Eggplant bharta

Eggplant bharta


  • Eggplant 4 to 5 medium size
  • Onions 150 gms
  • Ginger strips 15 gms
  • Tomatoes 150 gms, finely chopped
  • Coriander 1 bunch, finely chopped
  • Sunflower oil 100 gms
  • Grind spices together
  • Green chilli 1Peppercorns 10
  • Garlic cloves 2 Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Red chilli pwd to taste


Grease eggplant and roast them on a medium fire. Remove skin and mash the pulp. Heat oil in a pan and fry onions until transparent. Add ground spices and ginger strips. Now add mashed eggplant and stir until slightly brown. Add chopped tomatoes, salt, pepper and chilli to taste and place in a medium oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle coriander as a garnish.Portion: 8.
Temp: 300ºF.
Time: 25 mins.

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Ayurvedic Detox

Ayurvedic Detox

If you feel overloaded with unexplainable fatigue, headaches, or other symptoms, your body may be begging you to detox.

Think about it. If you are living in today’s modern world, you are exposed to pollution and countless toxins on a daily basis. While the body’s natural filters work to expel these invaders, the body can become clogged with toxins as a result of environmental factors as well as lifestyle habits that negatively impact upon our health (such as a poor diet, limited physical activity, etc).

Harmful toxins are in the air we breathe, our household items, cosmetics and other products we use, and even some of the foods we eat.

When this build-up of toxins occurs, the functioning of our body is compromised, especially the functioning of our liver, a critical element for the body’s ability to fight disease and perform optimally. When the liver can’t function properly, a decline in overall health soon follows, from a sluggish metabolism to low energy levels.

However, there are some natural ways that can assist you to rid yourself of these toxic substances and help you get your body back on track. Of course, most of it will start with what you put into your body. Certain foods act as natural detoxifiers. They help your body discard built-up toxins.

You can get the ball rolling. Flush out toxins safely, gently and effectively and start feeling better with a ten-day detox program. Natural, ayurvedic, herbal remedies have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to assist the body’s natural detoxification, thereby cleansing the organs. There are now various published clinical studies demonstrating the ability of a range of herbs to support the cleansing process. Detox compliments a healthy lifestyle, helping you to reach your goals, from quitting smoking to losing weight and strengthening your immune system. Helpful hints to help get started on a healthy program of healthy habits combined can make all the difference to achieving complete wellbeing.

To start fresh and new, we begin by flushing out toxins naturally from your gallbladder and liver, followed by the bowel and kidneys, and then the heart and lungs, brain and skin, thus supporting your body’s ability to perform its functions properly, including maintaining a strong metabolism and healthy energy levels.

Overall health, from supporting the body’s natural detoxification process to promoting a strong metabolism, healthy energy levels and more, is greatly benefited by following a balanced lifestyle, including eating a healthy diet, exercising and practising yoga regularly and getting adequate rest with daily meditation and nidra (deep relaxation and self healing).

For starters, at retreat, you will drink plenty of Nirvana natural spring water to help flush out and hydrate your system, as well as promote a water balance in your body. You will eating fruit and vegetables and the daily recommendation of fibre will also aid in your detoxification and help you naturally rejuvenate and regulate your system. You will enjoy yoga nidra every afternoon to make sure that you get enough sleep – this means both an adequate quality and length of sleep. Sleep is one of the most important factors for maintaining a strong body and energetic lifestyle.

A healthy mind leads to a healthy body. Prolonged stress, anxiety and depression can also compromise the body’s health. It is important to release and reduce stress and address any underlying mental health issues. You will also experience daily morning meditation.

Natural detoxification is kind to the system and easy, through the use of diet and natural substances to help the body remain regular and assist in the body’s ability to rid itself of waste products. The routine flushing out of the stomach and digestive system supports toxin elimination by the liver.

As deep seated toxins are dislodged from deeply embedded places, gentle and moderate physical exercise will help to relax you and will also encourage healthy sleep, not to mention, an increased improvement to both your blood and lymph circulation, resulting in higher energy levels and better overall health.

