Mudra: The Sacred Secret to Draw Energy & Bliss From Within | Indu Arora #087

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The ancient Vedic science of mudras is one that I’ve been inclined to explore for some time now. 
Mudras are much more than mere positions of hands or body parts that one can use to evoke a feeling or state of mind during meditation or yoga.
They are intricate and deeply significant “body holds” that allow us to draw forth different energies from within ourSelves that ultimately lead us to our natural & innate state of bliss (sat chit ananda).
For this episode I had the absolute pleasure to converse with Indu Arora. She is a powerful yogini and Ayurvedic Practitioner who has extensively studied and written about this ancient science of mudras. 
Get ready to explore with us a different and fresh side to Yoga; a side that is very rarely explained and presented in such a graceful, thorough & accessible manner.

About our guest: Indu Arora

Indu Arora is a student for lifetime.
She shares the Yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom which brings simplicity to our complex lives.
Indu is an author and public speaker who has been sharing simple, effective, practical, grounded ways of living life through Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Meditation and Ayurveda since 1999 and she is going to do that for the rest of her life.
Indu Arora

In this Episode we Discuss:

Daily Contemplation or “Atma Vichara”

Atma Vichara is a yogic practice rooted in ancient yogic scriptures, and is also known as “ātma tattva avalokanam”.
  • It consists of the idea of being in touch with the essence or substance of the Self or ātma
Practicing atma vichara is a powerful daily practice that not only grounds the Self, but also creates space for sustainable spiritual & emotional growth and self-accountability. 

The Name “Indu” & It’s Relationship with The Moon

The letter “i” represents shakti - divine feminine energy in the cosmos. 
The word “Indu” means “moon” 🌕 - the calming & soothing energy of the moon. 
Other names for the moon are Soma (alluding to the divine nectar of the moon) and Chandra (alluding to its bright and glittering light). 

An Introduction To Mudras

Mudra
Mud - mudita = delight.
dra = draw forth.
“That which draws forth from within the natural state of bliss or delight. It is a becoming.”
Mudra is a state of mind expressed through the body. Every time we practice a mudra we are opening up that pathway for the mind to become that. 
Whenever there is an energy that takes the form of a shape or sound, that is a mudra.
  • Any asana, kriya, mantra chanting or even sitting in meditation is a mudra. 
Every mudra leaves a unique signature on the breath. 
There are many types of mudras: eye mudras, hand mudras, mouth mudras, sound mudras, internal mudras, full body mudras (asanas). 
  • Hand mudras are just the beginning of mudras, much like asanas are just the beginning of yoga.

What Exactly Makes a Mudra

In short: awareness & understanding. 
Any expression of energy can be a mudra, as long as there is awareness being directed to the source energy. All asanas can be a mudra, but not all are. 
  • If you are practicing them robotically without bringing awareness to the underlying energy of that posture, then you are not doing a mudra, just exercise. 
To become mudra, there first needs to be deep awareness, followed by bhavna (sentiment or emotion) & sankalpa (intention). 

The Gyan Mudra (Meditation Mudra or Wisdom Seal)

Probably the most well known mudra of all. 
This mudra represents the totality of samkhya darshan (the philosophy of duality). 
  • Samkhya states that the human experience is constituted by two independent ultimate principles: puruṣa ('consciousness' or spirit/soul); and prakṛti (cognition, mind and emotion, also known as nature or matter)
The three extended fingers represent the three maha gunas (sattva, rajas & tamas), the three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), the three states of consciousness (awake, dream & dreamless sleep) and the bondage of time (past, present and future).
The index finger represents the prakṛti and the thumb represents the puruṣa
  • When the index finger (prakṛti) moves towards the thumb (puruṣa) for yoga (unity or union) we are beyond all of these sets of three. We are in (or moving towards) the field of transcendence.

How To Properly Approach Mudras

The Importance of Eating With Your Hands

It is the natural way of humans to eat with our hands. 
  • When babies are born their natural tendency is to eat with their hands using the pincer hold. 
Then we are taught otherwise by our parents and told what is civilized and what isn’t.
  • The same thing applies to many other natural (and healthy) tendencies of the body - we hold our flatulences, our need to urinate, our need to burp, we sometimes even apologize after sneezing! All in the name of being more “civilized” or conforming to certain societal norms. 
In Ayurveda we say that you should not suppress any natural urge. 
Eating with one’s hands allows for a full sensory experience that unquestionably leads to satisfaction and contentment.  
When you eat with your hands, you bring all of your fingers together to hold a piece of food - this is in itself a mudra called samana mudra.
  • This mudra enhances digestion and assimilation of food, by means of the samana prana
The five fingers also represent the 5 elements or mahā bhūtas (fire, water, earth, ether & air).
The thumb represents fire 🔥, the pinky represents water💧, the ring finger represents earth 🪨, the middle finger represents space ✨ and the index represents air 💨.
When using all 5 fingers, you are sending a message to your body saying: “may whatever it is that I’m eating bring balance to the 5 mahā bhūtas (and the three doṣas) that reside within me”.

To learn more on this topic read Drop the Utensils, rather: Eat With Your Hands!

The Namaste Mudra

It is done by bringing together the palms of both hands with the fingers all close to each other. 
  • Represents the duality of ida & pingala, of opposing points, with an intent of gentle gratitude, surrender & appreciation.
There are many forms of the namaste mudra:
  • When we’re keeping our hands in front of the chest we’re recognizing the other being with our heart. 
  • When under the nostrils, that is us doing namaskar to our own prana (life-force).
  • When we keep them in front of the forehead, that is something we do in front of teachers or gurus

Recommended Mudras to Practice At Home

  1. Samana mudra to enhance digestion of food
  2. Gyan mudra to bring balance to the body and allow for greater transcendence
  3. Namaste mudra to bring gratitude and humbleness into our consciousness.

