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What you learn at an Ayurvedic Detox

What you learn at an Ayurvedic Detox

AT AN AYURVEDIC DETOX RETREAT YOU WILL LEARN by Shanti Gowans

Connections between you and nature, your constitution at birth (prakruti), current state of health (vikruti), the three keys to mastering health for you (doshas), and about a disturbance in the force (ama) and detect physical body ama on your tongue and how it impacts your health

Overview of the science of life and longevity, and how the mind-body medicine of Ayurveda can heal disease, alleviate stress and manage addictions

Learn about what Ojas is, and its role in perfect health and how to create health and harmony with healthy choices pertaining to eating, nourishment and lifestyle appropriate to you, so that you feel energised, ready to go, and to keep going.

Fun and food and perfect digestion. Embark upon a journey to cook delicious, healthy, nourishing meals.

Live, Laugh, Love and Last a Lifetime – long term strategies and self care for healthier mind-body management

Participate in the detox of different tissues in the body, such as liver, gallbladder, bowels, kidneys, lungs, heart and mind, skin though the delicious and satisfying food you eat, herbal medicine teas and Ayurvedic medicines (not so pleasant tasting).

Be well informed what your body may need in relation to supplements and herbs etc. to support your health and wellness.

Revitalise your life. Discover the connection between energy and happiness

Emotional enlightenment. Simple practices for stress release, emotional flow and deep peace.

For upcoming retreats please visit Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat website – nirvanawellbeingretreat.com.au

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OILS FOR THE DOSHAS

OILS FOR THE DOSHAS

AyurPure PACIFYING Oil

Indications: Useful for general weakness and balancing the tridoshas. AyurPure Pacifying Oil is indicated for muscular pain, spasms, arthritis, asthma, neck stiffness, locked jaw, tremors, paraplegia (pangu), paralysis and facial paralysis.

Key Ingredients: This oil contains oil soluble and water soluble photo-active principles of medicinal herbs. It is a classical, herbal formulation that contains a combination of several roots which have potent anti-inflammatory properties, processed with other key ingredients in precise quantities, in a grounding base of sesame oil, to provide specific medicinal benefits.

This oil contains no mineral oils, parabens, sulphates, colourants, chemicals, artificial binders, additives, preservatives or anything else that you wouldn’t want for your body. Not tested on animals. It is a 100% natural Ayurvedic medicinal product (and not a cosmetic). The smell, colour and texture are quite potent.

Additional Information

AyurPure Pacifying Oil is an Ayurvedic medicated oil that is specifically formulated to provide relief from body pain, vata-related problems, and fatigue. It is based on the formulation for Narayana Tel, from the Ayurvedic text Bhaishajyi Ratnavali – Vatavyadhi 140-150. It is one of the most widely acclaimed oils for its pain relieving effects, and is the most widely used Ayurvedic oil for external application. Almost all Ayurvedic companies manufacture this oil, which is also used as an oil base to prepare herbal pain-relieving oils and liniments.

AyurPure Pacifying Oil contains a blend of essential medicinal herbs known for their anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to reduce physical stress and body pain, and is useful in the treatment of many musculoskeletal disorders, neuralgia and degenerative diseases. Regular massage with AyurPure Pacifying Oil can be beneficial for alleviating pain and stiffness in the body and promoting a sense of rejuvenation, making it ideal for conditions such as arthritis, spondylitis, various forms of paralysis (aiding in its management and enhancing the potential for recovery and improved mobility), facial paralysis (helping individuals regain control of their facial muscles and expressions), neck stiffness (providing relief from discomfort and restricted movement), locked jaw, tremors, paraplegia, and. torticollis or frozen shoulder. It also relieves spasms, cramps, and tones up muscles, to promote flexibility and strength, and can be beneficial for individuals experiencing muscular weakness or stiffness

Ingredients:

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Balamool (Sida cordifolia)
Bilvamool (Aegle marmelos)
Patala (Stereospermum suaveolens)
Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum)
Brihati (Solanum indicum)
Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)
Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
Tintum (Oroxylum indicum)
Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa)
Prasarini (Paederia foetida)
Agnimantha (Clerodendron phlomoides)
Koshtha (Alpinia galanga)
Chandan (Santalum album)
Moorva (Clematis gouriana)
Vacha (Acorus calamus)
Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)
Saindhava (Rock salt)
Rasna (Pluchea lanceolate)
Deodaru (Cedrus deodara)
Shaliparni (Desmodium gangeticum)
Prushnipami (Uraria picta)
Tagar (Valeriana wallichi)
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

Indications:

AyurPure Pacifying Oil is indicated for muscular pain, spasms, arthritis, asthma, neck stiffness, locked jaw, tremors, paraplegia (pangu), paralysis and facial paralysis.

For Oleation therapy (snehana)
For external application for muscular and joint pain, spasms, lumbago, sciatica, spondylosis, backache, muscular spasms.
For oleation in conjunction with Saindhav to chest wall and back for bronchial asthma.
Used in Ayurvedic treatments such as Dhara, Nasya, Basti.

Manufacturer: Ayurveda Rasashala

Expiry: 3 years from the date of manufacture. Once opened, it is recommended to use it within one year.

Safety Information: For external use only. Store in a dry place at room temperature. Keep away from direct sunlight. This is a natural product, and its colour may vary.
Precaution with oil application to the feet: wash the oil off thoroughly from your feet, as the oil can make them slippery when walking.

 

AyurPure COOLING Oil

Indications: Relieves itching, muscular weakness, burning sensation, and emaciation, especially in children. Balances tri-dosha. Sooths Vata, Pitta and Kapha related inflammation and discomfort.

Additional Information

Ayurpure Cooling Oil, Useful for general weakness and balancing the tri-doshas

AyurPure Cooling Oil is a medicated oil formulation, based on the recipe taila for Chandanbala Lakshadi taila in the Ayurvedic text Yogaratnakara.

It is a classical, herbal formulation that contains a combination of several herbs processed in precise amounts to provide specific medicinal benefits.This medicated oil is a combination of several herbs such as

Chandan (Santalum album, sandalwood), which has pitta pacifying (pitta shamaka) properties. Chandana is known to help reduce skin irritations, itching, burning sensations and inflammation.
Bala (Sida cordifolia, Country mallow), which balances all the 3 doshas, especially Vata. Additionally, Bala helps relieve the symptoms of pain, emaciation etc.
Laksha (Laccifera lacca – Lac/Shellac) etc.
(see complete list of ingredients below) in a grounding base of sesame oil. This oil contains no mineral oils, parabens, sulphates, colourants, chemicals, artificial binders, additives or anything that you wouldn’t want for your body. Not tested on animals. It is a 100% natural Ayurvedic medicinal product (and not a cosmetic). The smell, colour and texture may be very strong.

