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VATA - The Soaring Soul.

This CD is inspired by and created to harmonize the Dosha known as Vata,  which is an important part of Ayurvedic medicine. Dosha means, "that  which changes."

 Ayurveda, the ancient Indian ‘science of life’ is both a path of healing and also a way of life.  The foundation of Ayurveda comes from the ‘Atharva’, one of the four books of the ancient, holy Vedic literature of India.  The first text of Ayurveda, the “Samhita’, dates from 1000 B.C.  A basic principle of this comprehensive form of traditional medicine is the theory of the three  Doshas. The Doshas are best understood to be the three primary forces of  nature that each individual embodies and that are responsible for the  characteristics of our mind and body. Although each of us manifests all  three of the Doshas, most people have one or two aspects that  predominate. For each Dosha, there is a balanced and imbalanced  expression.


Vata correlates to the element of Wind.
 

Vata means, "wind, to move, flow, direct the processes of, or command.". Vata enables the other two Doshas to be expressive in their own rights.

Vata governs movement in the body, the activities of the nervous system and the processes of elimination. Vata is responsible for natural urges and sensory functions Vata has the most direct influences on the other two Doshas, as Vata is the energy that initiates and propels all the other  activities in the body/mind. Prana, the Sanskrit word for ‘life force’ is  found in Vata.

Qualities of Vata: Cold, light, dry, irregular, rough, moving, quick, and  changeable

Balanced Vata: Mental alertness, abundant creative energy, good elimination of waste materials, sound sleep, strong immunity, enthusiasm for life, emotional balance and an orderly functioning of all the body’s systems .

Signs of Vata imbalance can include anxiety, nervousness, fear, loneliness,  insecurity, restlessness, hyperactivity, giddiness, spaciness, and/or  confusion. Digestive imbalances can include burping, gas, hiccups and  bowel upset. 

Vata excess in the body can lead to muscle spasms, tingling sensations and  pain that changes locations. Excess Vata in the mind can leaves people  feeling highQstrung, unable to calm down, or feeling perpetually “on edge,”  even jumpy. Excess Vata can also cause a racing mind, interrupted sleep, a  lack of groundedness, a fear of commitment, and forgetfulness. If excess  Vata accumulates in the mind unchecked, it can lead to chronic insomnia,  delirium, mental instability, blackouts, and severe VataQtype depression.

Vata deficiency:  can lead to Nerve loss, congestion, constipation, and  thoughtlessness.

To Help Balance Vata:

Make choices that bring warmth, stability, and consistency to your life

Avoid becoming chilled.

Take care not to push yourself too far and exceed the limits of your energy

Touch and be touched regularly by the people you love

 

                                   The Mantra OM (Aum)

 

The Chanting of AUM


The mantra OM (Aum) is well known. A less known aspect of the chanting of OM (Aum) is how chanting this sacred mantra can influence the three Doshas.  This is accomplished by changing the emphasis in the chanting. Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable or, phonetically, "aaah," "oooh," and "mmm” then followed by a breath of silence.

The Mandukya Upanishad, which is entirely devoted to the discussion of  Om, begins like this: "Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and  this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present, and the future, all that  was, all that is, and all that will be is Om. Likewise, all else that may exist  beyond the bounds of time, that too is Om."

For Vata, the first the first syllable is emphasized for a longer duration than the second and third.  Vata = AAAAAAAAAAAAum

Suggested Usages of this Music:

  1. During the practice of yoga
  2. To facilitate meditation and deep relaxation
  3. Internal healing of body & mind
  4. Enhance the experience of healing sessions, i.e. Ayurvedic treatments, massage therapy, acupuncture
  5. Enhancement of intimacy and sexuality
  6. Enhancement of mental focus and openness to artistic inspiration

Pitta - The Vital Flame

The purpose of this musical composition is to utilize beautiful original music to support, harmonize and help balance the listener’s Pitta Dosha while also providing a deeply relaxing experience.

This musical creation will provide a beautiful sensory path to balance and health. Additionally, this music will enhance your ability to meditate and calm your mind - body.

Listening to this music while practicing yoga, massage and other healing work is highly recommended.

The concept of the three Doshas is a critical aspect of the traditional Ayurveda medical theory of ancient India. The Doshas represent the psychophysical tendencies of an individual that are established at conception.  Every individual has all three Doshas within him or her, but it is the dominance of any one, two or all three that makes up a person’s  individual prakruti (constitution). The prakruti creates the inborn  tendencies that influence how one experiences life.  When functioning  normally and present in normal quantities, the Doshas maintain balance in  all body processes.  When out of balance, they create disKease.

The Primary Function of Pitta is Transformation. 