Resources

Indu's Website HERE

Indu's Instagram (@induaroraHERE

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Kidney Vigor, UTIs & Urinary Health | Dylan Smith #086

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The kidneys and urinary tract are two underestimated and often neglected organ systems that can easily lead to uncomfortable & painful states of illness in the body. 
The kidneys main task, other than regulating the fluids, is to cleanse and purify our blood of any toxins and waste that would otherwise perpetuate disease in the body. 
Just down the ureter road, Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are one of the most common afflictions of modern times, especially for women.
When UTIs are left untreated at the root level and only alleviated short-term with drugs like anti-biotics, that person can easily and sometimes severely endure damaged renal (kidney) function.
On this podcast episode, we dive into the ins and outs of kidney function & how to optimise it, along with the Ayurvedic View on UTIs and how to both prevent and help this common infectious disease. 

Our podcast and articles are for educational purposes only. They are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. After all, everyone is uniquely different we need to assess your unique physiology and provide you with a personalised plan to help balance and homeostasis.

Please book a consultation to help clear the channels so everything flows more smoothly and comfortable while imbuing you with the vitality that is available from your reproductive organs, urinary system and kidneys.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Kidneys: Importance & Optimising Their Function

Kidneys - very important organs outside of their function of regulating fluid retention.
Perhaps the most important organ in the body.
There are two kidneys, each about the size of a fist, located on either side of the spine at the lowest level of the rib cage
The kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:
  • remove waste products from the body
  • remove drugs from the body
  • balance the body's fluids
  • release hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • produce an active form of vitamin D 
  • control the production of red blood cells
Weak Kidneys Correlate with Digestive System
It is a complex mechanism because it filters everything we eat and drink.
Digestive strength determines the load on the kidneys. Especially cold drinks and cold food will put more strain on kidneys.
Avoid pain killers, certain medicines.

UTI Symptoms & Causes

Women are more prone to UTIs because of their exposed genitals and shorter urethra.
If you're a woman, there's a 50% chance you will end up with this condition.
More than 90% of all UTIs are caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli). Problems only arise when this ordinary bacterium is present in high numbers in places where it shouldn't be—like your urinary system.
Symptoms (Rupa):
  • Burning urination
  • Frequent urges to urinate
  • Lower abdominal pain or aching.
  • Blood in your urine (sometimes, but not always).
  • Cloudy urine.
Causes:
  • Water Intake - A lot of water gives pressure on kidney. Only drink according to thirst.
  • Suppresses urinary urge.
  • Not emptying the bladder fully. Take your time.
  • Squatting
  • Bacteria.
  • Improper sugar metabolisms, eating excess sweets. Udakava srota. 
  • More
Udakavaha Srotas – Channels carrying water and controlling water metabolism. 
Mula (root, chief seat, organs): Palate and kloma (includes pancreas, some acharyas say lungs).
Gets vitiated by:
  • Due to ama
  • Fear
  • Paana - Excess alcohol
  • Hot and dry foods
  • Exposure to heat (Caraka)
  • Astringent foods
  • Suppression of the urges (Adharaniya vegas)
  • Abnormalities: Ati trsna (excessive thirst), dryness of mouth, ringing in the ears and feeling darkness before the eyes, unconsciousness.
  • Management of abnormalities: similar to that of trsna roga.(16)  
4 Types of Srotadusti:
  1. Atipravrtti (excess functioning/hyper activity). 
  2. Sanga (obstruction, inadequate activity, hypo-activity).
  3. Siragranthi (tumours, swelling, new growths)
  4. Vimarga gamana (movement in the wrong or unusual direction or channel).(35) – Diversion of the flow of contents to improper channels, e.g. faeces through urinary tract.

UTI Treatments

Sitz Bath for UTI: Turmeric + 4-5 shodana
Solutions:
  • UTI Tea: 1tsp Coriander seed + 1/2tsp cumin seed + 1-2tsp barley - boil in 1-2 cups of water for 20 mins and then sip. Take for 2-3 days to get rid of symptoms. After get rid of symptoms take for another 1-3 days.
  • Neeri (Nee Urinary)
  • Sugar cane juice can release pressure on kidneys but not great.
  • Pranayama = oxygenation of blood improves kidney function. 
  • Foods: parsley, horseradish, celery seeds.
  • Antibiotics should be your last choice.
  • Hygiene - Showers instead of bath. Cleanse after going to the toilet.
  • Wipe from front to back, rather than back to front.
  • Sitz Bath for UTI: Turmeric + 4-5 crushed Shodana Vati Tablets
  • After sexual intercourse, fully empty bladder. - as much as you want to hold your lover.
  • Use natural organic feminine hygiene products.
  • Cranberry fruit, Saw Palmetto, African plum.

Prostate Health and Care in Men

Prostate Health
In US 1 in 8 men have prostate cancer. Second to skin cancer, most common cancer in American man.
- https://www.cancer.org/content/dam/CRC/PDF/Public/8793.00.pdf
According to ayurveda, it is more likely to be pitta men who develop prostate cancer.
Do self-abhyanga every day to reduce the odds of developing this form of cancer. It also increases the chances of early screening.
Don’t keep your phone in your pocket.
Prostate Calculus (Stones) - Sukra Ashmiri
When you retain semen and suppress the vega, the semen stays there and with mainly vata and pitta but also kapha, it turns to sandy condition - sikata.
Then if it stays like that for a long time it becomes calcification (Shukra Bhashmadi) - this can cause calcification in deeper areas like the prostate.
Vata obstructs and dries, and the pitta dries it up fast (pitta eliminates in semen).

