Ayurveda

Ayurvedic Travel Tips

From the perspective of Ayurveda, travel increases the vata dosha. Vata is the air and ether elements in the body.  When there is too much Vata we feel ungrounded and sometimes a bit scattered. Excess Vata leads to dryness in the body. This is why a lot of people become constipated or bloated when they travel.

Stay Hydrated – sip warm water throughout the flight/drive to hydrate your body.
Liquorice tea is great to help soothe the stomach and ginger tea is great for nausea.
Triphala is an Ayurvedic herb recommended for preventing constipation. (Contraindications include pregnancy and if you are on blood thinning medication).
Use sesame oil in ear lobes and nostrils to prevent dryness.
Pack a soft scarf – use it to keep you warm, to cover your eyes and ears, to use as a pillow.
Essential oils are great for refreshing the mind and relaxing the body. Try peppermint, eucalyptus or citrus aromas.
Use an organic rose water to hydrate your skin on a flight.
Eat small portions and eat slowly.
When you arrive at your destination take off your shoes and pop your legs up the wall for 5-20 minutes to promote blood flow through the body.
Use alternative nostril breathing (Nadi Shodana pranayama) to help with sleeping and jet lag.

What is the Divine Feminine?

Whatever our gender, we all have both masculine and feminine energies within us. These are our divine energies as they are connected to our spirit and are sacred. The energies we associate with the Divine Feminine aspect of ourselves are creativity, intuition, flow, kindness, internal focus, listening to our bodies and surrender. These qualities are important in creating relationships, managing our health, building communities and looking at the greater good.

 

The energies we associate with the Divine Masculine aspects of ourselves are goal driven, linear, healthy risk taking, logical, focused and ordered. All of these qualities are helpful in situations when we need to be assertive and outwardly focused.

 

We all need both of these masculine and feminine qualities, also known as yin and yang, feminine and masculine, shiva and shakti energies. It’s great if we can have both in balance, but life is continually moving and changing and so is the balance of our energies. Our lifestyle, environment, body type, job, belief systems relationships etc can all affect the balance of our energies.

 

The qualities associated with the masculine energy are often needed for survival and are often celebrated in the business world and society in general. However there is a lot of unbalanced masculine energy around right now it is expressed as anger, fear, anxiety and aggression, being unreasonable and over thinking. It may show up as a drive to prove ourselves at the expense of our body. A constant push, push, push.

 

In Ayurveda like attracts like and when we want to reduce a quality we do the opposite so increasing the feminine energy will help to balance any unhealthy masculine.

 

How do we discover the different energies in our bodies and work with them? The […]

Ayurvedic Beetroot Relish

Here is my delicious Ayurvedica Beetroot Relish. Beetroot has myriad of health benefits including Vitamin C and Fibre.  From an Ayurvedic perspective they are Vata Pacifying, this is because beetroots grow underground, this makes them supremely grounding and stabilizing for vata.

Don’t stop the Beet!

Ayurvedic Beetroot Relish

Ingredients

4 beetroots

5 curry leaves

1 Tbs Ghee or Olive oil

1 tsp Yellow mustard seeds

1tsp cumin seeds

1 pinch of Asofedida (Hing)

½ cup plain yoghurt

Salt to taste

 

Directions

Wash beetroot and trim stems, leaving 2–3 cm intact, before cooking.

Wrap beetroots with skin on in baking paper and roast in the oven until cooked. Approximately, 1 hour at 160 degrees.

Remove beetroots from oven and use baking paper to scrape off skin.

Cut the beetroots into quarters and add to blender with all the other ingredients.

Pop relish in a glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Delish as a side dish or served on crackers as a snack.

 

Enjoy!

Revive + Thrive @ Dharma Shala Bondi Beach

I am super excited to announce I will be teaching my 6 week ‘Revive and Thrive’ course at Dharma Shala Bondi Yoga School ~ Starting Sunday October 27.

Future proof your health with this habit change course. We work on creating a daily routine customised to you. We make small incremental changes over 6 weeks that make a huge impact. The course is based on the principles of Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga) so it’s all about following your intuition and listening to the bodies natural intelligence. It’s about making life more enjoyable and contributing to your wellbeing at the same time.

~ Digestion
~ Sleep
~ Starting the Day Right
~ Breath Body Practice
~ Mindset and Meditation
~ Strategies for Self-Care

Please take a moment to watch my short video to find out more…(2:27 min video)

Kaizen approach to habit change
Kaizen is the Japanese philosophy and practice of continuous improvement. Instead of making big changes all at once, the kaizen approach focuses on small improvements over time for big results. We use this approach in our daily habits course Revive + Thrive, making small incremental changes to our daily routine, over time this gives great results.

