An Esoteric Tantric Practice Bhuta Shuddhi is an ancient yoga meditation for chakras and a Tantra practice that balances or purifies (shuddhi) the element of fire (bhutas). Bhuta means the past and shuddhi means purifying that past. Whether you are practicing the feeling of tranquil, centered and balance or preparing for a kundalini awakening you will find this practice useful. The elements of air, fire, water, earth and space make up the five bhutas these 5 work alongside the lower five chakras. The human body is composed of the five essentials elements: air, fire, wind, water and ether. Each element corresponds to the strength of the cellular structure within the body. Every element emits subtle vibrations and emotions. For instance, the air element is seen in contractions and expansions of motion, fire element corresponds to heat, thirst, appetite and digestion and water symbolizes fluidity such as blood and lymph fluid and so on. We are able to discover the potential energy and subtle form supporting the whole form when we develop the processing of separating and purifying these elements. We return to the source of the matter. Ideally, you will practice Bhuta Shuddhi daily three times, at morning, noon and dusk. Of course, you can reduce the number of times you practice according to your lifestyle. Anyone can practice Bhuta Shuddhi as it is not restricted to any specific religious group. For the best results however, Bhuta Shuddhi is combined with the practices of mantra japa, pranayama and asana. As with any other good exercise you should do some stretches or hatha yoga asanas before hand and follow up with some form of exercise for physical relaxation. This prepares the mind for the ability to focus on the chakras much better. Signs of Correct Practice – Increased feelings of Bliss, Joy and Harmony – Positive changes of Personality – Peaceful calmness of mind – Divine visions – With a reasonable amount of practice a tingling sensation is felt during the ascent and decent. From the moment of awakening Tantric practice begins with bhutta shuddhi. While young you are taught daily to bathe, brush your teeth and so on, you do these without a second thought. However, if you are unable to do them on any day for any reason you will feel uncomfortable and ill at ease. This practice should become part of your daily regimen as well. Taking on even more importance since it encourages both physical and mental hygiene. Only after the bhutta shuddhi is perfected, is the purification of consciousness or atma shuddhi possible. This is precisely the reason that the scriptures and shastras stress it so much. The chakra meditation works while attending to the balancing of the chakras subtle forces of the 5 elements while using the seed mantras of the chakras. Signs of Correct Practice – Increased feelings of Bliss, Joy and Harmony – Positive changes of Personality – Peaceful calmness of mind – Divine visions – With a reasonable amount of practice a […]
Walking Meditation Health Benefits Walking meditation is about using the processes involved in walking for meditation purposes. It is a contemplative practice with a long history in Buddhism and is a variation of Vipasanna Meditation. The actual experience of walking becomes the focus of our attention increasing our mindfulness. Although it might seem easy to keep focused on the walking experience, it can actually be quite difficult. Our minds love to wander all over the place, so it takes discipline and practice to perform any type of meditation even such an active form as walking meditation. There’s more than one kind of walking meditation, however when you master one it is not difficult to learn the others. Walking meditation can be a very spiritual experience Walking meditation is quite different to sitting meditation. This may seem like an obvious statement but it is worth noting the differences. Firstly, our eyes are open during walking meditation. This one fact changes everything. When our eyes are closed it is easier to drift away from the outside world and look within. Walking requires us to not only see where we are going but also to actively pay attention so that we don’t fall over or get hit by a car! Walking outside also exposes us to the impact of the elements – the sun, the rain, the wind- which don’t even come into play when we are engaged in a sitting meditation indoors. Even the sounds of other people, cars and machinery intrude on a walking meditation in a way that is limited when indoors. However, walking meditation is easier than sitting meditation for most people in that they are more able to become very aware of their bodies while walking than when they sit still. We may have sensory awareness during a sitting meditation but it tends to be more subtle than the sensations we experience when walking. As a result, walking meditation can be a very spiritual experience. Not only can you learn to experience your body more profoundly than ever before, you can gain a great deal of pleasure from the experience. Walking meditation requires a level path Walking meditation doesn’t have to be a big deal. You can take micro opportunities to fit in a meditation. When you walk from your car to your workplace, you can fit in a few minutes walking meditation. However, the ideal situation when you begin to learn how to meditate while you walk is to find an open space where you can walk without interruption for at least twenty minutes. It is about becoming aware of your movement as you pay attention to the way your body moves as you take each step. Developing this focus helps you develop insight and thus is also a form of insight meditation. It is also known as ‘meditation in action’. Walking meditation requires a level path, at least five to ten meters long so that you can walk back and forth on it. If you are […]
