July 7, 2022 | 62 minutes, 38 seconds
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Podcast Show Notes
In this episode of the Ayurveda Meets Modern Science podcast, host John Douillard, DC, CAP, interviews Michael Mastro, North America’s leading expert on Vastu, on setting up your home Ayurvedically. Vastu is the ancient science of building or designing your home in harmony with nature and the five elements.
Learn more about vastu on Mastro’s website.
Vastu and Sleep
If you find yourself waking up exhausted, it could be that your bed is facing the wrong direction, says Mastro. In vastu, the direction you sleep is directly correlated to the quality of your sleep.
For example, Ayurvedic, or vastu, wisdom, dictates you should never sleep with your head facing north. South and west are the best ways to sleep for healing and releasing stress, while east is the best way to sleep to expand your knowledge.
Vastu and Work
Just as the direction you face affects your sleep, it also affects your productivity and mood at work. According to vastu, if your desk faces the north or the east, you’ll be able to access more analytical and creative energy. If your desk faces the west or the south, you may feel a yo-yo effect on your productivity.
Vastu and Home Design
The best way to combat the potential negative energy of misaligned beds and desks is to design or rearrange your living space with vastu. Here’s a quick hit list from Mastro on best practices when arranging your living space per vastu…
WHERE TO MEDITATE: The best place to meditate is facing east in the northeast portion of your home. In vastu, the northeast represents water and slower movement.
WHERE TO COOK: The best place to put your kitchen or fireplace is in the southeast corner of your home. The southeast represents fire and a healthy flow of energy in vastu.
WHERE TO HOST GUESTS: The best place to put a guest room is in the northwest corner of your home, which represents air and is where change happens quickly here.
WHERE TO SLEEP: The best place for sleeping is in the southwest part of your house, which represents earth and grounding.
WHERE TO KEEP OPEN SPACE: The best place to have an open space, like a courtyard, skylight, or vaulted ceiling, is in the middle of your house, where all energy moves from.