One of my favorite local healers, the amazing Sheila Govindarajan founded Rasa Veda Healing in 2012 to share the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda).
Originating in India over 3,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic medicinal systems. Named from the Sanskrit word ‘science of life’, Ayurveda is based on the belief that all facets of life can impact your health.
Sheila’s practice at Rasa Veda always begins with an Ayurvedic consultation to determine your constitution and wellness goals. Her signature treatment is Abhyanga (90 min warm oil massage) followed by Shirodhara where warm oil is poured repeatedly and rhythmically on the center of your forehead. The experience is amazing, deeply meditative, relaxing and nurturing.
In addition, she creates amazing herbal medicated Abhyanga oils/salves, Ayurvedic herbal tonics, and custom blended aromatherapy oils. All the oils and herbs are organic, wildcrafted and from biodynamic farming techniques.
Sheila is available by appointment only, Rasa Veda Healing is located in Hancock Park. For more info or to schedule click HERE
I experienced my first Thai Massage on a trip to Thailand in the summer of 2001 and absolutely loved it. One session not only cured my jet lag, but I felt immediate relief from a headache and low back soreness. In 2006, I went back to Thailand to study and become certified in Thai Massage and Thai Foot Reflexology.
Traditional Thai Massage or “Thai Yoga Massage” is an ancient healing modality that dates back over 2500 years combining acupressure, stretching and assisted yoga postures.The practice also promotes positive energy circulation, joint mobility and stress relief.
Thai Massage is a great alternative to table massage as it is performed on the floor, no lotions or oils are applied and you remain fully clothed. For rates go to MENU.
After researching many top 10 lists from other journalists, doctors and researchers, here are my 10 daily habits for optimal health and happiness. (Not in any particular order)
1) Drink lots of water, 8 glasses per day.
2) Eat 3 to 5 clean, light, organic (whenever possible) and balanced meals. Consume fresh juices and foods rich in antioxidants.
3) Breathe fresh air. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors, the sun, the breeze or a great view.
4) Practice good oral hygiene, brush your teeth for 2 mins, twice daily and floss.
5) Be active, make physical activity part of your daily routine. Exercise 20 – 30 mins. Try to include some yoga, cardio or strength training.
6) Practice your passion or hobby, spend 30 -60 mins on what you love to do.
7) Practice mindfulness: For 1-10 mins be present, (think positive thoughts) breathe deeply and smile.
8) Spend quality time with your family and friends.
9) Find joy, purpose and meaning in your work even on tougher days.
10) Be productive. Get something done for yourself and do something for others.
What are your favorite daily habits that bring you happiness? I would be interested in learning some from you!