The Ayurvedic View on Vasectomies

All the srotas are connected to mulam mahasrotas (alimentary canal).  It’s a circle. If you cut, you cut the circle - the intelligence over there. 
Other aspects of sukra will become weaker. 

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EMF EXPANDED: Geo-Electric & Human Generated Radiation | Gerard Bini #085

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Awareness of Electro-Magnetic Fields (EMF) is increasing.
People are becoming more conscious about the frequencies emitted from technological devices like phones, WiFi, computers, cell-phone towers, smart meters etc.
But underneath these superficial frequencies emitted from man-made devices emits over 30 different types of harmful EMR fields in our homes and workplaces including Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), Earth Radiation (Geopathic Stress), Bioplasmic Radiation (Human Generated) and Solar and Planetary Radiation imprints.
This episode with explores the subtle and powerful types of EMR and EMF thatḥumans are exposed to, and that you may have never even considered.  
Health Practitoner Dylan Smith interviews Gerard Bini, the foremost Australian expert in the development of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) harmonizing products, as they reveal these 
“hidden frequency fields” and how to mitigate them.

About our guest: Gerard Bini

Gerard Bini, founder of Orgone Effects Australia and the foremost Australian expert in the development of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) harmonizing products, is a well-respected and internationally renowned Intuitive Building Biologist with 21 years' experience and research into EMF beyond the normal.
Gerard has acute intuitive senses that have been honed over many years of practice.
Intuitive processes fully involves scientific protocols of multiple testing, double blind testing, surveys of experiments to track and neutralize different types of EMF fields to produce, over time, statistical data to back up the results of whatever we are testing. Not just an ‘in my own mind it works’ attitude.
Gerard Bini
It is the knowledge base of Gerard Bini, an Intuitive Building Biologist and EMF Consultant, with his advanced intuitive energy reading and dowsing skills developed over many years, that all contribute to the uniqueness and outstanding performance of all Orgone Effects® products, which are sold in over 20 countries around the world.

In this Episode we Discuss:

Measuring Solar Wind Speed

The solar wind is a stream of charged particles released from the upper atmosphere of the Sun, called the corona. This plasma mostly consists of electrons, protons and alpha particles with kinetic energy between 0.5 and 10 keV.
Gerard checks spaceweather.com not only first thing in the morning but multiple times a day. 
Very high/strong solar winds generate a geoelectric current through the ground of the earth, which is then radiated up out of the ground. 
  • Strong solar wind speeds = 500km/second and upward.
    • Generates geo-electric current throughout the ground of the earth. can be 1.5m - 15m up the ground.
  • This radiation can cause a huge amount of geopathic stress in the body 
    • Geopathic stress happens when energies emanating from the earth cause ill health in human beings. 
Certain planetary arrangements like retrogrades can also lead to severe spikes in cosmic radiation, which has an impact on our physiologies. 

Human Generated Radiation Imprints

When someone dies in a state of distress they will always leave a positively charged bioplasmic imprint. 
Yogis that die by attaining maha samadhi only leave negatively charged bioplasmic imprints. 
When you measure the energies in the crypts of ancient civilizations like native Australian tribes, you find that the energy is very harmonious and negatively charged.
On the contrary, when going to the local cemetery, the energies tend to be very positive and abrasive. 

How to Measure The Radiations Accurately

Gerard is very fond of the Biotensor tool, which allows him to measure the Bio-field of a certain area. 

He has mastered the discernment to intuitively look at a property and its surroundings and have an accurate feel of the bio-field of the land. 

Negative charges tend to be beneficial for humans and positive charges tend to be more inflammatory and act in detriment to our health.

The Effects of Radiation in The Human Physiology

The Human Generated bioplasmic imprint left by previous land owners of a property can affect someone who is moving into a new house. 
  • E.g. If a previous land owner had a chronic disease, the whole house but particularly the sleeping area will be charged with his/her bioplasmic imprint. If the new bed is placed in the same place, that imprint can affect the new owner and promote the emergence of the same disease in their own body. 
There are hebenefitial geoelectric currents called Ley Lines. 
In general terms, bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, seas & the ocean have negative charges that can be beneficial for humans. 
  • If the solar winds are too high, these charges can be knocked down and turned positive (detrimental). 
Fissure / water veins - affects the body via stress.
Creates a kinetic energy charge and a radiation field roughly about 4m wide.

How Ancient Cultures Harmonised Geo-Electric Stressors

Harmonisers of different types have been around for thousands of years. 
In Autobiography of a Yogi, Sri Yukteswar gives Yogananda an astrological bracelet made of copper silver and gold which is a very well known form of a harmoniser. 
Mantra chanting can also chant as a harmoniser because it can produce a negative or positive charge that can help cancel out other frequencies. 
Smoking ceremonies done by native indigenous tribes also act as harmonisers. 

Building Biology

Building biology is the science that investigates the health hazards in any built environment. 
Mold, technological infrastructure, geopathic stress & 5G exposure are some of the most pressing issues that most buildings face. 
Streetlights and their devastating relationship with 5G. 

EMF Blocking Technology

It’s a very amateur Industry where a lot of production is being made without having proper science to back up the products. 
Marketers are exploiting the market and putting as many products out there as possible and they are not effective. 
Gerard started producing harmonisers almost 20 years ago and has refined the technology immensely to produce state-of-the-art harmonisers. 
The Effect of Electronic Watches
They are pumping EMF straight into your bloodstream.

Being Conscious and Aware vs. Fearing EMF

It’s not a matter of falling into despair or becoming paranoid or fearful for these frequencies. That will only increase their detriment to your life. 
It is more a matter of understanding and becoming aware  so that we can take appropriate action to reduce their impact on our daily lives.

