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did you treat yourself to a massage?
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convenient? How can I fit it into my busy life?
Savoury Chickpea pancakes
New pricing for Ayurveda Wellness Retreats with amazing discounts
Specials - Mother's Day
- Winter warm up
- Discounted vouchers
When last did you treat yourself to a
Do you regard massage as a luxury?
By inducing a sense of wellbeing and peace, massage strengthens
the immune system, helping to prevent imbalances and
Can you afford to
treat yourself to massage?
We are offering
residential retreats which include massage, yoga, meals,
plenty of time to just be, without having to plan, being in
Nature and giving you a chance to remember your nature
which is Happiness and Friendliness.
For one or two couples at the
same time, our Wellness packages offer substantial
savings on the price per person.
Please see pricelist below.
and convenient? How can I fit it into my busy life?
hearing Ayurvedic recommendations on
diet & lifestyle, many people ask: "But how can I practically
manage to do these things, I just don't have the time?" We
suggest starting with small, simple changes which enhance your
life and make you feel good. Once you have personally
experienced the benefits, you will naturally want to continue.
The following take no extra time or require a
minimal amount of time:
Purchase a tongue scraper from us, a health shop or pharmacy and
spend about 20 seconds every morning scraping your tongue. The
coating which you see on your tongue is a clearly visible sign
of toxins in the body, known as 'ama'
in Ayurveda. Scraping the tongue
helps the digestive system to eliminate ama.
♥Sesame oil mouthwash:
After scraping your tongue, take a tablespoon of sesame oil in
your mouth, keep it there while you are getting dressed, making
breakfast etc. 10 minutes is enough. You can spend some of this
time being conscious of your mouth and jaw, doing
tension-releasing stretches in this area. Then spit it out in
the garden. This gives you a great excuse not to talk to
anyone after you've just got up, also because sesame oil is
anti-bacterial, it cleans your mouth thoroughly, every nook and
cranny. It helps prevent sore throats and guards the body from
any infection entering through the mouth, reduces cavities,
counteracts bad breath. And it takes no time at all.
♥Hot water therapy:
Instead of spending time making and drinking tea or coffee, boil
a litre or two of water in the
morning, pour it into a thermos, and sip
it throughout the day. For variety infuse any fresh, organic
herbs or small quantities of spices. The hot water helps to
cleanse the body of ama.
one day a week fasting or
enjoying only fruit and juices and if possible, be in
silence. You will be amazed how much extra time you have when
you don't have to prepare and eat food, and your digestive
system gets a chance to reset itself to your natural appetite
and rhythm. If others depend on you to feed them, make sure you
empower them to take over on your fasting day or get them to
join you. You can enjoy doing different things together on this
day such as going for a walk in Nature, giving each other
massage, reading teachings of sages and saints.
Breathing is something you have to do anyway and happens to be
the most effective and natural way to detox,
so why not take a few breaths consciously every now and then
throughout your day? You will save time through being more
focused, making fewer mistakes, being less prone to emotional
outbursts to name just a few advantages.
Savoury Channa Chickpea
There is nothing
simpler than these to make, and you will wish you had made more!
1½ cups channa (chickpea) flour
Mix to a thin batter, adding water gradually, then add
1 tomato, peeled and finely chopped
1 green chilli, seeded and finely
½ onion, finely chopped (optional)
½ t turmeric
a pinch asafoetida/hing
½ t salt
1 t sugar
1 T toasted sesame seeds
1 bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Mix all ingredients well, add more water if necessary,
to make a pouring consistency. Heat a pan, add
½ - 1 t ghee
Pour in enough batter to cover the surface of the pan,
cook until lightly browned, repeat on other side. Repeat
with the rest of the mixture.
Serve warm with a chutney, feta cheese and sliced avocado
The humble chickpea is so versatile, it
can be used for everything from pancakes to pizzas, from
removing cellulite to cleaning your cheeks.
chickpeas need to be soaked for at least 8 hours and then boiled
until they can be easily squashed between two
fingers, to ensure that they can be digested. As they are the
most drying of all the legumes, they are excellent for balancing
excess earth/water or Kapha, which
predominates in the Cape winter. As they are also cooling in
effect, they need the help of garlic or mustard seeds to warm
flour (also called chana, gram flour
or besan) is a
protein-rich flour made from dried chick-peas or
This flour is used commonly throughout
India, and in parts of the Mediterranean as well, in
pancakes, pizzas, dumplings, soups and stews. It is a great
substitute for wheat flour.
A handful of sprouted chana
(chickpeas) can be eaten each day as a general tonic. This has
been used as a protein supplement by Hindu wrestlers who could
not afford almonds.
Traditional ayurvedic cleansers are
made fresh with natural ingredients such as ground oats, lentils
or chickpeas, complexion enhancing or clarifying herbs such as
turmeric and sandalwood,
emollients such as milk, cream yogurt or honey, and floral or
citrus waters for pure healing fragrance. You can make your own
by mixing the dry ingredients to last a week or two and blending
the mix with milk or cream right before use.
Come to Nalanda for a dry massage with
chickpea flour called udvartana which
is useful for regulating the lymphatic system, clearing
fluid accumulation and cellulite from the skin. If
you do this at home, be aware that th is
flour can congeal to a thick paste when mixed with water,
so be careful that you do not block your plumbing by doing this.
New pricing for Ayurveda Wellness Retreats with amazing discounts
Length of Retreat, all include 2½ hours treatment time
Two half days, incl one night accom and three meals, Mon
Three half days from 15h00 on Fri to 14h00 on Sun, incl
2 nights accom and two vegetarian meals per day
Five half days from 10h00 Mon to 13h00 Fri, incl 4
nights accom and two vegetarian meals per day
Mother's Day Special
Dynamic & invigorating grasshopper, a seated shoulder
and upper back massage
Ayurvedic full body oil massage
including foot massage
Ayurvedic facial steam and facial
using only natural ingredients
Value R450, on special for only R360
available only as a giftvoucher or
for mothers wanting to spoil themselves, payment
before end of May 2006
2. Winter wake-up package
Dynamic & invigorating grasshopper, seated shoulder and
upper back massage
Ayurvedic foot massage with bowl
abhyanga, full body oil massage in
seven positions, given by two therapists simultaneously or
Udvartana, a dry massage with chickpea flour which is useful
for regulating the lymphatic system, clearing fluid accumulation
and cellulite from the skin.
Value R585, on special for only R450 until
end of May 2006
Nurturing Ayurvedic full body oil
including foot massage with bowl worth R270 each
Value R2700, on special for R1800
be transferred to friends, family, colleagues, valid until the
end of 2006,
payment before end of June 2006
A thought to
take away with you:
Every person goes
down to their death bearing in their hands only that which they
have given away.
With love and gratitude,
The Nalanda team
Welcome to Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre