I hope this email finds you comfortably in the flow of the autumn season. Its been a while since I last checked in, and I apologize for that. Vibrations are high, things have been extremely abundant (in all ways), and time has just flown by. Change is all around and its been a surprisingly grounded, yet fast flow of energy.
I am excited to announce that we have moved into a new home in Cowichan Bay (about 10 minutes from The Hawthorn). It’s a very different space, and it vibrates deeply with its own expansive and peaceful healing energy. We are blessed to see the ocean from our living area, and with all the rain of the past week, many beautiful rainbows too. Ananda Ayurveda will be opening its doors here on Monday, October 7, in a beautiful, light filled space on the ground floor- There is a separate entrance, a beautiful bathroom with a shower if needed, and the space radiates peace and joy. Pictures to come soon, as we are in the process of painting. It feels wonderful to be by the seaside, and I even get to walk to teach my yoga classes.
There has been lots happening in life, on a personal and business level, and I have a few new offerings to share with you in the next few weeks, as well as the continuation of all my existing services. A few months ago I asked for expansion. Well when you ask, the universe does provide, and I know there is much, much more to come. On Saturday, October 12, I am excited to be teaching a brand new yoga class, Healing Light Yoga Therapy. This 6 week class is a powerful exploration and experience of growth and transformation, and available to anyone, anywhere in the world, as it is offered online. I am also offering a course on Ayurveda And The Energy Body, at Harmony Yoga in Duncan, BC on Sunday October 13 from 1-3:30. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the subtle energies that we are, and to experience the body as much more than a physical being.
Yoga Classes are ongoing at Oceanfront Suites in Cowichan Bay, Mondays, and Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00, we are inside now, but still with the glorious ocean view. It is a lovely class, great for all levels, and a beautiful community to practice with.
As always I am offering beautiful and wonderful Bodywork Therapies, so soothing and nurturing, conscious healing, on such deep levels- in a very gentle heart opening space. Consultations, Ayurvedic Counseling, Tarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also available.
Peace With What Is
Time seems to be moving so quickly these days, a reflection of the movement that is flowing through so many of us at this time. It seems that as the vibrations of the universe increase, that our awareness and our ability to be one with the movement is also increasing. I am noticing big shifts in the way that not only I, but my clients and friends, comprehend the changes that are occurring. There seems to be a more subtle acceptance of it all, a surrender to the natural rhythm of the universe, as much as it may move up and down and all around. Its almost as if there hasn’t even been time to let the mind get involved, to step into the fear. The past few months for many of us have been about action, and movement. Shedding our skin, it is the year of the snake after all, and instead of leaving it all behind, integrating it into our present awareness, so that there is the connection to our past, a grounded space to be in, to move from and with. An honouring of all that we are, and all that we have experienced, the easy times as well as the challenging. This doesn’t mean that there are not the bursts of energy in the chakra centres that can connect to our emotional memories. There are huge shifts in those emotions, and they need to be acknowledged and allowed to be experienced, this creates more flow, leading to deeper peace and greater awareness.
Now I know that others are feeling more stuck, more held in. For some there is a stagnancy, it feels like there is so much ready to move and to open, and the same patterns keep getting played out over and over again. Perhaps it is with a physical illness that doesn’t seem to want to move, or it keeps returning. Perhaps it is the memory body that keeps bringing visions and experiences of the past. For some it is relationships that seem to have lost their sparkle. Those that are feeling this tired, old energy, are often frustrated, and ready for some movement yet it just doesn’t seem to be happening. This too is all part of the process, part of what is needed for you to go through, to integrate all of the changes and shifts that are occurring in the subtle bodies. Your being is just moving with it differently, its releasing and cleansing in its own way, and there is nothing “wrong” with how its happening. It may feel challenging and that is ok, but remember that its nothing that you are doing. That you aren’t in control, and the only thing that you really can influence is your reaction, and movement with it.
For all of us, I ask the question. How does it feel to be with what is? Is there Peace there? What would it be like if we let go of attachment to all that was happening, and were ok with what was?
