Saturday, 22 August 2020

Allergies and Ayurveda - Seasonal Flu

 

Allergies and Ayurveda:

Conventional seasonal allergies can be a result of an adverse reaction to food, medicine, your surrounding environment and cosmetics. Often doctors recommend anti-allergy and antihistamines for immediate relief to seasonal allergies and avoid the allergens that cause the reactions.

It is said in Ayurveda that allergies originate from an imbalance of the doshas (bio-energetic principles) which are responsible for the function of our body and mind. Rather than treating the symptom, treating the origin is the key to achieving long term benefits and relief. It is also essential to boost internal immunity through a healthier diet, lifestyle, some common herbs and certain rejuvenating treatments. 


Balancing the Doshas

Your primary dosha type can often predict which allergy symptoms will manifest, so it’s important to understand your dosha type as well as your current imbalances. Dosha types include Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each of us has a combination of these three doshas within us and can, therefore, experience imbalances in any of the doshas. Different types of allergy symptoms represent imbalances in different doshas. By noticing this, we can more specifically guide the treatment of relieving seasonal allergies.


Kapha Allergy Symptoms

The accumulation of the Kapha Dosha in spring can lead to congestion, a runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing. This dosha is made up of earth and water elements. It creates a heavy feeling and excessive music in the head and sinuses. Some other symptoms include sluggishness and tiredness. 


To relieve this, you can try the traditional yogic nasal cleansing system known as Jalneti. This self-practice involves clearing the nasal passages with saltwater with a Neti Pot, which looks like a miniature teapot with an elongated spout. This helps to regulate pressure in the head and although it may seem not easy or uncomfortable at first, with a little practice it’s easy to do, and highly effective.


The use of pungent and bitter (astringent) herbs and spices to reduce Kapha, including ginger, cayenne, pepper, basil, cumin, cardamom, sage, turmeric, and cinnamon may also be effective methods for reducing symptoms. An easy remedy is drinking hot honey water or ginger lemon tea. The herb trikatu, which can be taken daily, is also a herb that is considered effective. In addition, treatment should be geared toward lightening the body in other ways, such as daily exercise and use of a dry sauna.


Pita Allergy Symptoms

The underlying source of allergy symptoms in summer is often an imbalance in the Pitta dosha. Pitta is governed by the elements of water and fire, and in the summer, excess heat can produce inflammation in the respiratory tract or skin. These symptoms include rash, headache, burning or red eyes, and inflammation in the sinuses and airway (sinusitis, bronchitis).


Ayurveda recommends ingesting cooling herbs, such as coriander and cilantro to pacify Pitta and the resulting allergy symptoms. In addition, herbs such as Guduchi, Amalaki, and Neem may be helpful. Ingestion of clarified butter, or ghee, as well as aloe, can calm the inflammatory reaction that is typical of Pitta imbalance. From a biochemical perspective, these herbs contain healthy anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that support our immune system.


Vata Allergy Symptoms

When Vata is out of balance, the allergic symptoms one may face include headache, wheezing, sneezing, and generalized muscle aches. These are typically seen in the fall as the air generally becomes cold and dry. This is due to the accumulation of the lighter elements of space and air in the mind-body physiology. Other manifestations of this Vata imbalance include dry cough, restlessness, and dry eyes. It is important to stay hydrated and drink warm liquids, such as ginger tea with honey. To bring Vata back into balance, use calming herbs such as ashwagandha, which is also an immune modulator that calms the immune system’s response to allergens. Another useful tool in calming Vata is performing a self-massage or getting abhyanga treatment.


Natural Ways of Relieving Seasonal Allergies

One of the best ways to relieve seasonal allergies is to eat light, warm and cooked food. Warm, cooked vegetarian foods, made with a little bit of clarified butter (ghee) helps the body to bounce back. Eating warm, cooked foods gives the digestive fire a chance to rest. When the digestion is low (and hence the fire is low), it can’t access the nutrition stored in raw foods, and the poorly digested food creates toxins. When you know that your digestion is up to par (especially in summer), enjoy raw greens and salads.


