The chakras have become a popular topic in New Age thinking, alternative medicine, and yoga, as has kundalini, the serpent power which energizes them. But there is a growing gap between how the chakras are viewed today and how they are regarded in traditional yogic literature. Today the chakras are used mainly for physical healing. This is different from, and at best preliminary to, the yogic process of Self-realization, which is concerned with going beyond the body and mind. Opening the chakras requires a radical change in consciousness, which usually occurs only after years of meditation. It is not a simple matter of emotional opening or physical cleansing.
Today, the chakras, like yoga, are defined in physical terms, which obscures their real purpose and function.
What has happened with the chakras is analogous to what has happened to yoga itself. Yoga means meditation, defined as “the negation of the dualistic thought processes of the mind” (Yoga Sutra 1.2). But today yoga has come to mean primarily asana (yogic postures), which is only an aid to the attainment of yoga. Chakra (not “shakra” as many people pronounce it) means “wheel,” literally “that which revolves.” In yogic literature it refers to the seven vital centers in the subtle or astral body, the body of life energy underlying the physical body. Their opening allows for the unfoldment of higher states of consciousness leading to the awareness of the Supreme Self. Yet today, the chakras, like yoga, are defined in physical terms, which obscures their real purpose and function.
Misconceptions About Chakra Yoga and Healing
In much New Age thinking, imbalances or blockages of the chakras are regarded as the root of disease, which is then treated by correcting the function of the affected chakra. This misconception has spawned a whole group of practitioners who claim to heal our chakras for us. Others claim to be able to energize our chakras and thereby not only cure what ails us but also give us inner knowledge and experience. Some of these procedures can be very expensive and many are highly speculative.
Most chakra healing today emphasizes external measures such as gems, herbs, bodywork, sound or color therapy, and vibrational healing; often various machines are used to treat the chakras. In addition, psychic healers claim to work on the chakras directly through their mental or occult powers. Working on the chakras with such methods is supposed to open or awaken them, or to induce higher states of consciousness in the person being treated.
The yogic approach is aimed at opening the chakras, not for healing purposes or to gain occult powers, but as a part of the process of Self-knowledge. For this yoga employs internal practices of mantra, pranayama, and meditation, which we must do for ourselves; external means, such as diet or herbs, are only secondary aids.
According to the yoga system, in the ordinary human state, which is rarely transcended except by sustained spiritual practice, the chakras are closed; that is, they do not truly function. The result of this is not disease, but ignorance. This ignorance consists of regarding the external world as the true reality and living without awareness of one’s true Self, which is neither body nor mind but thought-free awareness. One’s chakras can be closed and yet one can be healthy, emotionally balanced, mentally creative, and successful in many areas of life. The purpose of opening the chakras is not to improve one’s capacity in the ordinary domains of human life but to go beyond our mortal and transient seeking to the immortal essence.
Traditional yoga views the chakras as influencing physical functions only in a secondary way.
Today, the chakras are generally described as force centers within the physical body, with the sushumna nadi or central channel being identified with the spine. The chakras are related to various spinal centers and the physiological processes they govern, such as digestion, respiration, or reproduction. However, traditional yoga views the chakras as influencing physical functions only in a secondary way.
The current tendency to confuse the chakras with their corresponding functions in the physical body is based on a lack of understanding of the nature and function of the subtle body. The subtle body is the subtle counterpart of the physical body, and has a similar form. Yet it is composed of a finer matter than space in the physical world, and cannot be perceived by the physical senses. It belongs to another plane of existence, which we normally access only in dream states or after death. The subtle body allows the life force to enter into the physical body; without it the body could not even move. The subtle body is always active within the physical body, as the source of its vitality, though its activity is obscured by the veil of physical conditions.
The chakras are not part of the ordinary functioning of the subtle body. They take on a significant role only in states of heightened awareness or spiritual awakening. They represent the opening up or the mergence of the subtle body with the consciousness beyond it. While we can correlate physical and subtle body components and functions, we should realize that the two are not the same, and the spiritually opened astral or subtle body is something else entirely.
If the chakras are to come into function, they need another, much higher source of energy than what the physical body can provide. This is the role of the kundalini or serpent power, which lies dormant in the subtle body. Kundalini is not a physical force, nor is it an energy that one can manipulate with personal power. Kundalini is the concentrated energy of awareness or attention. It is not an energy apart from consciousness, but rather the energy that manifests with consciousness when it becomes free from thought. Only if a person has one-pointedness of mind can kundalini truly come into action, because only then does one have the possibility of moving beyond thought.
The awakening of kundalini requires that prana or life force enter into the sushumna or central channel. This occurs when the prana is withdrawn from its fixation through the thought process on the external world. As long as our life energy is identified with the physical body and its functions, it cannot be withdrawn into the central channel. For this reason, arousing kundalini and opening the chakras involves a state of samadhi in which we leave ordinary consciousness. In the beginning this usually involves a state of trance wherein we become unconscious of the physical body. Later it can be done in the waking state, without any impairment of physical action, but at that stage, the physical body is no longer experienced as one’s true identity.
A more accurate yet simple way to name the chakras is after the elements they rule.
The Chakras and the Physical Organs
Because the Sanskrit terms for the chakras are cumbersome, there has been a tendency to name them after their corresponding physical location: crown chakra, brow chakra, throat chakra, heart chakra, navel chakra, sex chakra, and root chakra. While this is convenient, it also heightens the tendency to confuse the chakras with the physical body. A more accurate yet simple way to name the chakras is after the elements they rule: earth for the base of the spine, water for the urino-genital region, fire for the navel, air for the heart, ether for the throat, mind for the third eye, and consciousness for the crown chakra.
However, it is the cosmic functions of these elements that the opened chakras give access to, not their ordinary roles as components of our personal existence. The opened chakras provide knowledge of the unity of the objective constituents of the universe (elements), along with the instruments of cognition (sense organs) and the instruments of action (organs of action), which are the subjective constituents of the universe. When the chakras are opened we experience the cosmic nature of these elements within our own deeper awareness.
To bring the subtle centers into function, the gross or physical centers must be put in a state of rest or equilibrium. That is why the practices of yoga develop stillness of body, breath, senses, and mind (asana, pranayama, pratyahara, and dharana). To properly open the water chakra, for example, is different than having a heightened sexual drive. On the contrary, it requires that the physical sexual organ go into a state of latency and that the sexual drive be sublimated.
Similarly, to open the air chakra is quite different than to be in a heightened, vulnerable, or overly emotional state. To awaken this fourth chakra we must go beyond mere personal emotions and understand the cosmic energy behind all emotional fluctuations. This requires an opening to the universal feelings of compassion and devotion, and contact with the universal life force.
Strictly speaking, therefore, there is no such chakra as the sex center, or heart center, or any other chakra as a mere physical function. There is a chakra located in the subtle body in an area that corresponds to the region of the sex organs in the physical body and which is its subtle counterpart. However, the properly opened chakra is not concerned with the functions of the physical sexual organs but with the cosmic element of water and its corresponding activities. To call it a sex center invites misinterpretation.
The signs of opened chakras include a corresponding control over and detachment from the physical elements and organs. As long as one is attached to the physical organs and their functions, the subtle organs cannot come into play. The awakening of the consciousness behind the subtle body involves being able to take off the gross body and its functions like a heavy overcoat which is no longer necessary on a warm summer day.
Signs of Chakra Opening
To give a sense of what occurs when the chakras are opened, let us examine the signs of opening, chakra by chakra. Note that these signs are general. Experience is variable, particularly as to phenomena or powers. The main experience is a deepening sense of the unity of the universe with one’s own Self-nature.
Let us examine the signs of opening, chakra by chakra.
When the first chakra is opened, one becomes cognizant of the cosmic earth element and aware of the underlying unity of all solid states of matter as a crystallization of the energy of consciousness. One comes to experience the qualities of the cosmic earth element—like hardness, roughness, density, and texture—as various vibratory conditions of one’s own consciousness. One may perceive various subtle or celestial fragrances. Similarly, one understands all formative acts in the universe as different workings of the cosmic earth energy in its capacity to produce and sustain form.
When the water chakra is opened, one becomes cognizant of the cosmic water element and aware of the underlying unity of all liquid states of matter as a crystallization of the energy of consciousness. One comes to experience the qualities of the water element—like softness, wetness, coolness, and flowing nature—as various vibratory conditions of one’s own consciousness. One may perceive various subtle or celestial tastes as an essence (rasa) that emanates from all experiences. Similarly, one understands all purificatory acts in the universe as different workings of the cosmic water energy in its purificatory role.
When the third chakra is opened, one becomes cognizant of the cosmic fire element and aware of the underlying unity of all radiant states of matter as a crystallization of the energy of consciousness. One experiences the qualities of the fire element—like light, color, heat, and illumination—as various vibratory conditions of one’s own consciousness. One may also experience subtle sights and visions, and perceive the radiance or aura behind things. Similarly, one understands behind all appearances in the universe the workings of the cosmic fire energy in its power of illumination.
When the fourth chakra is opened, one becomes cognizant of the cosmic air element and aware of the underlying unity of all gaseous states of matter as a crystallization of the energy of consciousness. One experiences the qualities of the air element—like motion, changeability, subtlety, and penetration—as various vibratory conditions of one’s own consciousness. One may also perceive subtle energy contacts, and feel the underlying vibratory energies of the cosmic life-force. Similarly, one understands behind all contacts in the universe the workings of the cosmic air energy in its energizing role.
When the fifth chakra is opened, one becomes cognizant of the cosmic ether element and aware of the underlying unity of all space in the universe as a crystallization of the energy of consciousness. One experiences the qualities of space—like lightness, subtlety, pervasiveness, and clarity—as various vibratory conditions of one’s own consciousness. One may also perceive subtle sounds, and recognize the underlying spatial structure of the universe. Similarly, one understands behind all vibrations in the universe the working of the cosmic ether element as their matrix.
Mind Chakra or Third Eye
When the sixth chakra is opened, one becomes cognizant of cosmic mind and aware of the underlying unity of all minds in the universe as a crystallization of the energy of consciousness. One experiences the qualities of mind—like perceptiveness, creativity, discrimination, and detachment—as various vibratory conditions of one’s own consciousness. One gains the ability to integrate all the cosmic elements and their respective organs and functions through the activity of the awakened mind. One gains mastery over the mind and comes to have a continual stream of divine perceptions. One realizes that all we think is a manifestation of the cosmic principle of mind.
When the seventh chakra is opened, one becomes cognizant of the Self or pure consciousness as the sole reality and underlying substance of the universe. One experiences the qualities of consciousness—like infinity, immortality, peace, and bliss—as one’s own nature and the underlying nature of the universe. One gains mastery over consciousness and comes to abide in a state of Self-realization, seeing oneself in all beings and all beings in oneself. One realizes that all things are manifestations of the Supreme Self, which is the sole reality.
There are also general signs of the awakening of subtle energies and faculties, like the experiencing of subtle sounds, lights, visions of deities, and so on, generally in the region of the third eye. But such experiences may come long before any particular chakra is opened.
Psychic Experiences and Powers
Each chakra can give an awareness of corresponding levels of the universe or different worlds beyond the physical. The corresponding sub-planes of the astral universe, which are quite marvelous beyond anything in the physical world, may become available to our experience. We may similarly gain insights into the subtle workings of nature, the senses, the life force, and the process of cosmic creation and powers over them.
Each chakra can give an awareness of corresponding levels of the universe or different worlds beyond the physical.
Yet not all yogis choose to explore the worlds or the faculties that relate to the chakras. Many great jnanis, or yogis of the path of knowledge, strive to merge directly into pure unity or the Absolute. In their awakening they may hardly note the distinctions of the chakras and their functions. Ramana Maharshi typifies this view. For him there was only one chakra or center, the Self, from which all the phenomena of the gross and subtle worlds and bodies appeared like the images seen in a mirror or bubbles on the waves of the sea.
Premature Chakra Opening
Opening the chakras requires purity of body, heart, and mind. It cannot be done willfully or forcefully, nor can it be done in a state of emotional disturbance. Attempts to awaken kundalini without having first purified the body and mind often lead to side effects in which the mind or the pranic force becomes disturbed, which results in various illusory experiences. For this reason, traditional yogic literature has always stressed right living (like a vegetarian diet and control of sexual energy), and right attitude (such as non-violence, non-possessiveness, and the other observances and restraints embodied in the yamas and niyamas).
It is possible to have aberrant kundalini or chakra experiences, although most of the experiences labeled as premature kundalini awakening are actually nervous or mental disturbances of a more ordinary nature. If the mind is not purified, there still can be a heightened activity of the lower chakras, which is accompanied by an increase in corresponding physical urges. That is why yoga texts state that beings of asuric or highly egotistical natures can open the chakras up to the navel, but their experiences will be tainted, and the functioning of the chakras will be deranged.
The Limits of Healers
Certain healers may be able to affect the physical counterparts of the chakras with external aids or with psychic energies—which may be helpful for treating various physical or emotional imbalances—but the true awakening of the chakras cannot be accomplished for us by an external person. No external person, machine, or object can open your chakras for you on their yogic level of functioning. The use of certain diets, herbs, or gems can be helpful in preparing the way for the opening of the chakras but these are only external supports. They can no more open the chakras than can asanas of themselves produce meditation. A guru, or one in whom the inner consciousness is awakened, can provide guidance or initiatory experience but cannot do the work for us. The real opening of the chakras requires the adept practice of yoga, which may take years, sometimes lifetimes, to accomplish and which stems from deeper yogic practices of pranayama, mantra, and meditation along with a disciplined lifestyle.
No external person, machine, or object can open your chakras for you on their yogic level of functioning.
Above all we should understand that opening the chakras is not an end in itself, but part of the process of Self-realization, which occurs primarily either through surrender to the Divine (bhakti or devotion) or inquiry into one’s true nature (jnana or knowledge). The current tendency to focus on the technicalities of the chakras rather than developing devotion or wisdom shows that we have not understood what spiritual practice is really about. It is analogous to being more concerned with the physiology of the stomach than with the quality of the food that we eat. The chakras are maps. They show the road and indicate the side paths where one can go astray. What is important is to connect to that Goal wherein one goes beyond all seeking.
