A place of Harmony Balance and Health

This blog has grown from its base in Ayurveda into a more expansive view of health, wellbeing and spirituality. Mind, body and spirit are explored using Ayurveda, Yoga and Energetic Healing. I hope that you find my posts helpful on your journey.
More information can be found on my new website Harmony Balance Health

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gift Certificates


Christmas is just around the corner and what better gift to give the ones you love then some good old pampering. Treat your friends or family to an Ayurvedic massage, yoga and meditation classes, or an Ayurvedic consultation. Whatever you give them I'm sure they will love. You can give them the gift certificate for a specific service or leave it up to them how they will use it. Either way they will get a great gift that will make them feel wonderful!





If you would like one, or more, then either drop into my clinic in the city Level 14, 88 Pitt Street Sydney or contact me at antheasayurveda@gmail.com and I will send it to you.
All certificates are valid for 6 months.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Massage Menu






I am now offering a wider range of massage services designed to fit into people's lunch breaks.  I am also very excited to be offering guided meditations as an add on before a massage. I started doing this with some of my clients in Balmain and had amazing results. It seems to take the client to a deeper level and from the feedback I have been given is a wonderful experience. 


As with all my massages I use use the traditional methods of Ayurveda which include the stimulation of mama points around the body and warm organic sesame oil. I also like to add essential oils to the sesame oil (all oils are certified organic) to further increase the benefits. The oils used are specifically chosen to match your dosha (Ayurvedic constitution) and any imbalances reflected in your current physical and emotional state. The combination of sesame oil, essential oils and mama stimulation relieves tensions, aches and pains on a physical level, as well as working on a deeper celular level to release toxins and emotions deep within the physical structure. 



  • My signature 1 hour full body Ayurvedic massage $95 The ultimate massage. An hour of pure pampering from head to toe. Allow yourself to truly unwind, relax and release your tensions.  Discover the pleasures of being indulgent.
  • Back, shoulders, arms & neck massage  30 minutes only $65  Release those neck and shoulder tensions and slip into a state of relaxation. Perfect for anybody who spends hours at a desk or computer. 
  • Foot & leg massage 30 minutes only  $65 Give your legs and feet a well earned rest and indulge them in some pampering.
  • Head & face massage 30 minutes only $65 A beautiful relaxing massage that is sure to bring a smile to your face. 
  • Add a 10 minute Guided Meditation to the beginning of your massage $20. Start your massage with a guided meditation and see what a difference it makes. Be guided to connect with the healing energies available to us all and feel how this connection remains throughout the massage.  Has to be experienced to fully understand the beauty of this powerful combination. A highly recommended addition to any massage. 


Available at
Brookvale and Narrabeen

0431 297 010 



Monday, November 7, 2011

I'm Moving to the city!



After a wonderful 12 months in Balmain I have decided to move. It was a tough decision but once I saw my new clinic I knew I had found what I was looking for - it has a yoga room!!! I am so excited!  I have always wanted the space to hold small yoga class, up to 8 people, so I can really give each student a real personalised yoga experience and that is exactly what this room is made for.  And with the extra space  I can offer exactly what I have always wanted, all the parts of Ayurveda that I love so much - consultationmassageyoga, meditation and Pranayama. Did I say I am excited?!

As I am committed to my teaching job until the end of the year I will be there to start with from 4pm - 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Then in the New year I will be also available during the day too which will allow me to offer lunch time yoga classes then eventually meditation and Pranayama courses.  I have also decided to introduce more massages to allow for people who do not have 75 minutes to spare or want a quick massage over lunch, so although the 75 minute massage is perfectly delicious it is not always easy to find the time especially at lunch. I will let you know all about that in my next post.

It's all very inspiring and I am really looking forward to meeting and treating more people and helping them to find nice natural alternatives to bring  more balance to their lives. So if you work or live around Martin Place in the beautiful city of Sydney come along and say hi and experience one of my many Ayurvedic treatments.

My new premises are at AcuSense Suite 68, level 14, 88 Pitt Street Sydney

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Consultations - Putting the Power in Your Hands



When you decide to improve your health using Ayurveda you are choosing a therapeutic approach that gives you the driving wheel, with your practitioner as your instructor guiding you along the way, giving you tools, advice and most importantly a whole lot of support. Well that's how I approach it anyway.

The first consultation lasts an hour but often they go longer as there is just so much to talk about. There is your diet, job, daily and weekly commitments, stressors, physical, mental and emotional well being, exercise, relaxation and whatever else is relevant to what makes you who you are. That alone can often take an hour! Once all the information has been presented it is then time to find some practical solutions in the way of dietary and lifestyle changes. The thing to remember however, is that it is an ongoing process so you will not be given all the answers on the first day. There are a number of reasons for this, and the biggest one, is that people generally can't implement or sustain too many changes. Habits are hard to break and just as hard to form so it is better to make changes gradually. Each time you come back we discuss how things are going, how the changes you have made have effected you and from there we have a look at what would be the best way to build on what you have been doing. It's a lovely way to learn about yourself and to gain a real sense of empowerment over your health and your life. 

So what kind of things do I advise people to do? Well it really depends on the individual. Often I will start with diet but not always. Sometimes we might work on reducing stress or anxiety first, or increasing energy levels. It all depends on what seems to be the most in need at the time.  Relaxation techniques seem to be what most people need as we live a very fast and often over demanding lifestyle with little time given to true relaxation. Meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), yoga , baths, essential oils, massage, and even taking a holiday have all been recommended. Just taking time out for you and understanding that you need to make you a priority in your life. Once this happens it all becomes a whole lot easier.  

