November News: Moving, Activating Grace & A Miracle Tea


Dear Ones,

I hope the fall is treating you well, as we things start to accelerate as we prepare for the winter holidays.

Tonight, I am hanging out by a wood-burning stove after a few weeks of unexpected movements and upheaval. The last few months have taken me away from my new home (+ teaching space) in downtown Ottawa to the gorgeous hills outside of Wakefield, Quebec.

All unplanned, but (as always), I am in good hands.

I wanted to keep the connection with you through this most inspired course on grace via Skype, developed by my teacher, Berdhanya Swami Tierra.For those who have taken Practical Awakening, the Temple of Grace Course explores the first layer of the soul bodies. Here, we will move beyond Earth perception into the understanding of  “I create my reality and all my experiences”.

Over 5-weeks, we will explore this and other related topics, including:

  • the sixth chakra and it’s role: discrimination, self-confidence, immunity, and clear projections
  • your relationship to your gifts in your daily life;
  • the impacts of your good deeds (i.e. good karma);
  • the energetic impacts and resources to heal the impacts of guilt, fear and self-judgment;
  • access to higher guidance and intuition.

It’s a very powerful course, and generally leaves people feeling very inspired, uplifted and with new perspectives on themselves and their reality.

Open to all, and starts this Thursday on Skype.

Details are here

I’m also sharing an article this week on 10 Incredible Benefits of Tulsi Tea, an incomparable herbal ally to keep you energized, grounded and healthy this fall and winter.

Have a great November.

In Service,


10 Incredible Benefits of Tulsi Tea (Holy Basil)

Tulsi Tea (Holy Basil) : “The Incomparable One”

Tulsi is one of the first teas (or tinctures) that I recommend to new students and clients.

Tulsi brings a boost of energy to the body-mind, helping you to feel calm, grounded, clear-minded and focused. It supports a healthy immune system, good digestion, good concentration, and helps to clear “stuck” energy from the body-mind.

In India, Tulsi is considered to be “the Queen of the Herbs”, a manifestation of the goddess Lakshmi, associated with wealth, prosperity and Vishnu (the force of preservation).

When Tulsi was introduced in Europe, it was also widely reputed for its healing and spiritual powers, specifically in the Christian Orthodox tradition. The Greeks called the tulsi plant “Holy Basil” or “the King of Herbs”; the Greek word basileus means “King or royalty”, a herb reserved for the greatest.

There are several reasons why you may want to consider making tulsi tea a part of your daily routine.

The Benefits of Tulsi Tea

  1. Helps Adapt to Stress: Tulsi is a powerful adaptogen (a plant which reduces the impacts of stress on the body), and helps to support healthy cortisol levels (the stress hormone associated with the “fight or flight” response);
  2. Boosts the Immune System: Tulsi tea boosts the body’s immunity, and also helps to treat common colds;
  3. Supports Healthy Digestion: Tulsi tea is particularly effective in helping to treat slow or congested digestion, moving “stuck” energy, and helping with the digestion of difficult emotions. This tea can also be given for indigestion after overeating.
  4. Supports Weight Loss: Tulsi tea increases your metabolism, balance blood fats and helps you to lose weight naturally. It has been said that taking just one cup of tulsi tea per day can help lose up to 10 pounds in one year, without any other lifestyle or dietary changes.
  5. Balances the Blood Sugar: Tulsi helps balance high blood sugar levels and is  helpful in the treatment of diabetes.
  6. Anti-Cancer: In clinical studies, tulsi tea was found to offer protection against various types of cancers, including the progression of breast cancer and oral cancer. Tulsi also reduces cell and tissue damage from sun rays, radiation therapy and other radiation sources.
  7. Kidney Stones: Tulsi helps to regulate uric acid levels in body, thereby elimination risks of developing kidney stones and helping to treat those with kidney stones;
  8. Aids Focus, Memory & in Treatment of ADHD: Due to the plant’s ability to enhance circulation and oxygen in the brain, it has been used to support those with poor memory, concentration, ADD and ADHD.
  9. Treatment of Depression: Tulsi has been shown to be beneficial in treating long-term depression, PTSD, and chronic stress.
  10. Opens the Heart: Tulsi not only enhances the mood, but it also enhances circulation, benefiting the cardiovascular system and cholesterol levels. Tulsi is associated with sattva guna, enhancing calmness, clarity, compassion and meditation. Energetically, it serves to opens the heart and mind and encourages devotion and gratitude.


Some of my Favourite Tulsi Teas:

Organic India’s Sweet Rose Tulsi Tea (available at Rainbow Foods in Ottawa)
Organic Traditions Holy Basil Tulsi Tea (available at Herb and Spice Ottawa)



Self-Care Practice for Resilience, Strength & Shine: Self-Oleation

oil massage

Self-oleation is one of my favourite ayurvedic self-care practices. Also called sneha (meaning both “oil” and “love”), it is a practice which is believed to have effects similar to being saturated by love : it is deeply healing, nourishing, strengthening and beautifying to all aspects of you.

“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

The Benefits of Self-Massage (Abhyanga)

  • Promotes softness and luster to the skin;
  • Brings youthfulness & decreases wrinkling
  • Nourishing, grounding and relaxing — calms the nerves
  • Decreases the effects of stress and improves sleep
  • Improves muscle tone and firmness of the body;
  • Lubricates and promotes flexibility of muscles & joints;
  • Moves the lymph, assisting with detoxification of the body.