Yogic literature speaks of various siddhis, or yogic powers, like the power to levitate, or the power to become as large or small as one likes. As the chakras open, these corresponding powers in the subtle body may be experienced. These siddhis relate primarily to the subtle body, which as subtle matter is totally malleable. It is almost impossible to translate these siddhis into the physical body, gross and dense as it is, and in any case, this is not the aim of yogic practices.
In addition, there are many subtle energies that exist between ordinary physical consciousness and the true awakening of the kundalini and the chakras. We should not regard any extraordinary experience as an enlightenment or a kundalini experience. Visions, out of the body experiences, trances, channeling, mystical dreams, genius, inspiration of various sorts and other such states often originate in other parts of the mind and are not necessarily spiritual experiences. Even when they are legitimate, such spiritual experiences may still fall short of the real awakening of kundalini, and certainly should not be confused with Self-realization, which requires the full development of our awareness, not giving ourselves over to some entity or experience outside ourselves.
Purify Your Chakras, Part 1: Intro to Bhuta Shuddhi
According to ancient tantric texts such as the Rudra Yamala and the Bhuta Shuddhi Tantra, your body is a living shrine—and a meditation practice called bhuta shuddhi is one of the best ways to render that shrine wholesome and pure. The practice is so potent that the sages forbid students who are not familiar with the broad range of yoga practices from undertaking it. Bhuta shuddhi, they declare, is fruitful to those who combine asana, pranayama, and mantra japa, but fruitless for those who isolate those practices. It’s also a prerequisite for seekers who hope to learn the more advanced practices of the yogic and tantric traditions.
So why has Yoga International chosen to introduce bhuta shuddhi to the modern seeker? Because there are a large number of aspirants in the West who are studying yoga earnestly and seriously—they practice kumbhaka (breath retention), visualization, and mantra meditation—and as a result, they are qualified to undertake this unique and highly secret practice.
If you haven’t reached this level of yoga practice yet, you’ll be motivated. Just reading this article will give you a glimpse into the depth and breadth of authentic yoga practice in a world where people equate “yoga” with “asana” and “tantra” with “sex.” Swami Rama (1925–1996), the founder of Yoga International and an adept who studied in the cave monasteries of the Himalayas before coming to the West, reveals an inspiring beginner’s version of bhuta shuddhi in the series that follows.
The summer season is ruled by pitta dosha, comprised of the elements of fire and water. Once you learn how to stay in balance and cool the fires of summer, you and yours can experience the joy of summer all season long.
Ayurveda holds that when we become overheated in the summer, it can provoke emotional flare-ups like anger, rashes, and inflammation. It can also encourage excess focus on work, and on doing instead of being. However, when we are supported by the warmth and heat of the season, we find ourselves coming into full bloom like the landscape around us. We can cultivate this support by balancing our internal fires of digestion, intelligence, and intensity—all of which can become excessive in the summer heat.
One way to cultivate balance is through the use of foods. My family and I have hosted master teachers Indu Arora and her mom, Rani, to help the wider community bring the wisdom of ayurveda into their own homes. In these ayurvedic cooking classes, students learn how food truly can be medicine when used with knowledge of the foods’ own natural qualities and the constitutional makeup of those consuming it, and in harmony with the present season.
The traditional ayurvedic beverage below, which Indu and Rani taught the students to make, offers a way to stay hydrated and to replenish minerals and nutrients during the summer.
Ayurvedic Electrolyte Summer Drink: Makes Four Eight-Ounce Servings
2 organic limes (Their quality is cooling and sour, whereas lemons, though also sour, are heating by nature and can aggravate pitta.)
2 pint-size mason jars filled with filtered water
2 tsp. organic raw sugar, or mishri—candy sugar with a low glycemic index (Their qualities are cooling and sweet.)
2 pinches pink Himalayan salt (Its quality is—of course—salty, and salt replenishes minerals and nutrients.)
Optional: Mint and lime slices for garnish and a splash of color
Directions: Cut the limes in half and squeeze them into the jars of filtered water. Add the sugar or mishri and the salt. Stir. Add mint and/or a slice of lime to garnish if you choose. Serve either at room temperature or chilled (refrigerated or with ice cubes).
A modern-day twist on this classical ayurvedic drink—Popsicles!
Fill an ice tray or Popsicle mold with the electrolyte beverage, freeze, and voilà—homemade Popsicles!
Ayurvedic Tips for Keeping Your Cool in the Dog Days of Summer
To cool the intensity that can come with the searing rays of summer, let the water element balance and nourish your fires when you find them too high. In addition to drinking cooling drinks, find other pleasurable ways to incorporate the element of water into your day—such as being near or in water. Choose activities that help keep you cool (like swimming) and provide rest and relaxation in the pitta heat of the afternoon.
If you can’t get to a body of water, soak your feet in a baby pool or a bucket of water. Or sit by a body of water under the moonlight while you gaze at the moon’s reflection on the waters, letting the lunar energies soothe and calm you. Play in the coolness of the earth and dirt, and plant things—growing something will help to ground you.
And when you’re finished, cool off and replenish yourself with the ayurvedic beverage above. Relax, replenish, and enjoy!
Often referred to as yoga’s sister science, ayurveda originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Over the last 50 years, there’s been a surge of interest outside India in this holistic practice as a complement to Western medicine.
One condition for which some have turned to ayurveda is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). CFS is characterized by extreme fatigue that precludes activities that caused an individual no strain prior to the illness. While Western medicine currently has no known cure, some people who have CFS have reported that ayurvedic practices have allowed them to feel better—and some even see these practices as providing a road to recovery!
According to ayurveda, illnesses like chronic fatigue syndrome and adrenal fatigue are imbalances of vata, one of the three doshas or dispositions that define our physical, mental, and emotional makeup. Ayurveda views good health as resulting from balance in these doshas.
The Three Doshas
(Each of us is composed of all three doshas, but one or two doshas are dominant for most individuals. You can take this quiz to help you identify your primary dosha, and this quiz to find out which, if any, doshas are out of balance.)
Kapha: Kapha dosha is an interweaving of the water and earth elements. Content and deliberate, people who have a lot of kapha in their constitutions generally have a wide, strong build, thick hair, and smooth skin. They tend to move slowly and enjoy nurturing those around them. Kaphas will be drawn to slow types of yoga like Yin and restorative yoga.
Pitta: Pitta dosha is a combination of fire and water. Fiery and intense, those with a dominance of pitta in their constitution are driven, intelligent, and quick to anger. They often have a medium build with yellowish or reddish skin and red hair and freckles. Because they are competitive and focused, pittas may be drawn to a vigorous yoga practice like Ashtanga.
Vata: Vata dosha is composed of ether and air. Airy and scattered, vatas love talking about many ideas and can never seem to get warm. They tend to have a thin build and often have knobby joints. Vatas resist routine and may be drawn to the quick movements of vinyasa.
Ayurvedic principles hold that when one dosha is out of balance (whatever balance may mean for an individual’s constitution), the imbalance can negatively affect the mind or body and eventually lead to illness. For example, when vata is out of balance, it can cause insomnia, anxiety, running thoughts, dry skin and nails, gas, bloating, brain fog, and a dislike of cold. To many with chronic fatigue syndrome, these symptoms will sound all too familiar. Insomnia, problems with memory, and trouble with digestion are all characteristic of CFS.
Using ayurvedic practices to balance vata, we may begin to decrease fatigue and bring the body back into balance.
Six Ayurvedic Tips for Countering Fatigue
1. Create a routine. An excess of vata can express as a feeling of distraction or spaciness, and establishing a routine may help counteract these feelings. Commit to a time to both go to bed and to arise each day. Eating meals at the same times and scheduling activities like work, study, and socializing may also help to reduce vata.
2. Get an ayurvedic massage. You can seek out an ayurvedic massage therapist or practice ayurvedic self-massage (abhyanga) at home. (Learn how to do self-massage here.) Choosing heavy oils like sesame, almond, and olive for massage will help reduce and calm vata.
3. Do a grounding yoga practice. When you’re experiencing extreme fatigue, exercise may be the last thing you want to do. But gentle exercise is important to keep your muscles and joints healthy. The right kind of practice can also help to reduce stress and replenish your energy stores.
Poses that focus on grounding and balance, and on the muladhara chakra, are considered best for balancing vata. If your CFS symptoms are severe, begin with a floor yoga practice that involves only seated and lying-down postures, and then gradually include standing poses. At that point, you might like to try this brief yoga practice for balancing vata.
The most important teacher to listen to when practicing yoga is yourself. Make sure you pay attention to your body during your practice, and gently come out of any poses that aren’t working for you.
5. Reconsider your diet. According to ayurvedic philosophy, vata is related to the element of air. When vata is in excess, this can lead to symptoms such as bloating, gassiness, diarrhea, and constipation. To combat these effects, ayurveda recommends consuming warm and nourishing foods, and staying away from raw foods like smoothies and salads. Stick to warm soups, curries, rice dishes, and cooked vegetables.
Healthy fats and oils are recommended for decreasing vata dosha, and even a sweetener such as honey can be used in a hot ginger tea. Rice and wheat are considered the best grains for vata imbalance, while the best fruits are those that are more dense, such as bananas, avocados, mangoes, berries, and figs. Minimize bean consumption, as beans can cause gas. But cheese lovers can rejoice, because dairy is recommended for balancing vata!
6. Practice self-care for your mind, body, and soul. Vata dosha thrives on creativity. Help soothe the running thoughts in your mind by channeling them into a creative pursuit like journaling, painting, or photography. Taking the time to nourish your passions and artistic inspirations may help bring you into balance. Schedule times every day to pursue your passion.
Ayurveda offers many benefits for those who experience chronic fatigue. Implementing these ayurvedic tips can help to balance your vata dosha and bring the energy back into your life!
5 Ways to Use Food to Improve Digestion
Improve Your Digestion with Tips from Dr. John Douillard
I would like to shed light on the most potent foods I know for improving your digestion.
Below, I recommend a number of powerful foods for balancing blood sugar, elimination, lymph and bile flow, liver function, and pancreatic enzyme and stomach acid production.
And as we aim to improve digestion, it is essential to bring balance and coordination to all of the pieces in the digestive puzzle.
According to ayurveda, stress aggravates vata, can dry out the mucous lining of the intestines, and can also lead to eliminative issues such as constipation. In order to avoid this, we should choose foods that are unctuous, soothing, and lubricating to the intestinal wall.
Keeping that in mind, here are five ways you can use food to boost your digestion.
1. Move Your Bile
Chia and flax seeds are loaded with essential fatty acids that lubricate the intestinal wall and nourish the microbes that support intestinal health and function. These seeds are also high in fiber. High fiber foods create bulk that puts pressure on the intestinal wall, resulting in an urge to move the bowels. High fiber foods also attach to the bile in the intestines and escort it to the toilet while stimulating the request to the body for more bile. Adequate bile flow helps govern the regularity and consistency of the bowels.
Raw beets and apples are great bile-movers and thus very effective for occasional constipation. A great way to start the day is a breakfast mixture of freshly grated raw beets and apples sprinkled with lemon juice.
Green, leafy vegetables are high in fiber and magnesium, which support healthy muscular contractions (called peristalsis) in the large intestine.
Legumes provide bulk and better bile flow, both of which support healthy elimination.
Prunes are also high in fiber and contain within their skins a mild laxative (called dihydrophenylisatin) which can kick-start sluggish bowels by boosting intestinal contractions.
2. Move Your Lymph
The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system in the body, with a high concentration of lymphatic vessels lining the intestines. The villi and lacteals that line the intestines, and the lymph that surrounds the outside of the intestines, make up 70–80% of the body’s immune system.
The primary function of the lymph is to remove cellular waste while circulating the immune system throughout the body. This happens as a result of muscular contractions, thus making body movement, stretching, and exercise the lymphatic system’s best medicine. Staying hydrated is also a nutritional requirement for healthy lymph flow. For optimal hydration, some experts recommend consuming half of our ideal body weight in ounces of liquid per day.
Eat red: The best foods for the lymphatic system are those we generally classify as antioxidants. Classic examples of lymph movers are all foods that would dye your hands red. Berries, cherries, cranberries, pomegranates, and beets are all good lymph movers.
Green, leafy vegetables are highly alkaline, which supports lymphatic drainage. In nature, spring and summer harvests are both primarily alkaline and boost lymphatic flow. The winter harvest is primarily acidic, which is nature’s way of rebuilding.
Fennel: Eating fennel and drinking tea made from fennel seeds are traditional ways to move the lymph. As a tea, fennel is effective for gas and bloating, and also supports the function of the intestinal lacteals. The lacteals are small projections in the intestines, similar to the villi, that help absorb nutrients (particularly fats).
3. Feed Your Microbiome
Seasonal organic foods: Plants attract certain microbes from the soil and, when we eat those plants, the microbes become a part of our microbiome. Compared to conventional foods, organic produce is typically a far greater source of beneficial microbes for the digestive tract. Eating seasonal, organic foods provides microbes that support bodily functions required for each season. In the winter, for example, foods are denser and require stronger digestion than the leafy greens of spring. Microbes that support stronger digestion naturally propagate in the winter’s seasonal harvest. While research is only beginning to shed light in this area, ayurveda has for thousands of years understood the value of seasonal eating.
Fermented foods such as yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles, and miso are all great microbial sources. These were traditionally eaten in the winter as a way to preserve vegetables in the colder months. Fermented foods are made from a process called lacto-acid fermentation, which makes them very acidic and “heating” for the body. While eating more acidic foods in the winter makes sense, it can be problematic to eat them in excess in the summer. As with condiments, fermented foods should generally be taken in small quantities.
4. Cleanse Your Liver
Bitter roots: Digging up and eating dandelion root, burdock root, Oregon grape, goldenseal, and others was traditionally a standard part of the American diet. Today, such liver-cleansing and bile-moving staples are conspicuously lacking in most diets. If it is impossible for you to dig them up or purchase them fresh, take your bitter roots in capsule form in the spring. Always choose an organic, whole herbal root form rather than an herbal extract, as most of the good microbes are killed during the extraction process. Whole herbs are simply dried and ground up, leaving intact the majority of the good microbes.
