ANCIENT WISDOM FOR OUR MODERN LIVES

Musings and words of wisdom from Rachel and friends
Beyond Āsana – What makes your heart sing?

Beyond Āsana – What makes your heart sing?

Most of us have experienced the heart opening effect of Yoga āsana, the powerful effect of postures that open the chest region. They are known for their uplifting effect of opening the major prānā area of the chest. Prānā Vayu is responsible for our emotions, our...

Yoga, Buddhism and Self-Compassion

Yoga, Buddhism and Self-Compassion

Precept One of the Five Precepts of Buddhism is ‘to abstain from causing harm to living beings’, or as Patanjali names it, Ahimsa, or non-violence. Buddha’s core philosophy, the central tenet of Buddhism, says that life is Dukkha, or life is suffering, and that the...

Indian Food

Indian Food

Visiting India is an incredible experience on many levels – including the cuisine! One of the predominant traditional items you will find on menus throughout India, particularly in Southern parts, is the thali (pronounced ta-lee). As this dish can be vegetarian or...

India First Timers Guide

India First Timers Guide

Most yogis find themselves in India somewhere along their journey; despite challenging culture-shocks, the first trip is usually not the last. Visiting the back-to-basics Motherland can be full of twists, turns and life-altering learning curves. Stripped of home...

Holy Cow!!

Holy Cow!!

I’ve been travelling to India regularly since 2006. I lead annual retreats, undertake personal study (eg intensives on Bhagavad Gita), and other programs (eg panchakarma). I totally immerse myself in this crazy, uplifting, colourful place. These are five things that...

Simple Ways to Boost Digestive Health

Simple Ways to Boost Digestive Health

My digestion isn't as efficient as I'd like it to be, so I'm opting for a gentle approach to boasting my digestive fire "Agni". According to Ayurveda it's easier for our bodies to digest and absorb warm foods that have been cooked. So here's what's in store for me;...

Beyond Knowledge: A Personal Trip to India

Beyond Knowledge: A Personal Trip to India

My lovely hubby took a friend and I who was also heading off overseas to the airport. She was heading off to Sweeden time she'd taken away from her family for the first time in many years to spend time with her family back there. And for me I'm embarking on a two week...

If we are what we eat… What are you made of?

If we are what we eat… What are you made of?

The age old saying we are what we eat ........rings true in my ears. My mum's got it right, a dedicated gardener growing all her own produce.. Ayurveda teaches us that our cells and tissues are created from the food that we eat. According to Ayurveda local foods are...