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 at the dhyana Center in 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. On the table I practice Abhyanga, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Marma Chikitsa, Reiki, Netra Basti, Lymphatic, and Nourishing Massage, paying particular attention to the neck and shoulders.

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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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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Stress Relieving, Energy Boosting Smoothie Recipe

Smoothie Recipe for two people.

Fresh strawberries x 10

Kale x 4 small leaves

Unsweetened almond milk x 2 cups

Unsweetened unfiltered organic local Apple juice x 1 cup

Aloe Vera juice (inner fillet) x half a cup

Raw organic Costa Rican Cacao nibs x 1 tablespoon

Organic Maca powder (adaptogen) x 1 tablespoon

Bee pollen (Local pollen helps reduce allergies) x 1 teaspoon

Juice together in blender! YUM!

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Hydration and the perfect salt

The vast majority of Californians, arid desert dwellers and crispy, crunchy, salty food eaters run dry. Super dry!

Re-hydrating your body is essential to manage healthy organ and tissue function.

What to do? Start by deleting table salt from your diet and your cupboard. It has no healthy place in your kitchen. Swap ‘bad’ table salt with ‘good’ grey or pink salts or other mineral rich sea salts that can be found in most stores that sell a variety of spices.

Next, use ‘good’ salt dissolved in water to create an electrolyte drink that you use once or twice a day. In Ayurveda there are two ways to make this electrolyte rich water. You can either stir a quarter teaspoon of ‘good’ salt into a full glass of room temperature water and drink it, or you can make a ‘Sole’ (described below) and drink it daily.

Sole is best prepared in a glass mason jar with a plastic lid or a metal lid that has parchment paper or a napkin between it and the glass. (metal and good salt do not go together!)  Fill quarter of the mason jar with your choice of ‘good’ salt and fill the rest of the jar with spring water. Let the salt and water sit overnight. This is ‘Sole’. Do not stir the salt and water. In the morning drink one tablespoonful of water from the ‘sole’ in a glass of regular water and again in the afternoon if you feel tired and need a ‘pick me up’.

Note: Use wooden or plastic spoons, NOT a metal spoon, as metal de-ionizes the salt. It’s also a good idea to put ‘good’ salt on your food AFTER you cook it to avoid de-ionizing the salt during the cooking process.