As the founder of Seed of Self, Honey Banchans work is based on guiding women to be more embodied, radiant and fully alive. Seed of Self is a womens’ space, empowering the Feminine to reconnect with natural cycles, Earth and Self. She is also a Yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic Consultant. In short - a woman that truly speaks our language.
We spoke to Honey about her favourite Ayurvedic practices, how to embrace and embody the feminine and the importance of energy clearing.
We hope our Mindful Rituals series will inspire you to introduce more mindfulness in your daily life, one day at the time.
Mindful rituals with…
Honey Bachan, Womens’ mentor, Yoga Teacher and Ayurvedic Consultant.
Daily morning rituals...
I generally have a season specific daily ritual which we call ritucharya, currently it includes Vedic Rounding practice, mantra, journaling, dry brushing, tongue scrape, walking my dog and drinking Tamra Jal (water sat in copper overnight). Not in that order and this is a best case scenario - during lockdown it has admittedly felt very heavy and hard to practice!
How do you stay mindful throughout the day? Do you have any secrets to cultivating a daily mindfulness practice?
Having a conscious, aware and sensitive state of Being is a natural byproduct from my embodiment work - especially from mantra meditation. My main secret would be to really clear the body of unhelpful energies so that you can begin from a solid foundation, then focus on meditation practice and incorporating philosophy into your perspective of life.
What does plants as medicine mean to you? How have they offered support or helped you find balance?
Bio-energetic herbal medicine, especially adaptogenic herbs is by definition Ayurvedic, it means harnessing the power of nature, the healing properties of Soma (the nectar of the moon that Herbs carry) and allowing their subtle properties to assist your own natural unfolding.
I love to use rasayana (adaptogenic herbs) to calm the mind but am also aware that we can’t use these as a salve if underlying energetic issues are not resolved.
What is your favourite (adaptogenic) herb and how do you use it?
Ashwagandha and shatavari - I make rolled herbal honey using local honey and dried rose petals, I sometimes add a little ash from traditional Vedic fire ceremonies that are said to have highly potent healing qualities. I allow this a few days of sunlight and then take a teaspoon most days either on it’s own, in foods or sometimes in a lukewarm beverage (heated honey is poison from the Ayurvedic perspective).
I also make my own cacao mix with shatavari, ashwagandha, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and a little mineral salt that I use for tonics most days. I also use this blend to make a rasayana chocolate bark, the recipe for which can be found in my Anahata Kitchen e-cookbook.
What does female embodiment mean to you, and how do we cultivate or embrace it?
Female embodiment means being clear enough to know your own ethics, belief systems, Dharma and desires. Then being grounded and energetically strong enough to pursue them and use your life to its highest, most aligned potential.
And of course, all the while having enough grace and perspective to remain flexible to the changing requirements of nature and new knowledge as it is unveiled.
Best health/wellness secret?
Abhyanga - daily self-massage, especially using herbal medicated oils specific for your type. I have seen this change the lives of so many women and it works to heal on so many levels especially menstrual health, groundedness, self-love, self-honouring, connection to self, resilience and muscular/bone related disturbances but that honestly is the tip of the iceberg of what this practice does.
What lights you up? Or what are you currently grateful for?
At the moment I’m at about month 8 of a strict lockdown in Melbourne, Aus so lighting up is a little simpler than a year ago. Currently, my senior aged dog, studying Permaculture and Deep Ecology and my Borage plant. I’m grateful for all of the above, for being able to do the work that I do on a daily basis but most of all at the moment I’m grateful for owning so many incredible books, having the time to digest them and the desire to learn more from them.
Daily evening rituals...
I like to avoid screens or blue light block, switch off the modem, use candlelight after sundown, sometimes have a sleep inducing tea. On a really good night an evening abhyanga is wonderful but most nights I do a quick foot massage with my homemade Brahmi oil (great for excess thinking and insomnia), pop some warm socks on, do viparita karani in bed and allow some time to process the day, then I use a Sweet Dreams balm from The Perfect Potion and read until I need to blow the candle out.
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