Are you ready to Bloom ?

I woke up this morning, feeling really happy and looked out of window … Oh, dear! It’s raining and it’s damp and cold! But as I Iooked deeply out of the window, I could see lilies and daffodils showing their first signs of flowering, reminding me that the onset of spring is nearby.

The weather is undergoing transition and changes. Winter is ending and spring is at the doorstep. I observe how the universe helps plants to grow slowly from hibernation to rejuvenation. During the winter months, most of the plants hibernate, leaves are shredded and most plant activities are happening within so they are hardly visible. Now, to rejuvenate and grow again to new heights, they need water and the warmth of the sun. Hence we get both rainy and sunny days during this change of season. As the sunlight gets warmer and warmer, it reaches and clears the blockages that the stagnation of the cold weather has left behind. So when spring comes, all the biological processes are activated again and plants start showing their leaves and flowers and blossoms open up in all directions. At last …springtime is here!

Ayurveda says, “Yatha loke,Tatha Dehe”, what we notice in nature is also happening in our bodies. So we can see that there is more Kapha/water accumulation and there are spurts of Agni/sun which gradually starts melting the extra Kapha. If Kapha is not balanced, it can then block the channels, disturb digestion, leading to blocked sinuses, cough and cold or rheumatoid arthritis, Allergies …..

How can you get your balance or keep yourself healthy in the transition of the season? You can learn what to do in our Ayurvedic Cookery workshop on 12th March. Get equipped with essential tips for your diet and lifestyle for spring. We will be making quick and easy recipes and simple home remedies for common cold and cough. Meet like-minded people, have fun while you learn and get ready to bloom this springtime! www.keyajee.com

Dr. Seema Datta helps women in transition to feel good - from Menarche to Menopause

Women In Transition: Phase 1 – Menarche

It is common knowledge that The Universe is going through a transitional period. When there is transition, there are many unknown changes that can leave us with feelings of loss and discomfort. Even if we know that change is inevitable to help us grow further, there is still a fear of uncertainty.  Women go through various phases of transition in their lives in order to create new life and to rejuvenate their own lives.

The food you eat is an important part of feeling good in any transition

The food you eat is an important part of feeling good in any transition

There are 3 main phases of transition for Women’s health and bodies:

  1. Menarche i.e puberty
  2. Motherhood i.e fertility, pregnancy and post natal
  3. Menopause.

Let’s focus on Menarche as this is the first phase of transition.  When a young girl is starting to experience that feeling of growing up, her body starts preparing for its transition to womanhood.   If not supported at this very delicate time, it is common for girls to feel agitated and frustrated, hence those teenage tantrums!

It is essential for Mothers, at this time, to know what the normal signs and symptoms of menstruation are, what the abnormal symptoms can are and how they can be supportive to make their young lady comfortable.

Ayurvedic Philosophy on Menstruation

Ayurveda states that the menstrual cycle acts as the body’s  purification process, as impurities in the body are expelled in the form of blood.

Menstruation is also considered as the window in which to look in and understand the changes going on within the body every month – it is seen as a true gift!   Healthy menstruation is the pre-requisite to healthy pregnancy – the second phase of transition in womanhood.  This is the reason I say, to be aware now, at the stage of menarche…to encourage a healthy menstruation cycle to limit any issues throught the other transition phases – prevention is better than cure!

Signs and symptoms of normal menstruation-

  • Bright red in color.
  • It does not stain the clothes
  • It has no odour/foul odour
  • There is no abdominal pain

However, due to a busy, modern working environment and other factors including:

  • stress
  • junk food , irregular eating habits
  • late nights
  • holding natural urges – urination
  • having sex while bladder is full

It is essential to follow these simple guidelines during menstruation to make it a gentler and more pain free experience:

  • Have rest as much as possible
  • To have warm and easy to digest food like soups and steamed vegetables.
  • Avoid exercise…
  • Not to drink cold food or drink.
  • Gentle self massage with warm oil

On my next blog we are going to explore Phase 2 of Women’s Transition which is Motherhood and focuses on fertility, pregnancy and post-natal.