My favorite liver-cleansing and bile-stimulating foods are:
5. Boost Your Stomach Acid
Once we have increased the bile and pancreatic enzyme flow, encouraged lymph drainage, possess a healthier microbiome, and enjoy better elimination, we can fire up the stomach’s production of hydrochloric acid (HCl). Here are some of my favorite ways to do this:
Chew fresh, raw ginger root, or drink ginger tea before and during a meal.
Dress a salad with oil and vinegar. Vinegar is an acetic acid, which boosts HCl. Apple cider vinegar works even better, because it is safe for high acid conditions.
Drink a large glass of water a half hour before a meal to pre-hydrate the stomach’s natural buffer layer; this incites the stomach to make more HCl.
Enjoying fermented foods as an appetizer will help kindle the digestive fire.
Sip hot water with lemon before or during the meal.
Add a little salt and pepper to a small glass of water and drink that before a meal.
Spice food with fennel, cumin, coriander, ginger, and cardamom.
Yoga is considered the sister science of ayurveda—the other side of the same coin. When using these therapeutic disciplines together, they can offer powerful healing as well as overall health and well-being.
The great thing about ayurveda is that it considers each of us as constitutionally unique. There is no “one size fits all” ayurvedic practice. Our constitution, our nature, is known as our prakruti, and it remains the same from birth. But we are influenced by our lifestyle choices and our exposure to stressors, events, and other things in our environment that can lead us into a state of imbalance, or vikruti. When working toward a balanced state of health in ayurveda, the goal is to achieve a better understanding of how our thoughts and activities affect our state of physical and mental health. This will help us bring more balance to our lives, eventually guiding us back into balance according to our prakruti—our natural state of constitutional equilibrium.
When working toward a balanced state of health in ayurveda, the goal is to achieve a better understanding of how our thoughts and activities affect our state of physical and mental health.
Meet the Doshas
Your prakruti is represented by the three doshas, each of them a combination of two of the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space). The first dosha is vata, a combination of the elements space and air. The second dosha, pitta, is a combination of fire and water. And the third dosha, kapha, combines water and earth. Although we each possess some amount of all three doshas, most of us are predominantly one dosha. However, some people may have an equal or near equal amount of two doshas, and some an equal balance of all three (tri-doshic). With the knowledge of your constitution, you can attain a better understanding of which daily practices, activities, and foods support your constitution.
How the Qualities of the Doshas Relate to Yoga Practice
According to ayurveda, being familiar with the doshas and the gunas (qualities) of the elements is the first step in knowing how to bring more balance to your life.
Vata’s role is to support healthy movement; its gunas are cold, dry, light, mobile, subtle, clear, and rough. People with a predominantly vata constitution will see these gunas in their body and mind. For example, they are often lean and tend to have dry skin, curly/kinky hair, cold hands and feet, and irregular digestion (tending toward bloating, discomfort, and constipation). They are also often active, restless, and creative. In addition, vata types tend to be hypermobile and may lack strength or stability. In a yoga class they may have a difficult time sitting still and desire to move quickly. They may naturally gravitate toward a fast-moving style of yoga such as vinyasa or Ashtanga.
Pitta’s role is to transform (think metabolism on a physical level and perception on a mental level); its gunas are hot, sharp, penetrating, light, oily, liquid, and spreading. People with a predominance of pitta dosha often have medium builds, warm bodies, oily skin, penetrating ideas, sharp intelligence, and hair that is straight, thin, and shiny with a tendency for premature graying. They tend to sweat easily, have warm hands and feet, and a fast digestion. They also tend to be driven and alert. In a yoga class, pittas will likely be competitive, often pushing themselves to the edge. They are focused and determined and like to be challenged. They may gravitate toward a very physically demanding yoga practice such as Ashtanga, power yoga, or hot yoga.
Kapha keeps the body lubricated and nourished; its gunas are heavy, slow/dull, cold, oily, liquid, smooth, dense, soft, static, sticky, cloudy, hard, and gross (i.e., the opposite of subtle). People who are predominantly kapha often have a larger build. They tend to be strong, with great stamina and endurance. Their skin is usually cold, clammy, and oily, and their eyes large. They tend to gain weight easily and to sleep deeply for a long time. They are said to be compassionate, calm, tolerant, loving, and forgiving. The kaphas in yoga class will likely want things slow and steady. They may gravitate toward restorative or Yin Yoga. They may be uncomfortable being challenged, and motivation might be initially difficult; however, once they experience the benefits of physical movement, they will easily sustain a regular practice (because kaphas tend to be very loyal and have an easy time sticking with things).
According to the principles of ayurveda, illness is caused by imbalance, or vikruti—a departure from balance according to one’s prakruti. Having too much of any guna will lead to an excess of the related dosha or doshas and can lead to that imbalance. To bring balance, we must invite more opposing gunas into our lives. For example, from an ayurvedic point of view, eating foods or participating in activities that possess many of the pitta gunas (eating spicy foods, going to hot yoga, or doing competitive sports) may bring imbalance from excess pitta (which may show up in the form of irritability/anger, loose stools, inflammation, skin redness, etc.). Therefore, someone with excess pitta will need to bring in cooling, heavy, slow, static gunas.
Likewise, as the seasons change and different gunas are introduced into our environment, this can also cause imbalance. We can adapt to the seasons by inviting in opposing gunas. Think cooling foods and activities during the summer (pitta season). Fall is predominantly vata, so introduce things that are warming, grounding, and nourishing. Winter is both vata (earlier) and kapha (later), and spring is kapha time, so think warmer, faster, and dryer to bring balance to kapha. (Depending on where you live, the gunas in the seasons may vary from what's described above.)
Ask yourself what you can do or eat to create balance in order to bring yourself back into constitutional equilibrium.
To begin your exploration of ayurveda, observe which gunas are present in your life, particularly in your yoga practice. Notice whether there is an excess of any gunas and whether that excess may be contributing to any kind of imbalance to your health (for example, trouble falling or staying asleep, irritability, or indigestion). If so, then ask yourself what you can do or eat to create balance in order to bring yourself back into constitutional equilibrium. For example, if you’re feeling irritable (an excess of pitta), try cooling practices and foods like non-strenuous activities (gentle yoga), coconut, aloe, and a gentle backbend like bhujangasana(cobra pose). You may want to avoid competitive and/or strenuous activities and spicy foods until you feel more balanced.
Stay tuned for articles about each dosha and how to apply ayurvedic principles to your personal practice and/or teaching.
Whenever I had a hard time falling asleep as a child (which didn’t happen very often), my father would make me a warm cup of milk with a spoonful of honey. He always served it to me on the same bunny rabbit saucer, and I never doubted the power of that honey-milk to roll me into a cozy slumber.
So today, when I feel restless at night, I cook up this sweet coconut milk recipe. It contains the heart of my dad’s recipe, with a little ayurvedic twist for the yogi in me.
Along with its nostalgic and sleep-inducing qualities, the following recipe is particularly great for women during their luteal phase, or one week before menstruation, because it contains turmeric, a powerful, warming ayurvedic spice touted for its anti-inflammatory properties. Integrative nutritionist Alisa Vitti (founder of the virtual hormone health center FLOliving.comand best selling author of Womencode) says turmeric helps regulate estrogen metabolism (which reduces painful inflammation), improve circulation, and stabilize blood sugar. Typically, menstrual cramps are caused by chemicals called prostaglandins, which are also responsible for inflammation and pain (think low back pain or headaches). Vitti believes that dreaded period symptoms can be improved by adjustments in diet and lifestyle.
When I heat up this beautiful drink, I always add a natural sweetener (call me nostalgic). Vitti suggests honey, but I also like a teaspoon of organic maple syrup or a bit of agave. They tame the sometimes drying taste of turmeric, and help satisfy my nighttime sweet tooth!
5 tablespoons organic virgin coconut oil
½ cup organic powdered turmeric
1 cup water
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups coconut milk (canned or boxed works, just be wary of preservatives)
Honey, maple syrup, cinnamon to taste
It’s best to start by making a golden paste, which will serve as the base of your drink when cool. In a small pot, mix the organic virgin coconut oil, the organic powdered turmeric, water, and black pepper. Let simmer on low for 10 minutes while stirring (making sure to break up all the chunks of turmeric).
Pour the thick mixture into a glass jar. It will keep well in the fridge for up to three weeks.
When you’re ready, warm coconut milk in a small pot, stirring in 1 teaspoon of the golden paste (I’ll never be able to get over how vibrant that yellow is).
Add honey or maple syrup, along with pepper or cinnamon to taste!
Kapha’s elemental makeup consists of water and earth. The common translation of kapha is “that which binds things” or “that which holds things together.” According to ayurveda, this is the dosha responsible for the stability, lubrication, substance, and support of our physical body.
Kapha supports our emotional calm, our mental and physical endurance, and it allows us to feel deeply, to empathize, and to be patient and compassionate.
Qualities or Attributes of Kapha Dosha
Soft or hard (Think of mud—it can be sticky or soft and slimy or hard.)
Steady or static
Gross (as opposed to subtle)
Characteristics of Kapha Dosha
When kapha within us is in balance, according to our constitution, or prakruti, we feel a sense of support in bodily function. The dense, stable, conserving qualities of kapha support our body heat and protect our organs. There is a firm quality to our joints, which are well-lubricated and support the bones, and there is internal support from mucous membranes and GI lining, as well as the myelin sheath for proper brain function.
Ayurveda says that contentment is one of the benefits that balanced kapha brings to our lives.
Kapha’s ability to love and forgive supports relationships with compassion and patience.
Actions of Kapha Dosha in the Body and Mind
Strength and stamina
Stability in body and mind
Support for bodily functions
Nourishment of the the liquid body tissues; plasma
Nourishment in general
Repair and regeneration
Quality of saliva (ability to perceive taste)
Sense of smell
Characteristics of Kapha Dominance in Appearance
Large eyes; especially the white (sclera) of the eye
Eye color is dark and rich in tone; chocolate brown, deep blue
Abundance of body hair and/or low hairline
Lush, thick, sometimes curly quality to hair
Smooth, dense skin (oily)
Solid frame; may be stocky or large and strong
Large, well-formed teeth
Examples of Kapha Dosha in Excess or in an Imbalanced State
Slow or dull digestion
Edema (water retention)
Excessive napping; difficulty waking
Lack of appetite
Feeling heavy or sleepy after eating
Difficulty initiating (slow starter)
Dietary Tips to Support Kapha Balance
Foods that are great for balancing of kapha in general are pungent, bitter, and astringent in taste. Ayurveda considers these tastes to be the medicine for warming, drying, and stimulating digestion for kapha. Generally, all six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent) are recommended for healthy digestion!
Foods That Help to Balance Kapha
Foods to avoid or consume only moderately if your constitution is predominantly kapha:
Foods that increase kapha are, in general, sweet, sour, and salty in taste. These tastes, if in excess for the kapha in your prakruti (constitution), can create heavy, sluggish, and wet digestion. According to ayurveda, this will cause digestive hardship for kapha and an eventual range of imbalances.
In the cold winter months we need to take time to nourish our ojas, which, according to ayurveda, is one of the vital essences responsible for our physical vitality, mental clarity, and overall health, including our immune system and daily energy. Some of the ways we do this during the holidays are to gather with friends and family to create memories that will warm the soul and by taking time for daily rituals of self-care to stay steady and balanced when more demands are placed on us.
In addition to happy gatherings and regular self-care, enjoying an ojas-nourishing beverage is one of my favorite ways to feel nurtured and balanced during the chaos of the holiday season. Below are two of my best-loved recipes. Thanks to their moist, oily, smooth, warming, and grounding qualities, these drinks naturally balance the dry, airy, light, rough, and cold qualities of vata, the dosha that dominates the winter in colder weather climates. And I think they’re pretty delicious too.
Try this festive twist on hot chocolate. My 11-year-old son Finn and I have been experimenting with an after-school holiday drink—something warming, soothing, and sweet to wind down with at the end of the day. He came up with reindeer milk.
In a pan over low heat, warm the following:
1 cup whole milk (If you don’t do dairy, almond or rice milk make fine alternatives.)
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. vanilla extract or 1 tbsp. cocoa (Finn prefers vanilla.)
a thread of saffron—a nod to Rudolph’s red nose
¼ tsp. mint (for a peppermint taste, but then don’t use the cinnamon and nutmeg)
Yield: 2 servings
Nut and Seed Milk
Looking for a morning beverage? This grounding, earthy, vitamin- and fiber-filled, and fatty-acid-rich nut and seed milk drink—which I learned how to make in a kitchen-pharmacy intensive with Indu Arora—is the perfect way to balance vata at the start of the day.
In a small bowl soak the following overnight:
1 dry fig
1 date (preferably medjool)
1 tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds
5 to 6 golden raisins
1 green cardamom pod, crushed
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
8 to 10 almonds
In the morning, drain the water, place all the ingredients in a blender (remove the pit from the date before tossing it in), add 6 to 8 ounces of hot water, blend, pour, and enjoy.
Yield: 1 serving
Note: If you have a pitta constitution, use fewer almonds and more raw pumpkin seeds and add ½ tsp. sesame seeds and white poppy seeds.
If you have a kapha constitution, use only ½ date and ½ fig, and add a touch of cinnamon and 2 to 3 black peppercorns to the mixture in the blender in the morning.
May these drinks build your ojas, and support your agni (digestive fire) so that you can be happy, healthy, and joyful this holiday season.
3 Simple and Quick Practices for a Stress-Free Morning
Yesterday at the grocery store, the cute teenage cashier pointed to my bag on the scale and asked her co-worker, “What do you call these things?”
Her co-worker said, “Oh, I think those are radish things.” With that, I realized the world has changed. How does a young adult not recognize a radish?
I then found that my ATM card was not functioning correctly with the store equipment. I had no cash, and they did not accept my other credit card “brand.” So I was radish-thingy-less and off to the bank—and a bit stressed!
