You can’t pour from an empty cup.

Take care of yourself first!

You can’t pour from an empty cup

Did you know that in today’s modern world which is forever ‘on’, people spend more time on their digital devices (eight hours and 41 minutes a day) than we do asleep (eight hours and 21 minutes)? The relentless pace and pressure of day to day life certainly shows no sign of letting up and what’s worse, as a grown up, I can’t channel my inner child and simply run away to join the circus!  However, at a really tough time, I didn’t abandon all hope – I just took a deep breath and the advice of a very good friend and handed myself over into the capable hands of the Ayush Wellness Spa expert therapists at the Hotel de France for a two night rejuvenating retreat.

I was onto a promise with this one as their website said that it was a ‘place where time stops and mind and body restoration begins in a haven of peace and tranquillity’ and they weren’t wrong.  It would be no exaggeration to say that whilst I barely crawled through reception, I left with a huge spring in my step really ready to put one foot in front of the other and take on the world. 

So how exactly did this miraculous turnabout take place?  Firstly, there was an in-depth and detailed personal consultation with Doctor Prasanna (affectionately known as Dr P) a specialist consultant with over 20 years’ experience in healthy living, mind body balance, weight management issues and treating chronic ailments through Ayurveda - a natural holistic form of healing that focusses on the rhythm of life being at one with the rhythm of nature. Dr P works with a team of both Indian and western therapists to customise herbal medicated treatment oils and therapies. 

And here, within the first hour of being cocooned away in such a caring and calming environment, was my first lightbulb moment. By talking through what I thought was wrong with me and my life (first world problems of course but enough to keep me awake in the small hours of the morning), I realised that it was actually the underlying issue of not giving myself permission to take breath – I’m always moving, always doing, always on the go – that was really bringing me down. Such a simple epiphany meant that I didn’t spend the following 48 hours thinking about the blackberry full of work emails or the plans for Christmas or the fact that I still hadn’t posted my best friends’ engagement card two months down the line.  I quietened down those thoughts because I recognised and accepted that I truly needed some ‘me time’.

Now this is the important bit because, with Dr P’s help, such an acknowledgment ensured I was then able to really enjoy and appreciate the incredible healing treatments that followed over the course of the two days. 

But first – food! I enjoyed a beautifully presented and satisfying lunch (prepared on the specific eating recommendations that came out of my consultation) out in the warmth of the sunshine flooding the peaceful terrace of the Garden View restaurant and then I stepped into sheer heaven.

Every detail of these facilities has been created with nature in mind; beautiful stone and wood combine with open glass walkways to maintain the vast spacious air element and wherever you are, there is always the tranquil sound of gentle running water somewhere in the background. Although open and spacious, there are only six private treatment suites in the wellness centre ensuring you have undivided attention and the most luxurious of relaxation lounges means, tucked under a cashmere blanket, your eyes can remain closed as the rejuvenation process fully envelops you.

Additionally, the spa offers a 15m infinity pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms (with the obligatory cold plunge pool to reawaken the senses!) as well separate water areas for a massage and warm baths experience.

Promoting a balance of exercise, mindfulness and relaxation, Ayush is also complemented by Healthhaus at the Hotel - a premium members-only gym (open to residents) which offers state of the art facilities, complete with climbing ropes, gymnastic rings, weight machines, a Pilates studio and dedicated spin room as well as an extensive free weights room, stretch area and Powerplate Zone.

However, as I run regularly, I was determined my weekend of me-time wasn’t going to involve anything too exerting and, wrapped up in my Egyptian dressing down, I headed off for a treatment.

First up was a hot stone massage which, combined with specially blended oils, melted away the tensions which had built up in my shoulders and neck. Drifting in and out of sheer bliss in the soft glow of sandalwood candles, the one question that drifted fleetingly across my mind was: ‘Why on earth haven’t I done this sooner?!’ 

Day two saw a follow up full body massage which really concentrated on working through the newly released pressure points and I finished up with a prescriptive refreshing facial that left me radiant – inside and out.

An added bonus to the peace of mind I was thoroughly enjoying is that I have never slept so well – everyone booked into a retreat weekend is automatically offered a contemporary spa room which are all located within easy access of the wellness centre - making floating on cloud nine a little less conspicuous!

The weekend retreat finished with a final 15 minutes with Dr P who had prepared some lifestyle recommendations to help me build some wellness practices into the everyday life I was heading back to.  The importance of breathing properly. Staying in the moment. Nourishing my body.  Feeding my soul.  A week before, I would have laughed and said: ‘Who on earth really has time for all of that?!’  But now – restored, rejuvenated, re-charged and rebalanced – I categorically know who does. Me!

The Rejuvenating Wellness Retreat offers a unique wellness experience that will leave you feeling refreshed from head to toe, bringing back your glow to leave you looking and feeling Revitalised.. Relaxed and Reconnected.

– 2 Nights stay in a double room with breakfast
– Full use of our award winning spa facilities
– 2 x Ayurvedic lunches in the Garden View Restaurant

DAY ONE
Ayurvedic Consultation
Ayush Hot Stone Massage or
Ayush Body Envelopment

DAY TWO
Ayush Full Body Massage
Ayush Refreshing Facial

£370.00 per person (price at October 2017)

Based on shared accommodation (2 people sharing a double room).

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How to stay positive around negative people

Negative people have a problem for every solution.

How to stay positive around negative people

We all encounter negative people in our daily lives. In the home, in our social circles, on social media and even more so in the work place. So it is difficult to keep an optimistic attitude, when others around you don't share the same values or deliberately try to sabotage your belief or what you are trying to do.

We've all been there. We put energy and enthusiasm into an idea, then when presented to another, it becomes frowned on or criticised. Now, we should all aspire to welcome criticism when constructive, but on this occasion it is a sheer block. A result of some attitude more personal to the individual than to the benefit of the cause.

The negative energy is contagious and creates negative thoughts in your own mind, no matter how enthusiastic or excited you might have felt. Without the right mental skills in place, this negativity makes you feel frustrated and lures you to follow that same path to the darkside.

Below are just some of the ways you can remain positive around negative people that we are unable to avoid.

Don't take it personally

In most cases, another's negativity might not even be about you at all. The negative person might be having a bad day or other life experiences which are causing them stress. Or, maybe it is intentional and they are simply trying to gain an edge over you for self gain. Either way, it is often the case that the underlying issues are within the individuals themselves.

Be empathetic

This is a tough thing to do, especially when it feels like you are being directly victimised, but follows on from not taking the situation personally.

Often, negative people are struggling with a situation unknown to us. The underlying pain can consume them completely and result in unexpected or irrational behaviour. This is generally more a cry for help.

Listen with empathy. Keep in mind that the person may be dealing with untold situations or feelings inside. Maybe reach out to them. Ask them if everything is okay. This may highlight their behaviour if nothing else.

Respond, don't react

The catalyst to any arguement. Our response to a given situation can fuel it in either way - turning up the heat or calming it down.

Make a point to be exceptionally calm in negative or even confrontational situations. Reverse your reactions into a calm response.  It is really easy to mirror the behaviour of other's. So speak clearly and softly, even when being presented with yelling or bad language. This positive approach will leave you feeling more positive about yourself, whilst usually leave the other person feeling rather silly.

Think Karma

We all learn many lessons in life and maybe right now is the time for you. Similarly, said negative person needs to come to their own realisations in time. This realisation allows us to view everything with a much broader outlook and not limit our thinking.

Keep it brief

Negativity only survives when it has attention. Remove the audience, and the negativity fades away.

If you have no choice to deal with a negative person, then keep interactions to a minimum. Prolonged exposure can be draining and maybe overwhelming in time.

Communicate... but do not engage.

Meditate - stay in the moment

Much of our negative thinking comes from dwelling on things that have happened in the past - what he or she said, what I said back, what happened. Or worrying about what might happen in the future, when in fact the future does not exist, only the 'now' and usually what we think will happen in the future generally does not.

The practice of meditation teaches us to remain in the present. Allows us to focus on the now and learn to observe our thoughts and feelings, but able to choose what to follow and what to pay no attention to.

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Carefree Living

We all aspire to those who seem to live in a 'carefree' state of bliss. But with a little effort, there are simple methods that we can practise to take the fundamental steps towards holistic carefree living. Our resident Ayurvedic Physician shares some of those ideas with us

Carefree Living

To be carefree is to be free of care! Being carefree is to be happy and relaxed and is the opposite of being stressed out. Carefree is not the same thing as careless.

The cycle of life is full of uncertainties and it will remain that way because we never know what is next. Many of us don't take advantage of this and try to prevent the inevitable. Sure, you can plan strategically, but life tends to take its own course. Make the concerted effort to stop worrying about living up to the expectation and create your own life and embrace the uncertain.

Here are eight vital steps towards holistic carefree living.

Self awareness

Recognising oneself not as a mere body but as a perfect combination of physical body, mind and consciousness/spirit is the initial step towards the spiritual journey of life.

Body and mind work as the external ego self and the consciousness is the pure self that permeates through the body-mind system and connects to the universal consciousness. This self-awareness strengthens the core and brings about fulfilment, peace and joy. Meditation is the key to unlock this state of being!

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Harness positive affirmations

Start your day with positive affirmations and keep reminding yourself of them at regular intervals throughout the day. Affirmations are basically a form of auto-suggestion and when practiced deliberately and repeatedly, they reinforce chemical pathways in the brain, strengthening neural connections. Read the book You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay.

“I feel joy and contentment in this moment right now.”

“I am grateful for this moment and find joy in it.”

“Even when there is chaos around me, I remain calm and centred.”

Most importantly, have an affirmation every night before retiring to bed.

Breathe well

The secret to a stress-free state of being is to exercise the breath. Pranayama as a part of Yoga practice is a method that focuses on breathing involving three cycles-take a deep breath, hold the breath, then release it. Don’t forget to breathe deep whenever and wherever you feel fidgety and stressed.

