I hope you are all well and wonderful. April is here, and with it, the promise of spring, warm weather, beautiful flowers, and maybe even a little bit of sunshine. Spring often brings with it a sense of hope, a belief that the seeds we plant now will grow and flourish into a bountiful harvest. With all that is going on in the world at this time, it may feel hard to feel that hope, or sense of promise, but it is by planting our seeds of belief, of trust, of compassion and of love that we can help to heal. I invite you to plant those seeds, along with any others you wish to see grow, and bud, and flower into beauty and light in your life, or into the universes.
The onset of spring brings a lot more energy with it, as the days get longer, and warmer, our beings start to awaken, there is more time and space to create, to move, and to experience. There is also the continuing sense of wanting to cleanse, to keep moving the winter energy out, but overall there may be more vibrancy and strength.
There is lots on the menu this month at Ananda Ayurveda, I am excited to announce an April cooking class with a spring menu, and also a special this month on Ayurvedic Nutritional Consultations, both are wonderful ways to experience Ayurveda, as well as create new energy with healthy and balancing foods. I am also offering a Yoga Nidra night at my home, The Hawthorn.
Gardening In The Soul
Planting The Seeds
April is a wonderful time to start planting the seeds for what we would like to sow in the coming months, literally in the vegetable garden, and perhaps more importantly in our sphere of consciousness. Our thoughts, words, and imagination hold a lot of power, and with them we can make huge transformations, open the door to unrealized dreams, and manifest abundance in all things. Often we block ourselves off from the things we want and need, thinking that we can’t have it or we shouldn’t go for it, or even that we don’t deserve it, this is a perfect time to change these thought processes, opening the door for growth and fulfillment.
A few minutes of practice a day is all you need, a few minutes to slow down, breathe, and visualize, in turn creating the space for your intention to grow. To plant your seed, allow your self a few minutes to sit and relax, or even to lie down. If you practice yoga or meditation, after your practice is a wonderful time to create space for this exercise.
Take some deep breaths, inhaling in through the nose, and exhaling out through the mouth, allowing yourself to release old thought patterns, any stress left over from the day, and clearing your energy channels, opening your being to possibility. Take about 5 minutes here to slow your breathing down, to come into the moment, not forcing the breath, but allowing it to deepen naturally and to flow into your belly. Allow the breath to flow all the way down to your root chakra (perineum) and your 2nd chakra (naval centre), pay special attention to your heart, imagine the breath flowing through the heart, allowing it to open, and shine as bright as the sun, glowing, warm, and alive. When you feel relaxed and calm, start to imagine what it is that you desire, whatever it is, spiritual or physical, and invite its energy into your awareness. We all have different ways of doing this, maybe imagine it happening, seeing it like a movie on a screen, or you may just think the words of what it is you would like to grow, there is no right or wrong way, its whatever works for you. Maybe even imagine it as a little seed you are planting into the light energy of your heart☺
Take a few minutes each day to come back to this thought, this dream, and water it with positive emotion, with belief. Imagine it coming to life and take notice if in your daily life you shut it down with words, or thoughts, and mindfully give it affirmations, this in turn waters the seed. With time, and proper care, it can grow and open into a beautiful flower, offering to you its love, its harvest and its abundance.
A great practice with working with these seeds of intention is called Yoga Nidra. A relaxing and wonderful practice that works with visualization and peace to bring awareness to our being, while watering the seeds of potential of whatever it is we need. 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.
If you would like to try Yoga Nidra, I am offering a session at my home, on Wednesday April 20, 2010. 7:30 By Donation- 30 minute Yoga Nidra, followed by a 30 minute silent sit. Call 250 597 3973 for more information.
Spring Cleaning Continues
As the weather warms up, many of us are doing dietary spring cleanses, getting the digestive fires flowing and allowing the sluggish winter energy to float off of us. I thought I would share an Ayurvedic dish that is great for all dosha’s; whether taking part in a cleanse or not- it is one of the easiest foods on the planet to digest. A mono diet of kitchari cleanses the body by bringing toxins back into the digestive system so they can be released through elimination. It is an excellent choice for a mini cleanse at the change of the seasons from Winter into Spring and late Summer into Fall/Winter. If anyone is interested in more information about an Ayurvedic Cleanse, feel free to contact me for more information.
Makes 3-4 cups
45 minutes cooking time
15-20 minutes prep time
1/2 cup white basmati rice (white is easier to digest than brown)
1/2 cup yellow split mung dal (beans)
1 tablespoon ghee
1/2 tablespoon black mustard seeds
3 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 /8 teaspoon asafetida (AKA hing)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
2-3 cups water – may need more or less depending on how many veggies and desired texture
1/2 med size red pepper, diced
1/4 cup carrots, sliced
1/8 cup burdock root, sliced or diced
1/8 cup daikon radish, diced
1- 2 cups spring greens, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
• Wash the rice and mung beans well. If you have a difficult time digesting beans precook the beans 20-30 minutes or soak overnight.
