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2016/08

 

August 2016

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Body Therapy Workshops

 

 

 

 

Tibetan Chakra

Stone Massage

with:Robert Sachs

 

August 6-8th, 2016

 

Register Here

 

 

 

Panchakarma

Specialist Training

with: Ragaia Belovarac

 

August 29-Sept. 2nd, 2016

 

Register Here

 

 

Ojai Women's Retreat

 

August 31st-Sept. 5th, 2016

 

with: Carol Prentice, Amanda Green and Sydney Laurel Harris

 

 

  Are you dealing with stress and overwhelm in your life? Are you looking for change and a new direction? Are your relationships suffering because you make the same choices over and over? Or would you simply like to create more leisure time, balance and joy in your daily living? 

 

This 5-day retreat is limited to only 15 women. It's an opportunity to be with like-minded women who are on a path to creating greater awareness, health and vitality in their own life that will become a part of them, not just a memory of something one 'should' do.

 

Special offer for CCA friends and students! Register by July 11st and save $200! Promo code: CCAFAN! Pricing is income related to the tuition. Room and board are separate. Please see website for complete details. www.OjaiWomensRetreat.com

 

 

 

 

 

Distance Learning

 

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Distance Learning for

Ayurveda Health Counselor Part 1 and Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Part 1 programs, begins every 1st and 15th of the month.

 

 

 

 

What are our

Grads up to?

 

 

 

Attention CCA Grads:  Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll share it with the world! 
 
We have an ongoing feature on our blog (located on our home page) as well as on our Facebook page called “What Our Grads Are Up To.”  Let us know what great work you’re doing and we will happily post it! Suggestions include: Workshops and programs you’re teaching, events you’re involved in, opening a new practice, books you’ve written, CD’s or DVD’s you’ve created, handmade products you make and sell (with links to purchase), and whatever other ways you are sharing your healing wisdom with the world!
 
Simply email the below information to om@ayurvedacollege.com and we will post:
 
  • Content must be ready for posting, with no editing required
  • Pictures must be ready for posting, with no editing required (photos highly recommended)

If the image is too large, it will take too long to download. Too small, and the quality will be poor and it won’t fit the thumbnail

Best size is 470 px by 470 px

Must be at least 180 px by 180 px

  • Links to your website, if desired

 

Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat

 

Land of Medicine Buddha,

Santa Cruz, CA

 
September 23rd - 25th, 2016 
 

 with: Megan McCarver and 

 Sandhiya Ramaswamy

 

 At the base of the great Redwood Forest on 108 acres of sacred land is a place where you can join mindful friends at our 5th Annual Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat. The Land of Medicine Buddha is a Buddhist Meditation and Retreat Center which vibrates pure prayer and a heart-warming vastness of harmony and peace. Reflect, restore and rejuvenate in this magical land - enjoy comfortable single or double accommodations, organic vegetarian meals, daily Yoga and Meditation classes, Ayurveda Aromatherapy immersion workshop, Yoga Nidra, Dharma talk and a guided nature hike in the scenic redwoods. This retreat fills up, so reserve your spot ~

 

For more information:

http://yogaeverywhere.com/SantaCruz(After-July-15th).html

 

 

 

 

 
 

CONTACT US

 

California College of Ayurveda

700 Zion St. Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: (530) 478-9100

 

  Send us an Email

 

 

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.". -Edith Wharton

 

 

Fall Classes Are

Filling Up Fast!

 

 

 

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist-1: Clinical Theory

 

Starts: October 25th, 2016

 

  During this 8-month academic program, students will study the

  classical ayurvedic perspective on the management of disease in

  each system of the body as well as an overview of the Western

  Medical understanding of the condition.

 

 

  This program is entirely academic and is the pre-requisite for the

  College's Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist internship program, with a

  focus on preventative medicine and clinical ayurvedic medicine.

  This program is also a pre-requisite for the Ayurvedic Doctor

  Program.

