Blissful SVA Conference Weekend Re-Cap

Waves of SVA bliss rippled through the Warner Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, CA,  this past weekend! Students from all over theScreenshot 2015-05-14 14.46.03 world – India, the Philippines, Japan, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Canada, and numerous states in the US – eager to complete their education in SVA pulse assessment – came together to celebrate the culmination of Vaidya Mishra’s  9-month long Global Pulse and Marma E-Course.
The conference began Friday evening, May 8th, with mantras and a transcendent performance with Aditya Prakash, Sheela Bhringi, and Neelamjit Dhillon. After a group initiation into the SVA Healing Mantras with Vaidya Mishra on Saturday morning,  Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum delivered a powerful talk on the benefits of SVA Transdermal Magnesium detox and supplementation. The afternoon highlight was a highly informative talk by Sanskritist, Dr. Chris Minkowski, on historical and cultural origins of the Maga Brahmins, the Shaka island, in the context of the SVA Lineage. After an exquisite SVA gala dinner prepared by Chef Tony,  the Shakti Dance Company under the expert  artistic guidance of Mrs. Viji Prakash, delighted the audience with a  “Dance of the Pulse” – an original choreography where traditional Bharatanatyam vocabulary was interwoven with modern expressions of “abhinaya” = or narration, bringing alive the tissues of the body pulsating with Prana, the flow of life, and enacting the drama of strife between the mind, “manas,” the heart lotus or “hrit pundareek,” and the senses or the “indriyas.” The dancers concluded their performance to standing ovation with a celebratory piece enacting the blissful joy that flows from a totally healthy body, displaying total alignment between senses, heart lotus, mind, and body.Screenshot 2015-05-14 14.46.18
The Saturday evening festivities would not have been complete without the launch of Vaidya Mishra’s much anticipated cookbook! Rick Talcott guided us through the “making of an ayurvedic cookbook.” Weekend participants were a
able to have a first look at the sample cookbook on display. The cookbook will be available for purchase in a few weeks.
 On Sunday students broke up into practice groups to read eachother’s pulse. Dr. Mark Vinick also guided the audience into allocating and confirming the location of SVA marma points. Vaidya Mishra gave insights and more knowledge about pulse assessment, sharing additional tips and secrets.
The weekend came to an end with a beautiful ceremony, honoring the students and bestowing upon them the title of “pranavid” and “pranavidusi”-s, “knowers of Prana.” The conference then moved on to take a look at a work in progress, a short movie detailing the life of Vaidya Mishra from his village in Vaidyachak, India, to his travels in Europe and Asia, and his tours and courses in the US.
Rhadika Bhukory concluded the conference with her beautiful voice and songs of “Janani,” the Mother of the World, in celebration of this Mother’s Day weekend and the SVA conference.
Thank you to all who were able to attend and make and share this wonderful experience with Vaidya Mishra and his team. If you missed it, we will have the video recordings of the entire conference available shortly.
Also: all pictures of the conference will be posted and available for download and sharing. Stay tuned!

Why is Magnesium Necessary?

And why should you go the SVA Transdermal route? In a powerful enlightening talk, Dr. Teitelbaum presented her research at the SVA conference this past weekend – from helping with calcium levels in your body, to regulating your stress hormones and adrenal glands, magnesium plays a major role in our daily lives. Low levels of magnesium are the root cause behind a wide range of clinical chronic conditions. While oral magnesium supplementation can have its down sides and side-effects, transdermal absorption of magnesium is safe and highly effective over long term. The highlights of her talk will show you how and why!

Conditions Caused by Magnesium deficiency

Low levels of magnesium can result in many conditions, namely:

– cramping of the muscles, leading to

 — heartbeat arrhythmia

 — painful menstrual cycles

 — calf muscle pain (“Charlie horses”)

 — twitching of the eyelids

But not just that. here is a list of chronic conditions associated with low or depleted levels of magnesium:

Adrenal fatigue – adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol deplete magnesium. Stress is a big factor for adrenal fatigue. Stress causes excess elimination of magnesium through urine

   Alzheimer’s – Magnesium guards the external layer of the cells, not allowing heavy metals to enter

   Angina – The pain of angina is caused by severe muscle spasm in heart muscles, is caused by magnesium deficiency.  The heart ventricles have the highest levels of magnesium in the whole body, which is why magnesium is so important for the pumping function of the heart.

   Anxiety and Panic Attacks – When the adrenals are no longer protected by sufficient magnesium, the flight-or-flight hormones adrenaline and noradrenalin become more easily triggered. When they surge erratically, they cause a rapid pulse, high blood pressure and heart palpitations.

 Asthma – Histamine production and bronchial spasms (in the smooth muscles of the bronchial tract) both increase as a result of magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is a great broncho-dilator.

Atherosclerosis with calcium deposits.  Magnesium is necessary to help dissolve calcium and keep it soluble in the bloodstream.

Bowel disease – magnesium deficiency slows down bowel peristalsis, causing constipation.

Depression – Serotonin, which elevates mood, is dependent on magnesium.

Detoxification – Magnesium is crucial for removal of toxins and heavy metals from the body.  Magnesium is a co-factor in the production of glutathione and the function of the P450 detoxification systems in the liver.

Diabetes – Magnesium enhances insulin secretion and allows insulin to transfer glucose into the cells.  Otherwise, glucose and insulin build up in the blood causing various types of tissue damage.

Headaches – Prevents muscle tension in neck and head muscles when applied locally.  Also prevents spasms of the muscles in the walls of the arteries which triggers headaches.

High Blood Pressure – With low magnesium and too much calcium, the muscles in blood vessels can go into spasm and cause high blood pressure.

Hardening of the arteries – as acid toxins build up (ama visha and gar visha), they create inflammation in the wall of the arteries.  If calcium is high and magnesium is low, the calcium can deposit in the arterial wall, creating hardening or plaque.

Inflammation – Calcium is extremely pro-inflammatory and magnesium is anti-inflammatory.  Must keep a balance between calcium and magnesium.  It is not recommended to take calcium supplements – they remain stuck in the channel, and if magnesium  is low this can create inflammation and other problems like hardening of the arteries and heart attacks.

Osteoporosis – Calcium cannot build bones without magnesium. Calcium alone makes bones brittle (like chalk breaking as it hits the floor).  Magnesium makes the bones flexible and resistant to shattering.  Most people have too much calcium and not enough magnesium. Put a calcium supplement in a glass of water and it sits there.  Add magnesium and it breaks down.

Magnesium is a co-factor for ATP production. ATP, created in mitochondria, is main source of energy in our cells. ATP must be bound to magnesium in order to be active. ATP is made in each of the 100 trillion cells in our body

For purposes of cellular detoxification and tissue purification, the most effective form of magnesium is magnesium chloride. Has a strong excretory effect on toxins stuck in the tissues of the body, drawing them out through the pores of the skin. Magnesium chloride, when applied transdermally increases DHEA. DHEA is the “mother of all hormones.” DHEA is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands and the ovaries. DHEA is converted in the body into several different steroid hormones – estrogen, testosterone and other hormones as needed

Magnesium is a required co-factor for over 800 enzyme systems in our bodies. 3,751 receptor sites for magnesium have been found on human proteins. Magnesium is a requirement for RNA and DNA production. Magnesium is a co-factor involved in transporting hormones like adrenaline into the cells because the hormones can’t pass through the cell membranes by themselves

   Why choose Transdermal over Oral?

Most magnesium supplements are made from the wrong form of magnesium. Oral supplementation is not very effective because of low bowel tolerance (creates “striations” – areas of damage) on the bowel wall with prolonged use. Oral magnesium passes through the digestive tract too quickly creating low levels of absorption

Transdermal application bypasses the liver, providing less chance of an overdose or under-dose. Our skin is very porous, allowing many substances in or out of the body, it can thus take in the magnesium easily and eliminate many toxins back out through the skin itself, safely and effectively.

Why do we get low on magnesium?

There can be many causes for magnesium deficiency. Here are the most common:

1) Ingesting synthetic Vitamin C – this competes with magnesium and pulls it out of the system.

2) Poor diet: starving yourself and/or consuming unwholesome processed meals puts a great strain on your entire physiology, draining your body of its minerals and nutrients

3) Drinking processed purified water lacking in minerals from the earth – always favor natural spring water over tap or other types of purified recycled water

4) Prescription medications – bronchodilators, insulin, digitalis, antibiotics, corticosteroids, cocaine: if you find yourself having to depend on medication for your health condition, do not discontinue them, instead add a  good protocol of transdermal magnesium to your daily regimen to support your levels of magnesium even as you take your medicines.

5) Stress: in addition to correcting your daily sleeping and eating routine, add yoga and meditation, or other relaxation techniques to your life.

6) Avoid ALL kinds of processed sugars – steer clear of processed sugary drinks and sodas! Get your sugars naturally from natural sources such as fruits, raw honey, etc.

7) Make sure the friendly bacteria in your gut are taken care of, because malabsorption of nutrients due to their absence  – lack of friendly bacteria in the gut is the primary cause of malnutrition and malabsorption when you are maintaining a healthy daily diet yet experience imbalances.

8) Supplementing with Calcium for healthy bones, without having a proper balance of magnesium vs calcium.

9) Using alcohol, coffee, sodas, birth control pills, nicotine…

10) Supplementing with synthetic Vitamin D: this  binds magnesium and pulls it out of the body when you need it most!

Clinical Application of SVA Transdermal Magnesium

I have been using Vaidya Mishra’s SVA Transdermal Magnesium products in my practice since he came up with them a couple of years ago. I have great feedback from patients with different kinds of chronic conditions. I have used it for: 1115

1) Cataract Reversal:  I ask the patient to apply the Transdermal Magnesium Roll-on to sub-occipital region. Cataracts are caused by loss of elasticity of the lens (due to lack of magnesium) and calcium deposition into the lens causing cloudiness of the lens

2) For headaches: I use the Magnesium Roll-on down the spine and on the forehead twice a day.  Also use SVA ALA Cream in these same areas to decrease swelling and heat in the capillaries, opening up the channels to reduce the pressure

3) Blood Pressure – use the Magnesium Roll-on and/or Vata Oil with Magnesium and Vitamin D for abhyanga or daily self-massage.

4) Arrhythmia – use Magnesium Roll-on, Super Sport Cream and Arjuna Cream down the spine twice a day, or whenever the arrhythmias are occurring

5) Menstrual Cramps – apply Magnesium Roll-on to lower abdomen and lower spine twice a day along with the Prakrit cream down the lower spine to pull Apana down and pacify the situation. Consume natural healthy sweets 5 days before and 5 days after the menstruation to have a steady supply of estrogen and support the flow of the menses.

As always: thank you Vaidya Mishra for the priceless knowledge – from sutra to science!
– Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum

Month One- Live lecture with Vaidya

Dear course participant: these are the notes from Vaidya Mishra’s first live lecture for the Pulse and Marma course. They are not a detailed transcription of his talk. These notes are meant to give you the highlights of his talk and guide you through it. In addition, in these notes you will find the new Sanskrit sutras he discussed, along with word-by-word translation and transliteration. The full talk recording is posted on the forum for you to listen to at your leisure.

Here are some highlights from Vaidya Mishra’s first live lecture

Ayurveda is an upanga: a branch from the Veda-s
When we read the pulse we are scanning the “ flow of creative energy”: how does it flow? Where is the imbalance? Which organs and systems are involved?
Marma: is a junction point of nadi-s, carrying three components that make up the cosmos:
Soma+Agni+Marut<—> connected to the “light of the soul”<—> origin of creation /universe
Marmas and pulse both deal with the nadi-s and the flow of prana

TMS is an integral modality that involves : 1. TOUCH 2. MARMA 3. SOUND/ SPACE 4. HERB 5. AROMA
As discussed in your notes from chapter one, Ayurveda is a siddhant: Siddha antana yastahu: siddhanta —that which has proven end- there have been “no recalls” in Ayurveda for the past several thousand years!

Sarvada- at all times, ever, forever
Sarva-each, every
Bhavanam- emotion, sentiment, spirit, appearance, temperament
Samanyam- common, normal
Vriddhi- growth, increase
Karanam- cause
Hrasa- decline, loss, deterioration, decrease
Hetur- reason, purpose, reason for
Visheshcha- special, peculiar
Pravritti- behaviour, tendency, prevalence
Ubhyasya- of both kinds, of both manners
Tu- and
Always and in all circumstances when 2 equal qualities (vibration material) or physical material are put together, that quality/material increases
—The space element gives intelligence to the cellular system
— Sound is manifested aspect of the space element
What is Prana? It is expressed on the cosmic and individual levels:
Light of the soul on the cosmic level :: paramatma
Light of the soul on the individual level :: jivatma

  • TMS enhances pranic flow and reception
  •  “synthetic” prana disrupts the nadi-s
  • Pure knowledge: siddhanta
  • “Satya sampurn gyan”  truthful total knowledge based on siddhantas

Medicine vs Ayurveda vs SV Ayurveda
first hetu then symptom
samadoshaha                                                                samagnishcha             samadhatu           malah kriyaha

13 total “fires” or “ centers of powers of transformation”
1 jataragni  (also pachakagni) in the stomach
bhutagni- 5 fires in the liver
7 metabolic fires in the tissues called dhatwagni
PLUS: wherever there is pitta, there is agni or fire- pitta is the fuel for agni, the flame, so wherever there is fire, there should be fuel for the fire to burn- for example:
dehagni (cellular)
alochak agni- in the eyes
sadhakagni- metabolic fire to digest thoughts and emotions in the heart
bhrajakagni- metabolic principle/intelligence in the skin that helps absorb that which is good and protect that which is not desirable for absorption

“prashanatmendriya  manah swasthamitya abidhiyate:” coordination between senses and the mind

From Sashoka to Ashoka : the Story of a Bliss-Giving Tree

 Long ago, once upon a time, there was a hard-hearted man who made his living by inflicting grief upon imagesothers and his environment: he robbed and killed for a living. His name was “sashoka” – “with grief” or “full of grief.”

 One day, he set out on his daily path, and came to a rishi’s hut. He walked straight in thinking to go about his usual criminal business. The rishi was in deep meditation and did not come out of his meditative trance. It was the very first time Sashoka was witnessing the sight of deep meditative trance. The rishi did not heed him at all and stood still glowing in his silent bliss. Sashoka stood there, intrigued, drawn by the peace surrounding the rishi.
When the rishi finally opened his eyes, Sashoka was a changed man. He said to the rishi: “I want to be in peace like you. . Give me that peace that can take away my mental torment, the memory of my sins, and my sins.”
The rishi taught him how to meditate but cautioned him: “I do not have the power to get rid of your sins. However, keep meditating. In your next life, you will be reborn as a tree. You will be the tree under which Ravan will come to keep Sita hostage. Sita will be in deep grief, away from her beloved Ram. You will shelter Sita and help relieve her pain. When the monkey God Hanuman finally finds her and comes to give her the news of her imminent release from Ravan’s abduction, he will climb your branches, and through the contact of his body you will gain liberation from your sins.  And then, you will be known as the tree “a-shoka:” the one without grief and that removes grief.”
This is the time-old story of the origin of the ashoka tree as told in the Bhavishya Puran.
But there are other beautiful stories about this powerful plant. In the vedic tradition, the ashoka tree is known as a powerful grief-reliever and bliss-giver. The shastras say that one of the arrows of kamdeva, the god of love, was made from ashoka flowers! Buddhists hold that the birth of the buddha happened under the ashoka tree in Lumbini. There is also a ritual in West Bengal that occurs in the Spring, when young girls and women dance around the tree to propitiate a fortunate love-life.
The Ashoka tree is a bliss-giving tree. But did you know that science has found it to have proven properties, such as:
antipyretic    – and so many more….
Ashoka can be particularly helpful for women. Find out more, join Vaidya Mishra at his 5th SVA Cafe dedicated to this wondrous plant – from sutra to science!

More news about upcoming SVA Pulse and Marma Course

In response to popular requests, the monthly payment plan is back on. You may now choose to pay on a monthly basis instead of upfront if you want to join Vaidya’s e-course.

 Since we are bringing back this option, we are  extending the registration date – at the rate of $1665 – until the end of the month, that’s July 31, 2014.

If you are still undecided, consider this – would you like to be able to help loved ones with common daily imbalances, such as:

  •         indigestion
  •         sleeplessness
  •         acidity
  •         fatigue
  •         bad dreams
  •         low bone tissue
  •         low muscle tissue
  •         migraines

Learning how to detect such daily ailments through touching the pulse will guide you to give the proper remedy. This course has been designed for all – whether you are a stay-home mom (or dad!) and are interested in improving your personal health or that of your loved ones; or whether you are a professional health expert and are looking to add an essential assessment tool to your existing skills.

For example, what will be the pulse of an individual experiencing indigestion? In ayurvedic terms, you would have to answer the following questions:

  • what dosha is high;
  • how is the rhythm?
  • What about the volume?
  • And the speed?
  • Which dhatu-s or tissues are affected?
  • And what kind of  effect is present in terms of the guna-s or properties.

Through this e-course with Vaidya you will learn that if someone is experiencing indigestion, then you will notice that their kapha dosha is high, specifically the kapha subdosha that governs the stomach, kledaka kapha. You will see Kledaka kapha in rasa dhatu, or the very first tissue or layer when you press your fingers on the pulse. Rasa dhatu will carry ama or heaviness due to partially indigested food. So the first layer will feel suppressed, cold, heavy. The first subdosha that you will hear will be kledak kapha. Pachak pitta, the pitta subdosha that governs the stomach, will appear less prominent. Another subdosha that will be active because of kledak kapha will be samana vata, or the vata subdosha that governs the stomach area. All three subdosha-s govern the stomach: kledak to lubricate and moisten, pachak to breakdown and process, and samana to churn and move the food. When someone eats very heavy food item or eats when stressed out, or eats and watches TV, then digestion is impaired, kledak increases, pachak decreases, and samana increases. You will be able to read this in the pulse on the very first layer, the rasa dhatu layer.  When Samana vata goes high, then it moves out of its designated area, it can either go up and then udana vata which is in the chest goes high giving sudden chest pains, or causes the person to burp; or samana vata goes down and interferes with apana vata, causing gas and bloating.

You will also learn all the fundamentals of Ayurveda the way they are taught in the ayurvedic sutra-s and the SV lineage – clear, practical, to the point.

Knoweldge is all about experience, and with this course, you can make this most precious knowledge of Ayurveda a daily practical experience in your life and those of the ones you are called upon to help.

If you have already signed-up for the course, you will already have received an invitation to join the course forum, along with the details for the inaugural class launch.
The course will launch next Friday July 18th, 2014, at 6:15am, via phone conference. This first session will last only 30-45 minutes during which Vaidya Mishra will recite vedic chants and inaugurate the course. All course material will be available for registered students by July 16th, 2014.

If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us:
1.818.709.1005 or

Exciting News about Vaidya’s upcoming Global E-Pulse & Marma Course

please note there will be no SVA Cafe next Thursday July 17th, as Vaidya will be launching the Pulse and Marma Course on Friday morning July 18th, 2014

We are very excited to share that we have 50+ participants in Vaidya’s 9 month-long e-course on Pulse and Marma. Because we have participants from all over the globe – India, Japan, South America, and more. As previously announced, in order to avoid the delays involved in snail-mail, during the duration of the course, we will be making the video recorded material available online through our private forum. You will be able to  download and watch as many times as you wish. However, as promised, each participant will receive the full DVD set of the course via snail-mail after the completion of the course during the practicum in April.

The course will launch next Friday July 18th, 2014, at 6:15am, via phone conference. This first session will last only 30-45 minutes during which Vaidya Mishra will recite vedic chants and inaugurate the course. All course material will be available for registered students by July 16th, 2014.

Hurry! We are currently running an interim discounted price of $1650 until July 16th for those who have not signed up yet and wish to do so.
Come on board to learn how to manage your healthy on a daily basis, through the ancient technique of pulse diagnosis, or take the course to deepen your professional healing services. There will be a wealth of knowledge with practical SVA tips and recommendations as always.

SVA Pulse and Marma E-Course excerpts from chapter One:

“It is true that learning Ayurvedic pulse assessment is not necessarily an easy task; it is very subtle. (…)

But based on the great success of professionals who have diligently applied themselves to master this ancient skill] Vaidya has recently given a great deal of thought as to how to teach this course in a more step-by-step, in-depth fashion. His goal is to provide the opportunity whereby students could learn the foundation of his lineage’s SV Ayurveda directly from the sutras, learn the principles of pulse assessment and marma therapy which they could then practice at home with friends and family, as well as to provide them with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their experiences in detail. In this way, the course could be presented over a longer time period, allowing for each student to read the lesson, watch it on the web or DVD, study at his or her own pace, digest the material, ask questions on the on-line forum, discuss the material, listen to Vaidya’s one-hour monthly lecture of the subject matter – and be able to do this within the timeframe that he or she has available. (…)