome

Ayurvedic management of menopausal syndrome

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3122509/

Discovering the Self

Atman, the Self according to Vedanta

Discovering the self brings to perfect happiness. All fears are overcome when Self-knowledge is acquired

Knowledge of God is not as commonly discussed in India as knowledge of the true Self.

Self-knowledge reveals knowledge of the true nature of the Absolute and of Supreme Deity.

Realizing our true Self, or Atman according to Vedanta philosophy

Ordinarily we use the word ‘self’ in the sense of ego, but the term ‘self-knowledge’ does not mean mere knowledge of the ego.

The ego in us is the doer, the thinker and the perceiver. That which performs all the functions of body and mind is generally known as the “I” or ego; but it is only the reflection of the Absolute Brahman, which is the source of all intelligence.

The ego is the image of that divine spark within us which gives it vitality and makes it do all mental and physical work. So when we speak of knowledge of the Self, we mean not just knowledge of the lower animal Self or ego, but also of the higher Self. The higher Self is identical with the Absolute which is at the base of the phenomenal universe.

Absolute Substance or Brahman is beyond space and time, therefore it is formless and immutable. When it manifests as an individualized, self-aware entity, it is known as the ego.

It also appears as an object of consciousness, so it is called matter; the Absolute Being, however, is neither matter nor the same as the ego. It forms the background of our ego; therefore, it is our true Self.

When we realized this, we knew God and the relationship that the phenomenal universe has with him. And the best method to become aware of this Absolute Being is to realize our true Self, or Atman, as it is called in Sanskrit.

Some people think that self-annihilation is the ideal of Vedanta philosophy, but it is not. The true Self, according to Vedanta, can never be destroyed.

If self-annihilation were the ideal then the Self would be subject to change and destruction, it cannot be the same as the Absolute Being.

How then is it possible for anyone to think of his annihilation?

Vedanta philosophy, on the contrary, teaches that the true Self is absolutely indestructible and immutable.

The destruction of the Self is just as impossible as the destruction of the Absolute. Therefore, self-annihilation cannot be the highest goal and ideal of life. Only self-knowledge helps us to realize absolute Truth and achieve perfection. It is considered the highest wisdom.

When Socrates asked the Oracle of Delphi “What is the highest knowledge?” the answer came, “Know thyself.”

By the word “self” here is meant not only the ego, but the true Self. The same knowledge of the real Self has been glorified in India since the earliest Vedic period.

Self-knowledge as the highest ideal of life

Self Knowledge is the way to happiness

Vedanta, the rationalist part of the Vedas, describes self-knowledge as the highest ideal of life. If we want to know God, we must first know our true Self; we must ask ourselves who and what we really are, where we come from and what we become after death?

These questions are of vital importance. Ordinary people cannot solve such problems, their minds are too busy with the affairs of the phenomenal world.

Buta serious seeker of Truth, who is dissatisfied with the knowledge of material objects, wishes to go beneath the surface of phenomenal appearances and stop until the ultimate goal, the reality which underlies all phenomena, be discovered.

His goal is to find the right solution to these problems by knowing the true nature of his ego as well as the universe. He may begin with the objective world, but gradually, as he advances step by step and goes deeper and deeper in his search for Truth, he eventually returns to his own Self.

Because the true Self is the center of the universe. The phenomenal world, which consists of objects of sense perception, can be compared to a great circle whose circumference is found in gross material forms and whose innermost center is Atman, the true Self.

The nature of this true Self, according to Vedanta, is infinite.

It is neither limited in time nor conditioned by spatial relations. The scriptures describe God as the center of the universe, but Vedanta says that the Self or Atman is also the center of the universe, and the true Self is one with Divinity.

The moment we realize the Divine Self within us, we understand that the domain of the same Atman extends to the sun, the moon, the stars and even the most distant planets, whose light puts hundreds and thousands of years to reach us.

Wherever there is existence, whether on the physical or mental plane, there is also the manifestation of this Divine Self.

That by which we know the existence of the external world, by which we are aware of our body, our senses and our mental powers, is our true Self. It is not far from us, but it is beyond the reach of the mind and intellect.

The Self is beyond all vibration

The Self is described in the fourth verse of the Isha Upanishad thus: “It (the Self) is beyond all vibration, it moves without moving…”  

Our senses have never reached it, it has transcended them all. Although immobile, it transcends the mind and the senses. It is the source of all mental activities, sensory powers and the various forces of nature. “Modern science tells us that the whole world is the product of matter and material forces. Matter, again, is nothing but a certain state of motion or vibration of a substance whose true nature is unknown and unknowable. A particle in the universe is in constant motion or vibration.

What we call heat or light, sound or taste, smell, touch or any old sensory object, is nothing but a state of vibration of the same unknown substance.

William Crookes says: “At thirty-two vibrations per second it is shown that we have the first beginning of audible sound, and that sound ceases to be audible when it reaches something less than thirty-three thousand vibrations per second. second.

The vibrations of heat and light rays are almost inconceivably faster. They are expressed in no less than fifteen digits, while the vibrations in a single second of the newly discovered radium are expressed in more than nine thousand millions of millions.”

