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The guiding principal of Ayurveda is disease prevention by harmonising the body and mind's rhythm with nature

Shirodhara - Ultimate Relax For Stressed Mind

Meditation Through Massage 

Shirodhara, often called the “king of all treatments” is a procedure that is very unique to Ayurveda. It is the most meditative and relaxing treatment you can imagine. This ancient treatment is renowned for bringing about a fantastic sense of deep relaxation, inner peace and clarity. Shirodhara has a profound effect on your nervous system, successfully addressing issues such as anxiety, fear, insecurity, inability to handle stress, insomnia, depression etc. With over eighty per cent of all disease in the West now attributed to stress, Shirodhara becomes one of the most important treatments nowadays.

How does it work? A continuous stream of warm oil (as well as milk or buttermilk in some conditions) is gently and methodically poured over the forehead and onto the sixth chakra, the location of “the third eye”, your intuitive energetic centre as well as area of a higher concentration of nerves. As oil is poured on the forehead, the nervous system is deeply stilled and brain waves are synchronised, creating profound relaxation, calming the central nervous system and integrating the mind and body. Regular Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, nourishes hair and scalp, improves memory and assists in providing sound sleep.  Shirodhara gives the best results when taken after an Abhyanga- a full body massage that uses medicated warm oil to nourish and gently cleanse the body.   Benefits of Shirodhara: 
Regular Shirodhara enhances blood circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes hair and scalp, assists in providing sound sleep and calms the body and mind. Shirodhara is one of the most effective treatments for reducing stress and nervous tension.

  • Ultimate mental and emotional relaxation therapy

  • Beneficial for many diseases connected with the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat

  • Beneficial for many diseases of the nervous system like nerve disorders, facial palsy, paralysis and ptosis (drooping) of the eyelids.

  • Beneficial for curing long standing insomnia and schizophrenia

  • Beneficial for fits in epilepsy when used in conjunction with other medicines

  • Prevents hair lose, premature graying and cracking of hair

  • Relieves headache and burning sensation of the head

  • Nourishes and rejuvenates the body

  • Stimulates the nervous system giving sturdiness to the body

  • Improves digestion

  • Sharpens the sense organs

  • Improves the quality of voice

  • Gives strength to the neck and head

  • Improves the health of the skin

  • Cools the body and relieves pain.

  • Invigorates the body and mind and stimulate cognitive memories

  • Helps relieve fatigue, tension, anxiety, anger, chronic headaches, rheumatism, hypertension, asthma, hair problems and stress

  • Disperses negative electrical impulses that accumulate at the skull and hairline from stress.

  • Renews the sweetness of life

  • Rejuvenates the entire face and softens worry lines

  • Opens the third eye of lord Shiva by this therapeutic Marma based head massage

  • Activates the pituitary gland

  • Increases spiritual awareness

  • Regulates mood and depression disorders

  • Activates the memory & stimulates the 6 & 7th charka which regulates our breathing patterns.

