As many of you know, Ayurveda really is the knowledge of our connection to nature; our own personal nature as well as the nature of the universe. I find that December is a wonderful time to embrace the natural cycles of our being as we deepen our experience of our own inward journey. In the northern hemisphere the nights become longer and darker, which helps to foster the sense of hibernation; slowing down, taking rest and allowing all to be exactly as it is. For many of us the season shifts to winter, which is often cold and dry (Vata Dosha). Nourish and nurture are two of my key words at this time. It feels so good to honour my sacred self with sweetness, love and gentle routine, to not force but to gently surrender to the moment- listening and accepting all that life is.
Life has been full, wonderfully full- Yoga classes are now held at 2 different locations. Monday evenings are at Yum Yoga Studio in Cowichan Bay, 4:30-6:00. Wednesday’s are in the lovely chapel at Providence Farm, also 4:30-6:00. Both spaces are beautiful, and the classes are an opportunity to deepen your relationship with yourself and your body.
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 Counselling, Tarot Readings, and Jyotish Astrology are also available. As are gift certificates for anything that I offer.
Nourishing The Soul
December is a time of darkness, deep reflection, and a wonderful opportunity to rest, restore and care for your self. I am finding that this year more than ever I am drawn to gentle routine, and grounded practices that allow me to enjoy the body I am in, and the being that I am. Many people get swept up in the holiday flow and find it hard to settle. I notice that these practices help me stay centred, and in alignment to my natural needs at this cold time of year.
1. Meditation- It is such a gift to take a few minutes a day to be with myself. Letting go of of anything and everything except the experience of me. Taking some time in gentle silence or with a subtle mantra releases held stress, brings clarity and allows my heart to shine brighter. A short daily meditation practice (20 minutes) shifts things profoundly in my day and my life. I find it grounding, energizing and necessary for balance and peace.
2. Self Oil Massage (Soul Hug)- One of my favourite daily practices is an Ayurvedic Self Massage (Abhyanga). Nurturing and nourishing, it is delightful to feel the warm oil on the skin, as it soaks into all the cells in the body, supporting our energy flow and healthy function of the lymph, organs and digestion. I love to take some extra time on my belly and my heart centre, always giving extra love where its needed. Enjoy the video posted below for a brief introduction, and message me for more information- I am happy to send you a instructional video to watch.
3. Yoga/Movement- Our bodies stiffen up in the winter weather, and one of the best remedies for this is taking some time to breathe and move. Yoga is a wonderful way to awaken our body/spirit connection, being with the breath as we gently open to the day. Again just a few minutes creates room for huge transformation. Deep Breaths and Surrendering Stretches = Balanced Being
4. Walking Outside- Nature nurtures always. In our society we get so habituated to staying inside, being warm, spending time online, or at work. If we could all take 5 minutes to just step outside and breathe in some fresh air our health would improve. In winter with the lack of light, the natural cycles of the universe are so apparent. We are part of this nature, and the more we disconnect from it (staying inside all day), the more we disconnect from our own nature. Walk outside, look around, feel the elements and enjoy. It is great to take a longer walk if you have time, or to get to the forest, the sea, or the mountains- but even just stepping outside with the intention of attention will bring balance to the being.
These are just a few ways that we can find routine and comfort at this time of year. I would love to hear what settles you in your body and your growth.
Self Massage Intro Video
It is a celebratory time of year, and with the cold, dry energy our body often craves sweet flavours to bring us into a warm grounded place. While sugar is not the best thing for us in large amounts (in any form), we still need to embrace the 6 tastes in our diet, and sweetness is balancing at this time of year. Fruit is always nice, but best if it is cooked, or baked so that it is more easily digestible. I thought I would share with you a few healthy Ayurvedic Sweet Treats to enjoy on the cold, dark evenings.
Heat the ghee, add the spices and cook until the moisture has steamed off
– courtesy of New World Ayurveda
- 2 large ripe pears
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
- 1/4 raisins
- (optional) coconut milk, almond milk, yogurt
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the pears in half and place on a baking sheet. Scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle with cinnamon, top with walnuts and raisins, drizzle 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup over each one. Bake in the oven 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Remember one of the best ways to increase digestion is to enjoy your food. So nourish your body with the healthy sweet treats and enjoy the richness of natures bounty.
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New Yoga Class- Tuesday morning, 9:30-11:00 at Yum Yoga in Cowichan Bay. Starting January 6. Call me for more info 250 597 3973
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Saturday, January 17 9:30-11:00 $40
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Wishing you from my deepest heart the most wonderful Solstice and holiday season. Feel your inner light and allow it to shine. For each moment we touch our own brightness it reflects out to the universe in a brilliant wave of energy that allows for transformation and peace for all.