Ingredients :
Til Taila (Sesamum indicum)
Shweta Chandan (Santalum album)
Bala (Sida cordifolia)
Laksha (Laccifer lacca)
Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Ketaki (Pandanus odoratissimus)
Anantamool (Hemidesmus indicus)
Elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum)
Mishreya (Foeniculum vulgare)
Ushira (Vetiveria zizanioides)
Devdaru (Cedrus deodara)
Koshtha (Alpinia galangal)
Aguru (Aquilaria agallocha)
Musta (Cyperus rotundus)
Champak (Michalia champaka)

Safety Information
For external use only. Store in a dry place at room temperature. Keep away from direct sunlight. This is a natural product, and its colour may vary. Precaution with oil application on feet: wash the oil thoroughly off your feet, as the oil can make you slip when walking.

 

AyurPure STIMULATING oil, Vishagarbha Oil

Indications: Disease due to vata dosha, vata roga . Arthritis, gout, rheumatism. Backache, lumbago. Inflamed joints. Muscular pain. Neuralgia. Quadriplegia, lockjaw, unilateral emaciation. Sciatica, gridhrasi; Tetanus, plenosthotonus, dandapatanaka Stiffness and tightness in all limbs, sarvanga grahana Tinnitus. karnanada Lack of tactile sensation, sparsha shunyata. Improved blood circulation. Useful for Kapha prakriti patients, contraindicated for pitta prakriti and delicate patients.

Additional Information

AyurPure Stimulating oil is a classical Ayurvedic medicated oil, based on the recipe for Vishagarbha Taila, which is referenced in several ancient Ayurvedic texts which are thousands of years old, such as the Charaka Samhita, Shusruta Samhita, Ashtanga Sangraha, Bhavaprakasha Nighantu and many others. These texts embody a culmination of thousands of years of research done by ancient scholars. These classical Ayurvedic formulations have been widely in use by practitioners since ancient times for chronic as well as lifestyle disorders.

AyurPure Stimulating oil contains no mineral oils, parabens, sulphates, colourants, chemicals, artificial binders, additives or anything that you wouldn’t want for your body. Not tested on animals. It is a 100% natural Ayurvedic medicinal product (and not a cosmetic). The smell, colour and texture may be very strong.

AyurPure Stimulating oil is made from carefully sourced herbs, scrupulously selected in accordance with traditional Ayurvedic principles, to deliver maximum benefits, and provides a natural way to help manage arthritis, and various muscular and other joint-related issues. It is often used for local application on painful joints in massage therapy to reduce inflammation, severe muscular and joint stiffness and pain, hemicrania, sciatica, lumbago, neuralgia, rheumatism, as well as other inflammatory afflictions.

AyurPure Stimulating oil: 

  • is made with 100% pure herbs
  • has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

* helps to balance aggravated Vata dosha in the body and also helps to control the deposition of toxicity (Ama).

  • is used in massage therapy to reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints.
  • helps to improve blood circulation in the body, which can help with healing.
  • strengthens the nerves and muscles, helps in maintaining flexibility of the joints.

Ingredients :

The main key ingredients of AyurPure Stimulating oil are sesame oil and castor oil. The herbs infused in this medium are:

Dathura     Dafura stramonium

Arka          Calotropis gigantia

Karveer        Nerium indicum

Nirgundi         Vitex negundo

Kulatha Kanji     Dolichos bifloras

Koshtha         Alpinia galanga

Kalihari         loriosa superba

Rasna          Pluchea lanceolata

Danti           Baliospermum montanum

Jatamansi  Nardostachys Jatamansi

Vacha          Acorus calamus

Chitrak        Plumbago zeylanica

Haridra         Curuma longa

Erand mool     Ricinus cummunis

Laksha         Laccifer lacca

Triphala       Terminalia chebula; Terminalia Belenca, Emblica officinalis

Lajjalu         Mimosa pudica

Safety Information Store in a dry place at room temperature. Keep away from direct sunlight. This is a natural product, and its colour may vary. Precaution with oil application to the feet: wash the oil off thoroughly from your feet, as the oil can make them slippery when walking. Self medication can be harmful. Always use classical Ayurvedic medicine under the strict supervision of an Ayurvedic Practitioner.

 

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The Ayurvedic approach to Balancing Blood Cholesterol

UNDERSTANDING CHOLESTEROL

WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL?

Cholesterol is a waxy substance made by your liver and intestines (you get some from food as well) that helps make your cell membranes and hormones. It also helps your body digest food.

Thus cholesterol is a lipid found in your blood that comes from two sources, namely

– your body, and

– food.

Your body makes the required cholesterol it needs, but it can also be found in food from animal sources.

Your body uses cholesterol to transfer and store energy for later use. But too much can raise your risk of heart disease, especially if you already have high levels of ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol.

Excess cholesterol can form plaque between layers of artery walls, making it harder for your heart to circulate blood, increasing your risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.

GOOD AND BAD TYPES OF CHOLESTEROL

There are several different types of cholesterol.

High density lipoprotein (HDL) is often called ‘good’ cholesterol. It helps carry cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where it is processed.

Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is known as ‘bad’ cholesterol. Too much can leave fatty deposits (plaque) on the lining of arteries, causing blockages and leading to cardiovascular disease.

Your body needs a small amount of cholesterol. But many people have too much, especially the ‘bad’ kind, or LDL cholesterol. That can happen if you eat too much saturated fat, found mainly in foods from animals. If your LDL level is too high, plaque can build up in your heart’s arteries and lead to heart disease. The ‘good’ cholesterol, HDL, helps clear LDL from your blood. Lowering your LDL can significantly decrease your risk of developing heart disease or a stroke.

You may not see any signs, or feel any symptoms of having high cholesterol, so it is therefore important to have your cholesterol checked regularly. Your doctor will likely test your triglycerides and cholesterol together. They will take a sample of your blood, and they may ask you to avoid eating certain foods or drinks or to stop eating for a half-day (12 hours of fasting) or so beforehand, to ensure that the results are more accurate.

Your blood sample will then be sent to a pathology laboratory for testing. The tests will reveal the levels of ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol, ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides in your blood. Your doctor will receive your ‘total blood cholesterol’ results from the laboratory that has charted all three levels to come up with your final result. A high number can raise your risk of heart disease. Your age, gender, family’s medical history, whether you smoke, drink alcohol, suffer from high blood pressure, have any other medical conditions, or take any medication, supplements or recreational drugs may affect your reading. Triglycerides are increased with obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and alcohol. So it is recommended to talk to your doctor about it.