If you say the word acupuncture to someone the first notion they will have in their mind is ‘back pain’. The reality is that there are a vast number of reasons why acupuncture is used and there are a wide variety of health conditions that acupuncture can assist in either curing or preventing. Founded in Ancient Chinese medicine, acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine needles in to various pressure points of skin on the back. It has been a common form of treatment in Far Eastern societies for headaches, lower back pain, osteoarthritis, migraines, infertility as well as many other common ailments for centuries. In Western medicine it is not used for such a variety of symptoms but it is commonly accepted and used for chronic lower back pain, chronic headaches and migraines. In the UK this is supported by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) who recommend acupuncture as a form of treatment for these symptoms based on well founded scientific evidence. So we can see that there is a whole lot of weight behind the benefits of acupuncture. How Does Acupuncture Work? The Ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture dates back over 2500 years and the doctrine behind it states that there are over 2000 energy points in the body that allow energy (life force) to flow through the body along channels known as ‘meridians’. The energy (also known as Qi) should be allowed to flow freely around the body and the Ancient Chinese belief is that if Qi is not allowed to flow around the body freely (perhaps because of blockages) then the insertion of fine needles in to the energy points can restart the movement and create a better overall balance. Scientists do not necessarily back up the spiritual notion of life energy flowing through the body but they do nevertheless support the use of acupuncture. Another theory behind this natural treatment is that the practice of acupuncture speeds up the relay of electromagnetic signals, which in turn releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. A similar theory states that another reason may be that acupuncture releases opioids in the brain, which can once again numb the sense of pain. Whatever the reason for acupuncture being an effective pain reliever, there is pretty much unanimous support for it from all quarters. Acupuncture For Back Pain As stated right at the beginning of this article, back pain is the single biggest reason for most people wanting to find out more about acupuncture. This is not surprising given that almost 80% of us will experience some form of lower back pain at some point in our lives. The American Pain Society have gone on record as stating that doctors in the US should give serious consideration to the use of acupuncture on patients with lower back pain if more conventional treatments prove unsuccessful at alleviating the pain. Although acupuncture is still considered to be an alternative form of therapy for back pain, it […]
When one hears the term Spiritual Healing it often brings around preconceived ideas largely based on misconceptions. Although there is a plethora of information on this topic online, it still carries with it certain stigmas – many of which are largely untrue. This form of healing sits alongside orthodox approaches to medicine and is not designed to be used as an alternative. What is Spiritual Healing? Dating back to Egyptian and Babylonian civilizations around 10,000 BC, spiritually infused healings have grown in popularity over the past few decades and it involves the practice of overcoming problems or issues rooted in the spiritual self. Using spiritual energy to overcome negative energies that exist, the aim is to rid a person of these deep rooted spiritual energies. Most energy healers will use life energy that is associated with one particular culture or tradition and may include the use of the healing energy of Chi, Reiki and Shakti to mention a few. These energies are harvested by energy healers and will either increase the quantity or flow of energy in the patient or perhaps redistribute the energy flow more evenly through the patient’s body. Can Spiritual Healing Work For Anyone? A common misconception is that spiritual healing is based on religion or faith. This is quite simply not true and spiritual healing is in fact practiced on children, adults, animals and even babies. There are a number of highly regarded case studies where spiritual healing has had a positive impact on all of these groups and as you can imagine, faith is not a consideration for babies and animals. The key to success for spiritual healing is for the person accessing it to try and keep an open mind. If a negative attitude is displayed by the patient then the chances of success are greatly diminished. What To Expect From Spiritual Healing? As stated earlier, it is important to note that spiritual healing should not be used as an alternative to orthodox medical practices and rather it should be that traditional medicine and spiritual healing should be used in tandem. It is unrealistic to expect that this type of healing alone will cure physical symptoms (although this can happen) but by using spiritual healing with orthodox medical approaches there is a greater possibility of physical and spiritual cure. Apart from having an open mind, another important factor to consider when wanting to achieve the best results from spiritual healing is how relaxed you feel as a patient. A good spiritual healer will do their utmost to make you feel relaxed and this might be achieved through the environment you work in, the clothes you are wearing (typically you will be asked to remove outdoor clothes) and the relaxation methods used by the healer. How Long Does Spiritual Healing Take? Generally speaking, the process of spiritual healing is exactly that… a process. It is not something that takes place over just one session but there is also not a ‘one size fits all’ approach so […]