The follow up consultations are very important as they are how we monitor your progress and chat about what is or isn't working. We also look at anything new that may have come up as things start to shift and change. Follow ups will also vary in time and the first few will usually be longer as there is often lot of discussion as to how things are going and what needs to be done. Then once things have started to balance out and you are getting into the swing of things and you are feeling healthier and happier the consultations become shorter being more of a check in. As most of my clients have been having a massage after their consultation they come in have a 10-20 minute chant and then jump up on the table for a massage. I also have clients who I do a guided meditation with at the end of the consultation. Once they are in this totally blissed out meditative state I give them a massage. It is a lovely package and something that they tell me is a wonderful experience and by the look on their faces when they leave I do not doubt them. 

Ayurveda is about you changing the way you live so that you can live a better, healthier life. You know yourself better then anyone and you know what you are willing and capable of doing, so it does really lay in your hands. However you are not alone, you have someone to support you along the way and from what my clients have told me having someone to "report to" on a regular basis has been very motivating and has helped them to keep on track. Knowing you have to come in and tell someone how you have gone is sometimes all you need to keep at it. But don't worry if you do have a "blow out" or haven't done everything then that's OK too. We generally just have a bit of a laugh then have a look as to why things didn't go as planned and find a way to remedy it. Things happen and sometimes we fall off the wagon so to speak but that's just life and we have to learn to accept our less than perfectness and not let it defeat us. Life is way to short, rich and rewarding to dwell on the negatives. Ayurveda is a wonderful way to tap into that beauty and find a natural, empowering way to take control of your well being. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Peace Angels




I am very proud to be part of the most beautiful event being held in Sydney tomorrow night September 25th. It's called Peace Angels Walking Light Peace Festival and it is going to be spectacular.



At about 6.45 pm 38 beautiful angels and 15 cherubs will walk through Sydney's Hyde Park in the name of Peace. There will be an indigenous fire ceremony, lights, crystal bowls, orbs and lots more.



A ceremony will be performed at the ANZAC War Memorial and then the angels will walk/dance to the fountain at the northern end of the park where another ceremony will be performed. It's going to be amazing!

If you are in Sydney and want to take part in bringing more peace into the world please come along and join us.

Om Shanti Peace

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Happy Perspective




A woman was travelling in India and noticed how happy the people were so she asked one of the locals, "Why are Indians so happy?" His reply was simple and powerful, "We look at other people, people poorer than ourselves, and feel lucky for all the things we have. Westerners however look at other people and see the things they do not have"


Monday, September 5, 2011

September Sangha


September 14th

Our Sangha this month is one I am very excited about because the main focus of the evening is Kirtan! I love Kirtan it just makes me feel so good. We all know the amazing feeling we get from singing, going to a concert, listening to music. We know that it makes us feel good and there are many studies that prove it's theraputic effect.

It's not a new concept. People have been making music for centuries. All cultures have musical traditions and India is no exception. Kirtan involves musicians and singers leading a group in a call and response of traditional mantras or chants in the very ancient Sanskrit language. You may not understand what you are repeating but it really doesn't matter as the sounds will lift your vibration and you will just feel better. When I first went to Kirtan I was so self conscious of my voice but it didn't take me long to start singing at the top of my lungs and loving every minute of it. So don't worry that you won't know the words or can't sing because it doesn't really matter!

Apart from the wonderful experience of Kirtan we are also going to her Alison, a lovely lady who I studied Ayurveda with, talk to us about her trip to Sri Lanka and her panchakarma experience. Panchakarma is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy that involves a whole variety of cleansing and rejuvenating techniques specifically designed for each client based on their dosha and their doshic imbalances. Panchakarma is used to treat a whole range of illnessess and diseases and has been used in India for centuries with amazing results. It is something that I would love to experience so am really looking forward to Alison's talk.

And if all that wasn't reason enough we will have my wonderfully talented friend Tony Jackson treating us to one of his amazing meditations. I have been lucky enough to experience many of Tony's meditations and they are part meditation part healing. They are something not to be missed.

So please come along and join us in another wonderful night as we join together to sing, learn, share experiances and enjoy and evening of community.

Phone, text or mail me for the details.
0431297010


Thursday, September 1, 2011

It's Spring!!


Yeah Spring is officially here! I love the change of seasons and this would have to be my favourite. Being a vata I am not at all good friends with winter and all it's cold and damp, but I have learnt to appreciate its beauty and place in the cycle of nature. As appreciative as I am I still rejoice when it is over and I no longer have to wear heavy coats and stay indoors counting the days till the warmth returns. Anyway enough about me.

The beginning of Spring, like the beginning of any new season, is a time when we have to take care of our bodies as we adjust to the changing climate around us. How often do we get the sniffles or a spring cold or just feel a little out of sorts as we start to come out of the winter? This is because we physically start to release all the kapha (cold, damp, wet) that has been stored in our bodies over the winter and if we are not careful during this process we might end up with a change of season cold. Last spring I wrote a post on how to change your diet, routine and day to day activities so that you can avoid getting sick so follow this link to read all about it. If you have any questions, comments or would like help please come in and see me send me an email or hit the comment button below.

Have a great spring!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

New Availability

In light of my busy schedule over the next couple of months as I finish my Yoga teacher training and various other workshops I am doing to help my clients and myself better, I have decided to have clients in my house in Coogee. This will make me available through the week and also still available on those weeks when I can not get to my clinic in Balmain.

I will be available after 4pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and all day on Thursdays. Fridays are the day I study yoga so am not available until 5 but I am having holidays soon so will be available all day Friday from the 16th of September until the 7th of October.

I hope this isn't too confusing for you and that these dates, hours and the extra location suits some of you. I am still available in Balmain on the weekends but do have a lot of workshops coming up so it's best to contact me so we can find a day where I can see you.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Busy Life



Yes life has been very busy recently and that is why my postings have been so sparce. I really wanted to write but have been following my own advice and making myself find balance. I have been doing this by taking the times that I am not busy or that I am free and allowing myself to be just that - free and not busy.  And it has been lovely!  I have been busy but I have not been burnt out. I have done things that I enjoy and that are relaxing even when I know I could be doing something "more productive". I have not thought "Oh here is a spare 30 minutes how can I fill it up?" instead I have thought "I have some time to rest or do something nice". And I have managed to live a life where I have lots to do but been able to still enjoy life and not feel frazzled, overworked, stressed, anxious or all those other side effects of having lots to do. Ah the beauty of not letting life control you!

The calendar is still pretty full for the next couple of months as I finish my yoga teacher training course and another course I have been doing about energetics, chakras, and all other wonderful ways to make myself more happy and shiny, so the posts will still be less frequent and again I am sorry. But it will all be worth it in the end as I will have even more skills and knowledge to help you all with. Until then I will do my best to say hello and keep you informed. The next big post will probably be on kirtan and how sound, singing and mantra is used as healing and meditation as that is the topic of our next Sangha. So stay tuned and stay balanced xx



Monday, August 1, 2011

August Sangha - Cooking



Well it has been a long time between posts and I do apologise. It seems that life decided to test me and send me some obstacles (antarayas) so that I could practice all that I wrote about in my last post. Life really does have a sense of humour it seems! So it has been a long month but one that I am very thankful for as I have learnt a lot about myself and the processes that I have been studying and have come out the other side stronger, and a little wiser.  It wasn't easy and it was a big test but I feel thankful for the lessons and thankful for the knowledge and skills that I used to make it through.


So now onto the Sangha! We are focusing on cooking this month and will be demonstrating how to cook a few dishes which we will all be able to sample at the end! There will be a curry, a chutney, raita and some date balls for a sweet ending.  We also have a lovely lady coming with her harmonium so that we can finish the night with some kirtan!

So if this sounds like a wonderful way to spend the evening of the 10th of August contact me and I will give you the details.

04312797010
antheasayurveda@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Antarayas - Life's Obstacles According to the Yoga Sutras



Antaryas are a concept from the Yoga Sutras that many people would be familiar with whether they have studied yoga or not. The Antaryas (obstacles) that Patanjali talks about are issues that people of all walks of life face. Illness, doubt, impatience, distractions and loss of confidence are obstacles that we all face throughout our lives. We seek help in therapy, long discussions with friends and self help books or try to block it all out with shopping, drinking or other feel good activities. But we rarely find the true nature of the issues or even more rarely do we find peace. 

The Yoga Sutras are a way of trying to find the answers, trying to find a way to understand and work with these obstacles. Patanjali states that there are eight Antarayas that we will encounter as we work towards obtaining clarity and stability of the mind. They are:
  1. Vyadhi - illness
  2. Samsaya - doubt 
  3. Pramada - haste or impatience
  4. Alasya - resignation or Styana Tamas - fatigue
  5. Avirati - distraction
  6. Bhrantidarsana - ignorance or arrogance 
  7. Alabdhumikatva - the inability to take a new step 
  8. Anavasthitatvani - loss of confidence.
As you can see nothing has really changed in the thousands of years since the Sutras were written. Even more surprising is that we still have not mastered our thoughts, emotions and are still striving to find peace in our lives. 

Patanjali also describes the symptoms of these states which are again symptoms that most people face throughout their lives; feeling sorry for oneself, having a negative attitude, physical problems and breathing difficulties. He then gives us suggestions as to how we can overcome these obstacles and this is were the differences between the Mind of those living in India many Millennia ago and that of the modern Western Mind become apparent.  
Pranayama, for example, is not a practice that many people in today’s modern world would practice let alone are aware of. Watching the breath and working with extending the exhalation is something that yogis do on a regular basis. Sitting and working with the breath has many benefits, it is calming, cleansing, helps to maintain focus and can even be uplifting. Done regularly it can help to remove the obstacles Patanjlai refers to and help in the attainment of clarity and peace. It's  a great way to still the mind and to prepare for meditation or to take your mind of your problems.  

Our senses are often responsible for sending us off track as we flitter from on experience to another but Patanjali says that we can use our senses to overcome our distractions and to maintain the focus that we need. By investigating our senses instead of letting them control us we can find peace with ourselves and our world.  We become more in tune with how what we see, hear, taste and touch effects our physical and mental reality. Sit with what you are feeling, see how you react to certain images, explore your feelings. So often we overlook the messages that our senses are sending us or disregard how what we see or hear effects us. We have  become so desensitised, our movies are ful of violence, TV has become so graphic. Yet how ofter do we sit and feel our reactions to the sensory overload that is part of our everyday life? How often do we detox our sight or sound? Try a month without any violent images or lyrics and see how different you life becomes. 
Contemplation of life is Patanjali’s next suggestion for overcoming the obstacles.  Asking questions such as, why are we here? what is life all about? and other such philosophical ponderings can help us to focus on the greater picture and move beyond the everyday activities and thoughts that usually fill our minds. By contemplating life's mysteries we are less inclined to be as bothered by the little details of life. As we are able to see the bigger picture we start to see how insignificant a lot of our daily stressors are. 