Reduce or avoid dairy

To reduce the symptoms related to mucous and allow the body to get rid of the toxins naturally quickly, reducing or avoiding dairy is very effective.


Do gentle exercise and practice pranayama

Yoga poses along with the practice of pranayama, or breath techniques will help reduce most imbalances. These basic and easy practices can help not only on a physical level but also on a mental and spiritual level, bringing calmness and tranquillity into your life.


Herbal supplements and spices

To support the digestive fire use warming spices in cooking such as ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin seeds, coriander, garlic and black pepper.

When our Agni (fire) is restored we maintain the balance of our doshas and are hence less likely to experience ill health, such as seasonal allergies. Instead of seeing our environment as a threat, we can begin to calm the excitability of the immune system and, instead, experience our connection to the external world as nourishing. Ayurveda provides us with the tools required to experience this connection and move closer to our natural state of health and balance.


Get instant relief with a Nasya face and head massage at Nature Care Ayurveda

Nasya helps relieve congestion and allergies and is a unique nasal treatment that includes the face and neck. It involves a soothing pressure point face massage, a head and chest massage with a steam treatment. Drops of specially formulated rejuvenating herbal oils are applied to the nose and used to provide relief for sinus problem and congestion. These oil drops form a protective later on the nasal tissues and stop allergens from directly attaching themselves to nasal membranes.


Sunday, 15 March 2020

Corona Virus and Ayurveda view


Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a major problem for the whole world. Coronavirus Could Cost the Global Economy $2.7 Trillion. Here’s How. https://t.co/FkABoP26dp?amp=1blue and red coral reef

Quoting from Al Jazeera: More than 100,000 people (mostly in China) have been infected and more than 3290 people have died (3,015 deaths in China and 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran). At least 1,200 of the new infections are in Iran in just the past 24 hours, the country’s biggest jump since the outbreak began. Iran’s health ministry on Friday noted that 124 people have died.

In France, 200 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed overnight, while India and South Korea also reported an increase in the number of infections.

Additionally, the death toll in the United States from the coronavirus rose to 12 when King County in the state of Washington reported the latest death on Thursday.

There is no cure or vaccine available.
Prevention is the best approach to restrict its spreading.
WHO recommendation on Corona virus infection:
Protect yourself and others from getting sick
Wash your hands with soap frequently and use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Maintain social distancing (1 mitre distance) from others. (Note: some infected people may not have any symptom and yet can infect others).
Australian Health Department says: “avoid close contact with others, such as touching”.
. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with uncleaned hands, fingers and objects.
. Practice respiratory hygiene.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately

. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider.
. Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading
Follow the guidance outlined above,
Stay at home and seek medical help early if you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
. Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others. If you are well, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public. https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-on-the-use-of-surgical-masks

AYURVEDA VIEW:
Signs & Symptoms
Corona virus affects both animals and human beings. It displays wide range of symptoms of respiratory to nervous system like common cold, pneumonia, and giddiness. It affects the respiratory system and makes it fail. In severe cases vital organs like heart, liver & brain functions could be affected.
It takes two to fourteen days for symptoms to appear after one is affected by Coronavirus. So what are typical signs and symptoms?
Respiratory system- Sore Throat, Cough, Headache, Breathlessness, Tiredness, Running Nose. Critical cases been detected as respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ dysfunction/failure.
Digestive system - Vomiting Diarrhoea with Abdomen Pain.
Muscular system - Fatigue, body ache.
Lymphatic or Immune system - Fever.
Nervous system - Coronavirus causes demyelination in central nervous system & impaired coordination of brain & body.


