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Spring Improvements at Satmya

Since the beginning of Spring we have been busy improving the surroundings of Satmya, we got new wooden signage, outdoor seating and we have been busy in the polytunnel getting seedlings ready to plant out around the business.

Interview with Doug about our straw bale building

We wanted our building to be in harmony with the locale – rural county Clare. The design is similar to that of traditional Irish buildings, so it perfectly blends in the surrounding landscape. However, the orientation and the layout stray far from Irish tradition. We used Vastu shastra (the Indian Feng Shui), which loosely translates as the teaching or doctrine of dwelling.

Our medicinal herb garden

To get the herb garden started we planted a small range of medicinal herbs including:
Rosemary, Lavender, Calendula, Hyssop, Agrimony, Goldenrod, Chives, Agastache, German Chamomile, Echinacea purpurea, Feverfew, Solomons seal, lungwort, marshmallow, Inula helenium, Lemonbalm, Fennel, Mugwort, Birch, Eupatorium, Vervain, Centaury, Hypericum, Wormwood, Motherwort and Rose Campion. (Most herbs were grown from seed & all are organic)

Spring Tips

In Ayurveda, Spring is a wonderful opportunity to reduce Kapha and harness the cleansing energy of this season. This is one of the easiest times of the year to detoxify your body, lose weight and reduce allergies. This is generally done through dietary changes, Ayurvedic cleansing practices and herbs to support this process.

Nasya – perfect Spring treatment

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.

Autumn: Ready for a change?

Autumn is experienced as a time of deep change and transformation. It is a season where it can be hard to find balance but is an opportunity to shift the energy in the body to regain inner harmony. In Ayurveda, we do this through Autumnal cleanses, changing our diet and lifestyle and re-establishing a grounding routine.

Our Area

Satmya is located in the wilds of East Clare, just outside the mountain village of Feakle. The area is steeped in magic, folklore & legend and it’s an absolutely gorgeous part of the world to explore. Famed for traditional music, being the home of Biddy Early (famous Irish wise woman/herbalist) and associated with many folk

Love Coffee but not caffeine??

In Ayurveda, coffee can be a health promoting drink but it is not suitable for everyone and there are certain rules to follow to enhance the benefits and reduce the aggravating effects.

Ayurveda & Yoga

Ayurveda and Yoga are regarded as sister sciences and, like sisters, they share common ancestral values and philosophies about optimal ways of living.

Kavala grah

Kavala grah is an ancient Ayurvedic cleanse for the oral cavity. It is said to be beneficial for the senses, the strength of the teeth & gums and much more.   In Ayurveda there are 2 oil gargles. Gandusha uses more oil (up to 150mls or a full mouthful) and Kavalagraha uses less oil (10mls). This

Baked spiced apples

So simple to make and a great breakfast for those with very little appetite in the morning. It is also very nutritious and easy to digest. Suitable for all Doshas but for Kaphas make sure you add some extra spices (Ginger, Cinnamon & Cloves) to regulate blood sugars. Cooking apples makes them easier for Vatas to digest without causing bloating. Hungry Pittas can take a larger portion with extra ghee or coconut oil.

Ayurvedic tips for weight loss

Ayurveda looks at all conditions in a comprehensive manner and weight loss is no different. For weight loss we look beyond caloric intake and exercise and delve a bit deeper.

What’s a Dosha?

Do you identify with any Dosha?… Take the Dosha Quiz if you’re unsure A little bit of the philosophy behind the Science of Life.Everything in our universe is composed of 5 elements or in sanskrit Mahabhutas. The 5 elements are: Akash (ether) Vayu (air) Agni (fire) Jala (water) Prithvi (earth). These 5 elements are found in

Doshas in sport

You may have come across body type profiling in the sports world before. This system divides people into three specific body types, that is ectomorph, endomorph and mesomorph with mind types being either introvert or extravert.

Achieve a healthy work-life balance with Ayurveda

Establishing a good balance between work and daily living is a challenge that all workers face. It can seem like an intangible goal as work can often dominate our lives. Experts agree that the compounding stress from the never-ending workday is damaging. It can hurt relationships, health and overall happiness

Ayurvedic Astrology & The Cosmic Body

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, marrow, skin, fat, semen and muscles are the primary ingredients’ and that ‘the lords of these are respectively the Sun and the other planets’.

Apple pudding

Sometimes stewed apple just isn’t filling enough for breakfast… So a simple & filling addition is chia seeds. They make the texture very creamy and also add more fibre and omega 3 fatty acids.

Ayurveda for Summer Health

Ayurveda (Traditional Indian Medicine) is an ancient natural health science that believes in maintaining a balance of energies (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) within the body in accordance with the external environment in which it resides.According to Ayurveda everything in the universe (including our bodies) is composed of 5 elements and these elements manifest as three energies, that

Cucumber & Ayurveda

Cool as a Cucumber

Cucumbers are a perfect Summer food, they are refrigerant, blood purifying, good for UTIs and excellent for the skin. Good for Vata & Pitta types but can increase Kapha.

What is Ayurveda?

The word Ayurveda comes from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit. It translates as “Science of Life” and is often referred to as Traditional Indian Medicine.

10 tips for a healthier Spring

Spring is a great time for doing a detox, for losing weight, improving fitness & kickstarting your health. From the Ayurvedic perspective, Spring is all about reducing Kapha.

Pre-Conception Care

Both Ayurveda & Naturopathy place great importance on pre-conception care. They view it as essential, whether or not you have fertility issues, as it impacts the long term health of both the baby and the mother.