Monday 2nd October marked the International Day of Non-Violence. This is the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
According to the UN, who established the day, it is an occasion to "disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness".
This is of particular importance in current times, with all of the pain and suffering, injustice and intolerance we see around us in so many parts of the world. Violence and a disruption of peace happens in many forms and on many levels – it happens within us when we are at odds with ourselves, around us when we are at odds with others, and on a mass level when society is at odds with nature, and groups are at odds with each other.
So what can we do as yogi’s to play our part in making a difference today and everyday? This is where the yogic concept of ahmisa, comes into play and has never been more important. Ahimsa is a foundational concept of the eight limbed ashtanga yoga philosophy and is a Sanskrit word that is loosely defined as ‘kindness to the self’, or sensitivity, vulnerability, non violence…Read More
One of the pillars of the ayurvedic philosophy is following a routine of daily activities (dinacarya) to facilitate regular clearing of accumulated toxins from the body and optimising health on a consistent, daily basis to avoid large scale build ups. Let’s look at how some of these good daily habits can be incorporated in to our lives in alignment with the current Spring season.
Spring in Australia takes place during the three transition months between Winter and Summer running from September to November. It is typically a time of increased warmth and wetness mixed with the residual cold of winter, as it thaws and melts away. Generally, the early stage of Spring is colder (on balance) and the middle to end of Spring is warmer as it edges closer to Summer.Read More
1/2 - 1 tbsp oil
1 tsp black mustard seeds
Handful of curry leaves
1 tsp turmeric
Pinch of salt
1 bunch leafy vegetables – chinese broccoli, kale, beetroot leaves for e.g.
1 green chilli, finely chopped
1 cup grated fresh coconut or dessicated coconut