 

  Prerequisites: Students must complete A.H.C-1 or A.H.E, and a college

  level course in Western Anatomy and Physiology.

 

 

Learn More

 

 

Ayurvedic Health Counselor-2: Internship

 

Starts: October 31st, 2016

 

 

  This 6-month internship trains students on a scope of practice that 

  focuses on preventative medicine, lifestyle transformation, and the

  promotion of health and wellness. During this 6-month internship,

  students will learn how to provide dietary and lifestyle support,

  including the use of aromatherapy, color, sound, and massage

  therapies.

 

 

  Prerequisites: Students must complete A.H.C-1 or A.H.E.

 

 

Learn More

 

 

 

  Contact Jinnae at jinnae@ayurvedacollege.com

   with questions.

 

 

 

Yoga Nidra Training Certification Course

with: Dr. Halpern

 

 September 14-18, 2016

 (Grass Valley)

 

 

Learn techniques which will allow you to reach new states of conscious awareness with acute perception of both your physical and subtle body. As you practice these techniques you will feel the flow of prana move through physical, emotional, and energetic blockages. The end result is the healing of the body and mind and the expansion of consciousness. During this program, students will both experience yoga nidra, and learn how to teach it to others. Upon completion, students will be prepared to offer this service to their community.

 

This program qualifies for 36 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.

 

 

Register Here (Grass Valley)

 

 

View a past Yoga Nidra Course here

 

Letter from the President

 

 

Illusions

 

We walk through the world as if in a dream. We seem to wake up each morning and engage the real world. We work and play, earn and pay. We live and love, we struggle and cry.  At night, we sleep and engage the dream world; swirling stories, mythical in proportion, epic struggles, simple in delight. 

 

But, could it all be a dream? One dream, with two parts: The day and the night; the dark and the light. The Vedas define the dream as impermanence.  That which is transient is an illusion. Only that which is unchanging is real. There is only one thing that is unchanging. That is the Divine, the eternal.

 

Vedic knowledge tells us that to get caught up in the dream as if it is real is to suffer. We suffer when we lose perspective and believe in the transient. Whether body or mind, day or night, or waking or dreaming, to get caught up in the dream as if it is real is to struggle with issues of attachment and control, and the emotions they generate as we lose control.  Fear of losing what is important to us is the by-product of attachment to the dream. Anger over not getting what we want is the by-product of trying to control the dream and failing. We can no more control the dream than we can control the tide which flows in and out.

 

How beautiful to watch the ocean! The waves overlaying the tide. Constant movement. Beauty in a shifting landscape. The ocean view: perspective, tide pools, shapely rocks and cliffs.  The kids laugh and play on the slowly shifting sands. Parents relax in the light of the sun, one eye on the children.

 

Ayurveda teaches us that deep peace cannot be found in motion. Excitement and fun yes, but peace and bliss no. Motion brings stress and stress brings disease. Those with a vata nature move the most. Those with a vata imbalance suffer the most. Vata is dominated by air, and air means motion.  Yoga tells us that it is the movement of the mind (vrittis), caught up in drama, that is the source of suffering. This too is vata. Ayurveda tells us that no matter what your constitution (balance of the three doshas) it is vata (motion) that is the root of most disease.

 

Sri Sankaracharya, one of the most highly revered ancient sages, beckoned us to wake up from the dream and break through the illusion. Behind the illusion lies true bliss, unconditional love, peace. Behind the illusion is the Divine. The Divine is always there, we simply forget. The Divine is in all of creation, the Light and the Dark, Day and Night, Waking and Dreaming. See God in all of creation and be free of the stress. With this awareness, there is no attachment. There is no fear, no anger. Ayurveda teaches us that forgetting this truth is the primordial cause of all suffering. From here, we get caught up in drama, the mind moves, stress builds, poor choices are made, and we misuse our senses. Disease is the end result.