The whole world consists of the vibration of atoms, or the tiniest particles of material substance, but above and beyond all that vibration there is Absolute Reality, the true Self, which is the source of knowledge, intelligence and consciousness

. Self that we know that there is such a thing as vibration

Who knows that the world is vibration

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“Motion produces only motion” is one of the laws of nature which has been confirmed by the modern scientists. Movement cannot produce knowledge.

Knowledge is something which is not the effect of movement or vibration, but it is what enlightens our mind and makes us see and understand that it is there is such a thing as motion or vibration .

Therefore, the Upanishad says, “That which is not vibrating is our true Self.

Search within and see that which is not vibrating, but who is the Knower of all vibrations and actions.

“It goes faster than the mind.” “We know that the mind is the fastest thing in the world.

Thought travels faster than electricity or any other current that exists on the physical plane. William Crookes explains that “thought vibrations that come from the brain can really take place where it becomes impossible to estimate the vibrations that are caused by the subtlest forces of physical nature.”

Further, he adds, “If we can somehow realize the concept of ‘a force capable of creating thousands of trillions of vibrations in a second, and if we add to this idea that the speed of these vibrations thunders by their rapidity, we see quite easily that thought can put a belt around the earth in an infinitesimal fraction of time.

“We can exchange messages wirelessly between here and another part of the world, but thought transfer is faster than that.

What is faster than the mind is the true Self.

Our true Self can go faster than the stream of thought and even where the mind cannot reach. He is still traveling.

The Self or Atman forms the background of the mind, so the Self is faster and faster than the activity of the mind.

The mind cannot go anywhere without depending on the Self, knowing it. It remains absolutely inactive when separated from the Self.

“The senses never reached him, he transcended them all.”

The senses cannot reveal it; the powers of the senses cannot express the true nature of the Self, because they are limited by time and space. Whereas the knower of time and space must necessarily be beyond the reach of the senses.

When we see the sun, the very sight depends on self-awareness, that is, we must be aware that we are seeing something, and the consciousness must depend on our true Self.

The sun will not be seen if our mind and eyes are separated and cut off from the Self, the source of knowledge, intelligence and consciousness. Based on this source of consciousness and intelligence, our mind functions, our senses perform their functions, and the body moves.

“It (the Self) moves and it does not move; it is far and also near. He is inside and also outside of it all. “

When the body moves, the source of intelligence, or our true Self, appears to be moving, but in reality does not move.

All of life is a mystery.

We strive to find an explanation by studying nature, but nature confuses us further, science does not help us, it takes us up to a certain point and leaves us there without showing anything beyond it, without telling us what to do and where to go of our relative knowledge.

When properly analyzed, it appears as a partial expression of absolute knowledge, which is the true nature of the true Self.

Relative knowledge, however, will not help us solve the riddles of the universe.If we wish to know the ultimate Truth of the world, we must go beyond nature and seek the explanation in the realm of the Absolute

Nature is called in Sanskrit Maya

It deceives us, yet we live in nature , and our body, our senses and our spirit are part of nature.

The more we study nature, the more we are deceived; we are not arriving at a definitive solution. Scientists have come to certain conclusions in which nothing is concluded. Science tells us that the ultimate goal of everything is unknown and unknowable.

Here the Vedanta comes and advises its students to study not only nature but our Self or Atman.

Then all confusion will be removed and Absolute Truth will be attained.

Nature shows us that the Self moves when the body is in motion, but in reality the Self is still. Nature makes us feel that the Self is very far from us, but it is the closest thing we have, closer than that body and mind that we consider closest; our true Self, however, is actually the closest of all. “He dwells in faith just like his soul or his inner nature, but he is outside of everything.”

How is it possible ?

If he lives inside, how can he live outside?

Space exists inside and out. Take the space in this room, which is confined by its walls.

This space appears as inside the room; but what are the walls, are they separated from the space?

No. They exist in and through space.

The space of the walls limits the space that is inside the room; but does it actually limit? No. It’s outside too. Can we limit infinite space?

Never. Likewise, if we try to limit our Self by our mind, we fail, because the mind is not big enough and strong enough to keep the Self out.

The powers of the senses cannot limit it, the physical forms can never divide it, because each of them exists in relation to the Self.

The Self or Atman, when properly realized, appears boundless and infinite.

We say we are finite beings, but in reality we are not finite.

“He who realizes all beings in the Self, and the Self in everything animate and inanimate, (objects of the universe), never hates anything or any being.”

Hatred proceeds from an imperfect relative knowledge, which makes us perceive objects as separate from each other.

But when we see our true Self in others, how can we hate the other without hating our own Self?

It would be impossible for the Self to hate itself.

As it is impossible to hate our true Self, it would be impossible to hate the Self of any being.

This is one of the results of self-knowledge, where self-knowledge is that there can be no feeling of hatred.

When hatred is gone, jealousy and all other selfish feelings, which we call wicked, disappear.

What’s left?

Love is unity

Ordinary love, which opposes hatred, vanishes; but Divine love begins to reign in the heart. True love means the expression of unity. As love of the body makes us feline with the body, love of the true Self makes us feel one with the true Self.

And if we see this Self in others, we cannot help but love them as we love our Self.

We now understand the meaning of “Love your neighbor as yourself”. It is not an extraordinary teaching. Vedanta has always taught this truth.

Christ was the only one who also taught in this way, but they do not know that this is the very basis of Vedanta ethics.

