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Vastu Shastra, more commonly known as Vastu, is a traditional Hindu system of architecture. We often scoff at things like Feng Shui and Vastu as being ‘fluff,’ and not effective, but these systems are based on ancient science and texts. Vastu looks at things like design, layout, measurements and spatial geometry in order to create a harmonious and beneficial living arrangement. Vastu combines the five elements present in our world, namely earth, water, air, fire and space, in order to enhance energy, wealth and health. This may seem very tedious but the best time to implement Vastu techniques is when constructing - or moving into - a new home. Considering it’s the New Year, we decided to share a few tips to keep in mind when settling into a new home.
Vastu Tips

There are a few ways you can ensure you attract the best energy when designing your bedroom. The door of your bedroom should always open up to 90 degrees and no less so that you can attract the most positivity your way. Also ensure that your head faces south while sleeping, as this is supposed to be the most calming and relaxing direction. Clutter is a big no-no when it comes to the bedroom (and the whole house actually). Try to not be a pack rat, and surround yourself only with items you sincerely need. In the bedroom, a quick and easy way to create storage is usually by investing in a box bed, so that you can pack away items in the extra room it provides. We would advise against this, however, as Vastu dictates a free flow of air and light wherever possible. Buy a bed that is somewhat off the floor with space underneath, which will allow air and light to filter through, for best results. 
This opens up your room to the forces of nature.


Vastu Bedrooms

Living Room
The living room is where the family gathers but also where you invite guests to join you. This means that you will have a lot of outside energy entering this space, so you need to make sure you only attract the positive elements of that. One way to do this is by setting up your seating so that you are facing north or east when someone comes to visit you. Have your guests sitting either opposite or beside you. If you have electronics like speakers and telephones in your living room, keep them facing towards the 
south-west, as the south is the direction of fire. Also, if you live in a multi-storey home, try to plan it such so that your living room is at a lower level than the bedrooms (ground floor), as this will attract the best energy.


Living room according to Vastu

If possible, let the location of your kitchen be in the south-west
corner of your home. If this isn’t an option, make sure it’s in a north-west corner instead. As mentioned earlier, the south is associated with fire, so place your stoves and appliances in this location. The north is associated with water so it is best to store drinking water in the northeast direction. Also ensure that your kitchen is as far away from your bedroom as possible, as these two rooms have very different energies.


Kitchen according to Vastu

Every room is given a specific location by Vastu
. For example, your entrance should face east as the sun rises in this direction. This means you will attract positive energy and light into your home. The kitchen should be in the south-east and if you can cook while facing east, you will be much happier. Keeping the master bedroom in the south-west corner is ideal and will allow for restful sleep and prosperity. The bathrooms are another key component of your home and these should be in the north-west corner of the house or the north-west corners of each room.


Full home according to Vastu

It’s almost impossible to build a home that is perfectly compliant with these rules, however, consider them more as guidelines than set in stone. The key is for you to feel happy and energetic in your home rather than trapped and constrained by rules. There are various experts around the world who help design homes that work within the rules of Vastu, so we definitely suggest consulting one if that’s something that’s important to you. Happy New Year!



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