Menstrual Wisdom & Womb Care with Ayurveda | Nidhi Pandya #063

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Ancient women honoured the menstrual blood as the essential life generating material willed by Mother Moon to cleanse and purify their inherited Shakti energy so that new and fragrant life could blossom.

Ancient wisdom for a healthy menstrual cycle and caring for the wombs of all women on earth: the seat of creative intelligence in all areas of life.

About Our Guest: Nidhi Pandya

Nidhi Pandya is a New York based third generation Ayurvedic practitioner working globally. She was indoctrinated into Ayurveda at birth, as her grandfather was an Ayurvedic healer. 
In 2002, she founded a value development school called Vyaktitiva to counsel young adolescents and help them find purpose in whatever they do.
Now, she is a practitioner, blogger, educator and a faculty at the Shakti School of Ayurveda.
Wellness to Nidhi means aligning your body and mind to only consume what nourishes you on both levels. This can only happen when you truly understand your body and are able to tune in to your mind.

Nidhi Pandya
After an in depth study of the scriptures and contemplation, Nidhi came to the conclusion that the ecosystem of the human body is warm and moist. Any deviation from this climate leads to imbalance. She therefore teaches people how to understand this climate; what may take it off balance, and how to bring it back to homeostasis.

In this Episode we Discuss:

Nidhi's Daily Routine (Dinacharya)

How Nidhi's relationship with Ayurveda originated

Being raised within a family of Ayurveic Healers in Mumbai, India.
Moving to New York and realizing the practice of Ayurveda is her true calling.
Eventually practicing and teaching all over the world. 

An introduction into the wonderful power behind menstruation

One of Dylan’s first lessons in his Ayurvedic journey was that one of the greatest blessings a woman has is her menstruation - the cleansing and purification of her Shakti (divine feminine energy).

The wisdom of the menstrual cycle

A woman has the capacity to be a fertile ground - taking the potential that lies within the seed and with her Shakti creating something much bigger and powerful. 
The many variables that play a role in the preservation of this fertile ground that is the female reproductive system. 
The female cycles affecting the doshas and the entirety of the female physiology. 
Why the menstrual cycle is fundamental for the preservation of female fertility. 
How a woman deals with her menstrual cycle determining how she will reach menopause later in life
The menstrual cycle and the preservation of fertility not only being linked to the capacity to birth children but also to the essential qualities of Shakti - birthing creativity and individual expression in the world. 
Lowe half of a female body with the vagina covered by a plant

Menstrual phases according to Ayurveda

1. When a woman has had her period then the body enters the Kapha phase - it starts to build the structure needed to initiate conception (thickening of the lining and building of the fluids) in case a sperm cell happens to be invited into the womb any time soon. 
2. When ovulating the woman undergoes the Pitta phase - the phase of transformation that allows for the sperm cell to fuse with the female egg and transform that into a Zygote.
  • During this phase temperatures increase inside the womb to the optimum levels for that transformation to take place. 
  • The enkindling of that reproductive agni (fire) also leads to an increased libido. 
Diagram of the dosas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha)
3. If fertilization doesn’t occur during the previous phase then the woman enters the Vata phase - the decline. Here the body realizes the structures it has created were not used and therefore destroys them in order to be able to create the optimum conditions again in the future. 
      • The wind/air element in ayurveda is that which destroys - so it’s like a little tornado charged with heat hits these structures and then the lining is destroyed and everything is pushed downwards through a period. 

