Indian Summer Retreat am Wörthersee

14.09 – 16.09.2018

Ablauf

Freitag, 14.09.    

17:00 – 19:00 Uhr

Begrüßung, Yogaeinheit mit Pranayama und Meditation

Samstag, 15.09.  

06:00 – 07:30 Uhr

Yogaeinheit mit Pranayama und Meditation

08:00 – 10:00 Uhr

Ayurvedisches Frühstück

11:00 – 15:00 Uhr

Yogaweg und Saissersee – Wanderung mit kleinem Picknick

17:00 – 19:00 Uhr

Yogaeinheit mit Chanting und Nataraj Meditation

Sonntag, 16.09.       

6:00 – 7:30 Uhr

Yogaeinheit mit Kriya, Pranayama und Meditation

08:00– 10:00 Uhr

Ayurvedisches Frühstück

11:00 – 12:30 Uhr

Ayurveda Workshop

 

Preis: 125 Euro pro Person

Ab 4 Teilnehmern findet der Retreat statt.

Ort: Hotel Ogris am See in Velden am Wörthersee

Eine Übernachtungsmöglichkeit besteht direkt vor Ort im Hotel Ogris am See. Nähere Informationen unter www.woerthersee.com

Sunrise Yoga am Steg

Jeden Montag und Mittwoch von 7:00 bis 8:00 biete ich Sunrise Yoga am Steg des Hotels Ogris (Seecorso 34, Velden am Wörthersee) an.

Der Ausblick ist einzigartig und am Morgen kann man die Ruhe am See besonders genießen.

Es wird um Anmeldung erbeten unter +43 664 1927670 oder yoga@nataraj.at

You are what you eat

According to Ayurveda food influences not only our body, but also our mind. Our body, mind and soul are connected, so if we eat some bad food that is not beneficial for our health. First our body will react to in negatively, then our mind will be unease, bothered and disturbed. A good digestion is everything, when your digestion works perfectly, you are overall healthy and you will hardly ever be sick.

So what’s the trick?

It is so hard to follow a certain diet and to cut out so many ingredients we are usually eating without being aware of the consequences. Everything seems or sounds hard in the first place, but believe me it is possible. And sometimes you do not even have an option. In the end there is only one way to happiness, which is embracing your body and providing it the best food possible. By doing that  you provide yourself with self love. Don’t be upset with yourself and don’t put yourself down for not being perfect. We all have flaws and our food cravings. It’s ok to give in, I’m a vegetarian, but I never told myself that I want to be 100% vegetarian for the rest of my life. I let it happen naturally and followed my intuition. This is were it took me. All the way to India and back!

First of all I will explain you the basics. There are three Sankrit words that describe the three different kinds of food. The first one is Sattwic (Sattva) it means pure. Sattwic food  will make you calm, alert, kind, and thoughtful. There are certain spices that are considered to be very pure, one of them is ginger. Fruit is thought to be the most sattwic food. The second type of food is called Rajasic (Rajas). Rajasic food creates a mind that is too active and always seeking diversions. The last type is called Tamasic (Tamas), which means poison. It is poison for the body and thus for the mind. Tamasic food will create a dull and lethargic mind. White sugar, meat and alcohol are very common examples for tamasic food.

Here is a list for you to get a good overview:

Sattwic, Rajasic, Tamasic

You might be shocked now, so was I. First of all I want you to let it sink and be aware next time you consume any of the food on the list. Just be aware of the effects the food has on you. Does it make you tired and lazy? Does it give you good energy? Is your digestion fast and efficient? Do you feel heavy or too full after a meal? Try to observe yourself, your body and also your mind. Are you more efficient at work or do you have a hard time focusing?

My main focus is not to tell you what to do. I only to provide you with information, so that you can be more aware. This is a journey each of us have to take on their own. Nobody can do it for you. Going to the doctor to get some drugs prescribed is an option, but the root of the problem won’t disappear. Some of you are suffering from a disease or digestive problems and some of you don’t. You can’t start early enough to eat healthy and that’s how you can prevent illnesses later in your life.

If you have any requests don’t hesitate to email me.

Dal Makhani Recipe

servings: 4

1  cup whole, black Urad Dal

1/2 cup kidney beans

1 tomato

1 tsp. cumin

2,5 cm cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 cloves

3 green cardamom pods

1 tsp. turmeric

1 bay lead

1/2 freshly grated ginger (or a little bit of dry ginger)

3 tsp. butter or ghee

salt to taste

Soak the Urad Dal and the kidney beans the night before in water.

First of all chop the tomato into very small pieces, so you’ll get a puree from frying it shortly.  Add 3 tsp of butter or ghee, a vegan alternative could be coconut oil. Then add the spices and fry them for a little (1 min). Add the chopped tomato and fried it on medium heat until it is a puree and the pulp is separated from the oil.

Then add the urad dal, the kidney beans and 4 cups of water. Cook until the dish has a creamy consistency. That would be 4-5 whistles in a pressure cooker or 25-30 min in a regular pot.

Melon: From an ayurvedic point of view

Energetics: cold and sweet

Vata + (in excess)

Pitta –

Kapha +

All different kinds of melons have a cooling effect. They can be a treatment for different kinds of fevers. 

The watermelon should be consumed in the summer mostly, because cooling food in winter is generally not recommended. You can use it to treat sunstroke, hot flashes, thirst, fevers, irritability or burning sensations. It works well as a blood purifier and cleanses the tissues. At the same time watermelon helps you to rehydrate and it flushes the kidneys, other than that it is rich in vitamin A and C.

Cantaloupe melon is milder and therefore better for Vata disorders. It helps with acne and rashes, and promotes soft skin. Just rub melon rind on your skin before bed.

But only eat melons 3 hours after meals. They should only be eaten alone. Don’t it eat at night or when cloudy otherwise it causes edema or abdominal pain. Eating them in excess causes respiratory problems. It should not be eaten when one suffers from a glaucoma.