Autumn is beaming its soft, gentle light upon us now, and with the weather shifting into the deeper, darker nights there seems to be a release to the natural rhythm of inward reflection. Harvest season is slowing down, and the abundance of all the beautiful food and dreams we planted in the spring are being enjoyed, while at the same time there seems to be space to plant new seeds, to create new intentions that can marinate as we settle into our winter cocoons.
Its been an amazing summer and fall, so much has been moving, in every sense of the word. I haven’t even had space to sit and be with all of the flow, it has just carried me away, and amazingly enough I have been so supported with an abundance of energy, of health, of all things really. It has been wonderful to just let go and relax, even when there hasn’t been time to physically do that. It’s been joyful to watch the manifestations of dreams bloom within my being, and to see this energy move out into the world. It’s been freeing to let go of the thoughts, and to just trust the process of life, and see it unfold before me, as I just move in tandem with it. And now, as things settle a bit, in my new home and in my body, the vibrations have space to move out, and to release the ama (toxins- emotional, physical and energetic) that has been shaken up in these past few months. I honour the space to plant new seeds, to see what divine creation brings forth next. I honour the time given to reflect, and to purify. I am thankful for all that is.
So, whats new at Ananda Ayurveda. Well my new work space is beautiful. So bright and alive with warmth and light. It’s a powerful, grounded space for deep healing. I will post some pictures soon. The Healing Light Yoga Therapy classes have been amazing, such transformation, and we are only half way through. About 50 students are joining us from all over the world, and I feel with each class the vibrations increasing and the deep healing that is occurring. I am so thankful for the opportunity to share this with others, and I am learning/healing from all of the students as they move through their process as well. Our next offering online will be in January, and I am hoping to either offer some classes locally, and possibly a weekend workshop or two as well, I will keep you updated.
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.
The Power Of Subtle Intention
I talk about intention a lot in my classes, newsletters, and sessions with clients. It’s a powerful way to create energy flow in any aspect of our life and our being, one that is available to us always. I have found that in my practice, and in my life that what I think about, how I feel about something, and even what I imagine can all come to be. What is so magical about intention is that there really needs to be no effort behind it, there is no special key to making it happen, and it seems that the more you “force” it into being, the less it seems to manifest.
Yes, sometimes our deepest dreams, hopes, desires seem to get stuck. Sometimes there is the illusion of lack of flow. Trust that things take time to marinate and to come to fruition, sometimes the universe knows that there is more that needs to be done before the flow can come into place. It doesn’t mean that its time to push against it, or to let the intention go.
So, how do we work with intention? How do we put it out to the universe with out forcing our will onto it? It’s simple really. Yes, it is true, what is “simple” can be the most difficult thing to do, especially when it comes into the realm of letting go of control and of letting go of the outcome, and the path that it may take to get to the highest manifestation of your dreams. My teacher talks about it in terms of sending a letter out into the mail. When we post something off to another place in the world, even if it’s something very important, we take that letter to the mailbox and we let it go, we trust it will make the journey to its destination. In a way working with subtle intention is very similar. We need to just envision into being, whether in words, pictures, colors- any form of vibration, and then we allow it to flow out to the universe, with the beat of our heart and the support of our energy. The more we are in consciousness or connection to source when we envision it, then the easier it is for it to reach it’s destination. It’s great to send out the waves of intention after meditation, healing breath work, savasana, or just upon waking or falling asleep. The term “waves” is a great way to describe the process of placing the intention. I often just imagine the thought or the desire (the San Kalpa) in my heart, and then I allow it to expand out into the universe as I transcend on it (surrendering it), as I ride the flow of that light that it connects with. I may do this a few times or for a few minutes, but each time I allow this magical seed to go, and I surrender to the greater universe with it. Not focusing at all, just letting it go, and then it seems to naturally repeat in my vibration with no effort. When the time is right, it comes to be, without me “doing” anything at all.
This is not to say that we can’t have goals and work towards those goals on a more “physical” level. Of course what we do in our daily lives will help to create the space for this intention to flow. By setting foundations of a firm practice into being, we can support the subtle energetics of it all. Always follow your dreams, always walk and move into the desires and the flow that calls you, but notice if you are forcing it, if you are attached to the way it may be playing out, or if you are struggling so hard to make something happen, and when that’s the case I invite you to try to relax, to release and to let go.
As the seasons change, it is important to nurture our bodies in this Vata time of year. To eat nourishing, warmer foods, that are easy to digest. This will help to support our immunity, our nervous systems, and our physical body, as the temperatures start to drop.
I thought it was time to share another curry, it has been a while and this is a lovely one. The creaminess of the coconut milk with the warming spices are a balm to our being. If you don’t have a recipe for korma powder, or garam masala, try to find a nice organic blend at your local health food store, or order from us, we have beautiful spice mixes for sale, 100% organic and made with the most important ingredient- Love. $12 a piece.
I am also sharing a pomegranate chutney as they are coming into season. Yes they are still imported from California, but what a treat to enjoy. The pomegranate is very cooling towards pitta, and this chutney also balances excess vata. Most of all it is extremely nourishing for our emotional heart.
Vegetable Masala Curry
- 2 Tbs Ghee or Coconut Oil
- 1 Tbs Grated Fresh Ginger
- 2 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 1 Tbs Korma Powder
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- 1 Leek Thinly Sliced
- 1/2 Head Cauliflower Chopped
- 1 Medium Sweet Potato or Yam
- 5 Kale Leaves Coarsley Chopped
- 3 Bay Leaves
- 1 Date, Finely Chopped
- 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp Tamarind Paste
- 4 Tbs Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
- 3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Heat ghee/coconut oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add leek and ginger and saute for approximately 2 minutes.
- Add cumin seeds, cook for 1-2 minutes
- Add korma, and garam masala, stirring constantly until heated through
- Pour in coconut milk (if very thick, add a little water), stir to form a sauce
- Add remaining vegetables, lemon juice, tamarind paste, bay leaves, and date, stirring frequently as the sauce thickens until the vegetables are cooked (10-20 minutes)
- Remove bay leaves, add fresh cilantro, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
I like to add cashews in when I add in the vegetables, a nice addition of protien and they soak up the spices and taste heavenly. Feel free to substitute for the vegetables, and greens, go with what is local or fresh that day in the market:)
- 1 Tbs Ghee or Coconut Oil
- 1 ½ Tbs Fresh Grated Ginger
- ½ Cup Chopped Dried Figs
- Juice of ½ a Lime
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- ¼ tsp allspice
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 – 1 ½ Cup Pomegranate Seeds
- ½ Cup Fresh Pomegranate Juice ( Made by blending equal parts pomegranate seeds and water, then straining)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Heat the ghee in a small saucepan
- Add ginger, figs, lime, pomegranate juice, and spices
- Cook for 10 minutes at medium low heat, so that the sugars from the figs start to caramalize
- Add extra pomegranate juice if necessary
- Combine with the pomegranate seeds
- Season with salt and pepper and leave to cool
Once again I want to share my gratitude to you all for taking the time to read this, and for your community. We are all connected, and as we share in our spirits and in our practice we help to support all beings. As I share with you, I too receive from each of you, and I thank you for your presence in my path.
I look forward to sharing more with you, the possibilities are endless. I look forward to further expansion and growth: more classes, retreats, and transformation radiating forth soon:)
Much Love and Peace to you all