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August 2006

Spring is in the air! New beginnings, so if taking care of yourself has not been a priority in the past, now is a good time to start. Self-care starts with intention. As obvious as it sounds, the first step in self-care is caring about yourself, a unique and precious individual with a special contribution to make to this world.

The lucky winner of the Nalanda "pick me up" competition is ...

Claire Descroizilles!

Congratulations Claire, we are looking very much forward to treating you to your gift!

Recipe: Lemon Rice
Spice: Cinnamon
Yoga Teachers Events 

 "Ayurveda's strong point is the education of the client into a life of ongoing self-care. More than a health care system, Ayurveda is a lifestyle. Halpern asserts that "the best at-home care is to create a lifestyle that is in harmony with your environment through the principles and practices of Ayurveda," such as daily oil massage, meditation, yoga, and healthy eating habits. He stresses the value of simply resting 15 minutes after eating. Remember, Ayurveda sees indigestion as the beginning of disease. "

Pamela Miles, healer and writer for Yoga Journal

The role of an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner is to empower and educate his/her clients to be able to take better care of themselves:

Recognise your own signs of stress such as changes in breathing patterns, digestive or skin problems, irritability. Listen to your body.
Develop healthy routines to anchor you through the stressful times and to help prevent imbalances from occurring. Treat your body as a temple, take time to breathe deeply and cleanse your mind on a daily basis.
Learn and practise relaxation which is a focused, intentional period of withdrawing from daily activity and external stimuli to tune in to your Self. Become more self-aware.
Sometimes we feel guilty when we do something for ourselves. On the contrary, we can feel very good as we are freeing those around us from needing to take care of us.
Every time you take care of yourself, you heal and recover from the times in your life when you did not receive the care you needed. You build a sense of trust in yourself, and the world becomes a friendlier, safer place for you.

Following certain Ayurvedic principles of conduct helps to keep our minds healthy and strong:

Practice Non-Violence
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember" Khalil Gibran

Ayurveda considers killing or doing bodily harm for pleasure or out of habit, is a crime, which is believed to cause suffering to the killer as well as the victim. It may also, create harmful traits in an individual. Only if necessary to save somebody's life that Ayurveda recommends meat or animal body-parts as medicine. By avoiding violence, you save your own mind as well as the other person's.
Avoid Stealing
Stealing induces fear and anxiety in the person conducting the act. When it becomes a habit, the person may have to live in constant fear, which may not be good for the person's mental and physical health. Also, it harms other people, which ayurveda strongly advises against.
Abstain from Telling Lies
Telling lies induces fear, which creates negative vibrations in a person's mind and consequently, their physical health is affected. Though Ayurveda does not strictly advise against telling a lie as it may be done for a good cause, the circumstances under which a person may have to tell a lie should always be avoided.
Avoid Consuming Addictive Substances
Addictive substances such as alcohol, nicotine, sugar are considered as Tamasic or lethargy inducing both for body and mind. Ayurveda advises against the consumption of these because of its adverse effect on the normal functioning of the body and the mind.


Massage is a gentle way for you to ease out of winter hibernation, release some of the old 'stuff' you no longer need and get in touch with your body again under all those layers of clothing.

A personal experience of Ayurveda:

. the aftermath lasted much longer than anticipated. The shifts in my well-being are both subtle and very real. I'm distinctly more present, more patient with my kids and myself, more appreciative and respectful of both friends and adversaries, more satisfied with life. Blood sugar is stable, digestion strong, and sleep refreshing. When stress is unavoidable, I have deeper resilience and simple, effective tools."

Pamela Miles, healer and writer for Yoga Journal


Spring Rejuvenation Special 


  • Welcome herbal tea
  • Consultation with short breathing/relaxation session
  • Self-care for the hands
  • Deeply relaxing Ayurvedic foot massage with bowl
  • Healthy snack
  • Ayurvedic full body massage with warm oil
  • Ayurvedic hand pampering with cleansing, nourishing and massage of the hands

Value: R630, on special at R540 for one person or R900 for two, valid until end of October 2006, duration about 3 and a half hours                      

Discounted vouchers

The benefits of your Ayurvedic Massage are greatly enhanced when received several times within a space of a few weeks. Make this commitment and invest in the most important relationship in your life - the one with your Self!

Spoil yourself and your loved ones 10 Nurturing Ayurvedic full body oil massages including foot massage with bowl worth R270 each
Value R2700, on special for R2100 Can be transferred to friends, family, colleagues, valid until the end of 2006, payment before 30th Sep 2006 

Spoil yourself 3 Nurturing Ayurvedic full body oil massages including foot massage with bowl worth R270 each
Value R810, on special for R540, includes one consultation before your first massage, valid until 31st Oct August 2006, not transferable, payment before 3oth Sep 2006 

Recipe: Lemon Rice                                                                                                                                                                                                      

2 cups basmati rice, washed and soaked for 15 min, if possible

Drain, and set aside

1 T ghee  

Heat, and toss in

t cumin seeds


1 t black mustard seeds


5 curry leaves, optional


1 cinnamon stick, about 5 cm

When the cumin changes colour, add

1 small green chilli, chopped or

t cayenne                         



and the drained rice, stir-fry together for 2-3 min. When grains become translucent, pour in

3 cups water

Together with

2 t salt                                        

And if you want the rice to be yellow,

t turmeric, optional

Bring to boil for 1 min. Cover pot and turn heat down. Cook without stirring for 18 min or until all water is absorbed. Open and remove cinnamon, sprinkle with

125 ml lemon juice

And drop in

2 T butter

Continue to cook for 2-3 min, then fluff it up with a fork and garnish each serving with

1 lemon, cut into wedges


a few sprigs parsley



Spice: Cinnamon

Cinnamon bark is often used in ayurvedic herbal preparations to enhance the bio-availability of other herbs. It is warming and contains the sweet, pungent and bitter tastes. These properties make it good for pacifying Kapha Water/Earth and Vata Air/Ether. At this time of year in Cape Town, Vata is predominating in the environment as we move from winter to spring. Lots of wind, cold and changes! Remember cinnamon for infusions and in your cooking if you're feeling out of balance. Individuals trying to balance Pitta Fire can also consume cinnamon, but in smaller quantities.

In Ayurveda, cinnamon is used to balance the digestion and to pacify stomach disorders. Combined with other warming herbs and spices like ginger and black pepper, it can be boiled into a herbal tea to soothe discomfort associated with colds. Its oil is used to pacify headaches and keep joints healthy.

Yoga Teachers Training & Pregancy Yoga teaching

Ananda Kutir Yoga Ashram in Rondebosch East runs a two year Yoga Teachers Training Course as well as an Integral Yoga Course. For 2007/2008, the course begins 3rd Feb 2007.

Ananda Sanga in Somerset West offers a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training including Post-Natal and Baby Yoga.

Call or e-mail us to find out more.

For more inspiration and news on Ayurveda happenings in South Africa, see

We wish you all a smooth an enjoyable transition into the next season and the willingness to take extra special care of yourself during this time.

With love, the team

Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre

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