"We all know that strong immunity is necessary to fight any kind of foreign body or disease. Coronavirus primarily affects the lungs and the respiratory system.
Commonly used herbs to increase immunity:
Amalaki or amla (Emblica Officinalis), guduchi/glioy (Tinospora Cordifolia), neem (Azadirachta Indica), kutki (Picrorhiza Kurroa), tulsi (basil) are some of the Ayurvedic herbs that are helpful in building the immunity and preventing the infection.
In Ayurveda, good digestion or strong digestive fire plays a very important role in fighting diseases. Eat a piece of fresh ginger or drink ginger tea. Mint tea, cinnamon tea, and fennel tea are also good.
People should eat only well-cooked food, avoid spitting in public, and avoid close contact, the WHO said, adding that it is important for people to seek medical care at the earliest if they become sick.
According to Ayurveda, Corona virus disturbs equilibrium of Vata and Kapha dosha. Hence, it recommends Pitta vardhak (stimulating pitta until it balances Kapha & Vata dosha) diet and lifestyle. Food changes, as suggested below, can help to restore these functions back in the body.

a. Have Herb like Fenugreek. It absorbs abnormal kapha.
b. Add Spices in food for e.g. garlic, ginger, turmeric to stimulate taste & assimilation
c. Drink turmeric powder and milk.
d. Eat fruits like papaya oranges and lemons.
e. Avoid cold drinks, ice-creams and cold food.



Ayurveda Therapy:

Abhyanga - Oil massage all over body helps improve blood circulation and stimulates parasympathetic nervous system. The calming effect brings balance in metabolism.
Herbal steam - Herbal fomentations to detoxify fats and lighten body, increases digestive fire and thereafter metabolism.
Nasya - It cleans the nasal track and sinuses, developing immunity.
Niyama - To maintain personal conducts as per guidelines.
Shauch - Personal and environmental cleanliness to be maintained. Clean vegetables properly and drink boiled water.
Svadhyay- Be aware of the symptoms of disease, introspect and seek immediate medical help.

Diet - Eat Satvik and vegetarian food as much as possible. Scientists are still exploring the link between bat, snake and coronavirus, “The only thing that you need to take care of is that the meat has been hygienically cooked and should not be raw, which is the best way to prevent any disease transmitted through animal meat.”

Lifestyle- Stay stress free, in warm regions, walk regularly and sleep well.

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Sunday, 9 February 2020

Kampavata (Parkinson’s disease) Ayurvedic view


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Kampavata (Parkinson’s disease) Ayurvedic view
Ayurveda the science of healing mainly focus on aim “swastasya swatha rakshanam athurasya vikara prashamana” the great words of ancient sages that could be simplified as prevention is better than cure. There is condition in which occurred pathology cannot be reversed but can be arrested from further progression and hence the person can be saved from its complication. Vata the prime factor of movement is the basic support for even other Dosha since it’s the only Dosha which could move and help other components to move if vata gets deranged all the other components will also get affected.
Parkinson’s is a motar system affecting disease, related to CNS (central nervous system). It is caused due to degeneration of pigmented neurons in zona compacta of substantia nigra resulting decrease of dopamine level in brain further leading to motar disfunction or in simple words its just the death of dopamine generating cells. Still the cause of death of cells are unknown. Here the person will be unable to control his movement since the dopamine is related to movement.

Ayurvedic view of Parkinson:
Ayurveda, we mainly give predominance to dosas (vata, pitta, kapha) and its equilibrium. In ayurvedic references Parkinson’s could be co-related to KAMPAVATA or VEPATHU which is caused by aggravated vata. In this condition, generalized involuntary movements of all parts of body / head only.
The medications of kambavata is explained in our brihatries (susrutha samhitha, charaka samhitha and astanga hrudaya). In Charaka samhitha, a detailed description is provided along with its line of management.
Incidence:
1.       Prevalence increases from 1% in people over 65 years to 5% people over 80.
2.       Both men and women are equally affected.
3.       Rarely seen in young generation, the Parkinson seen in young generation is coined as young onset PD.
Aetiology:
Not well known but factors contributing pathogenesis are:
1.       Genetic factors
2.       Accelerated aging
3.       Use of drugs like reserpine, ethanol etc.
4.       Repeated history of fall
5.       Toxins such as environmental (methyl-phenyl-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) etc.)   
Symptoms:
Classical triads of Parkinson’s:
1.       Resting tremors
2.       Bradykinesia
3.       Rigidity
The other symptoms include.
1.       Decreased facial expressions
2.       Stooped posture
3.       Pill rolling movements
4.       Masked face
5.       Sluggish speech
6.       Difficulty in swallowing
7.       Low rate of blinking

