Churnas!

Churnas…Ayurveda’s easiest way of incorporating spices and minerals into a wonderfully smelling and tasting curry like mix to help repair your doshic imbalance.  It’s as simple as adding a dash or two to your daily meals to help find some relief in your particular issues ranging from trouble sleeping, too much going on daily, the feelings that arise from rushing, to many deadlines, stomach discomfort etc…  These spices and herbs are good for the entire family too.

Now, you can get it here! Lunaveda will prepare one especially for you, with your particular imbalances in mind. Just send us a message and we’ll send one along.

Churnas

Summertime Tip

 

Karla HondurasSummertime Therapy Indura Festival tip: Best way to stay cool: Dancing to all the Therapy Dj’s , dipping into the ocean annnnd … A little aloe vera juice and a couple drops of peppermint essential oil in water in an AquaOvo glass bottle! Keep cool and practice  cooling shitali breath <3

Uplift your mood with CPTG essential oils

Want to learn how to change your mood with a little natural help? Do you feel angry and upset often due to tiredness and have a lot going on or perhaps due to your environment?
 swing by my class tomorrow night at:

7 pm and I’ll teach you how.  Simple and easy.  Your moods just got better!
Maison: ESPACE PEPIN
387 ST. PAUL OUEST/ McGill
*Maison Bistro always has the most delicious carrot cake, soups and salads with tea to have if you come straight after work.
Hope you can make it!
<3

 

Discover the World of CPTG essential oils

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Going through a transition? Need a little emotional support? Fatigued? Lacking in energy?
Learn what Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils can do for you. We will teach you the basics and a little more 🙂

These beautiful aromas are fantastic for diffusing in daycares, shops, palliative centres-for your elderly parent care, offices and of course your home.Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils will work their pure, organic, all natural magic on you and you’ll have wondered why you didn’t start using them earlier!

Dr. Isabelle Roy DC and myself, Karla Gomez – Ayurvedic Practitioner welcome you, this Tuesday March 10th at 7pm for an informative class.

Feel free to bring a friend for a cup of tea, soup or a nibble at Maison: The Pepin Shop – Espace Pepin before our class starts.

Please RSVP at lunaveda@gmail.com

Have a lovely rest of the weekend and hope to see you in class! 😉 ♥ K

Ayurveda Aromatherapy Essentials!

imagesIt’s a grey day today, some see it as a chance to slow down for a minute and others see it as a depressing factor…which ever your mood choose the right essential oils for you…remember we are in vata season so we may all need a little of the vata essential oils.

I’ve taken this info from a  great article online, it is spot on!

Here is a sample of essential oils for your type…

If you are a vata type (typically susceptible to head pain, overall dryness, nervousness, trouble sleeping, being overly aware of everything around you), avoid sharp or strongly perfumed essential oils. You would benefit from warm, energizing oils such as camphor, cinnamon and cypress, combined with the stabilizing, calming oils such as sandalwood, jasmine or rose, blended in sesame oil, a carrier oil generally regarded as incomparable in its ability to penetrate the skin.

A pitta type (typically prone to heat in the body in specific body parts, feelings  of anger, acting and being overly controlling) would benefit from cooling, calming oils, flowery fragrances such as gardenia, jasmine, mint, rose, sandalwood blended in a cooling carrier like coconut oil.

A kapha type (predisposed to breathing difficulties) will benefit from the use of warm, light, stimulating oils such as sage, basil, cedar, pine, myrrh in very light carrier oils. The use of sharp, stimulating fragrances is beneficial for the kapha type.

You can read on at:

http://health.india.com/diseases-conditions/aromatherapy-identify-your-essential-oil-with-ayurveda/

<3 Karla

 

Got the Breakfast Blah’s?!

 

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“What’s for breakfast mom?”

My kids keep asking me that question and lately I’ve had the blah’s about that morning meal….nothing seems appetizing, either too sweet, too conventional, too fruity, too this too that…aiyayai!

I’ve just found this great recipe with an ancient grain that everyone is going bananas over for at least the past 2 years…here it is, a return to yummy breakfasts…hope you like it…A WARMING SPICY QUINOA + PRUNE PORRIDGE ( berries are fantastic for this time of year as well- as per the pic) perfect for this weather and for our friendly and slightly scattered Vatas ♥

Ingredients:
This recipe is gluten-free.
1 cup quinoa flakes
1 cup of coconut milk
1 cup of filtered water
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
Handful of coconut flakes
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp ghee
1 packed of organic prunes
1 orange (sliced with skin on)
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp vanilla essence
Activated nuts + dollop of natural yoghurt to serve
1/2 cup coconut flakes
Directions:
Add your prunes, cinnamon stick and sliced orange with a few drops of filtered water in a pot and place on the stove. Bring to the boil.
Cover and turn the heat down to low, and simmer gently for about 30 to 35 minutes, turning the prunes every so often and adding a little water if they look too dry.
Add coconut flakes, quinoa flakes, water, milk and spices to a medium-sized pot.
Bring the mixture to the boil and then turn down the heat to a gentle simmer stirring continually.
Add the ghee in and stir well.
Add some cooked porridge to a bowl, then add a spoon of your stewed prunes with a dollop of good quality organic natural yoghurt. Sprinkle with some crushed activated nuts.
Enjoy!