  • Increases intuition

  • It improves concentration, intelligence, confidence and self-esteem

Take A Full Breath

In Ayurveda certain parts of the body are associated with a particular element. Lungs in Ayurveda hold a memory of the air element, associated with a  Vata dosha  - the energy of movement.  When too much  Vata  (space +air) accumulates in the lungs we experience breathlessness, dry coughs, asthma, hoarseness of the voice, weak voice, pain when breathing, allergies related to breathing or wheezing.  Excess  Pitta  (fire +water) in the lungs results in yellow and green spitting, bleeding, bronchitis, infections or inflammations. Excess  Kapha  (water +earth) in your lungs results in mucus congestion, phlegm, wet cough, lung nodules, hay fever, pneumonia or swollen glands.  Main Causes of Lung Imbalance   Improper diet  - eating heavy, oily, cold and hard to digest foods or leftovers especially in the morning or evening, during autumn and early spring. Combining dairy with meat, fish or fruit is another very important dietary mistake as it creates a toxic residue in the body causing congestion and blockages;   Polluted air , smoke, exhaust fumes, dust, pollen, dirt and other toxic particles circulating in the air irritating the lungs;   Holding natural urges  i.e. to urinate, to move the bowels, sneeze, yawn or even to cry can disturb the correct movement of the energy and excretion of the body and can lead to lowered immunity in the lungs;   Seasonal changes , especially in autumn and early spring make us more prone to respiratory problems. That is because our bodies function differently in each season due to the different temperatures and climate conditions;   Poor posture  - working at a  computer for long hours with bad posture is a common cause of rib and chest pain.   Holding other awkward postures for a length of time like sleeping on your front, or using the ‘wrong’ pillow can also be bad for your lungs. Stretching tight chest muscles and strengthening opposing back muscles can help bring your back into an upright posture. Furthermore, engaging the core abdominals and glutes will improve overall stance and prevent injury;   Lack of or excessive exercise  - Heavy lifting beyond your capacity, especially next to the chest or jumping from a high place can strain your chest and lungs. Insufficient movement affects your lung capacity and reduces the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream leading to chronic problems;   Excessive grief , attachment, jealousy or an overload of mental or/and emotional stress.  Herbs   Cardamom  is an aromatic, stimulating and refreshing herb. It ignites digestive fire, strengthens the heart and lungs, relieves pain and freshens the breath;   Eucalyptus  promotes respiratory health and soothes throat irritation. It can ease a cough, soothe irritated sinus passages and fight congestion. On top of that it contains antioxidants, which support the immune system during a cold or other illness;   Liquorice  is great when suffering with a dry cough, sore throat or any dryness and congestion. It‘s very soothing and softens the mucus membranes of the throat, lungs and stomach. It reduces irritation, cleanses any inflamed mucus membrane and loosens the phlegm in the respiratory tract so that the body can expel it. Liquorice also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, great for fighting any lung infections. People with high blood pressure should take it with caution however;   Oregano  is a natural decongestant and natural antibiotic and fights off the dangerous bacteria  Staphylococcus aureus  better than the most common antibiotics. Oregano also has many health benefits, which is why a bottle of organic oregano oil should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet;   Slippery elm  helps restore mucus membranes, particularly of the lungs and stomach. As such, it is perfect for recovery from chronic lung ailments; dryness in the lungs and for soothing and healing ulcerated membranes and surfaces;   Pippali , commonly known as long pepper is a powerful lung rejuvenator.  It removes congestion, mucus, phlegm and asthmatic conditions. This powerful herb improves digestion, metabolism and effectively eliminates toxins;   Sage  is a traditional treatment for sore throats and coughs. The rich aromatic properties of sage oil can dispel lung disorders and sinusitis. Brew a strong pot of sage tea and place it into a bowl /vaporizer and simply drink it as a tea;   Peppermint  contains menthol - a soothing ingredient known to relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract and promote free breathing. Paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint, menthol is a fantastic decongestant, antioxidant and fights harmful organisms;   Tulsi or ‘holy basil’  is definitely my favourite herb.  This sacred herb from India possesses healing powers, promotes purity and lightness in the body and is highly refreshing and rejuvenating. It is a powerful antioxidant too and an ideal herb for city dwellers and smokers, as it removes toxins from the lungs.  Diet  Consuming the right foods plays a vital part in healing and strengthening the lungs.  Eating toxin- producing foods disturbs our immune system, creates weak digestion and elimination, creating a heavy residue of toxins in our lungs and in the rest of the body.  Here are Some Simple Tips to Follow  Avoid heavy, dense foods such as meat, cheese or refined sugar;  Reduce (ideally eliminate) any dairy products from your diet;  Avoid fatty, fried foods;  Sip hot water with lemon and honey with meals and throughout the day;  Include warm digestive spices in your diet such as ginger, cloves, cardamom and black pepper;  Do not overeat or drink in excess;  Have your mid-day meal as the largest, eating a lighter breakfast and dinner;  Eat nourishing food that is warm, freshly-cooked, light, wholesome, and easy to digest;  Eat more figs when suffering from a sore throat, dry or prolonged cough or hoarseness of your voice. They promote fluid production through the meridians of the lungs, stomach and the colon.  Yoga  Yoga offers one of the best tools for our lungs, work with a breath called  pranayama . “Aside from its rejuvenating and re-energizing effects on the body, breathing consciously helps you to make room in your mind and remain calm and focused no matter what is happening around you “says Yogi Ashokananda, our amazing yoga guru, who shares his wisdom in weekly classes at Samsara Mind and Body (please check a schedule on  www.samsaramindandbody.com   and watch out for Prana Kriya, Meditations and Himalayan Hatha);  Breath is a bridge between our body and mind, therefore by working with it we directly work with our mind. It is important to practise with the proper posture to allow the breath to move freely in the body, therefore pranayama is an elemental and vital part of yoga. Linking breath and movement is an optimal way to expand space and increase vitality within the body. Postures that move the rib cage and stretch the intercostal muscles help to keep the lungs healthy. By bringing more flexibility into the ribs, back and shoulders, the lungs can expand more fully.  There are many techniques of breathing but the most common is  nadi shodhana  or alternate nostril breathing, to balance the breath and support the lungs. The basic technique is to sit down and relax into a comfortable position with the back straightened and supported.  Fold the tongue backwards or if you find this difficult, press your tongue into the roof of your mouth.  Keep your eyes closed throughout the whole practice. The right nostril is gently closed with the right thumb. You will alternately use your thumb to close your right nostril and your ring and pinkie fingers to close your left. The breath should never feel forced. Gently inhale through the left nostril, then gently release the right nostril while, at the same time, gently closing the left nostril with the right ring finger and exhaling through the right nostril. Then reverse the process by inhaling through the right nostril and then exhaling through the left. This is one round. Begin a slow and regular practice of 5-10 rounds. Rest after your practice and notice how you are feeling.

