Ayurveda and Chakra Healing for Specific Conditions
You can use Ayurveda and chakra healing together to treat disease in the body. Using Pranayama, yoga postures, visualization, and Ayurvedic remedies, you can heal various ailments. Following are some common conditions and ways to use Ayurveda and chakra healing to bring relief.
Clear Up Acne
According to Ayurveda, acne is the result of too much pitta underneath the skin. To pacify pitta, you can drink coriander-cumin-fennel tea a few times a day. According to Dr. Lad, to make coriander-cumin-fennel tea, use 1/3 teaspoon of each, steep in boiling water for ten minutes, strain, and drink. You can also infuse spring water with the energy of blue light, which is cooling, and sip the water a few times during the day.
In addition to what you put into your body, visualizations help. Here's an example of a visualization to help with acne:
1. Sit upright in a comfortable position, with your hands resting in your lap.
2. Notice several breaths flow in and out.
3. Begin Dirgha breath and imagine blue light filling your torso as it expands with the breath: first in the belly, then the ribs, then the chest, and up into the third eye. As the blue light travels up your torso imagine it passing through each chakra, from the root to the third eye, bringing cooling energy to all the chakras. Exhale it out. Repeat this visualization several times.
4. Continue deep breathing. Change your visualization to the image of your skin clearing. Imagine how it looks clearing up and then all clear. As you breathe in and out several times focus on the image of your clearing and clear skin.
As often as possible when you think of your skin, imagine it cooling down and clearing up. Do not focus negative attention and frustration on how you look. This will continue to aggravate your emotions and pitta, which counteracts the healing work you're doing. The negative visuals and emotions cancel out the positive ones.
Staying emotionally balanced and calm helps cure acne. Throughout the day, notice if you are carrying tension in your face. Bring your internal awareness to your face, notice if your jaw is relaxed. Create space between the top and bottom rows of the back teeth to help relax the jaw. Use your fingers to gently massage in circular motions the spot where the top jaw bone connects to the lower. Next, bring the fingertips of the first two fingers of each hand together at the third eye. Inhale, and as you exhale draw the fingertips away from each other across your forehead—from the third eye to the temple on each side. Do this a few times. Close your eyes, inhale and exhale a few times imagining your face relaxed, clear, and healthy.
When choosing what to eat, favor a bland diet. Spicy, fried, and acidic foods increase pitta. Remember that you want to bring cooling, calm, and positive energy to your mind, body, and spirit.
Anxiety can be relieved by calming down vata. To counteract excess vata, which makes you dry and cold, find ways to bring heat and moisture to your body. If you have a hot tub, go in the hot tub before or after work. Make a habit of taking hot baths when you can. You don't have to do this type of heating therapy at the time of the anxiety. In other words, if you notice you've been feeling anxious at work, taking a hot bath before and/or after work can help. You can also sip hot water throughout the day. Eat warm, moist food, and oil your entire body with self-massage daily. Finally, before going to bed, massage warm oil on your feet and on the top of your head.
Bringing your focus to all the chakras will help calm vata. Start your visualization at the Root Chakra, and imagine the Root Chakra glowing bright red. Feel your sitting bones stable, supported by the earth. Inhale and exhale with your attention at the root. Place your hands one on top of the other on your torso at the location of the Sacral Chakra. Notice how your own hands on your body are grounding, comforting. Hold your hands at the area where the Sacral Chakra blossoms, and imagine a bright orange color as you inhale and exhale. Move your hands up to the solar plexus. Imagine the bright yellow glow of your third chakra. Continue this up your body at the Heart, Throat, and Third-Eye Chakra. Finally, place your hands on top of your head at the crown. Through your hands, visualize calming, healing white light flooding your brain through this chakra. Visualize yourself relaxed. Release your hands. Take a moment, notice if there have been any changes in how you feel. Notice your breath, your level of physical tension, and your mind.
Low-back pain can be caused by many factors. It is commonly associated as a vata disorder. Along with treatments that your doctor recommends, follow a diet that will balance vata, and reduce vata aggravating activities. Stay warm, meditate, and relax.
Is there any specific Ayurvedic oil that could bring warmth to my low back?
Mahanarayan oil is recommended for low-back pain. Warm the oil, and massage it into the area of your back that hurts, or better yet have someone else do it for you. Massage in slow, long strokes. Remember, to calm vata, move slowly and make sure you're breathing with nice, long exhales.
Low-back pain is in the area of the Sacral Chakra. This is the seat of your emotions. When you have low-back pain, slow down and look at what is happening in your emotional realm. Are you angry? Are you concerned about your sex life? Are you emotionally or obsessively attached to someone else? Do you deny or indulge too much in pleasure? Whatever you notice, accept it. Allow it to be there, and then carefully and gingerly find ways to deal with that emotional fire. Grounding practices can help: visualizing the fire moving from the Sacral Chakra through the Muladhara Chakra and into the earth. Low-back pain can be related to an emotional issue that is deeply rooted, so do more than one practice. You may decide to do chakra healing plus journaling, Ayurvedic support, and dancing in addition to seeking advice and help from healers and medical doctors.
If you have strong emotions, it can help to journal, talk to a good friend, and seek a good therapist. Other people, especially trained professionals, can help you deal with emotions and physical manifestations of pain that might seem too overwhelming for you.
