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. 

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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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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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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. 


Diana's Website HERE

Diana's Books HERE

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

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