 

Buddhist mindfulness practices teach us that though we may not be able to still the mind, we can become the observer of the flow through it. Though we may not be able to stem the tide of change in our lives, we can peacefully observe it and not get caught up in the drama. Behind the veil of the drama we watch is the breath of life, ever-moving in and out.

 

The role of Ayurveda is to help us to heal so that we can continue our spiritual journey. What is that journey?  It is the journey of awakening to the Divine within ourselves and all of creation... it is the journey of transcending worldly drama (samsara).... it is the journey of living truth (satya) and finding peace (shanti).  The fruit of this journey is to experience the oneness and wholeness (yoga) that has been ever-present.  It is to be eternally happy (kaivalya) and to be neither awake nor asleep but to be truly conscious (turiya). There we find perfect health (svastha).

 

Reused from September 2014

 

Om Shanti, Dr. Marc Halpern

President: California College of Ayurveda

 

Author: Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda

 

Author: Yoga Nidra and Self Healing

Article of the Month

 

Ayurvedic Education in the New Millenium

 

As we move further into the new millennium, there is a growing fascination with the traditional wisdom of ancient India. Perhaps, this is because it is based on laws of nature that are timeless. Hence, it is as relevant to our well being today as it was thousands of years ago. This is especially true for Ayurveda, the ancient and holistic healing system, which has been practiced in India for over 5,000 years.
 
Ayurveda is a complete medical science. There are even many Ayurvedic specialties including geriatrics and pediatrics along with internal medicine. In India today, Ayurvedic medicine flourishes along side Western allopathic medicine. Many Indian physicians are trained in both disciplines. While the structure of the professions may seem similar in some aspects, their understanding of disease and approach to improving health are entirely different.
 
Western health care systems are based on statistical models of healing. Rather than healing the individual who has a disease, Western medicine focuses on healing only the disease. Statistics tell physicians what methods will alleviate the symptoms of disease in most people. This method is useful for improving public health but does little for the individual who does not fit into the statistical norm. Ayurveda understands that each person is a unique individual and each person's path toward health and healing is equally unique.

 

Read more here.

 

Published by the California College of Ayurveda ©2016

 

2016/09

 

September 2016

 

 

 

Annual CCA Open House

 

(click on image to view flier)

 

September 24th, 2016

10-1pm

 

  • The Shanti Shop Grand Opening
  • Intro to Ayurveda sessions
  • Tours of the campus and Herb Garden
  • Free Mini Consultations
  • Ayurveda Q & A
  • Raffle & Prizes
  • Refreshments

 

 

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Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat

 

Land of Medicine Buddha,

Santa Cruz, CA

 
September 23rd - 25th, 2016 
 

 with: Megan McCarver and 

 Sandhiya Ramaswamy

 

 At the base of the great Redwood Forest on 108 acres of sacred land is a place where you can join mindful friends at our 5th Annual Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat. The Land of Medicine Buddha is a Buddhist Meditation and Retreat Center which vibrates pure prayer and a heart-warming vastness of harmony and peace. Reflect, restore and rejuvenate in this magical land - enjoy comfortable single or double accommodations, organic vegetarian meals, daily Yoga and Meditation classes, Ayurveda Aromatherapy immersion workshop, Yoga Nidra, Dharma talk and a guided nature hike in the scenic redwoods. This retreat fills up, so reserve your spot ~

 

For more information:

http://yogaeverywhere.com/SantaCruz(After-July-15th).html

 

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Distance Learning

 

****

 

Distance Learning for

Ayurveda Health Counselor Part 1 and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 programs, begin the 1st and 15th every month.

 

 

 

 

What are our

Grads up to?

 

 

 

Attention CCA Grads:  Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll share it with the world! 
 
We have an ongoing feature on our blog (located on our home page) as well as on our Facebook page called “What Our Grads Are Up To.”  Let us know what great work you’re doing and we will happily post it! Suggestions include: Workshops and programs you’re teaching, events you’re involved in, opening a new practice, books you’ve written, CD’s or DVD’s you’ve created, handmade products you make and sell (with links to purchase), and whatever other ways you are sharing your healing wisdom with the world!
 
