My love for coffee💕

Firstly I hope that you love the taste of the spice Cardamom.

This article helps you understand the benefits of cardamom, in my case, adding it to my coffee…

give it a try, add some to your caffeinated beverage…

I personally LOVE my cardamom  coffee, how about you?

Cardamom: The King of Chai

cardamom pods imageI like to call cardamom the King of Chai, not only because much of that chai tea taste comes from cardamom, but because of the way it transforms a simple cup of tea into a medicinal chai. In the same way it transforms your chai, it can transform your food, making cardamom a prince for digestion. As a member of the ginger family, its ability to help us digest seems to be an inherited trait, and it has thousands of years of experience as a digestive aid. Ayurvedic texts going back 5000 years celebrated cardamom’s ability to make hard-to-digest foods easier to digest, and to enhance the taste of most ordinary foods.

Black tea, the running back of chai, has its fair share of beneficial antioxidants but is still a stimulating caffeinated beverage. Sadly, what goes up from using stimulants such as caffeine must come down, but not so when brewed with cardamom. Cardamom neutralizes the stimulating effects of caffeine, allowing the chai to boost the digestive process without boosting the nervous system.

Throughout the Middle East, coffee is brewed with cardamom. Though they say it is for the taste, the numerous medicinal benefits of this brew indicate that it was traditional herbal wisdom that brought these two together. Cardamom reduces the acid in coffee, while neutralizing the effects of caffeine.

Acidic foods like tea, coffee, and spicy foods irritate the intestinal mucosa, producing an excess of gas-producing mucus that makes congestive foods like milk, cheese and wheat much more difficult to digest. Cardamom makes these foods much more digestible by protecting the mucus membranes from these acids, while liquefying the mucus in the heavy, harder-to-digest mucus-forming foods.

Traditionally, cardamom pods were also taken as a lozenge after meals to enhance digestion and assimilation. Cardamom is also one of the richest sources of cineole, a potent antiseptic for bad breath, gum disease, sore throats and many respiratory conditions.

Ayurvedic Use:
Reduces vata and kapha
In excess, may increase pitta

Buddhist Mantra for Healing

While at the Root Institute a few years back attending a 10 day silent retreat in Bodghaya India, my most favourable memory was walking goats around a stupa, on a lead, which wasn’t the easiest thing to do, and chanting this mantra so that they too could heal and rebirth to a human life form so they can consciously work on their own enlightenment 🙏..this is so beautiful 💕

Tibetan Mantras for Turbulent Times
Deva Premal:
It is a very great honour that Sonam Dorjee, Gelek, Tenzin and Passang agreed to create this album with me. It originally arose out of a desire of mine to chant mantras together with Gyuto monks – those precious souls who have devoted their whole lives to the practice. Their incredible voices and the intense vibration they create, infused with such a deep immersion into the holy sound, has always inspired and intrigued me.
Together we chose eight mantras that we felt to be most helpful in daily life. We also took into consideration which mantras would be most comfortable for our Western ears, so that we would be able to remember and pronounce the sacred sounds correctly.
Each track starts with an invocation by the monks themselves, and when the bell rings we begin the voyage together, into the 108 repetitions. Sometimes the pace is quite fast and you will need to take a breath in between. Don’t worry if you miss a round or two, just stay connected and continue as and when you can.
I want to thank Kit Walker and David Darling for their beautiful musical contributions. Their gifts honour the space, and enhance the sound and the silence that the mantras carry.
A special thank you to Maureen Fallon and Sonam Rigzin, who have been working tirelessly for many years to bring the wisdom and blessings of the Gyuto Monks to the West. I extend my deep gratitude to them for their help in birthing this project.
With love, Deva

The Gyuto Monks (Sonam Dorjee, Passang Gyamtso, Gelek Gonpo, Tenzin Jigme):
Buddhism takes the view that the nature of everything in its most restful state is the blissful union of wisdom and compassion.
This is symbolized in Tibetan tantric practice in the union of male and female energies. Within this state resides our pure consciousness.
Mantra is its sound. Therefore, reciting a mantra while concentrating on its meaning acts as a mechanism to stimulate the feelings which relax the body and mind. This then enables pure consciousness to materialise. To give shape and substance to such awareness, it is visualized as a tantric deity, a metaphor for our Buddha Nature.
As the word ‘mantra’ suggests, it becomes a technology, or tool, that holds the mind together. The power thus generated in this concentrated affirmation is believed to cut through the vision of impure self-perception, which is regarded as the root of all suffering. When this is not recognized, as generally is the case, the stream of energy within our chakras becomes polluted and clogged up. This manifests in the symptoms of psychological and physical disorders.
The eight mantras offered here allow us to release all negative thoughts and address specific problems which habitually cloud our basic purity.
The classic sound of the Gyuto Monks invites us to open our hearts to others in preparation for recitation of the mantras. The invocation sets intention and motivation according to Tibetan Buddhist practice.

I invoke the healing Buddha inside me by going all the way to the supreme heights to remove the pain of illness and spiritual ignorance.
The practical purpose of spirituality is to help others deal with their various life issues. Sickness represents a major problem. Reciting this mantra may contribute to healing on many levels, adding to the effectiveness of medical treatment and medicines.

The full album is available on ITUNES

All proceeds of this CD are directed to the Gyuto Monastery in Dharamsala, India; the Phowa Project; and Veggiyana.
Chanting: Deva Premal and The Gyuto Monks:
Sonam Dorjee, Passang Gyamtso, Gelek Gonpo, Tenzin Jigme Keyboards: Kit Walker
Cello: David Darling
Bansuri: Manose
Native American Flute (Wisdom): Marina Stanton
Recorded and mixed by Kamal Engels (Art of Audio)
Mastered by Rob Fraboni (using FirstSoundTM Analog Feel Restoration Process)
Design: Brigitte Behr
Photography: Melinda Andreas, Deva Premal, Miten Thangkas: Karma Thupten
Mantra notes translated by Sonam Rigzin Edited by Maureen Fallon
Produced by Deva Premal & Miten in collaboration with Gyuto House, Australia
A Prabhu Production
© + ℗ Prabhu Music 2010



A beautiful experience….

This is now my 2nd ‘float’ at saltsoak and I felt so much more at ease 2nd time around..

Unlike the tanks I’ve floated in in the past (like 20 years ago) there is a light switch on the inside of the tank (pod) which I had turned off for the full session…the peace and stillness with just the sound of the breath is healing in itself… I now understand a comment a yoga student has expressed to me in the past of her diving experience, “it’s just you floating with the sound of the breath”

I leave feeling more refreshed, pain free, and invigorated.

The pod rooms and and studio itself has a stunning modern design. The staff are the friendliest I have come across and highly informed.

If you are even considering to have a float I highly recommend Saltsoak in Balmain💕🙏

August down time 🙏

During the month of AUGUST  there will be NO YOGA CLASSES on the following dates…. this is temporary as St Joseph’s are busy and need the yoga room🙏

Monday – August 19 (11am & 6:15pm – Hatha)

Wednesday- August 14 & 21 (7pm – Hatha)

Thursday – August 15 & 22 (6:30pm- kundalini)

There is however the Kundalini yoga workshop on Sunday 25th.. check events 🙏