If you believe all the magazines and websites, it seems that stress is responsible for a wide range of health issues. Clinical psychologists tell us that stress can be caused a number of ways, typically occurring in four basic categories of stressors. Sometimes we only experience one type, while at other times we may experience all four!
Environmental stressors: Your environment bombards you with demands too quickly to enable you to adjust to such things as snow storms, traffic, noise, and pollution.
Social stressors: Deadlines, financial problems, job interviews, loss of loved ones, and disagreements all tax your coping skills.
Biological stressors: Changes in our physiology, due to any number of factors—including aging, change in eating habits, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, moving or not moving our bodies, or the onset of adolescence or menopause—require us to adjust to maintain our health.
Mental stressors: Ayurvedic philosophy considers the mind as the place where all disease originates. Whether we practice ayurveda or not, most of us probably recognize that our own thoughts are sometimes our largest source of stress. As our brain takes in information, our past experiences and current stressors from the above categories may cause that new information to turn on our “emergency system” or adrenals, generating a bath of chemicals that create both physiological stress and emotional stress. (For more information, see The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, by Martha Davis, PhD, and Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, MSW.)
Coping with the stress coming from so many sources can seem daunting. What, then, can we do to combat stress and bring our lives back to balance, ease, and steadiness? While there is no simple fix, we can use our daily routines to set ourselves up to stress less when we do come in contact with unexpected stressors (bad weather, a communication gap, technological glitch, a craving for a mocha latte with extra whip). A daily morning routine is a mainstay of ayurvedic medicine, and adding to it a few simple actions can create a buffer that will limit the impact of a stressor.
I like to call my daily routines my “little anchors.” I find they help me navigate the waves of life that can otherwise build up and wipe me out. Ayurvedic daily routines provide gentle cleansing and nourishing in the morning (and the evening too for that matter)—and just knowing my day starts (and ends) with support makes the day ahead seem less daunting!
Ayurvedic daily routines provide gentle cleansing and nourishing in the morning—and the evening too, for that matter—and just knowing my day starts (and ends) with support makes the day ahead seem less daunting!
Here are my three favorite morning anchors to help me tend and befriend myself before going out into the world. You might try the following:
Get up a little earlier to allow for self-care time.
Try a morning gratitude prayer or statement, stretch your limbs before your feet hit the ground, or get to the bathroom to scrape your tongue first thing (which rids your system of ama, the undigested goo that can build up over time and—according to ayurvedic tenets—can create a sluggish mind, stiff joints, and irregular digestion).
Take three to five minutes to practice a calming and balancing breathing technique.
For example, “belly breathing” helps us stimulate the lower lobes of the lungs to “turn on” the relaxation response where the sympathetic system gives way to the parasympathetic system—replacing the reactive “stress response,” with its shallow and irregular breathing. Once we are aware of how to breathe to help ourselves relax, we can use that technique any time we start to feel the signs of stress.
Eat something warm and moist to start your day.
If you want some coffee or tea, wait until you have a little food in your stomach to help absorb the acid in those beverages, and then enjoy your cuppa Joe! In the fall and winter, I like oatmeal with warming spices (cinnamon and clove), salt, clarified butter, and maple syrup. If I anticipate running short on time in the morning, I make it the night before. Then I can just warm it up in a saucepan with a little “Happy Cow Whole Milk” (HCWM) to make it super-yummy. Just a half cup fills me up and helps the acids in my stomach work in a manner that regulates my digestion for the next few hours, and gives me energy to start the day.
There are many great ways to set yourself up for less stress. These are just a few of my favorite “little anchors” that support me in taking care of myself and starting the day with less stress.
Enjoy! And let me know your own favorite navigational tools to build that buffer of support between you and the radish-less world!
Living in the sultry heat of the South, I dread the summer months. The heat is exhausting; any small irritant can escalate into a full-blown burst of rage for me very quickly. Each year I reassess my yoga practices, diet, and lifestyle in the hopes of staying cool, calm, and collected during the dog days of the season. Here are my simple recommendations for a summer of balanced health.
Enjoy some sweet, watery fruit. Cut down on the dry and crunchy stuff (that includes dried fruits). In the summer heat, pitta is burning off vata’s already deficient moisture. This is especially true if you are in the vata stage of life (which starts between the ages of 40 to 55 approximately, or, for women, during the peri- or postmenopausal phase). Air and water partner for proper movement in the body. Dry, crunchy snacks absorb what little moisture vata has, making digestion difficult. Vata has a tendency toward digestive issues. Too many dry, hard, raw foods can aggravate constipation, gas, and bloating in the body.
Give yourself regularly timed meals with sustenance. Poor vata can easily get burned out during this fiery summer season. Hearty, earthy meals eaten at regulated times help provide stability in energy, body, and mind. Think pastas, grains, and if you're a meat-eater, light meats.
Incorporate more sweet and salty tastes into your meals.
According to ayurveda, the sweet taste is said to stabilize and build energy, as well as support longevity, strength, and ojas—which is the body’s vital energy reserve.
Where to find it: in most grains, pastas, meat, and milk, as well as in dates, maple syrup, honey, natural sugars, almonds, fennel, licorice, marshmallow, and raisins.
In healthy amounts, salt helps retain moisture and maintain electrolyte balance. It also functions as a laxative and demulcent—a softening agent—which helps to soothe vata’s hard and dry attributes.
Where to find it: in salts, kelp, seaweed, and tamari. Since variety is so pleasing to vatas, I ask my vata-dominant clients to go to a spice market or specialty grocery store like a Whole Foods to sample the many varieties of salt and choose a few of their favorites for creative variation.
Draw in the elements of earth and water.
For earth: Create a stable foundation for your body and mind through grounding asana and meditation practices. Eat your meals seated and at regular times. Take a walk or practice out in nature. Garden. Put your hands and feet in or on the earth.
For water: Swim. Spend a lazy afternoon by a body of water, and sit and listen to its sounds. Take the path of least resistance and soften when up against a hard concept, idea, or situation. Cultivate a soft heart and mind through offerings of service, gratitude, and compassion.
Eat light. If you are blessed with a pitta constitution, most likely you can digest at a higher capacity than most. Pitta’s fire element is present through bile and digestive enzymatic secretions. Taking in heavy foods, which require a strong, sharp, chemical mix for compositional breakdown, can cause agni(digestive fire) to blaze. My teacher, Dr. Rosy Mann, once called this state of agni “ravished.” Sounds aggressive, right? Pitta does not need more aggression because God has given us so much of it already! Eating simple whole foods such as grains, legumes, veggies, and fruits helps keep pitta's sharp agni stable and peaceful.
Practice ayurvedic etiquette when it comes to eating. Often when pitta is in the fiery summer season, we're so stimulated by our element and into our pittic nature (focusing intently, task-mastering, multitasking, and generally burning up with hunger) that by the time we sit down to eat, we practically inhale our food. (Remember the above “ravished” quality?) Rather than wolfing down your food while standing to save time, assist your body by cultivating your sattvic (balanced) ayurvedic eating etiquette, so that digestion can occur in a relaxed and settled state. Sit down, be still, give thanks and blessings, look at your food, chew your food, be soft in conversation or be silent, and sit still for a spell after you eat to give yourself space to begin to absorb and assimilate your nourishment.
Incorporate more astringent/bitter and sweet tastes into your meals.
Astringent/bitter tastes dry and cool pitta's wet, hot qualities. These tastes are found in most green things, such as leafy greens and other green veggies, green apples, most legumes, aloe vera gel or juice, rhubarb, pomegranate, hibiscus, chrysanthemum, yarrow, and black tea.
Sweet gives us a sensual reminder of how good it is to be sweet (sigh) and provides stable metabolic fuel. Choose the sattvic sweet found in most grains, dates, natural sugars, fruits, licorice, and coconut.
Draw in the elements of ether and air.
For ether: The gaze of a pitta-dominant person can get hyper-focused and intense like a laser—and it's no fun to be under it! Calling in the ether element can help to balance this. You can do this by looking for openings—as in free time in your schedule; opportunities to release the ego and attempts to be in control; and letting go of arguments, resentments, and micromanaging. Also, try cultivating expansion, non-resistance, and practices for disbursement, like asking for help, spiritual practice, meditation, or prayer. When it comes to yoga practice, expansive, lateral openings and deep stretching is the way to go! Also, cultivate the ether element by calling in support or guidance from a higher power.
Eat light and fresh from the garden. Eating light and fresh is a great way to keep kapha in her naturally beautiful, blissful state. Summer is a great season for kapha. Her earth and water elements are cool, heavy, slow, and unctuous; and summer as a season is about fire, which is hot, light, and sharp. These are balancing qualities for kapha, whose digestion can be inherently slow or even stagnant. Eating light helps stimulate kapha’s agni and keeps it burning bright.
Avoid very large or heavy meals, as well as heavy meats and dairy.
Incorporate more pungent and bitter/astringent tastes into your meals.
Pungent. When it comes to agni, kapha needs a little something to stimulate the spark! In addition to digestive and circulatory support, a pungent taste acts as a diaphoretic and helps eliminate kapha's excessive wetness. Pungent tastes also behave as expectorants, which is helpful considering kapha's phlegmatic nature. Find pungent tastes in peppers, raw onion, radishes, and many spices, including black pepper, cumin, ginger, and mustard.
Bitter and astringent. Like the pungent taste, both of these are light and reductive. They are catabolic in the tissues and help draw excess moisture down and out through the colon. Find these tastes in most green vegetables, as well as in rhubarb, pomegranate, hibiscus, chrysanthemum, aloe, yarrow, black tea, coffee, and chicory.
Draw in the elements of fire and air.
For fire: Kapha needs the hot, light, and sharp qualities of fire to counterbalance its cool, heavy, slow nature. Take a hot yoga class or do your asana, pranayama, and meditation practices in a warm, sunny location, like the beach. Energize yourself with fiery mantras like the bija (seed) mantra Ram, or stimulate the illumination of your highest potential with the mahamrityunjaya mantra. Surround and clothe yourself with bright reds and warm colors.
For air: Kapha needs air's ability to shift, move, or change direction quickly and with ease. Air brings flexibility to kapha’s stable and sticky nature, and dries up its excess wetness. Cultivate this element through repetitive dynamic movement, such as sun salutations, dancing, or walks and runs outside.
General Ayurvedic Eating Tips
Drink when you're thirsty. Rather than mindlessly sipping beverages all day (which taxes agni by making it work constantly), give your digestion some space to do its most precious work by refraining from beverages after meals.
Take an afternoon break. Walk away from your work and:
Set a timer for 10 to 25 minutes and put your legs up a wall to rest your senses and relax your adrenal glands.
Find a shady garden and enjoy a cooling summer tea.
Or do both!
Eat fruit as a snack by itself. No raw fruit with meals. Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of the Ayurvedic Institute, lists eating fruit or fruit juice with meals as a practice to be avoided and an example of poor food pairing. Fruit does not play well with other foods in the belly. As you can imagine, the digestive components needed to break down light, fresh, summer fruit is different from that needed to digest a cheeseburger (with its predominantly heavy, oily, dense, and slow qualities) or lentils and quinoa (with their predominantly astringent tastes). Why confuse your digestive fire with an incompatible combination? Summer fruit is its own sensual pleasure and should be enjoyed by itself as a sweet, succulent treat.
When eating meals:
Sit and relax.
Acknowledge the elements represented in your food:
For earth: Experience the physical substance of the food: its color, shape, texture, and smell.
For water: Consider the water it took to grow the food, as well as any moisture in the dish you’re enjoying.
For fire: Remember the life-giving essence of the sun found in all living things, as well as our body’s ability to transform the food into energy that will nourish and repair its tissues.
For air: Enjoy the ability to move, transform, and grow through this nourishment. Relish the movement of transformation.
For ether: Acknowledge and honor the intelligence of the plants and animals that you are consuming, asking that their wisdom be passed on to you.
Engage in light, easy, pleasant conversation, or silence. Avoid intense subjects like violence, and steer clear of heated discussions, arguing, or gossip.
Eat your sweet foods first and your bitter/astringent ones last. This means start with grains, breads, and meats first and finish with veggies, dark chocolate, coffee, or tea as a digestif. Digestion has an order, and consuming in this sequence makes for a more peaceful digestive experience.
How many diets have you been on in your life? Do you own a juicer or a “turbo blender”? Do you adhere to a paleo diet? Are you vegan or vegetarian? A grazer or a “three square meals a day” kind of person? Do you get brain fog? Do you poop everyday? The list of questions an ayurvedic practitioner might ask you about your diet and daily habits goes on and on. That’s because the way we eat can directly affect our physical and mental health. This is something most people agree upon, and yet we disagree about which “diet” is the “best.” The “healthiest.” A mostly raw diet may feel great for some, but give others constipation and gas. Your gym buddy might rave that her high-protein diet makes her feel great, but eating like a caveman makes you feel lethargic and grumpy. Why?
According to ayurvedic medicine there are three “body-mind” types: vata, pitta, and kapha, and within these three types there are seven possible combinations: vata-pitta, pitta-kapha, vata-kapha, pitta dominate, vata dominate, kapha dominate, and tri-doshic. So how does an ayurvedic diet support all these different types of people, at different stages of our lives, living in various environments? As the classic ayurvedic texts tell us: “It depends.” But okay, I get it. That answer isn’t terribly satisfying. So let's delve a little more into what the classic texts of ayurveda have to say about healthy eating according to your dosha (body-mind type).
In ayurvedic medicine we look to nourish each element and every tissue in the body by choosing foods that offers us six tastes, or sensations on our tongue, at every meal. Ayurveda encourages three meals a day: lighter meals at breakfast and supper and the largest meal when our digestive fire is at its peak around noontime.
In ayurvedic medicine we look to nourish each element and every tissue in the body by choosing foods that offers us six tastes.
These tastes are often combined in foods, like a honey crisp apple, which can be both sweet and astringent.
Here is your first lesson:
There are three tastes that are considered “building” in ayurvedic medicine; they are more nourishing, build tissues, and are said to have more “soft,” “wet,” and “heavy” qualities.
