EARTH ELEMENT - PRTHIVI TATTVA


The ancient rishis intuited the five elements or tattvas, of earth, water, fire, air and space as being the principle five energies of creation. The five elements have relationship with each the five sheaths, or koshas, of the yogic body.

We start with the foundation, the earth, our physical bodies, the amalgamation of dense matter, muscle, bone, ligaments, tendons. Our external physical layer, sheath or annamaya kosha - the densest layer of being.

The earth element grounds us, holds us, nourishes us with food. Mother Earth, our home, she contains life, produces life and nourishes life.

We start with our feet and learning how to stand. Tadasana, the mountain pose, and Vrksasana, the tree pose teach us how to engage our feet, how to draw energy upwards, how to root down to rise up, how to engage the lightness that travels up through to the spine and crown with practice.

We practice yoga barefoot to encourage this connection and to feel out feet properly. To expand and extend the soles of the feet, to earth and ground us. The first horizontal diaphragm of the body, padabandha.

The element of earth is associated with the root chakra Muladhara chakra. Extending through the legs to the feet from the base of the spine, into the earth, where we find our roots to nourish us. Muladhara Chakra is associated with connection, physical body, our family and tribe, community, our home and our place in the world. The base of the spine is also the home of the coiled kundalini in the esoteric yogic body.

Every time we lie down in a Yoga asana or for shavasana, we release to the earth, surrender the weight of our bodies to the earth, and allow ourselves to be held. The more we are able to release and surrender, the more we open ourselves to receive.

 

 The earth element grounds us, holds us, nourishes us with food. Mother Earth, our home, she contains life, produces life and nourishes life.

The earth element grounds us, holds us, nourishes us with food. Mother Earth, our home, she contains life, produces life and nourishes life.

Why you should book yourself on a Nourish in Nature Yoga Retreat.

 

  • Restore Balance in your life
    Taking time out from everyday life enables you to change the perspective, whatever stage of life . Being on a retreat allows you to tune into your own needs. With deep relaxation we step out of our own way and allow the body to heal itself or reset any imbalance without the interference of stress-fuelled 'busy mind'.

  • Learn simple ways to Nourish yourself and those around you
    Sara offers five workshops on uses of herbs for health and well being including making tinctures, harvesting herbs and making herbal balms and salves, nutritious superfood recipes, hormone health, adrenal fatigue and stress management.

  • Expand your understanding of what yoga is. On a Nourish retreat you will have at least eight yoga sessions, and learn ways to incorporate quick and simple practices into your day to day life. Each day we explore an element – of the five element vedic system – and use this as a theme for asana, pranayama and meditation practice. The three late afternoon classes will incorporate gentle movement and yoga nidra.

  • Detox your body as well as your SOUL = digital detox
    We are so busy with our jobs or our family, or both. Gain health, boost well being, Social media is an unhealthy distraction that we have become accustomed to. Work demands involve endless emails, online correspondence and the sub conscious stresses of social media. We invite you to experience the restorative benefits of a digital detox on retreat, detox your soul, give it a break, even if its just for 48 hours, not the whole week. We dare you!! (wifi is available at the retreat centre if needed)

  • Eat amazing food for a whole week
    We are pretty fussy about the food we serve guests. You will receive three freshly prepared meals every day, mostly vegan though we do serve local goat cheese and local eggs with some meals. A lot of the vegetables we use are from our own organic gardens and everything else we buy at local markets, Local raw honey, local cold pressed organic olive oil, and locally made fresh bread, which our gluten eating guests love!! (We provide vegan and gluten free options for all meals)

  • Experience Yoga Nidra
    A deep relaxation and journey into pure awareness, Yoga Nidra is a gift for everyone. It is an unbelievably healing practice, and not something you get to experience in your usual drop-in weekly yoga classes. Welcome yourself home to yourself with the practice of yoga nidra.

  • Treat yourself to the joy of a gathering of Women
    There is something special about a group of women gathering together with intent and purpose. Our retreats are intelligently designed for women's needs. You will meet other women with similar interests and with stories to share. We offer a gathering place for women of all ages to practice yoga, learn about herbal medicine and relax and enjoy a holiday in the sun.

     

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Vrksasana - Tree Pose

When we find balance as a tree we connect our roots down into the earth and reach for the heavens. We are so blessed when we are able to practice this posture standing on the earth and surrounded by nature. Combining strength and balance with ease. Emulating the grace and beauty of a tree.

Balancing postures teach us how to live moment to moment. Physically as we balance on one foot and leg we are making constant small adjustments in the muscles of our foot, around our ankle and our standing leg. We need to let the energy of our body sink into its foundation and settle evenly throughout the body. We allow our arms to become long like the branches of a tree and extend upwards to the sky.

Like a tree in the wind, we must learn how to bend and allow the wind and storms to blow through us without knocking us down. Balancing requires constant subtle adjustments and this can teach us strategies for maintaining balance in our lives.

 

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Nourish in Nature - Retreats for Women

Nourish in Nature - Retreats for Women

We wanted to create a retreat for women that was empowering, something a little more than a yoga retreat, something that addresses holistic heath and well-being. Nourish in Nature is a uniquely integrated retreat, which offers yoga, meditation, herbal knowledge and nutrition specific to women.

Balasana - Child's Pose

Balasana - Child's Pose

When we come into child's pose, the spine moves into its primary curve, the first curve our spine made when we grew in our mother's womb. This position is nurturing, soothing for the nervous system and calming for the mind.

Sara's Spring Nettle Soup

 

This is a lovely fresh spring detox recipe from Sara, our Medical Herbalist on our Nourish in Nature Retreat for Women.

'Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.' Hippocrates

 Young fresh green nettles- rich in vitamins A and C and calcium and iron- an indigenous super food and free!

Young fresh green nettles- rich in vitamins A and C and calcium and iron- an indigenous super food and free!


 

  1. Pick young tips with gloves, you will need at least a large pan full.

  2. Wash the nettles then blanche in boiling water (make sure all is covered)

  3. Put one large tablespoon of coconut oil in a large pan

  4. Add 3 sticks celery diced, 2 garlic cloves finely chopped and 1 chopped leek. Add 2 chopped sweet potatoes. Saute

  5. Add 1 natural low salt veggie stock cube and 200mls water.

  6. Add 3 bay leaves.

  7. Add strained nettles (then continue adding water that you blanched nettles in- this is full of nutrients)

  8. Simmer for 20 minutes then add pepper and Himalayan salt to taste. (You can add cayenne pepper for an extra boost).

  9. Whizz up in blender.

 Deliciously spicy Nettle Soup

Deliciously spicy Nettle Soup

Chia Seed Breakfast Bowl

Chia Seed Breakfast Porridge - This recipe will make a large quantity.


Chia is the ancient Mayan word for “strength" and the seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients. We serve a bowl of this most mornings with breakfast, guests enjoy a couple of spoonfuls mixed with other cereals or even spread onto toast.

4 cups Chia seeds

1/2 cup Pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup dried dates

1/2 cup dried apricots

1 cup flax seeds

1/2 - 1 cup desiccated coconut

 

Optional - cinnamon, honey, goji berries

 

In food processor or nutri bullet lightly blend pumpkin and sunflower seeds, dates and apricots.

Mix this seed and dried fruit mixture with four cups of chia seeds. I use black chia seeds which are more readily available and cheaper than white ones.

Add a cup of flax seeds and some desiccated coconut.

To make for porridge use a 1:3 proportion of the mixture to water.

For one serve I make 1/4 cup mixed with three cups of warm water, a teaspoon of local honey, a good sprinkling of cinnamon and a few goji berries.

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