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Imagine yourself lying on a soft surface in a warm room listening to the sound of the wind in the trees or soothing music. Warm sesame oil is lovingly and tenderly applied by four hands simultaneously. The waves of thought start to subside into gentle ripples and then you sink deep into the silent, still and timeless lake of the Self. You feel safe and cared for. Time extends endlessly into a realm where self-healing takes place naturally and spontaneously.
Ayurvedic Massage is particularly effective in treating conditions such as anxiety,
fear, restlessness, ungroundedness, insomnia or any other mental
imbalance as it balances vata air/ether element.
Vata tends to increase in our fast-paced, quickly changing and often
cold and hostile environment, due to the constant movement and
excessive sensory input.
One of the keys to good health is having
a body that circulates nutrients and other vital life fluids properly
and expels toxins efficiently. Appropriate exercise and massage enhance
circulation and promote cleansing.
Mentally, massage helps the mind to relax and stop wandering, especially
when one has good feelings towards the practitioner, and when the right
amount of pressure is used. Through slowing down the breath, mental
activity is also slowed.
The recipient's attention is naturally and easily drawn to the part of
the body being massaged. By transmitting positive life-giving energy to
him or herself, massage becomes a powerful tool for self-healing for the
Warm oil is used for most Ayurvedic Massages to give the maximum
benefit. Oil nourishes the skin and via the skin, the nerves are
strengthened. Oil prevents dryness, increases suppleness and prevents
many of the effects of premature aging. It softens the skin, eliminates
friction, disperses heat evenly throughout the body and leaves the skin
glowing with a healthy lustre. The small amount of oil remaining on the
skin after massage provides protection from extremes of temperature and
pressure in the environment.
Self-massage has all the above-mentioned benefits, except the soothing
touch of another, which can be incredibly healing.
Warm sesame oil can safely be applied to all parts of the body, here are
to the nasal passages to avoid
dryness and give greater resistance to disease
to the anus, to prevent itching
to the genitals, to discourage fungal infections
to the eyes, to clean and strengthen them
to the navel, to cure dryness of the body and weak digestive fire
foot massage, which is good for the entire system, is recommended for
those suffering from fatigue
head massage is especially beneficial for insomnia sufferers
For all the above benefits,
regularity is the key in obtaining the maximum benefit. We are
currently offering a number of massages at a special price of R180 per
hour, for this winter season.
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what we have in our little shop but please give us a call to make sure
that one of us is available to assist you.
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we have available.
A few words
on Jaggery or "Gur" or whole sugar is a pure, wholesome,
traditional, unrefined, whole sugar. Jaggery
is created by boiling sugar cane juice which makes it more concentrated
and thus, heavier. It contains the natural goodness of minerals
and vitamins inherently present in sugarcane juice & this makes it one
of the most wholesome and healthy sugars.
Manufacture of refined sugar from cane juice employs a potpourri of
chemicals such as sulphur dioxide, lime, phosphoric acid, bleaching
agents & viscosity reducers. Jaggery is processed the natural way
& no chemicals are added at any stage of its processing. Jaggery
is often called the 'medicinal sugar. It is also very
useful in health problems like coughs, indigestion and constipation.
Being sweet, it balances air/ether and fire doshas but increases
Ancient medical scriptures dating
back to 2500 years state how it purifies the blood, prevents
rheumatic afflictions and disorders of bile and possesses
nutritive properties of high order.
Samhita, Chapter 45, sloka 146)
& Tamarind chutney
2 t tamarind pulp, diluted in 3 T
Simmer over a low
heat together with
8 large dates, pips removed and
Large pinch chilli powder
¼ t ground cumin
¼ t ground coriander
Pinch of salt
Simmer together for 5 minutes.
Cool and serve at room temperature.
A delicious and sweet accompaniment to your dal, veggies or grain.
Tasty tamarindTamarind paste or pulp is
derived from the pod of the tamarind tree, native to India. It is sour,
cooling, cold and dry in nature. It is often used in chutneys and currys
to provide a sweet and sour effect. It has a high vitamin C content and
increases digestive fire. As a medicine, it is mildly laxative, relieves
gastritis or colic pain and heals liver complaints. Gargling with
tamarind water is recommended for a sore throat. Excessive use of
tamarind may cause spasms. Interestingly, tamarind is also an excellent
We sell tamarind in a pressed fibrous slab. To make the concentrate,
simply break off as much as you need, soak it in warm water until mushy,
and then pass it through a sieve, thus extracting the pulp and
juice. Tamarind is inexpensive and adds an interesting and exotic
flavour to your dish.
healthy body, mind & planet
Saturday 10 September 2005,
from 10 am to 4 pm
create tasty and well-balanced meals which are quick and easy to prepare
be making paneer (curd cheese) together and using this, as well as the
healthy whey as a basis for a complete meal.
About the workshop:
practical and hands-on
concepts of Ayurvedic cooking
warm & friendly environment
meet like-minded people
enjoy sharing the meal
receive recipes and notes to
keep you inspired
your own apron, peeler, a sharp knife and container for leftovers. Wear
comfortable and warm clothing
Cost: R180, including a meal and recipes to take home
Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre,
26 Marais Rd, Hout Bay. Tel. 021 790 4200
"Life is waiting for you
to open up to it - to feel worthy of the good it holds
for you. The wisdom and intelligence of the Universe is
yours to use. Life is here to support you. Trust the
Power within you to be there for you.
If you get scared, it is
helpful to become aware of your breath as it flows in
and out of your body. Your breath, the most precious
substance of your life, is freely given to you. You
accept this precious substance without even thinking,
and yet you doubt that life can supply you with the
other necessities. Now is the time for you to learn
about your own power and what you are capable of doing.
Go within and find out who you are." Louise
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from you again soon. We value all your comments and we
are always excited to get your news.
With much love, and gratitude for your support,
The team at Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre
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