The Five disciplines of Agnihotra

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For the practice of Agnihotra a few disciplines are to be observed. If Agnihotra is performed sincerely, without changing its basic rules, it will certainly bring beneficial results. Let us know more about its various aspects.

 

Timings-

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O Healing Fire, we come to you daily at Sunrise and Sunset. – Rig-Veda

 

Agnihotra is performed daily at sunrise and sunset timings.

 

Sunrise and Sunset are two most significant circadian bio-rhythms.

 

The term “circadian” comes from the Latin terms “circa” – meaning around, and “diem” – meaning day.

 

The circadian rhythm refers to the natural, 24-hour body cycle that humans and animals naturally follow. With a circadian rhythm, people naturally tend to sleep when it’s nighttime and wake up when morning comes up.

 

It is closely linked with the Sunrise – Sunset cycle and is associated with the waking and sleeping patterns of animals and the metabolism of the plants like opening of flowers, etc.

The circadian rhythm, present in humans and most other animals, is generated by an internal clock that is synchronized to light-dark cycles and other cues in an organism’s environment. It also causes nocturnal animals to function at night when diurnal creatures are at rest.

 

This is in colloquial language referred to as the biological clock of the body.

 

Normal functioning of everything in this world is linked with the rhythmic alignment of the circadian rhythm. Any disturbance in this routine leads to a chaos. The normal schedule becomes adversely affected and even routine things start falling apart. Many disorders like insomnia, etc appear in humans.

 

Circadian rhythms can be disrupted by changes in daily schedule.

 

Agnihotra time is referred to as ai???Sandhyaai??i?? i.e. transitional moment. It is neither day nor night, neither light nor darkness. Veda describe this particular period as the Passage to Enlightenment ai???(Tirtha).

 

The science of Yoga attaches importance to this transitional moment. As per Yoga a man makes the use of either the left or the right nostril for breathing during the period from sunrise to sunset and there is a shift in the order beginning with sunset to sunrise. During this period ai???Idaai??i?? and ai???Pingalaai??i??, Nadis or channels of flow of energy, located in the breathing apparatus of the body, remain active in succession.

 

Agnihotra is ordained to be performed exactly on these vitally important transitional moments.

During these moments changes take place in the atmosphere which causes vital impact on all life forms and on the environment.

 

Exactly at the time of sunrise and sunset they are in the process of transition. The mind and body are in balance during this time band. Performance of Agnihotra synchronizing with this time strengthens the beneficial effects on the mind and the body.

 

The counting of the exact times of Sunrise or Sunset is done by using Vedic methodology. The Vedas consider a moment as sunset when half of the sun appears to have set below the horizon and sunrise is considered as the moment when half of the sun is visible over the horizon.

 

Semi- pyramid shaped copper vessel-

 

The vessel or Patra prescribed for Agnihotra is made of pure copper which is known for its Oligodynamic (i.e. antibacterial) properties. Copper, which is known to be an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, plays an important role in the process of Agnihotra. Agnihotra has close connection with fire, heat, electromagnetic forces and cosmic energy fields. The shape of Agnihotra vessel is precisely similar to pyramid.

 

The word pyramid (Pyr + mid) means ai???a geometrically perfect shape which has healing energies in the centerai??i??. The pyramid shaped copper vessel receives, intensifies and emanates healing and purifying energy in the surrounding area where Agnihotra is being performed. Its effectiveness reaches peak levels at sunrise and sunset. The shape and the metal copper enhance the potency of the healing energies emanating during the practice of Agnihotra.

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Cow dung cakes-

 

Fire for Agnihotra is to be prepared out of dried cow dung cakes. Ayurveda says that Cow dung has anti bacterial properties.

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The Offerings-

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Cow’s pure ghee-

Only Ghee made from Cowai??i??s is used for Agnihotra

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Rice grains-

The offerings consist of two pinches full of uncooked unbroken rice grains. The concept of unbroken is emphasized as it is said that the healing Veerya or potency of the rice gets lowered if the grain is broken. For optimum benefits one must use unbroken rice grains.

 

Mantra-

 
The offerings of Agnihotra are to be offered to the fire along with the chanting of following Sanskrit mantras.

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SOORYAYA SWAHA,

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Purport- O Sun, the giver of energy, I salute you and offer unto you what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.

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Purport- O lord, the Creator, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.

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AGNAYE SWAHA,

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Purport- O Agni, the Primordial element, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.

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Purport- O lord, the Creator, I salute you and offer unto you that what is given to me by you, that which is not mine but of the Divine.

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These mantras are easy to chant. Agnihotra mantras have a relaxing and purifying effect on the mind. They create vibrations of peace and love.

 

These Mantras are in Sanskrit language.