Read more here

*New Course*: The Temple of Grace


The Temple of Grace is located in the first layer of the supra-astral body (soul bodies). It is a dimension of your consciousness associated with your good deeds, your gifts, your soul contracts and your angelic nature. In this course, we will explore higher guidance and your capacity to feel guided, confident and supported in the face of your personal challenges and lessons.

In this 5-week course, you will explore:

  • the mechanics of grace in your day to day life
  • the energetic impacts of guilt, fear and self-doubt in your personal expression;
  • how to access higher guidance (grace, intuition, inner knowing);


What to Expect:

  • guided meditations and breathing exercises;
  • mystical teachings;
  • exercises for healing, self-exploration and personal fulfillment.

This course is ideal if:

  • you are working with habits of fear, guilt, shame or self-judgment;
  • you are seeking to explore spirituality and/or mysticism in a personal, non-dogmatic way;
  • you are seeking to enhance self-understanding, mental calm or self-expression;

There are no pre-requisites for this course, although it is ideal for those who have taken Practical Awakening.


Monday, November 13 to December 11 , 2017 (5 weeks)
7 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Online via Skype
Cost: $180


“I am in awe and deep, heart-felt gratitude at how much transformation, healing and elevation has been catalyzed for me through my work with Briya Freeman.
I can honestly say that the level of clarity and wisdom that comes through this extraordinary young woman is truly remarkable and indeed, a great gift to anyone that has the honor of working with her. 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Briya. You are a gift to this Earth.”
“I enjoyed the course because it helped me to be in the moment and to appreciate life better.”

– Carissa


“I thought I knew a lot about spiritual concepts but I was wrong, there is still much to learn! I have a sincere respect for meditation and the techniques I learned.  Thanks Briya” 

– Genevieve

Upcoming Course: Practical Awakening (Introduction to Meditation)

PRACTICAL AWAKENING: A 6-week course to support your spiritual awakening.

You will learn:

  • a simple and sustainable daily meditation practice;
  • the dynamics of mind, body, emotions and environment;
  • basic principles of natural wellness;
  • your capacity for higher states of perception (e.g. intuition).

This course is ideal for you if:

  • you are in a period of personal transition;
  • you are seeking ways to reduce stress, and naturally improve your health and creativity
  • you are curious to learn more about spirituality, meditation, accessing intuition or natural healing modalities;

What to expect:

  • yoga, breathing exercises and guided meditation (suitable for beginners and those of any experience level);
  • an exploration of the connection between mind, body and emotions;
  • an introduction to holistic health, based on your individual needs and body type;

No experience is required. This course is open to seekers of all levels of experience or background. We are not affiliated with any particular tradition or religion.

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“This class has helped me understand myself better – how to be able to take a step back and see things from a more calm perspective.  Spirituality is something I had never tried to understand, yet it is one of the most important things we should learn to understand.  If everyone practiced it, the world would be a more loving place.  I strongly believe this is something that should be taught to our children in school!”

Wednesday, October 18 to November 22 , 2017 (6 weeks) from 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: 36 Simcoe Street in Ottawa.
Cost: $275

Spaces are limited; a $50 deposit is required to reserve your space.
Register by contacting

Your Guide

Briya Freeman has been facilitating courses in natural healing, meditation and stress reduction in both private and corporate settings since 2011.

She primarily draws her inspiration from her long term mentorship under the guidance of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin, which whom she regularly travels facilitating retreats across Canada and internationally.

Briya is committed to promoting consciousness as a foundation for more artful, inspired and deliberate ways of living. She currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario.

Learn more about Briya here


“Briya is kind, bright, sunny, simple, convincing, clear and patient. One of the best investments I have ever made. I intend to deepen my understanding with Briya and her associates.”- Peter

“The Practical Awakening course has surpassed all of my expectations. Coming into the course as someone going through a personal transition and looking for ways to work through that, learn more about myself and to make an overall investment into my physical, mental and emotional well being- I found everything that I was looking for. Moreover, Briya has introduced me to basics of meditation, finding comfort in stillness and inactivity in order to focus on my inner self. Great course and I greatly recommend it to all.” -Alex

“What makes this course stand out is that Briya has a gift to see where you are currently misaligned and can gently point you in the right direction.”  – Richard

Rejuvenative Drink for Vata Dosha

A rejuvenative, ashwaghanda-based vata-balancing drink.

The herb ashwaghanda gives endurance, resilience to stress, groundedness and virility. It is ideal for balancing vata and kapha dosha, and is a great herb to boost immunity and stability in the fall months.

Taken on a regular basis, it promotes sound sleep.

Its taste is a bit like a dry root (ginsengy) but using it in preparations like this one makes it palatable and actually delicious.

Get the recipe here

Article: The Benefits of A Daily Meditation Practice

Meditation is learning how to relax, just the way you are.

In our culture, it can be difficult to understand what a meditation practice really is, until we start our own practice.

I remember when a co-worker first told me that he practiced meditation, and I wondered: “What could he possibly be doing with all that silence?” 

I had always associated meditation practices with renunciates, ninjas and monks. As I read more about the benefits, I quickly learned that its practice is spreading like wildfire across the corporate world, as well as in the education and health care sector, as a way to manage high stress levels and improve performance.

Meditation is difficult to describe to someone who has never practiced before. However, I assure you that it’s a very natural, effortless process, and one that can bring great healing, joy and clarity into your life.

Read more about the benefits here