Christmas Stress Free Tips for Families

Posted in: Children and parents topics, meditation for children, Meditation for parents- Dec 05, 2017 No Comments

by Anamda Sly

Christmas can be a very stressful time of the year with all kinds of shopping in busy malls with no parking, tired and crying children, not to mention frustrated parents. Enough to pull your hair out with this frenzied pace to prepare for the “happy holidays.” A few people are organized enough to get the shopping done early; but, most of us don’t have that luxury. It is also a time for Christmas concerts that children participate in, office parties and the list goes on. How to balance it all?

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Do Not Be “Concerned About Your Children

Posted in: Children and parents topics, Uncategorized- Dec 04, 2017 No Comments

by Satkiana Shaw

Do not be concerned about your children.  “What?,” you are likely thinking.  Well, let me tell you a story…  Recently, I received a phone call from my son’s Grade 1 teacher.  She informed me that his reading, writing and drawing skills were at a pre-kindergarten level.  I was “concerned.”

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes

Posted in: Children and parents topics, Nutrition- Nov 29, 2017 No Comments

These simple yet delicious pancakes are a hit for the whole family during the holiday season! What a great way to start your day before going off to enjoy some winter sports – skating on the Rideau Canal, sledding or going to the museum.

And yes, kids love to help with making the pancakes – measuring the ingredients with the help of Mom or Dad, flipping the pancakes as they cook and cutting up fresh fruit to add on top of the pancakes. One can be very creative using cut up fruit to design a Christmas name, song or even Santa on top of each pancake.

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3 Milk Restorative Evening Drinks

Posted in: ayurveda, Children and parents topics- Nov 05, 2017 No Comments

Having a good bedtime routine can help with better sleep.A bedtime routine is almost essential in Ayurveda. Apart from doing some moon salutations to cool the system, I choose spiced milks to restore the nerve and aid full regeneration. It’s best to drink the milk about 2-3 hours after dinner and 1-2 hours before bedtime.

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Decompress From your Day – 15-minute routine

Posted in: ayurveda, Children and parents topics, family yoga- Nov 05, 2017 No Comments

 

This routine is highly recommended for parents and educators.  It relaxes the mind and body, stabilizes the emotions and creates a relationship of loving acceptance with yourself.

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Herbal Dream Balm/Pillows

Posted in: ayurveda, Children and parents topics, Uncategorized- Oct 30, 2017 No Comments

 This soothing balm can be used before bed.  Anoint your temples with it and massage it into your neck and heart chakra.  Nighty night and sweet…or at least revealing…dreams!

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The Impact of Family Legacy and The Choice to Divorce It

Posted in: Children and parents topics, Uncategorized- Oct 02, 2017 No Comments

by Satkiana Shaw

A unique genealogy assignment:

When I was in school studying Spiritual Psychotherapy, we were given a very interesting assignment.  We were asked to do a family genealogy study.  This exploration went much deeper than where people came from, what they did for a living, whom they married and the number of children they had.  We traced family “issues.”  I went as far back as my great grandparents, looking at patterns of family addictions, emotional expression or repression, shames and pains, secrets and pride.

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Yummy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins

Posted in: ayurveda, Nutrition, Uncategorized- Sep 27, 2017 No Comments

Soft, sweet, and made with just the right amount of pumpkin spice, these Gluten Free Pumpkin Muffins are perfect on a chilly fall morning. These muffins are so easy to prepare and use real pumpkin puree to give them the real flavour. Top with cream cheese, butter, or even a drizzle of maple syrup for a treat your whole family will love!

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Keeping a Steady Beat

Posted in: Uncategorized- Sep 03, 2017 No Comments

Yesterday my son asked me, “Mommy, what has a steady beat?”

I think that is a beautiful question to contemplate, as steady beats are soothing, reassuring and the foundational fabric of music.  In the same way, routines are an important foundational fabric for a child’s life that help guide and reassure children as to the rhythm of their life.

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Date Milk

Posted in: Uncategorized- Aug 30, 2017 No Comments

Date milk is a sweet, warming and strengthening drink that soothes the nervous system and boosts iron.  It is excellent for “Fall Type” people, (see thebookoftaste@blogspot.com for a description of the “Vata” constitution).

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