Patanjali does not expect us to do this all alone. He encourages us to find people who have experienced the same problems that we are struggling with and let them guide us.  A teacher or mentor is another person who can help you. They may not have had the same experiences as you but can help you to recognise when you are struggling with one of the obstacles and give you tools and encouragement needed to overcome them. They are there to support you so that you don't let yourself become defeated and give up. Nowadays other methods of guidance are available such as books, workshops, self help programs and online education.  

The next suggestion asks us to look into our subconscious for answers.  Just like Freud, Patanjali instructs us to consider the messages of our dreams and see if through their interpretation we can find some way of overcoming our problems. He does not give any suggestions as to what the images or situations we encounter in our sleep mean but he does suggest that a lot of clarity can be obtained by taking the time to think about what our dreams are trying to tell us. 

Meditation is another way that Patanjali suggests we use our subconscious to gain relief from Antaryas. He says that by focusing our minds on something we can become more peaceful.  A lot of people think that meditation requires sitting in an absolute state of silence like the Zen Masters practice but that is not the only way to focus the mind and reach a state of meditation, using a mantra, visulisation or guided technique works just as well and is for most people a whole lot easier. When the mind is quiet and the chatter of our thoughts subsides clarity is given a chance to be heard. This is especially helpful when we are stressed, overwhelmed or feel like we can’t go on.

We do not need to be studying philosophy or following a spiritual path to see how these obstacles effect or physical and mental wellbeing. And we don't have to be a Zen monk or cave dwelling yogi to be able to implement the suggestions Patanjali suggests in the Sutras. Life is full of tests and challenges and it is up to us how we handle them. By becoming more aware of who we are, by taking time out to become more in touch with ourselves and our place in the world and getting help when we need it life can be a lot easier. Take time out for you, make yourself a priority, take control of your life instead of letting life control you. Once you start implementing these practices in your life you will still have obstacles to overcome but they will seem far less ominous and far more manageable. 

What strategies have worked for you? Share you story and comments xx


Monday, June 27, 2011

July Sangha





July is just around the corner and so is our next Sangha. We are very excited to have two highly qualified Ayurvedic practitioners coming to share their wisdom of Ayurveda. It is bound to be another great evening!

Our first speaker is  Farida Irani an Ayurvedic practitioner and clinical Aromatherapist.  She is also the founder of Subtle Energies the most beautiful Ayurveda Aromatherapy range of skin, body and therapeutic products. She will be talking about “The Magic of Ayurveda Aromatherapy and how to use it in your daily life”.

Our second guest is Doctor Kajal Khadadiya who found our Sangah through this blog! She is an Ayurvedic Doctor has recently moved to Australia from India. She will be talking to us about “Chyavanprasha- THE KING OF RASAYANA,  a premium winter tonic and how we can keep healthy this winter the Ayurvedic way”.


As usual the night will start with meditation and there will be lots of yummy teas and snacks for everyone to nibble on as they unwind and arrive and again at the end of the night.

To keep it simple our Sanghas are held on the second Wednesday of each month so the July Sangah will be on the 13th. It starts at 7pm and if you would like the address then please send me a message, text or give me a call and I will give you the details - antheasayurveda@gmail.com 0431297010

Hope to see you there.

ps - We would like to know what you would like to see us discuss in future Sangahs, so if there is something you are interested in our would like to know more about get in contact and we will do our best to make it a toipc of one of our future evenings.

Namaste

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Grounding in a Vata World


Life today is busy, busy, busy!  We push ourselves more then any time in the history of the planet. We juggle time to fit in as much as possible. Often our idea of resting and relaxing is watching TV and using the internet at the same time. Multi-tasking has taken on a whole new meaning. We jump from one web page to another, have multiple applications open on our computers and live with our phones in our hands. Stillness, peace and tranquility are things that we long for but often what we don't have time for.

Such a lifestyle can lead to vata imbalances, regardless of your dosha. If you live a life that has little down time and you are constantly on the go then you could end up with excess vata. Some of the more common signs that you have become imbalanced are; constipation, insomnia, anxiety, fluctuations in weight, restlessness, dryness of skin, joints or hair and digestive problems.

So what can we do? How can we stop constantly running around? It's not that hard when you stop and think about it, but therein lies the problem - stopping! We find it so hard to stop. And when we do, we are rarely present. For some reason we find it unacceptable to stop and do nothing. We must fill up every waking moment with some task. How often have you watched something on TV that you weren't interested in or whiled away the hours on the Internet doing nothing in particular? Quite a lot I'd say for most people. Or how often do you make your break a real break where you don't do anything? How often do you truly do nothing? When did it become so hard to treat yourself to some time out? It really is some of the most enjoyable medicine you will ever have the pleasure of taking. And once you get a taste of it and discover how beneficial such simple pleasures are, you will find that all your stresses are not so big. They may still be there but the stress in your body will have reduced making life a whole lot easier to deal with.

So here are some ideas for you to ground yourself in the busy, rajasic world we live in.
  • Stop and do nothing.  This does not mean watching TV or surfing the net, this means doing nothing! See what stillness really is. Go sit in a park, in the forest, at the beach and just be still. Your mind will probably fight you at first but over time you will learn to tame it.
  • This leads to meditation. Once you are able to stop and your mind gets comfortable with the idea of not having to do something then you can try meditation. It's a great way to give your mind a rest and let it have some time out from the constant thinking it is subjected to day after day. 
  • Baths. Fill up the tub with warm water, add some oils (check here for some oils especially for anxiety and worry), light some candles, put on some music (or not) and put a do not disturb sign on the door! Lay back and let the warmth and aroma do the work.
  • Do something that puts you in a reflective mood. Journal, write down your thoughts. Draw, paint or whatever works for you.
  • Go for a walk in nature.
  • Do yoga, tai chi or some form of slow meditative activity that will help you to slow down and come into your body and ground.
  • Learn pranayama and use your breath to bring stillness to your mind and nervous system.
  • Treat yourself to a massage and make self massage a part of your life.
  • Eat food that is grounding. This means warm and moist. Grains, legumes, root vegetables and dairy are all good. Stay away from cold, dry, light food. If you want a more specific list of vata pacifying foods check here
  • Do things that keep in in once place and do not require a lot of effort.
  • And always be gentle with yourself.
Pay attention to what you are doing and when you find yourself rushing around make the effort to take a break. Over time you will notice more often when you are not taking time out and it will become second nature.