The Pitta Dosha controls digestion, metabolism, and energy production. Pitta controls the enzymes that digest our food and the hormones that regulate our metabolism. Pitta transforms the chemical/electrical impulses in our mind to thoughts we can understand. Psychologically, Pitta imbalance can arouse anger, hate and jealousy. Pitta also is associated with intelligence and understanding.

Signs - Symptoms of Pitta Imbalances

Individuals may be experiencing some of the following signs or symptoms:

  1. red, inflamed rash, acne, cold sores
  2. acute inflammation in body or joints
  3. acid reflux, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn
  4. nausea or discomfort upon missing meals
  5. loose stools
  6. uncomfortable feeling of heat in the body
  7. frustration, anger, irritability
  8. judgment, impatience, criticism, intolerance
  9. red, inflamed or lightKsensitive eyes
  10. excessive perfectionist tendencies

 

Indications of Balanced Pitta
arestrong powers of digestion, vitality, goalKsetting inclinations, good  problemKsolving skills, keen powers of intelligence, decisiveness, boldness  and courage, and a bright complexion.

Further characteristics of Pitta are:

hot
light
fluid
subtle
sharp
malodorous
soft  
clear

General Guidelines for Supporting Pitta - Enjoy:

  1. Surrendering rather than controlling.
  2. A regular, daily routine with regular times for eating, sleeping, working, etc. Making certain to have time to play and to relax as well as to work.
  3. A moderate exercise routine that includes a challenging form of yoga, swimming or biking, about five times per week. Avoid exercising during the hot part of the day.
  4. Keeping yourself cool, mind and body.
  5. Sweet and soothing music, smells, scenes and company.

                                   The Mantra OM (Aum)


The Chanting of AUM

The mantra OM (Aum) is well known. A less known aspect of the chanting of OM (Aum) is how chanting this sacred mantra can influence the three Doshas. This is accomplished by changing the emphasis in the chanting.  Aum actually consists of four syllables: A "aaah,", U "oooh,", M "mmm”, and the silent syllable.

The Mandukya Upanishad, which is entirely devoted to the discussion of  Om, begins like this: "Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and  this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present, and the future, all that  was, all that is, and all that will be is Om. Likewise, all else that may exist  beyond the bounds of time, that too is Om."

For Pitta the first syllable is short, the middle syllable is extended and the third syllable is short.  Pitta = aUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUm

Suggested Usages of this Music:

  1. During the practice of yoga
  2. To facilitate meditation and deep relaxation
  3. Internal healing of body - mind
  4. Enhance the experience of healing sessions, i.e. Ayurveda treatments, massage therapy, acupuncture
  5. Enhancement of intimacy and sexuality
  6. Enhancement of mental focus and openness to artistic inspiration

KAPHA & Gaia’s Womb

The purpose of this musical composition is to utilize beautiful original music to support, harmonize and help balance the listener’s Kapha Dosha while also providing a deeply relaxing experience.

This musical creation will provide a beautiful sensory path to balance and health. Additionally, this music will enhance your ability to meditate and calm your mind & body.

Listening to this music while practicing yoga, massage and other healing work is highly recommended.

The dosha Kapha governs the structure of the body. It is the principle that holds the cells together and forms the muscle, fat, bone, and sinew. The primary function of Kapha is protection. Kapha ‘cements’ the elements in the body, providing the material for physical structure. This dosha maintains body resistance. Gives biological strength, vigor and stability, supports memory retention, gives energy to the heart and lungs, and maintains immunity. Kapha supports the cells that make up our organs and the fluids that nourish and protect them.  The chest is the seat of Kapha.

Individuals who have dominant Kapha energy are naturally calm, thoughtful, and loving. They have an inherent ability to enjoy life and are comfortable with routine. When in balance, Kaphas are strong, loyal, patient, steady, and supportive.

The key to balancing Kapha is stimulation. Kaphas tend to cling to the status quo and routine, so they need the stimulation of new sights, sounds, and experiences.

 

In balance, Kapha attributes are physical strength, a strong immune  system, serenity, mental resolve, rational thinking, and ability to conserve  and use personal resources, endurance, and adaptability.

Kapha types need to stay warm and avoid dampness. Kaphas are particularly sensitive to cold, damp conditions and benefit from dry heat.

 

Signs & Symptoms of Kapha Imbalance

  1. Excessive mucous congestion
  2. Thick, white tongue coat
  3. Slow, sticky, sluggish bowel movements
  4. Excess body weight
  5. Difficulty rising in the morning
  6. Feeling slow, foggy, dull, lethargic or heavy
  7. Easily attached or possessive
  8. Overly sentimental
  9. May suffer from asthma, diabetes, and depressive tendencies
  10. Complacent or stubborn
  11. Tendency for “emotional overeating”

 
Kapha Manifesting in a Balanced State:
 
Indications*of*balanced*Kapha*influences are physical strength, a strong immune system, serenity, mental resolve, rational thinking, and ability to  conserve and use personal resources, endurance, and adaptability. It is also  expressed in tendencies toward calmness, forgiveness, and love.

