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Make every day a holiday, and
every holiday a holy day!
It's often the simple things that give us the
sweetest, most profound pleasures: being
in silence or uplifting company, pottering around at home, being in
a pleasant and natural environment, stretching your body, singing,
eating wholesome food or just breathing, slowly and deeply. Spending
some time every day to focus on your Self makes your day a holy day.
be a disruptive time with travel, last minute shopping and
entertaining. Repercussions such as
weight gain, loss of energy and lowered immunity can persist for
months afterwards. Minimise the disturbance with these healthy
A meal cooked
and served in a joyous atmosphere
with positive attention,
and eaten in the pleasant company of friends and
quickly to ojas.
This is the substance that sustains life and promotes
good health, radiance and bliss.
Giving thanks before and
after eating also add to your bodies' ability to assimilate
Make sure to enjoy a
variety of flavours,
tastes and textures in your
meals, you will have fewer cravings.
Drink lots of water through the
day, but limit beverage intake with meals.
Enhance your drinking
water with herbs and spices for added benefit.
own blends or buy our ready made heating or cooling teas.
Organize festive gatherings at
lunch whenever you can, because the digestive fire can
handle heavier foods better if they are eaten around noon
rather than late in the evening.
Cook with spices,
masalas and churnas --they enhance
both flavor and digestion.
We have beautiful gift packs with
them for a Christmas present that's really good for you.
See below for more.
Don't skip breakfast--a warm,
nourishing stewed apple or pear is a wonderful way to start
a hectic day. Add a tahina
sauce and some cooked prunes, figs or raisins for extra
No matter how hectic your
schedule, take 5-10 minutes to sit quietly after a meal.
It's a good way to kick-start your digestion.
eating out too often, and when you do, choose light meals
which are easier to digest.
For us, it is time for a new
beginning. We will be moving at the end of January 2006 from our
current premises. We will offer a full day
Ayurveda Wellness Retreat worth R1080 as a gift to the person
who leads us to our future location. We are looking for a
space where we can continue to support you in your health and
Do you know a property with a
moderate rent for our new Centre in or near Cape Town with a
lush garden in a tranquil environment? We need a minimum of 5
rooms and we would love to have extra accommodation on the
Masalas add spice to your life
Recipe: Masala mung dal
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Fire is one of the five elements
which make up this universe, according to most traditional health
systems, including Ayurveda. When fire element
is strong and well balanced in an individual, there will be personal
warmth and beauty and a loving personality. Physical and mental
digestion will be good and
the person is able to move forward with determination
and sustain activity over a long period of time without strain. When
fire is in excess this may manifest in passion
When the fire element is weak, a
person will be emotionally cold and indifferent, with a rather dark
and uninspired mental outlook. You can help to balance your own
inner fire by acknowledging and giving thanks to the outer fire, the
sun every morning. Celebrate this year's summer solstice on 21
December by watching the sunrise (5.31 am in Hout Bay).
Here is a
beautiful verse with which to greet the sun :
I recognize the sun within me; it is the cause, the dweller
of my life. On that basis it functions. This energy flows through
Its sustenance is
sparkling into every cell of my body, vital energy spreading
throughout, new rays incessantly beaming into me.
This is my source
of nourishment; it creates new life in me.
brightness and vitality in me.
It enlightens me,
fills me with knowledge, dissolves darkness. I invoke the sun,
source of my life, and I place you, sun, in my body ... so that it
may function fully ... to the last cell.
om namo prkashaya
which is part of Ayurveda, is a body of ancient knowledge which
makes use of purifying fires to
heal the atmosphere by removing toxic conditions and replenishing
nutrients via the ash. When we are appreciated and
acknowledged, we tend to give more generously, Nature is the same. Similarly,
according to Homa therapy: when we contribute to healing the
atmosphere, this healed atmosphere heals us.
The most basic Homa is called Agnihotra and is
tuned to the biorhythm of sunrise/sunset. The
process involves preparing a small fire of dried cow dung in a
copper pyramid of fixed size and putting some grains of rice and
ghee (clarified butter) into the fire exactly at sunrise and sunset
accompanied by the chant of two simple mantras. You can practice
Agnihotra in your apartment, garden or office. It takes only a few
minutes of your time daily. Please contact us for more details.
