Sunday, 26 November 2017

Full Moon in Gemini affecting the Stomach Meridian - December 3, 2017

The last full moon of 2017, on Sunday 3 December, is in Gemini and governs the stomach meridian.

                     


The stomach works closely together with both the spleen and the large intestines to protect against illnesses.

As the stomach is the strongest organ it can take a long time for disease to show up.
The stomach is also the base for our emotional stability and the place where we sense emotion.

This last full moon of 2017 provides a great opportunity to strengthen this meridian to avoid future problems.

Symptoms of an interrupted flow of the stomach meridian:
  • digestive problems 
  • stuffy nose / sinusitis 
  • neck / arm / shoulder pain 
  • burping 
  • dry mouth 
  • constipation
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • addictive behaviour 
Tips:
  • Eat yellow/orange foods like corn, squash, mango, banana, sweet potato, papaya, cantaloupe.
  • Wear yellow clothes and carry or wear yellow stones like amber, citrine, and yellow tourmaline.
  • Avoid stress, irregular meals, quick eating, food that is either too hot or too cold, coffee, red wine and eating before going to sleep.
Flu/Cold symptoms:

Chinese remedy Po Chai works on relieving both stomach and virus symptoms.

Yoga:
  • Yoga mudra is an excellent posture for balancing this meridian. 3-11 minutes 

  • Mulbandh (root lock)
  • Any chanting with HAR at the navel
  • Fish Pose with long deep breathing

  • Bow pose and rocking in bow while chanting SA TA NA MA. 



Recommended Kriyas:

Source: www.divinehuman.com 

Friday, 20 October 2017

November 4, 2017 - Full moon in Taurus, Affecting the Large Intestine - Be Steady


The next full moon on Saturday 4 November is in Taurus, the bull. Taurus governs the large intestine meridian and also rules the neck and throat. The large intestines are responsible for elimination. Autumn and nature are showing us what a great time it is to let go of what is old, to shed what has served its purpose and is not needed any more, and how much beauty and colour that can actually bring into your life! 

The breath, especially deep breathing, supports the large intestines. 

In Chinese Medicine, the colon is the part of the first meridian which begins with the lung and ends with the colon. The two are interlinked as the lungs are what one brings into their selves and the colon is what one releases. Issues in the colon can manifest in the lungs and vice versa. It's said that is why people who never smoked can get lung cancer or people who lived healthy lives can get colon cancer.

From an emotional viewpoint, problems with the colon point to problems with letting go. These issues aren’t typically about current life events, but usually stem from the past. It is in human nature to hold on to events because there is a belief that by never forgetting, we will not let it happen again. While it is helpful to learn from the past, there is a point where what we hold onto will hold us back from moving on. Resentment is an example of holding onto the past and the emotion can literally jam up the entire body.

The full moon influence challenges us to let go of what is old, without resentment, and to be steady without being stubborn and consistent but not rigid. 

Physical / Mental Symptoms: 
  • negative attitude
  • bowel disorders
  • anal retentiveness
  • gum problems
  • nose bleeds
  • aching shoulders
  • toothache 
  • skin disorders, pimples, acne, ...
  • living in the past & holding on
  • resentment
  • rigidity
  • lack of generosity
  • possessiveness
  • stubbornness
  • contraction.

Things that are good to eat:
  • All white foods - e.g. rice, cauliflower (gobi), white horseradish (mooli), parsnip, the white of leeks and spring onions, and of course the three roots: onion, garlic & ginger. Organic, home-made yogurt and lassi
  • All hot vegetables 
  • Whole fresh fruits and vegetables. Bananas can help the colon greatly, as can baked apples.
  • Grains, especially (think white again) rice. 

Things that are not good to eat around this full moon:
  • This is an excellent time to cut down or eliminate eating refined sugar and products made from white flour, like bread, rotis, chapattis and pasta.
  • Also avoid any other foods that you know don't agree with you well or that inflame your body.
  • Avoid dairy, gluten, soy, corn, ... if you (think you might) have leaky gut.