Ayurvedic Protocols for menstruation

It is of upmost importance during this phase to ground the vata:
  • Very important to avoid exercising, since that wind element will be scattered throughout the body by excessive movement and the cleansing will not properly take place. 
  • Allow yourself to rest; not excessive napping, but slow down.
      • Try not to use your mind as much - avoid studying, overthinking and stress since that will move the Prana (life force) upward instead of downward.  
  • Eat cooling and grounding foods like rice-based dishes, milk (can be warm due to its nourishing properties) and coconut-based dishes. 
  • Avoid hot foods like eggplant, tomatoes, and excessively spicy foods. Also excessively cold foods and raw foods since all of these will only increase that which you are already feeling.
Melting Strawberry ice cream
  • Mainly eat easy-to-digest foods since that will allow for the blood to concentrate in the pelvic floor and to enliven the cleansing process instead of being massively sent upwards to the digestive system in order to take care of a heavy meal. 
  • Generally, any foods that balance out the dry and hot qualities of this period will promote wellbeing.  
  • Sleeping the closer you possibly can to the earth - this is a grounding technique. 
      • Traditionally a grass bed has been used so that a degree of comfort is there, while still being as close to the ground as possible. 
By following these easy protocols many women that had lost their fertility (in terms of having regular periods) have successfully regained it. 
Copulation or engaging in any sexual activity is contraindicated during this period.
Women in their menstrual period should try and avoid cooking for two main reasons:
  • Rest should be primordial during this time. 
  • There is a special warmth and sliminess women experience during their period that needs to be preserved. When physically interacting with food, these properties are going to embed themselves into the food and affect its properties & qualities. 
      • Test this yourself: buy organic rice, handle it with your bare hands and leave it to rest. In a short period of time you’ll see some of the rice grains will hatch. 
When on their menstrual periods, women should avoid visiting the temple and the chanting of mantras
  • All mantras carry a specific energy - some are more heating and some are more cooling. This energy will surely affect the temperature within your body and that will alter the inner body chemistry and possibly trigger certain undesired consequences.
  • Spiritual practices imply the upward movement of the subtle Prana & the subtle vayu (wind), which allows for the elevation of the soul within the individual. 
    • But during this period of menstruation, you are not supposed to be working on the upward movement of the subtle prana but instead the gross body is working on the downward movement of Prana/Vayu

Avoid bathing, Abhyanga and any other activities that stimulate several parts of your body
  • They are naturally vata aggravating → they’ll send that wind to all directions within the body.  

Menstrual Pain

If you are properly taking care of your body health having menstrual pain shouldn’t be normal; there shouldn’t be any. Only heightened sensitivity should be present.
  • The pain is an indication of imbalance.
Three main causes of cramps:
  • A too sluggish environment that is not allowing for the vayu (wind) to move freely
  • Too much movement that leads to excess wind aggravation that in turn causes vayu to go to undesired parts of your body (a part of your back, cervix, pelvis, etc.) and generate cramping.  
  • Excess heat and inflammation due to an over-enlivened agni usually caused by an improper diet
What a woman does between two cycles is also of relevance. 
  • The menstrual cycle is there to cleanse, so if there’s a lot to cleanse then the period will take rougher qualities; but if women take proper care of themselves then there will be less to cleanse and the period will be painless (that’s how it naturally should be). 

Menarche

It is the first occurrence of menstruation
The first 13 years of life are of assimilation - both physically and mentally.
  • The exponential expansion, growth and maturity of a woman’s physiology. 
  • The various types of learning and creation of memories and an individual psyche.
When menarche arrives, that’s when heat increases in the body and the transformation phase begins. 
  • The fire sets in and all of that which was assembled in the previous 13 years is taken into action, into creation - that is the rise and amplification of Shakti (divine feminine energy).
Ayurvedic tradition:
During the first 12 days the girl goes through a very introspective process, either with an elder-woman or alone. On the 13th day there is a celebration honouring the blossoming of this bud. 
A turmeric paste is made and spread all over the body to maintain the menstrual heat and to further purify.  
How parents should address their children’s needs and educate them during menarche:
It is important that the communication is good with their children and that they clearly educate them as to what is helpful and what is not; what enlivens their health and what will act as a detriment to it. 
Making these things clear early in life is better than having to fight these battles later, when non-healthy habits have already been assimilated as “normal” and the consequences start to appear (missed periods, acne, PCOS [PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome], etc.).

Menopause

Menopause is supposed to be asymptomatic
The degree to which you have honoured your periods will determine how rough or mild your menopause will be.

Ovulation Pain

Pain during the ovulation is very often related to low digestive fire. When that digestive agni is debilitated, ama (toxic undigested waste) is created and it blocks the tiny channels within the reproductive system. That blockages will not allow for the prana vayu to flow freely. 
To dissolve this ama you can do several things: a good body cleanse, panchakarma (Ayurvedic cleanse composed of five separate procedures), eating light foods, Laṅghana (Ayurvedic deprivation therapy) and fasting.

Piercings according to Hindu Tradition

Piercings are usually put in stimulating points called marmas. These points are related to different parts/systems within the body. 
Ear piercings are traditionally done when the child is 6 to 8 months old and they support brain health.
The nose piercing (particularly on the left nostril) has more to do with menstrual and reproductive health. For women suffering from pms and other menstrual issues, this is the piercing you should consider. 
  • There is a particular point within the left nostril that is the most auspicious and effective for this cause. It is believed that if done right and in precisely the right place, the piercing will not get infected.    