General Guidelines for Supporting Kapha & Enjoy:

  1. An energetic routine. Avoid stagnation.
  2. Stimulating your body and mind on a daily basis.
  3. A vigorous exercise routine that includes jogging, hiking, biking, vigorous forms of yoga or martial arts or other challenging forms of exercise, a minimum of five times per week.
  4. Keeping warm and dry, no matter what the weather.
  5. Lively and invigorating music, smells, experiences and company.

 

                                The Mantra OM  Aum)

 

The Chanting of AUM

The mantra OM  Aum) is well known. A less known aspect of the chanting of OM  Aum) is how chanting this sacred mantra can influence the three Doshas. This is accomplished by changing the emphasis in the chanting.  Aum actually consists of four syllables: A "aaah,", U "oooh,", M "mmm”, and the silent syllable.

 

The Mandukya Upanishad, which is entirely devoted to the discussion of  Om, begins like this: "Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and  this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present, and the future, all that  was, all that is, and all that will be is Om. Likewise, all else that may exist  beyond the bounds of time, that too is Om."

For Kapha the first and second syllables are a short duration and the third syllable is extended.  Kapha = Aummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

 

Suggested Usages of this Music:

  1. During the practice of yoga
  2. To facilitate meditation and deep relaxation
  3. Internal healing of body & mind
  4. Enhance the experience of healing sessions, i.e. Ayurvedic treatments, massage therapy, acupuncture
  5. Enhancement of intimacy and sexuality
  6. Enhancement of mental focus and openness to artistic inspiration

Vital Harmony

This compilation CD has been created with enhancing the practice of yoga, healing and meditation being a guiding principle. Specifically for yoga practice, we suggest the following tracks:

Track 1: Sun Salutation Flow (Vata)
Track 2: Floor Base Flow (Pitta)
Track 3: Toward Shavasana Flow (Kapha)


For the enhancement of healing and meditation, the utilization of the following three tracks is recommended:

Track 4: Vata Balancing Meditation (with Brain Entrainment)
Track 5: Pitta Balancing Meditation (with Brain Entrainment)
Track 6: Kapha Balancing Meditation (with Brain Entrainment)

Theory of the Elements and Doshas According to Ayurveda, every person is made of a combination of four basic elements found in the universe:
Air
Fire
Water
Earth

These elements combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called Doshas. The three Doshas are:
Vata Doshas (air)
Pitta Doshas (fire and water)
Kapha Doshas (earth and water)


The mantra OM (Aum) The mantra OM (Aum) is well known. The sound itself calms the nervous system. It shifts us out of our ordinary discursive mind and into a more contemplative mode. A less known aspect of the chanting of OM (Aum) is how chanting this sacred mantra can influence the three Doshas. This is accomplished by changing the emphasis in the chanting. Aum is actually made up of three syllables: A, U, and M, or, phonetically, "aaah," "oooh," and "mmm

The Mandukya Upanishad, which is entirely devoted to the discussion of Om, begins like this: "Om is the imperishable word. Om is the universe, and this is the exposition of Om. The past, the present, and the future, all that was, all that is, and all that will be is Om. Likewise, all else that may exist beyond the bounds of time, that too is Om."

Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable. The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged "awe." The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating. The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You'll feel your throat vibrate. The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate. The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.

Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.

For Vata, the first the first syllable is emphasized for a longer duration than the second and third.

AAAAAAAAAAAAum

For Pita the first syllable is short the middle syllable is extended and the third syllable is short.

aUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUm

For Kapha the first and second syllables are short duration and the third syllable is extended.

Aummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm)

Also included in the music is a track of specific breathing patterns as relate to the four elements and the Doshas. These patterns are inspired from the tradition of the Sufi Chishti Indian tradition of the master Hazrat Inayat Khan. These Breathing patterns for the elements are:

FIRE:courage for Pitta

In >mouth
Out>nose

AIR: freedom for Vata


In>mouth
Out>mouth

EARTH: patience, endurance, humility for Kapha

In>nose
Out>nose

WATER: Generosity for Pitta & Kapha In>nose Out>mouth Depending on when and under what circumstances you are listening to this music, the listeners are encouraged to practice these breathing patterns along with the music. We also strongly recommend chanting Om along with the music at times.

Samples



Floor Base Flow (Pitta)
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Sun Salutation Flow (Vata)
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Toward Shavasana Flow (Kapha)
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Vata w_ Brain Entrainment
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Pitta w_ Brain Entrainment
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Kapha w_ Brain Entrainment
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