Newsletter November 2012
There's been plenty going on so read-on for the latest excitement!
There’s been lots of news from the Audio Visual side of Anahata!
Swami Karma Karuna has been busy recording her new CDs, “Yoga for Women” and “Yoga for Health and Healing”. These long awaited CDs have many of the nourishing practices which make Swami Karma Karuna’s yoga classes so popular. The Yoga for Women CD includes postures specifically suited for women’s bodies, as well as Chandra Namaskara (Salute to the Moon) with accompanying mantras to take you deeper into the practice. The Yoga for Health and Healing CD offers a gentle and nurturing yoga routine to replenish and relax the body, and includes the deep relaxation practice of Satyananda Yoga Nidra™. (If you are interested in pre-ordering either of these CDs see details in the Products section).
We have recently sponsored a radio show called 'Radio Om' which airs on FreshFm every 2 weeks on Tuesday and Sunday afternoons. The show includes interviews with Satyananda Yoga teachers and guests, sharing insights and wisdom on the science of yoga, meditation, health related topics and yogic lifestyle, along with conscious music from host and Anahata regular DJ Surya Masala. Check our website for details of how to tune in and where to download the latest episodes.
In other AV excitement, we had some professional video makers come and live at Anahata for 3 weeks, attending programs and living a yogic lifestyle while capturing life at Anahata on film, with the output being the creation of our new Anahata video! Check it out and let us know what you think – does it capture life at Anahata as you know it?
We will also shortly be adding an audio-visual section to our website where photos, video and audio satsangs will be available for your inspirational enjoyment. Stay tuned!
The major garden project at Anahata this year has been the construction of the polytunnel. The structure of it has been completed. Two large garden beds have been constructed with stone walls and very lush composting soil, and we are now gearing up to plant these beds during the spring months with heat loving plants such as tomatoes, chillies and eggplants. This will be a treat for the kitchen cooks as well as our appetites.
The garden enclosure has also been getting a lift with the recent Explore Your ‘Self’ group of karma yogis building rock walls around the beds using rocks from a local quarry, and putting down fresh gravel and sawdust on the paths, for a new look and more growing space!
Plant Fact: Miner’s Lettuce
Over winter our enclosure beds were inundated with miner’s lettuce (also called winter purslane). This was excellent for our winter salads because of its high vitamin C content for helping ward off those winter and change of season colds. The plant got its name through the itinerant gold miners who, aware of its health benefits and ease of growing, used to carry seeds with them and colonize them during gold rushes.
A successful garden project over winter was two enclosures planted with leafy greens and root vegetables which flourished. Currently we are preparing seedlings for the new summer, and we have created pumpkin patches which are composting. These will follow the three sister permaculture design of pumpkins, corn and beans all being grown together.
Our fruit trees have been given much love and attention. They have had a prune, a good layer of mulch to nourish the soil, and it is good to see their leaves beginning to grow back now that spring is here. We have been planting calendulas and nasturtiums around the base to help ward off disease and attract insects, as well as comfrey as its deep roots help bring up nutrients.
We have also been making our own potash which supplies the soil with potassium and helps the buds of the fruit trees turn into fruit. Interestingly this coincided with other projects happening in the grounds. We had been clearing gorse and bracken to create space for planting firewood trees, and this happens to be some of the best wood for burning to make potash. Potash requires a clean ground where other things haven’t been burnt and seeped chemicals into the ground. We were in the process of burning out a large tree stump for the future site of the diesel tank for our new diesel generator, and so were able to burn the gorse and bracken in this space. It is important that the wood burns on dry earth as if it gets wet the potassium washes out.
We have just had a delivery of two hundred firewood trees, and planting has already begun with "tree socks" to protect the little seedlings from the wind. For all the firewood that we burn here, it is good to generate some new trees for the future.
We are in a continual process of upgrading our facilities so we have a comfortable and sustainable place to offer all the people that visit us. Recently work has been done to improve our power supply in order to become more energy efficient and reduce our power costs. A new diesel generator has been purchased and a specially designed shed has been made to house it. We are in the process of installing this and hooking it up to our electrical system, which will enable it to automatically start and stop. Also to improve our power system we aim to add more solar panels to the roof of the main house so that the power supply is getting more charge from the sun.