Simply email the below information to om@ayurvedacollege.com and we will post:
 
  • Content must be ready for posting, with no editing required
  • Pictures must be ready for posting, with no editing required (photos highly recommended)

If the image is too large, it will take too long to download. Too small, and the quality will be poor and it won’t fit the thumbnail

Best size is 470 px by 470 px

Must be at least 180 px by 180 px

  • Links to your website, if desired

 

CONTACT US

 

California College of Ayurveda

700 Zion St. Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: (530) 478-9100

 

  Send us an Email

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens". -Mandy Hale

 

 

Fall Classes Are

Filling Up Fast!

 

 

 

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist-1: Clinical Theory

 

Starts: October 25th, 2016

 

 

 In this 8-month academic program, you take a deep look at disease from the Ayurvedic perspective. You investigate how various diseases manifest in each system of the body and how the condition can best be treated. You extensively study, and learn to customize herbal medicine to support your patients in their healing journeys. You perform projects and work with case studies to deeply integrate your learning. You also gain an overview of the western medical understanding of specific diseases in comparison to the Ayurvedic approach. CAS1 prepares you to impact your patients in a deep, life-changing way.
 

The CAS1 adventure begins on-campus Oct 25th!

 

 

Learn More

 

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Ayurvedic Health Counselor-2: Internship

 

Starts: October 31st, 2016

 

 

Transform your studying into action with the AHC2 Internship! In this program you are guided, step-by-step, into starting and running your own Ayurvedic practice. As you coach your patients to make lifestyle, diet and other health changes, you bring great opportunities for healing on many levels. You are closely supervised  to give maximum support to both you and your patients. You are also trained, and required, to offer community-based talks and a class series featuring an intro to Ayurveda. This is the perfect way to gain confidence and attract patients.

 

AHC2 is the launching of the career you’ve been dreaming of -- and it all starts, on-campus, Oct 31!

 

Learn More

 

 

 

  Contact Jinnae at jinnae@ayurvedacollege.com

   with questions.

 

 

 

Yoga Nidra Training Certification Course

with: Dr. Halpern

 

 September 14-18, 2016

 (Grass Valley)

 

 

Learn techniques which will allow you to reach new states of conscious awareness with acute perception of both your physical and subtle body. As you practice these techniques you will feel the flow of prana move through physical, emotional, and energetic blockages. The end result is the healing of the body and mind and the expansion of consciousness. During this program, students will both experience yoga nidra, and learn how to teach it to others. Upon completion, students will be prepared to offer this service to their community.

 

This program qualifies for 36 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.

 

 

Register Here (Grass Valley)

 

 

View a past Yoga Nidra Course here

 

Letter from the President

 

 

Vata - Change Is In The Air

 

Can you feel it? Change is in the air!

September is the time of transformation as we move from summer into fall.  The first day of fall is September 22nd. Already in Nevada City, we see the first signs that the leaves are starting to change. I’m sure you’re well beyond the first signs in other parts of the country.

 

This is a transition from the time when pitta changes from being naturally aggravated by the heat of the summer, to a time when pitta starts to naturally cool and calm down.  While pitta is generally more in balance at this time of year, vata becomes aggravated due to the dryness and the cooler weather. The fall is a double whammy for vata though. During the fall the weather is unstable, some days will be hot and others may be cold. This movement back and forth further aggravates vata dosha. One more sign that vata is becoming aggravated is the trees changing color and slow falling of leaves. Change always aggravates vata dosha. This is not only true of the season but of life changes as well, such as changing a job or a relationship.

 

It does not matter what your constitution is. At this time of year, everyone’s vata rises. Those who have a vata constitution tend to feel it the most and have the most challenges because of it. Their skin becomes drier, their heart may beat faster, the nervous system may be agitated and the mind may experience more anxiety.

 

So, keep yourself balanced throughout the fall and early winter. Vata dosha naturally becomes subdued by the moistness of late winter and early spring when the snow begins to melt and new buds form on trees. Here are a few tips.