Other tips and insights that can help with female reproductive health

Warm Castor Oil applied on the lower abdomen and pelvic region will allow for Prana Vayu to be invited downwards with ease.  
  • It is also recommended for women right after they give birth. 
Organic Tampons dipped in Oil - preferably Dhanvantaram Tailam - are very good especially for older women that are already experiencing dryness in their vaginas. 
  • You can even do it once a month and wear it for 2-3 hours and that will help strengthen the whole vaginal environment
  • Our Yoni Ghee or Special Phala Ghee are also very good and can be used in the same manner and for the same purpose. 
  • The more frequently you apply them the better. 
Yoni Ghee
Avoid harsh diets and raw foods while on your period since they enhance the menstrual cramps and related pains.  
Wearing white and smelling jasmine aroma are recommended ayurvedic practices for women on their periods.       

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Honouring Our Ancestors for Celestial Support in Life | Dr. Robert Svoboda #062

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According to the Vedic tradition, ancestors have a sole role - to support their descendants (you!) so you can perform your most evolutionary (dharmic) action.
But for them to give energy and attention from their realms (lohkas), they require energy and attention to flow back to them in a reciprocal manner. 
When this flow of consciousness is reciprocated, their presence and support is enlivened.
Furthermore, us on earth actually have a profound responsibility to assist our ancestors with their evolution.
Robert Svododa and Dylan share ways to connect with your ancestors so that you can utilise their energy. These techniques and practices can promote your physical energy levels as well as increase the ability for cosmic intelligence to operate through you so that you radiate life for all to enjoy.

About Our Guest: Dr. Robert Svoboda

Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India.
During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda.
He is the author of over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. 

In this Episode we Discuss:

Dr. Robert’s Daily Routine (Dinacharya)

The Relevance Ancestry has had Historically

Up until the 20th century, ancestry had always been of major importance all around the world, with some communities even considering their ancestors as deities.
The hindu point of view regarding ancestry.

Getting in touch with our Ancestry & fulfilling our duty towards them

Repaying the ancestral debt we have with them by helping them evolve past lingering desires they might have had before dropping their bodies, so they are not drawn back to said desires in future incarnations.  
The dangers of falling victim to the unfulfilled cravings of our ancestry when summoning them. 
The general manner by which this whole process should be approached.

States of Being in the Afterlife

Preta (someone who recently dropped his/her body) - they need to let go and advance. 
The personal Sadhana (spiritual exercise) of one’s lifetime playing a role in the afterlife.  
Souls getting to Pitru Lokha (Pitru = forefather/foremother).
Bhutas or Ghosts (Bhuta literally meaning past / was / has been) are souls who dropped their bodies and are still clinging to that previous existence - not letting go & trying to return.

Rituals to honor our Ancestors

Sūtaka period - (10/15 days after the body drops) is the time in which the ancestral world is the most open for us to get in touch with a Preta
  • Śhrāddha Ritual (Śhrāddha = faith - from the root Hrd, meaning heart). 
      • You want to put your heart into it. Let your ancestors know that you are keeping faith in them and supporting them in this journey.
  • Pinda Dhana (Dhana = donate) 
      • You donate a Pinda - lump (ball / ladhus). - symbolic way to try and assist the individual soul to regain another body.
  • Tarpana - you can also perform a ceremony yourself with various degrees of simplicity that will allow you to honor them and support their journey to Pitru Lokha.
Pindas for Pinda Dhana ritual
Pindas (or Laddhus) used for the Pinda Dhana ritual
Ritual for Pitru
Say “Tripitam” - meaning please be satisfied, satisfied. Then say “Swada”.
Invoking the names of your ancestors up to 7 generations back, after the 8th generation less than 1% of your genetics is related to them so the genetic connection with them is not as strong. 
Explain that “Visnu will become your guide”.
To finish say “Swastana Gatcha” - meaning please go to where your own personal place is.

Dealing with Ancestor Karma according to Hindu tradition 

The relationship between mental health and family karma.  

Mehandipur Temple - Hanuman temple in Rajasthan.

Chottanikkara Temple - Devi temple in Kerala 

Native Religions

The alienation of native cultures and their externally induced detachment from the natural world. 
American, Australian and Brasilian natives.
Candomblé - religion of Brazil - has imported Gods and Goddesses from Nigeria.
Caboclo - a figure that is respected and represents all the indigenous people of Brazil that have been brutalised, violated and suppressed.
Preto-Velho - old black man represents the slaves that are brought over. 