Love means the expression of unity in thought, word and deed.

“Where all beings have become one with the Self, what illusion, what pain can there be for one who has once achieved this oneness?”

Self-knowledge leads to the realization of oneness with all beings.

When all beings appear as parts of one universal Self, there is no illusion, fear or sorrow, for there can be no other thing besides the Self or Atman to grieve for. or from which we can suffer.

Grief and fear arise as long as there is a sense of duality or multiplicity. Isha Upanishad, verse 7.

If all objects of fear and grief become one with the all-pervading Divine Self, then fear and grief must disappear.

But as long as we think of other beings that exist outside of our Self, we cannot avoid the grief and suffering that arise because of them.

In absolute unity, however, there cannot remain fear, grief, suffering, separation, or self-delusion. This is another risk of self-knowledge. Some people may think that Vedanta teaches us to be selfish, but that is far from true.

The lower self dies, the self disappears, and with its disappearance all egoism is destroyed.

The word “Self” should not be taken for the lower self or selfishness.

Atman means, the higher Self, which is our divine nature.

This Atman (the Self), which is the center of the universe, is omnipresent.

Wherever our mind goes, the Atman goes.

Itis the source of the light of intelligence ; he is pure, spotless, sinless.

Here the Vedanta teaches that we are not soaring in sin and iniquity, but that our Atman or true Self is sinless.

By this, he is not encouraging to commit sinful acts, but he is telling us thatthe moment one acquires Self-knowledge, from that moment one ceases to do anything wrong..

The Atman is in the body, but it has no body. It is formless, that is, beyond gross and subtle forms. There are forms we can only see through the most powerful microscope, even these tiniest forms do not affect the Self.

He is beyond all forms, but at the same time he can appear in any form, and all forms that exist.

Atman is beyond any nerve activity or brain function.

Materialists hold that when the brain and nerve centers vibrate, self-consciousness is produced. But the Vedanta contradicts their statement by saying, “Beyond the reach of the nerve centers and untouched by the powers of the brain.”unaffected by changes in the body; there may be variations in the color or shape of the physical body, or the body may be diseased or have a mutilated part, but that disease or mutilation will not produce any change in the true Self or Atman.

Therefore, self-knowledge frees from nervousness and other physical ailments. The word “Kavi” means poet, and also means the seer of things. Self is described as the greatest poet in the universe, it is one of the most beautiful expressions and attributes one can give to one’s Divinity.

He is the poet. His poetry is the universe.

He is also described as the greatest entertainer. His art we see in sunrise and sunset. The sun, moon and stars are none other than the infinite space paintings by the artist Almighty.

The true Self or Atman is above good and evil, beyond virtue and vice.

How can he be above good and evil?

Good and evil, however, are two relative terms.

Evil exists in relation to good, and we cannot separate one from the other.

If we want to take the good, we should also take the bad.

Thus, with virtue and vice, one cannot exist without being linked to the other.

The Absolute Self is above all relativity and therefore it is above good and evil, above virtue and vice. “There is no other seer but this Atman, no other knower.

The vast majority of mankind do not know this great truth. Preachers do not teach it, because they themselves do notand

If God is the Knower of all, then the Knower in us is part of God.

Vedanta tells us to realize first the individual knower then the Knower of the universe will be known. The Atman or the true Self is never the object of knowledge, but is always the subject.

The cosmic or universal Knower is the same one whom people worship as God. Thus by the light of Vedanta we can see God near of our souls; but in the scriptures of the special religions it is made aloof. It is driven far from our reach.

Vedanta draws it nearer than anything we possess. Though this Atman permeates all, yet it is beyond of everything; he dwells in all things

The Attributes Generally Given to God

It is never about phenomenal conditions. descends the changes of nature, but it permeates nature. It is its own cause, the cause and the effect are identical there. Our Atman has no cause yet it is the cause of everything, and at the same time it is beyond the law of cause and effect.

The Self has existed by itself since the beginningless past and will continue to exist through eternity.

“All relative knowledge is only a partial expression of that wisdom which constitutes the nature of the Atman. Now we see that the attributes which people generally give to God, such as.

He is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, eternal, infinite, are also given by Vedanta to the true Self. The true Self is the soul of our souls. Self-knowledge reveals that the attributes of God are also the attributes of the Atman.

“Those who do not realize this Self, dwell in the darkness of ignorance and pass through the misery and sufferings that exist in this darkness. Isha Upanishad.

They are always fearful and unhappy.

They fear death and all that threatensexistence, and they make their life miserable by attaching themselves to a particular form of manifestation which they are afraid of.

losing earthlyfind them, and they consider that this earthly life has no other higher purpose or ideal. The life of these people is nothing but a continuous chain of fear and unhappiness.

Those who are rich fear losing their wealth; those who have a reputation and a high position are afraid of losing them. While every man or woman suffers from the fear of sickness and death. Do you believe that these people will ever experience true happiness on this earth? No.

Only those who have become absolutely free from fear are truly happy.

Perfect Happiness: when Self-Knowledge is Acquired

Self-knowledge dispels the darkness of ignorance and sets us free from fear, sorrow, misery,…

Perfect happiness comes and all fear is overcome when Self-knowledge is acquired. For this reason, each of us must make constant efforts to acquire it in this life.