Resources

Gerard’s website - Orgone Effects Australia - HERE

Orgone Effects Australia’s Instagram (@orgoneeffectsaustralia) HERE

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Bio-tensor - a traditional tool used by building biologists to show the charge of a field.

Related Episodes:

EMF, 5G & Building Biology | Nicole Bijlsma #019

Mould: The Hidden Stealth Fungi You Need To Know About | Dr. Jill Crista #030


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Heavy Metals, Minerals and Bhasma in Ayurvedic Herbology and Herbal Products (3rd Biggest Myth In Ayurveda) | Dylan Smith #084

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When ancient wisdom gets popular, confusion and misunderstanding tends to arise within.
The essence and authenticity tends to blur, and this has happened with the knowledge of Ayurveda - the Sacred Science of Healing and Higher Consciousness.
Ayurvedic practitioner and educator Dylan Smith, known for his authenticity and devoted role to keeping the purity of Ayurveda alive and thriving, dispels the 3 Biggest Myths of Ayurvedic medicine.
These MYTHS are:
  1. “You have to be vegetarian” according to Ayurveda - or even that “Vegetarian is the best diet.”
  2. “Onion and garlic are prohibited”.
  3. “Ayurvedic medicines are commonly contaminated with heavy metals.”

In this Episode we Discuss:

Bhasmas: The Root Of This Myth

Ayurvedic practitioners not only prescribe herbs & foods but also purified minerals. 
One of the aspects of Ayurvedic Herbology is mainly centered around bhasmas - highly purified metallic & mineral preparations. 
  • If the purification is done the right way, Ayurveda says taking them is not only safe, but they can have very powerful medicinal & healing effects

The Importance of Metal Purification For Ayurvedic Compositions

The Ayurvedic purification process is known in Sanskrit as shodana samskara
If the purification process of the metals is not done right, there can be detrimental effects caused by these formulas. 
Getting your formulas from reliable sources is of utmost importance, especially when it comes to formulas that contain bhasmas.

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Hollywood to the Himalayas: Deeper Connections & Euphoric Love | Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati #082

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Sometimes, the commitment and joy associated with the path of liberation or enlightenment is so strongly rooted in Absolute Stillness that the seeker may become what is know as a “sanyasi” or renunciant.

By taking vows of renunciation, one fully and wholeheartedly commits to commune with all of creation in a loving and intimate manner.

While the path of a renunciant (sanyasi) is less common and generally less relevant than the path of a householder (gṛhasthī), there’s a lot we can learn from surrendering ego and desires, and there’s a lot we can learn from this episode's very special guest: best-selling author, Himalayan yogi, renunciant & social activist, Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati.

Based on the banks of the Himālayas in Rishikesh, India, but originally born in LA, California, Sadhviji renounced her life in the West at age 29 after a career at Stanford University and has now become one of the premier female authorities in the Yoga-Vedantic tradition in the world.

Her wisdom and light exude from her as she elevates us with stories and insights on how to find purpose in life & how to live in harmony with our Selves and the world that surrounds us.

About our guest: Sadhvi Baghawati Saraswati

Sadhviji is a renowned spiritual leader and motivational speaker, based in Rishikesh, India. Originally from Los Angeles, California, and a graduate of Stanford University, Sadhviji has lived on the banks of the sacred Ganga river, in the lap of the Himalayas for nearly 25 years engaged in spiritual service, wisdom teaching, sacred action, and deep spiritual practice.
At Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, where she lives most of the year, she gives daily spiritual discourses (satsang), teaches meditation, provides spiritual counselling and mentoring, and oversees myriad charitable and humanitarian projects and activities.
She is President of Divine Shakti Foundation, a charitable organisation bringing education and empowerment to women and children.
She is Secretary-General of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, the first alliance of religious leaders for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

In this Episode we Discuss:

The Meaning of The Name: Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati

Sadhvi - renunciant (the female form of the word “Sadhu”)
Bhagawati - divine mother
Saraswati - the goddess of creation, wisdom & music. It is also a signature of her lineage (Shankaracharya tradition).

Doing a PhD in Stanford and Leaving to India

She was seeking something different, something that resonated with the strict vegetarian lifestyle she was living. 
Experiencing major consciousness shifts while in India and tuning into a higher calling - her true dharma

Becoming A Sanyasi (Renunciant)

What motivated her to take vows of renunciation.
Her view on materialism and the mainstream path re-enforced by capitalism.
How celibacy and renunciation impacted her life and why she continues to keep her vows.

Spirituality and The Importance of Having a Spiritual Practice

How spirituality enhances our lives and helps us feel more fulfilled and blissful. 

Ganga Devi (a.k.a. The Ganges River)

The story of Ganga explains how she was a goddess, long before she became embodied in the river that we today know as Ganges. 
She came down from heaven onto earth to bring about liberation. 

Our Relationship to Nature and Ecology

The decrepit state of affairs of the ecology in India.
Sadhviji’s ecological start-ups. 
How us as humans have a serious responsibility to maintain and take care of nature, the source of all life.

Resources

Sadhviji's Website HERE

Sadhviji's Instagram (@sadhviji) HERE


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The Ayurvedic View, Medicinal Qualities and Risks of Onion & Garlic (2nd Biggest Myth Of Ayurveda) | Dylan Smith #082

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When ancient wisdom gets popular, confusion and misunderstanding tends to arise within.
The essence and authenticity tends to blur, and this has happened with the knowledge of Ayurveda - the Sacred Science of Healing and Higher Consciousness.
Ayurvedic practitioner and educator Dylan Smith, known for his authenticity and devoted role to keeping the purity of Ayurveda alive and thriving, dispels the 3 Biggest Myths of Ayurvedic medicine.
These MYTHS are:
  1. “You have to be vegetarian” according to Ayurveda - or even that “Vegetarian is the best diet.”
  2. “Onion and garlic are prohibited”.
  3. “Ayurvedic medicines are commonly contaminated with heavy metals.”