Dr. Robert doing Tarpana every year

Doing the Ritual for those who might not be direct ancestors, but who’s sacrifice directly impacted our very own existence to this day. 
Dr. Robert’s & Dylan’s experience visiting the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp.

Other Practices to honor different things

Pañcayajña (पञ्चयज्ञ) - when eating, feeding a crow, dog, cow, the fire, and another human.
Offering water to Trees (especially Ficus Religiosa a.k.a. Peepal tree, Ashvattha tree or Bodhi tree) given that they hold spirits within themselves and also embody Shanni Deva (Lord Saturn).
The importance of honoring all existing & already deceased life forms. 
Ficus Religiosa Trees
Ficus Religiosa trees (a.k.a Bodhi Trees, a.k.a. Ashwattha Trees, a.k.a. Peepal Trees)

About Robert's Lineage and his Guru (Vimalananda)

Born in Mumbai, lived as a Sādhu (renunciant) he did a ritual for the Mahavidya Tara and consequently got connected to the Astral world in a very particular way. 
Vimalananda had 3 Gurus.
Guru Maharaj (a.k.a Sri Rama Viswambharanadh (Jatala Sadhu)) was born around A.D. 1550 and he dropped his body on 05/06/1993 after living for 440 years or so.
  • He was Vimalananda’s Guru, and was once found around A.D. 1800 by arquelogers in Samadhi (meditative absorption) inside the ruins of a temple in Puri. He held the certificate that testified to that.  
  • After healing a blind person he was forced to flee from Puri to Simhachalam - 20km to the west of Vishaka Patnam (biggest city between Chennai and Kolkata) in India’s east coast. 
  • Stayed in the Varaha Narasimha Temple.
Jatala Sadhu Sri Rama Viswambharadas (a.k.a. Guru Maharaj)
Jatala Sadhu Sri Rama Viswambharadas (a.k.a. Guru Maharaj)
  • Guru Maharaj possessed a lot of unusual capabilities (Siddhis): he didn’t eat regular food but lived off chewing Tobacco leafs since he sustained that there was no point in eating because by doing so you wear down your teeth and digestive system.
      • He instead suggested the best option was to eat something very poisonous and with inner alquemy turn that substance into nectar. 

Resources

Dr. Robert's New Course HERE

In this course, Dr. Svoboda talks about Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who is the remover of obstacles, and his relationship to the Earth Element, our senses, and more.

This course contains 5 hours of content, including an hour-long talk about the Atharvashirsha, a Vedic chant to Ganesha, and its meaning. You also will get access to links and the words for the Atharvashirsha.

The website in honor of Sri Rama Viswambharanadh (a.k.a. Jatala Sadhu, a.k.a. Guru Maharaj) HERE

Dr. Robert's Instagram account (@drrobertsvoboda) HERE

Dr. Robert's website HERE

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The Yoga of Time, Vedic Medicine & The Veda Mandala | Prashanti de Jager, Master Herbalist #059

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Prashanti’s clinical forte and specialty is his ability to use many of the “Vedic sciences” - Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Yoga, Vaastu (Vedic Architecture), Advaita and Dhanurveda (the yoga of warfare) to analyze, diagnose, treat and empower his clients.

The episode is for the “Vedic nerds”, as we explore with a scientifically eccentric perception, the richness that the Laws of Nature: The Veda, has to offer.
Prashanti has unique capabilities to perceive the subtle in all areas of life, as well as an expanded spectrum of awareness on the true depths of wisdom traditions.

About Our Guest: Prashanti de Jager

Prashanti’s clinical forte and specialty is his ability to use many of the “Vedic sciences” - Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Yoga, Vaastu (Vedic Architecture), Advaita, Dhanurveda (the yoga of warfare), too analyse, diagnose, treat and empower his clients. 

He shares these potent vedic sciences through The Veda Mandala.

This powerful “confluence of factors” is comparable to having a session with ten different wellness guides all at once. After earning many degrees from the University of Michigan in the fields of Math, Engineering, Biophysics and Emergency Medicine, and studying numerous adjunct healing modalities, Prashanti moved to India in 1990 to study Advaita and the Vedic Sciences.