In Ayurveda certain parts of the body are associated with a particular element. Lungs in Ayurveda hold a memory of the air element, associated with a Vata dosha - the energy of movement.  When too much Vata (space +air) accumulates in the lungs we experience breathlessness, dry coughs, asthma, hoarseness of the voice, weak voice, pain when breathing, allergies related to breathing or wheezing.  Excess Pitta (fire +water) in the lungs results in yellow and green spitting, bleeding, bronchitis, infections or inflammations. Excess Kapha (water +earth) in your lungs results in mucus congestion, phlegm, wet cough, lung nodules, hay fever, pneumonia or swollen glands.

Main Causes of Lung Imbalance

Improper diet - eating heavy, oily, cold and hard to digest foods or leftovers especially in the morning or evening, during autumn and early spring. Combining dairy with meat, fish or fruit is another very important dietary mistake as it creates a toxic residue in the body causing congestion and blockages;

Polluted air, smoke, exhaust fumes, dust, pollen, dirt and other toxic particles circulating in the air irritating the lungs;

Holding natural urges i.e. to urinate, to move the bowels, sneeze, yawn or even to cry can disturb the correct movement of the energy and excretion of the body and can lead to lowered immunity in the lungs;

Seasonal changes, especially in autumn and early spring make us more prone to respiratory problems. That is because our bodies function differently in each season due to the different temperatures and climate conditions;

Poor posture - working at a computer for long hours with bad posture is a common cause of rib and chest pain.  Holding other awkward postures for a length of time like sleeping on your front, or using the ‘wrong’ pillow can also be bad for your lungs. Stretching tight chest muscles and strengthening opposing back muscles can help bring your back into an upright posture. Furthermore, engaging the core abdominals and glutes will improve overall stance and prevent injury;

Lack of or excessive exercise - Heavy lifting beyond your capacity, especially next to the chest or jumping from a high place can strain your chest and lungs. Insufficient movement affects your lung capacity and reduces the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream leading to chronic problems;

Excessive grief, attachment, jealousy or an overload of mental or/and emotional stress.

