Monthly Archives: June 2014

Meditation and Chakra Seven

The Crown Chakra – Sahasrara

Last week I dragged my husband to a conference where the fabulous Dr Robert Svoboda, an Ayurvedic Physician from America spoke.

I enjoyed every minute of the the 3.5 hours talk on Ayurveda, Consciousness, Yoga etc, my husband, not so much. I’ve learnt my lesson and next time I’ll leave him in the pub with a beer – oh well, horses for courses…. Anyway since that evening, one of Dr Svoboda’s quotes has echoed in my mind….

‘The manifested universe acts as a mirror for supreme reality’

Where is this supreme reality and how do we connect to it, you ask? (unless you’re my husband and you don’t ask)

Through the study of the subtle body, Sahsrara Chakra is the place where we can connect to this supreme reality that’s beyond the duality of our material world. You may also like to call it a higher power or your inner wisdom or god.

This chakra is located at the crown of the head and is associated with thought and consciousness, it is connected on a physical level to the pituitary gland. When we have balance in this chakra we are more aware, and are less likely to be ruled by our unconscious mind.

However, just as the ‘thousand petal lotus’ that symbolizes this chakra turns down to incorporate all of the chakras, we must be living in the manifested world at the same time as having awareness of this limitless space.

In this modern world with the amount of information we are inundated with each day, we need to inhabit the body and the lower chakras while using the upper chakras to make sense of this information.

As one of my favourite authors Anodea Judith describes in her […]

How to make your own gorgeous Ghee!

Surprisingly, Ghee is very easy to make, it’s also really relaxing and creates a beautiful aroma of buttery popcorn in the kitchen.
 
You will need:
·       2-4 250g blocks of unsalted organic butter
·       1 cheese-cloth
·       1 sieve ladle
·       1 saucepan
 
Place butter in the saucepan uncovered and heat on medium for around 12 minutes or until it begins to smell like buttery popcorn. If you are using a really heavy saucepan you may need longer. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool for a few minutes. Use your ladle to skim off any white foam. Strain the liquid through your cheesecloth into a glass jar, discarding the curds from the bottom of the saucepan. When the ghee has cooled in the jar cover and store. (I keep mine in the fridge but this is not necessary, as it doesn’t go off.)  
Ayurveda has long proclaimed the extraordinary benefits of ghee, and just to name just a few:
 
·       Ghee has magical healing properties, enhancing the nutritional elements of food.
·       Ghee contains butyric acid, a fatty acid with both antiviral and anti cancer properties.
·       Ghee is good for the joints.
·       Ghee has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to transport herbs and spices to the cells of the body.
·       Ghee is good for the brain and memory.
·       Ghee aids digestion.
·       Ghee promotes the healing of wounds.
·       Ghee tastes delicious, enriching the flavour of anything you make!
 
Check out my post about my grandmother and her ghee, here!
 
Now, please excuse me now while I go and enjoy some fat!
 
Justine
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Beautiful Beatrice and her Golden Ghee

My gorgeous grandmother Beatrice (Trixie) passed away last year at 97 years of age. I love this photo of her, as it captures her style. She was a party girl, an animal lover, a great horsewoman; always beautifully groomed, not a hair out of place, was impeccably dressed, and, according to my Aunty, you could wear the clothes she sewed inside-out, they were created with such attention to detail.

Above all this she had a passion for cooking, especially for a crowd! She studied at Le Cordon Bleu, so it was always a lavish, gastronomic feast when we visited.

One of the staples in her fridge was Ghee; she used it all the time, especially in casseroles and curries.

If you are a health & wellbeing junkie, you will know that my grandmother was onto something by using this ancient ingredient as fat is definitely back on the menu! Science is catching up with old school cooks like my grandmother who used good fats, ghee, butter & coconut oil. These are the fats that are good for the brain.

Ayurveda has long proclaimed the extraordinary benefits of ghee, and just to name just a few:

Ghee has magical healing properties, enhancing the nutritional elements of food.
Ghee contains butyric acid, a fatty acid with both antiviral and anti cancer properties.
Ghee is good for the joints.
Ghee has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to transport herbs and spices to the cells of the body.
Ghee is good for the brain and memory.
Ghee aids digestion.
Ghee promotes the healing of wounds.
Ghee tastes delicious, enriching the flavour of anything you make!

Check out my post on how to make your own gorgeous ghee, here!

Now, please excuse me now while I go and enjoy some fat!

Justine

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6 Ayurvedic Home Remedies that really work!

I’ve always been a seeker of natural remedies.
 
The beauty of Ayurveda is that the home remedies have been tried and tested over generations, they are usually simple and they really work! Another bonus is, you will find most of the ingredients in your kitchen or garden.
 
There is plenty of science behind these remedies, and when you think about it many pharmaceutical products are based on natural occurring substances.
 
Here are 6 ‘go to’ remedies I often use for my family…
 
Herbal tea for colds and flu
Dry roast 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds to release the flavour (approx 2min). Add 3 slices of ginger and 500mils of water; bring to the boil for 10min then strain and drink.
Viral stomach bugs
Peel two apples and then stew them until soft, add a teaspoon of ghee (or butter) a pinch of cardamom and a pinch of nutmeg. This works a treat!
Hangover
A glass of coconut water will rehydrate you!
Insomnia
A few options here…

Warm some milk add a pinch of nutmeg or saffron.
Snack on some cherries.
Try Nadi Shodana Pranayama a breathing exercise that will help you sleep.  Read my post here for instructions.

Hayfever
Eat some coriander leaves, as they are a natural antihistamine. If you have time you can make Coriander chutney go here for my coriander chutney recipe.
Liver cleanse
Add the following ingredients to a bowl

1 tsp of dandelion root (you find this in a health food shop)
1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
5-6 slices of ginger
3 cups of boiling water

steep for 5min, strain and drink!
On the topic of your Liver, click here to check out my post on 2 yoga poses for cleansing the liver.
 
Enjoy!
Justine
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Yoga for Mamas with Bubs

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Bring your bub along to a Private Yoga Session

Are you exhausted?

Do you need more quality sleep?

Not ready for a regular mums and bubs class yet?

Enjoy and nourish yourself for 1 hour moving your body in an easeful way as you focus on neck, shoulders and core muscles.

Take home some easy to follow techniques to help you tune into a more relaxed state, fast.

If you care for your-self you will be able to care for your baby and family in a more responsive way.

Private Yoga Studio, Bondi Beach.
To book your session, contact Justine here.

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