morning air is rapidly
becoming crisp and fresh. Have you considered giving yourself and
your family a warm and nourishing soup for breakfast? It's not as
complicated or time-consuming as it sounds and there are many
variations on one simple recipe. The protein content from the
lentils will keep you going well into your day. See our recipe below
you are very sensitive to the cold, or become anxious or irritable
when you skip a meal, serve a steaming bowl of oats, well cooked
with dates, cinnamon, apples and raisins, to enjoy after your soup.
Our very exciting news this month
is that, Dr Nayana and Dr Sreedhar Rao, both
fully qualified Ayurvedic doctors, will be available for
consultations at our centre from 26th to the 30th March.
They will also be giving a workshop
on Tuesday evening 29th March: Ayurveda
- Common and South African herbs, their benefits and use
in self-care and treatment .
This is a rare opportunity for anyone interested in Ayurveda, in
herbs, in massage or in health generally, to gain from the wisdom
and experience of this couple for the improvement of your own health
and well-being or that of your clients. Please
see below for more details.
the subject of food, the Ayurvedic cooking course which we offered
was very successful. We are wondering whether those of you who
attended have been trying out some of the recipes. Please see below
for details of the next one.
Cultivating compassion through Sound
Xolisile's breakfast soup
Upcoming activities at our
- Ayurvedic consultations and
workshop by Dr Raos
- Practical Ayurveda evening
- Indian Beach Massage
Spiritual Laws for Parents
- Ayurvedic cooking
Cultivating compassion through Sound
the most powerful sounds on this planet are the sounds we can make
with our own voices. When the sound is made with a particular
intention, this will amplify the power and energy of the sound. "AH"
is particularly useful for generating compassion towards oneself and
sound is a sacred seed syllable-a sacred mantra in many Eastern
traditions. It is also a vowel sound-a divinely inspired sound that
is considered sacred in many different traditions including Hebrew
sound is found in most of the God and Goddess names on the planet
(Tara, Buddha, Krishna, Yah, Yeheshua, Saraswati, Wakantanka, Quan
Yin, etc.), as well as many of the sacred words (Amen, Alleluia, Aum).
As a seed syllable, the "AH" is universal and may be utilized
differently in different traditions, depending upon its purpose.
Here is an
exercise to try:
sound an "AH" with the intention of generating the energy of
compassion. Start first with yourself, then with someone you love,
then with someone you have neutral energy with and finally with
someone you have difficulty with. It is this last that provides the
greatest opportunity for spiritual growth, since it's easy to send
love to someone you love and much more challenging to give it to
someone you don't.
good cook personalizes food, projecting love and nourishment into
it, killing it and then bringing it back to life.
Robert E. Svoboda
balanced meal contains something of all six tastes ie. sweet, sour,
salty, bitter, pungent & astringent. When we eat a meal in which all
six tastes are represented, we are taking back into our bodies
something from each of the five elements which make up this
universe, and in this way restoring
Xolisile's yellow mung dal breakfast soup
as an example of how to introduce the different tastes into a one
yellow mung dal,
Rinse it and soak it overnight in plenty of water. In the
morning, drain. Bring to boil in
1½ litre water
reduces the wind producing effect of lentils by making them
easier to digest.
Simmer for about 30 min, together with
Wakame pieces or salt,
Ground black pepper,
as is, or................
you have more time, and would like, add any or several of
the following at the beginning of the cooking time:
finely chopped lemongrass
carrot, finely grated,
tomato, finely chopped,
celery, finely chopped,
onion, finely diced,
little chopped fresh ginger,
ginger contains all six tastes
pungent & bitter
towards the end of the cooking time, add:
parsley, coriander, finely chopped, spring onion, chives or
other fresh herbs
Reduce the heat so that the miso does not boil.
When eaten together with a bowl of oats which is sweet, your
breakfast is more balancing to air/ether and fire
It's all very well having the recipes, but how do we put them
together into a meal?
Let's look at the recipes we have included so far in our newsletters .
You can find them on our website if you look under newsletters or
click here. Together they
make a complete meal if served with a bowl of rice,
a roti or some other starch eg. potatoes :
lentil soup or Xolisile's
yellow mung dal breakfast soup
Stir-fried veggies in coconut milk,
chutney or Coriander
and coconut dal,
Digestive seeds to enjoy
after your meal
One important aspect of planning the menu is to ask: what is the
season and what is seasonal? For example, coriander and coconut
are cooling and therefore appropriate for warm weather, while the
red lentil soup and the apple chutney are heating. However, it is
certainly possible to balance these by increasing the amounts used
of certain of the herbs or spices to adjust this heating or cooling
buying organic foods whenever possible, we are more likely to be
eating what is actually in season rather than food that has been
stored for long periods. Dominic Davis
puts great care into
delivering fresh, beautifully presented,
fully certified, organic
veggie boxes weekly in the Cape
Town area . Contact him
on 083 645 2469.
Make sure you have a variety of colours and textures within
your meal eg. rough, soft, dry, moist, smooth foods.
All six tastes, as mentioned above, need to be represented.
Chutneys contribute to the overall sweetness, and therefore the
nurturing and satisfying effect of the meal. Dals are mostly
astringent and provide a moist quality. Grains are mostly sweet. A
small amount of yoghurt, present in the raita, ensures better
digestion while also balancing the otherwise vata aggravating
properties of raw vegetables.
Take care about indigestible combinations. Milk is a meal
on its own. Here the recipes
for Warm spicy milk and Mint chai can be used. Eat fruit separately,
except in small quantities in a raita or chutney, where cooked
spices have been combined with the fruit.
consultations and workshop by Dr Raos
A consultation costs
R 300 and will
include all or some of the following:
Ayurvedic treatment for the ailment
Diet & Lifestyle Pathya and Vihara
Ayurvedic health profile
Detox Panchakarma therapies
Yoga and meditation
Common and South African herbs, their benefits and use
in self-care and treatment
workshop will cover the ayurvedic use of South African herbs
in self-care or in your practise.
Date and time: Tuesday 29th March from 6 - 9.30 pm.
Cost: R135 and includes a light meal.
Please send the attached booking form with proof of payment or
contact us, before 24th March 2005.
Practical Ayurveda evening Would
you like to enjoy a relaxing evening beginning with Yoga,
followed by an ayurvedic meal, a discussion and a practical
experience of Ayurveda related to the theme for the evening. All
for just R90, and that includes handouts!
If this sounds
appealing to you, please join us Monday 4th April for
our next Practical Ayurveda evening from 5.45 pm until 9.30 pm.
Please bring a yoga mat or a towel, and a blanket. Dress warmly
Bookings will only be
confirmed with payment. Please see the attached booking form for our