 

That four letter word: ACNE!

 

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Today’s topic: Adult Acne…GOOD NEWS it is reversible naturally!

Not a subject one we love to talk about but to some it is a daily issue. It is difficult to disguise and obvious to all that look at you, it is a very sensitive topic and can be very hard on the self esteem and confidence levels…but …GOOD NEWS it is reversible! Don’t feel helpless…you are able to change your skin reactions just by noticing your lifestyle and DOING something about it.

Have you ever noticed that there are times when it gets better and other times when it gets worse….well, take stock at those times and notice the trends in your life.The issue lies in your genetic background, physical make-up and in your current state of daily living – including food intake and how you are living your life, sleeping patterns, exercise or lack of etc..

It encompasses all 3 doshas…read on and discover what you can do!!!

http://www.pureandsimple.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=39&Itemid=43

This article is great! Easy to read, with loads of information.

Now is the time to take charge and do it. You will be happier for it! Have a great day ♥

image: holistic vanity.

Best Grounding Chai Latte

IMG_5894The weather!!! hmmmm for the time being seems like fall…Vatas hate this time of season, Pittas love it and Kaphas are starting to go into a deep slumber..totally enjoying being wrapped up and snuggled in a heavy comforter at bed time.

So what to do for those Vata types?….and you know who you are especially now…crying for the summer heat that is leaving us.

Well tip number one for grounding and replenishing believe it or not is …milk.

Milk is best for Vata types!! I am personally not a fan of milk but it is good to ground our poor upset vatas. If you are feeling restless, anxious and cold most of the time have a hot spicy cup of warm milk. A chai latte is an excellent choice. It will help balance you.

*** the key to being able to digest milk is to heat it until it boils then quickly take it off the heat…plus the spices also help in digestion!

Recipe:
small/ med pot
4 C. Water
4 tablespoons Black Tea
6 cardamon pods split on the ends
1 x 1.5 ” piece of ginger
3 anise stars
5 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
grated nutmeg
honey(vata and kapha) or maple syrup (pittas) to taste: After it has been strained (better for you- natural)
2 1/2 C. Milk

How to:
Throw your water, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, anise, cloves and black tea in a pot bring to a boil and simmer (cover) for your desired strength (you can also additionally leave it steep depending on how spicy you really want it!) then add the milk and bring it to boil – removing quickly at the first boil.

Strain into a tea cup

Add honey/ maple syrup to taste..let it cool a bit and enjoy!!

This will warm you up and is a great alternative to coffee (Vatas really do NOT need coffee!!! you’ll just become a bundle of nerves – more than you already are!)

Time saving tip:
take all the spices and make one big baggie mixed in with the black tea so all you have to do is take a scoop or two depending on how much tea you will be making or make the water based version and keep it in your fridge and heat up as necessary adding the milk as you go.

Enjoy the sunny day

Pop Up Summer Sunset Yogaveda!

Yoohooo…Pop up Sunset Yogaveda will now be offered TWICE a week at 7 pm starting Tues. the 25th of June in the Old Port and Thursday (20th of June) in Westmount Park with Lauren Rudick! 

Let Yogaveda help you create your own constellation, come out and practice ayurveda and yoga under the stars and manifest your true heart’s desire!

Stay tuned more details coming..in the meanwhile keep up your sun salutations!

Miss Lunaveda

pic: http://memequotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/wakeup.jpg

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Ayurveda and the 6 tastes

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Did you know that the six tastes in Ayurveda are aimed to balance our mental, spiritual, physical and emotional bodies. (our Doshas) 

Did you know there are 6 emotions that go with the 6 tastes?

If you know your doshic constitution, you can not only help balance your emotions but prevent colds, congestion, headaches, stomach issues, PMS, insomnia etc… In ayurveda, food is medicine so you can pretty much take care of a multitude of issues.

Essentially we need a little bit of each to feel balanced and satisfied.

Tastes: emotional flavour when taken in excess
Sweet: Love (which can also cause attachment)
Salty: Greed
Sour: Envy
Pungent: Hatred
Bitter: Grief
Astringent: Fear

The presence of the 6 tastes in each meal allow us to experience these emotional flavours, leaving us satiated and not wanting for more.

This is an Ayurvedic concept that has worked for centuries…it would be interesting to try it and let us at Lunaveda know if you do feel satisfied after a meal. Each taste need not be a huge part of the meal but can be as simple as a dash of a condiment or herb.

One other important suggestion: Remember, eat and drink only when you are truly hungry and not bc you think you should. Breakfast is optional! Lunch is not!!!

Have a wonderful day,
♥ Ms.Lunaveda