In this Episode we Discuss:

The Principle of The Three Gunas

The three maha gunas (great qualities) are: 
  • Sattva: purity, harmonious, creative & virtuous. 
  • Rajas: passion, acceleration, agitation. 
  • Tamas: trapped light, inertia. 

The Emergence of This Myth Being Rooted in The Realm of Yoga

Yogis and Brahmacharis typically avoid onion and garlic in their food because they are high on the rajas guna
  • They stimulate the nervous system and can possibly lead one to break bows of austerity like celibacy or brahmacharya which require the enlivening of the sattva guna instead of rajas

How to Purify Onion and Garlic to Facilitate Digestion & Reduce The Rajas Guna

It is very important to purify these foods in order to make it easier for your body to digest them, and to also enliven the sattva and simultaneously reduce the rajasic qualities in them. 
Purifying garlic: 
  1. Take out the inner green sprout (in GMO Garlic it tends to either be white or indistinguishable) and discard it. 
  2. Fry the garlic in ghee
Purifying onion: 
  1. Remove the skin from each side of the layers. 
  2. Fry it in ghee. 

The Medicinal Qualities of Garlic

Garlic is a very powerful medicine in Ayurveda, prized as a rasayana (literally meaning “that which spreads the elixir of life [rasa]” or anti-aging elixir). 
  • In India, they even call garlic “poor man’s gold”. 
Garlic is good for boosting immunity, fever, sore throats, asthma, various heart conditions and acts as a powerful blood purifier. 
When experiencing a cough/cold: garlic with chili powder and rise is a recommended food. 
It is used in the patra poultice treatment (Ayurvedic massage with boluses of herbs that help with joint pain and various other conditions). 
  • To learn more about this treatment click HERE.
According to the Aṣṭāṅgasaṅgraha of Vagbhata Sutrasthana (Ch.7), garlic is good for:
  • Heart and hairs
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Unctuous
  • Improves taste and digestion
  • Helps unions and/or fractures
  • Gives strength
  • Vitiates blood and pitta (caution here!)
  • Cures lucademia, leprosy and other skin diseases
  • Abdominal tumors, hemorrhoids and diabetes
  • Worms
  • Diseases caused by kapha and vata
  • Hiccups
  • Nasal cataracts
  • Dyspnea and cough
  • Rejuvenates the body 
A very rare feature of garlic is that it has all 5 out of the 6 tastes. 
  • Sweet
  • Salty
  • Bitter
  • Pungent
  • Astringent
Using the gunas (qualities) of garlic to heal certain imbalances in the body.

The Medicinal Qualities of Onion

Onion is cooling
It pacifies pitta when it’s cooked because it turns from pungent (raw) to sweet (cooked). 
Onion gives you energy and enlivens healing when the body feels drained. 
Onion acts as a breast milk purifier & increases sperm count in semen. 
Onion is an aphrodisiac and invigorates strength in the body. 
Good for the respiratory system: congestions and colds. 
Good for nausea.
Good for nose bleeds: cut an onion in half and give it a good sniff. 
It has a sweet post-digestive effect which is very nourishing for the body. 
Great for pitta and kapha

Why Onion And Garlic Tend to be Hard to Digest & How to Amend That

They have certain carbohydrates called fructans.
These fructans react with the gut’s flora and produce gas & bloating. 
Onions also happen to be really high in sulfurous compounds. Sulfur tends to smell quite bad, so it stands to reason that any ‘byproduct’, released as these compounds are digested, will smell quite bad too. 
Onions contain a natural sugar called fructose. Like raffinose and sorbitol, fructose contributes to gas when bacteria in the intestines break it down.
The key to solving “intolerances” to these foods is to improve your digestion. You are not really intolerant to anything! It simply is a matter of teaching your body to digest a certain food! 
  • To learn more on how to enhance your nutrition with Ayurvedic principles you can check out our Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition course.
  • If you are interested in overcoming a specific “food intolerance” you can book a consultation with Dylan HERE
  • To read more about overcoming food intolerances check out our article: "How to Overcome Food Intolerances".

Resources

The Essence of Ayurvedic Nutrition -  Online Course

Aṣṭāṅgasaṅgraha of Vagbhata Sutrasthana (Ch.7)


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Creating Your Own Reality & Reprogramming the Subconscious Mind | Bruce Lipton #081

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Understanding that our bodies are energy and emit energy is a foundational fact in reclaiming our state of perfect health.
Health that not only resides within the boundaries of our own clothed bags of flesh and bone, but health that is simultaneously dependent on the reality of the environment that surrounds us.
Internationally recognised leader in bridging science and spirit, stem cell biologist, bestselling author and recipient of the Goi Peace Award, Dr. Bruce Lipton has the outstanding capacity to break down the relationship between the health of our body, spiritual Self, and our surrounding environment.
Learn how to powerfully influence the reality that you experience. It is truly one of the most empowering abilities that one can pursue.
Dive deep into the journey of re-discovery and come out the other end with the tools and wisdom to take a grip on your own reality and better life for yourself and those around you.

About our guest: Bruce Lipton

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, he has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences.
Bruce Lipton

In this Episode we Discuss:

Re-Conceiving The Concept of Self

Understanding ourselves not as humans trying to have a spiritual experience, but as spiritual beings having a human experience. 

