A lot of studies by modern scientists and psychologists prove beyond all doubts that the human being is much more than the total sum of all the chemical and biological processes happening in his body. They also postulate that humans need the crucial ‘Emotional-social’ connection to feel fulfilled and joyous. These are perfect observations however what ancient Rishis say is still more important and critical. They postulate that the overall balance of energies and activities of various energy centers (they call these centers “chakras”) within the human body is essential for one’s blissful disposition and health on all the levels – physical, mental and spiritual. If we consider this aspect of ‘Energy Abundance’ & ‘Balanced Energies’ then living a disciplined life in synchronicity with the cosmic life-sources becomes the key to health and immunity.
Vedic sciences such as system of Yoga, Tantra, and Ayurveda over the period of centuries have successfully demonstrated that this ‘Energy Abundance’ and ‘Balance’ can be created by everyone through disciplined living and adopting certain ‘Energy Practices’. We have to be immune and energetic both, and that I call Immunenergetic! In this last post on the topic of immunity let us focus on the simple tools and techniques that are available in the ancient system of Yoga/Kriya and Tantra that can be easily learnt and utilized by one and all without much of difficulty.
ENERGY ABUNDANCE & BALANCE
As per Vedic wisdom the two sources of life, energy and healing on this planet are Sun (Hot) and Moon (Cool). Sun gives warmth and energy during the day and in the night temperatures go down, and the moon helps in redistribution of the assimilated energies of the Sun over the planet. Therefore, these two celestial bodies sustain the life on earth by creating the desired critical balance of energies.
Boosting Immunity the Hatha Yoga & Swara Way
Our bodies are no different. As per Hatha Yoga and Swara Yoga the same principles have been embedded in human body as well. Hatha Yoga refers to Sun principle in our body as Pingala and Moon principle as Ida. These are the two main Nadis in our energy body that are connected to our nostrils. The right nostril breathing represents the Sun activity and left one the Moon activity. It is interesting fact that only one nostril is dominant at given point in time. Further there is an automated switching of nostrils happening at definite interval of the time through the day and night.
As per Swara Vigyaan if this auto-switching of nostrils is not happening then our body-mind complex is not in proper shape. Taking this principle in account the system of Yoga proposes that we should engage in certain discipline that helps us maintain the balance of sympathetic (Sun) and parasympathetic (Moon) aspects in our body.
The Practices –
Deep Breathing – Also known as Yogic breathing is a great way to recharge our body with lots of prana. It oxygenates our cellular structure and strengthens our body immunity. For this one must go out in the open and do deep breathing where there is fresh air and lots of oxygen. We are able to recharge our cellular structure with this simple discipline and it augments out capacity to fight with bacterial and viral attacks.
Nadishodhan – Is the practice that is common to both the system of Yoga and Tantra. Anyone who wants to enhance health and immunity must learn and practice NadiShodhan. If due to lock-down situation you are unable to learn this practice from a qualified teacher then you can join any Free Workshops on NadiShodhan by our qualified Yoga Teachers ONLINE.
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The benefits of this simple breathing technique, NadiShodhan are immense. In fact as per scriptures if one includes only this one practice in one’s daily routine then he is assured of freedom from all mental and physical issues. Nadishodhan promotes TOTAL HEALTH!
If you are suffering from any heart conditions especially high blood pressure then you should not do Nadishodhan Pranayama. For all such people and those who are not having sufficient lung capacity another variation is recommended. This is called Anulom-Vilom Pranayama. We shall discuss about this simpler version of Nadishodhan in the tools of Yoga for immunity. The technique is very simple and You can learn Anulom-Vilom Pranayama by yourself!
ELEMENTS OF IMMUNITY
CREATING THE TATTVIC BALANCE
As per ancient wisdom the human body is constituted by the 5 Tattvas – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. The cosmic energy becomes available to us through these carriers of energies, The Five Great Elements or The Panch-Mahabhutas. Ancient rishis recommend a perfect balance of Tattvic Energies in our body because the energies of these Tattvas govern our physical and mental strength, our emotional quotient, cognitive and action faculties. At the cellular level of body, the Immunity is the net result of the ideal balance among these 5 Tattvas.
