Archive for March, 2020

COVID 19: Information for our community

Dear All,

This is a specialised email to all members, Ayurvedic practitioners, yoga teachers, studio and clinic owners to help provide an understanding of your rights and requirements in consideration of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) when working directly with patients, clients, students, and the general public.

While we may privately wonder if this could all be too much hype, it is every person’s responsibility to act in accordance with the directions of healthcare officials and government health bodies. Monitor reports from government organisations regularly. Don’t propose to know everything, as the situation and information are changing daily, and you need to communicate with your staff and keep them updated about what is happening in your clinic or studio. It is also important that you take measures to minimise risks to yourself and to the public.

There is a lot of panic and confusion in the world right now, and more than ever we need to meet what’s arising with kindness, wisdom, compassion, and equanimity. Let your decisions come from sitting with and looking at what is right action, not out of fear or panic.

We stand by the harm-reduction point of view about the virus. We need to be part of a positive and proactive movement and thus support slowing down the rate of infection so that we don’t overwhelm the healthcare system, and hopefully give those at the front lines a fighting chance in the weeks to come.


Hygiene standards should be adhered to regardless of the existence of COVID-19.

This includes:

  • Maintaining a high level of personal hygiene for all clinical, kitchen, admin and teaching staff (including correct washing of hands before and after each patient contact)
  • Maintaining a high level of cleanliness within the Centre, reception and communal area, clinic and studio
  • Regular cleaning of all surfaces (especially clinic equipment, devices, dispensing area, and containers)
  • Regular removal of all waste
  • Appropriate cleaning of reusable equipment, instruments and devices
  • Clinic and environmental controls including spillage management
  • Use of protective clothing where appropriate

COVID-19 Facts
Centre for Disease Control (CDC) Facts

  • The virus can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity
  • Some people are at increased risk of getting COVID-19
  • People who live in, or have recently been, in an area with ongoing spread are at increased risk of exposure
  • Persons who have been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19 have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days (seek leave, hiatus and avoid places of business until the full period is completed without symptoms)

 Understand the signs of COVID-19 (any of the below):

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Seek medical advice if you:

  • Develop symptoms; AND
  • Have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently travelled from an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19
  • NOTE: Call ahead before going to any doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms <>
Actions to keep yourself and others healthy

  • Wash your hands more often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • As difficult as this may be, don’t teach or practice and stay at home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin.
  • Based on government recommendations that close contact is to be avoided, avoid doing partnerwork in your classes.
  • Be careful of being around large groups of people. Only go to crowded places if you absolutely need to.
  • Do everything you can to boost your immune system.

Safety in Clinic
If you have concerns about COVID-19 and the risks clients may pose to your health, you can:

  • Ask them if they are currently unwell and, if so, to postpone their appointment for 2 weeks
  • Ask your clients if they have done any travelling in the past month. If so, you may enquire where and determine when you book that client in
  • You can wear Personal Protective Equipment, ie: gloves and/or face mask. We recommend that if you do this you advise your clients it is precautionary only for the safety of everyone
  • Encourage staff to take the day off if they are sick
  • Manage confidentiality for those who have contracted the coronavirus

Healthcare officials are advising persons who are unwell to wear masks, rather than the healthy, with the exception of medical staff working directly with infected persons. This is at the discretion of individuals, but it is advised if you feel unwell and need to go out in public to wear a protective mask.

As natural healthcare professionals, we also encourage you to use your own knowledge and education in preventative healthcare to ensure your own healthy immune systems with practices, medicines, and foods you have learned are beneficial for both your mental health as well as your physical wellbeing. There is currently nothing proven to fight against this COVID-19 so utilising your own  Yogic and Ayurvedic tools as a defense is the best method.
Important Resources
Chinese Medicine Council of NSW – <> <>  – <>

COVID-19 General Information (Updated Daily) – <>

COVID-19 More Specific Information (including hygiene) – Key information for practitioners – <>

For any other information, please call the Australian Government’s COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080.

Please also keep up to date with local, state and federal changes through the Australian Government and news articles.

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Mindful Living, Mindful Being retreat

Mindful Living, Mindful Being retreat

Mindful Living, Mindful Being at Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary on the Gold Coast

10th – 13th April: Intensive Peace, noble silence, mindfulness and vipassana 
The retreat opens with the marvelous experience by cultivating the practice for Intensive Peace. Here 3 days are in silence (10th-12th), cultivating mindfulness, where the clutter of compulsive thoughts is cleared away, and the light of awareness becomes powerfully bright. When you turn this brightness turned inward, it allows you to access the immaterial realms that a cluttered mind cannot attain. When this brightness is turned towards materiality (the physical world) or mentality (thought forms), these can be perceived and experienced in their unconditioned form, without the overlay of conceptual, conditioned thought.

