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Nirvana Wellbeing Retreats

The Calling of Joy

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 – Tuesday, 3 January 2023

Live, Love, Laugh and Last a Lifetime

Tuesday, 3 January 2023 – Tuesday, 10 January 2023

The Balanced Life, 8 days-7 nights, Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat. Detox available.

Nirvana Wellbeing Retreat is the home for accessible mind-body solutions curated to boost an individual’s capacity to restore physical and mental health.

The last few years have been….a lot. I know it also hasn’t been easy for many of you. With the turmoil going on all around us, many of us find our minds brimming with greater uncertainty, stress, and anxiety. Rates of chronic and acute conditions are skyrocketing.

Stress, exposure to toxins, aggressive pathogens, and other factors have formed a perfect storm of inflammatory responses that wreak havoc on the body and overall health, all the way down to the cellular level. Over time, these can lead to serious conditions, premature aging, and a decline in overall vitality.

I acknowledge the hardship of all of that, and ask you to see past it, through it, and around it. Focus on what you have, not what you had. We can’t do anything about what has happened. But we can move out of “what was” and into “what can be”. We can stand tall in our truth and focus on what we can do today and tomorrow to make our life better. Our bodies have the incredibly potent capacity for self-healing and maintaining equilibrium during times of distress and disease. We must not become the obstacle that gets in the way.

What if you could learn how to calm your nervous system and restore balance with a practice that is imbued in spirituality (and backed by medical science) and learn how to trust yourself and your body’s innate wisdom?

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.

Ayurveda and Yoga Retreats

These retreats typically include daily transformative teachings based on Ayurveda, the science of life.

Learn how to cultivate a feeling of wholeness and healing. Through Ayurvedic, food, natural herbal medicines, restorative yoga, breathwork, mindfulness, Yoga nidra, discussion, art, nature and more, you will

  • Harness accessible resources for resilient well-being
  • Restore and revitalise the body with the integrating traditions of Ayurveda, yoga and art.
  • Balance and soothe the nervous system with restorative practices including yoga nidra
  • Use meditation to reflect and connect to your most authentic self and heartfelt values.
  • Return home with a rich array of self-care practices that will ground and fortify you throughout the year.

Regardless of your personal health goals, the end destination is the same for all of us: Feeling better than ever. Longer retreats have the ability to add detox as an optional extra.

I want you to know it’s never too late to start. It is never too late to build a stronger health foundation. 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, to reclaim your life. Don’t let it pass you by. Let’s improve your health today.

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Mindful Abundance

Mindful Abundance

This course could change everything for you! 

“In order to be a successful Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner and help people, I had to become a business owner” Shanti Gowans

To be a Naturopath, Nutritionist, Dietician, Masseur, Therapist, Ayurvedic practitioner, Yoga Teacher, or Healer of any description, is a very different profession, especially if you are old school

You didn’t go to school or university to become a business owner. You undertook training, became certified, and secured higher qualifications because you wanted to use your knowledge to help others. You want to help others to not be in pain, and empower them with education, tools, techniques and services towards their wellbeing. Whether you’re licensed and regulated, certified or have a master’s degree, you will need to figure out how to do what you want to do in a way that works for you.

In order to be a successful Yoga teacher and Ayurvedic practitioner and help people, I had to become a business owner. More specifically, I had to figure out how to work with the universe’s resources in a way that supports my values and lifestyle, to help me help them create a meaningful life. When I started out in Australia, (this was in 1972), all I wanted, or needed, was for someone to tell me that I was on the right track. There was no Google, YouTube, online spaces, businesses or social platforms that I could turn to for help. No role models. I made a promise to myself that when I succeeded, I would pay it forward so that professionals coming up after me would not have to feel as alone and as unsure as I felt.

I’ve made good on that promise. I set up Yoga classes and schools, wrote books, taught yoga on public television, went all out for the Australian government to accredit my Yoga Teacher Training courses, and Ayurvedic Practitioner training, to start other teachers and practitioners on their road to success. Touching many lives, paying it forward and giving back is part of my business model… it always has been and will continue to be. We are truly in this together. We are all here to transform lives for a living, all on our own terms. I am proof of that. Let us help you. You can’t model what you don’t see.

