May Newsletter- Surrender To Love

Natural healingNamaste,

I hope you are well and wonderful wherever you may be this beautiful spring day. It is hard to believe that it is already May ~ A time to embrace the beauty and the joy of light and growth, both in the garden and within ourselves. To nourish the seeds we have already planted, and to sow more of what we would like to create in our lives. Knowing that what we manifest in our lives affects the entire planet, so practice mindfulness, acceptance, and most of all love.

May is the month of Mother’s Day, and in the spirit of that energy, I wish Happy Mothers Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there, and give thanks for your work, your caring, and your nurturing. You live the most important job of all~ Much Gratitude to you all. For those that are not mothers, I offer you to embrace the matriarch energy within yourself, that you share with the world in other ways, to honor, nurture, and love.

May is a very busy month for me at Ananda Ayurveda. I am offering a wonderful special ~ Treat yourself, or maybe your mom, to an hour and a half Abyhanga (Ayurvedic Massage) and receive a free tarot reading. See below for more information about the wonderful experience of Abyhanga.
I will be at the Bench School Fair just outside of Cowichan Bay, offering tarot readings on May 14, from 10-2, come get a reading if you are in the area, and for those far away, I am available by phone or skype ( just as powerful as in person). I am also pleased to share with you many new events at my house, The Hawthorn: A weekly meditation circle, yoga classes, a weekly toning circle, Yoga Nidra– and more to come. The next Ayurvedic Cooking Class will be on Sunday June 5 from 10 am -1:30 pm, I will be posting the menu soon☺ There should be lots of seasonal vegetables up then, and we will also use some wildcrafted plants too:).

Abyhanga – Traditional Ayurvedic Massage

Many people have never had an Ayurvedic Massage, it is a wonderful experience, one that heals the body on much more than just the physical, and it feels so good.

An Ayurvedic Massage balances your body, mind and spirit, while working on the subtle energy layers, allowing for tremendous healing, in a very comforting way. The experience of Abyhanga is very different from that of a Swedish Massage, or a normal western massage. It begins with warm organic oils (the oils typically used are sesame, or sunflower, and coming this summer, medicinal herbal oils), anointing the hands, feet, forehead and top of the head, activating these chakras. More warm oil, is poured onto the body, and massaged into the skin, the therapist uses long fluid, rhythmic strokes, that cover the entire body. These strokes activate the energy meridians (the nadi’s), clearing and allowing prana to flow. The oil grounds the physical body, lubricating the tissues, and allowing any toxins in the cells, and from the energy body to move into the digestive system, and be released. Our bodies luxuriate in the oil, absorbing much of it, its warmth is comforting as it nourishes every cell in our body. Essential Oils add to the treatment, offering to balance and relax on an energetic level, and just smell so good. While giving the massage, the therapist, is in tune with the client, its a meditation, a dance and a flow, one where energy awakens, chakras balance, and healing can occur on deep levels. A massage, that allows you to relax deeply, at the same time allowing for restoration and rejuvenation. A heart opening experience of bringing balance to your being in blissful awareness.

This months special: Free Tarot Reading with the purchase of an hour and a half Abyhanga .

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Eating Ayurvedically

Wild Weed – The Amazing Dandelion

Dandelions are an amazing addition to the springtime diet. Dark green, bitter leaves, sunny, sweet yellow heads, and they grow just about everywhere. Many gardeners, do their best to rid themselves of the beautiful dandelion, but it really is a gift, offering so much to our bodies.

As it has been a wet, cool, spring here on the west coast, many of us are still feeling that kapha energy, perhaps a little sluggish, mucousy, and heavy. Dandelion greens offer a great remedy for that with their bitter taste. The energy of bitter helps to dry up the Kapha excess, and the dark green leaves enrich our bodies with calcium, iron, Vitamin A, B, C, D and Vitamin K, more even than a serving of broccoli. The leaves are great in salads, stir fries, and green juice.
The dandelion buds are another wonderful addition to salads, and cooked dishes. If you pick the fresh buds, before they open, toss them in a stir fry and you get a beautiful mixture of sweet and bitter, they soak up the juices, and are amazingly delicious. The flowers are a sweet and easy way to make your salads look pretty as well as taste good. Take off all of the green and its just sweet, a little green adds a bit of bitter. Its best to not eat the stem, doesn’t taste so good, and as the dandelion matures, there can be a latex milk that isn’t so nice to ingest.
The roots are amazing too, a fall harvested root can make a great coffee subsitiute, and they are great medicinally for the liver, and stomach. The leaves aid digestion, and are great for the kidneys, and bladder. And the flowers are relaxing, and satisfying, also great as a skin tonic☺ So for those of you that have dandelions growing in your yard, and know that there are no fertilizers, or pesticides on them, why don’t you try to make friends with them, enjoy the gifts that they offer, and eat well.

