What is Agni? The word is translated as “fire” in Sanskrit, but it is much more than that. Not a strange term from ‘ancient’ India, but a complex concept involving our ability to transform as humans. It is the capacity to become, the capacity to grow, the very process of creation. The better we are able to change what we eat, the air we breathe, and the sensory experiences we encounter each day, the “healthier” we are. Strength determines our happiness. A balanced and healthy agni results in a balanced and healthy body. An unbalanced agni produces something called ama in the body. It is a sticky, toxic, and unintelligent substance that blocks and damages healthy tissue. Like “free radicals,” flax interferes with the proper flow of nutrients to cells, at the very least, and at worst, coats them, creating a toxic environment that can lead to cell differentiation and serious diseases such as cancer.
Agni is at the core of all health and healing according to Ayurveda
Consciousness changes when food enters the mouth. The whole organism immediately prepares itself for incoming food. Every food or substance has a message that can be conveyed to the body/mind through its taste (rasa), energy (biriyani), and post-digestion effect (vac).
His consciousness becomes part of us, shaping who we are and how we think. Kapha immediately becomes active, secreting enzymes and saliva to initiate the digestion of starches and aid in swallowing. Prana is there to structure the show with movement and breath. This is the first of the six stages of digestion according to Ayurveda. But according to Ayurveda, at the heart of all health and healing is the great Agni. I talk to so many people who have digestive problems. In fact, today the West seems to be riddled with food and substance ‘intolerances’ and ‘allergies’.
Why is that? It’s complicated, but in the end, it’s all about Agni. With a strong “fire” you can transform what you ingest into your healthy self, burn what you don’t need, and dispose of the rest through feces, urine, sweat, and dreams. Because of the dream, Agni’s job is to “digest” all the sights, sounds, smells, etc. of the day. When we have poor digestion, our sleep becomes restless, our minds are agitated, and unless a discerned ego is present, our bodies rejuvenate themselves with deep rest at night.
How to make your Agni better, and more efficient?
Eat in moderation, eat regularly, and have a balanced diet. Your body (just like your child) loves a routine and eats at the same time every day. Whether you know it or not, your body is preparing for your next meal, and if you eat at the same time every day, your digestive juices will rush out before you eat. Do not drink cold drinks! In fact, don’t drink when you’re hungry and don’t eat when you’re thirsty! Hot tea is best. Ginger tea or hot lemon water works well, but a little is enough. Use correct food combinations. In general, this means not eating the fruit with other foods, especially melons, not combining seafood with dairy products, and drinking only milk. Try to eat foods and avoid mixing foods that require a lot of stomach acid with foods that require little stomach acid, one blocking the other. Use warming spices in-home meals and avoid spicy food in restaurants. Good warming spices include fresh ginger, cumin, fennel, cinnamon, turmeric, and a little black pepper. Not hungry for breakfast in the morning? Eat less at night and avoid sleeping within 90 minutes, ideally 2-3 hours after eating. Do you want to gain weight Just go to bed after a heavy meal and you’ll get the job done faster! Agni has its roots as a post-Vedic concept. All cultures of the world have succumbed to the tremendous power of ‘fire’, and fire rituals have at some point in their history become the oldest and most important of all the world’s religions. . Because we all know that without them we would never be what we want to be.