«O Soul, surely Thou hast inner brilliance and invincible power to shine gloriously» (Yajur-veda 10.15).
Gain your optimism!
Sun is in trine since November 24th and perhaps this can allay the effects of the surprises (upheavals for some of you) that the return of Uranus in your sign has brought. Jupiter is in a good position and when, after the 13th, Mercury will be too, you’ll recover optimism and enthusiasm for new ideas again. In short, Aries, despite Saturn and Uranus can represent annoying obstacles, you should spend a nice Christmas, considering that even the Moon is at your favor that day.
According to tantric tradition, before achieving spiritual perfection, you have to purify your body through the so-called kāya-śuddhi. It’s a form of physical purification using ritual baths as prescribed by the ancient Vedas. There are seven types of baths: mantra-snāna, bath in water while reciting mantras; bhauma-snāna, solid bath, that is to rub the body with a cloth; āgneya-snāna, igneous bath, to sprinkle the body with the oblations’ashes; vāyuvyasnāna, air bath, to cover the body with the dust that is on the hair of a cow; divya-snāna, heavenly bath, rain bath while the sun is shining; vāruna-snāna, to dive into a pond or stream; yaugika-snāna, yogic bath, that is contemplation of deity.
During this month, Aries, make a “ritual bath” to restore your body. It can be a pleasant massage or a long relaxing shower. Starting from your body, you will recover mind and spirit enthusiasm too.
In your practice, take care of your body with this short sequence:
Bastrika-āsana – bellows pose. Start dynamically: while breathing in move your legs away from your chest, breathing out take your knees back close to the chest by bending your elbows. Besides massaging your abdominal organs, you will feel a pleasant massage in your lower back. // From 1 to 3 min.
Jātharaparivartana-āsana, abdominal rotation. Relax in this pose, let your whole body collapse onto the ground and enjoy the pleasant massage of the abdomen given by your breath // 2-3 min. on the side.
Anuloma-Viloma prānāyāma, literally natural-unnatural breath, also called nādī-śuddhi or nādī-śodhana, that is cleansing of the channels. The purification par excellence. What’s more it will help you to calm down your mind and find peace. Try to exhale twice the time of the inhalation! // From 3 to 10 min.
TOTAL TIME: from 8 to 19 minutes.
MANTRA of the MONTH: «Start afresh».