Arguably, the most popular taste in America is the sweet taste! It is nourishing and makes us feel loved. This explains why we may crave something sweet—like a pint of ice cream with hot fudge—when we have a heartache. Remember Bridget Jones after her big breakups? “Sweet” does not just mean sugary or filled with luscious honey, though.
In ayurveda, milk is considered sweet, along with foods like corn, carrots, watermelon, wheat, rice, and coconut. This taste is associated with the water and earth elements, so according to ayurveda, too much can create a build-up of all things kapha (which is the combination of earth and water in nature), like mucus, fat, and plasma tissues. In excess, it’s also said to slow digestion and increase sluggishness in mood. In the proper amount, however, ayurveda says that sweet helps us sustain our loving nature, our proper balance of building hormones, soft skin, lubrication of our joints, and steadiness in mind and body.
This tastes starts off with intensity, but over time creates moisture in the mouth and tissues. Think of fermented foods like pickles and yogurt that help our digestive juices create heat with moisture. When used in moderation, the sour taste can stimulate our mind and digestion. Sour can support proper evacuation of wastes by adding moisture, and aid in our ability to taste our foods by supporting saliva. But in excess sour taste is said to create excessive desire. What happens if you do not get what you desire? A sour mood!
Examples of foods that have the sour taste are: fermented foods like the aforementioned pickles and yogurt, wine, beer, kombucha, cherries, grapefruit, lemon and lime, tamarind, yeast, cottage cheese, feta, and many other cheeses, and sauerkraut. (If any of these seem surprising, remember that often foods have multiple tastes!)
Want more enthusiasm? Seeking a catalyst to intensify the flavor of your favorite dish? Need some stimulation for digestion? Well, salty is your taste! Ayurveda does not prescribe a “no salt” diet! We say that salt adds enthusiam, makes life “tasty,” and enhances our experience of our favorite foods. But too much can overwhelm more subtle tastes, cause us to retain water, and dull our senses. According to ayurveda, salt’s elemental makeup is pure fire with a little water on the side. It is often used in combination with other tastes to support the rebuilding of fluids.
This taste is easy to identify: think seaweed, mineral salt, rock salt, celery (which has a natural saltiness), and of course foods like soy sauce, tamari, cheese, olives, and miso, which have salt as a primary taste.
There are three “reducing” or restricting tastes yogis would say are langhana (lightening)—they are cleansing, stimulating, and help us to remove wastes.
Elementally, this taste is related to fire and air, so it is intense, sharp, and spreads quickly. Think of biting into a jalapeno pepper—how your whole mouth and maybe even your lips feel the fire! The concept “a little goes along way” is a useful rule for this taste. Pungent taste is like a laser: penetrating, burning, cutting, and quickly stopping action, as in cauterizing. Too much is said to lead to inflammation. When used in appropriate proportion, however, it’s said to soften mucus and increase mental focus and clarity.
What foods and spices contain this taste? Let’s start with the obvious: pepper, vinegar, chilies, mustard, garlic, hard liquor, cinnamon, chipotle (smoked jalapeno peppers), paprika, fresh ginger, curry leaves, and cumin.
Thinking of the drying effect of an astringent helps me better identify the “taste” or sensation of the air and earth qualities of astringency. Think of biting into a pomegranate seed or the feeling of black tea on your tongue. This taste has a drying effect, and it causes the body to contract or become “lighter.” Think about the rose water astringent you use on your face to “tighten” your pores. That is the effect this taste has on your internal system too. When there is excess water, this taste dehydrates and “tightens up” that which is loose or flaccid. This means foods with the astringent taste can also have a constipating effect if not used mindfully. For example: think of making mashed potatoes (potatoes are mostly astringent in taste) and how they stick together until a lot of moisture is added.
This taste can cleanse the mouth, but can cause difficulty swallowing when not balanced with other tastes. So, a great rule is to add astringent-tasting foods to other things (like adding butter to your potatoes, or milk to your black tea) and not take them by themselves, unless you want to increase the drying and binding effect of this taste.
Other foods that are mostly astringent in taste include: aloe vera juice, black-eyed peas, walnuts, turnips, apricots, apples, caraway seeds, basil, plantains, and bean sprouts.
This taste is most often used to balance digestion by stimulating our digestive juices and agni(digestive fire). The qualities of air and ether provide a light, dry, cool, and stimulating effect, which helps when our digestion is “too hot” (think acidic digestive conditions) and when our digestion is “too wet” (think sluggish digestive conditions). Ayurvedic practitioners may also prescribe bitter tastes to help regulate metabolism. In many cultures a post-meal bitter is provided for just this purpose: espresso, dark green salad, dark chocolate, or a “bitters” tincture, for example. Many ayurvedic herbs are bitter in taste as they are working to support digestion either directly or indirectly.
This taste is often found alongside of the astringent taste, or with a pinch of salt to help bring out the flavor of other foods. Foods with bitter tastes include: dark leafy greens, beets, sprouts, and spices such as turmeric and fenugreek.
Explore what you normally eat and see what tastes you feed yourself. If you notice that you are jonesing for a little salt or sweet in the middle of the day, consider adding a little of that taste to your next meal. Chances are that once you can provide yourself with all six tastes at every mealtime you will feel nourished and satisfied in both body and mind!
The Science of Well-Being: Where Neuroscience, Ayurveda, and Yoga Meet
Recently I had the opportunity to live-stream an event called “The World We Make.” It was hosted by the Center for Healthy Minds, open to the public, and featured the top thinkers associated with the science of well-being (including the Dalai Lama). Participants explored how we can cultivate well-being in ourselves, in our communities, and across the world.
At an early point in the event, neuroscientist Richard Davidson remarked, “Well-being is a skill.” I am a yogini and ayurvedic health counselor, and to hear him speak of well-being as a learned skill sent me over the moon. I thought of friends, family, and students over the years who’d shared their feelings about not having enough money or enough time to cultivate well-being. I’d been there myself years ago, believing that because of past trauma, I was destined to struggle with depression for the rest of my life. Through the power of yoga and ayurveda, I’d come to understand that well-being is available to everyone—regardless of socioeconomic level or past circumstances.
Well-being is a skill.
In speaking of well-being as a skill that can be learned, Davidson invited listeners to consider that behaviors leading to a sense of well-being can be practiced and adopted by anyone who wants to learn them.
Given the speed of daily life, well-being can at times feel quite elusive. Remembering that it is a learned skill demystifies well-being, as we lean into the habits we can cultivate with practice. Over time, we learn that our state of mind is not dependent on external circumstances; we are empowered through our actions to move toward an experience of well-being.
Davidson then described four key constituents of well-being that are supported by neuroscience: resilience, positive outlook, attention, and generosity. As I listened, I felt my excitement mounting. The practices of yoga and ayurveda support these pillars!
The first of these components of well-being is resilience, which Dr. Davidson defined as the speed with which we recover from adversity. To me, resilience feels very grounded in the felt sense of well-being, because it isn’t about avoiding adversity (since for most of us that is impossible). Resilience is about bouncing back.
Richardson and his colleagues conducted a study that indicated “having purpose in life may motivate reframing stressful situations to deal with them more productively, thereby facilitating recovery from stress and trauma.”
Yoga and ayurveda intersect with these findings in a number of ways, but two immediately jumped out at me: the practices that help build our digestive fire (agni) and the four desires of the soul (purusharthas).
From an ayurvedic perspective, our digestive fire, agni, is the power through which we digest and assimilate everything we take in—using what is useful and releasing the rest. This digestion is happening not only on the level of food, but also on the level of sensory impressions and experiences. When we can digest what happens to us, we can bounce back with more ease, because we have taken what’s useful from the situation and let go of the rest. Having a strong digestive fire enables us to see all of life as a teacher, extracting knowledge from the lessons we learn, and turning that knowledge into wisdom through the assimilation process.
Ayurveda gives us many practices for keeping our digestive fire strong—proper eating habits, a diet based on the six tastes, daily routine (dinacharya), and living in alignment with nature’s rhythms. And yoga gives us countless practices for cultivating a bright inner fire—such as asanas, bandhas, mudras, agni sara, and meditation. When our agni is strong, we digest our food well; from the essence of that food we are able to build ojas, the vital sap of vigor that builds a strong immune system and vitality.
Ayurveda as a practice promotes a balanced life, which frees us to pursue what the Vedas (the texts that form the basis for ayurveda and yoga) describe as the soul’s four desires. These four desires, or “aims,” are: dharma (life’s purpose), artha (the means of fulfilling one’s dharma), kama (pleasure), and moksha (liberation). Rod Stryker’s book The Four Desireshas many exercises designed to help readers explore their relationship to these four aims and to live into the full potential of each of them.
As Richardson's research found that having purpose in life contributes to resiliency, so too did the sages understand the need to know and fulfill our dharma, or life's purpose. The self-inquiry practices of yoga give us tools to develop the clarity needed to find purpose and meaning in life, and to ensure that our actions are in support of that purpose.
With a strong digestive fire that helps us digest the challenges of life, along with the vitality of ojas and the life purpose and meaning developed through yoga and self-inquiry, the building of resilience is deeply supported.
2. Positive Outlook
Neuroscience research confirms that the ability to savor positive experiences and cultivate a positive outlook in life is an important contributor to well-being. Richardson’s research found that people with more sustained levels of activity in the area of the brain linked to positive emotion and reward, reported higher levels of psychological well-being and displayed lower levels of stress hormones.
Neuroscience research confirms that the ability to savor positive experiences and cultivate a positive outlook in life is an important contributor to well-being.
Ayurveda helps us cultivate a positive outlook because its practices help us build clarity. According to Samkhya, the philosophy on which yoga and ayurveda are based, all matter is imbued with three gunas (or qualities): tamas (inertia), rajas (activity), and sattva (clarity). These qualities also characterize the mind.
When the mind is more sattvic, we naturally have a more positive outlook and are less swayed by our likes/dislikes and attachments (rajas), or by dullness or depression (tamas). The movement of the mind away from tamas and rajas, and toward sattva, is a key component of ayurveda. A mind imbued with a sense of harmony, clarity, and well-being will have an easier time making choices that keep the body and mind in balance.
According to Ayurveda and the Mind, by Dr. David Frawley, ayurvedic tools for building sattva include: right diet, physical purification, control of the senses, control of the mind, mantra, and devotion. By cultivating proper nutrition for our individual constitutions, ensuring that we get the right amount of physical activity, making good choices about what we feed our senses (and how often we relax them), practicing deep relaxation and meditation, and cultivating love, we naturally begin to savor the positive in our lives.
During the event, Richardson quoted a recent study that concluded that a wandering mind is an unhappy mind. Researchers found that “when people are really focused on what they’re doing, and their minds are not wandering, they actually feel better about themselves.”
Both ayurveda and yoga promote the practice of meditation, which improves our ability to be present.
In the practice of mantra meditation, we train the mind to come back to the mantra, rather than getting caught up in the shifting thoughts. When we strengthen our ability to collect and direct our attention, over time and with consistent practice we start to gain the same ability off the meditation cushion.
In addition to meditation, the practice of ayurveda invites us to use our senses skillfully. Overuse, underuse, and misuse of the senses can lead to dis-ease. Proper use of sensory impressions is part of keeping the doshas of vata, pitta, and kapha balanced. Additionally, meditation is part of the daily routine of ayurveda, and when our senses are constantly overstimulated, we generally find it harder to sit in meditation. The daily routine is meant to help us start the day on the right foot, with practices that cleanse the body (like tongue scraping, netiand nasya, proper elimination, and asana), collect vital energy, or prana(pranayama, or breathing practices), and bring clarity to the mind (meditation).
By being generous to others, both you and the person you’re helping receive benefit.
Researchshowsthat caring for others activates centers in the brain that are associated with well-being. From a neuroscience perspective, acts of service and generosity toward others are the fourth constituent of well-being. Davidson has called generosity a “positive double whammy”—because by being generous to others, both you and the person you’re helping receive benefit.
One of the four forms of yoga is karma yoga, which is selfless service. (The others are bhakti, the yoga of devotion; raja, the “royal path”; and jnana, the yoga of knowledge.) In karma yoga, all actions are offered up to the Divine without regard for obtaining the fruits of those actions. In many yoga traditions, seva, or service, is work that contributes to the community, and it is considered an essential part of practice.
The Ashtanga Hrdayam, one of the main texts of ayurveda, links generosity to health: “That person who always eats wholesome food, enjoys a regular lifestyle, remains unattached to the objects of the senses, gives and forgives, loves truth, and serves others is without disease.”
The sages who shared the teachings of yoga and ayurveda had direct experience of techniques that lead to self-realization and self-healing. As a teacher and student of both of these traditions, it is a joy to see these time-tested practices reinforced by neuroscience.
The learned behaviors that result in a sense of well-being are available to us all. We each have the same innate fire, which, when tended, allows us to enjoy life more fully. Each of us reflects the light of pure consciousness. Even if we were born into circumstances that would have us believe otherwise, and even if we experienced significant traumas, we each can use the techniques of yoga and ayurveda each day to touch that part of us that remains untouched by suffering—the light of our soul, our inner divinity, and our innate luminosity.
Meditation teachers often say that the first step in practice is to attain steadiness and stability of body because without that there can be no progress. My own teacher told me to begin by sitting with the support of a wall to keep the spine properly aligned and to focus only on my posture, noticing where it is tight and where there is pain, and then to use asana to free those places. Only then should I go on to the next step–establishing a serene and steady flow of breath. The problem is that after two years of working with asana to get rid of a sharp pain in my shoulder, it remains a source of distraction. What should I do?
This is where ayurveda and other systems of therapy that do not bombard the body with heavy-duty drugs can complement yoga. Hot baths, massage with medicated herbal oil, acupressure, acupuncture, or ayurveda’s marma-point therapy is often effective in relieving shoulder pain.