Ask vital questions
Each day, take a moment to sit in silence ask yourself these fundamental questions. Don’t expect an answer straightaway.
-Who am I?
-What is my purpose being here?

Taking a deep breath

Learn to unlearn

Reduce the burden of knowing. Unlearn!

So what is unlearning? It is to let go of the things that you have learned. Example: take a cup. Learning represents filling up the cup and unlearning would represent emptying the cup. You empty the cup and fill it up again. You might empty the cup of water and fill it up with a nice nutrient loaded smoothie. Same cup, different drink. Continue the loop.

Unlearning is about moving away from something. Letting go, rather than acquiring. It’s like stripping old paint. It lays the foundation for the new layer of fresh learning to be acquired and to stick.

Since change is the only constant you can truly rely upon, learning to navigate and adapt to it is not just important to your survival, it’s essential for you to thrive in the bigger game of life. Unlearning (and then learning something new) will keep you innovative, relevant and valuable.

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”, Alvin Toffler.

Break free!

Break free from compulsive and addictive patterns. Compulsions also often go hand in hand with anxiety and depression. The excitement of gambling, the comfort of eating, the high of the purchase all temporarily drown out feelings of sadness and worry. But, of course as soon as the moment is over that bad feeling returns and so does the urge to repeat the soothing behaviour. Addiction is not about our brains being "hijacked" by drugs or experiences. It's about learned patterns of behaviour. Our inability to understand this leads to no end of absurdities. Think about what's driving the behaviour. Try to interrupt or at least postpone the behaviour.

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Keep body and mind fit

Regular, natural physical activities like walking, running, dancing, cycling, swimming along with good sense of humour and good laughter help to keep us fit and energetic.

You are what you eat! So ensure a back to basics healthy cooking and eating patterns keeping various fresh, seasonal produce that are bursting with nutritional and more importantly eat mindfully with full involvement.

Release the accrued physical, chemical and emotional toxins out of your system frequently with regular massage, exfoliation and reflexology.

Listen to your gut feeling

Many of us have forgotten how to listen to our intuition. We have to relearn how to listen and respond. As children, we listened to our gut feeling as but as we grew older many of us forgot how. Listen to your intuition instead of brushing it aside. Your intuition may not always steer you right, but it can be a useful first step in decision-making.

Step away from the situation, be honest with yourself and acknowledge those unsettled feelings; they are there to guide and support you. Listen to them. Pause and reflect on the message your intuition sent you and follow it, you will never go wrong!

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Look Fresh Faced with Ayurveda

Complexion looking a little lack-lustre? Suffering from oily skin? Whatever your skin is afflicted by, a consultation with Dr Prasanna Kerur, Ayurvedic physician at Ayush Wellness Spa, followed by one of their new La Sultane de Saba face therapies, could have some much-needed answers for you

Look fresh faced with Ayurveda

Ayurveda - the ancient Indian healing tradition - believes people are characterised by three traits: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, otherwise known as your ‘Dosha’ or character type. Once you know your Dosha you can eat, exercise and live accordingly to maintain optimum health and balance for body, mind and soul. So, which type and facial are you, and how can you sustain healthy-looking skin?

Vata (Air)

Skin Characteristics: Tends to have dry skin and fine hair. Intolerant of cold, windy weather which leads to cold hands and feet in winter.

Common Complaints: Prone to sensitive skin, headaches, eczema, nervous disorders and digestive problems.

Treatment – Soothing Vata Facial: This treatment will breathe new life into dry, stressed skin thanks to the deeply nourishing and intensely hydrating factors. La Sultane uses Argan oil based skin care range along with naturally sourced active ingredients that helps to restore skin’s lost lipids, softening, renewing and awakening your natural glow.

Pitta (Fire)

Skin Characteristics: Soft fair skin, prone to acne and moles. Intolerant to the heat and the sun.

Common complaints: Most prone to falling ill during the late spring/summer. Cracking and itchy skin, excessive thirst, jaundice and a bitter taste in the mouth.

Treatment – Cooling Pitta Facial: This facial will purify even the most delicate skin by sharing the benefits of La Sultane’s Sugarcane and Prickly pear range. Organic plant extracts combined with soothing prickly pear oil will heal, hydrate and firm, restoring balance to sensitive, irritated skin and help it regain strength and a youthful glow.

Kapha (Earth)

Skin Characteristics: Tendency towards oily, wavy hair, a clear complexion and a slow pulse.

Common complaints: Prone to ill health during the spring and late winter. Illnesses tend to revolve around congestion and fluid retention.

Treatment – Purifying Kapha Facial: The Kapha Facial uses La Sultane’s Seven spice skin care range along with organic active ingredients which are custom-blended for intensive exfoliation, nutrient infusion and a renewed moisture balance. The pressure point stimulation for the face and scalp along with lymphatic stimulation completes the experience, creating healthy, decongested skin.