Prashanti De Jager holding a herb in the Himalayas

On his travels, he experienced the very good fortune of a decade of sitting at the feet of epic paragons like Sri H.W.L. Poonja, Annamalai Swami, Lakshman Swami, the Dalai Lama, Urgen Tulku, Jamgong Kontrul Rinpoche, Hart de Fou, Kaviraj Vaidya Nanakchand Sharma, as well a dozens of eminent Yogis, Priests, Scientists and many truly empowered Grand Mothers.

Traveling all over India training as a Yogi, Clinician and an Ethnopharmacologist, he settled in Lucknow, North India, where he started to treat hundreds of locals and foreigners that came to him with a vast number of health issues.

To ensure high-quality formulas for his clients, he started an Ayurvedic herb company in 1993 in North India where he grew, wild-crafted and processed the herbs by hand. As the reputation for these herbs grew worldwide, a beautiful team/Vision called ‘Organic India’ emerged to serve the demand in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable way.

Besides being a Founder of Organic India, he also is a trustee on other projects like the Dunagiri Foundation Trust, instilling sustainable herbal wild-crafting amongst thousands of tribals in central India and also in the fragile ecosystems of the High Himalayas.

He edits & writes articles for numerous magazines and his own books, and teaches classes on herbs and Ayurvedic Medicine around the world.

He is one of Tulsi’s (holy basil) humans.

a.k.a. Haldi Baba (Haldi being turmeric) - Prashanti wrote one of the most comprehensive - spirit world view, on turmeric. “Turmeric The Ayurvedic Spice of Life”


In this Episode we Discuss:

Sahanau Vavatu

ॐ सह नाववतु। Om, May we all be protected

सह नौ भुनक्तु। May we all be nourished

सह वीर्यं करवावहै। May we work together with great energy

तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु May our intellect be sharpened (may our study be effective)

मा विद्विषावहै। Let there be no Animosity amongst us

ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥ Om, peace (in me), peace (in nature), peace (in divine forces)

Understanding the root value and spirit centric worldview of Sanskrit

Tripura Darshan (Three worldview)
  1. Spirit centric
  2. Energy centric
  3. Mass centric
Beginning of the Rig Veda
4 levels of Vat (Truth)
  1. Para-vak - the ultimate reality in the form of vibrations, of which thought and words are rough representations. It is the absolute expressed as transcendental           sound (Mantras come from here). 
  2. Pashyanthi vak - here you can have the spirit centric worldview. This is where creativity and genius are. The Heart is dominant.
  3. Madhyama vak - truth touches our minds. The middle between subtle thought and gross speech. The Throat is dominant.
  4. Vaikhari vak - truth touches our lips. Most people are here. Where words come out the mouth in the form of gross physical sound.

Vaastu Sastra

The Vedic science of harmonious design.

Vaastu is fundamental, it is at the base of the Veda Mandala because from Vaastu you can create every other science.

Vaca (calamus acorus)

To read our article on the many uses & benefits of Vaca click HERE

Two types of memory

  1. Episodic memory: centered around experiences and events
  2. Semantic/Terrain memory: memory of general knowledge (facts, ideas, concepts and the general meaning of things).

The importance of Dinacharya (daily routine)

The importance of waking up before the sunrise
The value that there is in watching the sunrise.
Surya Traataka:
Various practices to honour the sun.
Starting and watching the rising sun.
The frequency of light that a ghee lamp emits directly impacts the third eye.

Sunrise in Nepal

The Eight Limbs of Yoga

Yama (attitudes toward our environment)
Niyama (attitudes toward ourselves)
Asana (physical postures)
Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath)
Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses)
Dharana (intention & intent): Tejas (Fire, energy, brilliance) is developed in this sixth limb.
Dhyana (meditation)
Samadhi (complete integration)

Vaidyas (Ayurvedic Physicians)

Balaraj Maharishi
He sent Prashanti to Tirumula around 1993 to find a very special majik plant and he found it!
Balaraj Maharishi and the first clinical trial of Ayurvedic medicines in the West: Link to read more HERE
Dr. Triguna
Famous pulse physician.