Tips: 
  • Hold and massage the index fingers of each hand for 2 minutes throughout the day.
  • Remember you are connected to a higher consciousness. 
  • Use the mantra: “Let Go & Let God.”

Yoga:
  • Archer pose is an excellent posture for balancing the large intestine meridian. Try 5 minutes on each side with breath of fire - if you want you can work up to 11 minutes. 

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          A mantra like the Guru Gaitri mantra Gobinday Mukanday ... can greatly help to support you in keeping up, as can any other Bir Ras (warrior) mantra or shabad.
  • Work on both the large intestines and the neck/throat: Lying on your back, use your arms to pull your knees to your chest. Then lift your head with the nose between your knees. Hold the posture with breath of fire 3-5 minutes, then relax. 
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  • Alternatively you can exhale as you lift  the head up and pull the knees down with the arms, then inhale dropping the head down and relaxing the pull of the arms. Repeat this 25-100 times, then relax in corpse pose.
Some wonderful Kundalini Yoga kriyas for this full moon:

Monday, 9 October 2017

New Neal's Yard Remedies products

I have widened the range of Neal's Yard Remedies products that are available at my home - whereas on orders you will have to pay parcelling costs, on these products you don't (I have done that for you!).

Here is a visual for them - I'll post a list below of products and prices too.



White Tea Range
White Tea Facial Mask                      £26.50
White Tea Facial Mist                       £11.50
White Tea Toning Eye Gel                £24
Essential Oils
Essential Oil Lavender                      £6.70
Body Lotions
Beauty Sleep Body Lotion                                £21
Calendula & Oat Lotion                                    £21.50
Frankincense & Mandarin Body Lotion            £21.50
Hand Creams
Garden Mint & Bergamot Hand Cream        £10
Geranium & Orange Hand Cream                £10
Hand Defence Spray                                     £6.50
Face
Rose Facial Wash 50ml                                 £9
Orange Flower Facial Wash 50 ml                £9
Bath & Shower
Refreshing Body Wash                                  £9
Aromatic Foaming Bath                                £8.50
Aromatic Shower Gel                                    OFFER      £14     £7
Seaweed & Arnica Shower Gel                     OFFER           £14     £7
Rosemary & Elderflower Shower Gel           £11
Lavender Bath Salts                                       £14.50
Hair
Nurturing Rose Shampoo                              £11.50
Revitalising Orange Flower Shampoo          £11.50
Geranium Shampoo                                       £11.50
Geranium Conditioner                                   £11.50
Rosemary & Cedarwood Hair Treatment      £6.50
Argan Oil                                                       £17.50
Deodorant
Lemon & Coriander Deodorant                     £8.50
Rose & Geranium Deodorant                        £8
Lavender & Aloe Vera Deodorant                 £8.50
Bee Lovely
Bee Lovely Bath & Shower Gel                    £14
Bee Lovely Hand Wash                                 £12.50
Bee Lovely Hand Cream                               £10
Herbal Creams
Calendula Cream                £7
Supplements
Aloe Vera Juice                      £5
Joint Supplement                   £15
Pro-Bio Boost                        £24.50
Zinc Complex                        £12.50
Box Sets
Hand Cream Box of 3                                              £24
Geranium & Orange Organic Body Collection       £27


As some people might be looking for gifts for the holiday period, here are some more gift box ideas apart from the one I have at home (see list): 


 




Delicious immune-boosting elderberry tea

Early September I managed to pick quite a big amount of elderberries which I washed, dried and stored in my freezer with the plan of making my own elderberry syrup later on this Autumn. Unfortunately I got a cold before I managed to make my elderberry syrup, and the first few days I just felt too ill to get started on it. But luckily I found this wonderful immune-boosting elderberry tea recipe which is super quick to make and where the sweetener is optional! 

You can also use dried elderberries - you'll need slightly less of them than when using frozen ones.

