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    Stay healthy this fall with Haldi Doodh (and be trendy at the same time!)

    In the 1990s, I heard yoga teacher Nischala Joy Devi say: “Yoga is very popular these days, but what is popular isn’t yoga.” This really struck me back then, and now it seems the same can be said of Ayurveda. Over the past couple of years, Ayurveda’s classic haldi doodh, or Golden Milk (a.k.a. the more trendy “turmeric latte”) has been appearing on menus in caf├ęs eager to cash in on health-conscious trends. For something to be truly healthy, it should be made with the best fresh ingredients and taken at the right time, according to both constitution and need, or it can become as unhealthy as any junk food!…

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    Equinox and Equilux: finding balance

    Today is the Autumnal Equinox, exact this afternoon (Thursday 22nd, 16:21 in Brussels), at the moment the Sun enters tropical Libra. Technically, this Sunday the 25th – the day of our Open House! – is the day of Equilux, where we have the same amount of light as dark. Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralysed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings. ~Jalal ad-Din Rumi (30 September 1207-17 December 1273) Rumi, born with a Libra Sun, is a beautiful embodiment of…

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    Time to clean up the house, time for a fall detox

    by Katariina Bastos Consider your body as a house. The house your self is living in. As any house, this one needs regular cleaning and fixing to stay well and functional. Couple of times a year a thorough, all-covering cleansing is needed, and the rest of the year simply dusting and keeping the corners tidy. Our daily living is toxic, more toxic than ever before. Just think about the chemicals and toxic waste surrounding us, on the plate, in the cosmetics, on the skin, in the clothing, in beds, in cars, in working environment. The air we breathe is polluted and the information we receive very often too. All these…

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    Chai bella!

    I must confess to a personal addiction to masala chai, which for me is the essence of the Himalayas in a cup. Each sip of spicy warmth reminds me of the magic of remote mountain villages and tiny tea stalls found in the most unlikely places, including perched on a 2500m high mountain ridge. Hot, nourishing tea with a stellar view is almost as big a payoff as reaching the pilgrimage destination itself! Just as the world is divided between cat lovers and dog lovers, India itself is divided between tea drinkers and coffee drinkers, roughly North v South. Although the modern global coffee shop trend is slowly tipping the…