Lemon- Mint Sauteed Dandelion Leaves

1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Fresh Mint
1 Tbs Dill
2 Tbs Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Big Bunch of Dandelion Greens
1 leek sliced, or ¼ cup fennel chopped
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper

Sautee the leek, or fennel in the olive oil on low heat. Add the greens, and cook until soft, add the salt pepper, and toss with the lemon juice and fresh herbs. Enjoy.

Dandelion Flower Facial

My favorite Ayurvedic Face Lotion from India, is made from the flowers of Dandelions.
This is a great way to take care of your skin, it softens, heals, and nurtures, plus its so easy to make.

A handful of dandelion flowers- ones that are open already without going to seed
Water

Place the dandelions in a container that has a cover, pour boiling water over them, make sure they are well covered by the water. Place the lid on top and let sit for an hour or two.
Strain the water into a bowl, and place the wet flowers on your face, lying down, closing your eyes, and relaxing. Leave for about 10 minutes. Use the liquid to rinse your face, leaving its residue on. Any left over infusion can be put on your face before bed.

This is a recipe I adapted from Susun Weed’s Herbal Healing Wise Book.

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Yoga Pose Of The Month

Balasana – Childs Pose

With all that is happening in the world today, I thought that it would be fitting to share Balasana, the pose of a child with you. This is a beautiful asana of surrender, and of acceptance. Child’s pose is extremely relaxing and restoring, great for all dosha’s, it restores the parasympathetic nervous system, is grounding, and a wonderful place to take solace and rest in. In any yoga class, this is a great place to visit when you need a break.

Practice

  1. Begin by coming to a hands and knees table position, Take a few breaths here, (if you like feel free to do the cat stretch, massaging your spine for a few inhales and exhales).
  2. Bring the big toes together, and spread the knees wide apart as you sink your sit bones back to your heels.
  3. Allow your upper body to melt into the earth, the arms outstretched in front of you, palms down. Forehead resting flat on the floor.
  4. Breathe deeply, all the way to your belly, and allow yourself to surrender to the moment, allow your thoughts to float by, and see if you can revisit the innocence and peace of a child.

Modifications

Feel free to place a bolster underneath your stomach, this is nice if you want to relax into the asana for a long time.

You may also bring the knees a little closer together, folding forward, forehead resting on the mat. Allowing your arms to float back by your sides palms up.

See what feels more comfortable for you, and enjoy, staying as long as you like

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events ~

There is alot happening at The Hawthorn this month, Weekly Meditation, Yoga, Toning, and Yoga Nidra.

Weekly Meditation Sit ~ At The Hawthorn
Join us on Thursday evenings, for a 50 minute sit. All types of silent meditation welcome. A wonderful hour spent in peaceful silence, supported by others.
7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Call 250 597 3973 for directions, and more information. Beginning April 28 – runs all Thursdays in May.

Weekly Toning Circle~At The Hawthorn
Healing with the magic and vibration of sound. Open yourself to the experience of moving energy, clearing blocks and opening through the power of our own expression. No musical experience or talent is necessary, we are working with our primal and natural instincts, and whatever tone comes out is just perfect:)

The class begins with time for sound to flow, in whatever form it may take, moving the bodies, and letting the voice be heard. After this warm up, this opening, we will sit and ground for about 10 minutes in silence, allowing the energy channels to clear and settle. We will then move through the chakra’s, working with different tones and sounds that resonate with each one. There will be the opportunity to share with the circle with words at the close of the circle. A truly powerful and moving experience.

Thursdays: 10am-12 pm
Suggested Donation $10~Circle dates: May 5th,12,19,26

Follow Your Bliss- Yoga With Asrael ~At the Hawthorn
A Class for all levels: from the beginner to the experienced yogi. We will flow with the breath, melt into the asanas, and open our hearts and our minds to the bliss of our being.

Small class sizes- practice in a sacred, healing, and loving space.

Wednesday mornings 10am-11:30 am
Class Dates- April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25
Suggested Donation-$10
Call for Information/Directions- 250 597 3973

Yoga Nidra ~ At The Hawthorn

Experience the ancient art of
YOGA NIDRA
Yoga Nidra is a body-centered form of meditation that can help us discover a greater sense of wholeness and balance that is naturally ours. This method of self-inquiry is practiced in a comfortable lying down position, in which participants are guided into the deepest levels of relaxation and mediation. This practice burns away negative patterns of conditioning, creating the space for transformations on the physical, emotional, and energetic levels.

Join Me For 30 minute Yoga Nidra (a recorded session by Swami Niramjamananda) followed by 30 minute silent sit

Tuesday May, 10 – 7:30pm
By Donation
250 597 3973

Where is The Hawthorn?
The Hawthorn, is a magical, healing heart centre, located just a few minutes (4 km) from downtown Duncan, in the beautiful area called Glenora. At the end of a one way road, down a driveway tunneled through cherry trees, a 2 acre paradise, of gardens, peace and tranquility. Call for directions at 250 597 3973

Once Again,
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I wish you all a wonderful May~
Much Peace
Asrael

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