Pancha Prana Vayu – The Five Energy Flows

Pancha Prana Vayu - The Five Vital Energies

Pancha Prana Vayu or the five energy flows, enables the body and its organs to function. Essentially, the Pancha Prana Vayus are responsible for the entire physiology of the human system.

Oil Pulling for Oral Hygiene

Oil Pulling for Dental Hygiene

Oil pulling is a simple and effective technique to maintain oral hygiene. Oil pulling is an ancient method mentioned in Ayurvedic texts. The Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita mentions Oil pulling as Kavala and Gandusha. Kavala involves holding a medicinal liquid in the mouth and Gandusha involves retaining as well as moving the liquid in the mouth. Oil pulling involves sipping a tablespoon of oil and retaining, swishing and moving it in the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, to pull out the toxins and microbes.

Yogic Breathing – The Art of Natural Breathing

Yogic Breathing

Yoga and breath are deeply connected. When performing asana, pranayama and meditation, the correct breathing is essential to get the full benefits of the practice. Yogic breathing is finding your natural breath.

Prana Vayu Mudra – Hand Gesture for Prana Flow

Prana Vayu Mudra - Hand Gesture

Prana Vayu Mudra is a hand mudra or gesture used for improving vitality and immunity. In Ayurveda, the thumb represents the fire element, the little finger the water element and the ring finger the earth element. Prana Vayu mudra brings together these three elements, which is said to give therapeutic benefits.

The Guru Disciple Tradition

Guru Disciple Tradition

        Role of the Guru in spiritual life is indisputable. The spiritual path is an esoteric path. Everything cannot be learned from scriptures and talks. Even if we understand a subject intellectually, it is not easy to put it to practice. One needs to undergo an inner shift to grasp the subtle truths about life and the creation. An external agent is required to help us through this change, which can be painful at times. When a larva wants to become a beautiful butterfly, it has to undergo various stages of transformation. That is a challenge. When we are ready for this challenge, the role of the Guru begins.

Ananda Balasana – Happy Baby Pose

Ananda Balasana - Happy Baby Pose

Ananda Balasana or the Happy Baby Pose is a good hip opener and gives relaxation to the mind. In Sanskrit, Ananda means bliss or happiness, Bala means child and Asana means a pose. Ananda Balasana is a beginner’s pose and can be done by any age group.

Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana

Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana - Extended Hand to Toe Pose

Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana or extended hand to toe pose stretches the hamstrings, gives a sense of balance and calms the mind. In sanskrit, Utthita means extended, Hasta means hand, Pada means feet, Angushta means toe and Asana is a pose.

Samana Vayu Mudra – Hand gesture for Samana Flow

Samana Vayu Mudra - Hand gesture

Samana Vayu Mudra is a hand mudra or gesture in yoga, used for improving digestion and assimilation. In Ayurveda, the thumb represents the fire element, the middle finger indicates space element and the index finger, the air element, ring finger indicates earth element and the little finger indicates water element. Samana Vayu mudra brings together these five elements, which is said to give therapeutic benefits.

Parsva Virabhadrasana – The Reverse Warrior Pose

Parsva Virabhadrasana - Reverse Warrior Pose

Parsva Virabhadrasana or the Reverse Warrior Pose is good for energizing the body and improving balance. In Sanskrit, Parsva means side or reverse in this case, Virabhadra is a legendary warrior from the Puranas, created by Lord Shiva to destroy Daksha’s Yagna; and Asana is a pose.

Udana Vayu Mudra – Hand Gesture for Udana Flow

Udana Vayu Mudra - Hand gesture

Udana Vayu Mudra is a hand mudra or gesture used for improving speech, respiratory system and the thyroid. In Ayurveda, the thumb represents the fire element, the middle finger indicates space element and the index finger, the air element and the ring finger indicates earth element. Udana Vayu mudra brings together these four elements, which is said to give therapeutic benefits.