The light of Self-knowledge dispels the darkness of ignorance and sets us free from fear, sorrow, misery, birth and death, and from bondage, imperfection and weakness. illusion. And which proceed from ignorance.

This ignorance is also the mother of selfishness.

It has the power to veil the divine and absolute Atman and make us identify our true Self with the material body. So when we are forced by the inscrutable power of ignorance (Avidya) to forget our true Self, to regard ourselves as the sons or daughters of mortals, we become finite and subject to limitations as understood by the term “selfishness”.

Self-knowledge destroys ignorance and makes one absolutely altruistic. Blessed is who lives in the sunshine of Self-knowledge, having risen above the clouds of fear and selfishness that gather in the night of ignorance.

What is this world?

It is produced by ignorance and bound by fear.

Self-knowledge destroys all worldliness, brings spiritual strength and makes one fearless, as God is fearless.

The moment we realize that God dwells within us, how can we be afraid?

How can we be afraid of death when we know that death simply means passing from one body to another, and our true Self or Atman is immutable?

Those who do not possess the knowledge of the Self are miserable and will explode again and again on this plane of ignorance until they have learned to realize their true Self.

Self-knowledge is the only source of happiness.

This will lead to perfection and freedom.

You may seek freedom, but how can you get it when you have become a slave to fear and earthly conditions?

You are part of the Divinity.

Feel it, realize it, and all those tics will disappear and you will be free.

Alignment of this freedom through knowledge of the Self will bring you the realization of your oneness with Divinity.

Then you will be able to say: “This light which is seen in the sun is in me, and what is in me is in the sun.

I am Lord of body, senses and spirit, and all phenomenal objects, the light of the universe, through me shine the sun, the moon, the stars and the lightning.

I have realized my true Self.

I’m the true Self of the universe and therefore I am a with the Absolute.”

Namaste

Julie

Balanced Diet And Lifestyle For Women

Women health, prevent before to cure

Balanced diet and lifestyle are the key to avoid or decrease female issues. Women cross different periods with age and are more prone to wide range of health issues due to changes in her body.

Health and lifestyle, especially during fertile period of woman will have impact on her pregnancy and progeny.  


So maintaining healthy lifestyle and diet for a woman is utmost important for now, future and her family.


The management of Vata dosha is really important because imbalances of vata dosha is the main cause for various health issues in women.

The causes of Vata imbalances

Wrong habits to avoid:

  • Excessive physical strain activities such as exercises for long hours,
  • Wrong Yoga postures,
  • High heel footwear,
  • Travelling for many hours on daily basis
  • No break from all the day
  • Aways moving
  • Delaying sleeping time with smartphone engagement
  • Skipping meals,
  • Having very little amount of foods for weight management,
  • Habitual suppression natural urges such as hunger, thirst, urination, defecation continuously

In short time many complaints will occur such as body ache, headache, bloating, nausea  menstrual pains, back pain, anxiety, heavy bleeding, constipation, etc…

Psychological factors 

Change your lifestyle, stop to run and take a break to relax your nervous system!

Stress, anxiety, fear, depression, phobia, emotional volatility and more lead to physical and mental health disorders.

All those emotions will have impact on physical health in long run mainly due to vata dosha imbalances.

Wrong food habits to avoid:

Dry fish, dry food in general, raw food, highly spicy food, cold refrigerated water and food items, sour, junk food, canned foods, uncooked, spoiled, contaminated, previous night left over food, repeatedly re cooked food, skipping meals, untimely taken food, alcohol, packed food, industrial prepared food…

All of that are our worst enemies to maintain good health…without speaking about all the food additives and preservatives you find in artificial and not fresh food

Lifestyle changes during menstruation


During menstruation

  • Avoid heavy food difficult to digest. (meat, junk foods, oily, junk food restaurants…) and prefer diet including wheat, barley, guard, green gram, mung bean…easy to digest.
  • Avoid spicy
  • Avoid excess salt consumption during this period
  • Don’t drink cold water or other refrigerated food items, it increase vata and can cause painful periods.
  • Drink warm water and take warm food along the day
  • Avoid sour, salty food this can increase the flow in those who have heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Avoid excess walking, travelling, talking, standing or other physical strain which cause imbalance in vata dosha which in its normal state helps easy menstrual flow.
  • Avoid stressed mind full of thoughts.

Ideal food during Pregnancy

Lifestyle and diet during pregancy
  • Choose food easily digestible, freshly prepared, wholesome and delicious
  • Include ghee, milk with turmeric or saffron, leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, banana, pomegranate, custard apple, walnuts, almonds, avocado, fennel, cumin, coconut water, …
  • Avoid raw papaya, raw pineapple, castor oil, raw meat, caffeine, liquor, excess asafoetida, uncooked, spoilt, canned, junk food and left over food.
  • Avoid heavy thinks, travelling, climbing stairs or hill, standing on height, staying near places of loud noise, stay in peace.

During menopause


During this period, cessation of menstruation is there and cause imbalances in all three doshas.

You could feel various symptoms so it is the period where utmost care of health has to be taken to form balance in doshas.

Treatment should be done according to the presenting symptoms and dosha involved.