13th – 17th April: The Yoga Sutras
Then the silence lifts, and we proceed with Shantiji’s discourses on the original Yoga Sutras. Each day will include periods of meditation, yoga nidra (deep relaxation) and gentle yoga, and during the course of the retreat, we have short philosophical (dharma) talks and group discussions to deepen our understanding of our dharma (purpose) in the world. Together we establish a retreat environment that includes daily practice, noble silence, simple group meals and participation in food preparation and clean-up, in the garden and other tasks.

17th – 19th April: Body, Mind and Spirit and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Healing
We culminate the retreat with a wonderful weekend spent with a lovely body, mind, spirit understanding based on the Seven Spiritual Laws of Healing and conclude the retreat with a delicious Sunday feast before we head down the mountain back to our home.
Mindful Living, Mindful Being residential retreat program 5-14 April 2019.  9 to 19 April 2020

Bookings and enquiries: (07) 5531 0511
or book online at:


  • Inspiring talks with discussion and Q & A
  • Loving your mind and body with daily meditation and gentle yoga
  • Delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian meals were you eat love, not stress
  • Detox medicines
  • Nature walks
  • Mindful art, and so much more.
  • Discover the tools you need to stay happy, healthy and whole, every day of your life.
  • Help your body heal and recover from stress, chronic illness, toxicity or poor nourishment, bad nutrition, digestive and eliminating issues
  • Align your energy centres with nature to improve your emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Experience a feeling of calmness, tranquillity and bliss

Return home with an upgrade in the quality of your life and work.

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In the cornucopia of Ayurvedic herbs, there are only a few which have the quality of being tri-doshic. Such herbs are much celebrated in India for their ability to bring balance all three doshas, and so restore health to anybody regardless of their particular constitution. Of these herbs is Haritaki, a powerful and well-rounded herb with a vast range of applications in ayurvedic medicine. Astringent and unpleasant in taste, it is a Vata rejuvenator, Kapha regulator and Pitta aggravator.

Sanskrit Name – Haritaki, because it carries away (harate) all diseases.

Botanical Name – Chebulic Myrobalan / Terminalia chebula

Part Used – Fruit

According to the folklore, legend has it that haritaki came from a drop of Indra’s cup which grew into a tree when spilt upon the ground.

The origin of the name Haritaki could be an indicator of its power and versatility. It is named after Shiva or Hara, as it both comes from the Himalayas, the realm of Shiva, and imparts the fearlessness and the clear perception for which Shiva is known.

This name also refers to the universal action of the fruit by indicating that it carries away (harate) all diseases, and also to the yellow dye, harita, which is derived from it.

The power and range of application which Haritaki bears are derived from its dynamic energetics. Haritaki combines five of the six tastes, excluding only saltiness, however, it is primarily astringent in taste. It is further heating in energy and has a sweet post-digestive effect, or vipraka.

This combination renders it a very effective alleviator of vata imbalance and the eliminator of ama, or accumulated toxins. After the dryness of its astringent taste has broken down ama and accumulated vata, its heating energy and moistening effect then work to counteract the cold and dry nature of vitiated vata and move the toxins from the body. While it is a strong rejuvenative for vata, it also regulates kapha, and only aggravates pitta in excess.

The wide applicability of Haritaki is directed through its manner of use, and the form in which it is taken. When taken as a powder, Haritaki is an efficacious purgative, but when the whole dried fruit is boiled the resulting decoction is useful in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery. The fresh or reconstituted fruit fried in ghee and taken before meals enhances digestion. If this latter preparation is taken with meals it increases clarity of mind, voice, and vision, and the remaining senses as well as the five actions of the body, it is also purifying for the digestive and genito-urinary tract. Taken after meals, Haritaki quickly cures diseases caused by the aggravation of vata, pitta and kapha which have resulted from unwholesome food and drinks.

There are few ayurvedic herbs which have the range and power of Haritaki. It is a potent purifier of the body, and acts effectively to mitigate the cold and erratic nervousness of vata imbalance. It feeds the brain and the nerves and imparts the energy for awareness, increased wisdom and intelligence. It scrapes endotoxins (ama) away from the tissues, especially from the digestive tract, and rejuvenates the body, especially the colon and lungs. Haritaki being an effective astringent and can be used as a gargle for ulcerated surfaces and membranes.

This herb is a gift from the Himalaya which has been used for the benefit of humanity for thousands of years, and surely will continue to do so for millennia to come.

