One of the most enjoyable ways to stay warm and cosy this winter is Ayurvedic Massage. Besides being touched and pampered, it is excellent for improving circulation and deepening breathing which in turn help to rid the body of toxins, thus enhancing agni, the internal fire. The use of warm oils will make you feel deeply nurtured and relaxed.
Another way to keep warm is with freshly cooked vegetarian meals, prepared with warming spices such as ginger and black pepper. If you live in Hout Bay or Llandudno, Please click here for more details on our take-home meals.
Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre will be hosting the Art of Living from 5-10 July. This is a beautiful course which most of our Nalanda team has experienced. It runs over five consecutive evenings and the full day on Sunday.
"Throughout our lives we learn many skills - reading, writing,
science, music and art but very few of us have actually learnt the
true Art of Living. We are rarely taught how to handle our negative
emotions - anger, depression, stress. Yet, the quality of our life
depends upon the quality of our mind.
The course uses the ancient wisdom of Yoga, Yogic breathing and Ayurveda as tools for modern stresses and imbalances. Please contact Jeremy on 788 6212 for more details.
We have a
number of products available
to support you in moving towards a healthier lifestyle:
Baby on the way! Our first Nalanda baby is due soon as Xolisile is pregnant. We would be grateful for any baby clothes or other baby items that you would like to donate to her.
We are looking forward to welcoming you for one of our Ayurvedic Massages at special Winter prices:
Please be aware: For your benefit, after your initial consultation, we may suggest a different treatment from the one originally booked, according to your individual constitution and/or imbalances. Please also feel free to discuss with us any combination of the following treatments.
a highly rejuvenating treatment using
fresh lemon and coconut on the whole body. Enjoy this luxurious
massage given simultaneously by two people. Your skin will feel soft
and smooth. When done on a regular basis, the treatments help to
improve circulation, reduce cellulite, scars, excess weight and to
reshape your body. You will also improve your general wellness and
enjoy a beauty treatment for the skin. It can be a beginning of a
follow up program to support you in recreating a healthy body and
Ayurvedic head massage:
Massaging the head has a direct effect on the entire body as well as
the mind, inducing calmness The head is such an important area of
the body because all the sense organs are located there. Thus
massage of the head provides nourishment to all the senses and
promotes their normal and natural functioning. It is particularly
effective, when received on a regular basis, to prevent premature
greying and balding. Bring a scarf or hat to protect your head from
the cold on the way home.
This treatment is the ultimate pampering experience. Due to the
stressors of our modern sedentary lifestyle, most of us are much
busier in our minds than in the rest of our bodies. This is often
reflected in the face as these negative thoughts and emotions cause
the muscles to contract, thus causing a constriction of the natural
flow of energy. Our facial treat, using only natural and edible
ingredients, not only helps to reverse many adverse effects that
have already occurred to your skin but also leaves you feeling
relaxed, stress free, and at peace with the world.
Ayurvedic hand massage: This treatment is surprisingly
powerful for inducing a state of deep relaxation throughout the body
as our hands
hold reflex points and subtle energy channels which connect up to
every other part of the body. Enjoy this soothing massage given
simultaneously by two people. Like the face, our hands need extra
care as they are constantly exposed to the environment and also
constantly in use. Regular massage of the hands keeps all these
small joints flexible and strong, prevents drying and aging.
Massage of the feet creates well-being in the whole
body. It promotes good sleep, is extremely calming, reduces
headaches, helps with cold or hot itchy feet and provides care for
your feet and toenails. Healthy
feet are literally the foundation of physical grace and strength.
Regular foot massage is important as it gives sturdiness to the
limbs, thus reducing the chances of problems developing which can
affect our mobility. The soles of the feet are very closely
connected with the eyes and ears, therefore this massage promotes
good functioning of these sense organs.
Ayurvedic full body oil massage: It
is a whole body massage with warm sesame oil given simultaneously by
two people. This massage promotes physical and emotional wellness.
It can be purely a relaxation method as well as supporting
deep healing by naturally harmonising mind, body and soul. It is
detoxifying, nourishing and revitalising for the body.
"I'm feeling anxious,
light-headed, strung out and restless, what do you think could be
causing this turmoil in my life?"
Certain foods promote a peaceful, loving, joyful
and clear state of mind. These are called
foods. They are light and easy to digest. They provide us with
energy without taxing our bodies.
foods are hot, spicy, bitter,sour and salty. Once your hand goes
into the bag, you cannot stop eating them, such as salty crackers
and potato chips. Onions, garlic, caffeine, food eaten 'on the run',
foods fried in oil or overcooked are also rajasic. These foods
increase the speed and excitement of the human organism.
Tamasic food is heavy, dull, depressing and induces pessimism.
Examples are meat, hard cheeses, alcohol, eggs and mushrooms while any food eaten in excess quantities becomes tamasic. Such foods consume a large amount of energy while being digested.
Old and stale, microwaved, reheated ,
canned and frozen foods are heavy and create ama, undigested
material which clogs up the circulatory channels of the body.
Saints and seers can easily survive on sattvic foods alone. Those of us who are more involved in worldly life and its fast pace need to balance our intake of sattvic and rajasic foods, while avoiding tamasic foods as much as possible.
On Saturday 28th May, our team of budding recently trained massage enthusiasts (see May newsletter), as well as the more experienced, Margit and Xolisile, took part in the first event of its kind - a Woman's Fair commemorating International Day of Action for Women's Health organised by GAP, Gender Advocacy Programme. The aim of the fair was to raise awareness about women's health and issues affecting them, to expose marginilised women to a full range of health options and to promote healthy and holistic lifestyles for women.
Our team of 10 set up a semi-circle of chairs outside one of the busiest shops, where we created a haven of peace and calm inside the very busy shopping mall.
The response from shoppers was extremely enthusiastic. There was at all times a queue of people waiting to sit for a vigourous 10 min shoulder and back massage or 'grasshopper' as we call it. Those who were really serious about relaxing bought a voucher from GAP and received a head massage inside the booth which was more private. Although what we were doing was certainly unexpected or even new for many people.
Seeing the deep peace and relaxation on people's faces as they were being massaged and the transformation after even a short massage was truly inspiring. Small children stood so patiently next to their moms or dads while they received their massage, this was too sweet to witness. It was also a powerful team building experience for our team for us. The need for touch is such a natural urge for all of us, that most people immediately wanted to try it.
Our team doing the 'grasshopper' on shoppers Our team outside the Nalanda booth
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The sacred "mother grain" of the Incas is actually a herb. When Pizarro tried to conquer Peru, cultivation of quinoa was forbidden and Peruvians were pushed towards a meat-based diet. However, the herb, like the hardy Incas could not be suppressed and sprouted up again as soon as the Spanish had withdrawn.
Quinoa is quick and easy to cook and contains all the essential amino acids that the body needs. Most importantly, it is delicious. It can be substituted for white rice or bulgar. It contains more calcium than milk.
for a healthy body, mind & planet
Saturday 30 July 2005, from 10 am to 4 pm
to create tasty and well-balanced meals which are quick and easy to
About the workshop:
o practical and hands-on
o introduces basic concepts of Ayurvedic cooking
o warm & friendly environment
o meet like-minded people
o enjoy sharing the meal together
o receive recipes and notes to keep you inspired
your own apron, peeler, a sharp knife and container for leftovers.
Wear comfortable and warm clothing
Thank you for reading our newsletter. We are always looking forward to hearing from you.
With love and greetings,
Margit, Samantha, Sakhumzi, Xolisile and Zinhle
Welcome to Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre