Mindfulness, Tues 14 July 6-7pm Om SPACE

Modern living can mean you can spend the entire day on the computer not being present or have a meaningful conversation or interaction face to face with another being. This situation can lead to neurons, brain cells literally dying, loss of memory, alzheimers, feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted.

mindfulness

Mindfulness another word for meditation is the antidote says a growing number of scientific studies as well as health practitioner.

The tendency to over-think is “an occupational hazard of being human,” says Kabat-Zinn.  “We’ll be projecting in the future or reminiscing about the past, or what went wrong, and who did what to whom, or who’s to blame….We’re creating narratives constantly.” It’s the constant narrative in our heads (i.e., the “monkey mind”) that leads to the sensation that we’re not really present in a moment-to-moment way. “The mind has a life of its own,” says Kabat-Zinn. “It goes here and there.”

meditation 2 So, in mindfulness, the real practice is bringing the mind back to a particular point of focus. The mind  may take a lot of redirection, since the mind’s nature is to wander. The mind can be likened to the ocean – most of the time, you’re getting bounced around by the waves at the surface. But meditation, when practiced enough, lets you dip below the waves and not be at the mercy of the choppy surface agitations. When you’re below the surface, in meditation, you’re still moved by the currents, but you’re not being slapped around by the waves.” In other words, meditation lets us get some reprieve from the constant rovings of our minds.

There are dozens of studies showing the functional and structural changes meditation can bring about in the brain.  That’s why global brands such as Google, Instagram and Facebook have all jumped on board. They practice mindfulness prior to meetings and have free classes in mindfulness for their lucky employees.

Googles guru Chade-Meng Tan, is charged with hefty responsibilities, as his official job description is to “Enlighten minds, open hearts and create world peace.” Not only does adding meditation to the work day make people happier and more present, but it also makes people more productive. The trick, says Tan, is to “get into that frame of mind on demand,” and meditation teaches people to do exactly this.

Meditation is really a form of cognitive training. This is just the next generation of exercise. We’ve got the physical exercise components down, now it is about working out how we can actually train our minds.

Attend one of my meditation classes every Tuesday at The Om Space, Colombo 5; 6-7pm. Investment 800-900Rs.

Love and light Fiona

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All about our Sri Villas Retreat 19-21 September 2013

 

About the Venue

Sri Villas - the pool

Sri Villas – the pool

Sri Villas is a set of 3 luxurious houses all connected by an infinity pool, with a 180 degree view of the sea.   The sea is so close that the sound sends you into a deep rejuvenative sleep.  Each villa has luxury rooms decorated with a simple but elegant hand, well designed bathrooms and plenty of space to lounge around in between yoga and eating sessions.  Sri Villas gives you the space to just ‘be’ and enjoy the essence which is you.  DSCN2213We indulged in a sea bath each day.   Even though it is the monsoon season, it was just glorious to jump into the waves to have some sun and fun.

About the Retreat

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During the Retreat we delved deep into our minds to teach us emotional intelligence.  Fiona began the work by teaching a very physical kriya to rid us of our body blocks.  Ending the session with writing down our negative mind patterns and learned how to, ‘not react’ or ‘act out’ these emotions but release them through our breath and mentally acknowledge and acceptance that these patterns are a part of us.

Fiona, Shaunagh and Annoushka followed this theme during the next 5 classes.  Linking the right and left DSCN2228hemispheres of the brain so we could be more conscious of our mind and its held beliefs and patterns.  During the morning sesions we experienced long, deep meditations to practice being present and conscious of those thoughts and patterns.  The teachers encouraged all to end the day writing a personal daily journal of ‘how we were feeling and coping with our thoughts and emotions’.  We experienced the negative, positive and neutral minds.  Learning how to feel the discomfort and embrace it to gain release. The final class lead by Annoushka concluded the retreat by doing a deep practice to experience the elementary self, the watcher in us all which is all seeing, completely connected and joyful. Watching the genuine joy of everyone’s faces at the dancing at the end was huge pleasure for all who took part, teachers and students alike.

About the Food

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Coconut, kurrakan and lime cake

Chef German Dimaano and Sumantha prepared us some amazing and unusual foods, using kurakkan (Asia’s equivalent to quinoa), in rotis, coconut & lime steamed cake, and chocolate brownie.  They also used lotus and kolu seed, endemic seeds which have high levels of trace minerals and are a wonderful form of vegetable protein.  The green gram and sweet potato soup left us wanting more. Whilst the Vietnamese rice paper rolls were a real teaser.   Yummy avocado salads with orange vinaigrette, butternut squash stuffed with herbs and organic red rice, tomato salsa and roast beetroot, with a curd dressing were all gobbled up.  The diet was lovely fresh, healthy, plant based foods to support our emotional detox all lovingly made with an expert

Yummy avocado salads with orange vinaigrette, butternut squash stuffed with herbs and organic red rice, tomato salsa and roast beetroot, with a curd dressing were all gobbled up.  The diet was lovely fresh, healthy, plant based foods to support our emotional detox all lovingly made with an expert hand.