Agni: your digestive
fire Agni in Sanskrit
means fire. In Ayurveda, Agni is the digestive and metabolic "fire"
that grabs the essence of nourishment from food, feelings, and
thoughts and transforms it into a form your body can use. Agni helps
various tissues of the body produce secretions, metabolic reactions,
and other processes needed to create energy and maintain and repair
the body. Agni is also part of the immune system since its heat
destroys harmful organisms and toxins. The activity of agni varies
throughout the day and maintaining the strength and natural ebb and
flow of your digestive fires is needed for good digestion, good
immune function, and resistance to disease. Agni is enhanced by all
of the above suggestions.
You can support agni by eating in accordance with
the seasons. Bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes will help to keep
you cool this summer, so eat more foods like apples, grapes,
zucchini, lettuce, cucumbers, coriander and fresh organic dairy.
Eliminate or reduce your intake of alcohol, heavy meats, and fried,
oily, salty, spicy, and sour foods. Instead of salt, use fennel
seeds, coriander, fenugreek, and fresh lime juice for seasoning.
spice to your life!
What is a masala?
A masala is a combination of
spices which have been
ground and mixed together.
Often the spices are dry roasted before being ground. Heating, by
roasting or sautéing the whole spice, unlocks its true flavour and
renews the energy and memory of the seed.
Why use masalas? Spices
add variety, interest and excitement to your life. Most
spices enhance digestion and metabolism. They
also help remove accumulated toxins and prevent gas and bloating, so
they are valuable additions to your daily diet.
Turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, mint, asafetida (hing), black
pepper, dried powdered ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg and
cayenne all have this beneficial effect.
Including all six tastes at
every main meal is a basic tenet of ayurvedic dietary wisdom, and
spices are a convenient, flavorful way of accomplishing this.
Spices are like herbs: they work gently and gradually, with the
benefits adding up over time and no dangerous side effects.
Ayurvedic physicians recommend taking them as nature intended,
rather than in the form of a pill or capsule.
Masalas have rejuvenative properties.
How to use masalas? There
are a number of possibilities:
You can heat the masala at the beginning of your cooking in some
kind of oil or ghee. Then add your other ingredients. Ghee or
clarified butter helps transport the therapeutic value of spices to
the different parts of the body, so Ayurveda generally recommends
including a ghee-spice mixture in at least one meal of the day.
Or you can add the masala in during the cooking process, as in the
Or you can sprinkle it into your dish towards the end of the
Masalas can be used with any
cooked food except desserts.
What is a churna? Churnas
are made from fresh herbs that have been dried and ground to very
fine powders so as to make them easily assimilable. A wide variety
of medicinal and culinary herbs can be made into churnas, and they
may be used singly or in combinations. Churnas can be considered as
highly specialized curry powders, blended so as to impart particular
medicinal properties to the food.
How to use churnas?
It can be sprinkled over food that is already cooked to add your
taste experience while at the same time improving your health.
Try our cumin & black pepper rasam,
mild garam masala, mint masala, moghul
masala, madras curry masala masalas and
Bengali vegetable rub. We also have Vata, Pitta and Kapha balancing
churnas in our shop. We can make up beautiful
gift packs with masalas, teas, soaps, incense, date balls. Give us a
ring so we can prepare one especially for you or your loved one.
Recipe: Masala mung dal
1 cup split mung dal
Simmer until soft in
2 cups water
2 t your
favourite Nalanda masala
2 t jaggery or raw sugar
4 T desiccated coconut
Simmer together for a minute and
remove from heat. In a separate small pan, heat
1 T ghee or oil
1 t mustard seeds
When they start to pop, add
1 t cumin seeds
Pinch of asafoetida
A handful of dried curry leaves or 12
fresh curry leaves
Stir once and pour over the lentils.
Mix well and serve sprinkled with
Serve as an accompaniment to boiled rice and a
Retreat into timelessness -
Retreat 1/2 day Special for
2, only R810:
deeply relaxing foot massage
herbal teas, fruit snack
full body oil massage
head, neck and
Valid for January 2006.
Extra charge on Sat, Sun & Public hols. Gift vouchers available
For it is Life
The very Life of Life
In its brief course lie all
The realities and truths of existence
The joy of growth
The splendour of action
The glory of power.
For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today well lived
Makes every yesterday a memory of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope
Look well therefore to this day
Our wish for all of you is a healthy
and happy holiday season. We would like to thank you for your
support and encouragement during this past year and are looking
forward to welcoming you in 2006.
The Nalanda team
Welcome to Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre