Nalanda Home

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle

Ayurveda Wellness Massage



Ayurveda Weekends

Hosting other courses




Diary of Events

Gift voucher ideas





& Links

Contact Details

How to find us

November 2005

Where is Beauty
You are beauty.
You are joy.
Beauty is not outside there in the rocks or in the sunset, or in the trees, or in the moon. Beauty is here inside you.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Here in Cape Town, Winter is about to finally drawn his watery cold cloak around him and recede back into those dark crevices deep in the mountains which remain perenially cool and refreshing. What a delight to come upon such a recess from the dry heat of summer when wandering in our magnificent mountain ranges! So those of you particularly in need of cooling your excess fire during the next months, remember our mountains streams, pools and forests. If you are feeling irritable, overly critical, suffering from rashes, sensitive skin, eyes or any other burning sensations, our wide open white beaches are not always the best environment. Through Cape Nature Conservation, you can book a permit to go for the day on truly awesome meanders from rock pool to rock pool less than an hour from Cape Town. Tel: 021 426 0723

If you are working during the upcoming holiday season - as we are - then you can stay cool with one of our new tea mixtures of fennel, coriander and cardamom which you can enjoy warm or as an iced tea. Or make yourself and your guests a refreshing and immune boosting yoghurt drink called lassi. Alternatively, come and visit us for a swim in the pool followed by one of our seriously tempting massage offers.
See our specials below:

Are you looking for a way to be spoiled or give your staff a special treat? At a time when you may be in need of rejuvenation, we are offering small groups or individuals a break which is truly restful. Come and recharge your energy:  "Spoil yourself, retreat into timelessness" 

Ayurveda Wellness Retreat Christmas Specials:      day for only R450 and

                                                                                               9 days for only R6300

We are looking forward to welcoming you here! More details below.


  • Air therapy
  • Recipe: lassi
  • Yummy yoghurt
  • More details on current specials and upcoming cooking course
Air Therapy, also known as Breathing
Breathing is such a natural activity, why would anyone need to think twice about doing it?  As we grow up, when we experience pain or fear, we  tense up and hold our breath or breathe shallowly. Over time this becomes a habit and even the muscles which allow lung space to expand become limited in movement. We do not want to breathe Life in too deeply, being afraid it will hurt us. And it is true, when we breathe deeper, we feel more, we become more aware of sensations in the body and of our thoughts and emotions. Sometimes this may feel unpleasant but the more we allow the emotions to flow, the sooner they pass, and the more open we become to experiencing joy, love, peace and contentment.
In our last newsletter, we discussed the healing power of water. Just as we cleanse the outside of our bodies with water baths, an 'air bath' of deep breathing with focused awareness bathes the lungs, while feeding oxygen to the whole body and purifying it.
Most of the prana or life-force that determines our state of well-being and immunity is absorbed through breathing in.  More toxins are released from our bodies and minds through simply breathing out than through excretion, urination or sweating. Thus any imbalance in our breathing mechanism reduces our ability to gain prana from the breath and weakens us.
Stop reading for a moment and hold your breath for just 20 seconds, OK try 15.....................Isn't it a wonder that we pay so little attention to such an important process? Now try another exercise: sit comfortably with your eyes closed and spine upright and become aware of your breath without changing it. Ask yourself: what part of me is it that wants to alter or manipulate the breath? Is it possible to simply observe the breath without manipulating it? Is it possible to simply observe ourselves without judging or trying to change who we are?
The ability to remain aware of the breath and yet not control it is at the heart of meditation. The breath makes a perfect focus for stilling the mind. It is immediate and always there. No matter what we are doing, the breath is a constant background mantra reminding us of our connection to the energy of the universe.                                                                                
There are many different breathing practices taught in the various Yoga and meditation traditions and each of us needs to find a way that works and feels comfortable. But no matter how we choose to make this act more conscious, the breath can become our potent ally against negativity in all its various forms. "As you inhale you can visualize that you're drawing in unlimited quantities of prana; pure, healing, cosmic, divine life-force. You can picture any form of natural energy that appeals to you. Then on the exhalation, visualize all the toxins, all the impurities, all the problems leaving with the breath." suggests Swami Karunananda, a senior Integral Yoga teacher.
Our breath is always in the present, and if the cause of our suffering and stress is that the mind is constantly vascillating between past and future, then breath is bliss. And we all have it - every single person living on this planet - and it is closer than our jugular. 
But breath is boring, you may say. Yes, in the beginning the mind is so used to running along the same tracks: regret and guilt about the past, doubt and worry about the future. So, of course, being in the present moment and observing the breath takes practise, but the rewards are more deeply satisfying than any impermanent worldly pleasure could ever be.
We can recommend the Art of Living course for learning simple breathing practices which allow you to live more fully in the present. Please contact us for more info.