NORMAL CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

Cholesterol levels vary from person to person, but in general the lower the LDL and non-HDL, the better, and also the higher the HDL, the better. Your blood cholesterol is measured in mmol/L, which stands for millimoles per litre.

You should aim to have:

  • total cholesterol 4mmol/L or less for those at high risk
  • non HDL-cholesterol of 3mmol/L or less for those at high risk
  • LDL-cholesterol of 2mmol/L or less for those at high risk

CAUSES OF HIGH CHOLESTEROL

General

There is no one single cause for high cholesterol. Many different factors can contribute to high cholesterol such as:

  • eating a diet that is high in saturated fats
  • smoking
  • lack of physical activity
  • high alcohol intake
  • kidney or liver disease, or
  • having an inherited condition known as hypercholesterolaemia

Let’s look at some of these:

Stress

Chronic stress causes a number of health problems, including high cholesterol. Research shows that it raises your risk of high LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and lowers levels of HDL (‘good’) cholesterol. That’s because stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, trigger changes in the body that may lead to higher blood sugar and inflammation. Over time, this may cause your liver to pump out more cholesterol and blood fats called triglycerides.

Unfiltered Coffee

Your French press, Turkish coffee, or espresso habit may brew up trouble for your cholesterol. These coffees do not use a filter, so oily compounds in the beans called diterpenes seep into your cup. These oils can raise LDL cholesterol. How many cups of unfiltered coffee do you have a day?

Medications

Some drugs may have an unexpected effect on your cholesterol. These include certain birth control pills, retinoids, corticosteroids, antivirals, and anticonvulsants. Some medicines for high blood pressure, such as diuretics and older forms of beta-blockers, can also raise your cholesterol. Talk to your doctor about any medications that you are taking. You may need a different dose or possibly change to another drug altogether.

Thyroid Issues

Your body uses thyroid hormones to help remove the extra cholesterol that it doesn’t need. So, when you have an under active thyroid, or hypothyroidism, your levels of total and LDL cholesterol go up. Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue, dry skin, and muscle weakness and body aches and pains. A blood test can screen for the condition.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes can cause high blood sugar. When there’s too much sugar circulating in the blood, it may attach to proteins, such as cholesterol molecules. This makes cholesterol more harmful. For example, people with type 2 diabetes tend to have more small, dense LDL particles, which raises the risk of heart disease. They also have lower amounts of protective HDL cholesterol. This cholesterol may not work as well to sweep away the ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Menopause

The sex hormone oestrogen affects your cholesterol levels. When oestrogen falls after menopause, your cholesterol goes up. Research shows that LDL and total cholesterol levels rise around and after your final period. To make matters worse, women gain on average about 3.5 to 4 kilograms (8 to 10 pounds) after menopause. Statistics indicate that they also stop exercising as much as they used to, which can up the risk of high cholesterol.

Sedentary lifestyle

Whether it’s at your desk or on a couch, sitting for hours on end is bad for your health. It’s linked with obesity, heart disease, and high cholesterol. When you sit for too long, an enzyme that turns harmful LDL cholesterol into good HDL cholesterol drops by 95%. To protect your heart, take frequent breaks. Stand up at least every 30 minutes and, if you can, go for a 5-minute walk every hour.

Liver Problems

Your liver makes, processes, and breaks down cholesterol. When your liver doesn’t work properly, it can affect your cholesterol levels. One of the most common conditions is nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which happens when extra fat is stored in the liver. It affects nearly 1 in 4 adults. The more severe form is known as NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis). This is an advanced form of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It causes the liver to swell and scar, leading to liver cirrhosis. This scarring is permanent and irreversible. It damages the liver and interferes with its functioning and can lead to liver failure.

Too Much Alcohol

Along with processing cholesterol, your liver also breaks down alcohol. So, when you drink too much, it can affect your cholesterol. One study found that men who drank heavily (roughly 4½ drinks or more at once) had worse cholesterol levels, compared to those who didn’t. This was also true for those who binged only on occasion, too. Do you need to drink alcohol?

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, your body uses cholesterol to help the foetus grow and develop. That is why your cholesterol levels may rise up to 50% in the second and third trimesters. They can stay elevated for about a month after childbirth. This temporary spike usually does not harm the mother or the baby. But if you already have high cholesterol, your doctor will want to keep track of your levels.

Kidney Problems

Cholesterol affects the way your kidneys work. Research shows that high cholesterol may harm kidney function and raise your risk of kidney disease. On the flip side, kidney problems may increase your cholesterol levels. Research shows that nephrotic syndrome, a type of kidney disorder, increases your LDL and total cholesterol levels. Chronic kidney disease also lowers your HDL levels.

A High Sugar Diet

A diet high in the sweet stuff causes your liver to make more LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and less HDL cholesterol. One study found that people who got 10% or more of their calories from added sugars were up to 3 times more likely to have low HDL levels, compared to those who had less than half that amount.

LOWERING CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

While your body needs cholesterol to function properly, imbalanced cholesterol can lead to a variety of health problems. High cholesterol is well known to increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Making healthy eating choices and increasing exercise are important first steps to improving your cholesterol.

Thus, for some people, cholesterol-lowering medication may also be needed to reduce the risk of heart attack.

Medicines or supplements might include:
– statins (which also curb ‘bad’ cholesterol)
– omega-3 supplements
– niacin (a B vitamin, but don’t take it without talking to your doctor first because of possible side effects), and
– a type of drug called fibrates.

 

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Return to Wholeness

Return to Wholeness by Shanti Gowans

The post-covid world has graced the modern seeker with one key learning lesson: that health is the secret ingredient to life’s most fulfilling adventures.

Experience inner peace, and the relief you deserve, as ayurveda, yogic practices and meditation come together for a magical 10 days this winter that will be a celebration of wellbeing and conscious lifestyle choices, arising from inspirational lectures, engaging discussions, totally delicious, nutritious, fully satisfying and yet detoxifying freshly cooked daily Ayurvedic vegetarian meals, a blend of music, art, yoga, nature, meditation sessions, nourishing cooking workshops, plant medicine, and much more.

Against the backdrop of the Scenic Rim at Beechmont in the green behind the gold coast, Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat creates an idyllic haven where spiritual enlightenment and deep-rooted wellness reign supreme.

It’s a refreshing revelry that champions holistic alternatives to clubbing and chaotic crowds, positioning self-care experiences, learning and restorative healing at the forefront of fun and glory.

Discover the secrets of your unique constitution applied to eating, breathing, and to help alleviate even the most persistent pain. Break free from the limitations that joint discomfort and migraines impose on your activities. Recoup, build up your immunity, ease your nerves and regain control over your well-being without any hindrances.

Fee is inclusive of twin share or single room accommodation, scrumptious vegetarian meals and program.

We are also very excited to confirm that Dr Manish Patwardhan BAMS will be flying in from India to lead the retreat.

 

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Reclaim your life

The most profound thing we can offer the world is our own healing.

Life is about more than work, obligations and to-do lists

Let us show you how to live a happier, richer, more fulfilling Life.

Knowing that we have all that we need to live a healthy, abundant life, at Nirvana Wellbeing Retreats, we help overwhelmed professionals transform the way they approach their well-being and self-care, helping them achieve a better work-life balance and create long-term, sustainable, healthier habits.

We work within an integrated and lifestyle natural medicine framework, where nutrition, stress management, sleep, a sense of purpose and social connections all play a part. We help you reconnect with your mind, body and natural rhythms, with simple, do-able and effective lifestyle changes. This results in you achieving more energy, better health and less stress.

Being healthier is easier than you think, when you work on the foundations for your  health, namely diet, sleep, gut health, toxicity, your mind, to name a few. These are the fundamentals. Without these in place, clinical approaches, supplements, or drugs won’t do anything sustainable. The root imbalance is still present.

It is critical to have a solid foundation if you want real results in your health. And I want you to know that it is NEVER too late to start. It is never too late to start building a stronger health foundation.

We have worked with many types of clients, helping them put their diabetes into remission, reduce their hypertension, lose menopausal weight, manage stress and burnout; all with simple but effective lifestyle changes. We cut through the contradictory health information that is out there, streamline your wellness regime, and find something that you can easily fit into your lifestyle, and most importantly, that you enjoy.

So whether you’re just starting your health journey, or just looking for your next best step, take action NOW while it’s on your mind. This is your opportunity to empower yourself to transform your health and reclaim your life. Don’t let it pass you by.

Nirvana honours you through gentle practices such as yoga breathing and stretching, Ayurveda, Meditation and forest walks in nature, which bring you closer to the simple peace in your heart and mind, together with feeling the peace and sacredness of this ancient hilltop.

This is not just another expense such as a new TV or AirPods. This is an investment in yourself, your future and the stability you deserve, even with the economy heading in such a scary direction. What you will experience from a Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat, is a complete set of tools, tips, and practices for better sleep, relieving stress, restoring vibrancy, boosting energy, strengthening immunity… and much more.

Wishing you health, wealth (well-th) and happiness.

Let’s create a sustainable future.

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With the turmoil going on all around us, many of us find our minds brimming with greater uncertainty, stress, and anxiety. Here, at Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat we offer the essentials – helping you get free from debilitating pain, improve your breathing, recover from injuries and dysfunction, and increase your energy, wellbeing and happiness.

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Be empowered, inside and out

I trust that this Newsletter finds you well and that the beginning of the new year has brought you positivity and inspiration.

Health Institute Australasia (HIA) incorporates a holistic trifecta which I have created combining Ayurvedic wellness with the pure, mindful, healing paths of Meditation and ShantiYoga.

This solid, foundational tripod delivers an inexhaustible source of resources for health, balance, energy, silence, the joy of life, reflection, personal development, caring for nature in ourselves and around us, building relationships and so much more.

My great passion has been in exploring the human potential, through the interplay between the mind, consciousness (the spiritual) and the physical body. I have a great curiosity about human nature, health and the cause of disease at the cellular, molecular, and energetic levels as well as that of the mind. I am passionate about peace of mind, natural health, helping people, and working extensively with the breath in the present. I am deeply fascinated by the subtle, spiritual world, yet at the same time, I also acknowledge my solid, scientific approach which my extensive scientific training has given me.

HIA considers the whole person, combining all three aspects, namely, mental, physical and spiritual into a meaningful whole with the aim of creating balance, wellbeing and wellness. We pursue comprehensive knowledge of how to naturally activate the mind-body’s built-in self-repair mechanisms, and strengthen its natural resistance to disease.

Ayurveda is a holistic healthcare system which originated in India. It aims to help create balance within the body, mind and consciousness.

Ayurveda is based on 100% documented, natural methods for the promotion of health.  It also contains deep knowledge about curing and preventing disease, which is based on natural methods that support the body’s own ability to heal itself.  It is no coincidence that the Sanskrit word ‘Ayurveda’ means ‘the science of life’.

The mind, the soul and the body, these three form the tripod of life. 

This is the subject matter of Ayurveda. It is for this Ayurveda is brought to light.

Charaka Samhita.1.46

Ayurveda, the health tradition and sister discipline of yoga, is one of the world’s oldest health systems. Ayurvedic knowledge, which has a documented history of over 3,000 years, originated from ancient Indian sages, scientists and seers, who had an intuitive insight into human health regarding how to synchronise both the external as well as the internal aspects of the body, with nature. Today, ayurveda is experiencing a true renaissance the world over.

The thousands of years’ old content in the classical Ayurvedic texts, is currently being supported by numerous scientific studies in Universities and research centers around the world. The many positive results from these Ayurvedic studies have been documented in well over a thousand scientific articles, published in recognised journals such as Science, The Lancet, Scientific American, Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, and BioMed Research International, to name a few. For me, it is like a circle that has been completed when the Ayurvedic knowledge, which emerged thousands of years ago, can not only be substantiated today, but has also been substantiated by modern scientific research around the world.

“It is more important to prevent disease from occurring than to seek a cure.”  is a quote from, Charaka, author of one of the seminal Ayurvedic compendiums of all time, known as The Charaka Samhita.

Ayurvedic prevention and treatment methods cover a wide range of health areas, such as general medicine, physiology, anatomy, surgery, pathology, pharmacology, psychiatry, rejuvenation, paediatrics, obstetrics and nutrition. The forms of treatment and therapy are many, and varied, and include, for example, diet, herbs, sound therapy, oils, massage, yoga and meditation – all without negative side effects, if used correctly.

Yet, Ayurveda is much more than just a system for treating and preventing disease. Ayurveda is the “science of life” (Ayur = life, veda = science / knowledge), which in addition to providing advice and guidance on health and treatment, contains knowledge about how to develop yourself in order to achieve your highest potential as a human being.

The brain produces over 100,000 chemical reactions per second. Your entire body is like a finely tuned orchestra, and your own unique intelligence and consciousness is the conductor of this entire show.

Imbalances arise and grow from stress and tension, poor sleep, dietary imbalances, and so on, whereby the symphony falls out of sync. The way to bring it back into harmony, is to restore balance at the level of consciousness. Ayurvedic treatments, formulas, recipes and protocols help enliven pure consciousness, so that your body can restore and heal itself.