Siddhis - Divine Human Capabilities

How do humans achieve siddhis?
  • Past lives influencing siddhis.
  • Sampradaya - the core of the lineage that has sampradaya has a living goddess (vidya / supreme knowledge) at it’s core. Vidya comes from Pashyanthi vak.
  • Mantras call the Devis (divine beings) and Mahavidyas (10 aspects of mother divine)
  • Bhutas (any encapsulated intelligence with an agenda or energetic force) give siddhis. e.g. Nazi Germany was a Bhuta.
  • Bhutas hide in the life of your own identity. 
Studying elemental bhutas by going close to bush/forest fires and storms.
  • Studying how nature's elements are Beings.
Trigunas (Three Prime Attributes): Sattva (Purity), Rajas (Stimulation), Tamas (Inertia)

Rare, Endangered and Divine Healing Herbs

Divya Aushadhis (Divine Herbs)
Dronagiri Mountain in Tibetan Nitti Valley (where Hanuman picked up a mountain to heal wounds).

Once you're in Joshimath, you go left to Badrinath , to the right you go to Tibetan Nitti Valley. Half way up that valley to the right is Dronigeri. You can see at the top of the mountain Hanuman scooped a trench off the side.

Sanjeevani Booti - the herb Hanuman used to heal Lakshman according to the Ramayana. 
Astavarga -  8 High Himalayan deep nectar rejuvenation orchid herbs.

Very rare and hard to find. Prashanti is probably the only person in the world which produces a formula close to Astavarga (he calls it “Orchid Ojas”).

Hanuman holding mountain
Using “substitutes” for rare herbs.

Prashanti created a whole new metric scale to grade herbs and create the “Astavarga formula.”

The corruption & lies in the Ayurvedic herb industry.
The Processing of Herbs (Shodasha Samskāra):
  • Some of these herbs hate metal, e.g. Amalaki hates metal.
  • Preparing herbs after “lighting up” your chakras and chanting mantras.
  • Preparing herbs in the presence of or nearby Guru.
“The ultimate medicine made, is the medicine maker.”Becoming medicine via medicine making.

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

Prashanti’s huge contribution to Tulsi
For more information on the many healing properties of Tulsi read our article HERE

Turmeric & building resilience in the body

When Prashanti “received the codes” for Turmeric.

Eating 30-40g of turmeric (haldi/haridra) & 10-20g of ashwagandha per day.

Difference between dried and fresh turmeric and ginger.

The myth that black pepper increases the absorption of turmeric. 

Trikatu (ginger, long pepper, and black pepper), especially ginger, is the spice that increases the absorption of turmeric.

To read more on Turmeric and its many health benefits click HERE 

Trikatu (Three Pungents)

  1. Ginger - Sattvic - To read more on Ginger click HERE.
  2. Pippali (Piper Longum) - bonfire rasayana (elixir) that has heat but also is a rasayana. It is agni (fire) and amrit (nectar) at the same time.
  3. Marica (Black Pepper) - the most rajasic (stimulating) of them all. Rajas agitates itself to decay. 

Herbal Formulas

Single Herbs vs Formulas.
3 herbs in a formula are great // 5-to-10-ingredients formulas can be challenging for the body.
  • More than three ingredients in a formula - can create confusion. 
But when you cook all together, even 50 ingredients, you can make it sama (healthy and compatible). e.g. preparations like Avaleham (paste), or Amrit/Aristam (herbal wine).

How to apply the principles of Ayurveda to every given situation

3 main concepts:
  • Kala - time.
  • Desa - place.
  • Patra - lineage.
E.g. Treating a 19-Year-Old San Francisco Goth Using the Principles of Ayurveda: Through fashion advice, advicing to wake up at 3am to go party and herb consumption. 
Diversity and curvature vs. straight line.
All the polarities coming into the singularity.
All chakras being in the heart chakra. 

The Puranas

  1. Exegesis - the methodology of how you read or interpret any ancient text or book. 
  2. Repetition - you see it all over the place.
  3. Hyperbolae - e.g. “If you stand on your head for 3 hours you will be enlightened”, said like that to remember, do not take it literally.
3 recurring themes in the Puranas (“The Old Things / Old Ones”)
  1. Tulsipurifies family karma. Points to the epi-genetic qualities of tulsi. Genes don’t change, but their expression changes.
  2. Sirsasana (Head stand).
  3. Ēkādaśi.
    • Literally means 11.
    • 11th lunar day, 2x/month.
    • There is one Purana all on Ēkādaśi.
    • Fasting not only fasting from food, but from the mundane, the heavy - feast on the light, energy and shakti.
    • It’s a great way to cyclically fast.

