Over the last few weeks, in a very intriguing Vastu Shastra series, Neeta Sinha from Mumbai-based AstroArchitecture taught us some basic hacks on how to use the principles of the centuries-old energy science to enjoy restful sleep, on how many health conditions can traced to bad Vastu in the kitchen, and how the decor of your living room can transform you into a social butterfly. This week, she keeps things light-hearted and fun, as she moves into the balcony, or any amorphous space that can be converted into a garden.
“Having a balcony or garden in this day and age is luxury. Use this space as a buffer zone to create some peace and quiet; a small getaway from the hustle and bustle of household chores,” says the Vastukar. Pepper this zone with patio furniture, a bird bath, stone statuettes and indoor ponds to bring nature in, creating an aesthetic that appeals to you.
“Plants are the first thing that come to mind while doing so,” she says, “but remember that not all plants are considered lucky or auspicious according to Vastu.” Here is a list of Vastu-compliant houseplants.
The flowers that you would find stringing a garland on a statue of a Hindu deity like marigold, jasmine and hibiscus should be your first choice while landscaping your balcony or window sill. Choose robust, tropical flowers that are bursting with colour and aromatic scents.
Ayurveda underlines many herbs and trees as sacrosanct; starting with Holy Basil or Tulsi. Then there’s also the Shami (Prosopis Cineraria), Asoka (Saraca Asoka) and the Bael (Aegel Marmelos) tree.
Try and avoid cactus and bonsais, or at least adopt them sparingly. Prickly cactuses can be a safety hazard even when restricted to quiet corners. Bonsais represent stunted life, and both Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui maintain that their energy manifests limited growth.