Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season have arrived. I like to extend my gratitude and Love to all of you for practicing Yoga and Ayurveda with me!
It is fun to bake and cook with the principles of Ayurveda in mind. Ayurvedic spices not only give you a rich and satisfying flavor, but also support your digestion and seasonal health. Here, in New England, we are happy to harvest our local winter veggies. Last year, I shared with you my favorite squash, filled with mushrooms, leaks, or chestnuts! It will definitely be on our table again! This year, I am sharing with you one of my favorite lighter meals: Baked Brussels Sprouts and Yam Puree. This works very well together with the recipes from last year (you can scroll down to Thanksgiving 2018!)
Baked Brussels Sprouts:
Cut the Brussels-sprouts in half. Sauté 2 tbsp of Kitchari spice mix (turmeric, curry, paprika, ginger, cumin, coriander) in 2 tbsp ghee, let it gently foam! Add the Brussels sprouts to the spiced ghee, add a tbsp of nutritional yeast, a tbsp of balsamic vinegar or wine. Toss them around until they are covered on all sides, distribute them onto a baking dish and bake them by 400F for 20 minutes.
Peel yams, cut into ½ inch pieces. Sauté 2 tbsp of Kitchari spice mix (turmeric, curry, paprika, ginger, cumin, coriander) and I inch of fresh finely chopped ginger in 2 tbsp ghee. Add the yam pieces, toss them around, add a little water with a tbsp of nutritional yeast and let it simmer until soft. Now add ½ can of thick coconut cream and whip everything together until smooth. Enjoy!
Only two days left to sign-up!
This Saturday, you have the opportunity to join me from 1:00 - 3:30PM in an in-depth WS which draws from my over 30 years of experience with Yoga therapeutics, European medicinal herbs, home remedies, and the wisdom of ancient Ayurveda.
In our workshop “Staying Well through the Winter”, I will introduce you to special kitchen spices that help keep negative winter symptoms at bay. I offer a purifying and vitalizing Yoga class with handouts so that you can practice keeping your joints loose. With pranayama breathing practices, Mudras, and Marma Chikitsa pressure points, you will have the tools to help you move through the Winter with more ease.
Finally, I will teach you how to make certain foods, teas, and meals to help you remain energetic and warm through the Winter season. A few recipes will be provided for you to take home as well!
Hope to see you at beautiful Shilo Farm in Eliot! :)
We enjoyed New Hampshire’s Autumn colors with sunshine and winds. Slowly but surely, we get used to the lower temperatures! Our body reminds us of possible health issues! Let’s think about how we can take care of ourselves. The Winter season can bring issues, such as ‘The Winter Blues’ with tiredness & moodiness, insomnia or excess sleep, stiff or painful joints, and common colds and coughs. This workshop draws from experience of 30 years with Yoga therapeutics, European medicinal herbs, and home remedies. It also features the wisdom of ancient Rishis explaining Ayurveda. Kitchen spices, specific food ingredients, simple changes in lifestyle, purifying and vitalizing Yoga movements, breathing practices, Mudras, and Marma – pressure points help you move through the Winter with more ease!
Please, sign-up by sending an email, pay by check, or by PayPal under SCHEDULE: RATES or WORKSHOPS. Thanks! Looking forward to seeing you! :)
We are starting a new session this coming week, November 6. It will be a shorter 5-week session because of the Holidays and my short travel out of the country!
For this coming week, we'll have Wednesday 5:00pm and Thursday 9:00am only!
No Therapeutic Gentle Class at 11:30am, therefore a 4-week session.
The week of November 13 & 14 has No class because of my travel!
We'll resume again November 20 & 21 with all classes.
The Thanksgiving week has No class again! Wishing you Happy Thanksgiving!! :)
All our weekly classes will run between December 4, Wednesdays and Thursdays until December 19! :)
If you like to treat yourself with my workshop "Staying Well through the Winter"
please sign up early! It is loaded with information to treat yourself and stay well with particular herbs, foods, and Yoga practices from the perspectives of Ayurveda and Western knowledge! Please, check it out below our schedule!
Our favorite R & R workshop is coming up this Sunday, October 27, 1:00 - 3:30PM.
We'll first move and work to activate our Marma/Acupressure-points. Afterwards we'll go into a few deep relaxing restorative postures to allow special essential oils to affect our senses!
Below are some important facts about Marma Chikitsa:
Marma Chikitsa is one of the most important Ayurvedic treatments. It was originated more than 5,000 years ago. Marma Chikitsa energizes the body, and relieves stress related dis-ease, strengthens the immune system, stimulates the body to heal itself.
Marma Chikitsa works with subtle energy points, or Marmani, similar as Acupressure points. The therapy opens and stimulates the energy-releasing channels in the body, also called Shrotas. When different medicinal oils are applied on the Marmani, it is calming and soothing. Using a Tuning Fork, or massaging with the fingertips or tennis-balls stimulates and vitalizes the body, and can also be a powerful transformation on the mental, emotional, and spiritual level.
According to Science and Ayurveda, everything in the Universe vibrates. All matter is composed of waves that vibrate according to their composition. Sound travels well in water, and because the human body is mainly composed of water, our body is a great conductor of sound. The sound wave created by a tuning fork works like kinetic energy to remove disharmony or tension from the body, and restores wellness.
Because our whole body is a listening device, and sound is well felt through the bones, we’ll use sacrum and manubrium/sternum to feel the vibration. The Aum-Tuning Fork utilizes Marma points, Chakras, and Nadis and vibrates into the entire body.
Marma Chikitsa benefits:
Just a quick reminder that we are at beautiful Shilo Farm for our Osteoporosis WS on Friday, October 11 from 5:00 - 7:30PM. We still have a few spaces open!
For our Rest & Renewal WS with Marma/Acupressure self-massage, we meet again at Shilo Farm. Please, let me know if you have questions! Thank you for signing up!
Reminder of This Month's Workshops!
September has been flying by so fast, and we enjoyed our first weekly Yoga classes. This Autumn & Wintertime, we are focusing on the Five Elements in detail to cultivate harmony and enhance our well-being!
I like to remind you of my next TWO WORKSHOPS:
On FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 5-7:30PM, we'll have our OSTEOPOROSIS WORKSHOP at beautiful Shilo Farm in Eliot. Please, see some more explanations below!
On SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1-3:30PM (I changed from Saturday to SUNDAY),
I will offer again our most favorite rejuvenating and revitalizing workshop!
You will learn how to actively roll away blockages, learn about Marma - Acupressure points, and relax & rejuvenate in Restorative Poses, using particular essential oils for your Dosha/body-constitution.
Preventing & Reversing Osteoporosis
Prevention of osteoporosis to strengthen and reclaim bone health should begin during perimenopause or latest at menopause. Bones grow stronger when they are used, as it is said: “Move it or lose it”! Yoga effectively supports bone health through postures, which engage and strengthen the bones. Relaxation techniques reduce stress, promote a feeling of well-being, and support our immune system. Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet strengthen digestion in support of the bone tissue.
The Skeletal System is our foundation. Bones build blood cells, store calcium and phosphorous, and provide a solid framework for upright posture and movement. Estrogen stimulates bone growth. During the early years of a woman’s life, bones reconstruct as quickly as they lose mass. However, by the age of forty and beyond, the hormonal levels shift, and the reconstruction of bones can dramatically weaken. Depending on constitution, life-style, and diet, the bone loss accelerates and leads to Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.
I hope, you all had a wonderful relaxing summer! My summer was full of surprises as well as lovely visits from dear friends and family. What kind of surprises? Well, as some of you know, I injured myself while attempting some hard-core gardening ;) One broken fibula and a sprained foot have taught me many things such as the value of rest and relaxation. ❤
I like to look at this event as the Universe reminding me to rest and reflect more, to read and write, as well as take the time to accomplish a few personal goals. In fact, as a result of my accident, I found the time to become a provider for NAMA! I also invested in more continuing education for myself! As a result, I have so much to share with you!
