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Gandoosh or oil pulling

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Gandusha or Oil pulling, Ayurvedic oral health

Great for oral health, removes bad breath and preventing dental caries.

Enhances taste

Increases metabolism and improves digestion by releasing enzymes from the salivary glands

Excellent for dry throat and dry lips

By removing toxins with the oil gandusha has rejuvenate effects when done over a period of time. Excellent home based detoxification procedure.

An ancient Ayurvedic technique with multiple health benefits. Simply put it is swishing medicated oils in the mouth!

Technique:  Best done on empty stomach- before breakfast.

Take 1-2 tablespoons of the oil in mouth

Move oil slowly in the mouth- back forth and around. Rinse, swish, suck and pull through the teeth

Keep repeating for five minutes.

Don’t swallow the oil as it collects all impurities from your mouth.

Spit it out when done- oil will have turned whitish and will be thin. If it is still yellow and thick then the oil hasn’t been pulled enough.

Enjoy the freshness.

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7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Today

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7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Today

“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” ~Unknown

During the first week of July 2012, a storm left my little town and nearly one million other people in the Mid-Atlantic Region without electricity. The outage lasted eight days for Buffalo, Ohio, and we saw triple digits (F) each day.

I spent much of my free time in a hammock practicing my watching skills. I watched as I breathed in. I watched as I breathed out.

I watched thoughts pop up out of nowhere as I watched the leaves of two young oak trees dance in the hot, humid July breeze.

I think that week here in Ohio was as impactful as the 10-day Thich Nhat Hanh Retreat I experienced in October 2011.

It’s amazing to me the amount of perspective one can gain in such a short period of time. 

The day the electricity was restored I decided to limit myself to just a few minutes on the Internet, which turned into an hour. I then returned to my hammock to watch my breath and my thoughts.

I wanted to make sure I understood the lessons of that week, and most of all I wanted to take with me the peace of mind I had rediscovered.

So, there I was—under those two trees listening to birds chirp in the absence of gas generators and watching my thoughts.

I brought with me a pen, a legal pad, and a few questions I thought would be helpful to answer before I plugged back in and continued to do what I do.

Question 1: What Brings Meaning to Your Experience?

As I asked this question to my “self,” I started to realize that my focus has been all over the place.

I have a long list of goals. I spent most of my life goofing off, and never thought I could do much of anything. Since I realized that I can do whatever I decide, setting and achieving goals has been fun for me. 

After spending enough time asking this question, I realized that I have three major goals and a list of desired outcomes based on me reaching those goals.

This realization has narrowed my focus a great deal.

What brings meaning to your experience?

Question 2: How Do You Spend/Invest/Leverage Your Time?

Now that I have an idea of what is meaningful to me, it’s easy to look at my daily habits and see where it is I am being mindful of my use of time.

I love me some Facebook, but is it really helping me develop my primary goal—being calm, peaceful, and loving—or is it falsely fulfilling my “need” to feel connected?

I quickly realized I am better off by scheduling social network time as I do appointments. It’s actually been more effective in connecting with people.

This question is proving to be very valuable to me daily, and has morphed into “Is this the best use of your time and energy?”

Question 3: How Do You Feel?

A lot of my research lately has been focused on the limbic system. I’ve been studying stress hormones and breathing techniques that will bring the system (mind/body) back to a state of calm being.

I ask this question each morning and the answer greatly determines how the rest of my day goes.

My primary goal in life is to be calm, kind, and loving. All of the other goals I have listed are things I’d like to do or things/experiences I’d like to have. If I’m feeling a little anxiety when I wake up, my best course of action is to get myself relaxed and calm.

Make sure you ask this question before any coffee. This leads to the next question.

Question 4: What If You Die Tomorrow?

This question actually morphs into a few more.

If you die tomorrow do they know you loved them?

If you die tomorrow are all your apologies said?

If you die tomorrow do you take any forgiveness with you?

If you die tomorrow did you do something today that was meaningful?

Many things in my life are meaningful to me.

