Yoga and Ayurveda Practices to Protect our Nervous Systems in the High Tech Era

Today we are spending large amounts of time daily in front of computer screens, cell phones, other electrical items or an electrified urban environment overall. In the process we are exposing ourselves to powerful artificial electrical energies on many levels. This may be a necessary hazard in the information technology era, heightened by the pandemic lockdown. But it has significant physical and psychological side-effects.
How do we compensate for these higher tech electrical energies that can disturb our nervous systems as well as our mind and emotions? Here Yoga and Ayurveda has much to offer. A few simple remedies below to follow.

PROPER HYDRATION

Take adequate water and liquids throughout the day and never allow yourself to dehydrate. This weakens our immune system and circulation. Best liquids  include fruit juices of all types and coconut water. Herbal teas like tulsi, sage, mint, ginger, turmeric, cloves and cardamom, particularly sipped warm regularly during the day. Green or jasmine tea or Indian chai tea with spices are good. Nervine teas like brahmi (hydrocotyle or bacopa), particularly with a small amount of calamus (vacha). Brahmi ghee taken in warm milk with turmeric is also good.

INCENSE AND AROMAS

Use incense and aroma therapy to clear and energize the air around us, including sandalwood, vetivert, champak, frangipani, rose and other sweet flowers. Havans and Vedic fire offerings are excellent when possible. Fragrances that open the lungs are helpful like eucalyptus, mint and cinnamon, with possible steam therapy (svedana).

PRANAYAMA

Pranayama should be performed morning and evening and during the day, taking not for coffee breaks but pranayama breaks. Make sure your prana is flowing and circulating within and around you. Use a neti pot or nasya oils to make sure your nostrils are clear and open. Breathe from your belly if you can, also balance your breath between the right and left nostrils.

PRATYAHARA AND SENSORY BREAKS

Make sure to go outside where you can see the sky, clouds, moon or stars and exercise your distance and depth vision. Screens are two dimensional and can flatten and depress our minds, reducing our awareness of the third dimension and causing a loss of perspective. Screens cause superficial thinking and promote emotional reactions, not deep thinking or contemplation. Artificial light and colors also lack the variations of natural light and color, irritating the eyes and causing the mind to lose its subtle vision. We gain prana through natural sensory impressions but lose it through artificial sensory impressions. Indoors at least have plants, flowers and water basins or fountains nearby.

WALKING, HIKING AND YOGA ASANAS

Walking and hiking are very helpful for our entire body and mind, in gardens, by lakes, rivers or the ocean, or in the hills and mountains. Experience yourself as part of nature and nature will give you her grace. Yoga asanas are great, particularly if we have to stay indoors, including inverted poses to clear the head or right and left balancing poses, particularly spinal twists. We must learn to release all tension from our joints and muscles.

NATURAL SENSE OF TOUCH

Learn to touch the ground and soil if you can, as well as plants, grass, leaves and branches, even rocks and stones. Contact with pets is important. Share therapeutic massage with those you are safe with, particularly using special Ayurvedic massage oils. Ayurvedic massage oils can be applied to protect the skin and strengthen immunity, countering dryness.

USE OF SACRED SOUND

Mantra, chanting and singing to clear the voice and vibrate the nervous system are excellent and can throw off negative electrical eneries. Expansively chant OM repeatedly, or chant deeply OM Namah Shivaya to create inner peace or simply OM Shanti Shanti Shanti. Or chant whatever primary mantras you preer and have energized. Use your voice to vibrate your pranic energy and let it flow throughout your body, mind, home and environement. Do your favorite kirtans and bhajans.

MEDITATION

Above all learn to silence and empty the mind, letting go of all disturbed thoughts, emotions and electrical energies irritating the mind, particularly before sleep at night, so that your consciousnes and prana can be renewed in deep sleep. Meditate regularly during the day, even only for a few minutes at a time. The silent mind full of space and light within naturally heals itself and promotes positive thinking and deeper awareness. Remember your eternal and infinite Self-nature that pervades the entire universe!
Vamadeva Shastri

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