Thursday 11 July 2024

Summer

 Although the real heat has been conspicuous by its absence so far, it is after all summer and thus pitta time. Pitta is hot, sharp and intense. It controls all chemical transformations in our body, for example, in the muscles and digestive organs. In balance, pitta gives us energy, efficiency and success. An imbalance can instead make us irritated and short-tempered and give rise to various ailments.

To keep pitta in balance this summer:

• Eat at regular times, with lunch as the main meal. Never skip meals.

• Avoid red meat, alcohol, sweeteners, chemical additives in food and pungent spices. Mild spices such as cardamom, coriander and all herbs, on the other hand, are excellent.

• Drink plenty of water; room temperature is fine but never ice cold.

• Eat sweet, juicy fruits such as melons, pears, apples and grapes. Cooked apples and pears are especially good.

• Coconut is good for balancing pitta, so feel free to include coconut oil, coconut flakes, coconut water, etc., in your diet. Coconut oil is also suitable for sunburned skin. Freshly squeezed squash is also good for pitta skin and stomach, as are aloe vera juice and rose water.

• Now that the weather permits, take the opportunity to exercise outdoors in beautiful surroundings. Beautiful visual impressions are balancing for pitta.

• Meditate and do yoga to find your peace - preferably outdoors.

• Enjoy the bright summer evenings - but not for too long - it's good to get to bed early. Summer mornings can also be lovely.

• Try to drop all performance requirements. Laugh, play, relax and enjoy all the little joys in life.


Have a lovely summer.

Monday 13 May 2024

Taste

 Taste is a sense that we often don't consider important to health. We just think it's nice if the food tastes good. And that's it. And it is good for health to enjoy life, so it is also good for health that we enjoy food. But it is also essential in a more concrete way. When we feel the taste of the food, the body receives information about what the food contains and then prepares precisely the enzymes, etc., that are needed to take care of what is on its way. Therefore, it is vital that we always eat in peace and quiet with a complete focus on the food so that we really experience the taste. Put away mobile phones, computers, newspapers, television and anything else that might disturb you and instead fully enjoy what you eat.

Monday 11 March 2024

Kapha

 Now, the days are starting to get bright, and we have entered the part of the year which, according to Ayurveda, is dominated by kapha. Kapha is created by the elements of earth and water. It is, therefore, heavy, stable, cold and sluggish. It controls growth and expansion. So now, during the kapha period, nature wakes up from its winter rest, and everything grows. It is also a time for us to strengthen our bodies and minds. It is the time of year when we are at our strongest and, therefore, when it is easiest to train and strengthen our muscles. If we don't exercise, the growth can come in excess fat, waste products and mucus formation. To take advantage of the kapha period to become stronger and healthier, consider the following:

• Exercise. This is the time of year when we can exercise the hardest. Don't overdo it, but it doesn't hurt to press on a little bit sometimes, and it can also be fun and pleasant. We need training that strengthens the muscles (strength training), strengthens the circulatory system (running, cycling, etc.), and improves coordination and the connection between the body and mind (e.g., ball sports or dancing). Especially when we start getting older, it is essential to exercise, as the bone structure and muscles otherwise break down.

• Doing yoga is also very good for keeping muscles and joints flexible, cleansing the internal organs, managing stress and getting into balance. Maharishi Yoga Asanas, in particular, are ideal.

• Eat warm, cooked and not too heavy food. Don't overeat.

• Use lots of spices. All spices except salt are good for kapha.

• Never drink cold drinks, and certainly not with food. Drink warm instead.

• Avoid getting cold. Damp cold, in particular, is harmful to kapha.

• Get up early in the morning and enjoy the morning sun.

• Be active. Do what you think is fun and enjoy life. Dance, sing and play and don't take yourself too seriously.

Have a lovely spring!

Thursday 15 February 2024

 Samana vata is the third sub-dosha of vata. It has its seat in the intestines and is responsible for peristalsis, i.e. the movement of food through the intestinal system. As such, it is essential because digestion is one of the most crucial parts of our health. Imbalances in samana vata can cause constipation, diarrhoea, gas formation, bloated stomach and poor absorption of nutrients. In balance, it instead provides a smooth and fine movement through the intestines and well-functioning digestion. So how do you keep samana vata in balance? Here are some of the key points:

• Eat at regular times. The heaviest meal should be lunch in the middle of the day. Breakfast and evening meals should be lighter. One snack may be needed if you are hungry, but otherwise, never snack between meals!

• Do not overeat. Eat only until you are comfortably full, never until you are overfull.

• Always eat sitting calmly with complete focus on the food without doing anything else in the meantime - enjoy the food!

• Eat warm, well-cooked, mainly vegetarian food. Preferably avoid meat and reduce other hard-to-digest foods.