Here is something really special for you. I have developed an exceptional suite of comprehensive online professional development learnings especially for busy people, and have put together my findings in an amazing, groundbreaking course called MINDFUL ABUNDANCE. Best of all, you are not locked into inconvenient webinar times. Instead, with my course, you are in control of your own learning journey. This content is presented in digestible pieces, where you can dip in and out of it, as time permits.

https://learn.healthinstitute.edu.au/courses/mindful-abundance/

With this course material, you can gain an outstanding understanding of the cosmic laws, purify your thoughts, feelings and vibrations, and be able to unlock the limitless potential of your mind. You will be able to benefit from opportunities that open up to you because the entire context of your knowledge can be highly advanced by finding information that explains how the universe works.

  • Navigate the chaos of this crazy world
  • with powerful Cosmic principles and practices
  • to break free from the matrix of illusion
  • and rewire optimistic thinking so that you can
  • create your own world of
  • abundant health, wealth, and wisdom.

Take advantage of the special price offer $995,

This would be the best ever Christmas gift you could give or receive.

Choose to pay by PayPal or Credit/Debit card. We also offer Afterpay.

Will revert to $1550 after 25 December 2022.

Shanti Gowans

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Osteoporosis and Ayurveda

Bone is a dynamic living tissue. it is constantly being broken down and rebuilt, a process known as remodelling.

Peak bone mass is reached between the ages of 25 and 35 years. After 35, bone mass is stable until, in women, it starts to drop with menopause. 6-18% of women between 25-34 years of age have ‘abnormally low’ bone density. Hip-fracture rates for white women in the US and Britain begin to rise abruptly between the ages of 40-44 much earlier than menopause begins. This drop occurs more slowly in males.

Bones become porous, or less dense, with age. As we age, the mineral-rich, internal part of bone breaks down faster than it is rebuilt. It should not be treated as disease unless you experience one or following multiple symptoms over a period of time:

  • Bone fracture
  • A gradual loss of height
  • A rounding of the shoulders
  • Gum inflammation and loosening of the teeth
  • Acute lower backache
  • Swelling of a wrist after a minor fall or injury
  • Trouble with nail, hair, teeth, gums, joints, or back
  • Nocturnal leg cramps
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Restless behaviour,

The word osteoporosis simply means ‘porous bones’. Persons with osteoporosis suffer from a loss in bone mass and bone strength at a higher rate than expected with aging. Their bones become weak and brittle which makes them more prone to fracture. Any bone can be affected by osteoporosis, but the hips, wrists and spine are the most common sites.

Ayurveda and Osteoporosis

From the Ayurvedic perspective, any vata imbalance or disease pattern in the bods indicated by any one of the symptoms such as stress, anxiety, constipation, dry skin, hypertension, restlessness, insomnia, PMS or many menstrual disorders, Irritable bowel syndrome and Inability to relax and so on. Some of the behavioural patterns that can create a vata imbalance in the body are:

  • when a person is under stress or reacting to stress with anxiety
  • physical exhaustion; mental strain and overwork without giving the body a chance to relax and rejuvenate
  • addictive patterns
  • lack of sleep
  • suffering emotionally from grief, fear or shock
  • travelling (flying or long car journeys)
  • stringent diets
  • eating cold, raw or dry foods frequently
  • living in a cold, dry and windy weather.

Osteoporosis is one of the natural processes that occur with age, however, vata body type individuals or people in the vata stage of life, are likely to experience loss of bone density at a higher rate. Consequently the risk for osteoporosis will be higher in a person of vata body, old people and women after menopausal age. For women, a regular menstrual cycle is important for building and maintaining bone strength throughout a woman’s reproductive years.

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

Certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing and aggravating osteoporosis include:

  • Being female. Women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. Though most women start to think about bone loss only at menopause, it often begins years before. 50%of the bone loss over their lifespan is lost before menopause even begins. The reasons could include:
    • Women’s bones are generally thinner and lighter.
    • They live longer than men.
    • They have rapid bone loss at menopause due to a sharp decline of oestrogen.
    • Natural menopause before age 40;
    • A hysterectomy which includes removal of both ovaries with no hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
    • A lack of, or irregular menstrual flow.
    • Oestrogen/ progesterone deficiency
  • Having a thin, small framed body
  • Heredity and Race – the risk increases if there is a history of osteoporosis and/or bone fractures in your family. Some races, for example Caucasians are at a higher risk than Asians and African Americans.
  • Lack of physical activity especially activities such as walking, running, tennis and other weight-bearing exercises.
  • Lack of Calcium and Vitamin D, Magnesium and other mineral deficiencies from a modern diet of processed foods.
  • Cigarette smoking and Excessive Alcohol – Heavy drinkers and smokers often have poor appetite and poor nutrition.
  • Taking certain medicines such as corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat asthma, arthritis, lupus, etc.) and aluminium containing antacids such as Rolaids or Di-Gel., anti-seizure drugs and overuse of thyroid hormones.
  • Hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, and certain forms of bone cancer, anorexia nervosa, scoliosis and gastrointestinal disease.
  • Malabsorption of nutrients as a result of antibiotic use
  • High Fat, high protein diet

Traditional Treatment includes:

  • Medical management, especially if you are at a high risk of getting the disorder. Doctor may prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and/or calcium. These are recommended to prevent fractures from osteoporosis if taken during or soon after the start of menopause and then on a continual basis. HRT does not rebuild bone, but it is supposed to prevent further bone loss. New research on HRT is bringing question mark on this method.
  • Surgery, such as hip replacement, if necessary.
  • Dietary and lifestyle measures.

Natural Dietary and Lifestyle Measures

Natural approaches to osteoporosis treatment are to focus on supporting the body’s dynamic, bone rebuilding process, and not on replacing the natural and healthy decline of oestrogen during menopause. To prevent or slow osteoporosis, take these steps now:

Consume a diet high in complex carbohydrate, and relatively low in fat and protein. 

If you are non-vegetarian, limit your servings of red meat to lean cuts, no more than three times per week (Red meat is very high in phosphorous, as is soda. High phosphorous intake extracts calcium from bones). To keep calcium/phosphorous levels in balance, concentrate on eating dark green, leafy vegetables.

Calcium

Plan to get enough calcium every day. If our diets were mostly whole grains, greens, beans and vegetables, our bones would be more apt to stay healthy on relatively less calcium, as long as we also exercised and got out in the sun for vitamin D. Some high calcium foods include: Milk, yogurt and cheeses. Soft-boned fish and shellfish, such as salmon with the bones, sardines and shrimp. Vegetables such as dark green, leafy vegetables, broccoli, kale, collards. Beans and bean sprouts, as well as tofu (soy bean curd, if processed with calcium). Calcium-fortified foods such as some orange juices, apple juices and ready-to-eat cereals and breads.

Vitamin C

is involved in collagen synthesis and repair and is found in Citrus fruits.

Magnesium

It is found in organically grown vegetables, whole grains, seaweed (kelp) and meats such as turkey. Over-consumption of processed food, such as refined grains or too few dark green leafy vegetables is usually the culprit in magnesium deficiency.

Boron

The minimum dose of boron needed per day is easily met with a daily diet rich in fruit, nuts and vegetables.

Beta Carotene

Vitamin A promotes a healthy intestinal epithelium and promotes strong joints, which is important for optimal absorption of nutrients. It is found in yellow and orange vegetables e.g. pumpkin, carrots, leafy vegetables and broccoli.

Exercise

The average Australian sits for 11 hours a day. This is what happens while you’re sitting:

  • Muscles deteriorate, fat loss slows and calorie burning drops to 1 calorie per minute
  • Blood flow dips, LDL and triglycerides clog your arteries and heart attack risk jumps by 125%
  • Sugar piles up in your blood, insulin skyrockets and diabetes risk shoots up by 90%.