To meet the demand of patients seeking alternatives to conventional medicine and by people looking to take preventative measures against chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer, there are a whole raft of Holistic Nutrition Schools available to choose from for those looking to train as a nutrition professional. When looking for a good Holistic Nutrition School it is important to gain some form of accreditation and students should look for a nutrition course accredited by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). These schools will allow graduates to sit the all-important Holistic Nutrition National Board exam. What is Holistic Nutrition? The key principles behind holistic nutrition lie in the processes of healing using whole foods. That being foods that are in their natural state and free from processing so they contain all their original, natural nutrients that then get passed on to us as we eat them. We hear a lot about eating local, seasonal and organic produce these days and these are also principles of holistic nutrition. Following the advice of a holistic nutrition professional can help to combat chronic diseases and is a healthier way to approach life for those who are keen to lead a healthy lifestyle – surely that’s all of us? The benefits of holistic nutrition are pretty clear to see but you may be surprised to learn that using it as a healing method can alleviate a whole range of issues, some of which are physiological and some of which are psychological. One of the biggest advantages of its use over conventional medicine alone is that there is an almost immediate improvement felt by the patient in many cases. The Naturopathic Approach A step up from holistic nutrition is the idea of an even more holistic treatment method that you can learn via Naturopathic Medicine Schools. Holistic practitioners focus on the whole self that includes the mind, body, spirit and emotions of the patient. The benefits of a Naturopathic Medicine School is that they offer their students a more well rounded education that covers conventional medicine as well as homeopathic methods and clinical and holistic nutrition. This puts Naturopathic Doctors in the uniquely powerful position of being able to offer a completely integrative approach to medicine. Why Choose A Holistic or Homeopathic Approach? One of the main reasons why patients prefer homeopathic doctors and the principles of holistic medicine is probably found in the key principles of holistic medicine. The patient is seen as a person rather than the disease that they have and the approach to find the cure is a team effort that involves both the patient and the doctor. This inclusivity for the patient is key and allows them to fully explore their own innate healing properties. The other key fundamental of holistic medicine is that it seeks to find the root cause of the problem and not just to alleviate the symptoms of the problem, which is what a lot of conventional medicine seems to target.
If you are looking for a Reiki practitioner the best thing to do is to start by searching for Reiki classes near to you. It is sometimes hard to know what to look for in a local Reiki class so the best thing to do is either act on recommendations from friends, read online reviews or just go along and see for yourself. You will find that many Reiki Centers will have a variety of different reiki classes so it is worth going along for a chat or calling ahead to discuss the differences in the classes as there is bound to be one that suits your own preferences. For those of you who are unaware, Reiki is the practice of a Japanese healing technique that uses the power of Qi to promote healing in the patient. Qi is known as the life force energy within the body and when it is low it is thought to impact on ones ability to relax and can cause more stress to prevail within the body and mind. Reiki is sometimes known as hands-on healing and this is due to the techniques used during the practice of it. Reiki practitioners use their palms to feed universal energy through to the patient’s body to improve the life force energy flow (Qi) in the body. Having existed since the early twentieth century, Reiki is thought to have been founded by a practicing Japanese Buddhist in 1922. It has been used across a variety of cultures since then and you can now find a whole range of different off-shoots of the popular energy healing method. Despite being almost a century old there has still been no real conventional clinical research done that backs up the claims that this type of energy healing has any real impact on diseases and it is recommended to use Reiki in conjunction with other conventional medical approaches if this type of energy healing is going to be used. Why Should You Attend A Reiki Class? If you are sitting on the fence and are not sure what you will get from attending Reiki Classes then perhaps you should start by considering what made you question using it in the first place. Reiki is commonly used for healing or at least attempting to decrease pain associated with muscle or joint pain and is also sometimes used to decrease pain caused by other diseases (including Cancer) but it is important to remember that this alternative approach should always be used in conjunction with conventional medicine and not as a replacement for it. What To Expect At A Reiki Class People often ask what to expect when they attend their first Reiki session but this is an almost impossible question to answer. It can happen in a community center, medical setting or even in someone’s home – really anywhere that has space and is quiet. It is likely that the Reiki practitioner will play some form of music but this is not essential and […]
