Today, it is an honor and a privilege to have Robin and Michael Mastro in my corner of the Internet! Robin and Michael Mastro are practitioners, educators and scholars of Vastu Shastra, the Vedic science of living in harmony with Nature. They have authored two award-winning, bestselling books on Vastu, Altars of Power & Grace ~ Create the Life You Desire and The Way of Vastu ~ Creating Prosperity Through the Power of the Vedas. These two books have transformed the lives of people worldwide. In their third bestselling book, Making Room for Mr. Right ~ How to Attract the Love of Your Life, they introduce powerful, ancient secrets and universal laws that improve and even attract loving relationships. The Mastros are experts at showing you how to create Sacred Space within you to magnetize and support harmonious, stress-free living which reduces the stress that stands in the way of better health, improved productivity, fulfilling relationships and career advancement. They show you how to unite mind, body, and spirit through this ancient science and experience greater peace and success in all areas of your life.
Michael Mastro recently recorded a soon to be aired segment on the Dr. Oz show and both, Robin and Michael have co-written blog posts on The Oz blog. On a personal note, we have had the privilege of Michael Mastro working his magic Vastu wand on our homes (our present home and the previous one) and work spaces. Michael and Robin took time out of their busy schedules to chat with us about the “health” of the environments that we inhabit on a daily basis and its effects on our wellbeing. Here are their sage words about harmonious living spaces, health and Vastu.
Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and your work.
I am an architect and Robin is an environmental designer.
What is Vastu?
Vastu is the science of designing stress-free environments that improve the quality of peoples’ lives, influencing their health, career, relationships and prosperity.
When and how did you first get interested in Vastu?
As a young architect, I met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who was the Beatles Guru and he asked me to design some buildings in Rishikesh, India. I am very honored that he taught me the basic principles of this amazing science of architectural alignment that is in harmony with Nature.
In ancient India, the Vastu Purusha Mandala, a grid of nine squares, was used as the basis, a sort of energetic blueprint, for all architecture. The mandala represented the cosmos. I hope that I’m right. How does the Vastu Purusha Mandala hold relevance in our times?
The Vastu Purusha Mandala informs us how we can improve health, career, relationships and prosperity by freeing up energy that is blocked in certain areas of the grid. When the obstruction is eliminated, life appears to improve in almost astounding ways with grace and ease.
The idea of a Bramha- Sthanam, the central void in any space is highly resonant with me. I think of those central voids, whether they are in interior or exterior spaces as powerful energy centers. Charles Correa, the noted Indian architect says that the, “center signifies both shunya (the absolute void) as well as bindu (the world seed and the source of all energy).” What are your thoughts about the brahma-sthanam?
The idea of a Bramha-sthanam represents consciousness; the center of our awareness. The central area of our building supports our success if it is left open and there is a skylight or opening above it. Robin sees it as the place where Divine energy enters the home and brings blessings for those living in the home.
All of us seek peace, serenity casino online and harmony in the spaces we live. We seek spaces that go beyond the manifest world and speak to our soul. If an average person were to make just two tweaks in her/his interior environment, what would those be and why?
Add a fountain in the NE and a Himalayan Salt Lamp to the SE area of your home. Doing both of these things will support better health.
What are some of your favorite spaces?
The Greek Parthenon, the Roman Coliseum, the Egyptian and Mayan Pyramids as they all were created using the principals of Vastu
Can you describe one experience of Vastu’s impact on health, physical and psychological?
Without any remodeling, using Vastu rectification, we have helped thousands of people improve their health and quality of life. Most recently, we worked with a doctor with diabetes. He reported being able to get off the use of insulin over time since we did the Vastu.
This isn”t a question, but a comment made with heartfelt gratitude. I enjoyed reading your book, Altars of Power and Grace, and I frequently set up altars with specific intentions around my home. The pictures in the book are lovely and just holding the book in my hands brings me exquisite peace and joy.
We loved creating this book! It continues to inspire people all over the world to directly connect with the unlimited abundance and intelligence of Divine consciousness. We are glad you have found peace and joy with your altars!
My site HealthEdited is all about making small changes, edits if you will, to your lifestyle habits to create better health. What are you doing at present to ‘edit’ your health?
I do yoga, meditation, pranayama each day. Because I travel a great deal for work, I pay close attention to a balance of rest and activity when I am home. Additionally, we’ve added a water purification system in our home to make sure that the water we drink is good for us. Both Robin and I also spend some time each day at our altars.
Any closing thoughts?
Three things affect health: your karma, reducing stress in your body, and reducing stress in your environment. If you are taking care of the body and your environment, you will then be able to move more gracefully through any karmic health challenges you may experience.