Ingredients for 1 mug of elderberry tea

  • 450ml filtered water (I use a Berkey water filter)
  • 3 tablespoons of frozen/fresh elderberries or 2 tablespoons of dried elderberries
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric paste (turmeric and black pepper boiled together for min. 7mins to activate the curcumin - you can make a batch and keep it in the fridge)
  • 1 tsp pf raw honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the water and elderberries into a small saucepan.
  2. Add the turmeric paste and cinnamon.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. This helps bring out the beneficial properties of the elderberries.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  5. Finally, strain through a fine mesh strainer and pour into your mug
  6. Stir in raw honey (if using).
  7. You can also drink this tea cold: just pour your strained liquid into a mason jar and allow it to cool, then refrigerate until cold.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Logo for Sikhs(') Nurturing Nature

The lovely Sadhan Kaur has created a logo for Sikhs(') Nurturing Nature, that I can hopefully start using for this blog soon (when I figure out how to get it on here!) and on my products and banners for when I have a stall with the products at events...

Here it is:


October 5th - Full Moon in Aries affecting the Lung Meridian - Time to Let Go

As we've been given the opportunity to work through our frustrations and anger in the past 2 full moons, working on the 3rd chakra, October's full moon takes us up one chakra to the 4th, the heart chakra, giving us a chance to work on releasing grief that is stored in the lungs.

Feelings of sorrow, grief and sadness are quite common to accompany this full moon Aries (ram). You may also experience an urge to make up for 'lost time'. It's a perfect time to let go of old limiting beliefs, patterns and pain that is stopping you from growing.


The lung meridian also rules the skin and hair on the body (except on the head). 

All pranayamas are wonderful to work on the lung meridian and release grief and sadness. Our breath connects our inner and outer worlds, and is hence the first step in becoming conscious and aware of ourselves and the world around us. 

Physical Symptoms: 
• Low energy 
• Tightness in diaphragm or middle back 
• Mental confusion 
• Dry skin 
• Coughing 
• Weak immune system 
• Nose congestion or sinusitis 
• Snoring

Things to eat: 
• All white food, especially cauliflower. 
• Garlic, ginger and raw onions clean the blood and strengthen your nerves and immune system. 
• Chlorophyll and freshly ground psyllium husk (seeds), (1 tablespoon each with juice) before breakfast and dinner. 
• Dark green vegetables (contain lots of chlorophyll).

Tips: 
• Hold and massage the ring finger of each hand for 2 minutes. Repeat during the day. This energizes and balances the lung meridian and neutralizes sorrow. 
• Place rose quartz over your heart center to protect against sadness. 
• Keep skin and lungs moist.
• Walking, biking, dancing or any aerobic exercise that gets you sweating.
• Play or listen to the gong or singing bowls to stimulate the lung meridian. 
• Repeat this affirmation often. “I am __________” (fill in the blank). It can be ‘I am beautiful.’ ‘I am loved.’ ‘I am grateful.’ You decide and vary the ending as much as you like as long as it is a positive statement. A wonderful practice is the Celestial Communication 'I am the light of the soul. I am bountiful, I am beautiful, I am bliss, I am, I am'. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ8TelEjYcM for a live version at the Yoga Festival in France in 2007.

Yoga: 
• All breathing practices (pranayama) to control the prana in the organs. The Basic Breath Series would be wonderful to practice: https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/pranayam/basic-breath-series .
• Breath of fire is the most effective pranayam to do now.
• Yoga Mudra in rock pose or easy pose.
• Standing twist. Inhale, twist left with the left arm stretched out and back, right hand comes onto the heart center. Then exhale twisting right with the left hand on the heart. Keep the hips facing forward.

Some wonderful Kundalini Yoga kriyas for this full moon:
• Kriya for the Lungs & Bloodstream: http://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20the%20lungs%20and%20bloodstream.htm .
• Purifying the Lungs: https://www.3ho.org/kundalini-yoga/meditation/featured-meditations/purifying-lungs .
• New Lungs & Circulation:  http://files.meetup.com/289210/New%20Lungs%20%26%20Circulation.pdf .

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

September 6th 2017 - Full Moon in Pisces affecting the Liver meridian - Work through your anger

After August's full moon affecting the gallbladder, September's full moon will affect the gallbladder's twin organ and meridian: the liver meridian. The full moon will occur on Wednesday the 6th of September but symptoms might arise much earlier and linger longer, intensifying around the exact period of the full moon.


The liver is the organ in which anger is stored - the gallbladder being the storage house for the related emotion of frustration. By harnessing the full moon's influence on the liver meridian you can deeply work on shedding old patterns of reacting, and clear and heal the energy circuit constituted by the liver meridian.

Follow the below recommendations to reduce possible symptoms and balance the meridian for a whole body healing effect.

Possible symptoms (see the meridian graph to understand these):

  • tiredness
  • foot pain
  • headaches
  • tightness in the chest or between the shoulders
  • nausea or indigestion
  • irritability or short temper
  • eye problems


Food Tips:

  • eat sour foods and homemade yogurt
  • drink grapefruit juice, warm lemon water, or water with apple cider vinegar (ideally on an empty stomach to help flush out toxins from the night)
  • Recipe for liver: Blend 1 grapefruit, 2 oranges, 1 lime (or lemon), a handful of shelled raw sunflower seeds, add honey to taste.
  • Casserole: Combine in a baking pan 1 bunch of beets (3-5), 1 lb. (400g) carrots, 2 bunches of scallions, 3 cloves of freshly chopped garlic, 1 cube butter/ghee/coconut oil, tamari, black pepper and cook in the oven. For the non-vegans, at the end you could add 1 lb. of grated goat cheese (only add it at the end to avoid burning)
  • All green foods, beetroot and carrot are good for the liver. Especially artichokes, wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina, chlorella. Tinctures of dandelion and artichoke are also very helpful.
  • Avoid or moderate sweets
  • A juice blend of beet/carrot/celery juice. Ginger great to add too.


Yoga Tips:

  • All exercises for the abdominal area, like stretch pose (see last month's full moon post).


Specific Kundalini yoga set for the liver:


KRIYA: LET THE LIVER LIVE 
AS TAUGHT BY YOGI BHAJAN
January 30, 1985
 
1. Lie on your left side and put your hand under your head. Lift the right leg up straight and hold the toes with your right hand, keeping both legs straight. Breath of Fire. 4 minutes
 
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 2. Wheel Pose. (Hands and feet flat on the floor, body arched up.) Breathe in and out through the nose, then in and out through the mouth.  Continue alternating from nose to mouth, taking one complete breath with each. 4 minutes.

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 3. Lie on your left side. Lift the right leg straight up, hold toe. (i.e., repeat exercise 1). Breath of Fire through the mouth. 2 minutes.

4. Stand up with the legs apart 18 to 24 inches. Bend forward and stretch the hands back through the legs to touch the floor. Head down. Reach back as far as possible. Hold this position for 1 minute. Then, in this position, roll the tongue and do Breath of Fire through the rolled tongue. 3 minutes.
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5. Repeat exercise 1. Do “Cannon Breath” through the mouth. (Extremely powerful, explosive breath). 30 seconds.
 
6. Stand up and sit down back in easy pose without using the hands for support. 52 times. Try to keep your balance!

7. Stand with your hands on your hips. Roll the upper torso in large circles. 2 minutes. (Anyone who shall do exercise #7 for 11 minutes morning and night will have no problem with Mr. Liver.)
 
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8. Relax in Corpse Pose 7-11 minutes.



Alternatively, here is a link to a Kriya to Relieve Inner Anger:
http://www.pinklotus.org/KY%20KRI/KRI%20KY%20kriyas/InnerAngerKriya.pdf


(Based on http://www.breathislife.com/full-moon/ but with added information and yoga)