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Ayurveda: The Science of Life

The literal translation would be Life (Ayur) Science or knowledge (Veda). In effect, it is the ancient wisdom and science passed down for thousands of years integrating the mind, body and spirit as one functioning system. It is said that longevity and optimum health can be achieved when the system is in balance. Ayurveda helps us find and keep that balance! It will work for those who are healthy and want to stay well or those who have become out of balance and are living with disease. Depending on the severity of the condition, Ayurveda offers a long or short path back to good health. Working in conjunction with your doctor, there are many Ayurvedic remedies and lifestyle changes that are suggested. Deciding where to start can be challenging, but once you find a good practitioner who you resonate with, you should start seeing results. I suggest using the NAMA site to find someone in your area or work with me! I’m on Zoom, too! Let’s get you started! https://www.ayurvedanama.org/ .
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Ayurvedic Lifestyle

As a child, I used to help injured and frightened animals, patiently bringing them back to health and rekindling their trust in humans. I often stood up for the rights of kids less able to fend for themselves, and built self-esteem in those who had none. Later on, after losing my way and finding it again through love and higher power, I became inspired to study the Healing Arts after a workshop with Deepak Chopra. Over the years, I went on to complete certifications in massage therapy, Pilates, meditation, Feldenkrais and ultimately Ayurveda, which includes lymphatic massage, nutrition, Aromatherapy, sound healing and herbal medicine. I am NAMA certified and an Ayurvedic Practitioner n California.

Through my own needs, I began formulating remedies for skin care, mood enhancement, hormonal imbalances and created the product line, Melina’s Garden.

I specialize in Pulse consultations, Menopause, breast health, tongue analysis, body alignment and the use of Ayurvedic tools such as Guasha & Cupping Therapy.

A consultation with me will give you the opportunity to understand your body better and how to best support yourself through lifestyle, nutrition and self-care.

I am a mother of three outstanding young adults. I love life and want to help others feel well and happy. I am available via email, phone or Skype for counsel in health and life!

Email me for more information: susan@melinasgarden.com

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Ayurvedic Tools of the Trade!

Join me at 6:00pm on May 24th, 2016 at the Dhyana Center in Sebastopol for a workshop on Guasha & Cupping!

This class is for practitioners, massage therapists, bodyworkers and those interested in working on the lymphatic system, breaking down lactic acid buildup, removing toxins from the body and pain relief.

Guashas and Cups will be available to experiment with during this hands on class.

Namaste!

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Flat feet?

If you suffer from flat feet, you know how painful it can be to wear shoes that aren’t giving you the support you need.

How about strengthening those arches, though, and being pain free instead?

As a young girl I had flat feet. Every morning before school started, our house matron (I went to boarding school) would gather the girls with flat feet and make us exercise!

The exercise was simple. We would go up on our tip toes and back down, up and down, up and down. Then roll onto the heel and back, roll and back, scrunch the toes and lengthen, scrunch and lengthen. Finally, roll onto the sides and back, sides and back……. for about ten minutes!

If you have a child with flat feet, start them early with these exercises and they will not suffer later in life. You can also use a tennis ball to roll in the arch.

It worked for me!

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Meditate!

I invite whoever reads this to join me in meditation once a day. Just try it! Start with 5 minutes, then 10, 15, and 30! You’ll be surprised how differently you’ll be able to handle stress and obstacles that come your way.

It’s been one of the healthiest choices I’ve made in my life. Many years ago, I was given a mantra – ‘the ode to Ganesh’ – Om Gam Ganapataiye Namo Ha, by a friend who made me repeat it over and over again until he was sure I would recite the words correctly and get the help of Ganesh to remove the obstacles that were in my way…… It worked. For almost a year I used this mantra exclusively. I went on to learn more and more mantras that have served me well over the years. I am able to ‘drop in’ to the relaxed state of meditation anywhere and anytime as it becomes second nature when one meditates often.

Learn to meditate and you will free your mind – I promise!

How to meditate:

Sit down in a comfortable position in a quiet place

Close your eyes

Breathe long slow deep breaths

Concentrate on your breath

Let thoughts come…… and go…….

