We are all prone to feeling stressed or overwhelmed in today’s fast-paced world. Fortunately, ancient Vedic wisdom provides us with valuable tools to help manage our stress levels and boost our mood in just a matter of minutes.
Here’s an astrological guide to tried and tested effective techniques which can help you find your calm in a busy world.
Breath Away Stress-Inducing Saturnian Obstacles
Saturn, the planet of discipline, hard work, purification, and spiritual teaching, is notorious for presenting us with stress-inducing challenges and obstacles, all in the name of teaching us our karmic lessons. Pranayama, or breathing techniques, is an excellent way to align with Saturn’s energy, especially during a Saturn-influenced phase. You can identify when you are in such a phase with the align27 app.
Although Saturn signifies disorder, it also represents the Vayu Tattva (air element) and Prana (breath or life force). By practicing Pranayama, you bring order to your breath, creating a subtle yet powerful effect that clears any Saturnian obstacles from your life. Saturn appreciates hard work, and unlike meditation, where you sit still with your eyes closed, Pranayama demands a bit more effort. As Prana means ‘life force,’ breathing techniques aim to activate your inner power and can be performed with that intention.
To strengthen Saturn as well as the shadow planet Rahu in your chart who is also associated with the Vayu Tattva, try incorporating Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breath), Bhastrika (Bellows) Breath, and Brahmari (Bumble Bee) into your daily routine. The Moon’s association with these planets can have an imbalancing effect on our Prana, which is where these techniques help you to re-balance.
Remember, consistency is key when it comes to reaping the benefits of Pranayama. The align27 app will tell you when is the best time for you to practice these techniques based on your birth chart and current transits. Practice them regularly and you’ll soon notice a positive shift in your mental and emotional state.
Do a Mudra
Mudras are hand gestures that are believed to have a healing effect on the body and mind. For example, the Shunya Mudra (touching the middle finger to the base of the thumb) can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Hold a mudra for five minutes while focusing on your breath.
You can do this mudra and others on the Sattva Meditations and Mantras app.
Laugh At Yourself
Laughter has long been celebrated as a potent stress-reliever, offering multiple benefits for both body and mind. When you laugh, your body releases endorphins, its natural mood-elevating chemicals, while also relaxing facial muscles, boosting the immune system, and providing pain relief.
Interestingly, our bodies can’t tell the difference between genuine and fake laughter, so even if you’re not feeling particularly amused, ‘fake it till you make it’ can still yield positive results! Seek out humor or simply start laughing, and you’ll soon find your mood lifting.
Astrologically speaking, laughter is especially powerful when the Moon is in the Nakshatra (lunar mansion) of Hasta, known for its strong connection to humor. By tapping into this celestial energy, you can amplify the stress-reducing and mood-boosting effects of laughter, making it an essential tool in your quest for well-being and balance. So, go ahead and let yourself laugh – your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.
Follow the Moon Phases
Vedic astrology places a lot of importance on the phases of the moon. During the new moon, focus on setting intentions for the month ahead. During the full moon, focus on releasing anything that no longer serves you. Observing these lunar cycles can help you feel more in tune with the natural rhythms of the universe.
Immerse Yourself in the Therapeutic World of Coloring and Drawing
Coloring and drawing reduces stress and anxiety, helping bring the mind into a meditative state. By focusing on the movement of your hand as you create art, you’re synchronizing your mind with the energy of your subject.
Each nakshatra (lunar mansion) is associated with a unique animal and tree species. By drawing, coloring, or painting these symbols, you can effortlessly align with the specific energy of that nakshatra, further enhancing your well-being.
The align27 app makes it easy to tap into this powerful practice by suggesting which animal to draw on particular days. By channeling the positive energies of these animals, you’ll connect with the nakshatra they represent, ultimately leading to a more balanced and uplifted mood.
Chant a Mantra
Gratitude is a powerful tool for shifting your mindset from stress to positivity. Take a few minutes to reflect on the things in your life that you’re grateful for, such as your health, your loved ones, or a beautiful sunset. This can help boost your mood and reduce stress.
Vedic astrology offers a wealth of wisdom and practical techniques to help you navigate the challenges of modern life, reduce stress, and boost your mood in just a matter of minutes.