cup live yoghurt, preferably organic

pour into blender or glass jar, together with

1 cup cool water

dissolve one or more of the following spices in a little warm water:

teaspoon cardamom


teaspoon cinnamon


A pinch of saffron

add into yoghurt mixture, together with

Sugar to taste

seal jar and shake until frothy or blend for a few seconds.


Serves 2.

Enjoy as a delicious digestive aid after your lunch or on its own and chilled, as a refreshing drink


Variation: Use savoury spices such as ground cumin, ginger, fennel, coriander, omit the sugar and add a pinch of salt


Yummy Yoghurt


Yoghurt is one of the most useful foods known to Ayurveda. It is an appetizer and a digestive stimulant. It is nourishing, increases unctuousness and strength, and is aphrodisiac. It helps to relieve diarrhoea or even with psyllium seeds, to clear constipation. Regularly consumed, yoghurt restores the bacteria balance in the digestive tract and also help clear toxic symptoms like bloating and indigestion.  It is recommended that yoghurt is eaten  fresh and preferably not at night.


Current specials and upcoming cooking course

Ayurveda Wellness Retreat day Christmas Special for only R450*:

What you can expect:


v     welcome herbal tea and consultation

v     deeply relaxing foot massage

v     snack of fresh fruit or juice

v     head massage or ayurvedic facial

v     full body massage with warm oil

v     relaxation time between treatments

v       tasty vegetarian meal 

Retreats on Saturdays are 10 % extra. Sundays and public holidays are 25 % extra.


9 day Ayurveda Wellness Retreat Christmas Special

value R7560 - pay only R6300 until end of Dec 2005

What you can expect: 
Accommodation in tranquil, uplifting environment
Meals & snacks
3 vegetarian meals per day prepared according to ayurvedic principles, starting and ending with lunch on the day of arrival and departure
Herbal teas
Bowl of fruit, snacks or freshly made juices
Hot water cleansing therapy
Various treatments for 2 hours per day, except on Sundays and public holidays which are at extra cost
Ayurvedic full body oil massages
Pampering facial
Hand massage relaxing your whole body
Deeply relaxing foot massage
Rejuvenating head massage
and more..
as well as
Daily check-in, Ayurvedic Diet & Lifestyle Counselling, Guidance for self-care treatments
Personalised Yoga
Creativity, including art materials
Therapeutic detox baths
Relaxation time between treatments
Written guidelines on how to prepare yourself for the retreat
Written guidelines for continuing to feel balanced after the retreat

The above offers are valid until 31 December 2005. Early booking is advisable.




Abhyanga - Ayurvedic full body oil massage

About 60 min

R180 or R270 if given by 2 people simultaneously

Abhyanga - Ayurvedic full body oil massage and foot massage with bowl

About 90 min

R270, given by one person, or R360 with Margit

Deeply relaxing Ayurvedic foot massage

About 45 min


Rejuvenating Ayurvedic head massage

About 45 min


Pampering Ayurvedic facial with facial steam

About  60 min


Ayurvedic hand massage relaxing your whole body

About 45 min


Treatments given after 5 pm on weekdays and any time on Saturdays are 10 % extra. Treatments given on Sundays and public holidays are 25 % extra.



Be inspired to create Healthy Comfort foods using alternatives to wheat, sugar and processed cheese



  Saturday 19 November 2005, from 10 am to 4 pm for only R180

early booking advisable as place is limited 


You think that I am at my own command?

Or that I breathe one breath, one half a breath, at will?

I am merely a pen in my writer,s hand,

A ball at the mercy of my player's skill.

#1359: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).Translated by
Zara Houshmand

With much love, and gratitude for your support,

The team at Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre

If you wish to read our previous newsletters, please see our website


Welcome to Nalanda Ayurvedic Centre