On my last day on this planet I hope to wake up and write, eat a variety of fruits, nuts, and oats for breakfast, take a nap, hug 20 people, paddle on my standup paddle board, catch a wave or a wake, tell some people I love them, make love, and enjoy a nice cup of tea.

What if you die tomorrow?

Question 5: How Can You Brighten Somebody’s Experience Today?

Hugs are proven to produce a sense of well-being in both people. Smiles are contagious. Sometimes a kind word from a stranger makes the difference in a person’s day.

It’s so easy to allow our attention to spin out. Most of us are overstimulated, overcommitted, and overly concerned with getting more stuff.

A lot of people have their eyes fixated on the tiny screen of their smartphones. They answer texts and update Facebook while they are in the company of loved ones.  The world passes them by as they scroll through so called newsfeeds.

I rarely take my phone out of my house. I know that the ease of access will have me staring into the abyss trying to fulfill that sense of connection while missing the chance to connect in person.

Whose day can you brighten today?

Question 6: What Choices Can You Make Differently?

My brain is programmed to recognize every stupid thing I do, and I still do some pretty stupid things. I recognize them, and do my best to change my behaviors. Some habits seemingly take longer to adjust.

The main reason I haven’t shaved my head and gone to devote myself to mindful meditation at some Thich Nhat Hanh Monastery is that I really think I gain more from the challenge of living a regular guy’s life mindfully.

I think sometimes conflict brings resolution. I’ve learned more about myself through dealing with people I don’t particularly like than I have from my time on the yoga mat or the meditation pillow.

I recognize myself in all that I see. So, I ask myself this question so that I am able to see more and more beauty each day.

What choices can you make differently today?

Question 7: What Can You Give Today?

I spend very little of time trading hours for dollars. I’ve reduced my expenses and lifestyle to afford me the time to work on me, and to write.

As my marketing of books and services takes hold I’ll have more money to give; but for now I have so much more than money can buy.

I have an able body and some helping hands. I have two ears to listen, two arms to embrace, and a mind full of useful information.

I have an endless supply of encouragement when I see people on a mission, and an infinite supply of love when I spend the time to clear.

I have a great smile, which I sometimes forget to show. I’m witty, goofy, and geeky enough to give the gift of laughter.

I really have all that I need in life and so much more.

What can you give today? And what important questions would you add to the mix?

Celebration time at Ayuspa

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Valentine 2016 facebookThis special offer is for 60 minutes Ayuspa special Facial and Indian head massage.  Valid until 14th Feb 2016.

 Gift Certificates also Available 
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Say I love you,   Happy Valentine’s day! Nothing says “I love you” better than a gift certificate from Ayuspa.

Natural health Expo

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Ayuspa – a centre for women who know they are special.     

You are invited to our wonderful Natural Health Expo,  this weekend 19th and 20 oct at The Hamilton Pavilion, Hamilton gardens.  All welcome bring your friends along.

Come visit Ayuspa stall no 68 for a chat, know more how Ayurveda can heal you, Ayurvedic herbs and get Ayurvedic Head massage.
Rachna Kumar studied Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from India. She has practiced Ayurveda for the past 15 years in New Zealand and England. She now offers specialist health and beauty services using Ayurvedic principles for women in Hamilton. Find out how Ayurveda can stimulate your inner beauty.
tel: Rachna Kumar  0272 802472   email:

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Happy Diwali

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A warm Diwali wish for every happiness.

May the warmth and splendor, that are a part of this auspicious occasion, fill your life with happiness and bright cheer, and bring to you joy and prosperity, for the whole year.


Sri Dhanvantri Jayanti

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Sri Dhanvantri Devaay Namah

In ancient Hinduism Dhanvantari ( an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) is considered to be the father of medicine.  Ayurvedic practitioners worship this day as Danvantri Jayanti.  This is the day of celebration of appearance of lord Dhanvantri.  It is celebrated two days before Diwali.  Diwlai is Five days celebration and thus the very first day of five days is known as Dhanteras or Dhanvantri Jayanti.