 

1.  Oil your body daily. This will help with the dryness while providing deep nourishment to your entire body, especially your nervous system.

 

2.  Perform Yoga Nidra: This will help keep your body and mind calm as you go through the instability.

 

3.  Eat warm, moderately spicy, heavier food. These foods provide deep nourishment. These are healthy comfort foods, such as cooked stews and soups that have both grains and root vegetables.

 

4.  If you become quite weak, take bone soups and consume some meat in the soups and stews. While Ayurveda promotes a vegetarian lifestyle, as a medicine, meat can be important.

 

5.  Avoid raw foods, cold vegetables, cold smoothies.

 

6.  Take more fermented, sour foods that will keep your agni (digestive fire) strong.

Any time you consider the seasons in your food plan, remember that even more important is your vikruti or the current state of balance of your doshas. If you have a pitta or kapha imbalance, you will need to follow guidelines that focus on those doshas first and foremost. Seasonal considerations only modify your lifestyle, they don’t dictate it. For more information, speak to a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.

 

Om Shanti, Dr. Marc Halpern

President: California College of Ayurveda

 

Author: Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda

 

Author: Yoga Nidra and Self Healing

Article of the Month

 

Ayurvedic Maximizing the Potential for Healing

 

Ayurveda is the ancient and traditional medicine of India. A holistic form of medicine, Ayurveda focuses on creating an optimal environment within the body for healing to take place. The goal of Ayurveda is to support the body’s internal healing capability.
 
The science of Ayurveda views the human being as a dynamic, life affirming organism that in its natural state is healthy, free from disease and at peace with life. Optimum health occurs when the natural process of the body are not interfered with. This happens without effort when the human being is living a harmonious life.
 
Disharmony of any kind, be it physical, mental, emotional or spiritual is the cause of disease from an Ayurvedic perspective. Disharmony occurs when a person is out of tune with the environment or other people. In order to maximize the healing capability of the body, the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (C.A.S.) helps their clients reestablish harmony through learning to follow a healthy lifestyle.
 
The five senses are portals or gateways into the body, mind and consciousness. Through them, impressions from the environment are absorbed. When healthy impressions (healthy foods, visual impressions, sounds, smells and touch) are taken in, the body responds by reaching its full potential. When low quality impressions are taken in, the body responds with less than optimum function and becomes susceptible to disease.

 

Read More

 

Published by the California College of Ayurveda ©2016

 

2016/10

 

October 2016

 

 

New On Campus ‚Äč

 

Tuesdays in Ocrober

Rise & Shine Yoga

 

Tuesday Mornings in Oct 2016

7:00am-8:15am

Taught by Jinnae Anderson CYT

 

Looking for a great morning yoga class taught by an experienced yoga teacher? Well if you live in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area, you’re in luck! 

 

Jinnae Anderson brings 30 years of experience along with a big heart and lots of humor to her morning yoga classes. 

 

Join Us Tuesdays @7

700 Zion St.

Nevada City, CA 95959 

$15 suggested donation.

Pay what you can.

 

More Info

 

 

Yoga Nidra

 

Tuesday Evenings in Oct 2016

5:30pm-6:30pm

Taught by Mariah Sunrae

 

 

Yoga Nidra is a profound form of guided relaxation. Benefits include reduced stress as well as increasing overall physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

 

Mariah strives to inspire each student to look more deeply into their mind and body, and to nourish the connection between the two.

 

Join Us Tuesdays @5:30p

700 Zion St.

Nevada City, CA 95959 

$10 suggested donation.

Pay what you can.

 

 

 

Sivananda

Upcoming Workshops

 

Ayurvedic Nutrition: Personalize Your Diet for Optimal Health

 

November 17-20, 2016

Taught by Marisa Laursen, CAS, AYT, PKS]

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In this fun and interactive workshop, you will learn how to apply the amazing healing wisdom of Ayurveda to your health and well-being ~ and in the process, discover what foods are most suited to you as a unique individual!