Cute Yoga Pants Athleta and Lululemon have been at the pinnacle of the Yoga Clothes brands market for years but with the increase in demand from the young (and old) yoga trend setters there has been a steady influx of competition to take on the two market leaders and this has led to some really innovative alternatives to the standard cute yoga pants that you would find in most online stores and in the major department stores. The uptake of Yoga by men and women across the United States is perhaps not that surprising when you consider the convenience that the fitness workout offers. To help make it even more convenient there are now a whole range of companies looking to cash in by offering some truly creative solutions to those Yoga lovers who crave new trends and the latest fitness wardrobe offerings to make their life easier. Whilst some of these fitness fanatics will be looking for a splash of color or a zany design others will simply be looking for something far more utilitarian. Yoga Clothes Brands Alternatives There are five top alternatives to Lululemon and Athleta that we have highlighted so why not check out these new yoga clothes brands: 5. AloYoga – The passion for yoga is evident in the on trend designs of the Los Angeles based company and this level of enthusiasm is matched by the high quality of the finished products. Their Yoga clothes are fully tested by a team of yoga enthusiasts to ensure they fit and wear the way that every modern fitness enthusiast would desire. 4. PrAna – If you care about the world around you and want to ensure that your yoga habit has a minimal impact on the environment then PrAna are the yoga clothes manufacturer for you. In fact, manufacturer is perhaps the wrong word to use as it conjures up images of sweaty factories and poorly made materials – something that couldn’t be further from the organic cottons and recycled materials used to ensure that your fitness habit has minimal impact on the environment. 3. Zella – If you are looking for a more affordable Yoga brand of clothes then Nordstorm’s offering gives top quality at a low price. These yoga clothes come in a variety of styles and there will be a fit for all shapes and sizes. 2. Soybu – As seen in Yoga Journal and Health Magazine, Soybu create their yoga clothing from soy, bamboo and other organic materials and are all about sustainability. Free shipping offers are usually given with any kind of multi-purchase and the popularity of this growing brand is on the rise due to their fashionable and sustainable products. 1. Mika – The beauty of Mika is that they aim to provide active wear and yoga pants that fit the uniqueness of every woman’s body – an almost impossible task that they do brilliantly. Whatever your shape or size, you will feel comfortable when purchasing from our number one […]
From time immemorial, homeopathic doctors have been effectively treating different kinds diseases and nowadays, this therapy is gaining immense popularity as a home remedy first aid treatment. In your everyday life, you may face different types of health related problems; however, it is not possible to run to the doctor for every minor health problem. In such situation, a homeopathy kit can be ideal for effective first aid treatment for you and your family. If you keep some common homeopathic medicines close at hands, you can successfully deal with minor problems such as seasonal colds, flu and allergies and minor injuries like bruises or burns. The Advantages of Using Homeopathic Treatment The practice of homeopathy started several centuries ago and now it is considered as alternative healing method due to its miraculous curative power. In this practice, the homeopathic doctors give utmost importance on the curing of disease by tracking the cause and effect of the disease. This therapy is based on improving the immune system of the body so that disease cannot attack and effect it. Included in the advantages of homeopathic treatment as first aid: Free from Any Side Effects – Homeopathic medicines are free from chemicals since these are prepared by using the naturally occurring substances. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the side effect of these medicines. While in your daily life, you are required to take protection for minor diseases like cough, cold, flu or allergy, these medicines are very effective without the fear of side effects. Even for long-term treatment homeopathy is an ideal solution eliminating the fear of adding toxic substances into the body. Maintaining the Proper Balance in Life – Homeopathy is ideal for attaining the proper balance in life. This treatment can lead you towards achieving the perfect balance between body, mind and spirit that ultimately improve health standard. In everyday life, instead of using the high dose drugs and medicines, if you keep trust on homeopathic medication, you can receive a better health, an improved mind and an elevated soul. Improved Defense Mechanism System – All the homeopathic doctors suggest medicines for everyday use that are manufactured by different naturally occurring substances. These are helpful for purification of blood as well as improved blood flow in the body. Hence, you will be benefited by better metabolism and sufficient nourishment for the body. Compared to the mainstream treatment as the first aid, if you rely on homeopathic treatment, ultimately you gain success towards improved defense mechanism system. A Few Common First Aid Treatments by Homeopathic Doctors For any kind of medical assistance from moderate to severe, you must seek help of the professional and expert homeopathic doctors. However, for minor problems, using homeopathy as first aid can be easier. Make sure you know the disease and its symptoms properly and then you can follow the guidelines prescribed in different homeopathic reference books. Some commonly used medicines are Arnica for mild bruises, swelling and shocks Belladonna for coughs, fever and sore throats […]