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Ayurvedic Remedies for the Cold & Flu Season

Ayurvedic Remedies for the Cold & Flu Season

By Shanti Gowans

ayurvedic remedies for cold and flu season, woman with cold under a blanket on couch

With the cold and flu season upon us, there are quite a few things in the Ayurvedic medicine toolkit that help, such as:

Tribhuvan kirti – the traditional and effective Ayurvedic formulation that provides immediate relief from coughs, body aches, colds and fevers. It is traditionally administered with honey, fresh ginger and tulsi juice. It addresses the problem at its root and fortifies the system from viruses. Buy it here.

Vasosin cough syrup –  an effective herbal expectorant helpful in treating bronchitis, bronchiectasis, emphysema, and productive coughs. Buy it here.

Shwas Kuthar (shwaskuthar) – is used in the treatment of coughs, colds, asthma, bronchitis, anorexia, indigestion. Comes in three sizes: 60 tablets80 tablets100 tablets.

Sitopaladi churna (or choorna) – is helpful in conditions such as fever related to flu, colds, chest congestion, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses. Comes in 50g and 100g sizes.

Sukshma Trifala (Sookshma Triphala)–  is useful in the treatment of follicular tonsillitis, septic tonsillitis, uvulitis, stomatitis, painful caries, toothache, conjuctavitis. This herbal preparation may help control respiratory infections due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.and then to help build immunity.

Praval Pishti – is used in the Ayurvedic treatment of coughs, colds, excessive burning sensations. It is useful in decreasing nausea and dizziness associated with migraines arising from heightened Pitta and Vata doshas in the system. It is also prescribed to help alleviate the side effects (gastritis, excess burning sensations etc) of heating medicines.

Chavyanprash (or Chyawanprash or Chyavanaprasam)  – holds high significance in bolstering immunity, enhancing heart functioning, treating loss of libido, improves fertility, promotes hair growth and is helpful in various skin conditions. Chyawanprash helps with better absorption of calcium and protein synthesis, thereby strengthening bones and teeth, and improving muscle tone.

Trikatu Churna (Trikatu Choorna) – helps manage coughs and asthma. It is thermogenic, restores cellular metabolism, detoxifies deep tissues, and body composition reconditioning. Helpful in managing sinusitis and chronic rhinitis. In Ayurveda, it is suggested that Trikatu may help manage agni (digestive fire) and may help in the digestion and removal of aama (toxins) from the body. It may help in weight loss and management of obesity. Buy it here.

This information is provided for the use of Ayurvedic practitioners only. These are all currently in stock. Both face-to-face as well as teleconsultations are available. Some of these remedies are very powerful, and self medication and over dosage may prove dangerous. They should only be taken under strict medical supervision, in precise dosage for a limited period of time, as advised. Please consult with your Ayurvedic practitioner before using any Ayurvedic or herbal products, for dosage, appropriateness for your body type, contraindications with current medications, pregnancy, lactation, and children, side effects, and take good care of yourself.

We sincerely wish you the best of health and happiness.

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Deer, Horse or Bull … Health at Every Size

Deer, Horse or Bull…Health at Every Size by Shanti Gowans

The beauty-obsessed world perpetuates the idea that happiness, health, and the ability to be loved are dependent upon how we look. Body insecurity is rampant, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s time to challenge the poisonous beliefs about food, weight, self-image and self-worth, show every body respect, and get real about inequalities and health.

Weight loss is not the be-all or the end-all keys to health. In the mad dash to shrink our bodies, many of us get so caught up in searching for the perfect diet, exercise program, treatments or surgical techniques that we lose sight of our original goal: improved health and well-being.

Popular methods for weight loss don’t get all of us there, and lead many people to feel like failures when they can’t match unattainable body standards. It’s time for a cease-fire in the war around body image issues, so that we can overcome our culture’s shame and distress. The epidemic is not obesity. Poverty and oppression, including racism, sexism, ageism, transgenderism, homophobia, and classism affect our life’s opportunity, our feelings of self-worth, and even influence our metabolism. The real crisis lies in the toxic stigma attached to certain body types and the impact of living with these inequalities, and not the numbers shown on the bathroom scales.

We’ve been convinced that happiness is something that comes only once we hit our target weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. So many people spend their entire lives chasing thinness by dieting, binging, purging themselves either by vomiting or taking laxatives with their weight yo-yoing out of control, spiralling into anorexia, bulimia, anxiety, depression, and even suicidal tendencies before they reach some even more serious illnesses.

The body is not the problem. It’s how we’ve been taught to see our bodies that’s the problem. We need a new way of seeing the truth about ourselves, to shift our perception around food, our bodies and life in general, to live in a world where every body is celebrated.

It is time for all of us to stop believing the lies we’ve been fed, and start demystifying the common, damaging myths and misinformation about what it means to be beautiful that we are bombarded with every day, and that many of us believe without questioning. It isn’t about believing that your body looks good, it is knowing that your body is good, regardless of how it looks. We are all good enough as we are. Take your power back. Hating the way you look, or being at war with your body cannot be your solution. Perhaps the best way to win the war against your body, is to give up the fight.

Ayurvedic health isn’t about promoting weight gain. It’s simply about understanding your body type, accepting all body types, loving yourself by taking care of your physical and mental health, and enjoying life. If you are new to this science, be warned, it is mind altering and challenges even the most self aware person to look deeper into the social conditioning that we are ALL a part of. To build a world that works for everyone, we must first make the radical decision to love every facet of ourselves. Human beings are a varied and divergent group of people, with all manner of beliefs, morals, and bodies. Systems of oppression thrive on our inability to make peace with our differences and injure the relationship we have with our own bodies.

In this connection,

I invite you to question your current belief system around the diet culture and unrealistic perceptions about beauty.

  • How do you feel about your body?
  • Have you ever stayed home from a social activity, or not taken other opportunities because of concern about how you have looked?
  • Have you ever judged someone because of how they looked or dressed?
  • Have you ever had difficulty concentrating on a task because you were self-conscious about your appearance?

Dieting doesn’t work. Not long term. In fact, our bodies are hardwired against it. But each time our diets fail, instead of considering that maybe our ridiculously low-carb diet is the problem, we wonder what’s wrong with us. It’s time we called a spade a spade: constantly trying to eat the smallest amount possible is a miserable way to live, and it isn’t even working. So ditch it.

Ayurveda offers a simple path, away from the inherent flaws of dieting and the diet culture, and shares powerful and practical advice about how to heal our physical, emotional, and mental relationship with food. Move away from the empty promises around image sold by the media, advertisers, the fitness, beauty and weight-loss industries, towards one of self-reflection and self-compassion, which offer an alternative vision for redefining beauty.

