"I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art." Madonna
· Eating for balance
Imagine yourself walking into a restaurant: the chef asks you, "And what is bothering you physically or emotionally today Sir/Madam?"
According to what you answer, s/he prepares your meal with just what is needed to balance you, and you leave feeling relieved of your condition, to some degree.
At this time of the year in hot South Africa, most of us need to use as many cooling foods as possible in our diet. These can help to counteract anger, frustration, irritation, hayfever, allergies, ulcers, headaches, diarrhea or any kind of redness or burning sensation created by too much heat.
Bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes will help to keep you cool.
Eliminate or reduce your intake of alcohol, heavy meats, and fried, oily, salty, spicy, and sour foods.
Instead of salt, garlic or onions, use fennel seeds, coriander, fenugreek, tamarind and fresh lime juice for seasoning.
Other cooling foods:
For more tips on 'Caring for yourself in the summertime', click here for a previous newsletter.
· Honour your Mother and Father
Our health as human beings is intrinsically connected to the health of our planet, to Mother Earth and Father Sun. Have you made a new year's commitment to reduce negative impact on Mother Earth? Ever wondered how much "nature" your lifestyle requires? You can take an Ecological Footprint Quiz to estimate your impact and find out how to reduce it. After answering 15 easy questions you'll be able to compare your Ecological Footprint to what other people use and to what is available on this planet. Go to www.myfootprint.org
One of the things we at Nalanda have done this month is to replace harmful cleaning products in our centre with people, animal and earth-friendly products. Let's all take one step at a time towards a healthier, happier planet and people. Share your progress with friends and family and remind each other, whenever you meet.
· Recipe: Walnut stuffed gem squash
All ingredients are cooling except for the walnuts which are heating, as are all nuts. But they are just so yummy, and turn something as ordinary as gem squash into a feast for a king!
· Ayurveda Massage Retreats - come home to your Self
Spend quality time with the most important person in your life.
A retreat is an opportunity to regain that balance and remember how good it feels and how necessary it is for your health and wellbeing. Taking time out of your usual routine and environment, while receiving nurturing touch, gives you the chance to experience deep rest and healing, to gain a new perspective.
On retreat, you consciously remove yourself from your everyday life - people, activities, noise, superfluous talking & work-related activities - in order to give time and space to the non-physical, non-material neglected aspects of your life. This physical withdrawal helps you to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, and thus more able to release old patterns of thinking which no longer serve you.
By the end of the retreat you can expect to feel more alive in your body, have a quieter and clearer mind, and an increased sense of emotional balance. You will leave renewed, refreshed and revitalised.
Where can I retreat?
Enjoy our tranquil garden with natural saltwater pool, plenty of sun and shade. Attached to our centre, we are blessed to have a beautiful riverside area, through which you can walk comfortably and relax. Be uplifted with magnificent views of the mountains and greenery surrounding Hout Bay. You will be in close proximity to several beautiful beaches and mountain walks.
When can I retreat?
A retreat is particularly beneficial during periods of transition, whether it is a change of season, a change in your personal life eg. marriage, divorce, a change in your professional life or a transition into a new phase of your life.
Self-retreats are a time to get in touch with yourself and your life, to nourish and heal your body and mind, to rest, read, reflect and go for long walks on the beach or at the river.
What to eat on retreat?
What about group retreats?
offer Ayurveda Wellness Days.
These are One Day silent Retreats which happen on set days at the
very affordable price of R450 per person. Join us on 8th
and/or 25th Feb and watch our website for more
information and future dates.
Testimonials from previous Wellness Days:
Our wish for you:
May you fall in love with yourself again and again every morning as you wake up.
With love from
The team at Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre
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