March 2016


1*Using spices as Medicine. Sunday April 3rd  3.30 - 4.30 pm.

2*Relaxation and Restorative/Yin Class. Sunday April 3rd 4.30 - 5.45 pm.

3 Developing Your Practice Workshop. (First Monday and Friday of the month.)

*Bookings Needed.


I describe the meaning simply as my heart greats your heart. Here is a lovely description of what Namaste means. Extract taken from the Australian Yoga Journal. Issue 49.

"The gesture represents the belief that there is a divine spark within each of us located in the heart centre or heart chakra. The literal translation means I bow to you. Your teacher initiates Namaste as a symbol of respect for their students and their own teachers, in turn inviting students to connect with the notion that we are all one when we live from the heart."

Ayurvedic Medicine

Vata      Air and Space

The seasons effect our health and well being. We are now moving into autumn a time of increased Vata energy. The weather is becoming cooler and changeable and to compensate we need to eat more nourishing foods such as porridge soups and stews. We need to slow down and develop routine which encourages calm and relaxation. Exercise should be in moderation, maintaining a gentle routine.

Symptoms associated with a Vata imbalance may include stress, anxiety, insomnia, busy mind, easily fatigued, nerve disorders, back pain, arthritis, flatulence, circulation problems and dry skin.

Use the vata oil regularly. Every morning nuture yourself with the Ayurvedic Face Massage described in the February Newsletter. This will prevent your skin from becoming dry but also treat symptoms listed above.

Flatulence and constipation can be avoided by eating lots of lovely oily foods (processed foods should be avoided) Ghee, butter, oily fish, sesame oil, wlanut oil, olive oil, cheese, sour cream, yoghurt, avocado, papaya, mango, plums and rockmelon.

Practice Yoga Nidra Meditation daily and spend at least 20 minutes per day sitting quietly with no TV, books, computers or phones.

Vata Tea will help treat your symptoms.

Recipe For Vata Tea

1 teaspoon of dried orange peel.

1/2 teaspoon of whole cardemon pods.

Knob of fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon of dried ginger.

Boil 4 cups of filtered water in a saucepan (not aluminium)

Reduce the heat and stir in the spices.

Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stand for 10 minutes before straining.

Place in a flask or leave on the stove.

This will make 3 cups of vata tea which is a therapeutic dose.

Add freshly boiled milk or honey if desired(These help absorption of the spices)




Cardemom is one of the best and safest digestive stimulants.

It awakens the spleen and improves absorption of nutrients.

It removes mucous from the stomach and lungs.

It stimulates the heart and mind and brings clarity and joy.

Added to milk it neutralizes its mucous forming properties and detoxifies caffeine in coffee.

Its quality is sattvic. It is good for opening and soothing the flow of prana.

It is excellant for digestive upset particularly in children. It helps with vomiting, belching, acid regurgitation, colds, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, hoarse voice, loss of taste, indigestion.

It is an important ingredient in Vata Tea.

Herbal Energetics. Vata - kapaha - pitta +

Pungent, sweet, heating.

I find it amazing that simple spices have so many therapeutic properties. I add cardemom pods to my mix of smoothie seeds, it is another way of adding the spices to your diet.

I am encouraging you to learn more about Ayurvedic Herbology. Some of the terminology you may not understand. If you want to learn more come along to one of my workshops.

Never stop learning.

Using Spices As Medicine is the next workshop.   Sunday 3rd April 3.30 - 4.30 pm

Includes the digestive mix.

Namaste  Julie