All posts tagged: Abhyanga

The Vital Short Home Cleanse

5 Days to Revitalise Your Digestion, Metabolism, & Energy Levels A “DIY” Panchakarma Detox and Rejuvenation Program  burn toxins lose weight purify boost energy improve mood increase immunity health and longevity The Vital Short Home Cleanse (VSHC) is a short 5 day cleanse and detox designed for those who are ready to feel lighter, more energised and peaceful. It is appropriate for busy people who don’t have the time for Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation program) or a similar longer cleanse/retreat. The VSHC is a “DIY” (Do It Yourself) cleanse consisting of following a daily regimen, a simple and delicious diet protocol, taking a few herbal supplements and perhaps backing up a little from your regular life and giving more time to Yourself and rest. “DIY” entails that the results are based on the level of your compliance and dedication to the program. How far you take it is up to you. You can choose to retreat and reduce external stimuli to turn your senses inside out to feel the deeper parts of yourself. Or, on the other hand, you can integrate the VSHC at the same time as working full …

Herbal Formulations – Nourishing Rasayanas

  “Rasayana” = “That which promotes longevity” These ancient rasayana formulas restore balance and strength to the physiology from the deepest, most unified levels of mind and body. With the growing popularity of Ayurveda in Australia, increasing numbers of people are discovering the health benefits of the herbs and the essential role they play in healing and prevention. Ayurvedic herbs are designed to help support the body’s natural functioning and healing. They build strength from within so that your body can heal itself. You can take an anti-acid tablet, whether it is natural or not, and this may put more alkaline in the body and block acid from secreting. The Ayurvedic approach is take herbs that make your body naturally do it’s own job of balancing PH levels, fixing the digestion so acid is not excessively produced, and more. You can take a calcium supplement, but in contrast Ayurveda would prescribe herbs and other measures to enkindle and balance your digestion so that you absorb calcium from foods and the sun and secrete your own calcium. Not …

Ayurvedic Immunisation Over Vaccination For Babies

With the recent heat caused by Robert De Niro’s controversial anti-vaccine documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe being pulled out of the Tribeca Film Festival, interest and suspicion has stirred up in the pharmaceutical vaccine industry. So in due course, I will share with you an Ayurvedic way of immunisation. Vaccinations are a very sensitive topic. I will not blab on about the pharmaceutical industry, only briefly talk about some of the science associated with vaccinations. What Is Actually In A Vaccination? Take away the propaganda, take away the new age jargon – just look at the science. Lets look at some of the ingredients of most vaccines: Formaldehyde (well known-carcinogenic) Aluminium (extremely toxic, known neuro-toxin) Thimerosal is a Mercury containing preservative Anti-Biotics Egg Protein – many vaccines are prepared using chicken eggs. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) other heavy metals, unknown elements, germs that were not intended to be there. These are put into a baby who has a weak and vulnerable immune system. This is further dangerous because injections bypass portals of immune defence to penetrate deeper into the body. If you were to take a bottle and fill it with these …

Summer Regimen

“Quantity of water gets reduced by the strong heat of the sun, rivers have very little water, trees have no shade under them because of falling of ripened leaves; the leaves, bark and entwining ceepers are all dried up.” – Astanga Samgraha, ch. 4 (27-37) Summertime… and the living is easy.. It’s also hot and dry! and it is wise to protect yourself by keeping cool, and work in harmony with this season to thrive during it. Imagine feeling prime The very hot sun takes away the strength of the earth, and all things on this earth. Scientists call this “thermal accumulation,” and particularly in the second half of summer you may begin to feel inner heat accumulate. Summer Pathogenesis The heat in your body rises, which can result in dry skin, sensitive, irritated, and dried out sinuses. You may notice your sinuses beginning to run a lot. Creating reactive mucus is the body’s response to this dryness. You may experience looser stools – the body’s response to to remove the heat. Your intestinal villi might be …

The Low Down on “Oil Pulling”

One of the finer crazes of the alternative/natural health scene today, Oil Pulling has been part of the Ayurvedic daily routine for thousands of years, and for many more reasons than just teeth-whitening and cosmetic benefits. In the Sanskrit, “Gandusha” means keeping the oil in the mouth, and “Kavala” means to swish it. Swishing oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes daily claims to deliver a catalogue of health benefits: Oil pulling is clearly mentioned in the classic and most esteemed textbook of Ayurveda, the Caraka Samhita. Caraka says this about oil pulling: Keeping of oil gargle provides strength in jaws and voice, development of the face, maximum taste and relish of food. One does not suffer from dryness of throat, lip cracking and teeth become firmly rooted. The teeth do not ache or become sensitive and can chew the hardest food items. – Charaka samhita Ch V -78 to 80. Oral Health Numerous studies of modern science cites similar results supporting the original statement made by Caraka Samhita more than 3000 years ago. Modern …

Travel Healthy! Reduce Aeroplane Stress

Aeroplane travel will surreptitiously “suck the life out of you.” It sucks all the moisture out of your body. With the humidity level in the cabins of most commercial aeroplanes at just 10-20%, (some are even as low as 1%!)(1), this makes aeroplanes drier than the Sahara Desert! which sits at about 25% humidity. Take a good look at yourself in the mirror after travelling, especially if you travel a lot. If you are slightly in tune with your body, you will probably realise how much aeroplane travel accelerates your ageing process. You may be surprised to learn the many risks associated with air travel. For example, one study shows how bacteria can stay alive and continue to be infectious for more than a week on the arm rests, seat pockets, seats and bathroom doors of commercial aircrafts. The dry air is said to contribute to their extra-long life on airplanes.(2) That’s not to mention the health risks associated with jet lag, dehydration, swelling and fatigue. The good news is, I’ve compiled some effective strategies …

Ayurvedic Self-Massage: (Abhyanga)

Express self-love and self-respect by lovingly anointing yourself from head to toe with warm oil. This practice is called Abhyanga. A daily Abyanga practice restores the balance of the doshas and enhances well-being and longevity. Regular Abyanga is especially grounding and relaxing for the Vata dosha, but everyone substantially benefits from this practice. “The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.” Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89 (One of the Great ancient texts of Ayurveda) more on the power of an Ayurvedic massage Oils Used Best oil to use is medicated oils specific to your individual constitution and the season. Next best is cold-pressed, black sesame oil, as it can most effectively penetrate the body. Rather use cold-pressed coconut oil in some Pitta imbalances, hot climates, and if the person has skin reaction to the sesame oil. contact me to order medicated oils. How to Perform …

Abhyanga: Ayurvedic Massage – More Than Your Regular Massage

The leaves and bark of a tree are massaged by the wind, the rocks and pebbles by the rivers and streams, primates groom and rub up against each other to socially bond, decrease stress, and make up after a tussle, a child feels protected with the touch of their mother. Everything in this universe is being massaged continuously to be in perfect balance. Massage, being the greatest form of the sense of touch, is essential to provide nourishment to the physical, mental and emotional bodies… After people receive an authentic Ayurvedic massage, mostly they experience an underlying sustaining bliss, while simultaneously their grounded, relaxed and refreshed mind is surprised, “what did I just receive?” Unique Features of Ayurvedic Massage Ayurvedic massage is very different to the more common massages on the market – deep tissue, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese, Thai massage, sports massage, Lomi Lomi/Kahuna, etc. Medicated Oils – This is a key aspect of the Abhyanga. Usually coconut or sesame oil is medicated with various herbs according to the season and the individual’s unique constitution. Ayurvedic massage oils have the power to penetrate …