Yogic Cleanse Week 6

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Last couple of weeks to go. By now you must be dedicated to our program and thoroughly enjoying it. Exciting to see you are doing so well. The natural detox ingredients this week are: Carom/Ajwain or Ommum seeds (Trachyspermum ammi), Holy Basil/Tulasi leaves (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Curry/Karvepakku leaves(Murraya koenigii) and the Indian Gooseberry/Amla fruit(Phyllanthus emblica).

As for the Mind  cleansing, we will start contemplation and observation on the fourth type of complex, a fear of manifestation of reality, also known as the Eventuality Complex –  caused due to the fear of reality. This happens when one is unable to accept reality as it is!

What you will need:

Continue the body exercise of Surya Namaskaar or Sun Salutations. Prepare and consume a tea/decoction of each of these ingredients.

Indian Gooseberry/Amla juice: The scientific name is Phyllanthus emblica and must not be confused with Ribes species found in Europe and America. It is commonly known as Amla in the Indian sub-continent. Being rich in vitamin C and anti-oxidants the tart fruit juice, helps to promote hair growth, lowers cholesterol levels and is excellent for digestive health, esp. the liver. It is used in dishes like pickles, jams, dips and spreads. It slows down the aging process, is good for eye sight and regulates sugar too. The tree is regarded as sacred and represents purity.❖Curry leaves: It is scientifically known as Murraya koenigii. The plant is native to India and is variously called Kadi patta, Karevepillai, Karvepakku, sweet neem or curry leaves. The aromatic leaves can be dried and Primarily used in cooking as a flavouring agent, it has many medicinal properties – viz. anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic and is rich in cinnamaldehyde and alkaloids. It can help regulate diabetes and control total cholesterol. It is used in treatment of snake bites and body-aches. Itis a rich source of iron, Vitamin A, some Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It aids in weight loss, reduces stress, can be used as a hair mask to thicken hair and improves eye sight. Curry Leaves are good for women’s health. Curry leaf concoction is good for those who suffer from monthly difficulties. It also reduces joint pains. They also have the ability to clear boils, reduce anxiety and help one to sleep well.

❖“Aum” is a Maha Mantra (chants with great benedictions). It is believed as per the Vedic scriptures to be the Manifestation of Brahma (Creator), Vishnu (Protector) and Maheshwar (Destroyer) or the Holy Trinity. It is variously in other customs seen as Amen in Christianity and Ameen in Islam. The sound vibrations of Aum have a fine connect with Nature and a finer connect with our inner-selves. In Vedic literature, it precedes all the mantras and is used in the beginning of any Puja (ceremony) or other Mantra. It is so powerful that when uttered from the navel region, it can destroy the ‘Bija’ or impressions left from earlier incidents and help us to get rid of these conditionings from our sub-conscious mind. It is thus helpful in making spiritual progress, removes the seeds of misery and eliminates the obstacles in our path. In this technique, we stress on the ‘Ma’ syllable in ‘Aum’. ‘Mm’ is chanted twice as long as the ‘Au’ in the example, ‘Aummmm’.

Breathing technique
Breathing right has a lot of spiritual and physical significance. It is a source of energy to the body. All metabolism and energy exchange is enabled by the breath. It connects the Body, Mind, Prana(life-force) and Spirit(consciousness). With each incoming and outgoing breath you can completely cleanse your body with mindfulness and checked consciousness. When you breathe in, you do so with positive contemplation(sad-bhava), inhale positivity like feelings of health, peace and love. When you breathe out, you exhale your negativities like ill-health, stress and anger, experiencing they are expelled out of your body & mind.

The Sun, is regarded as the Sun God according to several religions and belief systems. Surya/Aditi in the Sanatana Dharma, Ra or Horus by Egyptians, Helios by the Greeks, etc. is the life-giver on earth, primary source of energy for nature – wind, waves, tides, monsoons, plant-life, animal-life, biological-cycle, water-cycle, carbon-cycle, etc. Thus it is seen as the symbol of higher Consciousness. It is the source of all light and energy that sustains the ecological cycles on Earth and can be seen as both, a creator and a destroyer. With utmost devotion, we bow down to the Guru, a.k.a. the dispeller of darkness – Vivasvan, the Sun God. A simplified version of the Surya Namaskaar is presented here – easy for all to practice.

  • * Surya Namaskaar or Sun Salutations are of utmost importance and help in cleansing the body from deep within and is a part of Yoga. It helps get adequate vitamin-D for skeletal growth, causes skin and hair to stay healthy with the right amount of exposure. The Surya Namaskaar, through stretching, not only tones our muscles but also regulates the breath, enhances proper functioning of our glands & organs and improves immunity. A lot of ailments can be cured with the help of Sun Salutations. The Surya Namaskar given here is different from the traditional method and can be done very easily.

  • Tulasi is a shrub also known as Holy Basil – and the leaves are considered to be very sacred in Ayurveda. The leaves of this plant, have medicinal properties that offer help in respiratory and auto-immune conditions, give physical and spiritual benefits and is hence known as the ‘Mother Medicine of Nature’. Benefits include oral care, relief from respiratory disorders, feverasthma, lung disorders, heartdiseases, and stress. It is used in the sacramental Holy water (Theertham) in temples. Super-charged with flavonoids, anti-oxidants and essential oils, it can purify toxic air, is a healing agent and aids to calm the Nervous system.

  • Carom/Ajwain or Ommum seeds–Its scientific name is Trachyspermum ammi. They are called as carom seeds and are related to the bishop’s weed  The seeds are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, lowers blood pressure, improves digestion, improves cholesterol levels, eases flatulence and reduces stomach disorders. Traditional Chinese medicine has used the plant for treating many disorders as well as a spice. It has a high content of thymol which releases gastric juices from stomach and quickens digestion. Consuming one glass of warm water with one teaspoon of these seeds relieves bloating and indigestion. They work wonders for your stomach and help in relieving you of worms, nauseating and bloating symptoms. It treats a number of conditions and when taken with food, it helps to absorb the nutrients.

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