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    Family tensions at Xmas? Here is a quick and easy yogic remedy…

Family tensions at Xmas? Here is a quick and easy yogic remedy…

Xmas can be stressful for all sorts of reasons, time pressures, financial pressure, family tensions, it may bring up sadness and grief or old family feuds can resurface.

To create unity this sometimes requires work. We are unable to change others but we can change our own response to the situation.

How do we make this a time of joy?

Let’s look to the Chakra System for help, specifically heart chakra known in Sanskrrit as Anahata chakra. In the chakra system there are seven energy centers that run up our spine within the subtle body (which is our non physical body measured as electromagnetic force fields).

The heart chakra is the fourth chakra and is located in the centre of the chest.

The heart chakra is responsible for love, compassion, and kindness, giving and receiving, everything that this time of year is meant to be about. Without this chakra in balance emotions such as insecurity, sadness, jealousy, greed and even hatred can arise.

I invite you to try the following simple meditation to work on your heart chakra.

Steps

Find 5 minutes alone

Get comfortable – either sitting or lying, close your eyes.
Start to inhale for the count of 4 and exhale for the count of 4.
On every inhalation expand the space around your heart, imagining it being bathed in a most beautiful green glowing light; on every exhalation completely soften any tension or tightness around the heart space.
Continue breathing and visualizing in this way for 5min.

Why this works

Breathing in this way activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is where healing takes place. When we soften the space around our heart we release resistance and unblock any tight spots, this allows energy to flow more freely. When our heart chakra is open we […]

Coriander Chutney

I love the following Coriander Chutney recipe to help cool down any meal. Perfect on hot summer days!

 

Cooling Coriander Chutney Recipe

Ingredients

1 bunch of coriander
Juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup of desiccated coconut
3cm of fresh ginger peeled and chopped
1 tsp of barley malt or honey
1 tsp of salt

Directions

Blend all ingredients to a paste, store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Enjoy as a side dish to almost any meal!

 

 

Hot in the City

Our bodies are in a constant state of flux reflecting changes in the external environment. The Seasons are an important factor in this external environment and in summer Pitta dominates. In Ayurveda, Pitta is responsible for all the chemical and metabolic actions in the body. Pitta also governs mental perception, enthusiasm, joy and courage.

If you have a Pitta constitution, fire (heat) is already predominant in the elements that make up your body. As generally, like increases like, the heat of summer will increase this element. Understandably, people of Pitta Dosha don’t normally like the hot weather as the heat aggravates, and can manifest itself in the mind as anger, impatience or irritability and in the body as such things as inflammation, ulcers and indigestion.

Saying this, on hot days heat affects everyone!  If you feel that Pitta is increasing in your body, you can try the following tips to help counteract Pitta and cool your-self down.

Choose bitter, astringent and sweet food
Favour Sweet fruits Apples, Avocados, Cherries, Coconut, Figs, Dark Grapes and Mangoes
Hot spices are aggravating so favour the cooling herbs and spices  such as Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Dill and Fennel.
Avoid excessive tea and coffee and limit salt and alcohol.
Expose your body to a cooling environment, taking cooling baths rather than hot ones & go for walks after the sun has gone down.
Drink plenty of liquid.
Favour raw, cold foods such as salad and fruit (if you are Vata or Kapha steam your veggies rather than eating too much raw food).
Choose food that is cooling, slightly dry and a little heavy.
Vegetables – good for pitta, especially raw vegetables in summer, but steamed vegetables in winter.
Oils – ghee & butter, olive oil and sunflower oil pacify […]