Don’t try to stop the thoughts; let them enter your mind; look at them; let them go

Keep bringing your attention back to the breath. Listen to your breath.

If you have learnt a mantra, repeat it over and over and over and over! If you have Mala beads, move each bead along the string over and over again from beginning to end and back again.

That’s it!

Soon you will no longer have random thoughts entering your mind. The ‘monkey mind’ will simmer down and be calm, welcoming the stillness of meditation. If you find yourself shifting about and feeling uncomfortable, be patient, that too shall pass. The stress in your life will drop away and things that seemed daunting will no longer bother you -:)

ps. I make custom Mala beads to order with semi precious stones. Let me know if you’d like a strand for your new meditation practice!

Namaste!

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Healing Touch!

When I’m not promoting and booking music, I’m working with people on their health and well-being. I’m a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Massage Therapist. Ayurveda has been around for about 5,000 years, and is one of the oldest holistic healing systems. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health and prevent disease through balanced nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

So, if you would like a consultation please contact me to set up an appointment. I can consult with you over Zoom, Skype or FaceTime if you are experiencing symptoms that you’d like help with.

You can get in touch through the SHOP to book a consultation.

In good health ~ Sooz

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Earth Day ~ Turn off the blues….

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It’s Earth Day, and what better way to spend it than in nature. After this post, I’ll turn off the computer and all electronics, and go for a walk. I want to feel the sunshine’s warm rays, smell the blossoms along the trail, and let a smile settle on my face.

If you work all day in front of a computer, play video games all the time, or have your head constantly at the phone, take some time today, EARTHDAY, to be in nature!

Have you been feeling sad, lost, tired, unmotivated? It could be that you are spending too much time plugged in to electronics. We need fresh air, daylight, sunshine and nature to thrive and lift our moods. Try taking a twenty minute walk today, unplugged from everything. Leave your phone behind! You don’t need it on a walk! If it’s your only clock, then just guess how long twenty minutes are and see if you are right when you get back.

Wishing you a happy Earth Day!

Namaste ~

 

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Colorful Sauerkraut!

Recipe for raw Sauerkraut:
1 head of organic green cabbage
1 head of organic red cabbage
2 tablespoons of grey sea salt per head of cabbage (or other sea salt)
Chop the cabbage finely, add salt and stir, let stand for an hour or two until the juice starts to come out of the cabbage, and then put it into a large air tight jar.

Push the cabbage down so that the cabbage is covered in the juice that has been seeping out from the salting. Seal with a lid and leave on the counter with a cloth over it (to keep dark)  for two weeks.


Et Voilá, you’ve got yourself some delicious pro-biotic sauerkraut.


Just a couple of spoonfuls a day will keep your gut healthy and happy! This will improve your mood, metabolism, acne and health in general.

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Aloe Vera Juice & Alcohol Consumption!

If you’re wondering how you can help your body adjust to alcohol when you drink it, try Aloe Vera Juice before going to bed. It will give your organs the chance to alkalize the acidity of the alcohol while you sleep!

Half a cup should do it! More if you’ve been a bit hard on the ol’ beverages.

You can’t go wrong with Aloe Vera Juice (inner fillet). Whether you drink or not, it is always a treat for your organs. Give it a try every night for a month and see how you feel!

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House Calls Anyone?

Are you old enough to remember the days when your doctor would come over to your house? House calls were a given in country villages all over Europe. Close connection to your doctor and midwife is potent medicine in itself.

An Ayurvedic Practitioner, just like a doctor in those golden days, will ask to see your tongue and read your pulse. They will study the texture, temperature and color of your skin, too. As a Practitioner, I’d like to know you personally to delve deeper into understanding your constitution and what is beneficial to your good health.

I am available to come to your home and organize your kitchen with you according to your constitution.

I can teach you how to make Ayurvedic staples, such as Ghee and Kitchari, and smoothies appropriate for your constitution.

I’ll share favorite recipes and ancient methods of lifestyle, and leave you feeling like you have a grasp on how to change your diet, your health and your life through these nutritional and lifestyle suggestions.

Please pass this on to family and friends who may need this service! I can travel anywhere – well just about anywhere!

In appreciation ~ 🙂