The human body is a network of subtle energy systems resonating at specific frequencies, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects. It has been exquisitely designed to perform efficiently providing we abide by the rules of mother nature.
When we deflect from these rules through breathing impure air, eating unnatural food, drinking adulterated water, taking harmful medications, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, using inorganic body and household products, absorbing electromagnetic pollution, being exposed to continuous stress and even thinking negative thoughts, our subtle energy systems become unstable, leading to disharmony and disease.
The ancient Indian yogis were abundantly enlightened with mother nature’s healing practices, to treat the underlying cause of disharmony and disease, by regulating the body’s energy systems and through the centuries many of these practices have been passed along to assist in healing us today.
Further ancient Indian practices to heal the underlying cause of excess weight include:
Acupressure therapy is the traditional Indian holistic practice of diagnosing and treating the root cause of disease by applying intermittent pressure on to areas primarily the hands and feet, that correspond to particular organs, glands, nerves and so forth.
This balances the energy within the body part, empowering it to operate efficiently. Traditionally, acupressure therapy was practiced to regulate the physical, mental and emotional body to treat and prevent disease.
To calm the nerves, relieve mental stress and release emotional anxiety which can contribute to unhealthy cravings, overeating, and excess weight gain
- Clasp your hands together, as tightly as possible.
- Allow the fingers of your left hand to press deeply onto the back of your right hand and vice versa, for five seconds.
- Release and repeat eleven times.
Applying this simple practice regularly throughout the day empowers the entire nervous system as the acupressure nerve points start in the webs between the fingers and run along the back of the hands.
To strengthen the thyroid and reproductive glands, firmly and deeply press the fleshy area of the underside of the big toe, for one minute, three times a day. This area corresponds to the pituitary and pineal gland acupressure points which assist in the regulation of the remaining glands.
To assist in suppressing the desire to eat unhealthy food, gently press around the hinge of the jaw, using the ring fingers, for thirty seconds, whenever required.
To assist in suppressing hunger, continuously press the points illustrated on the ear diagram, for thirty seconds each, thirty minutes before eating. A wooden acupressure stick or a blunt pencil can be used.
Chanting therapy is the traditional Indian holistic practice of repeating a mantra (word or sound) for a short period of time, to detach from the external world, rid the mind of negative thought processes and bring the awareness to the present moment.
Chanting starts loudly, gradually becomes quieter and ends almost silently to resonate with the energies of the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of our body, to restore inner peace and awaken the latent healing energies.
Traditionally, chanting therapy was practiced with great devotion to reconnect with the divine light and love within us.
The following cleansing mantra resonates with the root chakra to assist in healing the foundation of the body to release the physical, mental and emotional issues relating to food addiction and excess weight gain.
- Sit comfortably with your back straight and your eyes closed.
- Bring your awareness to your root chakra, located at the base of your spine.
- Inhale slowly and deeply.
- As you exhale, chant the mantra “Laam” in one long out-breath.
- Start the sound loudly, allow it to become quieter and end it almost silently.
- Inhale slowly and deeply and repeat the mantra.
- During the chant, visualize any negative emotions being released from your root chakra.
- Practice for up to ten minutes, two times a day.
Yoga Asana Therapy
Yoga asana therapy is the traditional Indian holistic practice of expressional postures, each of which possesses specific physical, mental and emotional healing vibrations to cleanse and purify the body and calm and focus the mind. Specific asanas resonate with each chakra and each chakra is associated with a particular endocrine gland.
Regular varied practice instills a restoring and balancing effect on the entire endocrine system. It is believed that as our physical body becomes more relaxed, flexible and open, this promotes a similar effect on our mental and emotional body.
Traditionally, yoga asana therapy was practiced to purify the body and quieten the mind in preparation for meditation.
Practice the following two postures, three times a day, before meals to assist in releasing excess weight:
The Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)
This opens the sacral chakra which is associated with the reproductive glands and influences desires, including the appetite and stimulates the thyroid gland which governs metabolism.
- Lie down comfortably on your back.
- Bend your knees, place your feet hip-width apart and point your toes forward.
- Lift your hips and clasp your hands under your body.
- Raise your hips as high as is comfortable and relax your neck muscles.
- Bring your awareness to your sacral chakra, located in your lower abdomen.
- Relax in the posture for up to five minutes.
- Allow any physical stress or emotional tension to be released with each exhalation.
The Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
This pose energizes the body and opens the liver and gallbladder energies to improve digestion and fat metabolism.
- Stand with your feet wide apart.
- Turn your left foot out to a 90-degree angle.
- Bend your left knee and allow your left thigh to be parallel to the floor.
- Ensure your left knee is in line with your left ankle.
- Bend from the waist towards your left thigh and place your left hand beside your left foot.
- Spread your weight evenly between your feet and your left hand.
- Extend your right arm over your head to form a straight line from your right ankle to your right fingertips.
- Bring your awareness to your breathing.
- Relax in the posture for up to five minutes.
- Allow any negative emotions to be released with each exhalation.
- Release and repeat on the other side.
Plant-Based Wholefood Diet
A plant-based whole food diet is the traditional Indian holistic practice of eating food that is derived from plants and is as close to its natural form as possible. The food we ingest directly affects our physical, mental and emotional energies.
Nature’s food absorbs an abundance of life-giving solar energy from the sun, which makes it positively and negatively balanced, to nourish our systems, organs, and tissues and encourage healthy assimilation as our body recognizes food in its natural form. Plant-based food includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, peas, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and seaweeds.
Traditionally, a plant-based wholefood diet was a spiritual practice, widely recognized to cleanse and balance the endocrine glands and promote a peaceful, positive and pure mind and body.
Include the following to assist in releasing excess weight:
Bitter Gourd Juice
Freshly-pressed juice cleanses and activates the liver to improve the metabolism of fats.
Long White Radish Juice
This freshly-pressed juice cleanses the intestines, releases excess water and regulates the hormones.
Freshly-pressed juice detoxifies and rejuvenates the endocrine glands to initiate the body’s natural healing response.
Turmeric (Fresh Root)
It purifies and prevents the accumulation of fat deposits within the body.
Red Chilli Pepper (Fresh)
It stimulates the body’s ability to burn fat and suppresses the appetite.
Ground seeds are rich in fiber and creates a feeling of fullness to reduce food intake.
Ginger Root Tea
It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, assists assimilation and suppresses the appetite.
Ashwagandha Root Tea
This regulates the endocrine glands, calms and strengthens the nervous system.
Cumin Seed Tea
It detoxifies the tissues, aids digestive processes and increases the metabolism of fat.
Introducing one or two of nature’s holistic practices, which you feel intuitively drawn to, will gently initiate your body’s innate healing ability. As the practices become a part of your daily routine your subtle energy systems will gradually cleanse, balance and regulate themselves.
Slowly incorporate further practices as and when you feel inspired. Release any resistance and trust in the knowledge that nature’s therapies have been used to empower and heal the body, mind, and spirit since ancient times.