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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.


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.


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.