Prashanti’s Veda Mandala

The Veda Mandala - bringing all vedic sciences together, protecting their essence.
5 Principles for evolving:
  1. Pattern interrupt - e.g. rising run, winter solstice. 
  2. New frame of reference
  3. Trim story
  4. Curate memory 
  5. Shift identity.
Allowing for a truer understanding of “inauspicious” times.
The Veda Mandala
Shamshan sadhana
Practicing it at midnight on the ghats (river banks) of Varanasi.
When the world gets destroyed, Rudra (Lord Siva) maintains Varanasi. 

The Power of Tejas

Tejas =   

It signifies creative will power, splendor and brilliance. At the same time being a very grounded, intentional and spirited force. 

India, Powerful Holy Places and Herbs

Certain places where reality gets thin. Then and there you can see so much truth.

The holiest of holy temples in Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai and Manikarnika ghat in Varanasi.

Tirumala, an area around a Visnu temple (Sri Venkateswara Swamy Vaari Temple) which is the most visited and wealthiest temple in the world.

Up the mountain from the city of Tirupati.

The Ramban herb - “Rama’s Arrows”
  • Prashanti was told by Balaraj Maharishi to find, identify and process it. Around 1993.
  • Not mentioned anywhere.
  • Prashanti was selling one leaf for $10-100.
  • Incredibly nootropic (cognitive enhancing). 
The Blue Lotus
  • Vertical element of integration.
  • Makes you feel like you are walking two inches off the ground. 
Kushta (Saussurea lappa)
  • Rasa - Bitter, pungent, sweet
  • Virya - Hot
  • Vipaka - Pungent.
  • Gunas - Dry, light, sharp.
  • The brother of Soma. Also going extinct. A high Himalayan Angelica.
Blue Lotus Flower

More on Powerful Vedic Wisdom

Haasta - the combination of Vastu, Jyotish and Ayurveda.
Non-linear knowledge: 

Prana in the Himalayas and the grace, you start receiving non-linear knowledge. 

Covid being part of a major transition that the world will undergo in the next 20 years. 

Prashanti’s definition of Dharma
The Yoga of Time
Solstice:
  • When the sun stops. “Sun stillness.”
  • Siva, masculin.
Winter solstice:
  • A time to dive deep and shift your identity, and then take action and dharma.
  • Adaptogenic herbs, build your ojas (Article on Ojas VV).
  • Take Ashtavarga around the start of winter solstice. Then don’t have to take it for the rest of the year.
  • Trees don’t dry out, they shift their juice from their periphery to their core.
  • Taking herbs.
Equinox:
  • Shakti, feminine.
  • Half way between the solstices.
  • When the energy is it’s fastest.
  • Power, shakti.
Navaratri - Nine nights of mother divine 

To read more on how to tap into mother divine and the regenerative forces of Navaratri click HERE

Saptaka-Charya - Rhythms of the week.


Resources

The Veda Mandala website

Prashanti's personal website

Prashanti's Instagram Account (@prashanti.veda.mandala)

Prashanti's Facebook Account

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Assimilating Rich Yogic Traditions Relevant For Today | Eddie Stern #053

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“Yoga does not ask you to be more than you are, But yoga does ask you to be all that you are” ~ Eddie Stern

Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices originally developed in ancient India that nowadays has undergone a complete resurgence, particularly in the west. 

Many yogic practitioners define the benefits of the daily practice of Yoga as boundless, and still many, although interested, find it hard to include practices such as this in their daily lives.

Some do not find the correct introductory stimulus and for others it is their surrounding environment that doesn't propeciate the learning. 

In this day and age, there are several Yogic teachers trying to approach the average consumer with these traditional life-enhancing techniques and other watered-down versions of them. Today’s guest is one of the most popular and well-established people to do so in the United States...

About Our Guest: Eddie Stern

Eddie Stern is a Yoga teacher, author, and lecturer from New York City.

He has been practicing Yoga since 1987, and ran his school in SoHo from 1993-2019.

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s the school became a focal point for Ashtanga Yoga in New York with an eclectic mix of downtown artists and spiritual seekers practicing and meditating next to well-known personalities such as Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mike D, and Lou Reed, in what was also Manhattan’s first consecrated Ganesh Temple.

Eddie Stern

Eddie has a passion for seeking out diversity in all aspects of his work and uses a multidisciplinary approach of combining technology, scientific research, and collaboration to help further understanding, education, and access to yoga.

He continues to study philosophy, Sanskrit, ritual, science, and religion, as well as maintain a passion for the daily practice Yoga.