 

Their effect on the atmosphere, living beings and even plants is extremely pacifying. Agnihotra Mantras are to be uttered in their original form that is in Sanskrit. They are not to be translated in any other language because it will change their original frequency patterns. The translated words will be devoid of creating the beneficial vibratory sound waves and hence no benefits can be derived from uttering such words.

 

The offering to the fire are to be made uttering only two Mantras. There are two mantras in the morning at sunrise and two mantras in the evening at sunset. The mantras should be chanted in clear voice. Agnihotra mantras are to be uttered in a way that its sound vibrates in the entire household.

 

The words Soorya, Agni and Prajapati in the Mantras are synonyms of energy and the Almighty.

 

As we have seen in the earlier chapters, the Sun, the Agni are the chief energy sources on the planet and are given synonyms similar to the Supreme Consciousness. The Agnihotra Mantraai??i??s inculcate a feeling of surrender unto the Almighty and its energy.

 

The Sunrise Mantra is a prayer to the Sun, the propeller and the impelling power behind our world, to provide energy, healing and life till the Sunset.

 

The Sunset Mantra is a prayer to the Agni symbolizing warmth and protection, to provide energy, healing and protection of life till the Sunrise.

 

The second line in each Mantra referring to the word Prajapati meaning The Creator is a sign of praying unto the Divine Energy to create a feeling to surrender in the mind, body and soul.

Following are the therapies offered retreat underAi??SwasthyaAi??Program. Lifestyle changes incorporating Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation and Diet with an aim to heal yourAi??primary/advanced physical, emotional, andAi??spiritual health issues. If youai??i??d like to have further details about therapiesAi??mentioned here,Ai??or need assistance to join an appropriate retreat, write to us or our health experts orAi??counselorsai??i??

AyurvedaAi??Massage-

We have blended the concepts of Acupressure and lymphatic drainage massage withAi??the Marma conceptsAi??of Ayurveda. Marma or energy center is a unique concept in Ayurveda; it is said that the human body has 108 different centers of energy, which channelize Prana. And Ayurveda Massage balances them.

Marma Abhyanga or MassageAi??is a traditional AyurvedicAi??body massage done using special, medicated oils by experienced Ayurveda therapists. While massage helps your nerves to relax and restore blood circulation, theAi??oils restore your inner balance. TheAi??experts activate your energy centers through massage strokes, which createsAi??uniform flow of Prana, improves your physical health, lowers toxin level, thus youAi??experience freedom fromAi??physical and mental stress.

 

We have two types of Ayurveda Massage-

  • Marma Massage
  • Stroto Shuddhi Massage

 

Aroma Therapy Massage-

Aromatherapy isAi??a holistic processAi??to heal mind and body. It offers relief from stress &Ai??toxins whichAi??lead toAi??slowdown and negativity; impacting oneai??i??s overall health. Aromatherapy MassageAi??is rendered with the distilled concentrates essence of plants commonly termed asAi??Essential Oil,Ai??life force of the plants, extracted by using special techniques. Essential oils are ai???Natureai??i??s Medicinesai??? bestowed with precious therapeutic uses. Aroma Massage uses these as massage oils,Ai??incorporatingAi??the concepts of Ayurveda &Ai??Aromatherapy to provide healing.

 

We have three types of Aroma Therapy Massages-

  • Stress Buster Deep tissue Massage
  • Relaxing and rejuvenation Swedish Massage
  • Peace and harmony Balinese Massage

 

SwasthyaAi??Signature Therapy-

Hamam Abhyanga Snana

Hamam Abhyanga SnanaAi??is based on the ancient therapy of medicated baths mentioned in Ayurvedic texts with the concepts of Hamam therapy practiced in Turkey. In ancient India Abhyanga Snana was a ritualistic early morning bath during high festival season performed by families of regal lineage, which included oil massages, exfoliating skin with medicinal scrubs, followed by a warm water bath to which aromatic herbs and oils have beenAi??mixed. This is an unique therapy that will leave you craving for more.

Herbal Rice and Milk Massage-

Time to renewAi??the skin! SwasthyaAi??Herbal rice and milk massage is an exotic therapy wherein rice is cooked along with medicinal herbs, aromatic spices, oils and milk to prepare a blend that is used for massaging the body. A special process is followed while preparation of this blend. Every aspect and raw material (including rice, milk, herbs, and oils) is carefully supervised in terms of quality, quantity, creating the blend, following the process of preparation etc.

This rice and milk massage has significant benefits in skin firming, toning and removing impurities like dead skin and blemishes besides rejuvenating every nerve of the body through massage strokes thereby improving the overall blood circulation.

The active healing ingredients of the products used during this ritual exert action through inhalation and skin absorption.

