Rest & Renew


Buddha Statue with Vitarka MudraResting is an art.  We continually try to relax but don’t really know how to do it. Often we feel that we should do more important things first, so that we can enjoy a well deserved rest later.  But somehow the time for rest never comes.  Rest brings a feeling of freshness, gentleness, ease and energy and benefits spiritual growth tremendously.  Our busy lifestyle leaves us disconnected even from the ability to feel how tired we actually are, so we often need to go through a period of feeling more tired the more we rest.  We need to ‘rest through’ our accumulated exhaustion to rediscover the abundant energy of aliveness.

Begin to discover restfulness by practicing the art of resting:

Lying down for at least half an hour every day and doing absolutely nothing – not reading, not listening to music, not chatting to a friend

Be aware of how it feels immediately upon waking before plugging into your persona, your list of things to do, or your limited sense of who you are!

Rest in the pause at the end of the out breath, waiting for the in breath to happen

Rest in the pause at the end of the in breath, waiting for the out breath to happen

Rest back home in your body at a red traffic light, in the queue at the bank or food store and any other time during the day that you remember!

Resting is not only relaxing, it is a profound way of renewing ourselves!

 Ayurvedic Herbs

Ashwaghanda – a tonic herb that benefits the central nervous system, energy levels and reproductive system.  Very beneficial in all conditions caused by stress, useful post-convalescence, as a pain killer and anti-inflammatory to treat arthritis and is useful to strengthen the lungs. Ashwaghanda is a tonic herb for both the male and female reproductive systems.

Triphala – is a key part of all programmes of health maintenance as it is used to purify and nourish the colon helping to treat sluggishness, constipation, bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, indigestion.  It can also help to heal ulcers, inflammations, and general dysbiois in the gastro intestinal tract.  When there are signs of toxicity in the blood manifesting as skin inflammations, acne and boils, Triphala is used to detoxify the whole system.

Trikatu – the three spices formula (ginger, black pepper & long pepper), is a warming and stimulating herb for colder weather.  It is effective in the treatment of a sluggish digestive system with bloating, abdominal pain and flatulence; also helps in conditions of poor assimilation due to low enzyme secretions. Its heating properties rejuvenate the lungs effectively treating colds with nasal or sinus congestion, coughs or wheezing with sticky white phlegm.  Where there is slow metabolism with low energy and lowered immunity, Trikatu can be part of a treatment strategy and is also helpful in boosting circulation and warming the body.  Use before meals as a digestive stimulant and after meals as an aid to digestion.

Shatavari – a beneficial tonic herb for the female hormonal and menstrual cycle to regulate, clear inflammation and boost fertility.  Very useful to treat various menopausal symptoms.

Please let me know if you would like further information regarding any of the herbs, to place an order for the herbs or to book a consultation.

Upcoming Workshop – Healing & Awakening the Heart – Saturday 21st July

We have a tendency to hold onto pleasant experiences and push away unpleasant experiences.  This habitual pattern adds to our suffering and feeling of disconnection even though it is an attempt to relieve our pain.  Acknowledging and accepting suffering in ourselves is a powerful transformative tool to heal and awaken our hearts.

 The afternoon will include

Heart centred Hatha Yoga practice to create an open and non-judgemental  space to allow deeper self exploration.

Reflection on Forgiveness & the Practice of Giving and Receiving

Guided meditation on Tonglen – the Buddhist meditation practice of giving & receiving

 The Buddha said: “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere.  You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

DATE: Saturday 21st July
TIME: 2 – 5pm
INVESTMENT: R280 including refreshments
PLACE: ISHTA School of Yoga and Health, 121 Atholl Road, Atholl, Sandton
TO BOOK: Please email or telephone 011 781 4797 and 072 800 4982

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Make the most of the Winter stillness when the energy of the earth is withdrawn back into herself to deepen the experience of resting and renewing!

Wendy:Teacher / Holistic Life Coach / Therapist Yoga / Ayurveda / Meditation 011 781 4797 / 072 800 4982



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