Cleanse and rejuvenate naturally, without side effects. Attend Spring detox, the healthy, natural way to support elimination function, maintain the health of your liver and experience total wellbeing, by cleansing and refreshing all your body systems

– Promotes detoxification and total body cleansing
– Improved bowel movements and inappropriate wind
– Improves energy levels and stamina
– Supports healthy weight loss and dietary fat breakdown
– Promotes clear, radiant and healthy skin
– Supports healthy liver functioning and systemic cleansing
– Supports overall immune system health

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Ayurvedic Training 2017

Ayurvedic Training 2017

New intake for Diploma of Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation starts Monday 10 July 2017. (Accredited Course Code HLT 52615, CRICOS code 089840B) at the Health Institute Australia, is a 600-hour Government Accredited, Austudy and CRICOS Approved Course. This course is designed for health seekers and is the foundational study course for Ayurvedic practitioners. Tutorials and attendance will be on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

New intake for Advanced Diploma in Ayurveda with Dr. Shilpi Boseroy BAMS starts Monday 10 July 2017. (Accredited Course Code HLT 62615, CRICOS code 089841A) from the Health Institute Australia is an 1200-hour Government Accredited, Austudy and CRICOS Approved Course. This course is the study course for becoming an Ayurvedic practitioner. Tutorials will be on Thursday mornings 10am-1pm. Fridays 10am – 5 pm.

Learn the art of Ayurvedic Vegetarian Cooking at the Health Institute Australia, Southport campus.
Tuesdays 4-5pm. Fee $60 AAPA members 10% discount. (07) 5531 0511

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Urine analysis

Urine analysis

During your lifetime, your kidneys will work very hard to filter over one million gallons of water. Urine is about 95 percent water and 5 percent uric acid, the stuff that your body does not need, including minerals, enzymes and salts that are dangerous if they accumulate in your body.

Urine can fluctuate in colour and odour depending on what you are eating and drinking, how active you are, the time of day, or what supplements you are taking. However, urine colour and odour can also be an indication of something more serious.

Urine should be pale yellow or clear, not glow-in-the-dark yellow or dark yellow. It should not be cloudy or have a knock-you-over odour, unless you have been eating asparagus! Anything other from clear and odourless could be a sign of trouble.

Urine is made up of excess water and waste that your kidneys have filtered. Urochrome, a pigment found in blood, gives urine its natural, light-yellow tone. Depending upon how hydrated you are, you urine colour can fluctuate from clear to darker yellow, or even tinted orange.

Here is a quick urine primer to fill you in on what you should look for and what your urine may be telling you.

Super clear or transparent

Yes, there is such a thing as urine that is too clear. If your urine is super clear, it may mean you are drinking too many fluids. Be careful not to over-hydrate. The best choice is to drink when you are thirsty! Another common rule of thumb is to aim for half of your body weight in ounces each day. This means, if your weight is 120 pounds, you should be drinking 60 ounces of water per day.

More serious conditions, such as acute viral hepatitis or cirrhosis, can also cause your urine to turn very clear. However, you will also have other symptoms, such as skin yellowing, nausea or vomiting with these conditions. Pale straw colouring to a transparent yellow hue means you are healthy and receiving a proper amount of hydration.

Dark yellow

While urine that is dark yellow in colour is still considered within a normal range for healthy individuals, however, it also likely indicates you may not be as hydrated as you should be.

Honey or amber coloured

These darker, orange hues are usually a sound indicator that you are becoming dehydrated. It is best to increase your water intake and then check to see if the colour returns to a normal yellow range. When combined with pale-coloured stools, orange urine may be an indication of liver problems.

Neon yellow

Glowing yellow urine may be the result of excess vitamins that are not being absorbed by your body, which places an extra loading on your body. It is best to eat from a healthy source of whole foods and stick to whole food supplements that your body can absorb.

Light to dark orange

This is a somewhat ambiguous colour because it could mean something or nothing. This tint can be caused from food dyes, dehydration, or actual health problems with your bile duct or liver. It is always best to check with a doctor.

Green or blue

This is most likely going to be caused from artificial colouring in something that you ate. However, it could be from a bacterial infection in the urinary tract or the sign of a rare genetic disorder. Consult with a doctor to rule out health problems.

Brown or cola-coloured

This colour is a possible sign of serious dehydration, or even possible liver disease. Immediately increase your water intake and check to see if the colour lightens. If this darkened colouration persists, you should follow up with your doctor.