The analogy of the screen: our bodies and minds act as T.V. Screens that display the broadcast that our souls emit. When the T.V. perishes, the broadcast certainly doesn’t die with it, these are two separate things. 

Even on the surface cellular level, there is an indistinguishable self that is expressed in the form of “Self Receptors” which act as cellular ‘antennas downloading a signal’.

  • The cells in each person’s body have a distinguishable set of different Self Receptors. 
  • There was an experiment done where it was proven that cells remain connected to their original host even after being separated from 100 miles. The cells were harvested and put into a petri dish, then taken 100 miles away from the subject. When the subject was subjected to emotional stimuli which triggered a certain response, the cells that were 100 miles away activated in their electrical activity. 
    • The cells still have the same ‘antennas’ as the cells in your body, and the ‘broadcast’ is not coming from the host body but from the soul/spirit, thus they are still receiving that signal.

The Relationship Between One’s Consciousness & Disease In The Body

“The field is the sole governing agent of matter” - Albert Einstein. 

It is not our genes that trigger or even predispose us to have certain diseases (e.g. cancer), but it is our energy field (our consciousness) and the environment that that field creates around us that leads to the disease.  

An MEG (Magnetic Encephalogram) machine allows scientists and doctors to map brain activity from outside your body, by recording the magnetic fields produced by the electrical currents in your brain (your consciousness). 

  • Since your consciousness generates the electromagnetic field, which in turn is the governing agent of matter, it is your thoughts that condition the material reality that you are experiencing. 

It is fundamental to understand that we (our mind & our spirit) are the creators of absolutely everything that becomes manifest in our lives, be it good or bad, be it health or disease.

The Conscious & Unconscious Mind

The conscious mind is the one that engages in creation & novelty, in broadening and expanding our boundaries. 
The unconscious mind is the one that engages in habitual action, the auto-pilot that allows for base-line functioning & survival. 
Studies indicate that for the average person, 95% of the day is spent engaging the world through the unconscious mind (habitual actions & conditioned thinking). 
  • For this reason it is that even though we might have good ideas while engaging in conscious thinking, they don’t end up translating to reality. 
The unconscious mind starts to be developed during the last trimester of pregnancy, even before one is born, and it is mostly (not entirely) developed during the first 7 years of life. 
  • An infant is constantly ‘downloading’ or imprinting the behaviors and thought patterns of the surrounding environment. 
  • Then it gently starts to move deeper into conscious creation.
The problem with unconscious thinking is that, on average, the thought patterns that govern that area of the mind tend to be disempowering, self-sabotaging and limiting. And 95% of your time & energy is greatly conditioned by those thought patterns!

Genetics & Epigenetics and Their Relationship With Our Health

Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.

Our genes don’t trigger or cause disease, it is our reality & environment which triggers the disease. 

Genes are merely a blueprint for the proteins that make up our tissues. But blueprints cannot be turned on and off, blueprints can only be read. And what reads the blueprint? The mind! Our state of consciousness alters the readout (expression) of our genetics.

A 2016 peer-reviewed study in the Nature Medicine Journal showed that 90% of cancers are environment and lifestyle related and not linked to genetics. 

The Importance of Preconception Practices

Ancient cultures demanded that before approaching the reproduction of offspring (sometimes even before marriage), the two partners cleared their consciousness & bodies of the negative characters acquired during this lifetime. 
  • The point is to make sure that the seeds (that will eventually develop into a human being that will live for many centuries) is the purest and cleanest it can possibly be. 
  • To make the blueprint for that human being the cleanest and purest to allow for the best possible epigenetic readout and so that our own samskaras (impressions caused by our past actions) don’t pass down to him/her.

How To Override The Subconscious Mind

There are three ways:
  1. Bring the mind to less excited states of consciousness, below the subconscious level, and allow for your body to process, assimilate and let go of the thought patterns that are no longer of use to you. This can surely be attained by means of meditation, and possibly by means of hypnosis or self-hypnosis. 
    • You can find a Vedic Meditation teacher near you HERE
  1. Practicing the repetition of new behaviors and/or thoughts
    • The subconscious is all about habits, and habits are only established when there has been a long-lasting repetition of a certain behavior or thought. 
    • Do or say something over and over, every day, for a long-lasting period of time, and that will surely become a part of your reality for life. 
  1. Energy psychology.
    • This is a new frontier of psychology that engages “super-learning”. 

Resources

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Biggest Myth in Ayurveda: Be Vegetarian | The Ayurvedic View on Meat | Dylan Smith #080

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When ancient wisdom gets popular, confusion and misunderstanding tends to arise within.
The essence and authenticity tends to blur, and this has happened with the knowledge of Ayurveda - the Sacred Science of Healing and Higher Consciousness.
Ayurvedic practitioner and educator Dylan Smith, known for his authenticity and devoted role to keeping the purity of Ayurveda alive and thriving, dispels the 3 Biggest Myths of Ayurvedic medicine.
These MYTHS are:
  1. “You have to be vegetarian” according to Ayurveda - or even that “Vegetarian is the best diet.”
  2. “Onion and garlic are prohibited”.
  3. “Ayurvedic medicines are commonly contaminated with heavy metals.”

In this Episode we Discuss:

Ayurvedic Principles and How They Are Being Taught In Modern Days

Not eating meat is not a part of the Ayurvedic principles.

The Ayurvedic Qualities (Gunas) of Meat

Meat is generally considered to have two gunas: rajas (stimulating, agitating) and tamas (trapped light, inertia). 
Meat is a heavy-to-digest food.

The Ayurvedic Perspective on Meat Eating

Meat being approached as medicine in Ayurveda.

