According to Ayurveda, prana is our life energy that flows in the body in a large number, 72,000, energy channels - nadis. They also have special connection points where body, mind and consciousness meet and also where the connection between the individual and the cosmos is found. These points are called marma points. There are 107 such points, and together with the self, there are then 108. Three of these are overarching "mahamarmas": Sthapani in the forehead, Hridaya in the heart and Basti in the lower abdomen. Keeping the marma points healthy and robust is among the most important things one can do for good health. An excellent way to do that is to do yoga exercises. The original yoga exercises are designed to stimulate the marma points. So feel free to do yoga exercises calmly, quietly, without effort and with innocent attention to the body and how it feels.
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Vastu Vidhya or Sthapatya Veda is the ancient Vedic knowledge of how the forms and surroundings affect us and thus how we should construct and furnish buildings. Like much of Vedic knowledge, it has been revived and structured under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Our living environment affects us more than you might think. It is, of course, about having natural and life-promoting building materials. But also directions, proportions, location and positions are essential. Modern research confirms, for example, that our brain works differently depending on which direction we face. Some crucial points in Vastu Vidhya are as follows:
• All buildings should be aligned with the cardinal points. This is how they were built a long time ago, even in Sweden, and old churches, for example, are always right in relation to the cardinal points.
• The entrance to the building should be towards the east or north.
• The rooms in the houses should be positioned according to the sun's movements in the sky. Thus, for example, it is good to have the kitchen in the southeast because the sun is in the southeast in the morning, and that is when you should cook your main meal.
• Our bed should be oriented so that we sleep facing east or south and, above all, never facing north.
• On the other hand, sitting facing north or east is good when working.
You can use the last two pieces of advice in your current home as well. And you can keep the others in mind if you consider changing homes. The best thing is to get the help of an architect trained in Maharishi Vastu Vidhya and build a new house that fully follows all the principles and thus provides an optimal living environment.
Wednesday, 3 August 2022
Shelled mung beans - moong dhal - is a food that is held in very high regard in Ayurveda. They are very nutritious and contain, among other things, a lot of protein. At the same time, they are easy to digest and do not form gas. However, it is essential to choose organic beans as otherwise, they may have been exposed to a lot of pesticides. Like all legumes, they become more nutritious and easily digestible if you soak them overnight before use. If you boil one part of mung beans together with three parts of water for about 40 minutes and add spices and salt to taste, you get a tasty and healthy mash. Here is also a recipe for good and healthy dhal soup for four people:
Saute two teaspoons of vata, pitta or kapha churna (or garam masala or curry) and half a teaspoon of turmeric lightly in one tablespoon of ghee or olive oil. Add 1.1 litres of boiling water and 1.75 dl of mung beans. Cook for about 40 minutes. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and one to two tablespoons of dill towards the end of cooking. Mix with a stick blender. Have a nice meal!
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Today it is summer solstice, and soon, it will be midsummer. This means that we are in this year's pitta time. Pitta-dosha is formed by the elements fire and water. This means that it is hot, sharp, oily and intense. In the body, pitta controls all forms of conversion and energy production, for example, in digestion, in the muscles and in the cells. In balance, pitta provides energy, efficiency and success. Out of balance, it causes irritation and can lead to various ailments or diseases. It is therefore essential to balance pitta during the pitta period, especially if you have a lot of pitta in your constitution or if you have imbalances in pitta. To do this:
• Avoid stress. Try to be free as much as you can during the beautiful summer. Relax and enjoy life.
• Try not to have any deadlines. Deadlines can literally be deadly for a person with pitta out of balance.
• Exercise, but not too intense and competition-oriented. Exercise in a way that you find fun and enjoyable. Run in the beautiful forest, hike through nature and swim in lakes and seas.
• Do yoga and meditate - Transcendental Meditation, TM, has been shown to be particularly effective in providing rest, calm and balance.
• Enjoy all the beauty that is found in nature in the summer. Pitta is related to sight, so seeing beautiful views is especially conducive to pitta.
• Maintain regularity with food and sleep. Do not skip meals and try to get to bed in good time in the evenings.
• Do not eat too much hot and strong food. On the other hand, enjoy eating fresh, juicy vegetables and fruits such as cucumbers, melons and pears.
• Avoid alcohol.
• Try to be “cool” and not get annoyed if things are not or will not be as you intended. Breathe calmly through your nose and enjoy everything good in life instead of irritating yourself with things that are not.
• Spend time with people you like, be relaxed and natural, enjoy their company and give them your love.
Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Ayurveda recommends scratching your tongue in the morning, the first thing you do. During the night, ama, impurities or slag products are cleared out of the body, and some of them are excreted through the tongue. Therefore, it is good to scrape them off so that they do not go back into the body. In addition, you feel fresher. The tongue scraper should be made of metal, and copper is especially good.
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Mouth-pulling - rinsing the mouth with sesame oil is a very effective way to strengthen oral and palate health - and so easy. Just take a sip of sesame oil and gargle around with it in your mouth for a few minutes in the morning. You usually brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with water, but the deposits and impurities that you often release during the night are often not water-soluble but fat-soluble. Then the sesame oil can dissolve them, and you feel much fresher while your palate and teeth feel better.
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
In the last post, I mentioned ojas as something that can be created if the tissues are balanced. According to Ayurveda, ojas is the finest material substance available. It is on the border between matter and consciousness and is like the "lamp in the door" between them. Through ojas, the body's inner intelligence receives full flow in all parts, and all body parts are filled with joy, beauty and strength. How do you increase ojas in your life?
• The most crucial thing is strengthening your consciousness through yoga and meditation. Transcendental Meditation, in particular, directly enlivens pure consciousness, which is the primary way to create ojas.
• Eat life-enhancing foods - sattvic. It means easily digestible, organic and lacto-vegetarian. But just as important as what you eat is how you eat. Eat sitting down, in peace and quiet, alone or in pleasant company, focus on the food and do nothing else while eating. According to Ayurveda, it is also essential how one has earned the food and what mood the person who cooked it had - food cooked in love and care is the best.
• Avoid alcohol.
• Avoid stress.
• Go to bed early so that you get enough sleep.
• Many herbs/spices promote sattva and thus ojas, for example, cardamom, cumin, lemon balm, saffron, marjoram, mint, sage and thyme.
• Speak kindly - avoid swearing and harsh words.
• Spread love to your fellow human beings - and yourself ❤️