However, because rest and reflection are very important parts of living a full and healthy life I still need at least one more week of both while my injuries continue to heal. After one more week of rest, I hope that you will consider joining me in both rest and relaxation too by signing up for one of my upcoming relaxing workshops or by coming to my yoga classes at my new location (information below)!
I look forward to seeing you all very soon!
Much Love, Hannelore
INNER BALANCE in Newington has moved and so after a wonderful year there, I have decided to take advantage of a different yoga space for some of our workshops!
Our new, beautiful location is at Shilo Farm in Eliot, - 88 Beech Road.
Shilo Farm is a Yoga Retreat and Community Place. When you enter the farm, you might be greeted by goats and other animals. The Yoga studio is in the upstairs of a barn with radiant wooded floors and ceiling; it will remind you at my former Yoga studio! Even though only 4 miles away from down town Portsmouth, you are surrounded by nature. During Yoga Nidra time, you might hear the songs of chickens, which will help you drop even deeper into well needed deep relaxation.
I will hopefully share some photos with you soon :)
All weekly Classes are being held at the Community Church in Durham! It will be convenient and close for most of you!
Private Consultations will continue at Inner Balance in Newington, which is a smaller space opposite door of our last location. I will also continue online consultations through ZOOM, FaceTime, and by phone!
SESSIONS ARE BACK!
Our new session with weekly classes will start on September 11.
The Wednesday evening Yoga class is at 5:00-6:15 PM.
The Thursday morning mixed-level class is at 9:00-10:15AM.
The Therapeutic Back & Joint class is at 10:45-12:00.
Enjoy the rest of this beautiful summer!
New Hampshire’s Summer has arrived! According to Ayurveda, summer corresponds to Pitta, the Dosha made of fire and water. Pitta is responsible for digestion and transformation in the body and mind, thus its main site is in the small intestine.
During the summer season, the fiery external temperatures influence the digestion and mental activities. Your appetite might go down, you might get aggravated, or perhaps you find that you can’t sleep as easily because of the heat.
What can you do to balance your Dosha, if you are Pitta-dominant?
If you would like to dive deeper into this knowledge of Ayurveda, book a session with me and I'll help you discover your Dosha and cool down for the summer! We can have your session in person or online. ~ Hannelore
Yoga & Workshop Schedule
As you may notice, I have decided to take a summer break from my yoga classes in order to heal my broken fibula! I was too enthusiastic landscaping my garden with big rocks haha. I know that I will be better by September so I'll add more classes then. In addition, we will go back to sessions in September! I'll update you here with more information soon.
Between 18-30% of all women over sixty-five will suffer a hip fracture by the time they reach ninety. Prevention of osteoporosis should begin during perimenopause, or at least at any stage of menopause to strengthen and reclaim her bone health. Bones grow stronger when they are used, as it is said: “Move it or lose it”! Yoga effectively supports bone health through postures which stress and strengthen the bones, as well as relaxation techniques to reduce stress and promote a feeling of well-being in support of our immune system. Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet support an effective strong digestion in support of the bone tissue.
The Skeletal System builds our support and foundation. Bones build blood cells, store calcium and phosphorous, and provide a solid framework for upright posture, support and movement. Estrogen stimulates bone growth. During the early years of a woman’s life, bones reconstruct as quickly as they lose mass. However, by the age of forty and beyond, her hormonal levels shift, and the reconstruction of bones can dramatically weaken. Depending on constitution, life-style, and diet, the bone loss accelerates and leads to Osteopenia and Osteoporosis. According to Dr. Christiane Northrup, it can lead to “a potentially fatal disease.”
Pay under Schedule -> Workshops or Rates
Thank you so much for your interest in learning more about the benefits of Yoga & Ayurveda. ~ Hannelore