Ayurveda, Nature, Recipes

Ayurvedic remedies for the changing seasons…

The beginning of winter can be a hard time to manage for some, as the onset of the colder seasons can mean we are more vulnerable to illness.  How many of us have been “under the weather” recently?

Thankfully nature has a wonderful healing pharmacy at our disposal…

Enjoy some simple and natural Ayurvedic home remedies  to strengthen your immune system and beat the cold and flu bugs this winter!

Immune Boosting Tea

The spices aid digestion and help remove toxins.  Fresh ginger is excellent as it increases circulation, promotes sweating and digests mucus (eugh…) relieving congestion.  If you don’t like the flavours of cinnamon and cardamom, fresh lemon juice is great with ginger too!

Pop all the spices into a mug and add boiling water.  Let it stand for a minute then add honey  to taste.

  • Fresh ginger root- half an inch sliced thinly
  • Ground cinnamon 1 tsp
  • Ground cardamom – a pinch of.  You can use bruised cardamom  pods instead
  • Honey

SuperPower Chai

This flavorsome spice mixture helps to build heat in the body and boost the immune system.  Add all the spice together and keep in a jar ready for use.

Add 1 teaspoonful to a cup of hot milk (almond, cows, coconut) or boiling water twice a day.  Enjoy the warming and stimulating properties! Add extra sweetness as desired…

  • 1/2 tbs ground ginger
  • 1/2 tbs black pepper
  • 1/2 tbs ground cardomom
  • 1/2 tbs ground clove
  • 1/2 tbs turmeric
  • 1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 3 tsp jaggery or any natural sugar

Night Time Almond Milk

This delicious drink soothes the nerves and is great for digestion as well as removing toxins from the deep tissues.  You can use cows milk if you prefer.  I also like using coconut milk.  And it doesn’t have to be night time!

Warm the milk and spice together in a pan.  Let it stand in the mug for a minute before adding your honey (other sweeteners available….) to taste

  • Almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp thinly sliced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamon – or use a brusied cardamon pod or 2
  • 1 pinch black pepper or pippali
  • 1 tsp honey  

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Ayurveda, Massage, Nature, Yoga

Are you feeling SAD? It’s that time of year again…

What is SAD and how does it affect us?

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a kind of season related depression that can occur as the days begin to get shorter and we don’t have as much natural sunlight.

This can lead to…

  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or low energy and low mood

So why is this happening?

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Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga

Fabulous Fascia..

Fascia is the new buzz word in Bodywork and Yoga now, and rightly so…  And you may have heard of myofascial release (myo = muscle)

Scientists used to think  fascia was just another layer of tissue under the skin and around the organs, muscles,  they didn’t credit it with any great significance.  But now we know so much more about it, and it’s role in our physical and mental wellness.

So it appears that we have a fascial matrix which works in 3D and gives us our structural intergrity – or tensegrity (see what they did there….)

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Ayurveda, Nature, Yoga

Mindfulness Snack!

Try this short Mindfulness practice that I call “Just Listening”

Practice this whenever you feel the need for some mental space,  5 minutes away from the desk, or to enjoy some peace and quiet away from the chattering “monkey mind”

It is simplicity itself and can be done anywhere.  This is me enjoying glorious winter sun today in our lovely Wooler Woodland Park.  I like to practice outside as the sounds of nature are so soothing and,  well…..  natural!

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Ayurveda, Yoga

So what are we doing when we get on our Yoga mat??

I love Olga’s approach to Yoga – to me it makes so much sense. As I get older I have found great value in slowing down, breathing deeply, moving mindfully,  and listening to the messages my body and mind tell me.

Here are some suggestions about what to include in your yoga checklist to get the most out of any yoga practice…

Written by Olga Kabel – Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist

ShowUp1. Show up:

first physically – literally getting yourself down on your mat, and then mentally, bringing your attention to this moment, to this body.

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