As per Tattva Shakti Vigyaan, a Tantric discipline there are various practices to achieve this desired Bhoota-Shakti Saamya and Bhoota-Shuddhi. Many of these are complex and requires one to learn them from a Teacher however there are many simpler ways to connect with Tattvic Energies to bring about health and healing. Following practices can be done by the uninitiated for bringing Tattvic strength and balance.
The Tantra Practices for Health and Immunity –
CONNECTING WITH TATTVAS
The Following practices allows us to connect with gross energies of the 5 Tattvas!
Connect with Earth – It has been observed even by modern researchers that people who are connected to Earth or engaged in activities like farming etc. have stronger immunity. In fact Earth Element is directly connected with Mooladhara Chakra or the root chakra that is responsible for survival mechanism. To activate this energy centre one must walk on earth barefoot for minimum of 30 minutes each day. This practice has been found to be helping in giving people a sense of security and abundance apart from its magical effects in cure and control pain and issues related to lower limbs and lower back.
Ignite your Fire – Fire Element is most important from the perspective of immunity, vitality, digestion and assimilation of digested food. By connecting to the Sun energies we can rekindle the diminishing fire in our body. Sun-gazing and Sun Bath are the best practices. Performing Homa, watching candle/deepam for 5-10 minutes a day does the magic. It balances the Fire element in our body and being.
Replenish the Water- The water that we drink must be well-rested. It should be taken with an attitude of gratitude. The most important properties Water has is that it listens to our callings and responds. So while we hold a glass of water in our hands if we just make a request or prayer asking it to heal, energize and balance itself in our body it does so!
Recharge the Air & Space within- The practice of deep breathing, Nadishodhan and Anulom Vilom pranayamas are the best ways to connect with and bring out the balance of the Vayu Tattva in our body. Keeping our attention on our breath during these practices creates creates a meditative experience that balances the Akasha Tattva or Ether element in us.
Practices for the people ‘Initiated’ in Tantra – There are many other powerful practices that Tantra offers for rejuvenation and holistic healing by harnessing the power of Tattvas such as Tattva Dharana Kriya, Panch-Mahabhoota Shakti Kriya, 5D Shakti Healing etc. however these should be done only by those who are trained in the practices by a Teacher and are following the Tantric system.
HAND GESTURES FROM TANTRA
MUDRAS FOR HEALTH, HEALING AND IMMUNITY
The Tantra has yet another tool namely Mudra. Many Tantric worships use special Mudras to invoke, attract, assimilate and disperse desired Energies. A Mudra is a special hand gestures that creates specialized Energy Grids by energizing intended Tattvas, chakras and Nadis within our body. Every Mudra is used at special occasion and some also finds their usage in healing through energy. This Energy can be assimilated by the practitioner or can also be directed to someone else using the power of intention and special mantra chants.
We are practicing and using Mudras with people for their mental and physical conditions from last 20 years. From our experience we found that mudras are so very effective in dealing with issues of immunity, innumerable chronic physical conditions, mental anxiety and stress. Let us introduce you to few mudras that you use to rejuvenate your body and immune system.
POWERFUL HAND MUDRAS FOR PRACTICE-
Prana Mudra is synonymous with energy and health. Regular practice of this mudra increases the body-resistance to diseases and removes lack of energy thus tiredness. It is so effective in creating energy that if due to lack of food or fasting you are getting hunger pangs just do it for 10-15 minutes. It works magic. One more important effect is good sound sleep, that is very necessary to keep your immunity in shape.
Kaleshwar Mudra – Is powerful enough to drive away your ill traits. It helps in centering the energies as per your intention so it can be used to attend a sluggish organ in the body by directing our attention towards that while keeping this mudra. Another reason I am including this mudra in today’s time is this; Many people who are addicted to smoking, alcohol, caffeine or any other substance etc. may not get the supply of these things due to lock down (smiles) If they don’t have a tool or technique to control their urge it will become a nightmare for them. Kaleshwar Mudra, apart from setting the energy in motion within the body is a magic cure for dealing with addictions. Doing this for 10 – 15 minutes each time is enough.
Uttarabodhi Mudra – Is easy to form. First clasp both the hands with fingers interlocked. Keeping all other fingers locked take out both the index fingers – point outward, both the thumbs pointed inward; pressing against each other. Now we somewhat understand the working of New Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the distress it creates in the respiratory system. Most of people die because of their lungs not being able to absorb sufficient oxygen. This Mudra should help us greatly as this Mudra charges your two very important vital organs, the lungs and the heart. It does so by enhancing the inhalation capacity.