Stuffed Snake gourd, Red rice and salad

Stuffed Snake gourd, Red rice and salad

 

 

 

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The Hills of Bandarawela Retreat July 2013

Amba Estate Gate View of the mountains

About the Venue? 

Amba Estate is a beautiful organic farm and tea estate set in the hills of Bandarawela and Ella.  From the cosy, Devon style cottage you get a panoramic view of Ella Rock.  The rooms are comfortable, tastefully decorated with loving touches.  The rest of the cottage is homely and intimate, perfect for the cool star-studded evenings, chatting over hot cups of home grown lemon grass tea, an Amba Estate speciality.  In the day the weather was just perfect for sitting out on mats on the grass, reading, chatting or just being.  The surrounding walks made everyone breathe the lovely forest air deeply. Rawana falls took everyone’s breath away by its energy and beauty and the lunchtime picnics, in scenic locations, lovingly wrapped in banana leaves were devoured with glee by all.
Rawana Falls pool

About the Retreat? 

We began the Retreat with the ten bodies physical but stretching yoga kriya, which prepared our minds and bodies for the hike up Ella Rock. When we reached the summit we found a beautiful spot in the shaded woods for our picnic.  hikingFull and satisfied we lay down after lunch, under the cool, rustling leaves for a short nap. On our way down we dipped our sore feet into the cool river waters to refresh ourselves for the last 30 mins of our 4 hour hike.  Exhausted but exhilarated we ended our day on the ridge with stretching our calves and hamstring before sitting down to watch the sun setting over the veils of mountains, as we breathed deeply and meditated on expanding our electromagnetic field.   The next day was again an early start with dynamic asanas and an ONG meditation before we left for our 40 min hike to the Rawana Waterfalls.  Here we swam in the invigorating waters of this mystical waterfall, snacked and rested.  We ended the day with another session of deep breath work before we had another yummy Yoga at Rawana Fallsmeal and an early night.  The final day was taken very easy, with another dynamic yoga and meditation class, a short hike up a near by hill to take in the views and eat our picnic lunch.  Before we travelled back to Colombo we ended the afternoon with deep back stretches before we lay on our bellies for a 30 min yoga nidra or yogic sleep to rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit.

About the Food? 

Fresh garden saladGerman is a brilliant chef, but I really felt he surpassed himself at this Retreat. The vegetarian, menu was just a treat.   Two lunches outdoors, taking in stunning views made the food even tastier.  He added a few new dishes to the old favorites, like vegetable tempura with a tangy dipping sauce, an Asian slaw made with kohl rabi and white radish.  Fresh organic leaves picked from the garden, combined with herbs, fennel root, cherry tomatoes and avocado.  For dinners he served warming roast pumpkin and sweet potato and leek soups, with patacones (a south American inspired dish, consisting of mashed green banana pan fried).

Fruit salad breakfastOur lunch parcels were treat; gottukola sambal with dried bitter gourd from the organic farm amongst wonderful fresh up-country vegetables curries all wrapped with organic red rice in a freshly picked banana leaf. We were treated for tea with sugarless passion fruit muffins and mushroom gyoza using kurukan skins.

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Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Galle Fort 22 & 23rd June 2013

Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Galle Fort 22nd & 23rd June 2013

Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Galle Fort 22nd & 23rd June 2013

Sanasuma Kundalini Yoga Retreat in Galle Fort

Date: 22nd & 23rd (Poya Day) June

Venue: Bodi Spa, Galle Fort

Time: 8am till 4.30pm (including Breakfast, lunch and tea time snack)

Join the Sanasuma Kundalini Yoga team for a two day workshop on self awareness at the newly opened Bodi Spa in Galle Fort.  In May we detoxified our bodies and became more aware of the effect of the food we put into our bodies, during this retreat we will continue the journey of becoming more conscious of the self with a combination of physical asanas, breathwork and meditation.

Shaunagh and Fiona will be teaching 6 yoga classes over the two days.  You are welcome to join for one day or the full two days.

Natalie and Lucy will be there to offer you massages at the end of the day or during your lunch break at Bodi Spa, http://bodispalk.com/
Swedish Massage Rs5000 (60 mins)
Deep Tissue & Shiatsu Massage Rs6000 (60 mins)
Meals will be healthy vegetarian food served at Fortaleza Restaurant, a few doors down from Bodi Spa, http://www.fortaleza.lk

CONTACT SHAUNAGH 0773022142 or info@sanasuma.co.uk

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DETOX MEAL PLAN

BREAKFAST

A typical breakfast consists of at least 50 percent fruit and/or vegetables. Ideas for breakfast include:

  • Green Smoothie or smoothie (See list below)
  • Fresh juice
  • Kiribat (milk rice) with pol (coconut) sambol
  • Steamed yam and freshly scraped coconut.
  • String hoppers with pol sambol and yellow sweet potato curry
  • Oat Muesli (see recipe below)
  • Oatmeal porridge
  • Herbal tea, black tea (without milk), or green or white tea

SNACK

If you are at work or on the run I think it is always a good idea to have a healthy snack at hand especially nuts or fruit, to kill sugar lows.  Also carry a bottle of water with you as most hunger pangs are signs you are thirsty.

Snack ideas include:

  10 to 15 raw almonds or cashew ( almonds take the skin off by soaking them)

  Apple sliced, with 1 tablespoon peanut butter (natural choice or one without added sugar)

  Piece of fruit

  Carrot, celery and/or cucumber sticks with hummus

  Smoothie made with allowed foods

  Green vegetable juice

LUNCH

A typical lunch on a detox diet consists of approximately 60 to 80 percent vegetables, preferably raw, such as greens, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions. You can then fill the other 20 to 40 percent in with other plant foods, such as cooked chickpeas, steamed broccoli, gluten-free grains such as rice, kurakkan, quinoa, and baked sweet potato.

A salad is an easy, packable detox lunch. Assemble a bowl or plate based on the ratios above. Make a simple dressing using 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, and an optional 1 teaspoon of fresh-chopped herbs. Other lunch ideas include:

  Chickpeas, mung beans and vegetables seasoned with turmeric, ginger, and cumin

  Salad with choice of vegetables, such as green leaves, cucumbers, onions, and steamed beets.

  Lentil soup

  Rice and curry but only 20%-40% organic red or white rice ( again purchase from The Good Market or ask at your supermarket)

SNACK

Time for a healthy snack as above mentioned

DINNER

Dinner is 60 to 80 percent vegetables. An easy dinner is a Buddha bowl. You don’t have to follow a recipe to make one, just combine 1 cup of cooked brown rice or quinoa, 1 to 2 teaspoons of an allowed oil such as extra-virgin olive oil, vegetables, beans and legumes, seeds and seasonings, such as chickpeas, spinach or kale, steamed broccoli, avocado, hemp or chia seeds, or seaweed.

Other dinner ideas include:

  Steamed kale sprinkled with cashew nuts and tossed in lemon juice and olive oil

  Brown rice, kurakkan pittu or quinoa

  Steamed fish with fresh herbs and lemon with bok choy (not to be eaten after 22nd April)

  Vegetable curry with brown/red rice

  Broccoli soup

  Black bean salad with quinoa

  Thai cashew vegetables with quinoa

 DO NOT LET YOURSELF BECOME HUNGRY EAT HEALTHY SNACKS OR MORE VEGGIES RAW CARROTS ARE GOOD.

Detox & Kundalini Yoga Weekend 25th-27th April 2013 at Guava House

Detox & Kundalini Yoga weekend 26,27,28th April 2013

Detox & Kundalini Yoga weekend 26,27,28th April 2013

Join us as we guide you through the process of rejuvenating and preventing the absorbtion of toxins through your digestive system with a Juice and Detoxification Weekend.  Afterwards you will feel light and energised, eyes and skin clearer and allergies reduced.  this process is also excellent for healthy weight reduction and disease prevention.  To compliment this process you will be lead twice a day through Kundalini Detoxification Yoga Kriyas, breath-work and meditation to bring the mind and body into balance.

Rs26,000 per person

2 nights accommodation (en-suite room)

Full Board, dietary supplements, teachings, health & beauty info & instructions on special cleansing diet 5 days prior to the Detox Retreat.

CONTACT FIONA 0778011984 or info@sanasuma.co.uk

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A FEW PLACES LEFT FOR THIS WEEKEND RETREAT 23-25TH NOV


A FEW PLACES LEFT ON OUR RETREAT THIS WEEKEND 23-25th Nov 2012.

On this Retreat you will experience the wonder and joy of you. Once you have had this experience as a touch stone your everyday life feels more fulfilled, not because you have achieved anything or pleased someone but just because you can relate to this joy in you and remember the feeling. You start to count your blessing each day, feeling gratitude for all life’s lessons because without them you would not be you.

Join us and experience some of this joy, in the tranquil and uplifting surroundings of Guava House.