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Shirodhara  - Montreal

If Ayurveda is a art of living, it is also a health system thousands years old recognized by the World Health Organization. In Ayurveda, health is more than physical well-being, it is a well-being that brings happiness and radiation both internally and externally.


Massage is in the heart of Ayurvedic traditions, to nurture, revitalize and maintain the balance of the body. Therapeutic and harmonizing, the Shirodhara (literally shiro - head and dhara - flow) is a great care of mind harmonization.


After determining what my dosha (constitution), the therapist chooses the oil that meets my specific needs of the moment. For me, it will be warm sesame oil with medicinal plants. Lying comfortably on the back, the treatment begins with a massage of the scalp and face. Then in a slow swing, following a specific path, a thin thread of warm oil is poured on the forehead, up to the third eye, from one temple to the other, bathing the hair. I feel at peace. Mental ruminations disappeared. The treatment left me relaxed, radiant and with a free and clear mind.


Divinely soothing, a go to for insomnia, headaches, eye problems, memory loss, graying hair, Shirodhara is a moment to offer or to be offered.



How to naturally fight and prevent a cold in 3 simple ways!

With fall on it’s full wind, it’s that time of year when most of us get a cold but it  could be prevented. Lets say, you suddenly start feeling a tingle in your throat, feeling tired and your nose is congested or running, these symptoms can be addressed right away and not let them turn into a full blown cold.

Try these Ayurvedic tips and you will feel back to normal in the next 24-48 hours.


Clean ;

-Gargle with a lukewarm glass of purified water and ½ tsp of tumeric

-Clean your sinuses with a Netti pot and salt water


Boost ;

- Eat 1tsp of Chyavanprash (Ayurvedic jam composed of 40 different herbs that boost your immune system)

- Take 500mg of a potent vitamin C such as Amalaki


Nourish ;

- Make yourself an herbal tea of Ginger, lemon and honey,  bee pollen is optional

- Apply a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil under your feet or you can use Vicks (if  that’s all you have in your pharmacy)


Rest!! Get a full night sleep ☺


Ayurvedic Detox

Kitcheree is a Vegan, gluten free and low in fat meal that is good for everyone. It's a great detox food.

Kitcheree Recipe
½ cup of basmati rice

¼ cup of split mung dhal

1 tsp. of oil or ghee

½ tsp. finely grated ginger

½ tsp. coriander seed

½ tsp. turmeric powder

½ tsp. cumin seed

¼ tsp. black mustard seed

4 cups of water

2 cups of seasonal vegetables


Melt the ghee in a saucepan and add the muster seeds,as they pop and the coriander, cumin, turmeric.and Sauté them on low heat. Add the basmati rice and split mung dhal and ginger, stir to assure that all of the rice is coated with the spices. Cook for two minutes. Add the four cups of water. Bring the water to a boil and cook uncovered on medium heat until the water has evaporated and the rice and mung dhal are soft, about 30 to 40 minutes. Add the seasonal vegetables 15 minutes before the end.


Add sunflower sprouts and coriander to your liking. Enjoy!


How to prepare for your pregnancy in 3 easy steps

Ayurvedic Medicine believes that both partners should cleanse their bodies and minds before they conceive. It is believed that the baby's dosha is determined by the state of both parents at conception.


Every program that I build incorporates three elements.  Firstly, lifestyle. This includes how you sleep, daily activities, and treatments to follow. Secondly, food. Eating the proper foods according to your dosha and/or season. Lastly, herbs, which are a support system in your healing process


Following these 3 simple yet effective steps will get you strong and healthy before you conceive.



Do activities that relax you or make you happy such as yoga, dancing, creative arts, and walks in nature.


 2. FOOD:

 Reduce or eliminate dairy, wheat and sugar.

             Eat according to your dosha

 Among the foods to help with fertility are the following:








 3. HERBS:

 Shatavari is the most effective herb for women wanting to conceive.





Every program begins with a personalized consultation. We get to ask questions about who you are, what makes you unique, and why you have symptoms, if any are present.


In fact, unlike a doctor’s visit, you can and should visit an Ayurvedic practitioner before any symptoms are present. Our goal here is health promotion and disease prevention.




 To book your consultation with Vanesa, please contact her by clicking





How to overcome insomnia in 3 easy steps

Sleep disorders are often caused by a vata imbalance. Other causes can be increased stress levels or hormonal changes, like menopause. An evening routine in combination with ayurvedic herbs and the proper diet is the most natural remedy to help relieve insomnia.


Follow these 3 simple yet effective steps:



• Abyangha and shirodhara

• Meditation

• Take a bath

• Stop all mental work after 9pm (tv, internet, work…)

• Get to bed no latest than 11pm. Work yourself to be in bed by 10pm.



• Hot milk and nutmeg before bed

• Light dinners to avoid digestive disturbances during the night

• Avoid consuming liquids two hours before bedtime

• With hot flashes or cold sweats, prepare a tea with the following cooling foods: coriander, cumin, fennel, aloe vera gel



• Jatamamsi,

• Shunk Pushpi

• Ashwaghanda

• Brahmi


These herbs are among the best herbs to help with insomnia issues.


To get to the root cause of your insomnia or to receive the full program based on your dosha, please contact me


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Ayurvedic Daily Rituals

This routine is one that you develop with time, this is my full version. It is one of my favorite

times of the day to indulge in taking care of myself and awaken my senses, before I cater to my

daily obligations. If there is no time in the morning but you have time in the evening, then just

add it to your evening, keeping the oil pulling in the morning and the meditation before diner.

Get up with the sun or before 7:00 am.



  • Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper.
  • Oil Pulling; with Organic Coconut or Sesame oil, start with ½ to 1 tbs for 10-15 minutes (can be done during your shower or while you prepare breakfast).
  • Brush your teeth.



  • Clean the nasal passages using a Netti Pot with slightly salted distilled or purified room temperature water. Finish with a drop of sesame oil in each nostril with a dropper or the tip of your finger, you can blow your nose to remove excess.



  • Drink a glass of lukewarm lemon or chlorophyll water.
  • Massage your body with warm sesame or coconut oil (1 to 2 ounces). Leave at least 20 minutes on the skin. You can practice Yoga/meditation during this time.
  • Yoga, breathing and meditation;
  • Practice yoga postures such as sun salutations for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  • Breathing exercises 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Meditate with a mantra for 15 minutes to start your day, and create your intentions.
  • Take a shower.

Note; You can interchange the order above to accommodate your preferences. For example, it

is often more convenient to perform an oil massage before showering. Since you must keep the

oil on the body for at least 20 minutes, this is an ideal time to begin your yoga and meditation

session. This can be followed by a shower.


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