Ayush Wellness Spa has introduced the La Sultane de Saba skin care range as an essential part of a lifestyle that enables you to achieve harmony and balance in mind, body and spirit as you journey through life.

Ayush-La Sultane Gold Signature facial is a premium facial therapy done using 23 carrots Gold range known for its anti aging properties. La Sultane de Saba unleashes the secrets of precious rituals and recipes that date back to the time of the Queen of Sheba and Cleopatra. Cleopatra was known to have applied a gold mask using these precious, healing gold minerals to enhance her beauty and restore a youthful radiance.

La Sultane de Saba Product Range

Discover the power of natural ingredients which are used to create a dazzling array of fragrances and decadent textures. When combined with these effective rituals, your mind and body will be transported and your senses indulged, in a journey of pure relaxation, bringing the ultimate in wellbeing.

Ayush La Sultane Gold Signature Facial and Deluxe Dosha Facials range from £80-£105.

Call 614171 or visit www.ayushspa.com to find out more.

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About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic healthcare system that involves diet, lifestyle modification, exercise, detoxification, use of herbs and therapies to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Originating from India, Ayurveda has been in practice over 5000 years and known as the mother of all healing systems

About Ayurveda

In Ayurveda the whole of life’s journey is considered to be sacred. The word philosophy refers to the love of truth and in Ayurveda; truth is being, pure existence, and the source of all life. Ayurveda is a science of truth as it is expressed in life.

Our belief is that the rhythm of human life is intimately connected with the rhythm of nature. As individuals, when we are in rhythm the body flows mentally and physically in balance creating energy, creativity and health. This is the foremost aim in Ayurvedic teaching; living a long healthy life in balance mentally, physically and spiritually.

Ayurveda understands that every being is longing to have a dynamic state of balance between body, mind and environment, experiencing a vibrant state of joy known as Wellness. To make this state of well being an ongoing experience in our life it is essential to become aware of our true state of being, which is a perfect balance of body, mind and spirit in line with the universal consciousness.

Balance is gained when we are in a state of tri-dosha. Ayurveda sees everything in the universe including human beings, as composed of five basic elements space, air, fire, water and earth. These five elements are what holds us in a state of equilibrium and giving rise to three bio-physical forces known as Tridoshas.

Vata- air & space
Pitta- fire & water
Kapha- water & earth

Vata-Pitta-Kapha

It is the dominance of any one, two or three of these that make up our own personal constitution or ‘Prakruti’. This is fabricated during the formation of each individual inside the mother’s womb and expresses a unique blend of physical, mental and emotional characteristics.

According to Ayurvedic belief, ailments and disorders are a result of Doshic imbalance which may be caused by any number of contributing factors external, internal, physiological and emotional issues. Ayurveda helps a healthy person to maintain health and the ailing to regain health.

At Ayush Spa, we invite you to experience the benefits of Ayurveda

Diagnosis of ones Dosha is evaluated through traditional Ayurvedic techniques including pulse point diagnosis, keen observations and some questions regarding your health, lifestyle, and personal likes and dislike.

Through this assessment recommendations will be made regarding beneficial treatments, appropriate formulation of oils and herbs used in treatments, nutritional guidance and personal home care advice. All Ayurvedic remedies, herbal supplements and treatmentsare formulated to address any disturbance and help re-establish the tri-doshic balance which in turn maintains health and harmony within.

At Ayush Spa we invite you take this unique journey to experience the benefits of the wisdom traditions of Ayurveda, Yoga and Meditation and balance your life in a nurturing and loving environment leading to the path of wellness and greater awareness of health.

Body-mind Constitution Types

VATA

Vata is air energy related to movement and activity. When in balance the Vata person is creative, energetic, positive, enthusiastic, small build, lively, talkative, variable appetite, having salt sour and sweet cravings, quick mental understanding but short memory.
However, when Vata is out of balance one is nervous, restless, insecure, insomniac, dry skin, fearful, unpredictable and gets constipated.
Certain positive changes like eating warm foods, grounding treatments that still the body and mind, soothing heat, rich and nourishing treatments, staying well hydrated, soothing stomach food, stew etc. help to strike a balance of Vata.
Ayurvedic treatments like Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Pizichil, Navarakizi, Shiroabhyanaga and Padabhyanga are recommended.

PITTA

Pitta is heat energy responsible for transformations like digestion, metabolism and energy combustion. In balance Pitta person is focused, determined, intelligent, sharp, accurate, exhibits leadership qualities, strong appetite and good metabolism, medium build, thin hair, bright complexion and usually with freckled skin.
If Pitta turns out of balance person is angry, irritable, aggressive, critical, jealous, unreasonable, competitive, frequent bowel movements, sensitive skin, and tendency towards excessive heat, sweating and inflammations.
Positive changes like eating fresh food rich in vegetables and fruits, cooling and soothing body treatments, soothing music, drinking plenty of cold beverages, staying calm and cool, eating fresh salads, avoiding alcohol etc. help to bring Pitta balance.
Ayurvedic treatments of particular recommendations are Shirodhara, Shiroabhyanga, Abhyanga, Navarakizi, and Padabhyanga.