Complication:
1.       Frequent falls
2.       Incapacitation
3.       Depression
4.       Dementia
5.       Urinary incontinence
6.       Constipation
7.       Aspiration etc.

Management:
1.       Nidana Parivarjana (avoiding of causative factors like enviornmentals, toxins, drugs etc.)
2.       Shodana chikilsa (bio clensing therapies like Panchakarma – the detoxification)
3.       Samana Chikilsa (internal medications)

Some effective drugs and oils in Parkinson’s:
1.       Mahanarayana Thailam
2.       Ksheerabala Thailam
3.       Sahacharathi Thailam
4.       Brahmigritham
5.       Aswaganda Choornam
6.       Dasamoolakwatha etc.
*Note: These drugs should only be taken under ayurvedic physician supervison.

Pathya-Apathya

Pathya (Compatible food) :
1.       Shali (Brown Rice)
2.       Citrus fruits (Orange, Pomegranate, Peach etc.)
3.       Vegetables
4.       Nuts
5.       Milk and fresh milk products except cheese
6.       Garlic
7.       Asafetida
8.       Sprout beans etc.
9.       Regular exercises
10.   Be as active as possible

Apathya (incompatible food) :
1.       Yava (Barley)
2.       Peas
3.       Jambu
4.       Excess protein diets
5.       Hot spicy foods
6.       Virudha aahara (incompactible foods)

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Dr Nikhila Venugopal (Marma & Gynae specialist), 
Dr Urmila Anil Kumar (specialist in Panchakarma and skin care) & Dr Vishal Sharma (Member International Academy of Ayurveda).
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Sunday, 1 December 2019

Summer and its Regimens

                             Summer significance

The changing seasons have a drastic effect on our body and summer is a particularly challenging season for which Ayurveda offers more effective solutions than any other wellness/lifestyle system.
Ayurveda provides logical information and practical lifestyle suggestions to beat this peak rays of sunlight. Change in routine is a major strike point which have crossed our mind at this point. We might be looking for ways to beat this heat and be free of the diseases of this summer season.  The long days of heat and bright sun lights creates a distress to the body
Though uncomfortable, it is time to welcome the feeling of the brighter Ray's of sun. Like each seasons summer has its own distinct personality. We can balance our habits, routines, dietary choices by regularly adjusting our life style and habits to accommodate the arrival of each season.
Summer is the season of pitta, characterized by heat and dryness. It is bright, hot, sharp, intense, and penetrating.

INCREASED PITTA AND PUR BODY

During this season commonly seen diseases are
- Skin rashes
- Acne
- Ulcers
- Acidity
- Heartburn
- Diarrhea.
Excessive pitta in the mind causes
- Irritability
- Competitiveness
- Egoism
- Anger😠
- Envy

Fasten your seat belt to keep your body and mind cool while things are heating up outside through Ayurveda and its principles


WATCH OVER YOUR DIET

The digestive fire is low in the summer and our appetite is weaker than it is in cooler seasons. In fact Ayurveda holds the opinion that the ‘Agni’ is lowest during the hottest part of the day. So it is advised to eat breakfast and lunch before the peak rays of the sun and a light dinner when the sun begins to set. Warm and light foods gives a protection as the chances of diseases through improper food is at its heights during this season. Hot, spicy and salty food increases the pitta Dosha. Hard liquor, red wine, and red meat are also too heating for the summer.
Sweet, bitter and astringent food tastes are pitta-pacifying. The best summer foods are made with milk, yogurt, ghee, cucumber, apples, pears, melon, watermelon, fresh cilantro, asparagus, broccoli, and basmati rice. Fresh salads are also one among the best foods during this season.
A secret recipe to escape this summer heat is by intake of cream of wheat cooked with milk and a pinch of cardamom and sugar.

STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER

Water is a magic drink to the body. Make sure to drink sufficient cups of water daily, along with cooling beverages like fresh coconut water and watermelon juice. Electrolyte drinks are much needed during this season to prevent any electrolyte imbalance, which seems to be common during this season

OUR REGIMENS AND THIS SUMMER

Water sports like swimming, scuba diving, and water polo are perfect but exercise are more perfect if done in the early morning or late evening to prevent the dehydration. Avoid the peak rays of sun as it can cause lots of diseases. It will be more comfortable to wear loose clothes so that the skin can breathe and shade your head.
Applying oils in the body also help in the temperature balance. Sandalwood, aloe Vera, turmeric prove to be the best herb for the sunburns

Optimized digestion, immunity and a good state of mind is what we need for a balanced state of body and mind. Ayurveda ensures that these goals are focused upon to make it as a foundation towards-  better health and living.
The other regimens to be followed will add to its benefit when consulted by a doctor as the series of pros-cons checklist is assessed with your constitution and the daily habits.
Roots of Ayurveda are so deep that its ultimate aim is a healthy body, mind and longevity. So the changes in the season is also important to decide whether you are on the right path.
With this sole aim of promoting a good health and providing a healthy diet and lifestyle guidance, Nature Care Ayurveda provides all the care for your improved health.
 The panel consists of Dr Naveen Shukla, the Founder and Director of Nature Care Ayurveda, Vice president of Australiasian Association of Ayurveda and the State representative of AAA for NSW.
Panchakarma & aphrodisiac speacilist
Dr Vishal Sharma, Ayurveda consultant and Life time member of International Academy of Ayurveda (IAA).
Dr Nikhila Venugopal is the Ayurveda consultant/doctor, Ayurveda gynae  and Marma specialist of Nature Care Ayurveda.
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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Wishing you all a very Happy 😊 Christmas 🎄🎄 and Happy New Year🙏🏼. 

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Nir-Aamayaah |
Sarve Bhadraanni Pashyantu
Maa Kashcid-Duhkha-Bhaag-Bhavet |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Meaning:
1: May All become Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May no one Suffer.
5: Om Peace, Peace, Peace

A well said quote “If you want to see your FUTURE look into your PRESENT action”

 Similarly Ayurveda (#AncientWisdomOfHealing) believes, if we want to be healthy need to think 🤔 what is good for us and what need to correct before it’s too late.

We wish you all good health also enjoy this #PositiveEnergy time around the Globe 🌍.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

Yoga and eating food with hands

    
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          Yoga and eating food with hands


