WHAT IS AYURVEDA?

Ayurveda is a 5000 year old traditional system of medicine originating from the same ancient teachings as yoga. As in yoga, Ayurveda focuses on the development of the soul and, as a means to that end, the proper care of the body, the senses, and the mind. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, the body, mind, senses and spirit must exist in harmony for us to be truly healthy and happy. Therefore, the proper care of these four components of life must be considered, managed, and nourished throughout life. 

MY AYURVEDA OFFERINGS:

Whether you are a yoga or fitness studio owner or just someone who'd like to gather a group of friends for an afternoon of enrichment, I have a program for you.


AN INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA                                                            

3 HOURS OR FULL DAY AS PART OF 200 or 300 HOUR YTT

  • History of Ayurveda 
  • Five Elements
  • Dosas - Qualities/Functions/Main Sites
  • Seasons
  • Time of Day
  • Time of Life
  • 20 Gunas (Qualities)
  • Incorporating Ayurveda into Yoga Teaching

Students should leave with a basic understanding of Ayurveda and how it can be applied in yoga teaching.  The purpose of this lecture is not to impart skills necessary to teach a “dosa balancing” yoga class, but rather to give the YTTs a glimpse into the possibilities that lay ahead as they progress in their understanding of yoga and its teachings.


AYURVEDA AND THE ART OF DOSA BALANCING THROUGH YOGA TEACHING                                                                                          

FULL WEEKEND AS PART OF 200 or 300 HOUR YTT

SATURDAY:

  • 75 minute Dosa Balancing Class
  • History of Ayurveda 
  • Five Elements
  • Dosas - Qualities/Functions/Main Sites
  • Seasons
  • Time of Day
  • Time of Life
  • 20 Gunas (Qualities)
  • Incorporating Ayurveda into Yoga Teaching
    • Vata Balancing Class Overview
    • Pitta Balancing Class Overview
    • Kapha Balancing Class Overview
  • Group Sequencing of Dosa Balancing Class (will vary depending upon 200 or 300 hour YTT)

SUNDAY:

  • 75 Minute Dosa Balancing Class
  • Review & Q&A 
  • Demonstrate Dosa in Cues & Pose in Teams of Two
  • Continue Group Sequencing of Dosa Balancing Class
  • Practice Teach Dosa Balancing Class in Groups
  • Q&A, Resources

Students should leave with basic understanding of Ayurveda and how it can be applied in yoga teaching.  They should feel confident using the seasons and time of day as themes in their yoga classes.  They should also leave with a basic foundation for incorporating appropriate dosa balancing language and poses into their sequencing.

 

 

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EXPLORING AYURVEDA                                                                

WORKSHOP OPEN TO ALL (4 HOURS) (A great in-home workshop!)

A full afternoon of nourishment and enlightenment for the body, mind, senses and soul!  In this workshop, students will learn about the history and philosophy of Ayurveda. They will discover what it means to live an Ayurvedic Lifestyle through the practice of Dinacharya, or “Daily Regimen for Self-Care.” They will also learn basic self-care techniques that support balance and well-being (abhyanga - self body massage, nasya oil, rosewater spray, tongue scraping, netti pot).

ADDITIONAL 2 HOURS (if kitchen is available):

Students will learn how to make ghee, nut milks, and some seasonal Ayurvedic dishes (ie. Kitchari, Black Bean Burgers).  


SEASONAL WORKSHOPS                                                              

WORKSHOP OPEN TO ALL (2-3 HOURS)

We traditionally think of the seasons in terms of winter, spring, summer and fall.  In Ayurvedic terms, however, the year is broken up into three parts, vata season, which lasts from late fall into early winter; kapha season, which begins in the coldest part of the winter and lasts through the spring; and pitta season, the summer into early fall.  Our bodies closely mimic what naturally occurs in nature and, just like the seasons, they are ever changing.  Often we don’t recognize that our bodies and/or our minds are out of balance until we are in the thick of it.  In these seasonal workshops, students will learn about the particular dosa that is “on deck” so to speak, as well as the self-care techniques and food choices that will best serve them as the seasons and their bodies shift.

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