Dhanvantari Bhagavan is worshiped for Good Health and Long life.

Lord Dhanvantri  first appeared  during the great churning of the ocean ( Samudra Manthan), to deliver Amrut ( Divine nectar) to the Gods.  The churning of the ocean of milk is a very famous episode in vedic literature that represents the spiritual endeavor of a person to achieve Self-realization through concentration of mind, withdrawal of the senses, control of all desires, austerities and asceticism.

Lord Dhanvantari, who appeared  with holding a conch shell, a disc of energy, a leech, and a pot of celestial ambrosia. In whose heart shines a subtle, clear, gentle, and pleasing blaze of light that also shines around his head and lotus eyes.

On the dark blue water his body is luminous, splendid, and shining. His waist and thighs are abounding in bright yellow clothes. Who, by his mere play, destroys all disease like a mighty forest fire.sri-dhanvantari-ji

Dhanvantri Mantra

By chanting this mantra we can get healed from most of the severe health issues and lead a peaceful and happy life. A perfectly healthy life is the true wealth.dhanwantari-mantra



 Obeisances unto the supreme Bhagwan known as Sudarshan Vasudev Dhanvantri, the holder of the Kalasha full of nectar of  immortality, who removes all fears, who removes all diseases, the well wisher of the three worlds, and sustainer of the three worlds, He is Vishnu swaroop, by the name Dhanvantri empowered to heal the Jiva souls.


I bow and humbly request Lord Dhanwantari, who is the embodiment of perfect health — respected by great seers and evil people — to remove old age, disease, fear and death through His divine presence in all natural herbal medicines. 



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Happy Navratri

Navratras -one that comes in spring ( Vasant ritu ) and another one which comes in fall ( Shishir Ritu ) help to us detoxify ourselves completely physically ,emotionally and spiritually.

Nature truly works for our complete well-being . It comes up with all the solutions that we require at any given time. when change of season happens, changes in our bodies also happen. During this time of year, internal changes of doshas in the body happens , and if we take care of food , we can easily improve our immunity and strength of the body.

It is perfect time to do detox for everyone who wants to eliminate toxins from the body.   As per science of ayurveda , if you take light and easily digestible foods during these days , it will help in improving the digestive fire , detoxify the body of all the impurities and build the ojus of the body.

Some guidelines for what to eat and what to avoid during navratri to detoxify yourself :

*Avoid processed food items as much as possible. Use unprocessed rock salt – sendha namak – over the regular, iodized, table salt, as it helps absorb minerals better than common salt.

*Grains are main ingredients of our diet ,replace it with gluten free options . Use Grains like Water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta), Buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta), tapioca pearls ( Sabudana ) ,Amaranth flour (rajgira ka atta),Barnyard millet (vrat ke chawal). These grains are mainly gluten free and contain various nutrients, and this is the best time to have them.

*Avoid Grains, especially whole grains like millets, wheat,rice  etc. as they slow down the process of digestion. So you can can avoid them for some time.

*Use spices like Cumin (jeera), Black pepper (kali mirch),Rock salt (sendha namak),Green cardamom (ilaichi),Ginger (adrak),Green chilli (hari mirch). These spices will boost your metabolism and improve your digestion

*Take veggies like Bottle guard , potatoes (in moderation), Pumpkin , sweet potatoes , Cucumber ,  Lemon (nimbu), Raw Banana , add curry leaves and mint leaves in the food.

*Take all fruits , eat at least 3-5 fruits per day . You can have fruit juices also . Add little black salt , black pepper and lemon to your fruits.

*Dry fruits are also a good options . don’t overdo it and make it a handful which should not exceed 20-22 pieces.

*Take lot of fluids . Take lemon water , Fruit juices , milk products , coconut water etc.

*Avoid Onions, garlic, lentils and legumes, fried foods, garam masala, alcohol, meat, poultry (chicken and eggs).

*Do emotional and mental fasting also. Take out some time to sit in quiet and do some meditation. De-clutter or Detox your mind of extra and unwanted thoughts by practicing mindfulness and regain your emotional energy again.