Almond, Olive and Sandalwood Massage-

The concept of using Almond and Olive oil for protecting the skin, muscles and nerves against impact of the elements was followed since centuries in Middle East and Southern Europe. In ancient India the sandalwood oil was used in a similar fashion to protect the vital organs of the head along with the skin all over the body from excess heat. We have combined both these concepts together to create our Almond, Olive and Sandalwood Massage. A blend of these three oils is used to massage the body from head to toe. Specific massage strokes are used on various body regions to remove excess acids and toxins. This results in a deep nourishing and cooling effect.

Body Polishing-

This is one of the most luxurious and relaxing therapy. It is a complete head to toe pampering of the body to drain out stress and create harmony. The therapy begins with a full head and body massage. This is followed by an exfoliating body scrub and steam. Now that the skin has been nourished and the pores have been opened a full body and face pack is applied. The body now thoroughly cleansed and moisturized is immersed into a relaxing soak made of essential oils and herbs.

Shiro Abhyanga or Head Massage-

Shiro Abhyanga means head massage. This powerful calming &Ai??relaxing therapy is carried outAi??in the sitting posture using specially blended medicated oil, extracted from various trees, plants and flowers. This treatment helps in lowering stress fromAi??patientai??i??s shoulders and neck, and upward, improves quality of sleep, and nourishes hair roots.

The relaxing massage is given by an expert, where each stroke opens your nerves in the head to make you calm, clear the clutter, making way for clarity of thought.

We have two types of Head Massage-

  • Stress Buster
  • Sleep Well

 

 

 

Body Scrubs-

This is a deep, dry massage done with herbal powders, spices, honey. Milk and essential oils. It causes exfoliation of dead skin cells and makes skinAi??toxins-free. Body Scub Massage is a noninvasive technique to de tox the skin layers by lowering and breaking down bodyai??i??s excess subcutaneous fat and mobilizing toxins.

Itai??i??s ideal for both men and women. It has been widely used in Ayurveda for centuries. Similar practice can also be seen in parts of Europe and Middle East. We have combined all the techniques to create our own style.

 

We have-

  • Ubtan with Aloe vera
  • Coffee and Cocoa
  • Lemon and Orange
  • Almond and Walnut

Body Packs-

Our Body Wraps have developed from the combination of concepts of Naturopathy and Ayurveda.

Naturopathy as the name suggests is system of healing in which properties of elements such as Fire, Air, Water, and Earth are harnessed to cure body of any physical ailments.

We have developed different types of body wraps to address the requirements of different individuals. Depending on the health status, herbs, oils, clay etc are mixed in certain proportions to prepare the wrap to supplement the body to achieve the desired outcome. Our wrap is an excellent combination of natural clays found in different geographical locations, many potent herbs and medicated oils.

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  • Ayurveda
  • Fruits and Flowers
  • Spices

Hydro Therapy Body soaks-

Our body soak therapy is a combination of Hydrotherapy and Ayurvedic Awagaha Snana. Hydrotherapy is a technique of healing bodyai??i??s ailment using hot and cold water. Ayurveda has a similar concept of cleansing the skin, firming the muscles and energizing the nerves called Awagaha Snana. In this therapy body is immersed in cold/warm water that has a mix of essential oils, spices, herbs and milk for a period of 30 minutes to open up pores and remove impurities. This is done under the supervision of experts and choice of herbs and essential oils depend on your specific problem.

We have-

  • Aromatherapy
  • Milk and Honey

Face Packs-

Face packs, have been frequently mentioned in the Ayurveda forAi??cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and hydrating facial tissues which addsAi??glow and radiance to oneai??i??s face. Ai??Special strokes in facial muscle firming therapy help to relax muscles and relieve stress from the head region thereby reducing ageing lines like crowfeet, and wrinkles on the forehead. This therapy helps to cleanse the face thereby adding glow to the skin. Though it sounds cosmetic, the glow comes from within and the secret of which lies in our home grown and homemade products. The massages improve blood circulation and relax the facial muscles, brining an overall improvement in the quality and texture of skin.

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Shirodhara

Shirodhara is a unique and well known therapy that finds mention often in our Ayurvedic scriptures. Most Ayurvedic retreats and spas throughout the world practice this therapy. While performing Shirodhara lukewarm herbal decoction or oil is poured in an even stream on the forehead to calm and revitalize the mind. Shirodhara is also known for its intense rejuvenating and anti-aging effects, which impacts and improves memory, normalizes sleep patterns and helps to resolve many other neurological disorders.

Most of us remember getting up in the middle of the night due to pressures of office work, deadlines, targets, even a personal crises etc. Dhara provides a great relief to such problems.

