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May 2006

When last did you treat yourself to a massage?
Is Ayurveda practical and convenient? How can I fit it into my busy life?
Savoury Chickpea pancakes
Cheeky Chickpeas
New pricing for Ayurveda Wellness Retreats with amazing discounts for couples               
Specials     - Mother's Day
                     - Winter warm up
                     - Discounted vouchers

Foot massage with bowl at Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre, Hout Bay

When last did you treat yourself to a massage?
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 dis-ease.

Can you afford to not 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

Is Ayurveda practical and convenient? How can I fit it into my busy life?
After 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:
Tongue scraping: 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.
Fasting: Spend 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.
Breathe: 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 pancakes

There is nothing simpler than these to make, and you will wish you had made more! 

1 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 chopped


onion, finely chopped (optional)


t turmeric


a pinch asafoetida/hing


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

- 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

Cheeky Chickpeas: The humble chickpea is so versatile, it can be used for everything from pancakes to pizzas, from removing cellulite to cleaning your cheeks.

Whole 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 them.

Chick-pea flour (also called chana, gram flour or besan) is a protein-rich flour made from dried chick-peas or chana dal. 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 disc
ounts for couples
Length of Retreat, all include 2 hours treatment time per day

For individual



For one couple

For two couples

Two half days, incl one night accom and three meals, Mon - Fri


R2700 (R1350 pp)

R4500 (R1125 pp)

Three half days from 15h00 on Fri to 14h00 on Sun, incl 2 nights accom and two vegetarian meals per day


R4950 (R2475 pp)

R8100 (R2025 pp)

Five half days from 10h00 Mon to 13h00 Fri, incl 4 nights accom and two vegetarian meals per day


R8580 (R4290 pp)

R14 400 (R3600 pp)

1. Mother's Day Special

Dynamic & invigorating grasshopper, a seated shoulder and upper back massage
Nurturing Ayurvedic full body oil massage including foot massage with bowl
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
Deeply relaxing Ayurvedic foot massage with bowl
Pampering Kerala 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

3. Discounted vouchers 

Nurturing Ayurvedic full body oil massage including foot massage with bowl worth R270 each

Value R2700, on special for R1800
Can 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.
                                                                                                                                           - Persian Proverb

With love and gratitude,

The Nalanda team 



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