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An Introduction to Vastu

An Introduction to Vastu

This Indica Course is an introduction to the world of Vastu Shastra that is a part of the Indian tradition that began in the Vedic times and has continued through the Buddhist and Jain periods.

COHORT COURSE
Duration
15 Hours
Date & Time

1 April 2022 - 13 May 2022

7:00 PM -9:00 PM IST

Every Friday

Price

Course Fee: $50
Medium of Instruction
English
Validity
One year from the beginning of the course
Delivery
Online through Indica Courses Learning Portal
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Introduction

This Indica course is an introduction to the world of Vastu Shastra that is part of the Indian tradition beginning with the Vedic times through the Buddhist and Jain periods.

There is a lot of misconception regarding Vastu knowledge today and we hope to bring greater clarity on the subject through this course.

There have been shifts in architecture, lifestyles and building practices over the years. More and more people are feeling called to question current practices and re-align to healthier ways of living. 

We hope to equip aspirants with the background of Vastu to navigate and address these shifts. The current education does not provide us with a solid foundation and that makes it imperative for learners to raise awareness of our own cultural awareness of traditional knowledge on their own.

Overview of Traditional Knowledge

  • Traditional Knowledge consists of the self, the space, food, medicine, and the built form
  • Finding the balance between all these elements is the beauty of the Indian tradition
  • Vastu Shastra is not separate from life, it has been pushed as something different today.
  • From the time of the earliest people or in the habitat of animals and birds, they have always built in consonance with natural energies. It could be climate, rainfall, thermal condition, gradient of the land or it could be just the wellness of a place as against the non-wellness of another place. Bio-dynamic farming is also using this concept today that certain energies in a place are far superior to the energies in another place. If you plant here things will thrive, 20 meters away they may not thrive!
  • The ability to discern the quality of that space is primary to the Vastu Shastras and this comes from old traditions, where you are actually aware of things that are perceived by the senses and sometimes beyond the senses.
  • This imperceptible energy pattern in the world is the first thing that you have to become aware of.
  • Just as Yoga deals with aligning body, breath & mind,  Ayurveda deals with the alignment of body energies and healing, Vastu deals with the alignment of body, es.
Faculty
teacher

Sashikala Ananth

Sashikala Ananth is an architect by qualification and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Madras School. Sashikala has researched the classical Indian science of Architecture – vastu, for over thirty years. She was a student of Sri Ganapati Sthapati a leading authority on the Vastu Shastras (for 10 years between 1982-1992). She also studied Yoga at the KrishnamAchArya Yoga Mandiram.

Having studied the vastu texts extensively, assimilating traditional wisdom and exploring its field application, she has worked on projects incorporating the wisdom of vastu in creative and harmonious ways with the modern lifestyle.

Sashikala Ananth is also a behavioural scientist. She obtained her certification from ISISD in 1984. At present she is a fellow of Sumedhas – Academy for Human Context. Her work as a behavioural scientist has been largely focused on helping NGO’s and Educational Institutions.

A recipient of the Ashoka Foundation Scholarship for innovative contribution to the field of architecture, she was also part of a team which made the 1991 National award winning film ‘The Living Tradition, A Shilpi Speaks’ that explains the traditions of the sculptor.