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Welcome 2018 with 3 traditional Ayurvedic Rituals.

In about a week, the world will bid adieu to a year that caused us much grief and growth. Here is how I am planning to prepare myself and my home to welcome a soul satisfying 2018.Clean my home for 15 minutes a day till New Year’s Eve It is a sad home that does not get spruced up for New Year in India. Whether it is a Maharani’s palace or a humble hovel in a sprawling city, cleaning is a big part of the end of the year winding [...]

Understanding the Impact of Modern-Day Stress & Effective Strategies to Enhance Resilience

In today's fast-paced world, it is very common for many people to feel as though they are drowning in a bottomless sea of deadlines, expectations, challenges and a long “to-do” list. Low energy levels and fatigue are a common complaint and negative mood states such as irritability or frustration can manifest easily under stress. Grabbing an afternoon energy bar or third cup of coffee is not an unusual way of getting a quick energy fix; unfortunately this is only a temporary solution to lagging energy or low mood. Over [...]

Triphala: Ancient formulation for a modern you

Triphala is a simple formulation that has been used since thousands of years for restoration, rejuvenation and balance. Traditionally prescribed as a mild laxative, there are lot more beneficial effects hidden within this traditional preparation for the up-to-date you. Triphala means 'the three fruits'. These three fruits are native to the Indian subcontinent. To understand it better, let us take a sneak peek into its three main ingredients - Amalki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki.Triphala – The three fruitsAmalki (Emblica officinalis): This fruit has cooling effect on the Pitta Dosha and [...]

The Power of Time

Everything in nature is governed by time - the tides by the moon's phases, the seasons by the earth's rotation. Even music and dance are to the beats of time. Ayurvedic wisdom teaches us that there are specific lifestyle rituals that keep us tuned with our time and with nature. The California College of Ayurveda states “There is a natural ebb and flow within the natural world, including within your own body and mind. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are energetic forces that govern the tides of your life, and [...]

Shukra Dhatu Urja Sexual Energy Transmutation (Vital for Accomplishment)

The desire for sexual expression is by far the strongest and most impelling of all the human emotions, and for this very reason this desire, when harnessed and transmuted into action, other than that of physical expression, may raise one to the status of a big achiever. Sexual transmutation is the attempt to transform sexual energy into creative energy. It is the transference of sexual energy into a physical act or a different emotion to avoid confrontation with the sexual urge. It is based on the idea that sexual [...]

Cleansing With Fire (Klesha Nashana Kriya)

We've all taken a wash with water before, but how about a fire wash? Here, Sadhguru offers insight into the elements of fire and space, and describes processes of cleansing one's body using fire. Sadhguru offers insight into the elements of fire and space, and describes processes of cleansing one's body using fire.Sadhguru: Have you noticed that when you have a shower – or a bath as we say in India –which is not a dip but involves water flowing over your body, if you pay attention, especially if [...]

Cleaning the Senses: The Eyes

Early every morning since before my birth, my mother goes to greet the sun. In every house, every land, she would find him—either from the verandah, atop the roof or outside on the grounds, yard or driveway. She would utter the mantra that greets the sun,om jaba-kusum shanka-shan kashyapeyammaha-dhyutim dhanta-warim sarvo-papagnapranatoshmi diva-karam ||Salutations to that, red as a hibiscus flower turning to white, pure as the saint Kashyapa, To that which is grand in shimmering brightness, which takes darkness away and annihilates all sins.  I give pranam to He [...]

The Power of Water

Sadhguru and Ed Begley, Jr. discuss the importance of keeping the elements cleansed for optimum health, longevity, psychological balance, and meditative possibilities.Ed Begley: The reverence and regard for the five elements in the Eastern cultures led to some very specific lifestyle choices for the citizens. Can you give us some specific examples of how that manifested itself for sleeping and eating and farming and parenting and … What are some specific examples of how they lived in sync with nature?Sadhguru: When you say five elements, these are the ingredients [...]

Pañcamahābhūta Chikitsā (Elemental Therapy)

“…there is nothing in the world which does not have therapeutic utility in appropriate conditions and situations.”-Charaka Samhita, Sutrasthana, 26/12Through the grace and wisdom of sāṃkhya philosophy, Āyurveda teaches us that it is by the cosmic dance of puruṣa (consciousness) and prakṛti (matter), and further beyond the projected lens of individualized intelligence and ego, that creation is both manifested and experienced. The seer (individual), seeing (action) and seen (objectivity) are experienced through the pañcamahābhūtas, or five great elements.According to their clinical levels of expertise, Ayurvedic practitioners are taught to [...]

Guduchi – The Immune Modulator

If there is one Ayurvedic herb that displays immune, anti-inflammatory properties as well as serves as a tissue tonic, it is Guduchi; latin name Tinospora Cordifolia. Often referred to as ‘Amruta’ or divine nectar, Guduchi is one of the most powerful herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacy.There is an interesting story, how this wonderful herb originated on the earth as mentioned in BhavaprakashNighantu. The Asura (demon) King Ravana, the King of Lanka, abducted Sita, the wife of Lord Rama and carried her to his kingdom of Lanka. Lord Rama, accompanied [...]