As human beings, we really like to control things, the story is so important to us. How we feel, what may happen, what should be happening. The list goes on and on. As the frequency of the vibrations increase, and the layers of our skin, of our lives are peeled off there is lots of upheaval and change. For some this is very quick, flowing, moving, like a fast river, filled with rapids. For others this happens as we hold still, as we stay put, but the energy is still flowing. It never stops. What would it be like to be at peace with what is for us? What would it be like to know that it was all just as it needed to be? This doesn’t mean we have to be happy, this doesn’t mean not feeling emotion, but as we accept and let go of attachment, surrender will come. With this letting go, there is greater peace, and grounding, whether moving quickly or staying put. There is the knowing that all is exactly as it should be.
Healing Light Yoga Therapy
I wanted to share a little bit about the Healing Light Yoga Therapy that I am offering with my teacher Dr.Paul Dugliss, from New World Ayurveda. It is such a gift and an honour to work with him, as well as to share this powerful opportunity with the world. It is a very different experience of yoga, and so much more than an asana class. Its an opportunity to dive deep, to explore the subtle energetics of your being, and to open to the fullness that you already are.
Ayurveda and Yoga go hand in hand, both are practices that affect us on the physical,emotional and subtle levels. In our modern world we seem to focus more on the tangible aspects of these practices, when in reality they offer pathways to the deeper layers of our being. In a regular yoga class we move our bodies, and deepen our experience of the breath which can expand our experience of mindfulness and peace in our lives, a wonderful and important practice. But just as we need to connect with our breath and our bodies, we also need to bring our awareness to the more subtle aspects of being, which can be achieved through Healing Light Yoga Therapy.
This practice shares the essence of Ayurveda: connecting with consciousness to heal, to express and to be. It’s very simple, a matter of connecting with your own innate healer. This purifies “ama” (impurities- emotional, energetic, karmic, and physical), and encourages release and rebalancing. This yoga practice is accessible for anyone, even someone that is not physically active. It combines restorative yoga asana, pranayama (breathing techniques), enlightening energy awareness and the practice of surrender. By connecting with the deeper layers of consciousness, transformation and healing occur in all ways. Physically there can be great opening and releasing of pain, emotional blocks melt away, and energetic healing of past lives, chakras, and deepening of the intuition.
This is a powerful practice, that reminds us that there is more depth to yoga than the asana, more layers to Ayurveda then the lifestyle choices, and infinite possibilities for our growth, health and awareness.
The class is offered online in 6 week sessions, the first class starts on October 12. It’s ok, if you miss one or two, as they are available afterwards for streaming. The next session will begin in January. Dates to be announced. I am hoping to create space for a workshop locally in Duncan, sometime this autumn or winter season.
Recipe Of The Month
Its time to harvest the rest of the tomatoes and peppers from the greenhouse here on the west coast, and the harvest is abundant. Tomatoes and peppers are both pitta aggravating food, but this soup brings balance to the heat, with coconut, and coconut milk, which also helps to balance vata. As we are moving into the Vata time of year, nourishing and hearty soups and stews are wonderful additions to the diet. As always feel free to play with the vegetables you have on hand, adding what feels good to your body. Enjoy.
1 1/2 cups slice leeks, or fennel
1 pinch cayenne to taste (more if you want heat)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon ground coriander
4 cups vegetable stock or water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 medium carrot chopped
1 large yukon gold potato, or sweet potato, cut into small cubes
1 medium red or orange pepper, seeded and chopped
1 firm tomato, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened finely grated coconut
1 cup coconut milk
2-4 teaspoons fresh lime juice (to taste)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantroIn a medium soup pot, saute the onions and celery in the oil. When the onions are becoming translucent, add the cayenne, turmeric, and ground coriander. Saute for a minute, stirring to prevent the spices from burning. Add the stock, salt, carrot, and potato. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover the pot, and simmer the vegetables for 10 minutes.Add the pepper, tomato, grated coconut and coconut milk. Simmer gently for another 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Then add the lime juice and cilantro. Adjust the seasonings. Serve at once, or even better, let it sit for an hour or so to bring out the flavors and then reheat gently and serve. Top with fresh cilantro.As always I thank you so much for taking the time to read this. I feel such gratitude for each and every one of you. The light within us all is so full, and so spacious, so beautiful, and I honour each and every connection in my life. Thank you for your piece in this beautiful fabric of life.NamasteAsrael