Light pink to darker red

This is hard to interpret. Many foods can cause urine discolouration, such as beetroot and blueberries. Medications can also contain dyes and compounds that can change the colour of your urine. However, it might indicate the presence of blood in the urine, yet many times blood in the urine is not visible to the naked eye. There are a number of possible causes that would lead to blood in the urine, such as kidney disease, urinary tract infections, and prostate issues. It is always best to consult with your doctor to be sure.

Other considerations

In addition to colour, pay careful attention to other urine abnormalities including the following:

Cloudy urine

If you are having lower back pain, lower abdomen pain, or urinary urgency combined with cloudy urine, see a doctor. Cloudy urine may also be the result of kidney stones, generally accompanied by great pain.

Fizzy or foamy urine

Besides the colour, it’s important to take notice if your urine appears to be fizzy or foamy. If this only happens on rare occasions then it is likely just a benign cause. If it is occurring regularly, it may be indicating possible high levels of protein in the urine. When in doubt, it is best to get it checked out.


Normal urine should not have a strong odour, but there are also many substances that can alter the way your urine smells. Urine is the reflection of what is going on inside of your body and contains many metabolic by-products and compounds. Some dogs are even able to “smell cancer” in human beings.

If your urine has a very pungent aroma, like ammonia, it could be an indication of a urinary tract infection, urinary stones, or a sign of dehydration. Because dehydration causes urine to become concentrated, it will have a stronger than usual odour. Some sexually transmitted diseases, and certain metabolic conditions can also increase the ammonia smell.

Other reasons for a change in urine odour include the following:

Medications and supplements. Some may change the colour of urine.

Diet. Certain foods, such as asparagus, cause urine to smell foul.

Diabetes can cause urine to smell fruity or yeasty.

The most important thing to remember when checking your urine colour is that it can change to a myriad of colours because of a number of factors. Just knowing what normal urine should look and smell like provides a useful measuring tool. Noticing the colour changes in your urine can be an early indicator of potential health problems. See a doctor if your urine changes colour and the colour persists or is accompanied by other symptoms.

Paying attention to the colour (and smell) of your urine may be a warning sign to catch early health problems. It is certainly worth a quick sneak peek in the toilet bowl to make sure that everything is okay.



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Dhatu ksyaya

Dhatu ksyaya

The depletion of bodily tissues in Ayurveda is termed dhatu kshaya.

Whenever a tissue is depleted, there is soon a corresponding increase of Vata dosha in the body. All emptiness, all spaces in the body are soon filled up with Vata dosha. Examples include:

– soon after blood loss because of an injury causing hemorrhage, there is Vata dosha increase;

– soon after childbirth, there is Vata increase in the lower part of the body;

– when there is menstrual flow, the pain that some women suffer is a vata symptom. Vata increases when menstrual blood, known as arthava, flows out of the body.

Any depletion of tissues, including weight loss, causes vacant spaces which denote an abnormal increase in the combination of space (akasha) and wind/air (vayu) elements, the two elements which form Vata in the body. This leads to the vitiation of Vata. Thus any tissue depletion leads to the pathological increase of dhushya (the dosha disturb the body’s tissue). When more tissues are depleted, the more the wind (vayu) is aggravated and the more significant the damage. This leads to the manifestation of many diseases.

The pathological depletion of tissues also denotes deteriorating immunity. The essence of all the tissues is experiences as the immunity factor, ojas. Tissues form the building blocks of the body and their integrity denotes a balanced immunity.

Bone tissue (known as asthi), is associated with Vata dosha. Bone tissue and Vata are inversely proportion to each other, which is why when Vata increases, there is a corresponding degeneration of bone tissue, which leads to sandhivata, or osteo arthritis.

Kapha dosha is directly proportionally related to the following tissues:

nutrient fluid, rasa

muscle, mamsa

fat, meda

bone marrow, majja

reproductive fluid, shukra

urine, mutra

Faeces, puresha, and

essence and immunity of all the tissues, ojas.

Here, when these tissues decrease, there is a decrease in Kapha dosha, decrease of heaviness in the body. The decrease of heaviness in the body indicates increase of lightness, which is a vata quality. This leads to an increase in Vata dosha.


