ayurveda

When I ask my female students why they want to learn to meditate they often say, "I want to be able to trust my feelings again." This is another way of saying they want to reconnect with their internal compass of what's right and wrong.
The term ayurveda has started to pop up more and more: diets, massages, skin care and retreats. It may be the new buzz word on the wellness scene but ayurveda has been around for thousands of years.
Winter has finally arrived. Fresh air, cold wind and frosty mornings with some areas experiencing a dusting of snow. The days are short. It is difficult to get out of bed on the dark mornings.
A little slice of Indian Ocean heaven, Constance Ephelia is the picture perfect beach retreat that doesn't disappoint. Our journey to the Seychelles is not direct, and somewhat tiring but on arrival the WOW factor and immediate air of calm and relaxation out-weighs the jet lag.
In Ayurveda summer is associated with Pitta and its qualities of heat and the element of fire. Although we need fire to digest, transform and metabolise, too much fire can literally cause burned-outs, anger, stress, heat rash and heart burn. When the external fire, the sun, is excessively hot we can try to create balance by reducing other sources of heat and embracing cooling practices.
But before you stop any good work and reach for the biscuits I'm not advocating sitting about and eating badly! Better to adopt a few healthy habits that you can bring about to nurture and restore yourself at this time of year, and save the more full-on cleansing till spring when you're more energetically able to cope with it.
The secret, is to look East. Both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine completely live in the NOW when it comes to the chilly months. Both believe that if you do winter right, you will bounce through the rest of the year.
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GK Chesterton, the great author who inspired Gandhi to end British colonial rule in India, observed: "I owe my success to
Do NOT go on a meditation retreat if you've never meditated before. It will hurt your brain. It will hurt your brain so hard you'll think it's trying to give birth to acorns out of your ears and, whilst you could probably make quite a bit of money as a circus act doing that, IT WILL NOT MAKE YOU HAPPY.
So, you must be wondering how I'm getting on in my little corner of heaven - the Kerala countryside in India? Truth is, at this moment in time, I've had better times.
Last night, I cried for an embarrassingly long time and wondered if I could get an earlier flight home. I hadn't even spent the night here yet.
Thanks to a very dear and generous friend, I find myself - for one night only - at the astonishingly beautiful five-star
I simply love and swear by all things holistic health & wellbeing. Things like energy healing sessions, Ayurvedic full body massages and holistic facials are my must-dos to keep me going.
All of this bliss happened just a few weeks ago but it feels like ages away. That's what London's weather in November does to you - my sunny and humid memories have been washed off by the rain pretty much immediately upon arrival (thank God I've got the photos).