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Meet Mas Vidal - Ayurveda Practitioner Yogi, Author, Professor & So Much More

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

Mas Vidal (Maheshananda) is known as a Yogi, mystic, and practitioner of Ayurveda. He is an influential teacher, speaker, and author of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Vedantic philosophy. His diverse background includes athletics, therapeutics, science, ecology, which led him to become an innovative voice in the field of integral yoga, Ayurveda and Indic culture. For the past thirty years, he has seen patients for various reasons ranging from acute medical disorders to deep depression and general lifestyle counseling. When dealing with deep grief, our body changes on a molecular level and the healing benefits of Ayurveda can have profound positive results.


It was a joy to sit with Mas because he is filled with a true passion to nurture people through the Ayurvedic principles. This ancient medical system of India is the sister science of Yoga. To quote Mas: “Anything that is therapeutic, that is healing of the mind and body, has to do with Ayurveda.” Ayurveda recognizes suffering whether it be biological, physiology, psychological or a systemic issue and calls us to “Return To Nature '' and synchronize the mind-body relationship. It combines yoga, diet, herbology, and a seasonal lifestyle to align the individual with the awareness of managing their senses. It is an integrated healing system.


During the podcast Mas said, “ What you and Lori are doing is very important. You are taking grief and using the energy and emotions, and transmuting it in a devotional manner, to help yourself heal, and, most importantly, help others heal. This is the core of Vedic Healing”.


Ayurveda is practical and relative to time and space. In other words, it is vital for a person to stay connected to their mind and body, and not detach themselves from their physical existence. This is important because when a person goes through any type of deep grief and suffering, the nervous system sends a signal throughout the body creating a disorder in the body which will affect the digestive system, sleep, hormonal system and can become a ripple effect running throughout our mind and wreaking havoc on the body.


Recently Lori stated, “She feels there is a collective consciousness through years of conditioning in the United States that grief should be something that you just put it away… park it. Don’t look at it. Just move on. instead of going deeper or experiencing the beautiful grief connection that we witnessed in Bali.” (She spontaneously joined a funeral celebration of life in Bali)This kind of awareness about the pitfalls of grief helps one recognize how easily dysfunction can be activated in both the body and the mind, ultimately producing unhealthy symptoms. 


The Ayurveda fundamental aspect of healing would encourage a person to get into a daily routine that connects the mind to the body which means take the time to be in nature, take the time to eat, to cook, to breathe. Do things that allow the mind to slow down. If there is no thought and the mind is slower and calmer, heavy grief gets better. What triggers grief is a thought. I have lost my loved one and the thought keeps passing through my head, and then of course there is an emotional response to this thought. By following a daily holistic routine, the mind calms down, then where are you? You're in your true state of existence which isn’t in the past, which isn’t tied to some idea in the future, you are truly in the moment of pure consciousness. This is where Ayurveda keeps a person connected to what is real. What is real? You are the light of your soul, your true essence is love, and as long as you can be in that moment throughout your day, throughout your activities, it calms the nervous system down thus keeping a strong immune system for optimal health.


The important thing to understand is that there is no quick fix. It is a gradual process or it does not work. There are two main components to healing and you must be consistent in your efforts. It is a moment to moment daily effort of forcing yourself to stay in the present. A person has to practice a type of detachment, a spiritual detachment, yes we have a mind and body, but that’s not what we are. We are living, using the mind and body as vehicles, but these are temporary. If you believe in reincarnation, we have had millions of minds and bodies and have had many experiences  called life. This is just one of those embodied experiences. 


Don’t get attached to, ‘I am suffering, or my body is suffering’. We have to take care of ourselves, do your responsibilities, be detached, do your best, and go on with a higher attitude that “I am not the things of this world”, “I am not the chaos of this world”, that “I am not limited to mind and body”, “I am the light of love”, “I am the light of pure consciousness”, “I am Peace”. Affirm, I am love, I am positive, I am learning from this experience, I am here to serve my brothers and sisters.” Mas Vidal


In our talk, Lori talked about her PTSD and being triggered saying “Grief can be the most spiritual experience you can have. It can actually be very beautiful and loving. That's what  it is. Grief is Love that has nowhere to go. No place to land because the person is gone.” When asked about a remedy for PTSD, Mas answered, “Your environment is your greatest influence. I would carefully choose environments that uplift you, that support you, that are compassionate, to a certain degree more feminine, because we live in a very masculine world that is very intellectually and logically, scientifically attached that can create a very sterile place to be.” 


The best and most obvious place to start would be with your home. What is the environment like? Does it feel safe, connected and comfortable? This is very important because it is  where you conduct your healing. Create a sacred space within your home and go there when you need to self nurture. Open windows and let morning sunlight in and connect with nature. Cater to your five senses with pure love and light and try meditation. Do something different! Many people are resistant to spiritual living and opt to watch a lot of TV to check out from reality. But by being a little selfish about your environment, you can protect yourself from the onslaught of the negative influences of the world by having a comforting sanctuary in your home.  Create a space that is dedicated to your healing and it will  help to make you feel more anchored and in control of  your own grief process. Little changes like this help…try it! You won’t regret it. 


To schedule Mas Vidal for private sessions, workshops or special events please contact his office at: info@dancingshiva.com. Please go to his website to also gain more information on all of his offerings. https://dancingshiva.com/en-us/



Mas Vidal Ayurveda Yogi
Meet Mas Vidal, Ayurveda master who gives holistic remedies on grief.



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