Eating  food with the hand is a part of tradition, Culture, ritual and health based on the concept of Pancha Karma Indriya ( five organs of action ) and pancha janana Indriya (five organ of senses ) of yoga and Ayurveda in INDIA.
Eating is supposed to be a sensory experience and it is said to evoke emotion and passion. According to the Vedas, hands are the most precious organs of action. The scriptures reveal how every finger is an extension of the five elements. Through the thumb comes space, with the forefinger comes air, the middle finger is fire, the ring finger is water and the little finger represents earth.
Hence, eating with one’s fingers stimulates these five elements and helps in bringing forth digestive juices in the stomach.
The nerve endings on our fingertips are known to stimulate digestion. Feeling your food becomes a way of signalling the stomach that you are about to eat. You become more conscious of the taste, textures and aromas.
Eating food is not merely a way to satisfy the hunger, but to sublimate the senses and infuse satisfaction. It is a way to nourish the inner self.
Traditionally, the six tastes (Sweet, Salty, Pungent, Astringent, Sour and Bitter ) and varied food items are served all together on one platter(called Thali )which immediately pacifies the sense of vision, smell, taste and touch.
Silence is observed, in order for the sense of hearing to be as less stimulated as possible and take the stimulus from the sub vocalization of the sound of chewing. All of this help in the activation of salivary glands and salivary amylase (the enzyme responsible for aiding in the catabolic action on the food). The five sensory organs ( eyes ,ears, nose , tounge and skin ) when engaged in the activity of eating food in the above said traditional method .Have minimal outgoing tendencies and the senses go into the anabolic or energy conservation mode so that this energy is utilized for digestion .
The five organ of action - hands ,feet, organs of reproduction, organs of eliminaton and vocal cords have the tendency to respond according to the information collected by the five sensory organs and are generally catabolic in nature.
·        The use of hands allows one to feel the texture and temperature of the food , which further stimulates the salivary glands using the sense of touch, smell, and sight. it also prevents one from eating very hot or very cold food as these extreme temperatures are not pleasing to the human body and  neither is good for the digestive fire.
·        As we use hands to eat food, we tend to bring the fingers and thumb close to each other , which forms Sumana Mudra. The center of the palm is the seat of digestive organs as per acupressure. When we use hands for eating food, we naturally trigger these pressure points, which help in the release of digestive juices from the liver and gall bladder.
·        The center of the palm is also one of the most therauptic Marma points that activate the release of pranic energy in the entire body, which is triggered in the use of hands
·        The general habit of using the dining table for having meals may lead to overeating. When we sit cross legged on the floor to eat food, every time we bend forward to break a morsel it puts pressure on the stomach and once the stomach being happily full and anything more would be over eating.  While sitting completely upright we supress this natural urge/ sign from the body's innate intelligence.  As per Ayurvedic principles, the stomach should be only 3/4th filled with food and the rest 1/4th space should be allowed for the free movement of gases and for the process of digestion.  

                                   Vedic ritual of eating food

Pancha Pranopasana Mudras can easily be practised by one and all before meals. They invoke a feeling of gratitude and connection with the process of eating (Anna Grahan) . In addition, they help in balancing the main vital current known as Mukhaya Pranas .
Practice this short exercise for revising this set of Mudras before your lunch / dinner . This is known as parishinchami  (encircling with water), and the eating of small helpings of rice is  known as pranahooti ( offering to the vital breeths ). It is performed twice a day before the meals .All other meals are  considered "extra " or secondary (upa bhojanam ). Parisecana mantra is sort of a "protection"for the food we are about to eat .
1.Parisecana: Take a comfortable seated posture  , preferably cross legged position  (sukhasna)on the floor .Chant the mantra : Satyam tvartena parishinchami (O Food !you are true . I encircle you with divine righteousness.) And circumambulate the food with a sprinkling of eater. This sprinkling of  water is known as "parisecanna." At night, this mantra is :Rtamtvasat yena parishinchami.
2.Pranahoothi: Perform the following Pranahoothi . Use only the thumb ,index finger and middle finger of the right hand take a very little amount food and swallow it without touching the teeth . The idea is that by first making an offering to the Pranas we pay homage to their life-giving power by virtue of their performing the bodily activities that are crucial to our survival. In this way , this ritual recognizes that  not only is food important to survival, but the very bodily function that we take for granted are essential, and we owe all of this to the supreme. who sits as the superintending power behind all bodily activity, no matter how mundane   

·        Om pranaye Savaha ( Hold Prana Mudra in left hand) and meditate upon the mouth regime

·        Om Apanaya Savaha ( Hold Apana Mudra in left hand) and meditate upon the lower body below the navel

·        Om Vayana Savaha ( Hold Vayana Mudra in left hand )and meditate upon the limb (arms, hands, legs, and feet ) and heart

·        OmSamanya Svaha (Hold Samana Mudra in left hand)and meditate upon the navel region

·        Om brahmani ma atma amrtavaya. This means," May my self be united in the supreme, so that i may attain immortality "

Dr Naveen Shukla
Founder Director Nature Care Ayurveda
State Rep. For AAA (NSW) Australia

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