Your body receives the signal that it’s time to shut down, so it starts preparing you for death. If we also sleep an average of 7 hours a day, that’s 18 hours of not moving. And since most of us are working those other 6 hours (or more), most of us can’t find the time to workout, burn fat, and prevent this bodily decay.
Yet, you must follow a program of regular, weight-bearing exercise at least three or four times a week. Beneficial examples include: walking, jogging, cycling, weight training, low-impact or non-impact aerobics, and anything that places weight on the bones, twenty minutes, five times per week, or thirty minutes three times per week.

Pay attention to your posture. Keep your back straight when you sit, stand and walk.

Take measures to prevent falls and injury to your bones.

Avoid

Do not smoke and limit alcohol consumption.

Smoking makes osteoporosis worse. Smokers, together with those who consume two or more alcoholic drinks daily, are at highest risk of osteoporosis. Smoking poisons the ovaries.

Avoid cola or soda and soft, fizzy drinks

These are too high in phosphate, which directly interferes with calcium absorption.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Osteoporosis

Ayurveda focuses on balancing the doshas, especially vata dosha, and ensuring that the tissues (dhatus) are free of toxcicity (ama), to enable the body’s homeostatic mechanisms more efficiently help our metabolism adjust to a natural aging process. When the body’s natural healing ability is strengthened, and causal and root imbalances in basic bodily functions are removed, the bone rebuilding process will be positively influenced.

Ayurveda recommends:

Detoxification and balancing the doshas, especially vata dosha, using Purvakarmaand Basti treatments.

The detoxification (panchakarma) treatment consists of internal oleation, namely snehana, fomentation, or bashpa swedana, lower back oil pooling, or kati basti, and a steady, thread-like stream of oil, poured on the forehead, known as shiro dhara. This is followed by an appropriate purge to remove all the offending, vitiated doshas from the body systems, then followed by basti with herbal oil to pacify vata (vata shamak or dashmoola) for the vitiated vata dosha.

Food supplements and rejuvenators such as Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Bala (Sida cordifolia), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) should be taken in the powdered form in the dose of 2-3gm daily.

Shatavari and vidari mixed in equal parts, or just shatavari taken on regular basis (1/2 tsp twice daily)
with warm milk, help to make up for oestrogen in the metabolic cycle. These herbs are food precursors of oestrogen and progesterone.

Self massage or abhyanga, using sesame oil, for vata pacification.

Ashokarishta

Ashoka bark has silica, sodium, potassium, phosphate, magnesium, iron, and calcium among others. It is used for many uterine disorders and is a good herb during the time of menopause.

Dashamularishta

Dashmoola is used for vata pacification.

These preparations should be taken after consulting an Ayurvedic consultant.

Daily chewing a handful of sesame seeds in the morning provides at least 1200 mg of natural calcium. These seeds won’t clog arteries, as dependence upon calcium from dairy products may do. One part black or white sesame seeds, half part shatavari, with ginger and raw sugar added to taste is good for the bones.

The vata pacifying diet includes warm, heavy, moist and slightly oily food that give you strength.

Frequent small meals, mildly spiced and with only a few different types of foods per meal are recommended.

– Don’t eat when you are nervous or worried.

– If possible eat with your friends/ family.

Amalaki is a rejuvenator (rasayana) for the bones, nourishing the bones, strengthening the teeth, causing hair and nails to grow. Five gm powder in one cup of water, twice a day is used as a general tonic.

Triphala can be used on regular basis as a tridoshic tonic.

Few diet/ lifestyle aspects to complement the beneficial effect of Ayurvedic Medicines:

– Consume more of calcium-rich foods such as milk and spinach, avoiding red meat at the same time.

– Nourish yourself with whole, natural foods.

– Avoid fats such as margarine and saturated fats such as cheese. Instead use ghee, butter or unsaturated fat such as sunflower and corn oils.

– Make exercise a daily routine (after consulting your doctor) to keep yourself fit

– Limit your intake of tea or coffee to a maximum of one or two cups daily, but avoid completely if possible.

– Practise yoga and meditation for calming effects and mind control. If osteoporosis has begun to develop, yoga as exercises should be done gently, with care, to overcome a real danger of breaking a bone.

– Develop a positive approach towards menopause and life in general.

– Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.

– Excess Vata (air) may also be reduced to proper levels by having regularity of routine, providing the body adequate rest, meditation and using vata pacifying essential oils.

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Nirvana Detox Retreats JULY WINTER DETOX 2022

Nature Based Time-Out, Yoga and Renewal Retreats

Being immersed in nature is a wonderful place to focus on healing, wellbeing, peace of mind, and personal growth.

Urban living and contemporary lifestyles are associated with reduced contact with nature. Although not causal, this coincides with increasing rates of mental illness in the world. In addition, mid-pandemic, being cooped up at home, increases the problem.

Forest exposure can be used as part of a holistic and rounded approach to wellbeing. It is one of many ecosystem services that the environment provides for us.

During a time-out and yoga retreat at Nirvana you have an opportunity to restore, rejuvenate and rebalance with gentle, healing yoga, relaxation and breathing. Enjoy scrumptious Ayurvedic vegetarian meals. Perhaps spend a quiet day of reading. You will be able to enjoy the experience that best fits your needs. Your biggest to-do at our time-out and renewal retreat will be: nothing. Ayurvedic treatments and consultations are available.

Exceptional Wellbeing Detox Retreats

One of the main processes of healing the system in Ayurveda is cleansing. The increase of water and air pollutants, food contamination, pesticides and chemicals in our environment all play their part in depleting and damaging our systems. Our liver, kidneys, colon, skin, and lungs help expel unwanted substances from the body. However, when the amount of toxic substances in our body has overwhelmed its capacity, it’s time for the body to detox.

Our eating habits, lifestyle and environmental conditions can cause toxins to accumulate in the body and result in an imbalance of the tridoshas (the body’s functional aspects). Nirvana’s body purification therapy supports the body’s natural mechanism of excreting these toxins and purifying the whole body so that it regains its natural balance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The 10-day detox package is based on panchakarma (purification processes in the narrow sense) and includes herbal medicines, dietary tissue cleansing that results in purgation, various oil applications (snehanakarma) and sweat treatment (swedanakarma). (Detox: Add $100/day or $500/week.)

At a Nirvana ayurvedic detox retreat you will learn about 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.

Ayurvedic Cooking Retreats

Discover secrets from the ayurvedic kitchen. Learn how to cook sumptuous plant-based meals for aspiring vegans and vegetarians.

Eating well is not about deprivation. Our physical and mental health has its foundations in the food we cook and eat.

You cannot buy, beg, borrow or steal health. It is nature’s gift to you. Everything that we eat and drink is a factor that influences our very existence, our constant, unhampered growth, health and wellbeing, energy, colour, strength, immunity and proper functioning of our sense organs. Improper diet is the cause of disturbances and illness. The contemporary (Western) way of sustaining our bodies in a state of reasonable performance is by the use of ‘force’, using medicines, drugs, even large doses of vitamins and other ‘natural’ ingredients to enforce the will of the mind over the body. The Ayurvedic way is to work with the body to ensure that the body has all it needs to perform at its peak, through correct diet and lifestyle.

The purpose is simple: to help you understand and cook food that is delicious and nourishing. You will learn how to create authentic Ayurvedic vegetarian food. From preparation of ingredients, right through to the cooking process and then to the best part – eating – you will experience it all first hand.

Nirvana Detox Retreats – WINTER DETOX
Friday, 1 July 2022 – Sunday, 10 July 2022. 10 days / 9 nights

“Exceptional Wellbeing. Integrating body, mind and spirit.”

From $3,150 (detox extra)

Nirvana Time-Out, Yoga and Renewal Retreats
Friday, 1 July 2022 – Sunday, 3 July 2022. 3 days, 2 nights

“Introduction to Ayurveda, the Art of Being and Science of Living.”

From $695

Nirvana Ayurvedic Cooking Retreats
Sunday, 3 July 2022 – Friday, 8 July 2022. 6 days, 5 nights

“Cook, Taste, Digest, Heal and cultivate an appetite for life.”

From $1,750

Nirvana Time-Out, Yoga and Renewal Retreats
Friday, 8 July 2022 – Sunday, 10 July 2022. 3 days, 2 nights

“Relax, Rejuvenate and Restore – living better longer with self-care”

From $695

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3 types of psychophysiological constitution: Doshas

3 types of psychophysiological constitution: Doshas

by Shanti Gowans

In the human body, various anatomical structures and physiological processes have common attributes, and are closely influenced by each other. Such related structures and functions are grouped into three governing principles in Ayurveda. These three psycho-physiological governing factors are called doshas. The Sanskrit names for these three governing factors or doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

VATA

The Vata principle includes the complete nervous system, some aspects of the endocrine glandular system which coordinate the metabolism and most of the sense organs. Vata structures and functions are also responsible for all the communications within the human being as well as the communication with the outer universe. Vata deals with transportation and movements within a person’s body and mind. Vata entities are responsible for the pumping action of the heart, the breathing process in the lungs, the peristaltic movement of the intestines, and all the movements of the bones and muscles.

Vata is also responsible for mental functions such as intuition, imagination, resilience, sensitivity, spontaneity, indecisiveness and emotions such as exhilaration, fear, insecurity and doubt. In lay terms, Vata represents the biological principles of air and space. Vata structures and functions usually have qualities such as dry, cold, light, quick, rough, unstable and subtle.

PITTA
Pitta includes all the digestive enzymes secreted within our gastrointestinal system, the cellular enzymes and the stimulating hormones. Pitta structures and functions are responsible for all the digestion, absorption, assimilation, heat regulation, sweating and metabolism going on in the body and the mind. It also governs skin complexion, visual perception, and the process of understanding.

Pitta dosha is responsible for mental functions such as intelligence, confidence, enterprise, organisation and emotions such as joy, excitement, courage, anger, jealousy and hatred. Pitta may be described as the biological principle of fire and water. The structures and functions of Pitta have qualities such as hot, moist, light, fluid, sour-smelling, sharp and penetrating.

KAPHA

Kapha structures and functions are responsible for the growth, stability, lubrication and storage within the body. Kapha includes the musculoskeletal frame, composition of all joints, the process of tissue building, wound healing and various accumulations. Kapha dosha is also responsible for mental functions such as memory, tranquillity, faith, forgiveness, devotion, and emotions such as love, affection, calmness, patience, sympathy, attachment, greed and lethargy. Those with predominant Kapha are more susceptible to weight gain.

Kapha is the biological principle of water and earth. The Kapha structures and functions have qualities such as heavy, cold, wet, slow, steady, soft, oily, sweet and smooth.

Of all the three governing factors, Vata is fundamentally the most important, in that it coordinates both Pitta and Kapha. Vata govern all the general physical processes. Imbalances in Vata are therefore more serious in nature. Kapha provides the material foundation and support for both Vata and Pitta.

LOCATIONS of VATA, PITTA and KAPHA

The structures and functions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha are spread throughout the body, but in general, Kapha is more predominant in the area above the heart level. Important locations of Kapha are chest, throat, head, nose, sinuses, tongue, stomach, lymph and fat tissues. Within the digestive system, the primary location of Kapha is the stomach.

Pitta is generally more predominant in the area between the heart and the umbilicus. Important locations of Pitta are the small intestine, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, sweat glands, sebaceous glands, blood and organs of vision. Within the digestive system, the primary location of Pitta is the small intestine.

Vata is generally more predominant in the areas below the umbilicus level. Important locations of Vata are the colon, thighs, hips, bones, ears, and organs of touch. Within the digestive system, the primary location of Vata is the colon.

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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.

Odour

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.

 

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/urinary-incontinence-oab/features/the-truth-about-urine

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/50-shades-of-yellow-what-color-should-your-pee-be.html

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urine-color/basics/definition/con-20032831

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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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