Vyana Mudra – Improves metabolism, digestive fire and helps in treating loose motions. By balancing Vyan Vayu it regulates and corrects blood pressure, ensures proper blood circulation to all parts of body.
Mudras are extremely effective if done in proper environment and with right kind of attitude. Each of these Mudras should be done for a minimum of 15 minutes each day for optimal benefit. Some teachers suggest that the efficacy of mudra does not diminish even if we do it while watching TV or such things but in my opinion this is not correct way. The best way to do a mudra is when we are sitting calmly rather than mentally occupied as our thoughts and emotions are the movers and shakers of energies so when your mind is being fed with the excitement while practicing mudras it will definitely hinder with it’s alchemy.
So keep the above important point in mind when you utilize the power of Mudras for increasing your health and immunity.
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BEING ‘IMMUNENERGETIC ‘ THROUGH YOGIC TOOLS
Since time immemorial Indian rishis and Yogis were using this path to realize the highest potentials hidden in human body. There is something very special and unique about Yoga. It’s approach is non-religious and scientific. It believes in development of human psyche through the practice of discipline on all the levels. It postulates that with persistent efforts and continuous practice every human being can train himself to be healthy and bring out the best in him. Some people, on the basis of religious grounds rejected the methods of Yoga however all such logic were found to be skewed and rooted in prejudice. Yoga finally got its due. The Yogic Lifestyle and tools of Yoga have gotten much broader acceptance ever since in 2014 the world forum agreed to devote 1 day in a year in the name of Yoga. The June 21st of every year since 2015, most of the countries participate in the celebration of The World Yoga Day!
While Yoga should be understood to be as a system for ‘Self-Discovery’ rather than a system for health however vibrant health, cheerful disposition, improved longevity and sound immunity are definitely the positive side effects of the Yogic practices. Let me place few tools for you to adopt for better health and especially the improved immunity.
The Yoga Practices for Health and Immunity –
WORKING THROUGH THE BODY, ON THE BODY
Asana Practices in Yoga – Body postures or Asanas are specially designed to dissolve the gross blockages and thus allow abundant prana to be available to different limbs and organs. In fact different organs and body parts are dominant in specific Tattvas and due to our careless, unaware and cozy living throughout the day this Tattvic Balance goes haywire. So, at Tattvic level the practice of Asanas restores the balance of Tattvas in our body.
The immunity in our body is linked with the Fire Element or Agni Tattva. The Asanas that ignite, restore and balance the correct amount of fire element in our body are found to be directly useful to improve our body immunity. The recommended Asanas therefore are the following.
Surya Namaskar (minimum of 3 rounds), Trikonasana, Supta-Vajrasana or/and Matsyendrasana (1 minute each)
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With the experience of years of we can tell you that these asanas will work magic for you. These are carefully chosen Asanas specifically to increase the flow of Prana (Surya Namaskar does that) in the body and also the improvement of Agni Tattva (other three Asanas are aimed at this) in your body.
To be able to maximize the benefits from any Asana you should do these Asanas in slow pace, keep the posture firm but relaxed and pay proper attention to your breathing. Never try to force yourself into any Asana. Go easy on your body.
MAGIC OF BREATH AT WORK
Yogic breathing – Are the easiest, fit for all age group and even for the people with medical conditions. If you don’t understand what it is, the Yogic Breathing simply means deep breathing using the full lung capacity. It means practice of deep breathing however the effectiveness of this depends on the quality of exhale. If you exhale fully then only you will be able to inhale deeply. While doing Yogic Breathing simple ensure you don’t keep any residual air in your lungs while exhalation. It is to be done slowly, effortlessly without making noise of breathing. It improves the prana flow in the body and improves assimilation of food in the body.
Anulom-Vilom Pranayama – Is a very effective in creating the desired balance in our Immunity response. A hyper immune response is not what we wish to achieve. Our Immune system should trigger a controlled, optimum and discriminated fight against the suspected or induced virus/microbial attack. In fact we have seen that in some people’s body the coronavirus triggers an uncontrolled (hyper) immune response which is the primary reason for the complications. You can learn how to do Anulom-Vilom Pranayama. Observe the key precautions, follow the instructions and do this practice regularly to keep yourself fit.