Losing weight is not your life’s purpose. It is empowering to see the world through the lens of more than just a body. Escape the cult around thinness, the diet trap, the arguments from presumed authorities, disinformation campaigns, half-baked lies, information that is left out, and misdirections, and understand it for what it is; bad health advice masquerading in pseudo-scientific jargon, that has been formulated by a food advertising industry that is intentionally trying to confuse consumers. Every one of us deserves to have a happy, healthy relationship with food and with our bodies. We need to see and accept that the distortions we have around our self-image and our weight-stigma as being the prejudice and hatred that it really is, and promulgate the lies from the diet culture and give ourselves permission to eat all foods.

What is the secret anti-diet? Eat. Whatever you want. Trust that your body knows what it is doing. And don’t forget to rest, breathe, and be kind to yourself.

Ayurveda endorses health and self-esteem for people of every size. The body is not an apology. Tune into your body’s expert guidance. Find the joy in movement. Eat what you want, when you want, choosing pleasurable foods that help you feel good. You can feel great in your body right now

Food is a major determining factor for your health, and is one of the main tools you have at your disposal. Sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent tastes tantalise the taste buds. The qualities and potencies within food help metabolise it, converting it into what ultimately transforms into you. We can’t ignore the post digestive effects and special qualities that food imparts on the body either. To live on rice, beans, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fruit and so on, doesn’t cost any more than living on pre-packaged garbage. In fact, it costs less. Nobody is saying that eating like this is good, or that this food will cure diseases, but it sure has a good track record of reversing many diet related diseases. Furthermore, if you are concerned about your health and want a healthier body, it is a good way to start to know what your body runs well on, and why.

Most importantly, with this renewed understanding about health and wellbeing for your unique constitution, Ayurveda lays out an action plan that arms you with the skills you need to reconnect with your whole self, and to free yourself from the constraints of self-objectification. It also gives you the permission to embrace all that you are, right now; and that is perfect.

Your body is an instrument, not an ornament.
Ayurveda invites you to reconnect with the radical origins of your mind and body and celebrate our collective, enduring strength. As we awaken to our own universal majesty and shake off the indoctrinated body shame, we feel inspired to awaken others too and to interrupt the systems that perpetuate body shame and oppression against all bodies. When we start acting from this truth on a global scale, we will usher in the transformative opportunity of radical self-love, which is the opportunity for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world – for us all.

As our invaluable guide and teacher, the body is an indispensable resource for us, at any age, to help us connect with ourselves better, value ourselves, love ourselves, and ultimately, be ourselves.

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Chawanaprash

Chawanaprash

Chawanaprash is the most well-known revitalisers (Rasayanas) of Ayurveda. It is one of Ayurveda’s anti-aging supplements, which is purely herbal in nature. Its main ingredient is ‘Amla’, which is a powerful antioxidant, and very rich in Vitamin C. This ancient Ayurvedic multi-vitamin formulation is a powerful tonic and will act as safeguard and rejuvenation for the entire family.

Charaka on Chawanaprash

“This is that very Chyawan Prasawaleh, the highest Rasayana. It is especially recommended for the cure of cough, dyspnea, as a bodybuilder for the emaciated, for those suffering from pectoral lesions, for the old and for children. It also subdues such disorders as loss of voice, diseases of the chest and heart, thirst and disorders of rheumatic type. It should be used in such doses as will not interfere with the normal meals. Intelligence, memory, luster, immunity from disease, longevity, increased sense power, amative delights, the heightened activity of the gastric fire, clearness of complexion, the regularity of peristalsis – all these human beings obtain from the use of this Rasayana. By retiring into a retreat and resorting to this medicine, a person will shed their infirmities and emerge with fresh youth.” Charak Samhita

History

Mythology states that Ashwini Kumaras, the divine twin doctors, made Chawanaprash bring back youth in the old and fragile body of Sage Chyawana. As it was used for the first time for the rejuvenation of Chayawana Maharishi, it has been named after him.

The story tells of Puloma and Sage Bhrigu who were happily married. Puloma conceived and was preparing herself for motherhood, but she was attacked by a demon during her pregnancy, by which premature delivery, Garbha Chyuti, happened. This led to the birth of a baby boy, who they named Chyawana (the name derives from the word Chyuti). Chyawana was interested in the spiritual path but was afflicted with early aging and many disorders. In answer to his prayers, the divine twin doctors came to his help. They administered Prasha – herbal jam (linctus), by which Chyawana Maharishi got rid of all of his diseases and early aging. He became young again and continued life successfully. The Prasha (herbal jam) that revived the health of Sage Chyawana is called Chyawanaprash. It is recommended for treating early aging.

 

Modern Medical co-relation and Health benefits

In modern medical terms, Chyawanprash, a herbal paste that has been used as a tonic in Ayurveda for over 3000 years is an immune-supporting, vitamin C-rich, antioxidant.

This powerful antiageing herbal product is made from a complex and precise traditional recipe that includes over 40 powerful Ayurvedic herbs. its final formula has been sealed by the masters and it is better to prefer the original Chawanprash over any of its variants, which are nothing more than a business ploy. There is no classical reference to Chawanprash for specific body types. The herbal combination of Chawanprash is suitable for all body types. The base and key ingredient of this formula is called Amalaki, or Indian Gooseberry, a powerful antioxidant fruit that is considered a superfood in India for its potent free-radical scavenging properties. This is the beauty of Amla.

There are many benefits of Chawanaprash. It is effectively used in the treatment of throat infections, cough, cold, chest infections, and is especially used in pulmonary tuberculosis. It helps in the rejuvenation of the aged and also with proper nourishment of the young. Research shows that Chyawanprash supports healthy cholesterol and blood sugar, improves intelligence (Medha), memory power, skin lustre, age, the strength of the sense organs, boosts immunity power, and appetite. It is used effectively in gout, and disease conditions involving urine

 

Qualities of Chawanaprash

Smell – Smell of Cinnamon, Cardamom and Long pepper.
Taste – Spicy taste, with more sourness and less sweetness.
Consistency – Pulpy, semisolid paste. Neither too solid nor too watery.
Water test – When a piece of Chawanaprash is placed in water, it should sink immediately. The particles should not spread in water.

 

The uses and efficacy of Chawanprash

• Eases constipation.
• Strengthens the immune system.
• It improves memory and concentration.
• It calms the nervous system.
• Slows down the effects of the aging process.
• It enhances fertility and keeps menstruation regular.
• Purifies the blood, eliminates toxins and is beneficial to the liver.
• It improves the complexion and helps the body fight against bacterial infections.
• Acts as an antidepressant and tranquiliser for people suffering from depression.
• Promotes absorption of calcium, leading to stronger bones and teeth.
• It improves muscle tone by enhancing protein synthesis.
• Highly recommended for children (from 5 years upwards) and old people.
• Its regular consumption will protect you from diseases of the respiratory system.