KAPHA

Kapha is water energy bringing cohesion, protection, nourishment, stability, particularly responsible for water balance and immunity.
A Person having balanced Kapha is strong, with a larger build, well developed body, good stamina, calm, gains weight easily, slow but sustaining memory, stable, pleasant, easy going with thick ,shiny hair and skin.
Kapha if out of balance person becomes slow, sluggish, dull, very passive, tendency to catch colds, congestion and water retention are common.
Positive changes like eating light, using strong herbs and spices in food, keeping physically active with exercise, favouring pungent, astringent and bitter tastes, help to bring Kapha balance.
Ayurvedic treatments which are invigorating and relieving lethargy like Udvartana, Padaghata, Nasya, Padabhyanga, Abhyanaga using stimulating oils are recommended.

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Shaken not stirred

One of the best days of the year for any cocktail aficionado, the 13th May is World Cocktail Day and we are celebrating in true Bond style with the Casino Royale inspired Vespa Martini.

World Cocktail Day

Described in the 1953 book and 2006 movie written by Ian Fleming as ‘Three measures, of Gordon’s, one of Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, shake it over ice and add a thin slice of lemon peel’, the Vespa Martini has become an iconic mix and a big hit… particularly in alcohol! Saffrons Restaurant mixologist Catalin offers his recommended method for making the perfect Vespa Martini, plus a few other favourites for celebrating World Cocktail Day.

CELEBRATE WORLD COCKTAIL DAY

VESPA MARTINI

Ingredients: 50ml of Tanqueray 25ml of Smirnoff Blue 15ml of Lillet Blanc Lemon zest Method: Pour Tanqueray, Smirnoff Blue and Lillet Blanc into a mixer and shake well. Finely strain into a chilled Martini glass and add a twist of lemon zest.

PASSOA MARTINI

Passoa Martini Cocktail Ingredients: 50ml of Smirnoff Blue 10ml of Vanilla Syrup 15ml of Passoa Liqueur Demerara Sugar Passion Fruit slice Shot of chilled Champagne Method: Shake all ingredients except the Champagne over ice, finely strain into a chilled martini glass, and serve with Champagne on the side and instruct the drinker to sip alternately from each glass.

BRAMBLE

Bramble Cocktail Ingredients: 50ml of Tanqueray 25ml of Lemon Juice 15ml of Sugar Syrup 10ml of Chambord Method: Add gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a rocks glass and mix well. Fill the glass with crushed ice and gently stir. Top up to the brim with crushed ice and drizzle with Chambord. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and a couple of blackberries.
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Relieving Seasonal Allergies with Ayurveda

Ayurveda has a diverse view and believes that allergies originate from an imbalance of the doshas or bio-energetic principles that govern the function of our body and mind

Relieving Seasonal Allergies with Ayurveda

Conventional seasonal allergies are seen as an adverse reaction to food, medicine, environment and cosmetics. Common recommendation for the best method of relieving seasonal allergies is to provide immediate relief with antihistamines and avoid the allergens that cause the reaction.

Ayurveda has a diverse view and believes that allergies originate from an imbalance of the doshas or bio-energetic principles that govern the function of our body and mind. As with all Ayurvedic treatment, treating the origin as opposed to the symptom is the key in achieving long term benefits and relief. Besides avoiding the external causes of allergy, it is essential to boost internal immunity by measures like a healthier diet, life style, some common herbs and certain rejuvenating treatments.

Balancing the Doshas

A person’s primary dosha, or mind-body constitution, can often predict which allergy symptoms will manifest, so it’s important to understand your dosha type as well as your current imbalances.

In addition to understanding our primary dosha and individual tendencies, it is important to understand that each of us has all of the doshas within us and can therefore experience imbalances in of any of the doshas. Different types of allergy symptoms represent imbalances in different doshas. By recognizing this, we can more specifically guide the treatment of relieving seasonal allergies.

Kapha Allergy Symptoms

In Ayurveda, the typical allergy symptoms in the spring season – congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezing – are described as an accumulation of the Kapha dosha, which is made up of earth and water elements. This leads to the feeling of “heaviness” and excessive mucus in the head and sinuses. Other symptoms are sluggishness and feeling tired. For the classic Kapha-type allergy symptoms, there are several simple and effective therapies that will relieve acute symptoms.

You can try the traditional yogic nasal cleansing system known as Jalneti. This self-practice involves clearing the nasal passages with salt water with a Neti Pot, which looks like a miniature teapot with a particularly long spout. This helps to regulate pressure in the head and although it may seem not easy or uncomfortable at first, with a little practice it's easy to do, and highly effective.