 

For more info and to register:

Info & Registration

Questions? 

marisa@ayurvedacollege.com

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Healing Your Life

A Dhanvantri

Temple Fundraiser

 

December 2-4, 2016

Taught by Dr. Marc Halpern, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Swami Dharmananda

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A weekend of healing through Dhanvanatri, the diety of Ayurvedic medicine. Experience Yoga Nidra, explore the cause of disease and healing through Ayurveda and Yoga.

 

Info & Registration 

or

Contact  

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Distance Learning

 

****

 

Distance Learning for

Ayurveda Health Counselor Part 1 and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 programs, begin the 1st and 15th every month.

 

 

 

 

What are our

Grads up to?

 

 

 

Attention CCA Grads:  Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll share it with the world! 
 
We have an ongoing feature on our blog (located on our home page) as well as on our Facebook page called “What Our Grads Are Up To.”  Let us know what great work you’re doing and we will happily post it! Suggestions include: Workshops and programs you’re teaching, events you’re involved in, opening a new practice, books you’ve written, CD’s or DVD’s you’ve created, handmade products you make and sell (with links to purchase), and whatever other ways you are sharing your healing wisdom with the world!
 
Simply email the below information to om@ayurvedacollege.com and we will post:
 
  • Content must be ready for posting, with no editing required
  • Pictures must be ready for posting, with no editing required (photos highly recommended)

If the image is too large, it will take too long to download. Too small, and the quality will be poor and it won’t fit the thumbnail

Best size is 470 px by 470 px

Must be at least 180 px by 180 px

  • Links to your website, if desired

 

CONTACT US

 

California College of Ayurveda

700 Zion St. Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: (530) 478-9100

 

  Send us an Email

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

" Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,

but by the seeds that you plant"

-Ram Dass

 

 

 

Fall Classes Are

Filling Up Fast!

 

 

 

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist-1: Clinical Theory

 

Starts: October 25th, 2016

 

 

In this 8-month academic program, you take a deep look at disease from the Ayurvedic perspective. You investigate how various diseases manifest in each system of the body and how the condition can best be treated. You extensively study, and learn to customize herbal medicine to support your patients in their healing journeys. You perform projects and work with case studies to deeply integrate your learning. You also gain an overview of the western medical understanding of specific diseases in comparison to the Ayurvedic approach. CAS1 prepares you to impact your patients in a deep, life-changing way.
 

The CAS1 adventure begins

on-campus, 

October 25th, 2016

 

 

Learn More

 

      

  Contact Jinnae at jinnae@ayurvedacollege.com

   with questions.

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Health Counselor-2: Internship

 

Starts: October 31st, 2016

 

 

Transform your studying into action with the AHC2 Internship! In this program you are guided, step-by-step, into starting and running your own Ayurvedic practice. As you coach your patients to make lifestyle, diet and other health changes, you bring great opportunities for healing on many levels. You are closely supervised  to give maximum support to both you and your patients. You are also trained, and required, to offer community-based talks and a class series featuring an intro to Ayurveda. This is the perfect way to gain confidence and attract patients.

 

AHC2 is the launching of the career you’ve been dreaming of.

It all starts on-campus, 

October 31, 2016

 

Learn More

 

  Contact:

Jinnae at jinnae@ayurvedacollege.com

   with questions.

 

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy 

AMBT

December 5-9, 2016

 

Immerse yourself in three deeply healing Ayurvedic body therapies

 

AMBT includes guided movement,

meditation, discussion

and

-- most importantly --

                        the giving and receiving of:

  • Abhyanga(Heals and detoxifies on all levels) 
  • Shirodhara (Calms, relaxes and cleanses the mind and nervous system) 
  • Svedana (Praised all through the Ayurvedic texts for its relaxing and detoxifying effects) 

The winter workshop is a more inward, focused experience. It is calm and very nurturing – a lovely way to get centered before the holidays!

