Springtime - The Season of Earth, Water & Sensuality
Easter LOVE loaf recipe - inspired by EARTH, WATER & my Mama
Hello & Spring ISHTAR greetings to YOU,
Yes. Ish-tar. Pronounced Eeesh-taaar (a bit like EAS-TER no?)
Ishtar is a name from Babylonian era for the goddess ISHTAR who governed abundance, sex and fertility.
The 5 Elements for Living
I made these divine little goodies for my beautiful Mama as an Easter gift.
Traditionally she loves her special Easter hot cross bun with cinnamon and raisons. She is not typically a “sweet tooth person”. They remind her of her childhood.
She loved these Easter LOVE loaf slices just as much… in fact even more!
Fear of Silence
Emily Reed has studied ancient eastern wellness (mainly Ayurveda & Yoga) for over 15 years and teaching for a decade. In this blog post she explores how the 5 Elements (earth, water, fire, air & space) and the science of Ayurveda can reduce and alleviate suffering for the individual as well as communities and society overall.
Sound of Silence
One client a while ago shared with me he feared silence.
Each day when he got back from work he would turn on radios, TVs or make a phone call to create sound and distraction. He confessed he was not even listening to the devices.
I asked him why he compulsively had to make noise around him.
Why on earth be silent?
I talk a fair amount in my daily life.
I use speech in my work with clients, when guiding retreats, teacher trainings, workshops, seminars/talks and also with my family and loved ones. Speech is a form of connection.
I also (like the masses) use emails, sms, WhatsApp daily.
This is another form of speech/communication.
It’s 6am and I am sitting watching the sunrise on January 1st at Vaidyagrama a wonderful ayurvedic, healing village tucked away in the foothills of Tamil Nadu, just over the boarder from Kerala, South India.
This summer I spent a wonderful 12 days in the glorious, green, rolling hills outside Salzburg. For the first 5 days I was sous chef to a gifted friend and Ayurvedic cook Daniel Wolf. We cooked for 25 people on a yoga and meditation retreat preparing fresh, seasonal foods all organic, home or locally grown.
“To meditate means to go home to yourself.
Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
Alternative Ayurvedic Home Remedies
ALLEVIATE ANGER & IRRITABILITY:
Oh my golly gosh GHEE!
This is one of the several methods to help pacify anger:
Apply a small amount of softened ghee to the insides of the nostrils (NASYA). Gently inhale upwards.
Bliss Bombs Recipe
After the rain comes the sunshine!
The rainfall today felt so pleasant after yesterday’s Saturday swelter
And to add to that cool weekend vibe – I have another one of my helpful suggestion for keeping you cool this summer.
This little concoction is the perfect Sunday tipple:
Em’s Autumnal Bliss Bombs…(NB: secret recipe!!);)… To make 10-15 bombs;)
Ingredients: 1 cup dry chia seeds – wonderfully soothing and moisturising for dry digestion which can be caused by excess Vata (air and space elements) 6-7 fresh medjool dates– sweet and juicy- nicely grounding
Festive healthy veggie nibbles (recipes divulged due to popular demand!)
CRISPY TOFU with SECRET-ZINGALICIOUS marinade:
This is for any of you who feel this time of year can get a little “intoxicating” with all the IN-PUT of food, booze, sweets and meats etc!
Spring Kichari Detox Quest
All THIS is FULL
All THAT is FULL
From FULLNESS, FULLNESS comes
When FULLNESS is taken FULLNESS remains
A retreat review
The Spring time kichari challenge!
Sweep away the winter cobwebs and rekindle your digestive fire with
…the Springtime Kichari quest… !
Interview with Emily
A retreat testimonial from our magical Spain Yoga & Meditation retreat in Andalusia, May 2016
Dorry Golden had just landed in London from Venice Beach California. She knew barely a soul in London and ended up coming on the Spain Yoga Retreat. Below she shares her personal experience of our time on retreat in Spain.
It’s super inspiring to connect with yoga teachers who are passionate, kind, and open-hearted. London-based Emily Reed is at the top of the list! After attending Emily’s transformative retreat in the hills of Andalusia (read the review here), we asked her some questions to learn more about her personal yoga journey.
Our digestion LOVES routine. More importantly it LOVES easy to digest foods… especially if there has been travel, busy/stressful periods and during times of change in the natural environment - like a shift in season. If you find you are suffering from gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, loose bowels….
Learn to Manage your Energy
Why might you care about:
Managing your energy; and
UN-learning negative behavioural patterns?
What a HONKERs few weeks it’s been!
And yes I did say “HONKERS”. And this isn’t another erroneous Emily typo ;) It’s a new word. Created by me.
A hybrid for HOLY CRAP and BONKERS. HONKERS.
Today this is ONE of my POTENT daily #selfcare solutions for summer sizzle. Yes… my grandma was right when she suggested castor oil for cooling and nourishing the skin. At the time I dismissed it as being something old people used!
WHY CASTOR OIL?