Other treatments that help relieve acute Kapha allergy symptoms include the use of pungent and bitter (astringent) herbs and spices to reduce Kapha, including ginger, cayenne, pepper, basil, cumin, cardamom, sage, turmeric, and cinnamon. An easy remedy is drinking hot honey water, or ginger lemon tea. A classical Ayurvedic herbal treatment to reduce Kapha is trikatu, which can be taken daily. In addition, treatment should be geared toward lightening the body in other ways, such as daily exercise and use of a dry sauna.

Pitta Allergy Symptoms

When allergy symptoms occur in the summertime, the underlying source is often an out-of-balance Pitta dosha. Pitta is governed by the elements of water and fire, and in the summer, excess heat can produce inflammation in the respiratory tract or skin. These symptoms are usually rash, headache, burning or red eyes, and inflammation in the sinuses and airway (sinusitis, bronchitis).

To pacify Pitta and the resulting allergy symptoms, Ayurveda recommends ingesting cooling herbs, such as coriander and cilantro. In addition, herbs such as guduchi, amalaki, and neem may be helpful. Ingestion of clarified butter, or ghee, as well as aloe, can calm the inflammatory reaction that is typical of Pitta imbalance. From a biochemical perspective, these herbs contain healthy anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that support our immune system.

Vata Allergy Symptoms

When Vata is out of balance, the allergic symptoms include headache, wheezing, sneezing, and generalized muscle aches. These may be seen more typically in the fall as the air becomes cold and dry. This is due to the accumulation of the lighter elements of space and air in the mind-body physiology. Other manifestations of this Vata imbalance include dry cough, restlessness, and dry eyes.

To balance the excess space and air elements, it is important to stay hydrated and drink warm liquids, such ginger tea with honey. To bring Vata back into balance, use calming herbs such as ashwagandha, which is also an immune modulator that calms the immune system’s response to allergens. Another useful tool in calming Vata is performing a self-massage, or abhyhanga.

Natural Ways of Relieving Seasonal Allergies

Eat light, warm and cooked food

Warm, cooked vegetarian foods, made with a little bit of clarified butter (ghee) helps the body to bounce back. In Ayurveda, eating warm, cooked foods gives the digestive fire a chance to rest. When the digestion is low, it can’t access the nutrition stored in raw foods, and the poorly digested food creates toxins. When you know that your digestion is up to par (especially in summer), enjoy raw greens and salads.

Reduce or avoid dairy

Reducing or avoiding dairy will help to reduce the symptoms related to mucous and allows the body to get rid of the toxins naturally quickly.

Use a Neti pot

You can also try the traditional yogic nasal cleansing system also known as Jalneti. This self-practice involves clearing the nasal passages with salt water with a neti pot which looks like a miniature teapot with a particularly long spout. This helps to regulate pressure in the head and although it may seem not easy or uncomfortable at first, with a little practice it's easy to do, and highly effective. It is best practiced in the morning prior to breathing exercises such as pranayama.

Do gentle exercise and practice pranayama

Gentle exercise or yoga poses along with the practice of pranayama, or breath techniques will help. These simple practices can help not only on a physical level, but also on a mental and spiritual level, bringing calm, attention, and space.

Herbal supplements and spices

Use warming spices in cooking to support the digestive fire — particularly ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin seeds, coriander, garlic and black pepper.

When our agni is restored, we avoid aggravating allergens and ama (toxicity) by making conscious choices, and we maintain balance of our internal energies, or doshas, we are less likely to experience ill health, such as seasonal allergies. Instead of seeing our environment as a threat, we can begin to calm the excitability of the immune system and, instead, experience our connection to the external world as nourishing. Ayurveda provides us with the tools to experience this connection and move closer to our natural state of health and balance.

 

Instant relief with Nasya Face and Head Massage at Ayush Wellness Spa

Nasya is a unique nasal treatment including the face and neck that helps relieve congestion and help allergy sufferers. Nasya involves a soothing pressure point face massage, a head and chest massage with a steam treatment. A few drops of specially formulated Ayurvedic herbal oils are dropped into each nostril that helps to provide relief for sinus problems and congestion. The oil forms a protective layer on the nasal tissues and prevents allergens from directly attaching themselves to nasal membranes.

Treatment time of approximately 55 minutes.

£80 (price at April 2017)

Click or call 01534 614171 to book Nasya at Ayush Spa.

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Staying Healthy in Winter

Ayurveda advocates that winter is not a weakening season but actually the best season to improve your immunity

Staying Healthy in Winter

Winter is perceived by many as a season of dismal cold and gloom and is the season of excess Kapha accumulation according to Ayurveda. This is reflected in our tendency to hibernate during this period. The slow and sluggish winter mornings offer temptation to stay in bed longer, however the more time we spend in the ease and cosiness of our beds, the more we become a target to lethargy, depression and diminished digestion.

Ayurvedic principals focus on managing Kapha during winter by adapting naturally to appropriate food and lifestyle activities counteracting lethargic and depressive phase. Ayurveda advocates that winter is not a weakening season but actually the best season to improve your immunity.