Eddie learned Ashtanga yoga under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois, of Mysore, India.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Eddie's and Dylan's morning routine (dinacharya).

Eddie is reading 60 verses per day, every day, for 1 year of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavatam Purana)

Swadaya

The study of the chapters of self, self reflection.

adi / ayana: To move firmly towards.

Swa: Self.

Swa - adyaya: Chapter

Yoga allowing us to get in touch with the higher/deeper narrative of our beingGoing beyond the 'little stories' we tell ourselves about what our life has been like or what has happened to us, until the only story left is our true being, pure existence.

How to mentally approach the Puranas and hindi epics to take advantage of their teachings.  

Silhouette of woman doing Yoga during sunrise

Eddie’s journey into India and the Yogic traditions

The journey of the previous generation’s most notorious spiritual seekers (e.g. Ram Dass and Radanath Swami) and what the context was like when they travelled to India.

The alleged difference between first experiencing Yoga, India and the Vedic Traditions in the late 20th century vs. what a new seeker/student experiences today.  

Three monks sitting in the entrance of a buddhist temple

Integrating religious beliefs such as Judaism with Vedic and Hindu practices. 

Some of Eddie's current projects: 

“The Breathing App” for free in app stores: provides guided paced breathing to deal with stress

Yoga 365: one minute Yoga practice every day for a year, for beginners who don't have time to put into practice a 20 minute or one hour classes any day of the week. For every one purchase, a Yoga 365 is gifted to a healthcare worker working with covid patients.   

The Urban Yogis, alongside Deepak Chopra and Erica Ford: teaching young adults coming from high-gun-violence-areas to be Yoga and Meditation teachers and also help them find steady jobs.

Breathing and rehabilitation practices for people suffering and recovering from Covid-19. In early stages of the project.  

Every-day global Yoga classes online for free or by donation.

Scroll down to "Resources" to find out more about these projects and many others. 

Eddie Stern giving a Yoga class

Ego Traps & Eddie's favorite Slohka

Going against the fallacy that because of doing a spiritual practice periodically you are better off than those who don’t.

Favorite Slohka: Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2, Verse 48

Resources

Eddie’s daily online yoga classes. - eddiestern.com

Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, Eddie is a newly appointed advisory board member to the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance.

Author of One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life, a bestselling book that examines from both a Western scientific perspective and an Eastern philosophical perspective the underlying mechanisms that make yoga an amazingly effective practice for health, wellbeing, and spiritual development.

The Breathing App, a free app which guides the user in a paced breathing exercise that balances the nervous system, helping to improve sleep, and reduce stress and anxiety. Created with his wife, Jocelyne Stern, and app programmer and collaborator Sergey Varichev.

International Yoga and Science Conferences, an ongoing forum for presenting rigorous scientific evidence on yoga and meditation which is accessible, inspiring, and actionable; created with Dr. Marshall Hagins.

Namarupa, Categories of Indian Thought, a Hindu philosophy and art journal, and a boutique book publishing house, with partner Robert Moses.

Engineering Health, a free, online yoga and physiology program with the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, created with Alexandra Seidenstein and Dr. Erich Anderer.

Urban Yogis, a yoga and meditation program for community transformation led by Juquille Johnston, Jaytaun MacMillan, Raheem Lewis, and Pastor NaRon Tillman, in South Jamaica, Queens.

LIFE Camp is a gun violence reduction program in South Jamaica, Queens, started and run by Erica Ford. The program uses a multi-modality intervention model to interrupt violence before it can occur. It is a city-funded program and the instigator of the NYC Crisis Management System which has reduced shootings by 40% in NYC. Eddie is the current co-Chairperson of LIFE Camp.

Set/Reset (previously Breathe, Move, Rest) Eddie was the co-founder of this health and wellness educational non-profit that has trained school teachers in 120 schools in the US in health and wellness practices based on yoga and meditation (reaching approximately 70,000 school kids, K-12.) He was a founding board member of Bent On Learning, nonprofit organization committed to teaching yoga to New York City public school children. As well, he led curriculum writing teams for Pure Edge, and other yoga/health and wellness in schools non-profits.

Inner Peace Network, a new platform devoted to supporting the teachers and teachings of the great wisdom traditions, and the cultures that they have emerged from.

Bhāgavatam Purana (the story of Lord Krishna) by Krishna Dvaipāyana a.k.a. Vyasa 

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Final Image taken from Helsingin's Astanga Joogakoulu - Astanga Special Workshop 2022

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