The art of tongue analysis has its root in the science of Ayurveda and is used in many ancient health traditions, such as traditional Chinese medicine.

In Ayurveda we use the tongue as a tool for analysis and diagnosis, by observing the shape, shadings, markings, wetness, texture and even the angle the tongue protrudes, we can understand the current state of the doshas within our body.

Similar to reflexology, all the organs including limbs can be located on specific regions of the tongue. As a mirror of the body’s digestive system, the tongue can reflect malabsorption, state of the thoughts, condition of the blood and can also reveal the health of other various organs in the body.

For example if the tongue is covered by a t...

“He who begins the practise of yoga without controlling the diet suffers from many diseases and does not make progress in yoga”. (Gheranda Samhita 5/16)

Ghee is viewed as a sattvic (pure) food, purifying the layers of the mind, and is therefore seen as perfect for any spiritual or yoga practitioner. Many Ayurvedic texts give dietary guidelines for the Yogi, with ghee emphasised in lists of most highly recommended additions to a yogic diet. It is advised ”food should be mixed with ghee, nourishing all dhatus [tissues] and be pleasing and suitable.” (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, C1/62-63).

Consuming ghee is an effective way to reverse the internal dryness of the body, balancing Vata and pacifying Pitta. It is used to nurture and strengthen the nervous syst...

Inspired by the effects of international travel along with the busy rush of life I was inspired to put together a powder that targeted the nervous system.

Ingredients:

  • Nutmeg

  • Pippali

  • Ajwan seeds

  • Cinnamon

  • Fennel seed

  • Coriander seeds

  • All spices were whole or in seed form, I used my mill to turn them into a powder. This was then applied to any savoury or sweet meal throughout the whole of summer. It was best sprinkled over warm fruits for a light flavoursome snack or over some steamed green veggies or a well dressed salad.

  • Nutmeg provides the nervous system support, digests toxins and enkindles the appetite, which is beneficial when travelling and constantly being introduced to new foods. Nutmeg has rejuvenating and...

  • Try this super delicious, rich, creamy vegan chocolate mousse.

    Ingredients and method:

    Silken tofu 250g, coconut oil x 1 cup, raw cacao x 2 table spoons, agave syrup or maple syrup x 3 table spoons, saindhava rock salt, vanilla essence, cinnamon and dried lavender sprigs to decorate. Melt the coconut oil and blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Set in the fridge for 20 minutes, best served slightly  chilled.

    Cacao is bitter which is great for the liver, along with the coconut oil it is great to cool down excess Pita in the body while nourishing a Vata imbalance. The maple syrup and cinnamon aids the agni making it more tridoshic, you could add powdered pippali if there is increased Kapha (mucus or white coating on the tongue). The sai...

    Lying with the body in Savasana, ensure the back of the neck is comfortable and limbs are warm, we will be in the asana during the entire Yoga Nidra practice.

    The aim of Yoga Nidra is to be conscious during the whole process, not to fall asleep, but to actively relax the body and following the guidance of the instructor. Whenever your mind drifts off just observe the thought, let it go and bring your awareness back to the sound of my voice. Lets begin by observing the body lying on the mat, take a deep inhale filling the abdomen and exhale audibly. ……

    Now quietly bring your focus to the feet, the weight of the heels on the mat, inhaling deeply and visualize your feet becoming grains of sand and exhale as you feel the sand gently falling away to th...

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