Eat right

Don't skip meals. Eat warm well balanced portions of cooked food. Include plenty of soups made with Mung bean, Adzuki beans, Pumpkin, Carrot, Ginger and Chicken. Cook with spices - they're not only great flavour enhancers, they can also help you stay healthy and beautiful.

Use energising herbs and spices like Ginger, Mustard, Cumin seeds, Cardamom, Black pepper, Basil, Turmeric and sesame seeds to boost the digestive fire.

Choose healthier alternatives to sweeteners such as Honey and .

Eat pure, fresh foods and stay away from processed foods that contain additives and chemical preservatives.

Drink warm liquids throughout the day. Warming herbal teas containing Ginger, Liquorice, Cardamom, Peppermint or Basil are ideal. Apart from the physical warming properties, this will ensure that we are able to digest and eliminate our food properly and also help prevent catching a cold and cough that all too common during the winter months. Warm water first thing in the morning helps activate the digestive system and chase away the morning chill.

In moderation:
Dairy, Cheese, Red meat, Shell fish, Mushrooms alcohol.

Avoid:
Late dinners, deep fried food, cold food and beverages.

Pump That Blood

Cold weather draw heat from where it is most needed - the vital organs. Getting blood out to the periphery of the body can be a slower process resulting in cold hands and feet. Exercises with repetitious movement will assist in blood circulation and can be easily done sitting in your office chair. Taking a step further, regular vigorous cardio based exercise, such as swimming and yoga will help keep the body's metabolism steady and active.

Homecare Tips

Self massage using Sesame or Almond oil before the bath will keep body warm and energised. Use soap free cleansers on the skin to protect skin and also use coconut butter as a natural moisturiser.

Give your skin lipid support from within by including soaked and blanched almonds, soaked walnuts and ghee (clarified butter) in your diet.

Choose natural fibres such as wool or silk for protection. Natural fabrics allow the skin to breathe better. If your skin tends to chafe with wool, try thick cotton. Always dress in layers so you can add or remove layers for comfort. Bundling up too much can cause moisture loss through sweat.

Dress Warmly

Sounds such an obvious thing, but really make sure you're dressed for the weather.

Specialist Treatment

Padaghata: a unique Ayurvedic pressure by foot massage done by experienced therapists using their feet. This helps to reduce lethargy, aches and pains and stiffness.

Udvartana: herbal powder massage helps to kick start body’s metabolism and improves circulation and leaves you feel invigorated.

Hot Stone Massage: brings warmth in to the muscle tissue by enhancing circulation.

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Milon Approach to Health and Fitness

It takes just 35 minutes to complete the Milon training and you only need to train just twice every 10 days

Milon approach to health and fitness

What if I don’t have the time to go to the gym 3 times per week? And what if I don’t know what I am doing? What if it doesn’t work? Will I feel intimidated?

These are thoughts that pass through the minds of many of us when we come to the realize that we need to improve our health and fitness.

Many people love the gym or health club, enjoy the challenge and it becomes part of their everyday life. A routine. A habit. A bit like shaving or making the kids packed lunches. But for others, it’s bred from need rather than enjoyment. A gentle recommendation from the doctor or a subtle realization when looking in the mirror.

So what do we need. A health club where we do not feel intimidated and immersed by the echoes of snarling and grunting. We need a solution that is not too time consuming and we need a system of exercise and training that anyone can do.

Welcome to Healthhaus

In recent years Jersey was a great destination for conferences and events. Large corporate companies from the UK and Europe would bring hundreds of employees for sales meetings and AGM’s. Hotel de France was the flagship to this industry and as such, has a vast range of meeting rooms and other space. The conference industry slowed after recession and did not recover. This left some redundant areas of the hotel that could be used for diversified product or service. A Health and fitness Club I hear you cry!!

The Hotel already had a gym, but the idea behind Healthhaus was to provide a solution to the above problem. And for a member base. Not only an efficient, effective fitness solution for the cash rich and time poor. But a 360° approach to wellbeing that would align itself with the hotels existing Ayush Wellness Spa.

Club facilities

There are a plethora of studios both right and left as you walk from the members private lounge down the corridor to the plush changing rooms at the end. A Kinesis room for functional strength. A mind / body studio for pilates and yoga classes. A group training suite for functional body weight training and TRX plus a Myride cycling studio. This virtual spinning studio takes you into the virtual world of high definition videography. You can cycle with your classmates across deserts and scenic mountain passes. This helps you become absorbed within the workout and perform in a mindful state. Don’t be fooled though… there is no virtual effort available.

Personal trainers there to help

The club has a knowledgeable personal coaching team that are always on hand to offer help and support. There is a different method here. Not the usual push push push, but more to inspire and educate, which is more beneficial to the individual going it alone in the future.

Healthhaus prides itself on its ‘concierge mentality of service’. And indeed focuses on the balance of relaxation and exercise, especially when combined with the spa. But the core focus of Healthhaus is the unique Milon health and fitness System.