Ayurvedic Wheat Bags

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bean bagAyuspa Wheat Bags are specially combined with gorgeous scent of Ayurvedic herbs like cloves, cinnamon, lavender and bala and goodness of finest New Zealand whole wheat are excellent to soothe aches, pains, sore muscles, tension and stress.

These Can be use either hot or cold.  It is natural alternative for relieving and managing aches and pains.  Simply heat in the microwave or cool it in the freezer and then apply to the body part wherever heat or cold therapy is needed.

 We have 3 different sizes to choose from. For back, for neck and shoulder and for knees. These are excellent to keep you cosy  in this winter. For more information please Contact  Ayuspa 07 8563946 06 0272802472.

Udvartana, exfoliating massage

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Udvartana, exfoliating massage

udwartan-oldBeat up this winter by this  unique treatment of exfoliate, rejuvenate and prevent skin diseases.    A herbal powder massage is an excellent way to reduce fat and tone up body.

This improves  glow, texture and complexion.

Improves blood circulation

Exfoliate skin.

Removes accumulated toxins.Udwartan

Enhances skin glow.

helps in weight management.



Bringing balance and health to the whole system is the fundamental principle ofAyurvedic healing. Ayurveda engages the body to bring forth its own inherent individual inner beauty. Inner beauty relates to inner qualities of being including emotional state and mental abilities.   Like Physical body can be moulded by diet and lifestyle, we can also train our minds to cultivate positive states of being more beautiful, so the mind can become tamed and disciplined.   Inner beauty is also tool for changing your life for better by restoring physical, emotional and spiritual well being.

Ayurvedic beauty treatments include skin care diet massage exercise routine.   Ayurveda recognizes that we are all different that each of us has unique mind and body. We all have our own personal definition of what it means to be happy healthy and in the balance.

Ayurveda acknowledge that our body and mind are not two separate entities but are closely intertwined.

Ayurveda teaches that health and beauty is the result of a powerful energy within us.

Skin care routine has abhyanga, ubtan and steaming.

Ubtan powders can be applied either as liquid pastes or powders. They are rubbed in to face and body.

Traditionally Ayurveda suggest the use of herbal powders called ubtans to cleanse the skin.   An ubtan is a mixture of flour, herbs, and oil that cleans moisturizes and tones the skin.

Ayurveda recommended treating yourself with body scrubs once a week to stimulate circulation and removing dead skin.

In today’s life sense of balance and sanity is so often missing.

Boost complexion.   By removing dead skin, and stimulate circulation.

Cleanse and revitalize skin and removes body odour

Develop strong immune system   eliminate toxins by opening skin pores promote blood circulation and improves sluggish lymphatic system. .

Reduce weight,   Sushuruta said Udvartan is body toning process. With massage and application of a combination of herbal powder, pastes or oil, removes blockage and fighting stubborn subcutaneous fat tissue break down into small globules reduce fat removes excess water and strengthen the body.   Regular Udvartan is not only good for reducing fat tissues but it helps loosing weight by increasing basal metabolic rate. .

Revitalize skin;

Udvartan at Ayuspa:   At Ayuspa, Special attention is given on clients comfort and need. Very carefully a mix of herbs and oil are chosen according to your body type and issue need to address.

Herbal paste is applied all over the body and massage in a specific manner to create friction. This removes dead skin , open up skin pore,   removes blockage from channels. Different vigorous massage strokes with variable pressure are used while keeping that in mind that skin does not get too dry.

My favorite recipe

One of the simple and well known recipe you can find all the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards.

2 tablespoon chickpea flour

½ tablespoon mustard seed powder

½ teaspoon turmeric.

Vata people mix this with milk or sesame seed oil to make thick paste

Pitta people   mix this mixture with aloe vera or lemon juice

Kapha people can mix this with for just water or olive oil to get individualize benefits.

How to use it.

Simply use the powder or Make a paste a according to your body type and apply all over the body.