• Cook the rice, and mung beans together. Let them come to a boil.
• In a separate pan sauté the mustard seeds in ghee until they “pop.” Add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, rock salt, asafetida and turmeric. Stir well.
• Add the spices to the beans and rice, turn the heat to simmer and cover.
• Slice and dice red pepper, carrots, burdock root, daikon
• Add the heavier veggies, stir well, cover and simmer 20-30 minutes.
• Chop greens and cilantro
• Add greens and 1/2 the cilantro, simmer 5-10 minutes more
• Serve with the remaining fresh cilantro on top
- A splash of Braggs Amino Acids, a spoonful of roasted sunflower seeds, and a sprinkle of black pepper are also a great way to top off your kitchari. (If doing a cleanse, then you would not include sesame seeds)
This tea can be enjoyed anytime of the day and is particularly beneficial during the spring season for cleansing kapha from the system. And it tastes wonderful too☺
2 cups water
1 Tbsp shredded ginger root
1 Tbsp chopped fresh mint leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
Sweeten to taste if you like (raw honey for kapha types, raw cane sugar or maple syrup for vata & pitta types)
In a medium saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the tea into a mug, teapot or thermos. Sweeten to taste (raw honey should be added after the tea has cooled to drinkable temperature). This delicious tea supports a light and energized quality on all levels.
Legs Against The Wall- Detoxifying And Relaxing
As many of us are starting to feel more energetic, and doing more outside, I thought I would share a more restorative asana. This is a pose that detoxifies as it relaxes, supporting your body, relaxing your energy, and at the same time cleansing your immune system and lymph nodes.
- Sit in front of a wall with your right hip and shoulder touching the wall
- Bend your knees and roll onto your left side and back, so that your legs come up against the wall, heels resting on the wall
- Have your sit bones 6 inches away from the wall (can be further if you have really tight hamstrings)
- Rest your hands where they are comfortable, on the belly, by your sides, over your head, or on your heart.
- Try to stay here for 5-10 minutes breathing fully, and relaxing
Modifications: Place the soles of the feet together, in a modified bound angle, if you like you can place a bolster under the lower back, or a pillow underneath your head.
Specials And Upcoming Events
Ayurvedic Nutritional Consultation- Special $100 (Normally $120)
This includes an hour to an hour and a half initial consult, as well as a free follow up session. This special is also available by distance- we can meet by phone or by skype☺
Spring is here, our bodies are waking up after a long winter, and it is a wonderful time for beginnings. You may have health issues, sluggish digestion, need to lose or gain weight, or just want to learn how to incorporate healthy foods into your life.
An Ayurvedic Nutritional Consultation is a wonderful way to see what you can do to create more balance, health and energy.
- • Find out what your main doshic imbalance is (pitta, kapha, vata)
- • See if the foods you are eating are healthy for you
- • Learn how to optimize digestion
- • Get tips and ideas on healthy, nutritious meals that will benefit you
- • One hour to ninety minute consultation plus a free follow up visit
Ayurvedic Cooking Class- April Menu
The cooking classes have been so much fun- and its with great joy that I announce our April Menu.
Spring is a wonderful time for cooking, and learning about Ayurveda in relationship to food. As it is Kapha season (moist, and cool), it is a great time to eat easily digestible foods that carry a little spice with them. As well it is the beginning of the growing season, so fresh local vegetables are starting to appear, as well as wild spring greens. I am so excited to be able to share this menu and class with you all:)
• Blissful Green Goddess Juice
• Wilted Green Salad With Caramalized Walnuts
• Warm Spiced Dhal
• Quinoa Pilaf With Fennel Leek Sauce
• Fresh Seasonal Vegetable Dish ~ To Be Announced
• Coconut Chutney
• Cardamom Almond Cookies
• Almond Milk Chai
• Kapha Spice Mix
We will also make fresh almond milk and ghee, explore the 6 tastes, and eat this amazing and wonderful vegetarian lunch together:)
April 17 ~ 10:30-2:00 ~
The Hawthorn, Glenora, B.C.
250 597 3973
Yoga Nidra Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 pm. At The Hawthorn, Glenora, B.C.
A relaxing and wonderful practice that works with visualization and peace to bring awareness to our being, while watering the seeds of potential of whatever it is we need. 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.
I wish you all a wonderful April, enjoy your spring planting:)