The Vritti – Samskara Chakra

Vritti is our thoughts and feelings, Samskaras are the latent impressions which are created by our thoughts and feelings. These latent impressions then give rise to thoughts and feelings which we can view as sometimes being positive and sometimes negative.
This was described to me quite beautifully with the example of chocolate cake. We eat a chocolate cake and it’s delicious! This leave a latent impression (samskara) so the next time we see a chocolate cake we automatically desire it because of the delicious latent impression.
This is all fine and well but you may have health problems which make chocolate cake a bad thing though your latent impressions are so strong you cannot stop eating it so when thoughts and feelings around chocolate cake arise we can use yogic techniques such as pranayama, meditation or asana to break this Vritti-Samskara chakra (wheel or cycle).
Chocolate cake is maybe a light hearted example (unless you’re struggling with weight or diabetes) but replace the chocolate cake with insomnia, stress, self harm, drugs/alcohol, violent thoughts or actions and you can see the importance of interrupting this cycle.

James super electrolyte drink

2 litre bottle of English spring water add….
1 teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt
1 lime (or citrus fruit of your choice)
1 teaspoon (or more) honey
Play with the amounts but this I how I like it, Indian’s have been making this for centuries, they call it nimbu(lime) pani(water)!

Home back care!

http://backrola.com

This is an absolutely fantastic product, I’ve had mine since 98 and the inventor has just created a new and improved version which is half the price!

I’ve been road testing this new one for two months now, it’s sorted out some ongoing lower back pain and this morning I injured some of my neck extensors demonstrating a pose. 20 minutes on this and now I’m completely pain free with full range of motion with a lovely gentle release of my upper thoracic to boot! Amazing, but it every home should have one,

Should I take anti-inflammatory drugs for back pain?

Deep Tissue Massage and Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs For Lower Back Pain: A Prospective Randomized Trial. Majchrzycki M, Kr P, Kotwicki T. he Scientific World Journal 2014;doi:10.1155/2014/287597
 
Fifty nine patients aged 51.8-60 years old with chronic back pain were divided into a treatment group (TG) who received two weeks of deep tissue massage (DTM) and a control group (CG) who received two weeks of DTM combined with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID). Outcome measures were visual analogue scale, Owestry disability index (ODI) and Rowland Morris questionnaire (RM). In both the TG and the CG a significant pain reduction and function improvement were observed. All pre versus post treatment differences were significant but there was no significant difference between the TG and the CG.
Therefore DTM works for lower back pain, reducing pain and increasing function but NSAIDS bring no added benefit so save your money (and your stomach lining).
Thanks to SPORTEX.