Mini-Homa for Advent

Fire ceremony for contemplative moments

Fire burns wood to ashes creating space for new things. This powerful transforming power of fire has always been used ritually in Ayurveda as well as in many other cultures. In India, fire rituals, so-called “Homas”, are celebrated in various life situations in order to literally “burn off” stressful influences and to ask for protection and positive energy.

In a traditional Homa ritual, offerings are made over a blessed fire, accompanied by mantras. Based on this, you can also carry out the following mini-ceremony at home to close the year and look positively into the future.

Here’s how:

You will need a string of incense and a small fire-proof bowl.

Take a moment to become peaceful and reflect. You are also welcome to listen to meditative music or mantras. Place the incense cord in the bowl to burn and light the cord at one end.

Focus and consciously inhale the aroma. Close your eyes and let yesterday be. Release with each out-breath the stress of the year. Enjoy the moment, today and look forward to tomorrow.

Recommended fragrances:

Indian nard: very calming and relaxing for the mind, balancing.
Natural camphor resin: cleansing, promotes concentration.
Sage resin: belongs to the Ayurvedic Rasayanas, relaxing and aphrodisiac.
White sandalwood: cleansing, soothes thoughts and feelings, spreads a general sense of wellbeing.
Wild hyacinth: sweet, pleasant scent, calming and relaxing.
Cinnamon: mellow and harmonizing.

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Ms. Kansal completed her 6-year Ayurveda studies in India in 2006. She then worked as a lecturer and until 2007 worked as an Ayurveda doctor in Indian Ayurveda hospitals. In 2008 she came to Germany and completed her training as a healing practitioner in 2016. Ms. Kansal has been working at the Ayurveda Parkschlösschen since 2012. Her intensive Sanskrit and yoga studies give her a deep Ayurvedic knowledge.

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