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Āyurmantraḥ

with Melissa Shah of Find Your Breath
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Oṁ āyur dhehi prāṇaṁ dhehi

May life be nourished, may prana/upward movement of energy be nourished.

 

Apānaṁ dhehi vyānaṁ dhehi

May apana/downward movement of energy be nourished, may vyana/circulation be nourished.

 

Cakṣur dhehi śrotraṁ dhehi

My eyesight be nourished, may hearing be nourished.

 

Mano dhehi vācaṁ dhehi

May the mind be nourished, may speech be nourished.

 

Ātmānaṁ dhehi pratiṣṭhāṁ dhehi

May the soul be nourished, may I be grounded in that nourishment. 

 

Māṁ dhehi mayi dhehi

May i be nourished, may everyone be nourished.

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Rahu Yantra: The Innovator

with Sarah Tomlinson

As you enter the Fall, the creative currents are moving through and the drying leaves are floating and bristling in the breeze.

 

It is time to get grounded, juicy and warm to harness the creativity that ensues.

 

This is where the intersection of Yantra and Ayurveda happens. Ayurveda is the Science of Life. It tells you how to live in balance by living with the rhythms of the hours, the days, the weeks, the lunar months, the seasons and the seasons of life. There are many Ayurvedic remedies and practices to bring you into harmony with the present rhythm; from how you set your alarm clock, when you eat, what you eat, and who you choose to hang out with. Ayurveda primarily works with the well-being of the physical body. What the Yantras bring to complement this process are the frequencies that speak to the subtle body. The subtle body is where mental and emotional impressions first take hold. The subtle body is the bridge between the ethereal and physical planes.

 

When it is getting increasingly windy, cold and dry in the Northern Hemisphere in September, this is known as the onset of Vata Season. At this time you might want to cultivate some of the opposite qualities: stillness, warmth and unctuousness (think: oily, moist, juicy) for yourself. You may find yourself consuming warm tasty soups, giving yourself warm oil massages and taking short restful pauses during the day.

How to work with your Rahu Yantra:

 

Place this Yantra in your home in a location that makes you feel happy. You can place it in the South West Corner of the house if that is accessible.

Gaze at the central dot of the Yantra, the bindu, and recite the Mantra:

 

OM RAM RAHUVE NAMAHA

 

(Om Raam Ra Who Vey Naam Ah Ha)

 

I honor the energy of Rahu, of the innovation and creativity within me. I express my unique voice.

 

Recite the Mantra x1, x3 or x108 as you gaze at the bindu. Then close your eyes and settle into the feeling in your body. See where the sensations arise. Breathe into the sensations as they come and go. Savor the moment when all becomes quiet. When you feel ready, thank your Yantra and the connection it is allowing you to feel within, then move on with your day.

Continue this Yantra and Mantra practice every day for 40 days, preferably at the same time of day and in the same space in your home.

 

After 40 days, you will have had a number of internal shifts. Journal about the inner and outer changes that are taking place. You can place the Yantra in a part of your home that will benefit from the visual reminder of the beauty of your magical self!

 

As the Autumn turns into Winter, your meditation practice will become very solid, and you can bring the creative currents with you into your longer hours of darkness and your time spent indoors. By working with the enduring qualities of Kapha Season, the heavy time of year when Winter turns to Spring, you will be able to complete any creative projects started in the Fall.

 

Remember, being grounded, and rested, with a soothed nervous system helps you to tune into your creativity and empowers you to use it for the good of all. Rahu Yantra will have this wonderful effect of settling and soothing you. It will connect you with the unique vibrancy you have within to express.

A Vata pacifying āsana practice

with Katie Allen of Be the Change Yoga
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Balancing Vata

by Dre Giménez (@yogidelic)

Fall is here!

The crisp air, rustling leaves, gentle breeze that's got you feeling light and fluttery, like a butterfly taking flight 🦋 and that's Vata energy for you – airy, creative, but sometimes a bit scattered, too. Through gentle shifts, we can restore harmony. Like tending to a garden, nurturing the essential while letting go of what no longer serves. In this journey, remember self-compassion. As you navigate each phase, each breath, be kind to yourself. Here are three simple mindfulness practices to keep your nervous system balanced during Vata season.

Finding Your Rhythm (morning visualization)

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  1. Pause and take a conscious breath. Feel the gentle rise and fall of your chest.

  2. Observe your thoughts without judgment. Let them drift by like leaves on a stream.

  3. Tune in to your natural pace. Find the rhythm that aligns with you. As you set the tone for your day, imagine your personal rhythm syncing harmoniously with the world, like a dance guided by the winds themselves.

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Vaastu Shastra for Vata Season: Adorning the Home with Artwork

 

by Sherri Silverman, Ph.D.
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Artwork for Vaastu Homes

 

Having vacant walls can create a sterile feeling and make life feel lonely and
unsettled. Place something on the walls and around your home—art and ornaments that
you find
uplifting and beautiful. Remember that what you put your attention on grows
stronger in your life. Violence, misery, and depressing scenes are not supportive for
the home as a healing sanctuary; these subjects can be powerful social commentary in art
but are better suited for places other than your home. Avoid harsh, jagged images that
seem to attack.

 

Look for art that expands and enlivens your soul and consciousness, not

just your intellect. The Vaastu text Mayamata recommends putting paintings on interior
and exterior walls, specifically “joyous scenes and religious images.”

 

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