Antar-Kumbhaka- is about taking a deep breath and holding it comfortably for some duration as per one’s capacity. After that you slowly exhale the air and repeat the process. This particular practice, though without being linked with Yoga, has been successfully utilized by many people who unfortunately got the corona virus infection. They found it to be helping in their #FightAgainstCoronavirus. Primarily this practice opens up clogged chambers of the lungs and also improves one’s breathing capacity. Since this particular virus COVID-19 creates a respiratory distress lung capacity and its health is vital in dealing with it if one accidentally gets the infection.
In fact some health experts have suggested that we should monitor our breath holding time each day to make sure we aren’t infected. Self assessment becomes crucial because of the peculiar characteristic of this virus that it can affect us and we can stay asymptomatic or with very mild symptoms.
STRESS AND IMMUNITY
CALMING THE MIND FOR BETTER HEALTH
Of course you might be stressed. So many reasons can be sited – Mobility Impacted, Personal Space missing, Boredom, Fear of uncertainty, Anxiety of possible infection, Extra caution and alertness at every step… but the effects of stress on the immune system is far deeper. It is not straightforward rather complex and differs for acute (time-limited) stress, chronic stress, mild stress, and severe stress. In fact acute stress can improve your immune function in the short-term, but as times passes and if the stress continues it becomes chronic stress. Chronic stress can suppress your Immune System, making you more susceptible to infections like cold, flu, and many others.
It is so very important to keep our stress under check. If we do not do so we may find suffering from autoimmune diseases. These autoimmune diseases cause inflammation in various organs, joints and skin etc. The inflammatory response is a saving mechanism of immune system but if our immune system is already feeling threatened without our bodies being invaded by bacteria, viruses, or parasites, then the immune system will lack in its response when it is needed the most. It will not be able to deploy the cells, proteins, and tissues, including the brain, to attack these foreign invaders. So what do we do?
PRACTICES TO CALM THE MIND FROM TANTRA-YOGA –
WATCH YOUR BREATH is a very common instruction in meditation schools. This meditative practice that finds mention in Tantric scriptures. In fact Lord Buddha utilized this one practice to give enlightenment to thousands of his disciples. In his system it is called Vipassana. Vipassana or watching the breath is not invented by Buddha. If you get to read a famous Tantric Scripture – Vigyan Bhairava Tantra in which there are 112 Dharanas (there is no word like dhyan in Tantra, instead we use the word dharana) you will notice it is among the first few techniques. Anyways, that is not the point. It is important for us to find a suitable method to keep our mind off it’s monkey-business for a period of 20-25 minutes. Some people use the time of Nadi-Shodhan or Anulom Vilom for keeping their mind engaged in the flow of breath. Do what you like… any method will do.
BREATH COORDINATED ASANAS are great tools in your hands for calming the mind. In theory Asana should be done with breath coordination and complete awareness however most Yoga practitioners fail in following this advice. You can choose a few asanas as per your requirement and engage in those with your 100% awareness. It will relax your body and calm the mind.
YOGA NIDRA – This Guided, progressive, and whole body relaxation technique is so addictive once you get the taste of it. It is enjoyable and deeply relaxes the body and mind so much so that most of the people are found snoring while they engage in this process. No surprise, if it is also called Yogic Sleep by many. There are many ONLINE resources that you can use to practice this. Since it offers a deep tissue level relaxation to the body on the level of physical body and also aligns the energy flow by correcting emotional state it is very effective in restoring health and immunity.
If you are a Tattva Shakti Vigyaan practitioner and already practicing Sanjeevani Vidya Kriya then there is no need to take up this practice separately as the Kriya is anyways followed by a Yoga-Nidra session.
HA HA HA HA.. Helps! As such smile and laughter are of great therapeutic value. These are naturally available and most effective ways to release stress. Smile and laughter opens up your chest area and facial muscles that prove effective to enhance the Vagal Activity, reducing the cortisol levels in our body. The reduction in cortisol (a stress hormone), in turn, offers positive effects such as enhanced immune function and a lower prematurity rate.