But if the pain is chronic, you will have to find its underlying cause. One way of doing this is to study the pain, identify its nature, and classify it under one of three main categories: vata, pitta, or kapha. Deep throbbing pain at the level of the nervous system, which is accompanied by restlessness, is caused by derangement of vata. A burning pain at the level of the skeletal system is due to derangement of pitta. If the pain is in the muscles beneath the skin and is accompanied by a sense of heaviness and immobility its source is derangement of kapha.
Usually pain in the shoulders is accompanied by stiffness in the shoulder blades and upper arms and is therefore likely to be a kaphic symptom. (In our modern culture, we are primarily exposed to kaphic/tamasic food, water, air, thoughts, and feelings.) To overcome this pain, I advise you to first minimize kaphic food and increase the intake of sattvic food, activate the fire element at the navel center, and with the help of pranayama, let the fire circulate throughout the body. Without putting strain on your body, do exercises that loosen your shoulder joints and connective tissues. Shoulder pain may also be due to a weak spine, and if that is the case, practice the postures that strengthen the spine.
These yogic techniques can be complemented by taking the standard ayurvedic herbs known as dasha mula, “the 10 main herbs,” especially if you are a woman. (Traditionally, all women in India take a preparation of these 10 herbs after delivery.) According to ayurvedic texts, these herbs are strong yet safe—they are not known to have any side effects. They heal muscle trauma, soothe the nervous system, restore vitality, and tone the overall body. If after applying these measures for several months, the pain still persists, you will need to consult an expert who can administer stronger ayurvedic preparations.
I have heard that if herbs are prepared in a tantric fashion and taken in a tantric manner, they will have an immediate, miraculous effect. If this is true, what makes a procedure “tantric”?
When someone makes claims about the power of tantra or talks about tantric magic, watch out. Most of what people hear comes from a rudimentary and fragmented understanding of the subject, coupled with an overactive imagination.
Tantra is the most profound and scientific aspect of spirituality. It is like an ocean. Just as it is impossible to explore the entire ocean and everything that exists in it, so it is impossible to know all the mysteries of tantra. Just as we try to make the best use of the ocean’s resources without having complete knowledge of the ocean, so do we attempt to make use of tantric wisdom without knowing everything about tantra.
Tantric masters have explored the possibility of potentizing herbs and herbal preparations for quick and lasting results and they have compiled authentic tantric herbal formulas—but their significance is obscure. The formulas can be understood only if we comprehend the interconnection among different branches of knowledge, including ayurveda, alchemy, astronomy, astrology, gemology, numerology, and swarodaya (the science of breath), as well as the sciences of mantra, yantra, and personified forms of deities and how they correspond to the subtle forces of the human personality. Tantric philosophy and metaphysics provide the interconnection among these different branches of knowledge. A perfect blend of all these sciences and practices is called “tantra.”
How can an herb be potentized in a tantric fashion?
There are certain mantras, yantras, and rituals which can be used to awaken and intensify the medicinal properties of an herb. There are also certain times when the energy of these herbs awakens by itself. For example, there is an ayurvedic herb called vacha, one of the most valuable herbs for unfolding and strengthening retentive power. This herb is hot in effect and is therefore used in conjunction with cooling herbs. (A particular variety of herb from this family has been found to be carcinogenic; therefore vacha should be taken only under the supervision of an expert.) Because of its heating properties, vacha can be overwhelming, unmanageable even, for those who are weak, pittic, or spacey. And in ayurvedic preparations, this herb is used in small proportions, along with herbs that have cooling and nourishing properties.
I will give you a brief explanation of the tantric way of using vacha. According to Indian astrology, when Jupiter and the eighth constellation (Pushya) are aligned, the conjunction is known as pushya amrita yoga. At least 72 hours before this alignment occurs, an expert tantric who has completed an entire course of the gayatri purashcharana practice goes to the place where the herb is growing and invokes and awakens the subtle force of the herb with appropriate mantras and rituals. The adept then waters the plant while fully absorbed in the bijamantra known assaraswata bija and attends the plant for three days, energizing its retentive power (medha shakti) through his or her practice. Then, when Jupiter and Pushya come into alignment, the adept harvests the plant, root and all, without cutting or harming it in any way. The plant is then kept on the tantric’s meditation altar until the time for taking it arrives. The adept who harvested this herb can take it for his or her own benefit or can administer it to someone else. It is taken on the seventh day of the waxing moon in the month of Magha (achala saptami), a date that usually falls in the last portion of January or the first portion of February. This herb is taken only once in a lifetime.
The person taking the herb bathes a couple of hours before the astrological occurrence, meditates on the saraswata bija mantra, prepares a paste by crushing and grinding the root, and when the paste is ready, liquefies it with milk. (For the sake of brevity, I will omit the elaborate procedure for preparing the paste.) The candidate then walks into a river until the water is up to the upper chest or neck, and faces downstream. He or she then drinks the preparation and remains in the water for at least an hour, doingjapa the entire time. If the candidate feels nauseous he or she must stay in the water until the nausea passes. If the nausea induces vomiting, the vomitus must not come in direct contact with the skin (which is why the candidate is facing downstream). When the liquid has passed from the stomach to the intestines, it is safe to come out of the water.
If the preparation is digested, the effect will last a lifetime. If it is expelled, it means the candidate was not prepared. Before taking the preparation again, the body will need to be strengthened and detoxified and the fire within needs to be awakened by yoga practices, including pranayama and the gayatri purashcharana.
I have met a few aspirants who have undergone this tantric treatment and these encounters have convinced me that this kriya, known as saraswata oshadhi prayoga, can have a miraculous effect on one’s retentive power and creativity.
There are other ways of using herbs in a tantric manner, such as tying the herbs to the arms or using them as incense, but the most effective method is to offer the herbs into the fire, provided the entire ritual (which involves worship of yantras and mantra recitation) is done with precision.
According to ayurveda, everyone has within the body a subtle fire of digestion, called agni, which processes not only physical material (food, toxins, bacteria), but also mental material (sensations, experiences, and thoughts).
Those whose agni is balanced have great immunity, are never sick, can eat any food without indigestion, have good skin color, a sweet personality, excellent memory, and quick reasoning.
Those whose agni is imbalanced are prone to all the opposite conditions: low energy, poor digestion, clouded thinking, and sickness. It is said that both health and disease start in the digestive tract, and that impaired agni is the first stage of all imbalances/diseases.
Agni literally means “fire” and it is thought to have the same qualities as fire: hot, sharp, light, dry, mobile, subtle, and clear. Fire is the universal medium of transformation, be it transformation on the macrocosmic level of the sun as it bakes riverbank mud into hard clay, or transformation on the microcosmic level as when stomach enzymes break down a sandwich molecule. It is the dry and sharp qualities of fire that carry out cutting actions, breaking down food into smaller and smaller pieces (think of how a flame quickly “eats” up a piece of paper). The hot quality of fire brings about cooking, the transforming of raw, astringent food into sweet, nourishing sustenance. The clear and subtle qualities of fire make it possible for us to comprehend the five senses and discern between food and toxin. Agni is an energetic principle that doesn’t translate directly as a single physiological process. To experience the sensation of strong agni, try the Ginger Slice recipe given later in this article.
Agni and ama are engaged in a constant battle, back and forth: when agni is high, it burns up ama, and when ama is high, it suffocates agni.
Captain Agni has a sinister counterpart, the infamous Ama, toxic mucus that accumulates in the body. It results from food and experiences that have entered the body but have not been completely digested. Agni and ama are engaged in a constant battle, back and forth: when agni is high, it burns up ama, and when ama is high, it suffocates agni.
Sometimes agni itself is responsible for the body’s maladies. Ayurveda tells us that a person can have one of four states of agni: too weak, irregular, too strong, or balanced. The ideal is to have balanced agni—not too strong, not too weak, but just right. Balanced agni serves as a sort of autopilot, processing food, thought, and microorganisms without our being aware of it.
Agni that is too weak may cause low appetite, slow digestion, toxic buildup, and sickness. But agni that is too strong will start to burn up the body’s own tissues after it has destroyed ama. This is called “agony.” Related symptoms (there are several other causes of these) can be weight loss, hair loss, irritated intestinal tract, burning eyes, hypoglycemia, and anemia. If these manifest, agni must be decreased.
Irregular agni can cause one to have little appetite or to be very hungry, but to digest whatever is consumed poorly. Or it can cause one to have good digestion at one time, but weak digestion at another. For those with irregular agni, bringing regularity and rhythm into their daily routine and diet will help. We must decide which type of agni we have, then bring it to balance to enjoy smooth health and a clear mind.
The causes of imbalanced agni are: eating too much, cold food or drinks, old or processed food, poor food combinations, exposure to cold and wind, excessive activity, worry, and stress. Hence, exposure to anything with these qualities—cold, dull, wet, sticky, cloudy, dense, and heavy—can cause agni to be imbalanced.
To increase agni, avoid the above. Eat cooked food and include the digestive tastes of sour, salty, and pungent in your meals.
Because every food has different qualities, it will have a different effect on one’s agni. Foods with sour, salty, or pungent tastes are said to be made, in part, of the fire element, and thus kindle agni. Examples are citrus, salt, and pungent peppers. Foods with sweet, bitter, or astringent tastes, having no fire element, cool down agni. Examples are sugar, bitter dandelion leaf, and astringent apple.
Foods having light qualities are easily digested by agni, but they don’t contribute tissue mass to the body. Examples are salad greens, most fruit, and some grains, such as corn and millet. Foods having heavy qualities reduce one’s agni and do contribute tissue mass. Examples are dates, dairy, wheat, meat, and oils.
We have the privilege of choosing how we wish to make use of our agni and deciding which foods or in what situations we will use it. Having balanced agni requires tending, just as a campfire does on a rainy night. By tending the fire of agni, we gain radiance, luster, and brilliance!
We have the privilege of choosing how we wish to make use of our agni and deciding which foods or in what situations we will use it.
Here are five recipes for balancing agni.
1. Bring all of the following ingredients to a boil:
1 qt. water
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1⁄2 c. minced ginger root
2 Tbs. Sucanat or other sweetener
1⁄4 to 1⁄2 tsp. rock salt
2. Boil for 20 minutes.
3. Take the pot off the burner, cool for a few minutes, and then add the juice of 1⁄2 lime. Do not boil the lime juice.
4. Strain out the ginger.
This tea can be kept in a thermos. If you have a cold, it can help disperse mucus congestion.
1⁄4 c. cumin seeds
1⁄4 c. coriander seeds
1⁄4 c. fennel seeds
2. In a dry iron skillet or frying pan, roast the cumin seeds on medium-low heat, until they smell slightly nutty and sweet and have a light brown color.
3. Pour them in a bowl and repeat the roasting process with the coriander seeds and then with the fennel seeds.
Don’t let the seeds get black and bitter-smelling. When cool, they can be stored in a dry, airtight container for weeks. A half-teaspoonful after each meal is nice to balance the taste buds and help digestion. These are the seeds served in Indian restaurants.
Peel a little bit of ginger root, and take a slice off about as thick and as wide as a silver dollar. Holding this like an open-faced sandwich, sprinkle a pinch of rock salt on top, and then a few drops of lime juice. Chew and swallow.
Yowsers! Immediate stimulation of digestion! So do this only before you are going to eat your meal. And don’t do it if you already have strong agni.
2. In a dry skillet, roast the cornmeal over medium-low heat until it is fragrant. Pour into a bowl.
3. Now add the ghee and rosemary to the pan and heat on low until the rosemary smells fragrant. Then add the peppercorns, cumin, and salt. A minute later, add the cornmeal and stir it into the ghee mixture. Sauté on low heat for 5 minutes.
4. Then add the water, 1⁄4 cup at a time, while stirring the mixture into a smooth consistency. Cook on medium-low, covered, for another 15 minutes.
5. Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of paprika. Serves 6.
Sweet Stomach Soother
Mix the following ingredients together in a serving bowl and serve as a drink:
2 c. coconut milk
2 Tbs. maple syrup
2 Tbs. rose water
2 pinches saffron threads, crumbled up
This is a nice treat for someone who is feeling faint from hunger. Serves 6.
The coconut milk can be store-bought (out of a can), or you can mix 3 parts coconut flesh with 1 part water in a blender, until creamy.
There is growing interest in ayurvedic herbs these days. What is the difference between an ayurvedic herb and herbs in general? Does an herb have to grow in India to be “ayurvedic”?
It is easy to understand the difference between ayurvedic herbs and herbs in general when we know what ayurveda really is. The word “ayurveda” means “science of life” or “science of longevity.” The techniques of ayurveda integrate body, breath, mind, and consciousness in the treatment of all ailments, from the simplest illness to the most complex disease. But ayurveda is not the science of disease; it is the science of health. Its goal is to make it possible for us to live a healthy life until our last breath. Any herb that helps us become healthy, retain our vitality, and live the full span of life can therefore be called “ayurvedic.”
Any herb growing anywhere can be adopted in the ayurvedic system of healthcare provided it has the necessary properties.
Because ayurveda developed in India, ayurvedic experts studied the healing and rejuvenative properties of the plants that grew there and used these plants in their preparations. But don’t make the mistake of assuming that only herbs grown in India are ayurvedic. A number of the herbs mentioned in ayurvedic texts also grow outside India. Many plants with properties similar to the ones mentioned in ayurvedic texts grow in Europe and Central America, for example. Any herb growing anywhere can be adopted in the ayurvedic system of healthcare provided it has the necessary properties.
Furthermore, herbs that have become popular in certain countries (say, India or China) have come to be regarded as Indian or Chinese, even though they are widely used elsewhere. Den shen, for example, is known as a Chinese herb, but people in other parts of the world have been using it for thousands of years; in North America it is known as red sage. People have been using the same powerful rejuvenative herb under the name ashwagandha in India and withania in the West. Another “Indian” herb, vacha, has long been used by Europeans under the name calamas and under other names by Native Americans.
Is it appropriate to combine herbs not mentioned in ayurvedic texts with other herbs?
Yes, this is perfectly fine. However, to do this effectively the herbalist, pharmacist, or alchemist who combines them must have a comprehensive knowledge of the herbs, their unique properties, and what makes them compatible. Herbalism is a vast subject, one which was practiced in all cultures before the advent of modern medicine. In earlier times, however, herbalists were knowledgeable only about the herbs that grew in their own region. They worked with them and came to know their properties intimately. There was very little interaction with herbalists from different parts of the world and so their knowledge was limited to local plants.