For vata symptoms can be mood swings, fear, constipation, insomnia, anxiety, body aches and more then should avoid intake of dry, cold food items and activities such as excess exercise, travelling and stay grounded as much as possible.

For pitta dosha dominance symptoms cen be hot flushes, anger, burning sensation, excess bleeding, … Such person should take coolant, bitter, sweet taste food ( guard, green gram, barley, sugarcane juice, coconut water etc). Avoid spicy, salt, sour food, pickles, chilies etc

In kapha symptoms like obesity, depression, indigestion, …then avoid taking excess sweet, oily food, heavy, raw food, junk food, day sleep …

General Therapies To Improve Women Health

Oil massage (Abyanga)

Oilation is really important to maintain balance
  • Daily body oil massage before warm bath balances vata dosha
  • Improves skin health
  • Moisturizes the skin, removes dryness, improve complexion
  • Lubricates joints, relaxes muscles thereby reduce body aches and joint pain

Regular exercise (Vyayama)

  • Controls body weight
  • Reduces excess body fat
  • Maintains bone and muscle health
  • Relieves stress, anxiety, fear, depression

Maintaining normal movement of vata dosha (Vatanulomana)

  • Drinking warm water maintains normal movement of vata also improves digestion processes and maintains appetite
  • Drink water soaked overnight with raisins, early morning in empty stomach.

It will brings back vata movement in normal direction. It acts as mild laxative to ease bowel movement.

Meditation and Yoga

Those play important role in all phase of women’s life.

  • Helps to relieve stress, anxiety, and stabilize emotional flows
  • Improve attitude facing life
  • Bring positive mind with regularity
  • Improves disease tolerance capacity of body.
  • Maintains physical and mental dosha in balance
  • Maintains normal digestive strength.
  • Strenghten muscles, bones and mind

Medicines for women health

Medicines mainly used for Women Health with the with the supervision of a physician and according to your life history

Shatavari Gulam: used in almost all the gynecological complaints, PCOD, menstrual pain, irregular menstrual cycles, heavy menstrual bleeding, urinary tract infections, …
Ashwagandha Churna: for anxiety, leucoderma, depression, insomnia, weight gain, weight loss, immunity, muscle strength, body building, anti-oxidants, sexual stimulant.

References

  1. As per the research conducted by Department of Psychology H.N.B Garhwal Central University Garhwal Uttarakhand, India on stress among employed women and housewives and its management have concluded stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, hypnosis, guided imagery, muscle relaxation, mindfulness breathing etc. have shown improvement in positive coping skills.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5843960/

  • As per the research conducted on effect of massage therapy during pregnancy and labor, concluded that massage therapy is effective during pregnancy and labor. There was reduced depression, anxiety, decreased leg and back pain in pregnant women who underwent massage therapy and on labor pain women experienced significantly less pain, and their labors were on average 3 h shorter with less need for medication.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2870995/

  • Menstrual cycle and food habits:
    The evidence indicates that women eat more food per day during the 10 days after they ovulate than during the 10 days before

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7282607/

  • Menopause and exercise:
    A research study concluded that 12-weeks of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise may result in small improvements in sleep quality, insomnia and depression in midlife, sedentary women.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3858421/

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

Vata Dosha diet and lifestyle

Vata dosha body type

Vata body type

In Vata Dosha body type person, Vata Dosha is naturally dominant and it is called the Prakruti of this person .

People whose constitution is Vata can have many health benefits if she follows the rules of Ayurveda, rules of lifestyle, diet, mental health and sexual health.

Vayu (wind) is naturally dominant in a Vata Dosha person. If you are new for the concept of dosha, then learn about your Prakruti here.

Vata dosha body parts and its behavior

Vata people have cracked palm and feet if they don’t take care. They are lean, underweight, and have a thin body.

Oiling

They are mobile and most of the time have unstable joints, that’s why oil massage and steam therapy help them a lot to improve stability of all parts of the body. Oil strenghthen the tissue and stabilizes them. And oil feet massage will reduce and cure cracked feet.

Vata person is the most speed behavior of the 3 doshas.

They have hurried gait, speech and actions and they like that. So, the best counsel I can give you is learn to slow down if you want to go far…

So if your are Vata, do the opposite, learn to practice slowness, and pranayama to calm your mind, and reduce this electricity in your body. It will help you to think slowly, and you will have many benefits to don’t rush onto everything…Especially for your nervous system.

Due to roughness, dryness and lean body, you usually have hands and legs with prominent veins due to less body fat.

What is best for you is to add oils (ghee, sesame oil) in your daily life, have a complete meal with fats, protein, rich food, and it will help to gain weight and grow the muscles.

Take minimum 1 teaspoon of ghee per meal to help digestion, and strengthen your body.

Exercising

Pranayama and Yoga for Vata, the best practices for them.

For exercise, you should not practice heavy exercises because you have already a lean body and exercising further will increase your Vata Dosha.

Your skin is naturally rough; dry and body parts will be cold to touch because dryness and coldness are two natural qualities of Vata Dosha prakriti.

Having dry skin is not a disease for Vata. The skin is just dry, cold and rough, naturally. But if they you don’t care about your skin, it will lead to extreme dryness and roughness and with the time become a disease. So oil your body every day or as much as you need such the state of your skin.