Watch My Video: Is Pain During Menstruation Normal?

Special Offer: Save £50 on the Mother and Daughter package in January

At Keyajee, we have a special “Mother and Daughter” package to support both you and your daughter during this special transition time which consists of the following :

  • Diet and lifestyle consultation
  • Abdominal massage
  • Pelvic drainage

Each of the above will support your daughter in clearing any muscular congestion and improve blood circulation which will help to ease abdominal pain. And of course, diet and lifestyle for both of you will ensure that you both are in optimum health to cope with this transition.

This Mother & Daughter Package is usually £300 but for the month of January you can book for just £250!

You can schedule your treatment for anytime within the next 3 months, however, to claim this promotional offer you will need to book and pay for your appointment in January.

For further details and to book this package call us on 07588 891824 or send an email to seema@keyajee.com

Celebrations !!!

IMG_4850This is certainly a time for celebration!  In our Asian culture, we are about to celebrate Diwali and welcome in a New Year.

As you know I am an intuitive Ayurvedic Healer who connects with and encourages women from Menarche (the start of puberty) to Menopause to help keep their mind, body and spirit in optimum health. Whether you feel anxious, stuck or alone, I help you to unleash the power within to make you feel better. What better time of the year to start releasing the toxins, pain and discomfort and welcome in a healthier, more balanced and energetic lifestyle to celebrate Diwali.

In Asia, Diwali is celebrated for many reasons including the birth of Laxmi, the Goddess of Wealth and also the birthday of Lord Dhanvantari, God of Ayurveda which is known as the science of life. At Keyajee we are also celebrating the first anniversary of our Harley Street Clinic by promoting Women’s Empowerment. In fact did you know that Keyajee means “victory of a precious flower” – how apt as that is exactly how we view Women and the work we do to help you create wealthy and wise lives through the foundation of great health and energy.  IMG_0938

During this celebration season, give yourself the Gift of Health with our Anniversary Celebration Promotion of 20% discount on all consultations and treatments at our Harley Street Therapy Centre during the months of November and December 2015.

Celebrations create happiness and we all like to share our happiness with others and also help others to be happy too! So why not spread the word of our Anniversary Celebration Promotion and anybody that also books either a consultation or treatment that mentions your name… you will receive a 15% discount off your next visit to us! (Of course, the initial Anniversary Celebration Promotion of 20% cannot be used at the same time as the additional 15% i.e. it will be applied at your next visit!)

To book your Anniversary Celebration Promotion and start receiving the gift of health and abundance, please call me now on 07588 891 824.

Hormone pills and fertility – Healthy Ayurvedic Alternatives

Many women take oral contraception, either for birth control or for the hormonal benefits for preventing medical conditions affecting the female reproductive system. Yet hormones have a distinct effect on the body, and their side effects are not always favourable. The link between taking hormones and infertility has long been debated. Women who have menstrual pain are often prescribed birth control since this helps to reduce menstruation. Yet the same hormones have been thought to cause structural changes to the endometrium, the inner lining of the womb.

Many western doctors have rubbished the idea that taking long-term birth control reduces women’s fertility in the long term. Some claim that as soon as you go off the pill, you can conceive quite easily. But other admit that this is common but by no means guaranteed. As a professor of obstetrics and gynecology put it: ‘with a few notable exceptions, immediately after you stop using birth control, your fertility will go right back to what it was destined to be’. It is those ‘notable exceptions’ that women want to avoid. Also, to focus exclusively on fertility ignores the other possible harm hormone treatments can do to your body. So what is the alternative? There are Ayurvedic therapies that work in a complementary way with women’s reproductive wellness. In Ayurvedic tradition, internal treatments using herbal preparations that enhance fertility have been used for centuries.

There are also various external treatments that work more with aligning energies and balancing the key elemental life energies of the body, the three ‘doshas’. These elementary energies, named ‘Pitta’, ‘Kapha’ and ‘Vata’, must be balanced for good health and menstrual pain is thought to be closely linked to the ‘Vata’ dosha (which governs movement) being out of balance. The verdict might change from year to year on whether or not hormone pills reduce your fertility, but when there are Ayurvedic treatments that will ease menstrual pain and maintain reproductive health, is there any reason to take chances?

Ayurvedic Alternatives to hormones and painkillers for the younger generation

At Keyajee, women’s wellness is our focus. Many younger women suffer from painful periods or ‘dysmenorrhea’ as it is called in the medical community. In fact, this is one of the most common medical ailments affecting women at the peak of their reproductive maturity. Often, mainstream doctors will prescribe hormones or painkillers. Hormonal therapies that induce amenorrhoea (the stopping of menstruation) are sometimes prescribed, or oral contraceptives that inhibit menstruation. Yet filling the body with a cocktail of drugs isn’t the best approach for maintaining young women’s wellness. This is where Ayurvedic therapies provide valuable alternatives.

There are two main types of dysmenorrhoea. The first (‘primary’) type affects women who have normal pelvic anatomy, whereas ‘secondary’ dysmenorrhea occurs due to some or other underlying disorder. Risk factors for menstrual cramps or pain include obesity as well as being underweight, being 20 years old or under, smoking and elevated stress.

Ayurvedic treatment for Menstrual Pain

For many young women, wellness can be found through supplementary, supportive treatments. Ayurvedic medicine understands period pain to be caused by the Vata dosha, the elementary energy type associated with movement in the body.

Because dysmenorrhea is seen as being caused by disturbances in Vata and the resulting effects on the body, a large part of Ayurvedic treatment for menstrual pain consists of balancing Vata.

Treatments for period pain include internal treatments (Uttara Basti) that use Ayurvedic herbal preparations as well as external therapies that realign energies and help balance Vata. There are also dietary changes young women who are afflicted can take. These include increasing water intake (preferably warm water as this helps digestion and balances Vata). To balance Vata, it is also wise to avoid salty, spicy, fried and sour foods.

To conclude: Young women who are frequently absent from school, studies or other obligations due to unbearable menstrual pain can find relief with Ayurveda, without having to resort to using drugs that have harmful side effects.

KEYAJEE clinic on London’s Harley Street

On a very hot afternoon in June, Keyajee Clinic,  on London’s Harley Street, hosted our very first open day event.

Harley Street has the greatest reputation of medical expertise of anywhere in the world and Keyajee is delighted to be part of this as the go to place for Ayurvedic treatments.  Although we are based in London and Hertfordshrire, our services have a genuine global reach.

I also regularly travel to my clients’ homes to provide advice and support in more familair surroundings if needed and to spread the word about Ayurvedic practices.

A large number of prospective clients attended the event  and many attendees also took advantage of the opportunity to have a free consultation on the day, and several treatment bookings were confirmed on the spot. Although we never pressure our clients into signing up for a treatment, many do use our open days to help make their final decision.

For many, being able to meet me in person and learn about the treatments for real is all they need to begin their own journey.  Sometimes the most important thing we can do is to take that step, to begin our journey, to just let go.

The following photos should give you a sense of what to expect at one of our events, lots of fun and learning too.

Our open days are free to attend so please contact me for more information, look forward to seeing you at the next one !

 

Keyajee Doula Services

There are many joys in being a new mother, from holding your newborn and resting together to sharing smiles and all the ‘firsts’ that you and baby discover together. Modern mothers often have less time to truly enjoy their newborns due to work and other societal pressures. Even with maternity leave, it can be hard to juggle all the demands that modern women face day to day. This is where an Ayurvedic ‘doula’ can help.

