Contents of Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre Newsletter 6 - July 2004
A warm welcome to all of you. We carry many of you who have touched our lives, in our hearts. We love to hear your news as we often wonder how you your journeys are continuing.
We had our longest retreat yet of three and a half weeks - Erik came from Pretoria, full of trust and courage, to stay with us. His stay was truly rewarding for all of us involved. See an extract from the poem he wrote for us at the end of the newsletter.
Our vegetarian, ayurvedic take-home meals have been tried, tested and enjoyed on a small scale, and we are in the process of putting together our advertising for this new venture. If you live in the Hout Bay area, you will be able to order these from the beginning of September.
We still have space to welcome you into our upcoming Rejuvenating Ayurvedic Retreat in Pringle Bay: 9 - 13 July and have set a date for the following one: 15 - 19 September (see below for a link to our website and more details)
Did you know: your first Yoga class with us is free, so that you can experience our style before committing to it?
Touch - The Benefits of Massage
Having recently attended the massage workshop here at the centre as a participant, I was reminded of how precious massage is and especially ayurvedic massage. Ayurveda teaches us that over-use, mis-use or under-use of our senses is often the cause of dis-ease. Using the sense of touch as an example, we can experience how dry, rough or synthetic textures make us feel uncomfortable. Think of those who used to punish themselves by wearing hairshirts! This kind of touch may aggravate Vata (ether/air element) as the attributes of Vata are dryness and roughness. In Ayurveda, we balance excess of a particular element with its opposite qualities.
Also, not being touched enough in a safe way can cause us to 'dry up' and become withdrawn from life. If touch is limited to sexual intimacy or to contact between parents and children, we are missing out on a whole range of other types of 'dances' which could literally save our lives, not to mention make us feel so much richer and more nurtured.
Ayurvedic oil massage is exactly the healing we need to balance when our lives are lacking in physical touch, which often accompanies disconnection from our feelings and blocked energy in the heart area. The heart is where we are 'touched' by emotions. By allowing ourselves to give and/or receive touch or massage, we re-enter our bodies, we live in them again and therefore, mysteriously, we also re-enter our lives with a renewed sense of being fully present in the world around us. For me, this feeling lasted well into the days following the workshop.
Ayurvedic massage aims to balance the subtle energy channels of the body rather than exerting strong pressure on the muscles.
Different types of touch and oils benefit and balance the different doshas, however, if in doubt, use sesame oil, it will still be of much more benefit than no massage at all:
Pitta fire types benefit from moderate pressure and speed with minimal stimulation. Coconut, ghee and sunflower oils are cooling and therefore balance Pitta.
Vata air/ether types or anyone needing calming, will prefer a light but firm and reassuring touch using slow, rhythmical movements. Too much pressure may aggravate the air element, causing the person to become ungrounded. Sesame or almond oils are heavy and heating, therefore best for Vata.
Kapha water/earth types benefit from deeper and more vigorous massage than the other types, as their bodies tend to function sluggishly when out of balance. Mustard and safflower oils balance Kapha because they are light and spicy, but can be mixed with small amounts of sesame and almond.
How to give yourself Abhyanga or Self-massage
"The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes. It is as if every cell awakens and rejoices. The body loves your attention. Most illnesses creep in when you are not present in the body. If the master is not present in the house, all kinds of shady characters will take up residence there. When you inhabit your body, it will be hard for unwanted guests to enter." Eckhart Tolle The Power of Now
Giving yourself touch is one of the most powerful ways to bring your consciousness into your body, especially when it is done with patience and full awareness of each part of your body as you are touching it.
There are many different techniques for massage, do what feels right for you, and with love, this is the most important aspect.
Create some time in your day or week to try it out, and hopefully, it will be so enjoyable that it will become part of your daily routine:
Do not massage:
The taste of this chutney varies according to the kind of apples used, but sour Granny Smiths seem to produce the best results. It is a great way to bring the sweet taste into a savoury meal, thus helping to make the meal more satisfying. The chillies and ginger provide the pungency. Allow 1-4 spoonfuls per serving. This recipe can also be used for other fruits such as peaches, apricots, guavas and pineapples or a combination of apples with one of these.
Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour. Provides 10 servings
Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour. Provides 10 servings
Serve at room temperature or cover and refrigerate
in a sealed container for up to a week.
Astringent, cooling apples
God is good to us
Sweet apples are partly astringent while sour apples are mainly astringent in taste, thus aggravating Vata air/ether, especially when eaten with the skin on.
Nevertheless, a raw, peeled apple chewed thoroughly an hour or so after a meal helps to regularize the bowels, whilst also cleaning the tongue and teeth and may help to relieve bleeding gums. When I was little, I remember sometimes being allowed to eat an apple instead of brushing my teeth - what a treat!
Freshly made apple juice controls diarrhoea as well as other pitta (fire) imbalances such as infections and inflammations in the digestive tract and bladder.
Well-cooked with spices, apples are good for all doshas and make a
healthy dessert or a delicious, warming breakfast food.
Here is the extract from the poem, thanks, Erik:
Nalanda is not forgotten
On behalf of the team at Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre, we thank you again for your support and wish everybody peace, health and happiness.
With love and greetings,
Margit and Samantha
Upcoming and ongoing activities at Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre
(click on those which interest you to find out more - this will link you to our website)
Rejuvenating Ayurvedic Retreat: 9 - 13 July and 15 - 19 September A soothing and relaxing experience of taking time out to experience a daily routine of ayurvedic massage, Yoga, ayurvedic diet and creative play.
Ayurveda - Doshas, Diet & Digestion: 31 July or 4th September
Ayurvedic Massage - Give & Receive: 8 - 10 October
Practical Ayurveda Evening:
26 July and 6 September from 17:45 till
Cost: R90 per evening
Renewal: 24 - 26 September
In this weekend retreat with Sheryl Paddock and the Nalanda team, we invite you to take a refreshing new look at the mid-life/menopausal season of your life. Practical guidance from Dr Deepak Chopra will assist you.
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