Haritaki is one of the three fruits (bibitaki, amalaki) in Triphala.

Suggested Use

Haritaki is given with jaggery in summer, rock salt during the monsoon, sugar in autumn, ginger powder in early winter, long pepper in late winter and honey in spring.

Alternatively, it may be given with salt in diseases of kapha. With sugar for pitta problems, with ghee for vata, and with jaggery if all three doshas are aggravated.

Suggested Dosage

As recommended by your Ayurvedic physician and as per your doshic type and imbalances.

3 to 5g at bedtime with warm water.

Not recommended during pregnancy.

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only, Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling

What Is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is a remedy that uses a natural oil to help clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It has the added effect of whitening teeth naturally, and there is evidence to show that it is beneficial in improving gums and removing harmful bacteria.

This simple home remedy can also speed up recovery from various diseases ranging from common colds to acute allergic conditions, bronchitis, indigestion, stomach ulcers, headaches and migraines. The treatment involves rinsing your mouth with 10 ml of sesame oil for a few minutes.

During oil pulling, the oil binds to the biofilm, or plaque, on the teeth and reduces the number of bacteria in the mouth.

This treatment has its roots in the ancient Indian traditional medicine system of Ayurveda, considered by most Eastern and Western scholars as the oldest and original form of health care in the world as noted in the Ayurvedic textbook, Charaka Samhita.

Ayurveda recommends the use of sesame oil as the oil of choice as it is more warming and may be more gently detoxifying than other oils that are “colder” energetically. It has a somewhat strong sesame flavor, which is a familiar food taste for most people.

However, today, people have been using different types of oils and are also seeing effective results. Recently people have started using organic coconut oil because it tastes better and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut oil has a cooler energy than sesame oil, so it can be helpful for people who tend to have a warmer constitution, or condition of heat. Some people have reported that coconut oil is more strongly detoxifying. This is not always recommended for some people, so it’s best to be cautious and go slowly.

The benefits of oil pulling

Oil pulling is known to be useful in the treatment of the following conditions:

• Common diseases such as the common cold, coughs, allergies, headaches, etc.,
• Skin problems such as itching, pigmentation, eczema, scars, rashes, etc.,
• Respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma, etc.,
• Headaches and migraines,
• Tooth pain, gum diseases, dental caries,
• Back pain, neck pain, joint pain and arthritis
• Constipation and other conditions arising to problems in the digestive system
• Blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes
• Piles ( hemorrhoids ).

In addition to the aforementioned conditions, which studies confirm can be treated, prevented, or controlled by oil pulling, other conditions for which oil pulling might be useful include:

• Chronic sleepiness
• Liver disease
• Kidney disease
• Cancer

A survey conducted by an Indian daily newspaper, Andhra Jyoti, confirms the healing properties of oil pulling

Approximately 2 ½ years after publishing an article on oil pulling and its several benefits, Andhra Jyoti conducted a survey to understand the following:
• The kind of health conditions the procedure cured
• The degree of its effectiveness
1041 readers responded to the advertisement sharing their experience with oil pulling. Among the respondents, 927 (about 87%) stated that oil pulling cured one or more of their diseases. 114 respondents (approx. 11 %) reported that oil pulling did not provide relief from the ailment(s) they were suffering from.

An analysis of the testimonies of the people who had found oil pulling useful, revealed that it successfully cured the following diseases: allergies, coughs and common colds, gum diseases, dental caries, infections in the ear, nose, mouth, eyes, and throat, tooth pain, headache, neck pain, migraines, back pain, cracked lips, allergic sneezing, and fevers.

When to do oil pilling
Ayurveda recommends oil pulling first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) immediately after brushing your teeth.

How to do oil pulling
To use oil pulling, follow these steps:

After brushing your teeth, on an empty stomach, place 10 ml of sesame oil into your mouth.
Hold the oil in your mouth for a few minutes.
Swish your mouth thoroughly with the oil, before spitting it out. White sputum indicates that you have done the procedure correctly.
Wash your mouth out thoroughly with water.
Drink a glass or two of water afterwards.

– Oil pulling is not recommended for children under 5 years of age
– Use only 5 ml of oil for children above 5 years of age
– Do not gargle and do not swallow. However, more importantly, do not worry if you do swallow some oil. Sesame oil is edible. When swallowed, it is either digested or excreted naturally.
– If the colour of your sputum is yellow, it could mean that you have not held the oil in your mouth long enough, or that have used an amount greater than the recommended dosage. Alternatively, it could simply be cleaning up too much turmeric or saffron from your food, or be an indication from your liver, in which case, further investigation may be prudent.

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