Today the situation has obviously changed: herbalists are no longer limited to plants that grow locally. Herbal treatments—whether for prevention, healing, or rejuvenation—can be more effective if the best herbs from different regions are combined. And this can be done only if ayurvedic experts further their knowledge by researching and studying the science of herbs developed in various cultures. Without solid, scientific research the current interest in herbalism will fade without making any significant contribution to raising the overall standard of health and well-being.
Can you explain the role of herbs in our spiritual practices? How can they enhance our spiritual growth?
In ancient times the Vedic people experienced nature as the Divine Mother because everything evolved from her. They called her Prakriti. Everything that existed in her and evolved from her was saturated with consciousness. According to ayurveda, especially the tantric version, herbs are the embodiment of the living goddess. If applied properly, they release divine energies, not only to heal the physical aspect of our being, but the mental and spiritual aspects as well. People in ancient cultures lived close to nature and had great sensitivity toward the consciousness localized in these herbs. They knew intuitively in which plants the divine energies are concentrated and they knew how to invoke these energies and bask in their light. Holy basil (ocimum sanctum), neem (melia azadirachta), pipal (piper longum), bael (aegle marmelos), mandar (erythrina indica), and haridra (curcuma longa), for example, were worshipped by the Vedic people. And because they identified these and many other plants as living gods and goddesses, to them this was not plant worship but nature worship.
Just as some species of animals are more evolved than others, and some humans possess a higher degree of intelligence than others, there is a greater degree of consciousness, intelligence, and healing power inherent in certain plants. In ayurveda, such plants are called herbs. This definition may or may not accord with the botanical definition, but this is how the ancient scriptures, such as the Atharva Veda and tantric texts, differentiate herbs from other plants. There are a host of mantras that describe not only the medicinal properties of these herbs but the spiritual powers they embody as well. For a practitioner of yoga these herbs can bring about a remarkable transformation.
How important is it to use only organically grown herbs? In a time when almost the whole planet is contaminated with chemicals and other toxins, how can we obtain herbs which are pure?
It is very important to use only organically grown herbs in herbal preparations, whether they are meant for healing our bodies or for uplifting our consciousness. Unfortunately today the entire planet is suffering from contamination from chemicals and other substances and so are the herbs, but there is still some relatively pristine land left. If we refrain from polluting it and use the herbs that grow there, that will be a good start.
But obtaining herbs that are pure requires more than organic farming methods. Just as a human being consists of body, mind, and soul, herbs also are composed of these three components. To ensure their physical health we must grow them organically so that the plant is free from toxins and grows in accord with nature. To ensure their mental health we must maintain a harmonious and cheerful environment where the herbs are growing. This means that the place and its immediate surroundings must be free from the negative energies of fear, anger, and violence. The ancient Vedic herbalists supplied food for the soul of the herbs by repeating mantras and making fire offerings. According to them only healthy and happy herbs can engender health and happiness in humans and other living beings. Only when herbs are awakened in the first place can they awaken those who use them. Only when they are enlightened can they enlighten those who use them.
Any herb growing anywhere can be adopted in the ayurvedic system of healthcare provided it has the necessary properties.
The Vedic method for growing herbs, therefore, is much more sophisticated and complete than what we call organic farming. There is a complete set of mantras for planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, and processing herbs for ayurvedic preparations. There are specific rituals, along with specific fire offerings, for nourishing the herbs at a spiritual level and uplifting their consciousness. If herbs are cultivated in this manner they will have a miraculous effect on our body, mind, and soul.
Né en 1981 à Nancy. Il vit et travaille dans le sud de la France. Installer dans son atelier à Vallauris, l'artiste aime à créer dans l'intemporel, l'atypique, l'hétéroclite même, il s'amuse du regard porté sur l'art. Influencé par aucune école en particulier,
DAVID David nous offre toute la profondeur d'une création à l'état pur...
Depuis toujours c'est en couchant des formes sur papiers ou en matérialisant ses pensées que cet artiste a appris à s'exprimer, à s'affirmer.
Son éducation quelques peu atypique, lui permet de s'imprégner d'une vision singulière du monde et de revendiquer un point de vue qui résiste aux schémas conventionnels ambiants. Cette force créatrice singulière parcourt d'ailleurs l'ensemble de ses œuvres. Par l'utilisation de diverses techniques, il guide fréquemment le spectateur vers cette trame créatrice, et le positionne sous un éclairage nouveau, celui de son imaginaire, de ses convictions, mettant ainsi de côté les perceptions conformistes.
Il rend ainsi manifeste des représentations par un langage abstrait, celui de l'expression artistique et sculpturale.
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Obwohl alle Webseiten sich sowohl vom Design wie auch vom Inhalt sehr unterscheiden, sind sie alle 100% abhängig von der Hauptpräsenz my-redweb. Um es sich besser vorzustellen ist myredweb.com einen Kreisverkehr und jede einzelne Webseite ist eine Ausfahrt die, für den Endnutzer den Anschein hat unabhängig zu sein. Zuzüglich zu der Hauptseite my-redweb gibt es noch die community, welches man sich so vorstellen kann wie einen riesen Parkhaus das sich unter allen Webseiten befindet und jede Webseite hat seinen Bereich wo man Ideen und Beiträge parken kann. Für uns als Admin gibt es noch eine Ebene, die, von der aus wir Gott Spielen können. Diese Ebene habe ich DARKSIDE genannt. Von der DARKSIDE aus ist es euch möglich bis zu 100GB auf euren Privaten server hochzuladen, auf dem ihr WeltWeit zugreifen könnt, alle Webseiten zu denen ihr eine Berichtigung bekommen habt zu gestalten, Einen Einblick zu bekommen in kommende Projeckten, eurer verdientes geld einzusehen und eine Überweisung auf eurer Privates echtes Konto zu veranlassen. Die DARKSIDE dient zum managment des Kompletten REDWEB Univers.
2 Was kann ich alles als Admin machen.
Als Admin habt ihr einen zugriff auf die DARKSIDE wie oben beschrieben. Zudem kann jeder Admin Neue Artikel und Videos auf OP-V posten, Alle Inhalte der Community verwalten ( korriegieren oder ausblenden, aus sicherheitsgründen können Admins keine Vollständige löschung der Inhalte durchführen, sondern gelöschte posts werden von der community entfernt und zwischen gelagert bis ein SUPER Admin / Webmaster den Inhalt überprüft hat ). Admins sind Automatisch an den Einahmen durch Werbung beteilig. Eure mailbox wird über die DARKSIDE angezeigt und verfügt über mehr Optionnen als die der normalen User.
3 Die Künstler Seiten.
bald mehr infos ....
Aufgrund der tatsache das my-redweb 100% inaktiv ist, was ich damit sagen will ist, das die Webseite my-redweb.com für den " End Nutzer " keine Inhalte bietet, wie im ersten Kapitel erklärt, My-Redweb ist nur einen Kreis Verkehr welcher zu verschiedenen Webseiten führt. Also, da my-redweb inaktiv ist, sollte man auf dessen Haupseite Information finden was my-redweb eigentlich ist, um den " Enduser " anzuregen auf die menü Buttons zu klicken und im besten fall sich anzumelden ( Kein Mensch meldet sich aus spass irgendwo an ! Deshalb muss der User erst überzeugt werden, er muss bei uns etwas finden was ihn dazu bewegt sich bei uns zu registieren ).
Dazu hier ein paar Stichpunkt die ausgearbeitet werden müssen:
Was ist myredweb in " REAL LIFE " also offline nicht als internet Seite, Rechtform, aktivitäten, mittarbeiter usw ... ?
Zu welchem Zwecke wurde my-redweb programmiert ... ?
Was ist das Ziel, die Ambitionen von my-redweb
Was bietet my-redweb an ... ?
Alles muss ja nicht auf die " Hauptseite " natürlich können viele weitere informationnen auf seperaten Seiten aufgeteilt werden wie " Über uns" oder " AGBs " . Weitere inhalt die Ausgearbeitet werden sollten wären:
Infos über die shops
Infos für Künstler die teil der Red Familie werden wollen
Infos für werbe Partnern
Auf op-v werden derzeit nur willkürlich beitrag geteilt, das soll sich ändern. Auf OP-V wollen wir eine Bestimmte Ideologie Verbreiten, die des besseren Miteinander leben und des erlangen an wahrer zufriedenheit und Glück im Altag, Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen brauchen wir in erste Linie Mitterbeiter mit dieser Einstellung, aber ohne Extremismuss. Die bereit sind unserer crew beizutreten ( warum ohne Extrmissmus , weil ich konvertierte moslem bin, lebe nach der ideologie des satanismuss und hole meine Kraft aus den Budismuss ich möchte mit OP-V keinen eine Denkweise oder Religion aufdrücken aufzwingen sondern nur denk stützen bieten alternativen shenken, neue perspektiven im Leben der Menschen bringen damit sie selbst die Augen öffnen und mit all den information die wir posten dazu gelangen sich ihren eigenen gesundes glückliches Leben aufzubauen. Nur diese mitarbeite werden nicht vom Himmel fallen deswegen sollte " DETAILLIERT " das alles aufgeschrieben werden irgendwo auf OP-V vielleicht eine Neue Rubrik anlegen in der Menu leiste der webseite. Sobald das fertig ist muss dann diese " INFO Seite " massif auf den sozialen Netzwerken Geteilt werden, Optimal wäre Natürlich Einen PodCast zu führen wo jede Woche ein Neues Video ercheint, dafür muss aber jemand gefunden werden. Wir werden weiter hin die Webseite fühllen mit " Geteilte " Beiträge von anderen Web-Medien Jedoch sollten auch irgendwann jemand Artikel selber Verfassen und Onlin setzten , DENN WAS ALLE WOLLEN SIND EXKLUSIVE INHALTE !
Im klar text ist das Ziel von OP-V, eine Redaktion zu haben die Artikel verfasst die mit der " Kern Ideologie " von OP-V treu ist ( also besseres miteinander leben blabla der ganze philosophische und spirituelle kram ) , einen Youtube Postcast der ebenfalls die OP-V Kern-Ideologie treu ist. Für das teilen von Infos die wir sonstwo gefunden haben, brauchen wir uns kein kopf machen da die programmierung der webseite so ist das alle admins posten können. Das bedeutet das wenn wir viele User und genügend Admins haben wird sich dieser Bereich der Webseite automatisch füllen ...
6 Die Community.
Warum haben wir eigendlich eine community ? Weil interaktionnen der Nutzer, die Besuche-Zahl unsere Webseiten massif steigern wird.
bald mehr infos ....
7 STARTSEITE my-redweb.com
Versucht euch bitte die web seiten wie eine Welt vorzustellen . habt eine kleine zukunft Vision . denkt so als würde man nicht im internet surfen und klicken sondern laufen, und jeder webseite ist einen gebaüde einige sind holz hütten andere sind wie facebook wolken kratzer und in dieser welt werden wir jetzt laufen. also erst sieht mann von weiten ein gebaüde dann näher dran sieht mann seine Vitrine dann trettet man ein, dann kommt mann an einem empfang wo mann informationen bekommt usw ...
Den user begrüssen mit 3 Arent und Weisen, ein mal wenn der user nicht eingeloggt ist, wenn er als normaler user angemeldet ist und ein 3tes mal wenn er als super-admin / admin eingeloggt ist .
Bei der begrüssung keine details erklärungen oder sonstige verkaufs strategien nutzen ( also hier nicht versuchen den user zu über reden mal schnell auf op-v zu gehen oder ihn weiss machen er sollte sich sofort registrieren wir versuchen ihm nix zu verkaufen halt ... ) Hier sagen wir den User " Hi " mit den paragraff müssen wir nur eine sache schaffen : Der user muss wie ein magnet angezogen sein das was er da sieht muss seine neugier erwecken!
Der willkommen Text ist vergleichbar mit eine Vitrine eines kleidung Geschäfts, Der verkaüfer steht nicht vor der tür und labbert die passanten an !! Dafür haben aber Läden keine wände aus stein sondern Vitrinen, Sobald ein passante sich von der vitrine angezogen fühlt wird er einen shritt IN DEN LADEN wagen. Da und genau da wartet der hinterhältige lächelnde verkaüfer der satzt für satzt alles daran setzten wird damit du eine seine produkte erwärbst !
Genau da muss passieren im wilkommen paragraff !!
Was ist my-redweb( website )
Hier brauchen wir die 3 art der user nicht mehr zu untetrsheiden ( also eingelogt oder nicht , user oder admin ). In diesen absatzt wird der User informiert wo er überhaupt gelandet ist. Vergleichbar mit einen Empfang schalter jetzt wird ihm erstmal erklärt:
"so da recht ist ein fahrstuhl da kommst du zur der community ( keine details über die community der Kunde soll ja bloss nicht auf den tresen des empfangs shaltes einschlaffen er soll wach bleiben es muss schnell gehen aber die wesentlichen infos bekommen) . Dann hier die treppe runter geht es zu den Künstlern ( hier auch keine details nicht wer nicht was für ne kunz einfach nur ja da die treppe runter ist der kunst raum ) dann hier geht es zum garten sind noch andere ganz viele coole dinge so spiele fotos und so kannst ja mal shauen.
(Hier auch die neugier des Kunde auf höchsten nivo halten keine details nur ein weg weiser wir sind am info stand die frau bekommt 8€20 die stunde die hat eh keine ahnung das weiss jeder)
Also infos geben und nicht übertreiben aber das wesentliche damit ohne viel zu sagen denoch ein etwas grössere text enstehet! darin wird sich die qualität des textes bemerkbar machen nicht zu kurz aber auch nicht zu viel preis giben , nicht zu detailliert aber genau .
Was ist my-redweb ( reallife )
So dieser paragraff ist der gottverdammt Verkaüfer der dich anlabbert.bedenken wir das wenn der user diesen inhalt sieht hat er runter gescrollt !!Was sagt uns das ??