We have-

  • Herbal Decoction
  • Herbal Oil

Ayurveda Special Therapy-

Netra Tarpana-

Netradhara is a treatment for the eyes by applying pure ghee which has its `gunai??i?? or medical properties intact. This ghee is generally processed from cowai??i??s milk.

These cows are not given injections or on wrong type of fodder, they are kept in natural and in top hygienic conditions. As a result the sattva in their milk is intact with complete absence of bad cholesterol. Ghee prepared from this milk is full of therapeutic properties.

While receiving Netra Tarpana the person is made to lie down on the table and a border/ring of flour paste is made around the eyes. Medicated ghee is then poured gently into the ring surrounding the eyes. After sufficient ghee has been poured, the person is asked to open and close the eyes a few times. This process relieves stress from the eyes and ghee treats other ophthalmic disorders during the process. Itai??i??s part of overall health therapy under Agniveda Program.

Nasya-

Nasya is a therapy for the Nose, to clear the channels. The person receiving Nasya is also asked to lie down and medicated oil or ghee is put in the nostrils. This treatment helps in decongestion, removal of toxins from the head region, lowering recurring cold attacks, and so on. Ai??Itai??i??s proved to be highly beneficial for people who suffered frequent cold attacks and were prescribed anti allergic medicines

Karna Poorana-

Karna Poorana is a treatment for the ears. The person lies down and medicated oil or ghee is put into one ear at a time. This treatment helps in removing toxins, improves and clearing hearing capacity, controlling ear infections, etc.

Gandusa-

 

This treatment involves the retention of medicated oil or decoction in the mouth for a few minutes. This therapy is good for cleansing, detoxifying the mouth, improves voice, reduces gum and tooth disorders.

Kavala-

This treatment involves retention, movement and gargling with medicated oil or decoction in the mouth for a few minutes. This therapy helps in lowering the disorders of ear, nose, throat and mouth region.

Kati Basti-

This is a special and very popular therapy for reducing the ever increasing problem related to the lower back. A small ring made of flour paste is placed on the lower back. Warm medicated oil is then poured into the ring of dough and allowed to seep and be absorbed into the skin. This therapy lowers stress of the back muscles, soothes muscular tissue and alleviates pain.

Manya Basti-

This is a special and very popular therapy for reducing the ever increasing problem related to the upper back. A small ring made of flour paste is placed on the shoulder and neck. Warm medicated oil is then poured into the ring of dough and allowed to seep and be absorbed into the skin. This therapy lowers stress of the upper back muscles, soothes muscular tissue and alleviates pain.

Hrud Basti

This is a special therapy to control and combat heart related disorders. A small ring made of flour paste is placed on the chest area. Ai??Warm medicated oil is then poured into the ring of paste. The patient is asked to rest for a while in this position to let oil get soaked and absorbed in the chest area. This therapy is helpful in strengthening the muscles around the heart, removing toxins and reducing the chances of a heart related ailments.

Patra Pottali-

The word ai???patra pottaliai??? is derived from two words, Patra means leaves and Pottali means bundle. Patra pottali is a form of fomentation performed by specially prepared poultice of medicinal leaves. It is a highly beneficial form of therapy for chronic back pain, joint swelling or stiffness, sciatica, spondylosis, cramps, strains and sprains, muscular pain, etc.

Foot Massage or Pada Abhyanga-

The ancient Chinese science of Reflexology states the feet contain the energy center of all the vital organs of the body. These energy centers can not only be used to create health in sickness but also to improve the status of health on daily basis. The system of using specific strokes to charge these points has been used since centuries. This concept is very similar to the science of Marma in Ayurveda. We have used the philosophies of both these sciences to design our foot therapy. This is a massage done from the soles of the feet right up to the knees using Ayurveda and Aromatherapy oils. This therapy is beneficial in relieving stress and strain, improving energy levels, improved blood and lymph circulation, fight depression, better sleep, reduce aches and pains and improve overall health.

Panchakarma De Tox Therapy-

Basti-

This is part of the Ayurvedic Panchkarma cleansing. Itai??i??s a method of removing toxins accumulated in the digestive system through administered medicated enemas made of honey, salt, various oils and decoctions. It helps to deal with problems like constipation, flatulence, body aches, acidity, digestion, etc.

The Basti therapy is of two types-

Anuvasana basti: We offer this as a nourishing Basti that provides nourishment as the toxins drain out of the body.

Niruha basti- we offer this Basti after the removal of toxins for cleansing of the system.

When a participant enrols in our holistic retreats, he/she is taken through different therapies on different days and times depending on his/her particular conditionAi??and requirement. When the sessions begins, you will immediately start experiencing benefits of various treatments. By the time the retreatAi??concludes, you will be filled with a renewed sense of energy and perspective, calmness, and be more attuned with yourself and your surroundings.

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