A ‘doula’ (pronounced doo-la) is a caregiver, an experienced woman who supports new mothers emotionally and practically before, during and after childbirth. The role of a doula is to ‘mother the mother’: it is her job to ensure that the new mother she takes care of is able to enjoy the tiring but meaningful time of discovery that is becoming a mother. The support a doula offers new mothers helps the whole family to feel held throughout the process, in such a way that each member of the immediate family can relax and enjoy every stage.

Today’s mother is generally not given the chance to enjoy her pregnancy, labour and new baby because of the pressures that society places upon her. Although she has a strong understanding of women’s physiology, a doula is not a substitute for a midwife or clinician, but rather acts as your pillar of emotional strength and provides practical help around the house in the days or weeks following the birth of your new baby. Doulas who offer postnatal support can work in your home, according to flexible hours, performing housework and other small tasks to ensure that you get the important bonding and rest time you need.

In Western society, mothers are rushed back to day-to-day activities with alarming speed, but in cultures that venerate the birth process, women are often confined to bed rest for up to 40 days after birth. This might be hard to achieve given the pressures of modern living, but your doula will help you experience some of the benefits of the traditional bed rest period. It is a doula’s primary aim to empower your family to stay centred during what can be a stressful and exhausting time in spite of childbirth’s many joys and discoveries.

In contemporary Ayurvedic doula assistance, doulas typically possess a degree of training and are either experienced in childbirth through having had children of their own or through having acquired deep understanding of childbirth through professional study. Doulas who are designated as ‘Doula UK’ qualified have taken an approved course and are either undergoing a mentoring process or have completed sufficient mentoring to be considered ‘Recognized UK doulas’.

New motherhood . . . the romanticised image often portrayed, can often be a far cry from the reality.

 

Ayurvedic Family Nutrition – Create Balance and Wellbeing

In Ayurveda, balancing the three doshas (the elemental energies that form an individual’s physical and mental constitution) is vital. Ailments and unhappy mental states are the product of any of the doshas – pitta, kapha and vata – being in excess or lacking. While there are Ayurvedic therapies that help to bring these elemental energies into harmony, nutrition plays an important role in wellbeing. When you are struggling with poor health or emotional troubles, simple nutritional changes can bring a surprisingly vast improvement.

What you should know about Ayurvedic Family Nutrition

Ayurvedic differs from ‘western’ medicine in that each individual is taken as unique – there is no ‘one size fits all’ nutrition plan or system. Yet certain foods increase certain doshas, while others have a lessening effect. The fiery pitta dosha, for example, is the primary element of many individuals who show classic traits of this dosha, such as a quick temper and argumentative nature. Hot foods such as chilli and pepper increase the Pitta dosha, thus cooling foods are favoured for balancing this type. Once you understand the effects of food on the doshas and how to eat to bring your body and mind into balance, it is easy to work out a health-giving Ayurvedic nutrition plan.

Try Keyjaee’s Ayurvedic Diet & Nutrition Classes

By gaining a deeper understanding of Ayurvedic family nutrition, you can easily make each meal nourishing and balancing for the minds and bodies of your family. Learning the fundamentals of Ayurvedic eating is easy with Keyajee’s informal classes. The class includes refreshments, pre-prepared ingredients, the lunch you will make and a tried and trusted recipe you can make a staple in your own home. The course will teach you how to make healthy, wholesome and tasty vegetarian fare. Make Ayurvedic cooking a source of your ‘five a day’ – the fruit and vegetables that are essential for optimal health.

Contact us today to book a one-day, evening, weekend or week-long class.

Learn to understand how to create meal with 6 tastes…

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What are the Six Tastes?

In Ayurvedic medicine, there are six tastes – sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent – that have distinct characteristics and effects on the body and mind. Certain foods can affect your balance and constitution, and making minor adjustments can help to rebalance your dosha to help stabilise your body and mind.

When you understand the six tastes you can better control your dietary balance and help boost your natural health.

