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Ayurveda and the Natural World

Imagine, for a moment, that you are strolling through a forest on a warm spring day. The forest is bursting with life, and as you gaze about, you notice that in the deep shade, ferns flourish as mushrooms push up through the moist soil. Water lilies float upon the surface of a nearby pond. In the distance, wildflowers dance in the breeze of a sunny meadow. 

Ayurveda and Biodiversity

 Every garden needs biodiversity! Biodiversity helps ensure the health of ecosystems, and this beautiful yellow flower with red speckles serves just this purpose in our Medicinal Herb Garden. Plus it attracts birds and butterflies to the garden, and is used in making flower essences.

Ayurveda, Music & Healing

Listen closely: Are the lyrics expressing an energy that will support your well-being and the person you want to be, or are you choosing music with lyrics that keep you bound to old thoughts and feelings that no longer serve you?…

Dermatology & Ayurveda Workshop with Dr. Marc Halpern

As the concluding event of our 20th Anniversary weekend (in August 2015), Dr. Marc Halpern offered a very special gift to his students and graduates; a free one day workshop on dermatology. Dr. Halpern is adding a very extensive section on dermatology and skin care to the CCA curriculum, and this was the first glimpse of the new material. 

A Special Puja (Celebration) Honoring the Divine Healer within Our Own Hearts - California College of Ayurveda 20th Anniversary

Our amazing 20th Anniversary celebration kicked off with a very special puja (ritual) performed by Swami Vashistananda, a Vedic Priest from the Namboodiri lineage in Kerala (Southern India).


20th Anniversary Celebration at the California College of Ayurveda ~ August 28-30, 2014

 Our 20th Anniversary celebration was a beautiful, touching, inspired weekend overflowing with love, light and grace. So much joy abounded! 

These pictures offer a sampling, a small taste. Watch for additonal posts with more photos - particularly of the phenomenal concert with David Newman, the beautiful opening puja (ceremony), and Dr. Halpern’s amazing dermatology workshop. 

Ayurveda: A Brief History of an Ancient Healing Science

Ayurveda is considered the “mother of all healing sciences.” It is the profound, vast, ancient wisdom that teaches us how to live lives of balance. Ayurveda has been around since the dawn of human existence on Earth. As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary, let’s take a brief look at the history of this ancient science. Since it is so ancient, dates are estimates only:

Ayurveda, Elecampane and the Lungs (and a Bonus Herb: Bamboo)

 Summer time at our Medicinal Herb Garden is a marvelous thing!

Ayurveda and the Importance of Sleep

Sleep, Aaaah…beautiful sleep. Do you get enough? If not, this could spell trouble for you!

Ayurveda considers sleep to be one of the “Three Pillars of Life,” along with proper digestion and appropriate sexual activity. What this means is that proper and sufficient sleep is essential for optimal health and without it, body and mind can suffer. 

Ayurveda & the Divinely Feminine Herbs Black Cohosh and Wild Yam

Interestingly, the two herbs pictured here, both of which have special actions on the female reproductive system, love to hang out together in our medicinal herb garden.

The beautiful heart-shaped leaves belong to wild yam, and the plant that has white flowers and leaves with a coarsely toothed margin is black cohosh