To prevent your face skin from early wrinkles and to nourish it properly, you can use Kumkumadi oil (saffron) on face to enhance beauty and to keep facial skin well moistened with good glow.

To avoid this excessive coldness and dryness oil your body and steam just after if possible. If you do not have facility for steam therapy, you can do self-massage and after 30 minutes, take hot water bath. This will be sufficient. Because Vata persons usually have cold hands and legs, it is best for them to take hot water bath

Good and simple oil for massage is sesame.

Your hair and nails

Like skin they are rough, dry and less in quantity and with low quality of hair. Oiling is the best solution to strengthen them.

Vata dosha sexual health

Generally, Vata persons have weak sexual health and stamina. To boost this, you can use sexual supplements such as shilajit, ashwagandha Lehyam, etc., based on doctor’s advice.

Vata Mind

You are quick to get irritated and hungry and you can have bad temper. Also fast to like and dislike, means that you have oscillating knowledge, thoughts and decisions.

You are also quick to understand and to forget but suffering from wandering mind.

To calm your mind, which is challenging for Vata, you can perform head massage with Brahmi oil, practice yoga for 15 minutes and pranayama 2 to 5 minutes per day for starting. Another very good and efficient technic is shirodhara. The purpose is to pour a thin drizzle of warm oil in the forehead.

If Vata is unbalanced you can be jealous.

You tend to moan, complain, grieve over small things, incoherently, without reason. For that you can use brahmi ghee: half a teaspoon in the morning, before food with half a cup of lukewarm water for 2 months, in a year, is the general advice for a healthy adult with Vata body type.

Vata dosha and your skeleton

You suffer from constant crackling sound from joints and the best to counter this dryness is to practice regular oil massage. If you do not apply to the whole body, at least apply some oil to knees, 30 minutes before bath every day.

Vata feels cold or hot sensitivity

A Vata person has an intolerance for cold things; and feel often afflicted with cold and it is leading to shiver and stiffness.

So if you want to get rid of the multiples clothing layers…Eat hot and unctuous, drink warm all day, and take care of your body with sesame oil.

You understood: avoid excess coolant foods and ice creams and include a bit of mild spices in diet. Cook fresh food is also the beast to get the most nutriments possible.

Vata and its speech

You can suffer from dryness of throat, obstructed and hoarse voice and chewing a piece of licorice is a good solution.

It is happening because you speak a lot, then to regulate your Vata temper learn and enjoy more silence in your life. Contemplate, learn to meditate, even if it is difficult for Vata people. When we want we can slow down…More you take care of your daily life style regimen more your health will be sustainable or better.

One pranayama that can help you is Bhramari pranayama.

Wealth and life expectancy

Your skin is fragile and vata people can suffer from bone pain early so to avoid ageing, it is good to take Chyawanprash, half a teaspoon in the morning, 3 to 4 months in a year

What is not helping you is that your sleep is less and disturbed. You can have many technics in your daily routine for that. Light yoga for inducing sleep and massage the sole of your feet every day before going to bed. And daily, calm your nerves with head massages.

Vata dosha digestion

Sometimes less, sometime more…

To help your intestines and sustain your digestive fire, you can take ghee and spices like cumin, black pepper, ginger, olive or sesame oil, fats and protein in diet.

Take your meal at regular hours to regulate your body and your digestion. And drink water while taking your meals to avoid to much dryness and constipation.

You should avoid frequent fasting, it is not recommended for Vata dosha. Once in a month is ok.

Seasonal precautions for Vata 

Just after summer vata starts to increase so pay attention before this season and follow the measures I give you below.

Vata diet

Unctuous and complete meal is needed for Vata

As you know diet is the 1st medicine, we have to use to sustain our health.

Ayurveda explains that a person with Vata body type should consume specific foods that balance Vata.

Because Vata people tend to suffer more from Vata related disorders (degenerative, bones, muscle and joints, nervous system disorders).

So, to avoid such health conditions, it is advised to follow the diet and food mentioned below. It will help to sustain your health and so to balance your Vata dosha.

Why this specific food? Because they have the medicinal properties that you need.

For example, wheat is sweet, coolant, oily and aphrodisiac in nature. It strengthens the body and balances Vata.

Sesame seeds or oil  is oily and hot in nature.

Cinnamon balances kapha and vata and so on…

Diet counseling

  • Slightly oily and unctuous foods
  • Sweet, salt and sour tasting food
  • Food that are neither heavy nor light to digest,
  • Eat and drink hot or warm food.
  • Sweet and sour grapes – Both balance Vata dosha.
  • Horse gram, black gram, wholesome wheat, red coloured rice, Luffa, Rooster and Fish , , ghee, organic milk, garlic, ,chicken, eggs, carrots, beets, yellow moong bean, cardamom, onion, garlic, saffron.
  • Mango, orange, raisins, berries, almond, pomegranate, dates, natural sugar prepared from sugarcane, sugar cane, coconut sugar
  • Long pepper, ginger, Tamarind Poppy seeds, sesame seed and sesame oil, flax seed

Buttermilk, or ghee, learn how to make ghee according to Ayurveda

Avoid all dryness, cold, very light food to digest, it is not suitable for you because it is increasing Vata qualities and can lead to imbalances.