What
Each module is a 1 hour group coaching session where we will cover the topic looking through the lens of Ayurveda, there is the opportunity to ask questions and troubleshoot the topic. Each week you will also receive an email with instructions and homework to help support you in the week’s lesson. We will finish each session with a deeply relaxing Yoga Nidra to integrate the knowledge.

When

Weekly for 6 weeks starting:

Sunday 27th October 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Sunday 3rd November 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 9th November 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Sunday 17th November 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Sunday 24th November 2.30pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 1st December […]

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    Autumn Wellness and Yoga Retreat at Paperbark Camp 2019 :: Gratitude

Autumn Wellness and Yoga Retreat at Paperbark Camp 2019 :: Gratitude

The invitation for this nourishing retreat was to slow down and listen to the bodies natural intelligence. We inhaled the lemon scented air, we exhaled and released into the spaciousness of the bush surrounds. We explored the teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda through movement and meditation. We swam in the crystal clear water at Hyams beach and relaxed by the fire in the evening gazing at the stars in the night sky.

Thank you to all the fabulous, gracious and powerful women who showed up with open minds and hearts we had a magical experience. Thank you also to Camilla at Paperbark Camp and to Mother Nature for again providing such perfect weather.

Please get in touch if you are interested in future retreats justine@triveda.com.au

 

The Big Yawn – Seven tips for a great night sleep

How important is sleep? Well, if you consider that sleep deprivation is a form of torture then we should rate it pretty high.

The findings of the National Inquiry into Australia’s Sleep Health in Australia, conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport, were released this week.

Sleep Health Foundation Chair, Professor Dorothy Bruck commented “For the first time in the world a comprehensive government-level document has acknowledged that quality sleep is as important for health as a good diet and adequate exercise.  It also calls for sleep health to be recognised as a national priority”

What is a lack of sleep costing you?

4 out of 10 Australians are not getting enough sleep and scarily in 2016-17 inadequate sleep was estimated to contribute to 3017 deaths in Australia. (As revealed in a 2017 report conducted by Deloitte Access Economics on behalf of the Sleep Health Foundation)

Do you place the same importance of sleep as you do on diet and exercise?

If we think about diet and exercise these are usually things we are investing in, we buy good food we invest in gym membership or Yoga/Pilates classes. So how can we invest in our sleep?

I remember as a kid finding it hard to go to sleep and often lay awake for hours. We are not taught how to relax, so I’ve decided to share seven yogic tips that may help you prepare for a good nights sleep.

#1  – Make going to bed a ritual

This is my #1 tip make sleep sacred, make it something to look forward to something you enjoy

If you are over stimulated, make going to bed a ritual, dim the lights, light some candles, burn some essential oils, drink a […]

Attune to Autumn

Summer is waning. As the crisp drier days of autumn arrive, we may start to notice imbalances in our systems, this can be triggered by Autumn weather. Most common, is an imbalance in the respiratory system.

To understand this from an Ayurvedic perspective, we look at the elements. Vata is the Ayurvedic dosha made up of air and ether elements. The qualities of Vata are the same qualities as Autumn, cold, dry and light. Think about autumn leaves, light, dry and crackling. In ayurveda ‘like’ increases ‘like’ so if the environment is cooler, dry, windy and brisk, our mind and body will start to feel the same.

Fortunately Ayurveda provides plenty of tools to help us to attune to each season.

Following are some tips for autumn:

Diet

Add more warm nourishing meals to your diet, try some one pot meals.
Spice up your food with herbs that are warm, sweet and nutritive.
Autumn is a good time to use fennel, garlic, cumin, coriander, curry leaves and black pepper in cooking and home remedies.
It is a good time to swap raw desserts and food for warmer meals especially in the evening. See my Spicy Apples and Coconut Cream

Lifestyle

Exercise that generates heat helps to pacify vata (wind and ether elements).
Exercise that is grounding and fluid in nature are beneficial.
When you are busy and rushing vata is easily aggravated even more so when the weather is in transition. This may show up as feeling scattered, spacious or anxious. Routine is great to help counteract this.
Meditation, sleep and rest are all wonderful and helpful to calm the wind and ether elements in the body.
Another lovely practice at this time is a lovely self abhyanga (self […]

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    Paperbark Camp/Triveda Therapies 2019 Autumn Yoga & Wellness retreat

Paperbark Camp/Triveda Therapies 2019 Autumn Yoga & Wellness retreat

Paperbark Camp and Triveda Therapies once again invite you to gently unplug from the daily grind, nourish yourself in a beautiful bush setting and strengthen your capacity to appreciate the present moment with mindful yoga and meditation.

