Yoga for the Home: What to Look for When Choosing a Place to Live

05/29/2015 Vastu

Aside from the basic needs of your family, consider these Vastu tips when looking for a home. Things like the shape of a house and exposure can impact the stress levels and general well-being of its residents.

When it comes to choosing a home, there are several things that affect the quality of life for every member of the family. In addition to price and the size of a residence that fits your needs, there are some subtle, but just as powerful, elements that can impact your experience there.

To help you pick a place that provides a positive environment for the entire family, let’s turn to Vastu. Vastu is the ancient science of architecture that predates Feng Shui by 3,000 years. Originating in India, Vastu teaches that when your home is aligned with the forces of nature you are supported in your career, health, finances, and relationships. Utilizing the principles of Vastu can make the difference between feeling as if you are in the flow of life or struggling against it. By eliminating the stress present in your living and working environments, you can be more relaxed, happy, and productive.

Have you ever moved into a new residence or office and everything appeared to change for the worse, seemingly out of nowhere? You may have also experienced ill health, depression, anxiety, or lack of productivity and effectiveness. When you seek to balance the forces of nature in alignment with the teachings of Vastu within your existing personal space, it can unlock your ability to attract and experience more success and eliminate the stress that is the underlying cause for so many of life’s challenges.

Consider Vastu as yoga for the home. Yoga balances the energetic systems of your body and brings ease and flexibility into your life. Through simple yet powerful adjustments to your environment, Vastu corrects the imbalances in your residence that creates disease in your body and affects your well-being and productivity.

4 Tips to Find the Right Home for Your Family

1. Look for good northern and/or eastern exposure.

There are two positive forces of nature that impact the level of success you experience in your life: the positive magnetic energy that comes from the north and positive solar energy that comes from the east. North and east facing residences bring prosperity and good health to your family.

2. Look for a kitchen with the stove located in the southeast or northwest area of your residence.

We are all made of five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space), as is everything in the universe. Each element is associated with a specific direction and affects the quality of your life. A kitchen in the southeast or northwest will support the fire element and bring good health to your family.

3. Look for a residence that has a southwest master bedroom.

Magnetic and solar energies enter your residence from the northeast and collect in the southwest area of your home to benefit the stability of the head of the household. If you sleep in the southwest you will gain good health and prosperity.

4. Look for a house that is rectangular in shape.

According to the principles of Vastu, all five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) are in balance in a rectangular structure. When a building or lot is not rectangular, the five elements are not balanced and energy can get stuck in places like missing corners or extensions, creating stress that affects your career, health, relationships, and finances.

If you love the residence you live in but feel you are experiencing challenges that inhibit some aspect of your life, or you are unable to find a place with the above mentioned suggestions, a certified Vastu practitioner can assist you by rectifying any environmental defects. Any imbalance in your residence can be corrected, without expensive remodeling, to bring greater benefit to you and your family, and support the life you were meant to live.

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About the Authors

Michael Mastro

Master Vastu Consultant
Michael Mastro is North America’s leading expert of Vastu for over 40 years and has used Vastu for his clients worldwide to align their home and workspaces. As an architect and developer, Michael has built more than 20 million square feet of mixed-use space and 15,000 homes. He designed and built the first Microsoft building and many buildings for The Boeing Company employing the principles of Vastu. Corporate clients include The World Bank, NASA, Oracle, Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing and Intel. Michael has been a teacher of yoga and meditation techniques since 1970. He is also a Jyotish astrologer. Michael received a degree in architecture from the University of Washington. In his career as a real...Read more

Robin Mastro

Robin Mastro, M.A., is an award-winning author, practitioner, speaker, and teacher of Vedic knowledge specializing in Vastu Shastra , the science of environmental harmony. Along with her husband, Michael, she co-founded Vastu Creations, LLC and the American Institute of Vastu, working with thousands of people worldwide to reduce stress and end suffering. Robin and Michael write about Vastu , and their work has been featured in print and television worldwide. Together, they have written three award-winning books about how stress impedes success and fulfillment,...Read more