“Love is divine. Love is the greatest force on Earth. It is irresistible. It is love alone that can really conquer the heart of a man….love divine is the only solvent, the one great healer and forgiver.” These are the words from Swami Sivananda about the divine emotion of love.

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A tree 🌲 stump and a human finger print 🖐🏻. Ayurveda is firmly embedded in Indian philosophy and it beliefs that the five elements comprise the universe (the panchamahabhutas).

1.Space / ether
2. Air
3. Fire
4. Water
5. Earth

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Have you thought of starting your day with a Pranayama practice?

Pranayama – regulation of the life force. Pranayama is the conscious prolongation of inhalation’s, exhalations and retentions. It is a technique that purifies, energises, calms, relaxes and heals the body and mind.

Pranayama corrects the nasal cycle (one side of the nose is more active than the other).
It would be advised to see your Ayurveda practitioner or Yoga therapist to learn this practice. 
The best time to practice is Brahmamuhurt. This is the early hours of each day before sunrise. This time of the day is considered very auspicious, the natural elements are in their purest form and divine vibrations are freely projected in the atmosphere.

Below some guidance about Nadi shodhan, the alternate nostril breathing which has a balancing influence on your Vata dosha.

Benefits: 
• Assists in relieving anxiety and fear
• Helps to relieve dry skin
• Great for circulatory and respiratory problems  Read more

We love our two peaceful Swans in our flower bowls at Lakshmi’s clinic.
Hansa or the swan is often identified with the supreme spirit. A swan is also the Vahana (that which carries) goddess Saraswati. Hamsa is also a symbol of breath and this connection is beautifully elaborated in many sacred scriptures of India. Hamsa as the mantra that constantly repeats itself in the form of the breath – ham on the in breath and sa on the out breath. Hamsa is one of the mantra of the Siddha Yoga path which teaches that Hamsa is identical with So ‘ham. It’s meaning is ‘I am that’ therefore, union with the divine self – the awareness of ‘I am that’ – naturally arises In one who becomes absorbed in the mantra as the flow of the breath.

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How much should I be eating?

Ayurveda recommends to divide the stomach into three parts. One third to be filled with food solids, one third liquids (this should come from small sips during your meal/avoid large amount of water with your main meal) and one third with air/ space (enabling the food to churn).

If you think of a cooking pot filled to the top, this will make it difficult to stir your food or your food would boil over during the cooking process.

Another advise of Ayurveda is that your food portion should fit in your two 🤲hands. Its so great to look at your cupped hands and visualise what would fit in there?

For more information or to book a an appointment with Lakshmi’s Ayurveda nutritionists Erica or an Ayurvedic consultation email info@lakshmiayurveda.com.au 🍏🍌🍒🍇🍓🥦🍟🍔🌭🍖🍗🍕🥪🥩🧀

Embracing CHANGE – It is CHANGE that frees

Ayurveda emphasise on adopting a suitable diet, lifestyle, right thought, right speech, right action….. often it can feel overwhelming adopting changes but once the changes are made it can make you fee so much better.

Ayurveda will help you to embrace change, to become the best version of YOURSELF.

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