Genau das der Kunde interesse bekommen hat sonst hätte er das Fenster zu gemacht und nicht runter gescrollt.
Das ist ein WICHTIGE Punkt weil wir nun wissen das die chancen hoch sind das was wir ihn erzählen werden ihn interessieren wird. Hier können wir etwas MENSCH in das ganze reinbringen , eine verbindung zwischen user und wir zu kreieren , den user mit uns bekannt machen ihn einen Bild malen damit er eine vorstellung bekommt mit wemm und was er es zu tuhn hat .Hier kann mann über die geschichte von my-redweb reden, dessen enstehung wer da mit arbeitet warum wie andere unseren team integrieren können aber, hier auch nicht zu viele details giben einfach nur die Palette an infos erweitern die der user bereits am empfangs schalter bekommen hat, weil der user soll es mal hören was du ihm bieten kannst, wenn der user dann alle infos hier durch gelesen hat ist er drann er kann sich jetzt entscheiden wozu er mehr fragen hat.
Was bietet mir my - redweb ( als user , Künstler , admin )
Hier kommt die stich punkte artige Liste wo wir alle vershiedennen sachen aufgelistet werden die über das my-redweb portal möglich sind. Hier ist aber bitte folgendes zu beachten :
Alle webseiten, von r-beat.com hin zu jayprincemusic.com bis zu redgame.myinfo.red, sind vollkommend unabhängig von der haupt Präsenz my-redweb.com !!
Als Beispiel nehmen wir mal die webseite von :
den UK rapper " Street Orphan ", um auf seine seite zu gelangen gibt der " Nutzer " in seinem Web-Brownser folgende adresse ein -> http://streetorphan.myinfo.red ;
oder die page von RedpiiX für videos & fotos müsste der Nutzer folgendes eingiben -> https://redpiix.com ;
Wie ihr sehen könnt deutet hier für keinerlei webseite irgendetwas auf " my-redweb.com " , jedoch wisst ihr ( hoffe ich mittleiweile ) das auf jede page das logo der Welt-kugel zu sehen ist , welches den User auf der community seite weiter leitet welche " eindeutich von " my-redweb.com ist . Dieser Punkt ist sehr Wichtig die formulieren beim presentieren der web seiten.
Es macht in den Köpfen der Nutzer viel aus ob mann sie " quasi " dazu zwingt eint Teil von my redweb zu werden um eine webpage zu bekommen oder wenn ihnen das gefühle der unabhängigkeit gegiben wird und ihnen Klar macht das my-redweb nur so etwas wie ein " Dienstleister " ist. My- redweb bietet ja konkret NIX an es ist nur einen Namen geht mann auf dessen webseite bekommt man infos will mann mehr muss man irgendein " Partner " anklicken. Darrin sohl die Magie bestehen : Zeit gleich my redweb zu presentieren als würde es alle fäden in der Hand haben aber NUR hinter den kulissen im vorder grund soll my-redweb durchsichtig sein / wirken ....
In den einzelnen Unterpunkte können wir spielereien hinzufügen wie bilder Videos usw ...
Wichtige Links rund um my.-redweb( über uns , sich regiestrieren , sich anmelden , zu community , sociale netzwerke , FAQ's , contacte , AGB's )
Jetzt können wir davon aus gehen ( wenn wir unsere Arbeit gut gemacht haben ) das der User alle Notwendigen Informationnen besitzt um einen Einblick im red Univers zu bekommen und einen verständniss dafür was eigendlich my-redweb ist und auf was für ne Webseite er eigendlich gelandet ist.
Also werden wir hier nur noch mal ein paar details infos und links einblenden sowie weiter leitungen und einblendungen der sozialen Netzwerken.
Und zu guter schluss das anmelde Formular mit einen Link zur regiestrierungs page für neue User.
Um euch die Arbeit zu erleichtern versucht nicht das Ganze auf einmal zur verfassen bleibt gezielt paragraph für paragraph. Und schreibt wie Journalisten diese Neutrale schrift weise, wie aus eine Zeitschrift von aussen wie ein presentator. Versucht nicht zu überreden sondern " wirkt " Selbstsicher in dem ihr sachlich die texte verfasst. Als denk stütze Kategorisiert eure verschiedennen Platformen auf die ihr postet :
von Facebook privat zu Facebook fan page hin zu my redweb commuty bis zu den verfassen der inhalte der webseiten . Spielereien Gehören ( meine meinung nach ) in der Community und auf euren Privaten Facebook account , aber auf den " OFIZIELLEN " webseiten ( my-redweb.com, r-beat.com, redpiix.com usw ... ) oder OFFIZIELLEN Facebook " FAN " Seiten gehören Professionele sachliche informationen (etwas wenige streng gesehen auf Facebook seiten natürlich ...) .
Dieser Vorgehensweise solltet ihr ( nach anpassung natürlich ) auf alle weiteren Webseiten anwenden. Natürlich die Webseiten wo ihr content für schreiben sollteten also zum Beispiel mit Street Orphan's webseite habt ihr nix zu tun aber die redgame.myinfo.red oder redpiix.com seite oder OP-V.com sollte auch Überarbeitet werden .
Denkt bitte beim verfassen eure Texte an der tatsache das unsere Webseiten nicht nur aus EINER Seite besteht, wir haben einen bereich zum beispiel der heisst " über uns " , ( müssen ) haben eine AGB seite, sollten eine " FAQ " seite haben, wir haben eine " KONTAKT " seite ... usw ...
Was ich euch Damit sagen will ist
Ihr könnt sachen auslassen beim verfassen der HAUPTSEITEN TEXTE um sie " Extra " auf eine anderen Seite zu verfassen ! Als Beispiel:
Im paragraf * my-redweb ( real life ) solltet ihr einen satzt über die gründer schreiben könnt ihr da auf irrgeneinen wort oder satzt eine weiterleitung hinzufügen zu eine info seite welche die gründe und derren motivation presentiert .... Es kann in manchen fällen interessant sein statt zu wenig zu erzählen so das etwas " UNKLAR " wirkt es einfach " KOMPLET" zu kürzen und einfach den Nutzer darauf hinweisen das , fals er interesse hat, die möglichkeit hat indem er hier oder da klick mehr info zu bekommen.
Denkt beim verfassen der Texte immer darran das jeder mensch jedes Wort anders interpretiert und deswegen müssen wir bei verfassen die " neutralität und sachlichkeit " anstreben !!!! Nimmt euch Zeit und seit euch Bewusst das ein Diamant nur dann glänzt wenn er geschliefen wurden ist, strebt also nicht zur endgültigkeit sondern zum beitragen und stätiges verbessern.
Danke für euren Engagement und zusammarbeit !
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Aus dem Englischen mit Google ins Deutsche übersetzt
My-Redweb, ist eine Web-Plattform für Künstler und Aktivist und von selbigen ( KOMISCHES WORT ! ) erstellt worden;).
Wir sind froh, dass du es bis hierher geschafft hast.
gut, wir bauen die Bühne auf, was hier etwas passieren wird. Ergibt keinen Sinn
Wir suchen noch nach Admins und Poster für OP-V.com Unten schon mit drin
schreiben uns direkt über Facebook oder lassen uns eine Anfrage in unserer Community!
Wir können in einer Devellopment-Phase,???? <--- was ist damit gemeint ??? aber Sie können sich heute registrieren und werden
1 unserer Testmitglied, während wir die Beta-Plattform laufen.
Schau dir alle Produktionen von "snakobeatz" auf R-Beat.com an. viele kostenlose beatz wartet auf dich!
Grün + Rot = STICHPUNKTE
Willkommen auf MyRedweb
MyRedweb wurde von Künstlern und Aktivisten gegründet, um Menschen zusammen zu bringen und miteinander zu verbinden.
Wir sind froh, das du es bis hier her geschafft hast und hoffen natürlich das du bis zum ende der Reise bleibst :)
Hinter dem ganzen steckt eine Idee die an größe, kaum zu übertreffen ist.
Eine riesige Community, mit verschiedenen Vernetzten Webseiten, rund um Kunst.
Kurzes Intro Video einblenden ( welches von allein, direkt, startet) z.b. Ein 30 sekündiges (oder länger? 1 min.?) Video, Welches z.b. Bilder aus Redpix,Snako beim Beat bauen, jemanden beim aufnehmen etc..o.ä, zeigt inkl. Hintergrund Musik, made im RedUniverse ;)
Es gibt eine vielfalt an Themen zu entdecken, zu denen ihr euch Informationen holen könnt.
Auf MyRedweb gibt es verschiedene Künstler, aus der Musikszene oder z.b aus dem Foto und Video Bereich zu entdecken.
Hierzu findet Ihr Seiten in denen ihr die neuesten Informationen erhaltet und alles nachlesen könnt.
Ihr wollt selber etwas loswerden was viele andere auch Interessieren könnte? Kein Problem ! Ihr könnt zu jedem Thema, sobald ihr Registriert seid ( Das Wort Registrieren so verlinken, das man zum Anmeldebereich kommt )welches euch interessiert, einen neuen, eigenen Post verfassen ! ---> Hier ( Das Wort " Hier " so verlinken das man einen neuen Post schreiben kann , Seite noch auswählen ) habt ihr die Möglichkeit selber einen neuen Post zu verfassen ! Rotes Ausrufezeichen: evtl. doch weg
Andere haben jetzt die Möglichkeit diesen zu Kommentieren, oder mit "Gefällt" mir zu makieren.
Bild/Video/Link einfügen von Musikern (yana G/Jay Prince/óse ) z.b.
Bild/Video/Link einfügen von Redpiix – nicht zu groß
Aber es gibt noch mehr auf MyRedweb zu entdecken.
Ihr habt z.b die Möglichkeit auf der RedGame Seite ( Link noch einfügen der zur Seite führt) an Gewinnspielen teilzunehmen, in denen Ihr
z.b ein professionelles Fotoshooting / einen professionellen Videodreh, oder das recorden, mixen und Mastern, einer eigenen CD gewinnen könnt.
Die Gewinnspiele werden immer unterschiedlicher Natur sein und unterschiedliche Preise beinhalten ,sodass jeder die Möglichkeit hat, seine Kunst frei auszuleben.
Traumreise als Beispiel einfügen /Link/Grafik
Auch über Alternative Medien / Spiritualität / Pflanzen / Natur , nur um einige zu nennen, könnt ihr euch informieren, oder selbst posten.
Dafür sind wir immer auf der Suche, nach angagierten Mitarbeitern, die selber Artikel verfassen, posten und teilen.
Street Orphan combines insightful political commentary with personal introspection, demonstrating an impressive diversity. His wordplay will have you pressing rewind, and his tongue twisting, multisyllabic flow would make Pun proud. He is the last of a dying breed of true lyricists.
Published on 28 Sep 2016 once again street orphan has posted A song about the profound divisions in society stoked up by politics and regionalism, putting across the notion that common humanity should embrace irrespective of race or religion. We need a revolution of thought, and the rap revolution is here to give the public that we give you open your eyes listen and let your views and comments be known peace
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We got a team which counting around 20 people who will make weekly a lot of publicity on the most common social network like Facebook Twitter Google and so on ... That means being a member of our Red Family will help you to rich more people and will let growing continually your fanbase.
We can offer you all that for free !! ( Remember we start massive publicity the 1st January 2018 ... we still in the development state running a beta version for testing purpose.)
, of course, we have some condition, we will help you to reorganize your social network in a more professional way. Most artists begin to improve their interaction with their content when they start cleaning miss configuration on their social pages. We ain't have a lot of condition and won't ask you to pay us taxes but we keep the rights to delete your page and stop our collaboration if you don't use your new web page as your main promotion tool and if you do not upload good quality content, as mention we have Beatmakers and sound engineers in our team which can help you to finalize your recording session.
We do know that it's sound bizarre who in the world will offer all that for free !!! Well, I invite you to write us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, to register yourself on our community and send us an "Admin Request" or get in contact with us over our Facebook Fan page to get more information.
In a few Word, why should we do all that for free ??
As we all know nowadays even Major Labels earn the most of their money through publicity in the virtual word.
Encors en phase de dévellopement, nous créons quelque chose de grand ici !
Jusqu'a notre ouverture officielle nous recherchons des Administrateurs et modérateurs motivé(e)s pour nos diverses platformes. Pour integrer notre équipe tu n'as nul besoin de connaissance informatique particulière. N'hésites pas à naviguer sur les pages ( en construction ) pour te faire une idée de notre structure, ta curiositée t'informeras plus que mille mots ...
Tu est intérressé(e) ? Contact nous par E-Mail à email@example.com ou enregistre toi et envoie nous une requête.
Here you will find all information about our Red platform and how to use all the tools for creation and modification.
First you need to understand how it works, for all our platform we have 3 different views with different acces areas.
The first view is the common one witch appears to all user witch are not connected, it require no secure connection ( you recognise you are secure if the website adress start with https:// and the secure logo appears in your brownser) and works as an standalone application. for exemple the secure website for R-BEAT is https://my-redweb.com/R-Beat , but the common view for an not connected user ishttp://r-beat.com
The second view is the one for all connected user, this one require a secure connection passing trought the https://my-redweb.com application. This view give you access to many option sutch as creating a new thread in our community, writing messages to the other redweb users, creating music playlist or buying clothes digital music and all other thing we offer on our different platform. The connection properties are set in a way that you stay log in untill you do not log yourself out by clicking on the logout button even if you close youclose your web browser. To achiev this the application save your session identification as a coockie in your related temp folder. Deleating your cookies will automaticly log you off.
The third view is the one whitch we use as administrator, it require the same condition as the second view for common loged in users but as long as your account got administrator rights you got access to a so called backend application and to all VIP links, those you recognize in the website adress bar looking like this : https://my-redweb.com/VIP . You are also the only members whitch can see what is in the VIP ROOM of our community, so please use this section to repport buggs or communicate whith your admin partners.
Now that you understand how the RED application works let us go trought all of this step by step.
If you want to join us, we need admin to help us managing the whole platform, write us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or register and send us a request using the " new post " write tool on our community.