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Jan ’19 – Learn Indian Head massage

Learn the ancient art of Indian head massage on this 3 day workshop. This simple treatment can be used for a wide range of health problems, most notably stress, anxiety and insomnia.

Agni

In Sanskrit Agni translates as Fire. Agni is the body’s digestive heat and transformative energy that is responsible for all it’s transformative processes; not just metabolically but mentally also. The key to health in Ayurveda is good digestion. The relative strength or weakness of one’s digestion is dependent on the strength of one’s Agni  (digestive […]

Triphala – benefits & uses

Triphala is one of the most well known and popular Ayurvedic formulas. Not surprising as it is so beneficial and is suitable for most people (in Ayurvedic terms it is tridoshic). Each of the three herbal fruits of Triphala takes care of the body by gently promoting internal cleansing of all conditions of stagnation and […]

Tips to enhance digestion

Natural solutions to help with Christmas overindulgences… It’s easy to get carried away and overindulge at this time of year! Christmas is full of tantalising treats but unfortunately many festive delicacies are heavy, hard to digest, mucous forming, liver inflaming and Kapha increasing…. The end result leaves us feeling bloated, foggy and a bit worse […]

Ayurvedic Astrology & The Cosmic Body

Article written by Gary O’Toole (Guest teacher on our Diploma of Ayurvedic Studies) The Sun, Moon and 5 visible planets find expression in the seven tissues of the body, showing how the Universe and Body mirror each other. In Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, the most comprehensive text on Vedic astrology, it states that ‘bones, blood, […]

Glossary of Ayurvedic terms

abhyanga Full body Ayurvedic oil massage; self-massage is an important component of an Ayurvedic daily routine, but trained professionals also give abhyanga treatments—either as a stand-alone therapy or as part of a deeper cleanse, such as panchakarma.   agni The third of five elements recognized in Ayurveda: the fire element; the principle of transformation; the […]

Frozen food & Ayurveda

Our food should be vital, full of Prana (energy) and a source of nourishment. In Ayurveda, food that is lifeless or lacking in Prana is referred to as Paryushita. Unfortunately frozen food falls under this unpleasant title… Although science suggests that frozen foods can be nutritious, Ayurveda views them as lacking in essential vitality and […]

Nasya: perfect treatment for Spring

Nasya is one of the Panchakarmas (5 cleanses) mentioned in Ayurveda, Nasya therapy is a process wherein medicated herbs (decocted in oil or as a powder) are administered through the nostrils, this follows a face massage and steam. Since the nose is the gateway of the head, the therapy is highly effective in curing a […]

Dairy & Spring

Ayurveda generally recommends that you should either decrease dairy (cow) considerably or avoid it altogether during Spring. This is because Kapha is aggravated at this time of the year & the heaviness of dairy is even more problematic for our bodies. Instead opt for dairy alternatives (almond, hemp, rice, coconut, oat milks) or goats milk […]

Grapefruit

Grapefruits decrease Vata, mildly increase Pitta and liquefy Kapha. They are alkalising, stimulant, expectorant, astringent and mucolytic. They help to digest sugars, fats (hypolipidaemic) and stimulate the liver & gallbladder (chologogue). They are high in anti-oxidants, promote longevity and are high in spermidine, lycopene & vitamin C. Tastes: bitter, sour & sweet. Grapefruits are a great option for breakfast if […]