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Vata dosha in Ayurvedic medicine

Central to Ayurveda is the concept of the 5 elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth), all of which are present in the universe as well as in the human body – the human body, according to Ayurveda, is viewed as the microcosm of the macrocosm that is this universe.
These elements combine to form the constitutional makeup of our bodies – known as ‘doshas’ or bodily humors. These are Vata = Air & Ether, Pitta = Fire & Water and Kapha = Earth + Water.

What is Ayurveda? An introduction

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Course Offered by Dr. Marc Halpern from the California College of Ayurveda have been Announced for 2014

The program is offered March 17-29, 2014 in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The program is offered March 17-29, 2014 in Nassau, Bahamas at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. The program allows students to learn how to teach individualized and group Yoga programs based on the nature of the student's Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances. For more details about the program, please visit

The Ayurvedic Oracle - September 2013

Letter from the President

Greetings from Quebec! Early fall is in the air and bright red leaves have introduced themselves within the lush green deciduous forests of the far north-east. A beautiful sight!  I have not seen a north-east fall in many years and I realize now how much I miss it! 

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy at the Sivananda Yoga Camp by Dr. Marc Halpern

The journey begins at the airport in Montreal. That's when you realize that you are indeed in another country. The signs are in French and English. In the airport, most people speak both languages but more than a few do not speak English fluently and the vast majority speak English with a strong French accent. I've been taking this trip annually now for 10 years of so. I never learned the language. Just saying that makes me feel like a stereotypical arrogant American. Of course, we're all Americans aren't we, both in the North and in the South.

Ayurvedic Self-Massage - Abhyanga

Self-massage = Self-Love. There is no greater expression of self-love than lovingly anointing ourselves from head to toe with warm oil – this practice is called abhyanga. The Sanskrit word Sneha can be translated as both “oil” and “love”. It is believed that the effects of abhyanga are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Like the experience of being loved, abhyanga can give a deep feeling of stability and warmth.

Ayurveda and self-healing: Ayurvedic Oracle from August 2013

Letter from the President

Yoga Nidra classes and message from Dr. Marc Halpern from the Ayurvedic Oracle

Letter from the President (July 2013)

This past month was very exciting at CCA. While of course we were involved with a wide array of teaching programs at both our Northern and Southern California locations, the highlight of the month was most certainly the Celebration of Ayurveda. The events began on June 14th with one of the most special puja ceremonies we have ever had at CCA. 

California College of Ayurveda Offers Ayurveda Herbal Training

The California College of Ayurveda is proud to announce its ayurvedic herbal preparation open to practitioners and patients wishing to order churnas (ayurvedic herbal powder), capsules, medicated oils or ghee, and other preparations.

One Small Change, One Step at a Time


Often the path to health and wellness seems daunting. If you were to look at a list of how many things you could do to improve our health and well-being, the thought of implementing all of them could make you sick! After all, how many things do you already know that would help you to feel healthier but you are not doing them? If your list is like mine, it’s pretty long and I’ve been implementing change in my life for the past 23 years!