Chamundi has a way introducing people into your life in a direct and intimate way. As I stay here in my last few days with 9 other intrepid souls, there is ample time to learn about their path here. Sophie is a Scottish born resident of Mallorca who has spent the last 10 years as […]

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Dhanyamladhara- Fermented grains with nourishing demulcent herbs cooked in , added to a mixture of buttermilk curds and water, strained and warmed and poured lusciously over the body in a slow rhythmic motion. Nourishing to the bones, regulates endocrine system, reduces LDL cholesterol and softens/rehydrates the skin. 5 -7 consecutive treatments for maximum results. You […]

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My sister Sue and her 2 amazing daughters were ready for respite. Sarika came in from Israel where she is on a Fulbright scholarship and Adina was taking a break from her Brooklyn- based literary magazine. Sue had just tucked her husband Jim and 25 CRC congregants back onto a plane heading for St. Louis. […]

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Netra Basti – Dough made of idli flour( a mixture of rice and bean flours) is formed into a dam around the eyes, then filled with medicated ghee (clarified butter.) The herbs (rose, chrysanthemum, among others )are cooked into the ghee and make the eyes moist, lubricated and cool. A series of netra basti will […]

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The decision to make Chamundi the last stop on a 2 1/2 week adventure came as naturally to Elyce and Leslie as a downward dog. They arrived filled with stories and anecdotes about the places they’d been, a good sampling of the yoga centers and the landmarks in this richly textured country. I had secretly […]

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It wasn’t going to be her favorite day. Since Concha had only seen a little of Mumbai and the rest of her stay at Chamundi, the offer of a visit to a nearby spice plantation and elephant ride on her last full day in Kerala was definitely something she wanted to do.  Having done something […]

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Another use for Triphala: This digestive formula is well known for restoring and reviving the digestive system. But here in Kerala it’s also the key ingredient to a flawless complexion! Mix 3 TBS of triphala powder with equal parts raw honey and sweet almond oil to form a paste. This can be stored in an […]

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Transitions The last time I was in another country with my friend Concha it was 12 years ago, when we were dancing down the avenues of Barcelona. For me, at 40, I was at the apex of my career, rooted by marriage and small children. For her, it was another turning point.  After 20 years, […]

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Try this dry spice blend sautéed in ghee or olive and oil and add to veggies, soups or stews-helps with digestion ; warms and nourishes the body! 3 parts fennel seed, 1 part turmeric powder, 1 part cumin powder, 1 part dry ginger, 1 part black pepper, 1 part cardamom powder, 1 part rock or mineral […]

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