Click on the link below for more info, or to register: 
http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/ayurvedic-massage-training-abhyanga 
 

 

 

Letter from the President

 

 

 Inspiration

 

The word, inspiration, comes from the Latin root word "spire" meaning spirit and the prefix "in" which means "within". Thus, inspiration is what happens when we get in touch with the spirit within us. To be inspired is our natural state of being. To feel inspired is to feel the joy, excitement and enthusiasm that come with feeling connected to a greater purpose.   What is a greater purpose? It is a purpose greater than one’s own selfish pursuits. It is a purpose for a higher motive, a greater cause or calling. It is what happens when the Divine speaks to you and prompts you to take action. This Divinely motivated action is sometimes called "dharma" in Hinduism.  What's your dharma? What's your higher purpose?

 

Each person has a dharma.  Some learn it through a vision. Others hear a voice. It is a Divine experience to realize one's dharma. The good news is that everyone can discover the dharma. To do so, there are only two things necessary.

 

1. Be still.  It is in the stillness that the Divine speaks to you. This occurs in meditation or a moment of Divine reflection. It can happen in your living room or on a mountain top.

 

2. Surrender: This is the hardest part. You have to be willing to surrender to your dharma to receive a clear vision of your dharma. The Divine speaks to those who are ready to listen, not just hear.

 

What will you do if you don't like your dharma? What if it's hard work? What if it will be fraught with challenges? Will you still surrender and serve?  The only answer that will do is "YES!" Without a yes, you have not surrendered and your own ego will get in the way of listening to the Divine.

 

I am reminded of my own vision to start the California College of Ayurveda. I was sitting in meditation. I had surrendered my life to God's will. All I wanted was to serve. All I wanted was clear direction. When the vision came, it was big. It was large. And, it was scary. But it was also so incredibly exciting and the prana (energy) that surged through me was greater than anything I had previously experienced. I have tried my best to surrender and serve that vision ever since.

 

May you be still and hear God's voice. May you have the courage to surrender to what you hear.

 

Om Shanti, Dr. Marc Halpern

President: California College of Ayurveda

 

Author: Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda

 

Author: Yoga Nidra and Self Healing

 

Article of the Month

 

Ayurveda: Medicicne of the Past, Medicine of the Future

 

Once upon a time, some 5,000-10,000 years ago, there lived an ancient people who inquired into the world in which they lived. They looked to the skies and saw the celestial lights, and wondered in awe about their origin and meaning. They looked around at the world and wondered, "Why am I here, and what is the meaning of my life?" They knew the world around them was fraught with challenges and potential dangers, and they asked, "How can I stay safe and healthy?"
 
These people were among the earth's oldest human inhabitants, and they lived in the land known today as India. To answer their questions, the wisest and most learned of the clan went forth to seek explanations from the Gods. These wise men and women were known as rishis, the ones who had the gift to attune themselves to the ways of the Gods. As they meditated deeply, the Gods came to them, and answers were given. They learned about astrology and astronomy, about health, about air, fire and water, and they learned about ritual. This knowledge was passed down through generations with songs and chants, and then it was written down in the oldest of books now existing on the planet: the Vedas.

 

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Published by the California College of Ayurveda ©2016

 

2016/11

 

November 2016

 

 

 

Sivananda

Upcoming Workshops

 

 

Healing Your Life

A Dhanvantri

Temple Fundraiser

 

December 2-4, 2016

Taught by Dr. Marc Halpern, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Swami Dharmananda

 

 

A weekend of healing through Dhanvanatri, the diety of Ayurvedic medicine. Experience Yoga Nidra, explore the cause of disease and healing through Ayurveda and Yoga.

 

Info & Registration 

or

Contact  

 

 

 

What are our

interns up to?

 

 

 

Attention CCA Interns:  Let us know what's happening with you and we'll share it with our readers!

 

Public Talk on Campus

 

November 15th & 21st

6pm-7:30pm

Lotus Room

 

Stay Healthy This Winter. Tips from a Holistic Perspective.

