is latest Indian rage in the West
yoga and meditation mesmerised the West. Now it's the turn of vastu, with stores
here showcasing a new book whose author spent 12 years in India studying Vedic
Cox's "The Power of Vastu Living: Welcoming Your Soul Into Your Home and
Workspace," is the second she has authored on the subject.
believe I am a messenger and I am doing my best to spread the word," Cox
said about vastu. Cox describes vastu as organising your home or workspace to
improve your well-being and says it is vital in these times, especially in the
lives have become so fragmented," she says "that we need to find a way
to rediscover our balance, to re-centre ourselves, and to rediscover our
connection to what really matters."
studied Vedic sciences, such as yoga and ayurveda, for nearly a decade and
studied vastu for over three years.
explains these sciences are all inter-connected. "While yoga and ayurveda
focus on our body to increase our well-being, vastu works on the external
environment in which we live and work to achieve this same goal.
believes that vastu, like all valid sciences, is logical and was meant to evolve
over time. "No science is static," she says. In her own adaptation for
the West, Cox has substituted the use of ayurveda in place of astrology.
is not-a-one-size-fits-all science, and ayurveda works as well as astrology.
Ayurveda also has practical benefits that are easier for Westerners to grasp and
does one practice vastu? Cox says that first a person's ayurvedic constitution
is determined, which allows specific needs to be addressed. Then three vastu
principles are followed.
principle asks one to respect the rhythms that govern the universe by honouring
the five basic elements that exist in all creation.
try to honour the assigned location of each element in our home or workplace. By
doing this, we end up aligning our own biorhythms with the universal rhythms. We
live in sync with the rhythms that flow through each daily cycle."
second principle asks us to draw the world of nature into our home and
workspace. Nature is calming and its presence in the home reminds us that
everything that exists is interconnected.
vastu principle asks us to celebrate our own identity and willingly put it on
display. "We too are divine," Cox says, "and we must learn that
the respect that we offer nature should extend to our self as well. We must take
care of ourselves and appreciate who we are and what we love."
following these three principles, we create environments that are supportive and
welcoming. Our home and workspace increase our inner-harmony.
setting up a home or workspace so that it is properly aligned with the elements
can be difficult, Cox explains that one can fix problems that may arise when the
elements are not in their correct location through the use of healthy colours or
through the therapeutic use of nature.
is very forgiving. The Vedic scholars who developed this great science
understood that we mortals are imperfect," says Cox, who also runs Web site
homes for the deities are ever perfect in vastu. So if we can fix our home or
workspace so that it is 51 percent vastu-correct, we're on the winning side. We
reap the benefits. We feel better, we work better, and we are in a much better
position to achieve our goals-whatever they are."