So next time you listen to a joke, don’t ever tell ‘I already know it’ rather grab this opportunity to give your diaphragm some work. Laugh for the sake of it. Go out welcome the rising Sun with a sunny smile on your face. It helps your immunity!
IMMUNITY THROUGH WORDS
AFFIRMATIONS AND MANTRAS FOR BETTER HEALTH
If you are a non-believer then You are your own God. If you believe in a personal God then also as per ancient vedic/tantric wisdom that declares “Aham Brahmaasmi!“ or “Shivoham!” you are God incarnate! In either case your own spoken words have power of consciousness behind them. You have the power to bless and curse. They say, ‘Your conviction and trust makes all the difference.‘ but in my view even mindless repetition of words also impacts state of your health. So use your faculty of speech mindfully.. use positive language, comforting words, encouraging phrases to show the possibility of a solution.
Best Practices using the power of Speech –
Affirmations – are ideally the expressions rooted in your conviction. They work that way only. So say all good things repeatedly.
- I am healthy and getting healthier every day!
- I radiate health.
- I know, I have a great immune system.
- My body is strong and it shall stay strong in all situations.
- My body listens to my commands.
- I know, I can heal myself!
- I am happy, energetic and peaceful.
- I care for my body and my body cares for me!
- My sleep is deep and refreshing.
- Today is a great day!
Believe in what you say.. and Say aloud what you have convinced yourself to believe!
Mantras from Ancient Scriptures – are so very powerful but for those who have an open mind to experiment with the Mantras. The mantras are special combination of different syllables that hit our energy centers, active chakras and improve our emotional state. There have been researches on the mantras that have proved beyond any doubts that they work. Few mantras that can bring miraculous changes in state of your health and capacity to fight the diseases.
There are mantras that require one to be initiated whereas there are others that do not demand a qualification. In tantra tradition for the ones who are not initiated for Durga Saptshati can derive the benefit of the same through chanting of Durga Saptshloki.
The whole Saptshloki can be chanted everyday for holistic protection and growth however if one is seeking relief from disease the following Shloka should be chanted 21 times each day by the person himself or if he is unable to do so then someone else can chant for him.
tvaam-aashritaanaam na vipannaraanaam
This mantra invokes the Goddess Durga for health, healing and abundance. The energies of Goddess respond to our earnest callings.
Mahamrityunjay Mantra – This mantra is ultimate saviour in case someone is in deep suffering due to a disease. It bestows the grace of Lord upon the intended recipient as per one’s sanchit karmic accounts.
Mahaamrityunjay Mantra pronunciation for non-Hindi people is given below.
Aum Tryambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim PushtiVardhanam|
Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityor Muksheeya Maamritaat||
Mostly this mantra is chanted as a last resort to save one’s life but it can be done daily to improve health and vitality. Recommended number is 108 times each day.
STAY HOPEFUL – THIS TOO SHALL PASS
STAY AWARE AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF
You need not panic. Almost 97 % of people recover from coronavirus infections. There have been cases where people aged 99 or even 106 years have fought this deadly virus successfully. These instances prove that if we keep ourselves positive and in good shape we can overcome any challenge.
Corona or no Corona, keeping ourselves fit is our prime responsibility. The health is our real wealth. In these times I recollect a saying that my first Guru, my beloved father Pandit Shri Murli Dhar Mishr ji used to quote in his conversations..
पहला सुख निरोगी काया,
दूसरा सुख हो घर में माया,
तीसरे सुख में सारा संसार समाया |
The highest joy is a healthy body,
The next is having capacity to live a prosperous life,
Then comes everything else..
How so relevant! In fact each one of us should have been much more careful about our health in the first place. Why do we need to wait for the nature to send us a Coronavirus only to remind us of our duties towards our own self.
Anyways, you hold your post by taking precautions, maintain social distancing, follow hygiene guidelines, keep cleanliness and keep yourself fit. In the meantime your brethren, and friends in the scientific & medical fraternity are already on the run to find a cure, a vaccine, a better treatment regime. I am hopeful and pray that they find success soon only to prove the superiority of human will and resolve.
It’s not too long before you see a silver lining in the darkness of hopelessness.
Join us in the prayer..
With Ma Shakti Devpriya
Acharya Agyaatadarshan Anand Nath