The Ayurvedic concept of Srotas the bodily channels. The internal transport system of our body fluids.

The Sanskrit word is derived from the root ‘su sravane’ meaning to exude, to ooze, to filter to permeate.

Srotas can be sthula (gross, macropscopic) and sukshma (microscopic).

A srotas is a passage, path, road or a highway there are thousands of srotamsi (srotamsi is plural for srotas).
Those small srotamsi come together and create a larger channel (srotas) such as the respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary or gastrointestinal tract.
Srotas are the inner transport system of the body which provide platform for activities for the doshas, dhatus, agni, malas, ojas, prana…
Ayurvedic classics proclaim “Srotomayam hi shariram” means that the living body is a channel system and/or is comprised of innumerable channels.
The srotas is a system in which some tissue is formed; some material is metabolized, secreted or transported. Charak has described that Srotamsi are channels which transport the dhatus (asthayi or poshya dhatu) which are subjected to transformation.
Acharya Sushruta and Vagbhat both have compared srotas to the extremely fine passages and pores present in the lotus stem, through which rasadi poshya dhatu circulate all over the body and provide nutrition to the body.

Each srotas has a:
1. Soto mula (root, where it originates from).
2. Sroto marga (passage)
3. Sroto mukha (opening)

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Let’s talk about Ojas, the vital nectar of life.

Ojas Vijnanam – The specialised knowledge of the bodily essence called Ojas.

Sthula bhagah shukram snehabhagah sukshma tejabhutam ojah |Su Su 14

Ojas is the essence of the saptadhatus the seven bodily tissues Su Su 22:19.

(Please see our recent articles posted on our blog on www.lakshmiayurveda.com.au to read more about saptadhatus, the seven bodily tissues)

Ojas is responsible for consciousness, purity in thoughts, health, positivity, immunity, longevity, intelligence and memory.

Ojas is one of the most important elements to maintain and sustain life.

Synonyms for Ojas are: Bala, Kapha, Prana

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🙏🌹Goddess Lakshmi and Nandi at our clinic.🌹🙏

Each Hindu god has their own vahana (vehicle or wagon). Nandi (the bull) is the Vahana of Lord Shiva. Nandi signifies strength, load bearing capacity and virility. Nandi is the protector of Dharma. 🐂🐂🐂
There is a South Indian tradition of talking one’s wish to Nandi’s ears that is then believed to be granted. Symbolically, Nandi represents strength, faith and consistency in belief. You are welcome to whisper your wish into Nandis ear when visiting the clinic.

With love from Lakshmi Ayurveda

🌹🌹||om shring shriye namah||🌹

We talked about the creeper Mandukaparni/ Gotu kola a few days back, lets look at Brahmi/ bacopa monnieri today 🙂

The Sanskrit word Brahmi is derived from ‘brahma’ the creator of the universe.

Mandukaparni/ Centella asiatica is different from Brahmi. It can be confusing as in some parts of India the name Brahmi applies to Mandukaparni.
Bacopa monieri is considered as the true Brahmi.

Ayurvedic properties are:
Rasa: tikta and kashaya
Guna: laghu (light) and sara(laxative)
Virya: sheeta
Vipaka: madhura
Prabhava/ special potency: alleviates apasmara/ epilepsy and unmada/ hysteria
Dosha: Tridosha mainly Kaphapittahara, can increase Vata in excess

It’s Ayurvedic actions are:

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🌿🌿All about Mandukaparni/ Gotu kola/ Centella asiatica🌿🌿

Do you know anyone suffering from dementia, alzheimers, depression, stress or anxiety? If yes, this plant might be very beneficial (best used after consulting your Ayurvedic practitioner and self prescription is not advised).

This herb gets often confused with Brahmi (bacopa monnieri). Its synonyms are brahmi, brahma, manduki and sarasvati.

Brahmi and Mandukaparni are different plants!

Today we are looking at the creeper called Mandukaparni. the Sanskrit name Mandukaparni refers to the leaves which resemble the webbed feet of a frog. The leaf looks like the cerebellum and is one of the ‘doctrine of signatures’ as Gotu kola is traditionally renowned for its intellect promoting properties.

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The Cosmic Dance. Shiva Nataraja at our clinic.

The smiling Shiva is performing the Tandava, the cosmic dance in which the universe is created, maintained and dissolved. Shivas lower right hand makes the abhaya Mudra a gesture of blessings which calms all fear.

How to do it:
Raise your right hand to the chest level with the palm facing forward.
Place your left hand on your left thigh in the your lap or on your heart.
It gives the believer protection and freedom from fear. It also shows the strength of Lord Shiva.

To learn more about Mudra you are welcome to contact us on info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au

Affirmation
I believe in good in this human being (or in this thing) and the good will be revealed to me.

Your Lakshmi team 🙏🐣❤️