Foods to avoid

  • Red beans, peanut
  • Fox nut, hummingbird, red sandalwood, peas, green gram, honey, cold water
  • Food with astringent, bitter and pungent properties

Ideal daily routine for Vata

Vata persons are usually lean, fidgety and talkative. Their tissues are not well nourished and they tend to get aches, pains, bloating, hair loss, arthritis etc. early in their lives. They get tired easily.
The way to counter these symptoms is by having nutritious food, proper rest, oil and a fat rich diet.

Improve your sleep. Good sleep is regeneration and Vata lack of sleep that increase Vata dosha in your body).

You can improve with different methods: meditation, pranayama and slight yoga before sleeping to calm down.

The best useful advices for Vata dosha

  • Attending hunger, thirst and wash room urges as and when they appear
  • Regular oil massage with sesame oil or Maha Narayana oil
  • Nasal drops – 2 drops to each nostril on an empty stomach with Anu oil
  • Oil pulling with sesame oil or irimedadi oil
  • Lukewarm water bath
  • Inclusion of good amount of oils and fats
  • Apply hair oil – Sesame oil or coconut oil or Bhringamalakadi oil.
  • Limited exercise (avoid too much exercices). Yoga is better than gym.
  • Avoid fasting, avoid untimely intake of food, avoid less intake of food (have good amount of food)
  • Lukewarm water intake all day.
  • Avoid all foods that cause bloating (aerated drinks, junk foods etc…)
  • Have foods rich in sweet, sour and salt taste (these tastes decrease Vata Dosha)
  • Avoid stress at work, concentrating on planning and scheduling your work.
  • Avoid excess talking, excess thinking.
  • Learn a simple Pranayama technique
  • Avoid excess travel, roaming or excess walking
  • Avoid excess sexual activities.
  • Apply a few drops of sesame oil or coconut oil or your hair oil to your forehead, temple region and soles at night, before sleeping.  

Knowing yourself: body, soul and mind is to choose to have the best life path possible. More you prevent, more you ageing great and avoid imbalances … and diseases.

We forget too easily that we are our first priority in life…right?

Take care

Namaste

Julie

References

Effect of dietary, social, and lifestyle determinants of accelerated aging and its common clinical presentation: A survey study

Dosha brain-types: A neural model of individual differences

Clinical study on Sandhigata Vata w.s.r. to Osteoarthritis and its management by Panchatikta Ghrita Guggulu

Prakriti (Ayurvedic concept of constitution) and variations in platelet aggregation

Prakriti and its associations with metabolism, chronic diseases, and genotypes: Possibilities of new born screening and a lifetime of personalized prevention

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

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

Learn Your self and heal with Bhagavad Gita and Veda

Reading Bhagavad Gita help to understand our inner self

Therefore, according to the scriptures, Veda and Bhagavad Gita, the fundamental human problem is misplaced search for something in a place, where it is not available. 

And therefore, the intelligent approach is to search for something in a place where it is available.

Now the question is: 

Why do the human beings commit such a mistake

And make the life a soup and go from struggle to struggle to struggle. Why? 

The Vedas point out that these three basic needs are available within but hidden. 

They are covered like the treasure that is covered under the ground or like the borewell water which is under the ground. 

Struggling

One Swami who had an ashram, was struggling for water. Even an ordinary house, needs a lot of water. Imagine an ashram, where several members are there.

And that Swamiji dug all the ground, all over the ashram, to tap some source of water, he could not and he was struggling to get it from outside several places and 10 years he had to struggle sometime he gets, sometimes he does not. 

This is a real incident. And one day he was standing outside waiting for someone and one government official from water department came with some hydrometer instrument, which can detect the ground water, it seems. 

Then he said, why can’t we try and he asked the Swamiji to move a little bit standing on the gate and he kept the meter and found out that right underneath there is a huge and perennial source of water

He has dug everywhere except that place

So that Swamiji was jumping it seems like mokṣa. 

Why was the struggle for 10 years. What he wanted he had but it was covered. 

Similarly, the scriptures point out, we have the perennial borewell, which has got the permanent; what you call, source of these fundamental needs, viz., security, peace and happiness. But the problem is it is hidden by layers of covering

And sometimes the water is so deep, we have different layers, one clay layer, some rubble layer, some other layer. Similarly, it is covered. And therefore, what is required to get these three. 

What the Bhagavad Gita and Veda point out?

Remove the layers of covering and tap the borewell

Free your mind and body with discipline, read and understand Bhagavad Gita helps to get peace.

Tap the eternal spring of security, peace and happiness. May you tap from the eternal spring. And this process is called discovery. Discovery means what? Dissing the cover. 

Dissing means what, removing the cover

The Swamiji did not produce water, because water was already there. He only removed the covering which was between him and water. Now the next question is: what are the layers that cover these three, so that I can handle appropriately. If the cover is stone and rubbles, you have to use a different weapon, instrument; if it is wet clay, you have to use an appropriate instrument; depends upon the type of covering. 

The scriptures point out that there are three layers covering the spring security, peace and happiness within us is covered by three layers. The grossest, subtle and the subtlest, the finest layer and what are those three layers. 

They are known as: 

  • Malam: literally meaning impurity. 
  • No.2 vikṣepaḥ: means a extrovertedness and literally means disturbance; disturbance caused by extrovertedness. Outgoing tendency. 
  • And the third layer : avaraṇam, otherwise ajnanam, ignorance

Malam, vikṣepaḥ and ajnanam. 

Malam or impurity refers to varieties of mental problems, normally enumerated as the six fold impurities; six fold enemies, six fold obstacles to discover our inner joy. And those impurities are kamaḥ, krodhaḥ, lobhaḥ, mohaḥ, madaḥ, matsaryaḥ. 

You would have heard kamaḥ, (desire), krodhaḥ, (Anger); lobhaḥ (Greed); mohaḥ (delusion); madaḥ (arrogance or vanity); matsaryaḥ (jealousy or competitiveness). These are the main six fold impurities in the mind. They make the first layer of obstacles in unearthing our inner joy. 

Then the second layer of obstacle is, Vikṣepaḥ, the mental restlessness, mental wandering, mental extrovertedness is the second layer of obstacle, because of which I am not able to see; like when the water is turbulent, you cannot see the bottom of the river properly. If the water is muddied, you cannot see. That muddied water has got Malam (impurities). 

The turbulent water has got Vikṣepaḥ (obstacle). When these two are there, you do not see what is down below. Similarly when the mind has got impurities and turbulence, you cannot recognize the truth behind

And the third obstacle is called Ignorance; ignorance of the fact that I am the only source of these three. I am the spring of ananda (extreme happiness), the embodiment of security. I am full of, I have abundance of Shanti. This fact, I am ignorant. Ignorance is the third layer. 

Therefore what is required; remove these three layers. 

Three layers by appropriate: sadhana.

Bhagavad Gita is knowledge, practice it is liberation.

Sadhana means any discipline or exercise.

You may call it spiritual exercise, spiritual discipline, you have to practice. to remove these three obstacles.

And each discipline is called a yoga.

Yoga means that which unites the seeker with the destination.

Yoga means that which unites the seeker.

Me, with what?

The destination called security, peace and happiness. Like when the treasure-hunter uses different instruments, each one is like yoga because when obstacles are removed, who is united with whom?

The treasure-hunter is united with the treasure. So the hunter treasure-union is caused by this and that one which causes the union is called the Yoga. 

The whole Ramayaṇa is compared to a spiritual journey. We have to use three different disciplines or yogas to recover the treasure; to claim my own treasure. 

Three different disciplines or yoga to recover the treasure

And the three yogas prescribed in the scriptures.

Karma Yoga : to remove the first layer of obstacle.

The second yoga is called Upasana yoga to remove the second layer of obstacle.

The third one is called Jnana yoga to remove the third layer. 

Karma Yogena mala nivrithi, you can understand these three Sanskrit sentences. 

These three yogas do not bring anything but it connects me to my own treasure. It helps me claim my own wealth.

Like some people die, without writing proper will, and for the other survivor, to claim the property; it is his own property, their own property, but you have to go through so many procedures, and ultimately, what do you get. You do not get money, you have claimed the money which has been already yours. you are claiming your birthright

Thus three yogas are prescribed.

Karma Yoga is a life style consisting of proper action and proper attitude. What do you mean proper action? Any action which will primarily contribute to the reduction of kamaḥ, krodhaḥ, lobhaḥ, mohaḥ; instead of increasing them. Any action which will help in the reduction of the impurities is called proper action. 

And proper attitude is the right attitude towards the action as well as the result of the action. A healthy attitude towards the action and its result which will help me grow through every experience. Healthy attitude is that which will help me.

The 3 Yoga mentioned in Bhagavad gita

Read, understand Bhagavad Gita and make your own opinion.

Proper action plus proper attitude is Karma Yoga. 

Karma Yoga removes the first layer of impurity.

Then the second yoga is upasana Yoga; which consists of different types of meditations, different forms of meditations will help in quietening the mind. The extrovert, turbulent, restless, outgoing, wandering, fidgety mind has to have some relaxation. A stress-free mind is the result of Upasana yoga.

Removal of impurity can be translated as attaining purity.

Upasana Yoga will lead to Vikṣepaḥ nivṛttiḥ. Removal of restlessness which can be positively presented as attaining the steadiness of the mind; instead of wandering, the mind is steady and calm

And then comes the third Yoga called: Jnana yoga.

It consists of enquiry into my real nature.

Do I require Peace from outside or is my very nature is peaceful?

Or am I the ever secure Aatma (soul) ?

Do I need happiness from outside or can I tap it from myself?

So Jnana yoga consists of self-enquiry, Self-analysis, atma vicaraḥ.

And if a person goes through Karma Yoga, Upasana Yogaḥ and Jnana Yoga, all these three layers are removed.

And there is no option in these three, because we have all these three layers; in fact very very thick; thick layers we have got. And therefore, to help us ingoing through these three yoga, and also discover the inner security, peace and happiness, our scriptures guide us and these wonderful scriptures who guide us are called the Vedas. 

What the purpose of Vedas?

The Vedas are these wonderful scriptures whose only aim is helping us to tap our own wealth. 

Veda means source of knowledge, and these Vedas are revelations from the Source itself. Vedas have down to us through the Riṣhis. Rishis are the receiving centers; just as we have transmission station and receiving station.

Source: Swami Paramathananda’s Bhagavad Gita, Lectures in Chennai

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