 

Chawanprash’s Effect on the Doshas

Vata Dosha

Chawyanprash benefits the body by acting as a rejuvenating and anti-aging substance. It helps reduce the degenerative activity of the body. Its main ingredient is Amla, which, together with Ghee, sugar and another herbs balance Vata dosha.

Pitta Dosha

Except for a few substances such as raisins, ghee, and sugar, Chawanprash does not contain many herbs targeted towards Pitta balance. Additionally, overall, Chawanprash is slightly heating in nature. Hence it does not balance Pitta to a great extent.

Kapha Dosha

Chawanaprash is mainly targeted towards strengthening the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems, which are mainly influenced by Kapha. It has many herbs targeted towards Kapha balance, such as Dashamoola (the group of ten roots), long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and so on. Because of the hot potency of these herbs, it is not heavy to digest. These heating substances negate the cold effect of Amla in this formula.

 

Immunity

Chawayanaprash does not exclude any tissue (dhatu) and has a rejuvenating effect on all the seven body tissues.
A good immune system is a combination of well-nourished Dhatus, good digestive strength, and good mental health.
For nourishment values, Chawayanaprash has herbs such as Mudgaparni, Mahaparni, Jivika, Rishabhaka, Amala, and so on.
For good digestive health – long pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.
For good mental health, it has Kamala, Vidari, Jivanti, Guduchi, Ghee and so on.

 

Respiratory Immunity

Chawanaprash mainly improves respiratory immunity. Thus, for a person with early morning allergies, who suffer from air pollution and pollen allergies throughout the day, or who has asthma attacks during the day, taking Chawanaprash in the morning is very helpful.

Most respiratory disorders involve Kapha imbalance. When we divide the daytime into three equal parts, the morning one third is dominated by Kapha Dosha, which is why Chawanaprash in the morning is very useful.

However, some people, thanks to a busy schedule, may forget to take it in the morning. And a few people get respiratory symptoms during the night. They can take a teaspoon to a tablespoon of Chawanaprash at night, preferably with a cup of milk, before dinner.

However, it is not necessary to take Chawanaprash both morning and night. Once a day is more than good to take maximum advantage from it.

Some people experience a postnasal drip with Chawanaprash, which is due to Kapha liquefying, a stage before Kapha is pacified or expelled out. This can be compared to the melting down of Kapha during Spring. During winter, Kapha gets chaya – increases in its own place. It solidifies and stays in its own home. But, during Spring, because of an increase in temperature, it liquefies and moves to other places.

 

Rasayana: anti-aging and longevity

Out of eight branches of Ayurveda, Rasayana, anti-aging, is one the most important.

As age advances, there is slowing of growth in the body, and circulation is hindered. To counter this, or at least slow down the process, the treatment called Rasayana is provided to the patient.

Rasa means ‘the juice from food’, and Ayana means ‘movement or ‘circulation’.

Movement of the rasa throughout the body, day and night, and the consequent nourishment and maintenances of the growth of new cells, the expulsion of damaged cells and full nourishment to the entire body, is the main purpose of a Rasayana treatment.

In the chapter from Charaka Samhita on treatment, known as Chikista Stana, Charaka explains: “There are two types of treatments, one is the promotion of vigour in the healthy, and the other is destructive of disease in the ailing.”

Rasayana is that substance that gives health to the healthy. It increases the Ojas (immunity), the complexion, the glow and the essence of the seven body nutrients, or tissues (food juice, blood, flesh, fat, bone, bone marrow, brain, and the vital essence). Rasayana substances are considered vitalisers because they replenish the vital fluids of the body. Charaka says “ long life, heightened memory and intelligence, freedom from disease, youth, excellence of lustre, complexion, and voice, optimum strength of body and senses, utterances that always get fulfilled, the reverence of people, body glow – all these does a person obtain by the use of Rasayanas or vitalisers.”

The aim of a Rasayana is not merely to increase longevity, but also simultaneously to increase the patient’s energy and stamina so that they will be able to enjoy the long life they have.

Wrinkles, grey hair and so on can be signs of early aging. Chawanaprash, being rich in antioxidants and rejuvenating herbs is rejuvenating and anti-aging and can even get rid of wrinkles. From a physiological perspective, the mode of action of Chawanaprash can be understood as follows. It:

– delays the aging of cells.
– improves the nutritional levels of body tissues.
– improves digestive power.
– Improves oxygen supply to the deeper tissues.

In the traditional Rasayana anti-aging therapy, the patient is made to replace breakfast with Chawayanaprash and is asked to consume milk to quench their thirst. Please note: I do not suggest you follow this method on your own, as it may produce excess heat. There are several other rules and regulations to be followed in this method, which is why it should only be done under strict medical supervision.

 

Side Effects and Precautions

• Some patients may experience increased heat, heartburn and burning sensations as Chawayanaprash can increase heat. However, if taken with milk in the Kapha dominant period of the day (morning), the burning sensation can be minimised, if not nullified.
• Some patients complain of loose stools.
• Because it contains sugar, it is best avoided by diabetic patients with uncontrolled sugar. (Note: The purpose of sweetening it is to make it tasty, have the added benefits of candy, and to counter the excess heating effects of spices and herbs used in Chwanprash, such as Dashamoola (a group of 10 inflammatory roots), long pepper, cinnamon etc. which cause heat).
• Some people have high Pitta naturally. They have excess body heat, sweating, oral ulcers, etc. In such people, taking Chawanaprash even with milk may cause boils, excessive heat, and skin rashes.
• A patient with ulcerative colitis may not tolerate Chawanaprasha that well. S/he may get loose stools.
• If a woman’s periods are normal, with moderate bleeding, Chawayanaprash may be continued during her periods. However, if the periods are heavy, then it is better to avoid it only during periods.
• Since it is recommended for rejuvenation purposes, and not indicated for pregnancy as such, it makes sense not to take it during pregnancy.

 

Dosage

It looks like jam and tastes like dried fruit. Some people apply it to the bread they eat.

Chawanaprash is safe up to 5gm/kg of body weight. The dose should be such that it does not disturb the quantity of the food. In a normal adult, one 500g jar of Chawanprash will last about a month.

The dose can be increased in accordance with a Rasayana procedure, up to 50gm, depending upon the health of the patient and other factors.

Children from five years old can safely take Chawanaprash. The dose largely depends upon their digestive strength.