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Ayurvedic news

Ayurvedic news

Shanti Gowans © March 2017


World headlines and the airwaves are dominated by conflicts over values, gender, race, colour, class and the planet, showing no signs of abating. And yet we constantly bear witness to the truth that the earth is too small a planet and we are too brief a visitor upon it for anything to matter more than the continued goal for peace.

Ayurveda and Yoga offer an alternative way of living that is built on strong spiritual foundations of nonviolence, living together harmoniously, forgiving and being reconciled with others and seeking common ground.

We know that the stress and turmoil in the world will continue for a tad longer, because people have free will to choose, and some just choose that. Some people think they can just ‘imagine’ what they want to happen in their minds, and it will magically appear. However, there is more to it than that. To break through the roadblocks that are standing in our way, we need to make sure that our mindset, emotions, physical body and spirit are all in resonance with each other, and all working together toward the same, common goal. While on the other hand, the absence of self-control, no self-discipline, just letting the mind wander, holding many ignorant mindsets and mental strongholds that have been built up over years and years can keep a person in bondage. A wilderness mentality with negative attitudes simply because every circumstance is not perfect decides failure even before a person can really get started. To live a victorious life, we need to take a positive look at the possibilities for the future.

In the midst of all difficulties in your life see the positive and the good. Know that you are not walking through difficulties alone – the divine presence surrounds you. Have confidence in this Presence. Think and speak about the future in an optimistic way, not festering on what you have seen or experienced in the past. Trust and move forward by faith, not sight. Align your energies with those in the Universe. It is not necessary to think that you are nothing or everything. Know that you are something and can achieve anything. Have a great day.

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Agni, ama and ojas

Agni, ama and ojas

Agni, Ama and Ojas in Perfect Health

The most cutting-edge medical experts now agree that the most powerful medicine of the future is simple and available to everyone: the foods you eat each day, which have the power to renew your body, revitalize your health, and even reverse the ageing process. Your body tomorrow equals what you put in today.

Every single cell in your body renews itself within a 2-year span. This means that your entire body is literally brand-new every two years or less, and when you change your nutrition, you help build a brand new healthier, stronger, and younger body.

The disconcerting news is that many people restrict themselves to eating only piles of green vegetables or solely raw foods in order to build a stronger, healthier, younger new body and still do not get all of the nutrients they need. There are far simpler solutions to start protecting yourself and transforming your entire body in just days, and multivitamins are not the answer!

Real, raw, and organic foods and super-foods can provide the fuel the human body needs to help rebuild a healthier version of itself. You prevent nearly every health problem or condition you face through foods and super-foods. However, there are dozens of so-called “super-foods” in the marketplace and unfortunately, many have no track record of verifiable success, no real-life case studies of real people who have experienced real results in improving real conditions.

If you desire perfect health, it is crucial to optimise your digestive fire, known as agni, and to do that, you need to eliminate the toxcity, ama, stored in the body and focus on producing your essential life energy, which is known as Ojas, a Sanskrit term meaning ‘vigour’.


Ama can be threatening because it can cause the body to give way to several diseases.

Signs of Ama in the body include:

– You find it difficult to get out of bed

– Your skin looks tired and sallow

– Your breath is bad and your tongue is coated

– Your body feels heavy

– Your appetite is dull

– Your digesiton is sensitive

– Your elimination is sluggish

– You experience fatigue, spaciness

– Pain is generalised

– You have difficulty realising your intentions

– You feel depressed

– You have increased susceptibility to infections

Ojas is the pure and subtle substance that is extracted from food that has been completely digested. Ojas circulates throughout the bodily tissues and heart, sustaining the physical self, bringing clarity to the mind and balancing the emotions.

Signs of strong ojas in your system include:

– You feel rested upon awakening

– Your skin has a healthy glow

– You have clean breath and pink tongue

– Your body feels light, regardless of its weight

– You enjoy a strong appetite

– You feel centred throughout the day

– Your digestion is strong without bloating

– Your body feels strong and pain free

– You feel energised and enthusiastic

– Your mind is clear

– You rarely get sick

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Diseases of Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Diseases of Vata, Pitta and Kapha

Diseases of Vata, Pitta and Kapha


March  2017   Shanti Gowans


Different sciences analyse the material world from various perspectives and angles, and present a collection of successful data in a methodological manner. In Indian science, a philosophical approach is taken and can be seen very clearly. This philosophical background is common for the arts, sciences and technology.


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