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Spring Rejuvenation Special
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
Boost your immune system with Ayurveda
smile and laugh Even
if you're faking it, your body doesn't know the difference and
starts to release all sorts of pain-killing and happiness
hormones. As if you didn't already know, true happiness is not
to be found in a new pair of shoes, a better job - or even a new
relationship. 'When I ask, "What causes you stress?", people
always cite an external situation, ' says Guatam Jain, a teacher
of Vedanta, the ancient Indian philosophy, 'But the truth is, it
is not the world around you that causes your pain or pleasure -
it is your reaction to it'
reach out & connect The sense of touch is associated with the heart chakra, the subtle energy centre of your chest. This is where the thymus gland sits, like a shield protecting our bodies from invasions. Become aware of the importance of touch. People around us need to be healed with touch: a baby needs hugging, a friend needs a gentle squeeze of the hand. Recent research studies prove that people who have a lot of human contact can live twice as long as those who are isolated.
A groundbreaking study of some 7,000 people in California, showed that those with the fewest friends, family, community, and religious institutions were three times more likely to die over the 9 years in which the study was conducted.
Further, researchers also found that those who had six or more connections with people were four times better than others at fighting off viruses that cause colds.
breathe & meditate Invest in your relationship with your Self, the only truly long-lasting one. Deep breathing and meditation increase the levels of prana, or subtle life force in your whole being. When the level of prana in our bodies is high, dis-ease has no chance to thrive.
prana rich foods & tonics Foods which are as close to their natural state as possible such as fruits, nuts, grains, pulses, sprouts are easily digestible and less likely to cause a build-up of toxins. As a result, we feel lighter, more energized and more able to resist infections and negative thought patterns.
Rasa is considered to be the sacred "juice", the vital life energy or essence that sustains our life. Rasayana or rejuvenation therapy replenishes our body's existing reserve of juice or fluids. Excessive work, intense stress, and overindulgence or stimulation of the senses creates an imbalance of heat which is thought to accelerate the consumption and depletion of our bodies' reserve of rasa. Agitation and fiery emotions also burn up rasa.
Rasayana herbal therapies improve immunity and vitality by restoring our rasa. They are especially beneficial for those who are physically weak, underweight and have weak muscles. Taking tonics as part of your daily routine is like pouring oil into an oil lamp each day rather than waiting until the oil has burnt out. Here are some simple and delicious ways of making your own tonics:
v Eat 3 or 4 figs in the morning and drink 250 ml warm milk with them. 1 tsp of honey may be added to the milk for sweetening. If the figs are dry, they can be soaked in water overnight. This is a very good tonic and also cures constipation and anaemia.
v Take 2 walnuts, 4 almonds and 7 pieces of good quality raisins. Soak overnight, and eat in the morning with 250ml warm milk. Chew well. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to the milk for sweetening if desired.
It's simple - after a massage, you feel better about yourself and your body, and these positive vibrations enhance your health and well-being as well as those around you.
Appropriate exercise for your constitution makes you feel alive and happy, helps to keep the digestive fire strong and burns away toxins and thus heaviness and stiffness of the body. It creates more flexibility, lightness, smoothness and ease of body and mind. Yoga and daily walking is good for everyone, but some require more vigorous exercise to stay in balance.
Nalanda brings Ayurveda to the office
Does this sound familiar? "In the attempt of launching a new business, I've been sitting locked in front of my PC for months now. So I'm sure you can imagine the situation: muscles all bunched up with little stones or knots blocking circulation and threatening to clamp down on the nerves; probably not without a fair share of stress toxins roaming around my body like a gang of thugs! Ugh, please help!
It's so easy to get absorbed by work that you literally get drawn closer and closer to the computer, completely forgetting about maintaining a good posture, taking good deep breaths and keeping stress at bay. A few hours of doing that every day builds up and builds up until some nasty things start happening in your body, mostly unnoticed. Ha, it's kind-of like a mozzie being attracted by a light. If it doesn't break the habit, one day that harmless, friendly looking light will turn out to be one of those electric mozzie-shockers! Tzzz - and little mozzie gets fried! "
of concentration, anxiety, insomnia, headaches are other
imbalances which often disturb
the office worker.
Massage, yoga, breathing and healthy meals can fit into your working day. Help your co-workers or employees to lead healthier, happier lives. Let us arrange a package to meet your budget and staff needs.
Testimonial from Idata Services
"Your visit, the education, meal, ambience and associated massages were greatly appreciated by all of us here at IDS AFS. It came after a very stressful period at work and certainly served to calm us all down a bit - definitely better than Valium!! I am sure that our staff would be most pleased to have you back some time soon as a follow up to the excellent start that you made."
Chief operating Officer
Recipe: Warming cinnamon & ginger fruit compote
Dried spices counteract the cold, wet weather and help to dry up congestion such as colds. The spices in this recipe are heating and help to activate the digestive fire, This compote is excellent for a warming start to the day, great with oats or mielie meal for children going off to school. Also, it can be taken last thing at night to activate digestion.
Ginger, your gastric friend
as Mothers and Goddesses, I address you. May I gain energy,
light and sustenance, you who are a conscious being.
Ginger is revered all over the world and has been for thousands of years due to its delicious pungent taste and potent medicinal properties, especially the following:
substances found in ginger help to neutralize stomach acids,
enhance the secretion of digestive juices and tone the muscles
of the digestive tract.
The few situations in which ginger is contraindicated are in cases of hyperacidity, during any form of hemorrhage (including menstruation), vertigo and chronic skin disease.
How to use ginger
The baby photo above shows Khulumanco just some hours after being born on 15 Jul 06. She is Ncebakazi's daughter and we welcome her with joy into the big Nalanda family.
Wishing you good digestion, health and happiness.
With love and gratitude,
The Nalanda team
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