Today marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. This is the longest day of the year, a time of where we celebrate the Sun and the height masculine (yang) energy.
This includes a celebration of our fathers, our father’s fathers, our husbands/partners and our own inner masculine — our intelligence, our radiance, our confidence, and our commitment to our highest ideals.
“When we celebrate the male, we celebrate the stillness, the emptiness, the place within where nothing exists.
It is the possibilities of your psyche, your boundaries, your innate sense of goodness, your innate sense of power, your innate sense of contribution to the whole.
When we celebrate the male, we celebrate structure. It gives us the chance to test our skills, to meet challenges, to move forward, to inspire, to penetrate our own limitations and our life.
It is where we feel limitless, powerful, victorious.”
-Berdhanya Swami Tierra
I wish you all the best in love, light, health, happiness and in prosperity.
An Ancient Practice with Physical, Spiritual & Environmental Benefits
Fire ceremonies have been practiced across the ages by different cultures and traditions for various benefits.
Agni hotra is an ancient ceremony originating from the science of ayurveda. It is a simple practice to bring healing benefits to your body, your home and for our Earth.
It also helps to purify the environment (reduce pollution and environmental toxins) and to support healthy agriculture.
Agni hotra means healing through fire : agni means fire and hotra means healing.
The practice of agni hotra is based in the understanding of natural laws and is not associated with any religous belief. It can be performed by anyone of pure intention.
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Panchakarma is a powerful, beautiful and gentle program used in ayurveda to detoxify and rejuvenate the body-mind. It is serves to balance the doshas, prevent disease and promote balanced tissues and longevity.
The benefits of panchakarma include:
- Greater immunity, vitality and strength (increases ojas);
- Improves and regulates the major systems of the body, including the digestive and nervous systems;
- Reduces stress levels; improves mental calm and clarity;
- Reduces insomnia, anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and/or mental agitation;
- Increases skin’s glow and luster;
- Revitalizes sexual function and/or low libido (e.g. can be done before conceiving a child)
- Reduces dependency on external stimulants (alcohol, coffee, sugar drugs) (increases natural energy);
- Reverses the aging process;
- Can be used to prevent and treat more complex health issues;
- Supports the transformation of consciousness.
Panchakarma is best performed in the fall or winter, supported by an ayurvedic doctor or therapist.
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This lovely tri-doshic recipe combines mung bean dahl and spinach for a protein packed lunch that is grounding, nourishing and easy to digest.
Mung beans provide stable energy, grounded energy and are easy to digest. They can assist in balancing the doshas and promoting sattva (a calm mind, clarity and contentment). Mung beans are alkalizing, high in fibre and low on the glycemic index. In combination with a balanced diet and exercise, regular meals made with mung beans can assist in keeping balanced weight without reducing energy levels or feeling restricted or ungrounded.
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This simple salad makes a delicious side dish, especially in the summer months when garden herbs are abundant. In the winter, you can substitute the fresh herbs with grated carrot.
Seaweed has a very high iron content, and is nourishing to the blood and plasma. It helps to strengthen digestion, counteract obesity and is anti-aging. Arame is especially good for the female reproductive system.
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Ayurveda & Your Health
Ayurveda is often called the sister science of yoga — it is a 5,000 year old natural healing science that focuses on promoting & enhancing the overall health, wellness and longevity of the individual.
This 4-week course provides an introduction to the key components of the healing science of ayurveda.
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