How are you? I am well. Life is good. It is full, positive and flowing. This past year has really been about taking time to dive deep into myself, to enjoy all the beauty in my world, and to surrender fully to what is. Inspiration has been a big “theme” that has been popping up for me lately. Creative flow and energy to share and to shine. Also a real desire to live fully. To experience the energy of being here, now in this beautiful body, on this wonderful planet. We are so blessed.
What’s happening at Ananda Ayurveda
Ananda means bliss in sanskrit. I find that beautiful heart opening energy in all the work that I do. There is an abundance of connections and flow with clients and community all over the world these days. The power of distance healing is amazing, and we are so blessed to be able to share so easily with technology.
All of what I offer is available by distance- except for the luxurious bodywork, and the effects of this work is profound.
Winter is a great time to experience the magic of Ayurvedic Bodywork Therapies- nourish yourself with warmth, they are all so soothing and nurturing. Experience conscious healing, on such deep levels- in a very gentle heart opening space. Consultations, Ayurvedic Counselling, Tarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also available. As are gift certificates for anything that I offer.
Yoga classes are still held in two beautiful places- Monday evenings are at Yum Yoga Studio in Cowichan Bay, 4:30-6:00. Wednesday’s are at a new location, at the warm and wonderful Harmony Yoga Studio, also 4:30-6:00. Both spaces are beautiful, and the classes are a wonderful opportunity to deepen your relationship with yourself and your body.
Also take time to check us out in January’s issue of the Valley Voice– we are honoured to be featured in a winter skin care article.
photo- by Christy Greenwood
Life. It is like a river that flows, winding in different directions and at different intensities. The only thing that is constant it seems, is change and movement. Energy is the same way, it’s always moving, always flowing in patterns and waves. Even our mind, it is never still, always thinking, creating, spinning stories and dreams. Life is pulsing with movement and fullness.
I notice that when I step into the flow, and step out of the idea of control that I can fully embrace life. This crazy, vibrant and exciting thing that we are. So often I get locked into the ideas, the stories, the thoughts, what I think I “know”.
I ask my self lately what it would it be like to move through my day with the openness and innocence of a child. To watch things unfold with wonder and to move from within my body, from an embodied space. I have been blessed with the fortune to have some experiences lately that have fully opened me, not only to the truth of what I am, but also to the possibilities that are available to us all in any moment. It is so simple, we just need to remember that the mind is what it is. Every thought, opinion, emotion is an idea created by this big blob of magical grey matter in our heads.The nervous system gets involved too, and our chakras, our DNA might speak up, but it’s our attachment to our beliefs that keep us from realizing our true potential.
At the heart of it all though is light, energy flow, beauty, acceptance and love; true, divine love. It doesn’t mean being blissful all the time, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t human, and aren’t going to have ups and downs. It seems to mean for me, in this moment at least, moving and living from a different place in my body, and in my energy field. Feeling centre, being light embodied. Not living out of my body, but enjoying the currents of life moving through it. Watching with innocence my humanness and smiling softly at myself when I notice how caught up in it I am. Perhaps most of all, being soft and gentle and loving to myself. In love with who I am, what I am, letting things settle and not trying to control, or to attach to any outcome. Just witnessing with sweetness and with love.
Warming, nourishing, and so yummy. This is my favourite chai recipe- it was shared with me by my colleague, Carisa Wilder, and I make it a few times a week. It is especially lovely in vata season, the creaminess is grounding and the spices heat the body up in the best way. Try it, it’s guaranteed to make you feel cozy and warm
2 cups water
1 cup milk (nut, seed or raw organic local milk)
1 tsp fennel
1 tsp coriander
3 slices chopped ginger
3 pieces cinnamon bark (not whole sticks)
3-4 pods cardamom crushed
Boil all the herbs in 2 cups water. Then simmer for 15 minutes. Add milk and cook for 5-10 minutes more. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup.
Just For Fun
One of my favourite artists is Michael Franti. He is fun, light, and usually shares a positive message- Just thought I would share one of my favourite songs with you today- Turn it up and have a little dance party in your living room- I’ll be dancing with you. I love you
A lovely sharing from a client I have worked with by distance with Healing Light Yoga, and Ayurvedic Integrative Counselling- Thanks Kelli, it has been my honour and my pleasure to work with you.
“I knew once I met Asrael as a practitioner in her Healing Light Yoga class that she would be able to assist me on my ever-evolving spiritual journey. I had come to a crossroads in my life, career and spiritual practice where I felt stuck and needed the assistance of someone who could not only understand all of these factors on a high level but could help me get “unstuck.” I was looking for someone that had a foundation and background in yoga and Ayurveda and could “speak my language” about some very profound events that were shaping my life and forcing me to change rapidly. Asrael was the exact person that I needed and she has been an amazing spiritual coach. Her depth and understanding is not only rich but compassionate and supportive. She has guided me through a series of sessions that have had a tremendous affect on me and that have also created the necessary shifts necessary needed. She has assisted in helping me overcome some deep fears and anxieties that have kept me in a “comfort zone” for a very long time but were no longer serving me and needed to be released. I will continue to work with Asrael as I find her to be a critical professional in my life. If you are seeking Asrael as a coach on any or all of these levels you have found a gem- look no further.”- Kelli, Oregon, U.S.A
I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and beautiful start to the new year. Thanks so much for your continued support, and for the energy that you share. We are all connected, so with each smile, each moment of gratitude, and acceptance, we help each other step into our awakened and vibrant selves.
Much Love and Peace