• Chew properly.

• Never drink cold drinks with food (and preferably not otherwise, either). Feel free to drink warm water with meals instead.

• Avoid stress before, during and after meals (preferably otherwise as well).

• Do not exercise or do anything else strenuous less than half an hour before meals and 2-4 hours after meals.

• On the other hand, feel free to go for a light walk after eating.

Good luck 😊

Tuesday 30 January 2024

10,000 for world peace

 I mentioned before Christmas that I would be participating in the big yoga and meditation event 10,000 for world peace in India for two weeks in connection with the New Year. It was an absolutely amazing experience. We actually had as many as 11,000 participants. About 7,000 were from India – mainly school students from schools where they practice Transcendental Meditation. The rest really came from all corners of the world. As many as 139 countries were represented. There were about twenty of us from Sweden. When all these people did the powerful TM-sidhi program together, an atmosphere was created that is absolutely indescribable. It was as if the entire area was a single field of vibrating, joyful consciousness. And even though there were some challenges in the housing situation, there was always incredible friendliness and positivity. It was as if negative thoughts could not really be thought in that atmosphere. We also got delicious mild Indian food and it was impressive how efficiently they managed to distribute it to all these people. During the meetings between the meditations, we were visited by many influential leaders in India. And everyone agreed on how important it is to create a permanent group like this so that we can have a continuous positive influence on the world and overcome the challenges our world faces. Because really, we can create a wonderful world for all people, if we can only raise the collective consciousness in the world.



Sunday 17 December 2023

Udana vata

 Udana vata is the second sub-dosha of vata. It is the ascending vata, whose main seat is in the neck region. It controls speech and the swallowing process. Through the thyroid gland, it also controls the metabolism and energy level in the body and through the parathyroid glands, it controls the mineral balance. If you haven't been allowed/couldn't/dared to say what you think and feel or if no one has listened to or cared, it often settles like a lump in the throat blocking udana vata. Imbalances in udana vata can cause speech problems, throat infections and hyper- or hypothyroidism, among other things. In balance, udana vata instead gives a clear and beautiful speech, a good energy level and the ability to balance minerals. Here are some tips to strengthen udana vata.

• Avoid cold and carbonated drinks.

• Always eat calmly and chew your food very thoroughly.

• Keep your neck warm - wear a warm woollen scarf in winter.

• Do calm and pleasant yoga. In particular, sarvang asana (shoulder stand), halasana (plough), bhujang asana (cobra) and simhasana (lion) are great poses for udana vata.

• Calm breathing techniques such as sukh pranayama and ujjayi breathing are also very beneficial.

• Try to almost always breathe only through the nose; it activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which makes us calmer. Breathing through the mouth activates the sympathetic nervous system, which makes us more stressed. Feel free to try taping your mouth at night; it can lead to a more restful sleep.

• Sing or read poems for others or just for yourself. Enjoy your voice; it's amazing that we can create so many different sounds.

• Try to be clear and communicate what and how you feel, especially to your loved ones. It's not easy; I know that too well, but do your best.

• Listen to your fellow human beings and really try to understand them - then you also help their udana vata.

Saturday 9 December 2023

Prana vata

 Prana vata is the first sub-dosha of vata. Vata is usually called "the leading dosha". Since it is the only mobile dosha, it is somehow involved in all movement and change in the body. Thus, it can lead the other doshas both in and out of balance, depending on how you live. Prana vata has the same function, so it is the leading sub-dosha. Prana means life force, and it is prana vata that spreads life in our bodies. Thus, it is also related to breathing. It has its seat in the head and controls the central nervous system. When the thoughts just spin in the head in an uncoordinated stream - then prana and vata are out of balance. But imbalances in prana vata can also cause sleep difficulties, headaches, worry, anxiety, neurological diseases, asthma and other diseases of the respiratory system etc. And in its role as the leading sub-dosha, prana vata is always somehow involved in all pain conditions and in the onset of all health problems – and in their healing. In balance, prana vata gives us enthusiasm, clear thinking, creativity, well-functioning minds and a generally healthy body. To keep prana in balance, it can be good to think about the following points:

• Meditate, especially TM, is good.

• Do calm, soothing yoga such as Maharishi Yoga Asanas with closed eyes and full attention to the body. Rest in the postures and enjoy them.

• Avoid stress. Be happy with what you have time for instead of worrying about what you don't have time for or rushing through the activities.

• Do oil massage, abhyanga, calm and focused.

• Avoid splitting the mind. Don't multitask; all research shows it's ineffective, so do one thing at a time.

• Go to bed early in the evenings.

• Avoid all screens in the evening. Also, try to reduce screen time in general, especially noisy and intense things.

• Hug those you care about. Loving body contact is prana vata's best friend.