Have a big spoonful (a teaspoon to a tablespoon) of Chawanaprash together with a glass of milk, every morning, 15 minutes before breakfast. When you take it before food, the digestion strength is heightened, and a maximum amount of phytonutrients from Chavanaprash will be absorbed into your body, making its immunity stronger.

Warm milk is preferable to cold milk with Chawanaprash, as it further quickens digestion, but this is not a mandatory rule. You can just eat one or two spoonfuls of Chawanprash with water if you are unaccustomed to milk. Do not mix it with water to dilute it, though. If you want a milder effect, simply reduce the dosage.

As it contains many spices, its recipe includes ghee. Ghee is used in very small quantities, compared with other ingredients. It is added to dissolve fat-soluble ingredients and to add those benefits to the herbal jam. Ghee, oils, candy sugar are present as a medium to carry the herbal principles, which are the lead actors in the product, to the right organs and systems, and to counter the possible side effects. Nevertheless, this is why it is advisable not to take extra ghee also with it. Milk or water are better vehicle agents for Chawanprash.

It is not Ayurvedically wise to continue any medicine throughout the year. It is beneficial to have a gap here and there. Chawanaprash being hot, can be avoided during summer.

Here is a list of disease indications for Chawanaprash:
Kasa – the common cold, cough
Shwasa – asthma, respiratory disorders involving difficulty in breathing
Kshataksheena – chest injury
Svarakshaya – voice problems
Uroroga – Chest disorders
Vatashonita – Gout
Pipasa – excessive thirst
Mutradosha – Urinary tract disorders
Shukra Dosha – semen, sperm anomalies

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Deep Wisdom and True Healing by Shanti Gowans

Discover incredible possibilities for your life

If you’re seeking ways to explore and expand your wellness in any way, whether it be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or all of these possibilities, plus more, here are some useful thoughts about wisdom healing.

1. Start with the basics

Immerse yourself in exploring and cultivating the energy within your body simultaneously with the outer universal source energy.

To come home to your body, and for the many healing experiences, which will build your awareness, confidence, belief, and trust in something greater than yourself (the profound power of the energetic field), begin with foundational practices to establish a strong grounding and framework.

Focus on learning and mastering awareness of the fundamental body and mind movements as well as the flow of energy, breathing practices and postures to release energetic blockages that can become the source of dis-ease, discomfort, pain, and emotional challenges. These building blocks will provide you with a solid foundation for your future exploration.

2. Embrace consistency

Commitment to yourself is powerful. Go beyond your limitations and address the deepest causes and limiting patterns of your suffering. Make a powerful new pledge to yourself to connect with and emphasise your deepest. intention. Your answer, your truth, carries a certain energetic signature. It is the intention beyond what you do that determines the results of your actions.

Consistency is key to your practice. Set aside a dedicated time each day to engage in your exercises and meditation. Even a few minutes of daily practice can yield significant benefits over time. Give yourself your life back. By doing the practices, bit by bit, you will come home to yourself. Regular practice builds a pathway to access the wisdom of your body, heal emotional imbalances and traumas, and nurture your overall well-being.

3. Cultivate and deepen the mind-body connection

Recognise and honour the interconnectedness of your mind, body, and spirit. Yoga is not just about physical postures, it is more about cultivating mindfulness and awareness within its physical modalities. Healing goes far deeper than the physical body. You must cultivate your own life-energy through accessing nature’s great store of life energy (called prana/chi/ki). Yet, cultivating your prana is not the most fundamental thing you need to do; cultivating your spirit is. Yoga is the refinement of mind-states to enhance the state of energy in the body. You will be able to see the deeper cause of your issues and the resultant energy contractions will become apparent to you. You enable healing of the physical body when you correct the energy patterns and unblock the constricted energies and their pathways. This leads to vibrant health, a harmonious body and mind, and an awakened spiritual life.

4.  Authenticity

A broader look at the landscape of medicine indicates the wonderful inroads that Western medicine has made in many fields. However, with our epidemic of chronic disease, people struggling with deteriorating health, ineffective medical treatments and limited resources for so many people, even first world economies with their enormous health expenditure per capita, need authentic and practical health wisdom now. Bring nature’s medicine back to the forefront of human wellness. With proven solutions for healing, preventing disease and illness, reversing ageing, and embracing a life of greater wellness, joy and connection, nature can actually be used today in our modern world to help heal us all.

5. Learn from authentic teachers

An authentic lineage and proper mentorship and training are crucial to ensure you receive accurate instruction and guidance. Experienced teachers who have a deep understanding of the wisdom healing practices of yoga, meditation and ayurveda don’t just ‘do’ the practices. They live it. Many of them are ideally living, learning, and working at a wisdom healing life. Having a skilled, experienced and patient master teacher and mentor on your journey is one of the most healing gifts you can give yourself during this lifetime.

6. Attend live classes

Attending live (face-to-face, on-campus) classes led by an experienced teacher are regular, immersive, experiential learning opportunities that will deepen your understanding, provide personalised guidance, and connect you with a supportive community of fellow practitioners.

Shanti Yoga combines the wisdom healing from meditative movement, vibrational energy and stillness, sound, visualisation and awakening practices. Shanti Yoga movements are adaptable for accessibility, are gentle, and free up the flow of energy. Accompanying visualisation and meditation can be done in any comfortable position: sitting, standing, or lying down. It is complementary to all other forms of energy work, movement, bodywork, spiritual practices, medicine, healing, and therapies, and is adaptable to all mobility and fitness levels. It is a whole system of practice for upgrading your mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing, by using your connection with and cultivation of, the vital, universal life-force energy.

7. Healing Retreats 

The true essence of wisdom and healing arises from direct experience.

A retreat at Nirvana will enable you to be guided directly by a world-renowned teacher and healer in the wisdom of yoga, meditation and ayurveda, in order for you to explore life with an open heart and mind, to allow the practice to unfold its wisdom and healing power within you.

The peaceful, natural surroundings of Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat provide the perfect environment for you to relax, recharge, focus on your practice, and connect with other like-minded individuals, while senior teachers provide you with additional support.

Journey back to wellness by embracing a new life aligned with nature’s intelligence, to gain a new lease of life. In nature, we find the source of healing, and our deeper inspiration to finding ourselves.

At a time where humanity is sicker, more exhausted, and more disconnected than ever before, our dedication and commitment to support you in your journey of self-healing and self-realisation remains stronger than ever. Together we can shape and evolve the consciousness of humanity.

Now is the time to awaken to your essence, open your energy flow, and heal your mind-body-heart.

May your journey be filled with joy, expansion, and profound transformation!

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