Herbs

Cardamom is an aromatic, stimulating and refreshing herb. It ignites digestive fire, strengthens the heart and lungs, relieves pain and freshens the breath;

Eucalyptus promotes respiratory health and soothes throat irritation. It can ease a cough, soothe irritated sinus passages and fight congestion. On top of that it contains antioxidants, which support the immune system during a cold or other illness;

Liquorice is great when suffering with a dry cough, sore throat or any dryness and congestion. It‘s very soothing and softens the mucus membranes of the throat, lungs and stomach. It reduces irritation, cleanses any inflamed mucus membrane and loosens the phlegm in the respiratory tract so that the body can expel it. Liquorice also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, great for fighting any lung infections. People with high blood pressure should take it with caution however;

Oregano is a natural decongestant and natural antibiotic and fights off the dangerous bacteria Staphylococcus aureus better than the most common antibiotics. Oregano also has many health benefits, which is why a bottle of organic oregano oil should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet;

Slippery elm helps restore mucus membranes, particularly of the lungs and stomach. As such, it is perfect for recovery from chronic lung ailments; dryness in the lungs and for soothing and healing ulcerated membranes and surfaces;

Pippali, commonly known as long pepper is a powerful lung rejuvenator.  It removes congestion, mucus, phlegm and asthmatic conditions. This powerful herb improves digestion, metabolism and effectively eliminates toxins;

Sage is a traditional treatment for sore throats and coughs. The rich aromatic properties of sage oil can dispel lung disorders and sinusitis. Brew a strong pot of sage tea and place it into a bowl /vaporizer and simply drink it as a tea;

Peppermint contains menthol - a soothing ingredient known to relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract and promote free breathing. Paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint, menthol is a fantastic decongestant, antioxidant and fights harmful organisms;

Tulsi or ‘holy basil’ is definitely my favourite herb.  This sacred herb from India possesses healing powers, promotes purity and lightness in the body and is highly refreshing and rejuvenating. It is a powerful antioxidant too and an ideal herb for city dwellers and smokers, as it removes toxins from the lungs.

Diet

Consuming the right foods plays a vital part in healing and strengthening the lungs.  Eating toxin- producing foods disturbs our immune system, creates weak digestion and elimination, creating a heavy residue of toxins in our lungs and in the rest of the body.

Here are Some Simple Tips to Follow

Avoid heavy, dense foods such as meat, cheese or refined sugar;

Reduce (ideally eliminate) any dairy products from your diet;

Avoid fatty, fried foods;

Sip hot water with lemon and honey with meals and throughout the day;

Include warm digestive spices in your diet such as ginger, cloves, cardamom and black pepper;

Do not overeat or drink in excess;

Have your mid-day meal as the largest, eating a lighter breakfast and dinner;

Eat nourishing food that is warm, freshly-cooked, light, wholesome, and easy to digest;

Eat more figs when suffering from a sore throat, dry or prolonged cough or hoarseness of your voice. They promote fluid production through the meridians of the lungs, stomach and the colon.

Yoga

Yoga offers one of the best tools for our lungs, work with a breath called pranayama. “Aside from its rejuvenating and re-energizing effects on the body, breathing consciously helps you to make room in your mind and remain calm and focused no matter what is happening around you “says Yogi Ashokananda, our amazing yoga guru, who shares his wisdom in weekly classes at Samsara Mind and Body (please check a schedule on www.samsaramindandbody.com  and watch out for Prana Kriya, Meditations and Himalayan Hatha);

Breath is a bridge between our body and mind, therefore by working with it we directly work with our mind. It is important to practise with the proper posture to allow the breath to move freely in the body, therefore pranayama is an elemental and vital part of yoga. Linking breath and movement is an optimal way to expand space and increase vitality within the body. Postures that move the rib cage and stretch the intercostal muscles help to keep the lungs healthy. By bringing more flexibility into the ribs, back and shoulders, the lungs can expand more fully.

There are many techniques of breathing but the most common is nadi shodhana or alternate nostril breathing, to balance the breath and support the lungs. The basic technique is to sit down and relax into a comfortable position with the back straightened and supported.  Fold the tongue backwards or if you find this difficult, press your tongue into the roof of your mouth.  Keep your eyes closed throughout the whole practice. The right nostril is gently closed with the right thumb. You will alternately use your thumb to close your right nostril and your ring and pinkie fingers to close your left. The breath should never feel forced. Gently inhale through the left nostril, then gently release the right nostril while, at the same time, gently closing the left nostril with the right ring finger and exhaling through the right nostril. Then reverse the process by inhaling through the right nostril and then exhaling through the left. This is one round. Begin a slow and regular practice of 5-10 rounds. Rest after your practice and notice how you are feeling.

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