Good luck

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Self Massage


Self massage is one of the joys of the Ayurvedic Daily Routine. Now that winter is here we need to be extra careful with our skin as cold air, winds and heating are terribly drying. We need to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

One of the best ways to do hydrate is with an oil massage. The oil penetrates the skin and forms a protective layer over the skin which helps it to remain hydrated, smooth and soft. Another less known benefit is that all the thousands of tiny pores all over the skin are like little roads that take the oil through the skin into the tissues, organs and even the cells, so an oil massage is a great way to feed your body loads of goodies. A lot more goes on than pure relaxation when you get up on that massages table. By adding essential oils to your base oil you are able to feed and nurture yourself internally through your pores.

Unfortunately most of us do not have a live in massage therapists or can afford to go and have a massage every day to keep our skin silky soft and our tissues nourished, but we all can find 5 - 10 minutes a day, week to give ourselves an oil massage. It's super easy and so, so beneficial. Choose a time that suits you and add it to your routine. After or before a shower at night works well. On the weekend before brunch is good too. Use your imagination, and follow your intuition.  Light candles, put on some lovely music and make it something truly nourishing. But don't let a lack of time stop you either a few minutes is all you really need so if it's 5 minutes before bed then that's what it is. You will still get the benefits.

So what do you do?  Just follow these simple steps:
  •  Mix the sesame oil with whatever essential oils are best for your present state of mind and dosha
  • Place the bottle in a container of hot water and wait until the oil has warmed up. 
  • Starting either with your feet or head  and gently massage the oil  into your skin. Use long strokes along your limbs and circular movements around your joints.
  • If something feels tight then spend time there. If something feels good keep doing it!
  • Vatas should  massage themselves slowly as they want to bring balance by avoiding excess movement. Pittas would do well with a slower massage as well as they tend to push themselves and are probably overdoing it and experiencing stress. Kaphas can do with a more vigorous massage as they tend to be the ones that need stimulation. As always listen to your body and give yourself the massage that suits you and your circumstances that day. IF your feeling stressed then give yourself a slow gentle massage with lots of calming oils, and if you are feeling sluggish then a more vigorous massage will help to get you moving.
  • After you have finished sit for a while and let your body soak up the oil. 
  • I usually leave it on over night and wash it off in the morning but if you are going to wash it off once you have finished use a gentle soap and be very careful not to fall over as your feet will be very slippery. 
 So there you go, one of the easiest ways to bring some balance and harmony to your life. Give it a go and see how much you benefit.
Happy massaging

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Weekend Meditations



                                                   



Meditation has changed my life. It has made me stronger, calmer and clearer. I worry less and have a more positive outlook on life.  It is a practice that has come in and out of my life over the years and I am very grateful that I have gotten to a place where it is part of my daily routine.  Those moments in the morning and again in the evening are what keep be balanced and grounded and what help me to bring peace into my life and those around me. I can't express how grateful I am for the changes.

Over the last few months I have started to lead some of my clients through meditations as part their treatment. Within a very short amount of time they are able to move to a deeper, more peaceful level of consciousness. Like most of the people I speak to say they are interested in meditation and are aware of its benefits but don't know how to do it. This got me thinking; why don't I set up a meditation group?  I could help people by leading them through a meditation each week. So now I am offering individual and group meditations (up to 4 people) at my clinic in Balmain. I am very excited!

I know lots of people think it's difficult to meditate or that many don't really know what to do or they don't have the discipline to keep to a practice, so having the opportunity to meet with somebody who can led them through the process might be just what they need. Another benefit is the power created by meditating with other people as the energy is much stronger then when you meditate alone. But don't worry if you have never meditated before you don't need any experience all you need is the desire to do it. You also don't need to be able to sit in any fancy yogic posture, you can sit on a chair.

We will have a check in to see where everyone is to begin with, then we will do some pranayama (breathing exercises) to help still the mind, and then there will be the meditation. It should take about 30 - 40 minutes in total. You will be feeling pretty relaxed and blissy after so there will be time for tea, reflection and chatting after to help you ground if you are interested. I am hoping to create a nice little groups where people feel comfortable and feel they are part of a community.

So what do you think? Does it sound like something you would like to try? I feel really positive about it and can see it growing with more groups of different time frames and variations. But for now I will start with this and see where it takes me and hopefully you.

Each session will be $12 or you can get a 5 session pass for $50. Individual meditations are $35.
Hope to see you there.

Balmain Centre for Holistic Health
50 Beattie Street
Balmain

Monday, May 30, 2011

New clinic hours

I have some exciting news - I will be extending my business hours to Saturdays from next month! Yeah! I have been thinking about adding another day to my schedule and an opening for Saturdays has come up in the clinic so I am taking it as a sign that it's time to make myself more available.  

I get so much joy from getting to know people and helping them in the journey to better health and happiness and am so excited about being in that energy more often. It is so satisfying to go to work and feel like you are making a difference to somebody's wellbeing. I have seen amazing changes in my clients and really want to help more people to achieve the same results. So as of the 25th of June I will be available for Ayurvedic consultations and massages on both Saturdays and Sundays at the Balmain Centre for Holistic Health. Please come along and let me help you bring more health and harmony into your life.

Please note that Saturdays are by appointment only.

Love health and happiness

Anthea


Saturday, May 28, 2011

June Sangha

June is just around the corner and so too is our next Ayurveda Sangha. Once again we are very lucky to have a great line up of speakers.

Elizabeth-Powell, life coach, spiritual intuitive and author of “Lighten up it’s not that serious” will be using her very special gift to guide and inform us in whatever way seems most appropriate for the groups on the night. Elizabeth has a beautiful energy, a magnificent smile and works to help people make the most out of life.  She believes that “It is possible to enjoy a more fulfilling existence, where opportunities unfold before you, wishes manifest and your path to enrichment on every level is more clearly defined and easily found. Love. Health. Happiness. Purpose. It's actually all closer than you think.”

Our other speaker is one of the Sangha organisers and my very good friend Claire. She will be explaining the six tastes and their relationship to Ayurveda. She will be talking about the sweet taste in particular. Claire is one of the most fantastic cake cooks that I have had the pleasure to meet and she will be bringing along samples of the cooking for us to try so that we can experience the sweet taste and lern through all our senses.  She will help us to discover how it can be used as a therapy and not a sin!


So if you think this sounds like a delicious way to feed your mind, body and spirit come along and say hello. It is on the 8th of June at 7pm. Send me an email if you would like to come and I will give you the address. Hope to see you there.
Anthea

Monday, May 2, 2011

Weekly Gratitude


Today my gratitude is taking a slightly different format.

I am in midst of a small battle with my previous real estate agent over my bond and got an email from them that made me really angry, more angry then I have been in a really long time. I didn't want to be angry and needed to cool down, so I went for a walk down to the beach and walked up along the cliffs and just looked down at the waves crashing on the rocks below. Then I started to think about something that I had been told about gratitude only recently - practice it always, when your happy and when you are not. So I gave it a go. I just started to say that I was grateful for the things around me. The things that I could see. The waves, the ocean, the sky, the beach and then it just started to grow and it made me feel so much better. It wasn't easy at first but it didn't take long before it made me stop thinking about my problem and to focus on all the good things in life. I started to feel better. it was a great lesson in the power of gratitude. A lesson I am very grateful for.

So this week I am grateful for being grateful.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

May Sangha


Our next sangha is upon us, well not quite but we are getting the word out there so you know to keep the evening of the 13th free. It's always the 2nd Wednesday of the month so that it's easier for everyone to remember. There seems to be a problem scribed at the moment so the flyer is not available for viewing so I'll give you all the details here.

Ayurveda Sangha

A community of health, healing and harmony

Our Sangha is a monthly “jam” where we get together, drink some yummy teas, sit on cushions and chat about health and wellbeing with an Ayurvedic focus.


This month we have two special speakers

Diddi Ji - Didi Ji is a teacher of spirituality, meditation and devotional chanting (kirtan). She will be expanding on spiritual aspect in relation with Ayurveda.


Kat O’Heir - "Kat is a Speech Pathologist who has spent the last five years specialising in the development of young children's communication and feeding skills in partnership with their families.  She will give a brief run-down of the developmental milestones to look out for in developing children, discuss a few preventative strategies and share some tricks she's picked up along the way to help children develop these essential skill sets.  Bring your playful inner child along for some interactive demonstrations!  Kat is also heading overseas to Fiji in a few months to develop a train-the-trainer sustainability program with an emphasis on child development and will wrap up with a brainstorm of the beautiful hearts and minds in this forum to advise on this adventure." 

If you are interested in coming along please contact me on my email or mobile for details.

Hope to see you there.

Anthea and the Sangha team

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mother's Day Massage Certificate


We all love our mums right? They have looked after us since conception and are always there when we need them.  They have done so much for us over our lives that I for one could not even begin to be able to show my gratitude. I am very lucky to now have a very special gift that I can share with my mum, I can give her a beautiful massage.  So it got me thinking, all mums love massages and all mums deserve to be pampered, so I have decided to make a special offer for all the wonderful mums out there.

If you give your mum a Mother's Day Massage Certificate I will give her a beautiful full body organic oil massage using nourishing sesame oil and essential oils so that she leaves feeling totally relaxed.  And as she would probably want to have that same experience again she can then come back and have another massage and I'll give her 20% off. And why stop there?  Why not go all the way and help her to help herself. I will also give her 20% off an Ayurvedic consultation. She can come in anytime and we can sit down and she can tell me all about herself and I'll determine her dosha (body type) and  give her some advice as to how she can live a healthier life. Why just pamper her for one day?




Mother's Day Massage Certificate.  



  • A full body 75 minute massage using organic sesame and essential oils specially prepared to suit her body type and emotional needs.
  • 20% off her next massage
  • 20% off an Ayurvedic consultation
  • Valid for 3 months
  • $95

If this sounds like something you think your mum would love then come in and see me, call in at the clinic or give me a call.

Monday, April 25, 2011

ANZAC Day - A day for Peace


Today is ANZAC Day in Australia. It is a national holiday dedicated to the soldiers of Australia and New Zealand Army Corps.  The origins of the day goes back to The First World War and a great loss of soldiers from these two countries that happened on the beach of Gallipoli in Turkey. Over time it has come to include all soldiers from all wars fought by these two nations.

I do not in any way condone war in any shape of form but do believe we need to honour those who have died and give them the thanks they deserve. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I also think it is a great day to think about world peace and how we as individuals can change the world with our thoughts and actions. I really believe that thoughts have incredible power and that we as individuals can make a difference. Look at the Vietnam War and how the people were able to bring about change. Look at Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa and all the other great people who have stood up for what they believed in and helped those in need. All these people were once just everyday people like you and me who had a strong desire to do what was right. The ancient yogis spoke about ahimsa the act of non-violene, satya truthfulness, asteya non-stealing, aparigraha non greed and santosa contentment. These are all great virtues that are not only found in the ancient Indian Vedas but in many religions and  spiritual groups or as individual beliefs. There is great wisdom and peace in the the world.

So I look at today with great Hope, hope with a capital H. Hope for a better future for the planet and all the people and creatures who call it home. So light a candle, say a prayer, meditate, smile at a stranger, do whatever feels right for you to bring more love and peace into your life and those around you. We are loving and compassionate people.

Love and peace to you all on this very special day.

Namaste

Friday, April 22, 2011

Super Easy Kitchari


Hi every just a quick and easy version of a very nutritious, delicious and easy to digest meal that I make about once a week. It's great because it is so simple and good for you. There are many different recipes around but this is the one I use because I usually make it when I am tired and it is super easy.


  • Heat ghee in a pan.  A nice heavy based one is best, but any old pot or pan will do. If you don't have ghee then use sesame oil. 
  • Add some herbs and spices according to your dosha/imbalance and season (I like mustard seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek, nigella seeds, cumin seeds and turmeric, coriander and cardamo ). Add any seeds first and when they start to pop add other herbs and ginger. Skip the ginger if you have high pitta or digestive inflammation.
  • Once all spices and herbs have been heated add chopped vegetables according to your dosha, season and desires. Always listen to your inner voice, it knows what you need.
  • Once vegetables are nicely coated with the herbs, spices and ghee add mung beans or lentils and basmati rice (washed well of course) and enough water to fully cover the mixture and simmer.  The pulses you use will of course relate to your dosha/imbalance and the season.
  • You will need to check on it every now and then to give it a stir and to top up the water as it evaporates. 
  • Once it is done it is something between a soup and a stew. The consistency it totally up to you.
I always make twice as much as I need and have the rest for lunch. As I try to avoid microwaves I keep it in the pot overnight, heat it up in the morning on the stove and put it into a thermos. 

So there you go and simple and easy way to look after yourself. 

If you would like a list of foods for your dosha then follow the links. You can print them out and keep them for easy reference if you wish. Happy cooking. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Weekly Gratitude


Well it's been another week and I have  loads to be thankful for -

  • My family and friends who are so amazing and and extra special thanks for the help they have given me and getting the final remnants of my belongings from my old apartment.
  • Which leads to, finally having all of my stuff out of my old apartment and being able to move on.
  • Speaking of family, I recently had my cousin request friendship and now I am chatting to her as I write this.  I haven't seen her in years! So thanks you facebook and the internet and everyone who is responsible for making such things happen.
  • The Harmony Centre as always and all the lovely people who make it what it is.
  • The lady on the bus who put her granddaughter on her lap so I could sit down.
  • The amazing gathering I had at my place with some wonderful people on Saturday night. Thank you for your energy, conversation, food and presence.
  • Food. Medicine for the body and soul.
  • My wonderful clients who are progressing so well with their health and healing. Thank you for being so good and following my advice and sharing with me your journey.
  • Holidays, Easter and ANZAC day to be precise. Thank you for your suffering and your lives


Ah so much to be thankful for and so much better to look at the positive.

Have a great day

Friday, April 15, 2011

Another Successful Sangha



Thanks to everyone who came on Wednesday and made the Sangha such a wonderful experience.

Anjani, my beautiful flatmate, friend and fellow Ayurvedic graduate, led us in an amazing meditation, by the end we had our hearts joined and we sent the energy of our hearts out into the streets so that the benefits could be felt by all.  It was such a lovely experience that really brought us together as a group, such a great way to capture the  spirit of community that our Sangha is all about.  I felt a real feeling of unity with everyone that lasted throughout the night. Thank you Anjani.

Dr. Shaun Matthews, my teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner, spoke about Ayurveda. He explained how Ayurveda is a way of thinking beyond diet and the physical body and how we must follow our instincts and do what is right for us, body, mind and spirit.

Then Donna Giannotis spoke about AcuEnergets and the journey that led her to become a practitioner. We then did a small practice focusing on tuning into ourselves, focusing on different parts of the body, getting more in tune with the feelings and sensations of our bodies.

So it was all about tuning into who we are, where we are and what we need. It always comes back to the same thing - Listen to your body. Trust what you hear or feel and do what feels right and you can't go wrong.

Our next Sangha will be on Wednesday the 4th of May and again we have some very special people lined up to speak, so mark it in your diary and I will hopefully see you there.

Namaste.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Weekly gratitude


Well it has been a long, long time since I did my weekly gratitude and I have a lot to be grateful for, so here I go.