Practical Medicinal Uses of Meat

The Importance of Ethical Sources of Animal Meat

Ways to Replace Meat In Your Diet

It is important when not eating meat to replace complete proteins: this means making sure that you are eating the 9 essential amino acids that make up a protein - now this is not necessarily easy with a plant-based diet, but also not impossible. 
By mixing a legume and a grain (it is important to diversify your grains) you are ingesting the 9 essential amino acids. 
Quinoa, buckwheat & soy contain all 9 essential amino acids. 
  • Soy can affect the hormones (especially estrogen) so it should only be a regular food for those who have been brought up eating soy since childhood & have physiologies that are adapted to digesting these foods. 
There is a lentil in India called the Urad Lentils (Black Gram Lentil) which is often referred to as “meat for vegetarians”. You can either eat that lentil or use Urad flour which is high in protein. 
  • This grain is not to be had every day. 
Mung Dahl is also very good, tridoshic and can be had every day, but has less protein than Urad Lentils. 
Ghee is a very important ingredient that should be present in your diet.

How to Eat Meat Ayurvedically

Your plate should be 50% vegetables, 25% carbohydrates & 25% protein
  • Of that 25% of protein, ideally less than 10% should be meat. 
Have meat only at lunch, never for dinner where your digestive fire is low & your body is undertaking several other processes of repair and assimilation. 
Meat is more of a winter food than summer. 
Add spices to meat; particularly turmeric & then black pepper and ginger are also very good. 
  • These spices are very good to fight back (and kill) the constituents in meat that are not healthy for your body (not to mention the antibiotics & other additives of that nature). 
Cook meat gently, not with extremely high temperatures. 
It is extremely important that you understand the principles of desa, kala & patra and apply them to your own nutrition.

What Meat To Eat?

It is important to diversify. 
Goat meat is the best animal meat you can eat - goats are very fit and they eat a very wide variety of crops and grass. 
  • Find the most ethical goat meat you can. 
 For fish, the smaller the fish, the better - you want to go low on the food chain. 
  • The bigger and older the fish is, the higher mercury contents you will find in its meat. 
  • In general, the fishes to avoid are: bass, lobster, snapper, tuna, grouper, seabass, marlin, shark, swordfish, tilefish (they have the highest levels of mercury). 

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From Aggressive Addict to Indigenous Elder & Spiritual Leader | Pirate Myangah Butler #079

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Pirate Butler got his name because he has one eye, one leg and a tattooed face.
He was a drug and alcohol addict for forty years, did time in prison for too long and spent decades in a violent culture where it was dangerous to express emotions and open your heart and mind.
At a critical time, the spirit within this indigenous man was sparked.
Connection to country and culture was the light that dissipated the darkness.
Today, Pirate embodies the sacred wisdom and practices of indigenous Australia and shares it to help those who not only require healing, but anyone that yearns for deeper connection to country, indigenous culture and natural law.

About our guest: Pirate Myangah Butler

Pirate is a Budawang man from the Yuin Nation from the Southeast Coast of Australia.

Myangah (“sea eagle”) is his skin name.

Pirate is an artist who uses traditional materials on a contemporary base to create sculptures, weapons, tools, totemic items, paintings and so much more.

He as a wealth of knowledge and helps a diverse range of people undergoing various troubles or disadvantages.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Pirate’s Background Story & Life Journey

Growing up away from his native culture.
Drug addiction.
Being reintroduced into aboriginal culture by long-lost family members.
Myangah (“Sea eagle”) - his skin name.
Learning and re-learning to find his own place in society. 

Pirate’s View on The Current State of Affairs in Australia

The imprisonment of black Australian youth
Spiking suicide rates during the covid pandemics
The life expectancy of indigenous men vs. white men in Australia. 

The Alienation Experienced by Native Australians

Being removed from their own country, family, culture & language.

The Aboriginal Way of Life, And How to Learn & Live It

Learning survival skills

How the aboriginal people lost the art of war and thus couldn’t defend themselves from the English conquerors. 

Being in communion with Mother Nature, not owning but instead taking care of their surroundings. 

“Eating the Fire” - Pirate connecting to Fire Spirit and consuming fire spirit.

Preservation of Forests, Water and Native Wildlife

Firestick farming and other preservation tactics.

Growing sustainable crops that are native to the land.

Attaining a Reconciliation Between Native Australians and White Australians

The hardships of reconciliation.

The retreats that allow white people to spend quality time with Natives. 

Being able to understand and empathize with what the Other is and has experienced is the only way to attain any type of reconciliation.

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Tantric Sex: Deep Love Making Beyond Conventional Sex | Diana Richardson #077

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Are you caught up in the ever repeating known of sex that only slightly fulfils you? mainly short term?
Diana Richardson has been teaching Tantra and assisting couples transform their relationships for decades.
She is a highly experienced teacher, facilitator and author in supporting couples to go beyond quick dopamine-hits of hot conventional sex to experience greater fulfilment, intimacy and love. 
  • What love-making experiences await beyond “climaxes“ of orgasm and ejaculation?
  • How to transform mechanical repetition of sex to a timeless sexual experience?
  • Containing the Life Force -  overcoming pre-mature ejaculation and enlivening The Penis as a Potent Electromagnetic Instrument.
  • How to enhance sensitivity and desire and dissolve sexual reluctance - especially in the second half of life and post-menopause?

About our guest: Diana Richardson

Born in Zululand, South Africa, obtained a degree in Law from University of Natal (B.A.LLB).

She is a teacher of Therapeutic Massage since 1978 (ITEC).

In 1979 she became a disciple of the Indian mystic Osho. Her interest in meditation touch and healing initiated an exploration into Tantra, the union of sex and meditation.

