What is Vastu?

Health & Wellness
Last Updated Sep 29, 2020
Health & Wellness

Are you interested in how your home and environment might affect your life? Like feng shui, the ancient approach vastu shastra looks at how we’re connected to our dwellings. But what exactly is vastu and how can you apply it to your home? Let’s take a look.

The Vastu Approach

While similar to feng shui, vastu shastra centres on our wellbeing and says that only when we are living in harmony with nature can we achieve total wellness and health.

Put simply, vastu means ‘dwelling’, while shastra means ‘teaching’. Complex formulas are used to calculate the best design for a building. This is why vastu is commonly referred to as the ancient Indian science of architecture.

As it is an ancient practice, it’s difficult to describe vastu in modern terms. Often referred to vastu vidya (vidya meaning ‘science’), vastu is part of the Vedas or Vedic texts. These ancient texts contain a wealth of sacred wisdom on astrology, yoga, nutrition, spirituality and more.

Vastu: Harmony with Nature

While the concept of vastu can be difficult to grasp, in practice it is quite a lovely approach to living. Vastu homes are positioned to the east, so that the warmth of the rising sun floods into the home, washing new life over the residence.

This is what having a vastu home is all about – aligning yourself with the natural flow of life to achieve health, wellness, prosperity and happiness.

The science combined the five elements of nature, to help you achieve this balance. 

How to Make a Vastu Home

Here are a few tips for building or remodelling your home, according to vastu principles:

  • Bedroom door: allow it to open up to at least 90 degrees, to encourage the flow of opportunities into your life. Ensure the door is strong, to protect your private life from the outdoor world.
  • Clutter: keep rooms clutter free and allow enough room to move about.
  • Sleep pointing south: ensure your body points to the south, to allow for relaxation. If it points north, the magnetic energy will keep you alert and may affect your sleep.
  • Mirrors: avoid having a mirror on the northern side of your bedroom, as it will reflect your troubles back on to you. Move the mirror or cover it while sleeping.
  • Living room seating: ensure the homeowner faces the north or east when seated in the living room.
  • Kitchen gadgets:  small appliances should be plugged into the southern wall, as it’s best for allowing the element of fire to flow.
  • Colours: use greens, blues, reds and yellows in the kitchen to promote health, calm and good eating habits.

Keen for more tips? A feng shui practitioner will be able to undertake an assessment of your home.

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Originally published on Oct 23, 2013

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