Combining the unique tented accommodation of Paperbark Camp, healthy menus lovingly prepared in the Gunyah kitchen, and the expert and caring guidance of Justine Rintoul from Triveda Therapies Bondi, this escape will return you to your everyday feeling relaxed, but with a new found energy and positive mindset.

Celebrating 20 years in 2019 at the forefront of luxury camping in Australia, Paperbark Camp continues to offer guests the chance to get away from it all and relax amongst nature, all from the comfort of your own safari style tent with hotel quality bed, solar powered lighting, private open-air ensuite with shower/bath and outdoor decking. Located just 180 km south of Sydney near the pristine beaches and national parks of Jervis Bay, the camp is a nature lovers paradise.

Justine started practicing yoga 25 years ago, initially for the physical benefits, this developed into an appreciation for the mind body connection and a deep passion for the transformational effects of yoga. She started teaching in 2010 and is a qualified Yoga Therapist andYogaTeacher (500 hour) with Yoga Australia as well as an Ayurvedic Health Coach.

As well as yoga practice, Justine will also lead an optional reside conversation, an opportunity to check in to your innermost self and your personal evolution. This is a chance for self-reflection on the different areas of your life emotional, mental, spiritual and physical.

Together we have created a 3 day program that embraces the relaxing ambience of the bush surroundings, offering respite from life’s everyday pressures, and […]

The Ayurvedic Clock

Do you have a favourite time of the day? When do you feel most vibrant and
alive?

In Ayurveda there is a clock for energy. There is an optimal time of day for
different activities.

When we look at the world through the lens of Ayurveda everything is made up of
the elements earth, water, fire, air and ether. ⁣

The 5 elements are condensed into 3 Doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha. ⁣

Vata = Ether + Air⁣
Pitta = Fire + Water⁣
Kapha = Earth + Water⁣
At different times of the day, these different elements are present which creates
certain energies. They are:

Vata – the subtle wind energy is active between 2-6am/pm
Kapha – nourishing water energy is active from 6-10am/pm
Pitta – transforming fire energy is active from 10-2am/pm

What does this mean?
When we match our activities to make the most of energies naturally present we
have a routine for feeling vibrant and alive. This is what it’s like to be in sync, to
go with the flow, to be in rhythm with Mother Nature. This is common sense,
which is not that common!

An example of an Ayurvedic daily routine would look like:

Day
6am/sunrise – 10am
This is when KAPHA energy is present, there is heaviness in the air, you may
notice dew on the grass, sluggishness if you stay in bed too late. The best
activities for this time are:
o     Wake up, hydrate, eliminate
o     Drink warm water and lemon
o     Move your body for at least 20min
o     Meditate

10am – 2pm
This is PITTA time, it’s when the sun is at it’s hottest, it’s also when our digestion
is the strongest.
o     Eat the largest meal of the day
o     This is a good time for strategy work

2pm – 6pm/sunset
This is VATA time, a time […]

Weeds and Wine

Meandering around the farmers markets is good for the soul, today I picked up a haul of Dandelion.

Dandelion tea is known to be great for the liver and if you add a dandelion leaf to your red wine an hour before you drink it, the toxic effects on the liver are reduced….cheers to that!

Dandelion is one of the most iconic weeds. Think of the happy yellow flowers, making a wish as you blow the Dandelion fluff and seeds. Dandelion is high in iron, calcium, vitamins A, B6, E and K, thiamin, antioxidants and beta-and alpha-carotene. Other weeds like thistle and stinging nettle are packed with vitamin C and calcium and are great for the skin.

Green leafy veggies have the highest nutrient per calorie ration of any food and weeds naturally growing in our ecosystem are 2-3 times more nutrient dense than anything we can grow. This is because weeds are survivors; think of the weeds struggling to grow up between cracks in the urban jungle. This builds up resilience in the weed and increases the nutritional value of the plant. As opposed to a cultivated crop in a field that is protected from bugs where they don’t need to struggle to grow. I also think it makes them taste better.

From an Ayurvedic perspective Dandelion is regarded as sweet, pungent and cooling energetics. It is useful to detox pitta conditions hence the reason it works on the heat in the liver.

I would really recommend opening up your repertoire of plants in your diet and explore the different tastes of weeds!

Ref: ‘The Weed Forage’s Handbook by’ Adam Grubb & Annie Raser-Rowland

Dandy Pesto

1 cup of fresh dandelion greens

½ cup of raw cashews (pre-soak for a 4 hours)

1 […]