  • My family and friends as always, with out you where would I be?
  • My job, it's pretty easy and I like it. Pretty lucky to be able to say that I think.
  • My wonderful clients who are sharing their journey of health and healing with me. Thank you so very much.
  • The Harmony Centre for all your wonderful teachings, meditations, healings, wisdom and support. I can not thank you enough for all that you have given me.
  • My beautiful country, I live with freedom and without fear in a land of abundance and beauty.
  • Mother Nature for all the gifts you provide for us each and every day.
  • Music. How could I live without it?
  • Public transport. Although not always the most efficient mode of transport it enables me to live my life without the need of a car which helps me to reduce the impact I make on this beautiful Earth. It also helps my stress levels as I do not have to deal with or take part in road rage,  I can just sit back and read a book or daydream and arrive feeling relaxed. I also don't need to look for car parks and worry about parking meters. 
  • Technology and all the modern conveniences that it provides. It enables me to live a life that is easy and I know I am blessed because many people do not have such luxuries. 
  • And you my readers because there would be no point writing these words if you were not out there reading them.
So what do you have to be thankful for? Can you find something positive even in things that appear not so positive like public transport? Have a go it might change your day. Like attracts like and it works with our thoughts too. Have a great day :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April Sangha





Well another month has rolled around and we are ready for our next Sangha. This month we are lucky enough to have two guest speakers, Shaun Matthews and Donna Giannotis. Shaun is a holistic GP, Ayurvedic and yoga therapist and he was also my teacher. He will be talking about Ayurveda and the intuitive dimension.  Donna is an AcuEnergetics practitioner and yoga teacher and will be talking about AcuEnergetics and the psycho-physical connotations given to the chakras. It's going to be another big night!

So if you are going to be in Sydney Wednesday next week come along and say hello. There will be lots of friendly people to meet and yummy healthy food and teas to enjoy. 

Follow this link to find out the details.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hot Water



Here is a super easy way to clear ama/toxins from your body, build immunity and keep your agni/digestion healthy -
     
 Drink Hot Water!

Simple but true! 
No need for things to be complicated.
Sip it throughout the day and see what happens.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Autumn changes



Well here we are at the beginning of another season. The weather has started to cool down, the winds are blowing and we need to make adjustments to combat these changes so that we don't get out of balance and sick.

As you can imagine an increase in coolness and wind will increase the vata in all of us, and if you have vata as your dominant dosha you need to even more careful. But don't worry, it's all very easy and it's what we naturally do anyway.

Ayurveda works on the principle that "like attracts like" and the best way to stop an imbalance is to increase the opposite qualities. Vata is ether and air and the qualities of these two elements are light, dry, variable, and cold. (If your not sure what vata is, it's all there in my page on the doshas.) Vata retains its balance by living a life that is full of warmth, regularity, moisture and  goundedness. So lets have a look at how we can add these qualities to our lives over the coming months.

Warmth
Lets start with food. Pretty much all spices and lots of herbs are warming, with some being downright heating. Garlic, ginger, chilli and pepper will all work well to keep you warm from the inside. And the great thing about herbs and spices is that they are so easy to add to your life. You can put them in boiling water and have them as a tea or put them in just about anything you cook. We also need heavy, grounding foods at this time of year it's easy to make a soup or stew and throw in some herbs to add spice, flavour and medicinal properties to your meal. Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian are all great examples of world cuisines that know how to use spices. Get some recipes, experiment and enjoy learning how to cook foods that promote health and balance. One of favourite and very simple things to make in the colder months is roast veggies with spices. One of my earliest posts tells you all about them, read, cook, enjoy.
If you would like a printable copy of what foods are good and not so good for vata/autumn follow this link.

Essential oils can create warmth in the home. Cardamon, cedarwood, cinnamon, cloves,dill, eucalyptus, juniperberry, marjoram, nutmeg, orange, patchouli, pettigrain, rosewood, Valerian, vanilla, vetiver are all warming/heating  without being drying. Pop them in an oil burner and breath in the warmth.

Regularity
Air is mobile, it constantly moves and changes so to reduce and balance this element we need stability. The best way to bring about stability is through regularity and routine.  All throughout the year vatas in particular should be sticking to a routine and this is even more important during Autumn. If you do not already have one then start small and build on it. Change is one of the hardest things to do and maintain as our habitual patterns will continue to keep creeping in but if you stick to it you will do it. I have a whole post on the daily routine have a look and pick something to start with.

Moisture
Food again is used to add moisture; soups, stews, herbal teas and oils, can be used throughout Autumn to balance the drying qualities of the season. Salads might be great for Summer and for people watching their weight but they are not the best choice for Autumn.

Moisture does not only happen from the inside, oil massages and baths are just as effective. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and it adsorbs moisture. Massages as essential during Autumn to help maintain beautiful moist skin but the benefits go beyond that. Herbs are medicinal so if you have a massage with sesame (also highly medicinal) and add some essential oils your skin will thank you of course, but all your organs, your emotions and your stress levels will also be relieved. Do not underestimate the power of massage! You should be aiming to include a massage as part of your daily routine. I do not mean you need to go see a therapist every day you can give yourself a massage before you go to bed or after you wake up. Even if you just do your feet and head you will be doing wonders for harmonising your system.

Oils to add to your bath and/or massage with are;  Cardamon, cedarwood (avoid if there is an acute kidney infection, during pregnancy), cinnamon (Do not use in bath, if pitta is high or you have a bleeding disorder), cloves (do not use if pitta is high, there is inflammation or hypertension), dill (do not use in bath), eucalyptus (do not use in bath) , juniperberry (avoid if there is an acute kidney infection, during pregnancy), marjoram, nutmeg (do not use in bath, when pregnantor with hight pitta), orange (may irritate sensitive skin in the sun), patcholi, pettigrain (do not use in bath), rosewood , valerian (do not use in bath, avoid large doses) , vanilla (do  not use in bath), vetiver

Groundedness
Heavy, moist foods, regularity and routine, massages and baths all will help to ground you. Asanas such as forward bends, standing poses, pranayama (focused breathing) and meditation are also ways to keep our minds and emotions from flying away.

And of course food, you can always use food to balance the characteristics of the elements. Heavy, warm foods, as mentioned above, and  root vegetables - they are from the ground after all! Porridge for breakfast, stews for lunch and soups for dinner.