When emotions get stirred up, energy accumulates and takes up space. It can push organs and other body parts out of their usual place, or at least put pressure on them. Acknowledge the emotions you are having, and give them your attention. Repressing or ignoring them will not help them go away. They will stay buried, causing other illnesses and likely weight gain and retention. Your cells store your memories and emotions. You may notice that sometimes in a yoga class or after exercise you will cry, perhaps without knowing why. In those cases it could be that you dislodged a past feeling or memory, and finally released it. That means you've created more space in your body for prana to flow, which brings overall health.
To freshen your breath, practice good oral hygiene. Scrape your tongue each morning. Floss your teeth two to three times per day. Brush your teeth for two minutes twice per day—taking two minutes ensures you've brushed well. Swish warm sesame oil in your mouth, then spit it out. Massage any excess oil into the gums. Sesame oil is nourishing for your teeth and gums, and it helps to prevent and soothe receding gums.
Be mindful when you are cleaning your teeth and gums. Care for yourself as you would care for a loved one. If you notice your mind thinking about your workday, draw your attention back to caring for your mouth. Enjoy it. This stimulates and encourages the healing effects, and gives you time to relax before starting your busy day.
Also, after meals chew a pinch of a combination of roasted fennel and cumin seeds. You can carry the mixture in your purse, backpack, or briefcase. This combination helps aid digestion. Poor digestion and toxicity in the body can produce bad breath.
The Common Cold
According to Ayurveda, a cold is a kapha-vata disorder. Kapha creates the mucous, and the increase in vata leads to low appetite and chills. You will be more prone to colds and flu at kapha and vata times of year. When you start to become more aware of seasons in relationship to vata, pitta, and kapha, you can prepare to support your health in relation to the seasons.
Both kapha and vata can make you feel chilled. Steaming with tea tree essential oil can help. The steam will carry the properties of the oil into your nasal passages, sinus cavities, and even down your throat. The heat will help combat the cold your body feels, and the moisture will help combat dryness. You can also use fresh ginger instead of tea tree oil—ginger, in general, is highly recommended if you're suffering from a cold or flu, but if you are taking aspirin do not use ginger at the same time. Both thin the blood, so if you want to use both, take them a few hours apart.
Eucalyptus oil will also help fight the common cold. If you steam with it, the steam will bring physical relief while the antimicrobial, germ-fighting properties of the oil enter your system.
When you have a cold, your immune system is compromised. Rest and drink warm liquids. Ginger tea and even plain hot water work well. The chakra healing that will complement your healing process will be to visualize heat coming into the body, combating mucus and chills. Work on the Manipura Chakra, stoking your internal fire.
1. Lie down; cover yourself with blankets to stay warm.
2. Close your eyes, and imagine the glowing sun.
3. Imagine the brightness of the center, and the power of its rays. Visualize this for several moments.
4. Inhale deeply, and imagine that you are inhaling the warmth of the sun on a very warm day. Feel the heat enter your nostrils, rise up to your third eye, and then travel down through your energy centers. Exhale toxins. Relax.
5. Again, inhale rays of sun, and when you exhale, release toxins. As you repeat this a few times, imagine your Solar Plexus Chakra beginning to glow brighter and brighter. This is your fiery chakra; ignite it with light and warmth.
6. After you've repeated this breath and visualization, allow your whole body to let go. Relax. And, when you are ready, open your eyes and sit up. Notice how you feel
Every time you do anything as a healing practice, take time to notice if there's a difference. This brings awareness to the effects, shifting your focus to any improvements and what your body needs next. Are you warmer? Ready for a restorative nap? There is no right or wrong answer, simply notice. If you're thirsty, do not reach for cold water. Instead, sip warm water.
By now you may be able to guess which imbalances will cause certain conditions. Constipation is caused by excess vata—the qualities are dry, cold, and hard. Ayurveda follows common sense: to remedy the situation you want to add heat, moisture, and digestive fire. Vata increases with movement, so give yourself some time to stop moving. Relax and allow your digestive system to work. Drink warm water. The Ayurvedic herb triphala will help your bowels move. Other natural remedies are to eat prunes, take a relaxing walk, and try wind-relieving pose.
1. Lie on your back with your legs straight out on the floor.
2. Take a few deep breaths, relax into the support of the earth.
3. Bend your right knee and draw it up to your chest as far as is comfortable. Keep the left leg straight on the ground. Use both hands to hold the right knee into your chest. Breathe deeply several times, feeling your belly rise up against your right thigh.
4. On an exhale, straighten the right leg back onto the floor.
5. Repeat steps two through four, using the left leg.
6. Gently roll over onto your left side. Then, slowly get up
You start this exercise on the right side and then move to the left because that follows the direction of digestion in your colon. Your colon ascends up the right side, then descends on the left. You're physically helping it along with this exercise, and you're relaxing.
If you have diarrhea, pacify pitta. Dr. Lad recommends eating cooked apples or uncooked bananas with 1 teaspoon of ghee, a pinch of cardamom and of nutmeg. Choose foods that are binding. Lad recommends this recipe, “1 cup of cooked basmati rice, add 1 tablespoon of ghee, and 3 or 4 tablespoons of plain fresh yogurt, stir together, and eat.”
To help keep your digestion strong and good, be mindful when you eat. Choose foods carefully according to what your body needs. And, when you eat, sit down. First look at your food and take a moment before diving in. Spend a moment being thankful for what you have. Even take a moment to smell the food. This helps your digestive process begin. Have you ever noticed when you smell something baking or cooking in the kitchen you start to get hungry? As you eat, take your time. Enjoy your food. Pause between bites. And when you're finished, sit for a moment before rushing off to the next task.