In 1993 she began teaching Tantra to couples. Writing as Diana Richardson, her first book was published in 1999. Since then she has written seven additional books, two of which are with Michael Richardson as co-author.

Diana Richardson

In this Episode we Discuss:

The Imprint That Modern Society Makes On Us Regarding Sex and Sexuality

The goal of both participants being always to climax
The lack of proper awareness, education and dialogue surrounding love-making / sexual intercourse. 
Overstimulation, oversensation & a lack of understanding of how to unwind the sexual imprint that we carry with us. 

The Meaning Behind the Concept of Tantric Sex

“Tantra denies nothing but transforms everything.”

“Tantra is the transformation of sex into love through awareness.”

- Osho

Tantric Sex primarily consists of bringing awareness to the sexual exchange. Being more present in the moment and in tune with what one is experiencing and receptive towards the experience of the other. 

Cold Sex as Opposed to Hot Sex

Cold sex is often linked to the relaxation of the body as a product of an increasing sense of awareness during sex, which in turn reduces body temperature and simultaneously allows for the welcoming of even more pleasure
Cold sex, in comparison to hot sex, allows for a longer duration of the sexual exchange which usually makes room for the woman to be able to actually reach climax
  • Hot sex, which is usually characterized by a high degree of rapid and overstimulating friction, tends to lead to male ejaculation but often leaves the woman dissatisfied. 
Hot sex usually works for a couple during its beginning stages, the so called “Honeymoon Stage”. But after a while of practicing this type of sex, the female body begins to be closed out because it is not being met on a deeper level.

How The Energies Play Out During and After Sexual Climax

Climax = discharge, particularly in terms of hormones. And with every peak/climax, a slump follows
The emotional disconnect that occurs after the climax happens. 
Short term fulfillment (regular sex) vs. Long term fulfillment (tantric sex). 
When the sexual exchange is approached, not necessarily seeking to achieve a climax, but to instead fully enjoy & be present during the experience itself, the energy that remains between the participants after sex is very different.  

Moving Away from Habitual Ways of Love Making and Engaging in Tantric Sex

The shift needs to be gradual because you're turning over something deeply imprinted within your psyche.
It is sometimes hard to stop having sex in the way we are accustomed to. Awareness plays a key role in this. It is important to be able to discern what is happening when it is happening and take appropriate action. 
How to approach tantric sex with a partner that is not really interested or keen to explore a different way to engage in sex. 

Transcending Performance Anxiety in Men

Shifting the perspective so as to not give as much importance to whether or not your partner climaxes or if you’re able to keep a full erection during the whole time. 
There are ways in which you can keep engaging in intercourse with a relaxed penis if an erection is not happening. 
For men, relaxing the body when about to climax helps a lot to last longer: anus, buttocks, shoulders, and jaw especially.

Practical Tips on How To First Approach Tantric Sex

It is most important to understand that tantric sex is not a technique per se. It’s keystone is Awareness, which is not a technique, but something that is available to anyone who engages in some type of sexual activity. 
  • Being present and connecting with the Self and the Other. 
Open your eyes.
  • Instead of looking out, drawing the energy outwardly, just relax your eyes and let things come to you
  • It’s not about staring out and being critical or overanalyzing what you see (thus drawing energy in an outward direction), but allowing for that which your eyes perceive to ground you in the present moment and for your awareness to expand.
  • Ancient Tantric sutra: “When the energy of the eyes is inverted, it falls back on the heart and opens it”.  
The “Inner Home”
  • Use a part of your body as an anchor to which you can direct your awareness when your mind is scattered. 
Take longer and slower breaths. Try to always breathe through the nose. 
Scan your body, observe tension and soften it.
  • Allow your body to relax and you will experience greater enjoyment that way. 
  • It is not about being completely relaxed all the time, but observing your body and allowing for the tension to dissipate, and if it becomes tense again after a while then that’s fine. 
  • Men: anus, buttox, shoulders and jaw especially.
  • Women: vagina especially. 
Communication is very important. 
  • You don’t need to be guessing what it is that the other person wants, doesn’t want or is feeling. Ask and let the other person know how you feel and what you want. 
    • Don’t do this as a conversation, cause that just takes you too far out of the experience. But more like a report: “I feel this” or “I want this”. 
  • Being able to state what it is that you feel and want helps your brain acknowledge the experience that you are having. That is also part of what awareness entails. 
  • Talk about your love making with your partner after the sexual exchange
    • What you noticed, how it felt, etc.
Lip Kissing vs. Mouth Kissing
  • Kissing is good to keep you grounded in the moment, but lip kissing during sex is better than tongue kissing
    • Tongue kissing reaches the parasympathetic nervous system which raises the fight-or-flight response. 
    • Tongue kissing is also more tiering so after a while it can actually take away from the sexual exchange. 
    • Lip kissing is something that can be done for a longer amount of time and it is still pleasurable & grounding. 
Prioritize this work. Bring awareness to it. 
  • Make it one of your priorities. Schedule it in and make the time to be there and show up for yourself and the other person(s). 

Tantric Sex Tips Specifically for Same-Sex Partners

Playing with the balance of the feminine & masculine (shiva & shakti) energies that every person holds within them. 
Several of the other concepts and ideas explored during the episode and in Diana’s books apply to same-sex sexual exchanges. 

Menopause and Sexual Activity

Good nourishment of the tissues (dhatus) in the vagina is key to strengthening them and avoiding painful sex.  
Lubrication is very important to avoid pain during sex. 

Resources

Diana's Website HERE

Diana's Books HERE

Diana's TED Talk - The Power of Mindful Sex - HERE


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