Milon health and fitness

Milon consists of a circle of 8 muscle strengthening and endurance machines. What sets these machines apart from other exercise machines is the eccentric loading system. i.e. when the weight is lowered. This is offers 30% more effectiveness on the movement. Milon is said to speed up weight loss by up to 15 times more than regular fitness training, delivering great results.

It takes just 35 minutes to complete the Milon training and you only need to train just twice every 10 days. Sound more like it?

Milon started life in Germany in 1970 under it’s original name of Miha. Then launching the first German manufactured tennis ball machine. In 1986 Milon was first to market with equipment that featured electronic resistance control. And were also the first to make use of smart card technology to record training session data. This smart technology adjusts the equipment to the individual user profile as they move around the circle, from one machine to the next.

Milon takes its name from the ancient Greek athlete Milo of Croton. Legend suggests that Milo would cultivate his strength by carrying a calf around on his shoulders everyday. As the calf got bigger and heavier, so would the load on his muscles. This method of progressional strength training forms the basis of the Milon health and fitness concept.

A balance of wellness and fitness

You might only need to train twice in 10 days, but when you have access to Ayush Wellness Spa, you might find you are visiting everyday.

Ayush Spa, often referred to as a ‘ultimate haven of peace and quiet reflection’ offers a 17,000 sq ft of pure luxury spa pool complex. As a Healthhaus member, you have use of an infinity pool, hydrotherapy massage pools, hot and cold pools plus sauna and steam rooms. There is also a sun terrace and you can also sunbathe on the hotel’s landscaped gardens.

So, after all that hard work, you will are rewarded with the best of relaxation and recovery.

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To discuss Membership: Contact the Membership Team on 01534 614800 or email.

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Hotel Supports Pioneering Eco Ocean Adventure

We’re delighted to announce that the Hotel de France has signed a three year Corporate Partner sponsorship deal supporting Jersey man Phil Sharp, one of Britain’s most successful offshore sailors and his inspiring ‘Energy Challenge’.

Hotel Supports Pioneering Eco Ocean Adventure

This is a low carbon ocean racing project that will take on some of the toughest human sporting encounters in the world today.

As an environmental initiative set up by Sharp’s company PS Racing, the challenge aims to succeed in skippering a boat that will circumnavigate the globe non-stop using zero emissions.

In collaboration with the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London, PS Racing has developed a novel concept for a CO2-free, high efficiency, energy storage and distribution system. Added to the highlights of the world of international sailing championships (six transatlantic and two round the world races), Sharp’s unique journey over the next five years will be about learning, innovation, endeavour, and determination.

Robert Parker, Chairman of the Hotel which is also hosting the official race office for Sharp, commented: “Our support of Phil as a Corporate Partner is a great opportunity to encourage and promote a world class local sportsman who is also a great ambassador for Jersey. The Energy Challenge will no doubt present him and his team with some extreme tests as it looks to harness and develop important eco technology. We are very much looking forward to being part of their adventure.”

And, in June 2016, the excitement began as Sharp beat all odds by racing his vessel, Imerys, to finish The Transat bakerly 2016 on the Class40 podium in third place. He covered a total of 3798 nautical miles of the Atlantic, with an average speed of 8.32 knots.

During his 19 days, 31 minutes and five seconds at sea, Skipper Sharp was subject to time penalties, burst spinnakers, ripped sails, power loss, the boat taking on water and, finally, a giant gaping hole in his mainsail. Even so, he dealt with every unexpected trial the race had to throw at him – determined to make it to New York. And that he did – but of course the project is just beginning …

 

 

Over the course of the next year in preparation for the big races (culminating in the 2020 Vendée), modules of the renewable energy system will be developed and tested aboard Sharp’s Class 40 race yacht to ensure their success and reliability.

With any new knowledge behind them, PS Racing will then be able to work with a yacht reliant on a zero-emissions energy management system that capitalises on the latest innovations in renewable energy and hydrogen fuel cell technology. This will provide a powerful demonstration of the potential efficiency and reliability of renewable energy to achieve competitive, sustainable power generation in future vehicle technology.

Additionally, the project is also working with international climate change research institutions to help calibrate current climate models and assess the true cause of CO2 increases.

You can follow the Energy Challenge team throughout the all their race activity with the live Georacing tracker. And for more news, social media, and LinkedIn updates about the project, click through to the official website at www.philsharpracing.com.

Energy Challenge Objectives

  • Win on Zero CO2
  • Be the first zero emissions vessel to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and have a podium finish in the illustrious 2020 Vendée Globe
  • Pioneer Clean-Tech
  • Harness green energy technologies for increased performance and change the future of marine vessels
  • Inspire Innovation
  • Encourage and engage the next generation of learners in sustainable engineering so that they can play their part

The legendary Vendée Globe is one of the wildest and most extreme sporting endurance events in the world. It is a non-stop, single handed race around the planet in the most technically advanced ‘IMOCA 60’ yachts and takes place every four years. It starts and finishes on the French Vendée coast and means around 78-90 days and 27,600 solo miles sailing non-stop and unassisted.

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