SWEET

Sweet tastes are said to have a soothing effect, satisfying the psyche and adding body mass. They are associated with Water and Earth and are balanced by Bitter and Astringent tastes.

“Sweet” doesn’t only refer to refined foods like ice-cream, chocolates and sweets. In nature, sweet tastes are expressed by foods such as fruits, grains, natural sugars and milk. Sweet tastes are typically associated with “nourishing” and are abundant in carbohydrate-rich foods.

Sweet foods are said to balance the Vata and Pitta dosha, but eating sweets to excess can upset the Kapha dosha. Excess consumption can also lead to swollen hands and feet, decreased blood flow, increased body mass and increased water retention.

SOUR

In Ayurveda, “sour” typically refers to sour tastes associated with fermented or acidic foods, such as yoghurt, pickles, beer, wine, and fruits like peaches, tomatoes, lemons and other citrus fruits. This taste is associated with Fire and Earth and is balanced by Astringent tastes.

Sour tastes such as tomatoes and citrus fruits stimulate the appetite and are said to aid digestion (although they should be avoided by heartburn sufferers). They are also thought to balance Vata and upset Pitta and Kapha dosha if they are enjoyed in excess.

SALTY

Salty tastes are associated with Air and Water, and help to bring out the flavour in other foods and stimulate our hunger for life too. Salt can act as a laxative, helping to break down blockages, and also helps to increase blood pressure, cause water retention and combat dryness.

Salty foods not only enhance appetite and enliven the tastes of other foods, they are also said to balance Vata in moderation. Too much salt will increase Kapha and Pitta dosha, and can cause imbalances in the body. Remember that Ayurveda recommends careful use of mineral salts, not refined salts!

PUNGENT

Pungent foods are what make hot and spicy foods spicy. They are really good for cleansing and clearing the body, helping to increase circulation and stimulate blood-flow. They’re associated with Air and Fire, and are sharp, intense tastes that are highly stimulating and fast-acting. These tastes are balanced by sweet.

Pungent foods such as chillies and garlic promote sweating and clear the sinus, and thus balance the watery Kapha dosha. Excessive consumption irritates Vata and Pitta, and can also cause ulcers, digestive problems and burning.

BITTER

Bitter herbs and tastes are cooling, light, clearing and drying. They are a natural cleanser for your body, stimulating natural detoxification and digestion. They are associated with Ether and Air, and are balanced by Sweet.

Bitter foods such as green leafy vegetables are detoxifying for the body, and balance both Kapha and Pitta. If eaten excessively, bitter foods can increase Vata and cause gas or indigestion. Unprocessed coffee and chocolate are naturally bitter, as well as dandelions and neem.

ASTRINGENT

Astringent herbs are drying or drawing, and typically make the mouth feel dry and cleansed. They are associated with Air and Earth, and are balanced by salty, sour and sweet.

Astringent foods are high in minerals and include leafy greens, new bananas and tart apples. These tastes are particularly good for helping to soothe gastro inflammation as they are associated with cooling. Foods such as lentils, dried beans and cauliflower help to balance Kapha and Pitta, but too much will increase Vata.

Each of the six tastes has unique benefits, and over-indulging in those foods can cause irrigation in the body. It is essential to approach your diet and food preparation with careful consideration and balance.

Even though your body’s needs are individual and unique to you, it is important that we eat each of the six tastes at every meal. This helps to create the best balance for your body, ensuring that all of the important nutrients and food groups are represented in your diet and that you are satisfied and content. Listening to your body and remembering the six tastes will give your body a healthy and balanced boost.

Want to know more? Sign up for one of Dr Seema’s Ayurvedic Cooking Classes.

  • Learn the basics of seasonal Ayurvedic cooking
  • Learn to use Ayurvedic spices
  • Learn and prepare 3/4 recipes
  • Help to prepare and enjoy a vegetarian lunch

Click here to find out more and make a booking