 

Come join for a evening of useful tips to keep your family healthy all winter long. We will talk about how to eat with the season, self body care & healthy routines, digestive herbs, symptomatic care (flu & cold) and more. You will gain knowledge about how to prepare the body to use it's natural defense system to prevent and treat those winter bugs! Included with the talk will be an opportunity to make your own tea compilation to bring home, healthy seasonal recipes, essential oil spritzers and an optional complete body care starter kit (at an additional cost). I look forward to talking with you about how to feel amazing all winter long!"

 

(for the Nov. 15th talk) Please RSVP by Sunday, Nov. 13

visit the event page 

 

(for the Nov. 21st talk)- Please RSVP by Saturday, Nov. 19th. 

visit the event page

 

 

 

What are our

Grads up to?

 

 

 

Attention CCA Grads:  Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll share it with the world! 
 
We have an ongoing feature on our blog (located on our home page) as well as on our Facebook page called “What Our Grads Are Up To.”  Let us know what great work you’re doing and we will happily post it! Suggestions include: Workshops and programs you’re teaching, events you’re involved in, opening a new practice, books you’ve written, CD’s or DVD’s you’ve created, handmade products you make and sell (with links to purchase), and whatever other ways you are sharing your healing wisdom with the world!
 
Simply email the below information to om@ayurvedacollege.com and we will post:
 
  • Content must be ready for posting, with no editing required
  • Pictures must be ready for posting, with no editing required (photos highly recommended)

If the image is too large, it will take too long to download. Too small, and the quality will be poor and it won’t fit the thumbnail

Best size is 470 px by 470 px

Must be at least 180 px by 180 px

  • Links to your website, if desired

 

CONTACT US

 

California College of Ayurveda

700 Zion St. Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: (530) 478-9100

 

  Send us an Email

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

"Each day, each season, each cycle offers something of beauty. Let us notice and give thanks."

-Diane Marichild

 

 

 

Distance Learning is

Now Enrolling!

Get in before the Holidays!

 

The College's Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates home schooling, classroom education and a one-to-one relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the students' education. 

 

Distance Learning for Ayurveda Health Counselor Part 1 and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 programs, begin the 1st and 15th every month.

 

 

Click here for more info

 

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy

AMBT

December 5-9, 2016

 

Immerse yourself in three deeply healing Ayurvedic body therapies

 

AMBT includes guided movement,

meditation, discussion

and

-- most importantly --

                        the giving and receiving of:

  • Abhyanga(Heals and detoxifies on all levels) 
  • Shirodhara (Calms, relaxes and cleanses the mind and nervous system) 
  • Svedana (Praised all through the Ayurvedic texts for its relaxing and detoxifying effects) 

The winter workshop is a more inward, focused experience. It is calm and very nurturing – a lovely way to get centered before the holidays!

Click on the link below for more info, or to register: 
http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/ayurvedic-massage-training-abhyanga 
 

 

 

Letter from the President

 

 

Graditude

 

November is the month of gratitude that culminates in the holiday of Thanksgiving. However,  some people no longer feel connected to the original holiday. 

 

Our history with the Native people is a sad and disgraceful one still being played out today on every reservation and most dramatically right now in the violent protests taking place in North Dakota. Developers, supported by the Army Core of Engineers, destroy sacred burial grounds and cultural sites of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. All to build an oil pipeline (Dakota Access Pipeline). 

 

Because there is so much darkness in the world, it is even more important to seek the light and find the gratitude and unconditional love within our hearts. Unconditional love is the destroyer of ignorance, pain and suffering.  We can and must celebrate the light even while remembering the pain and suffering that is present now.Our European ancestors caused great suffering to the Native people. Modern day corporations, supported by our government, continue to cause suffering.

 

In 1620, the Native American’s helped our ancestors who were struggling to survive against a lack of food and disease. They helped us to work the land and produce the harvest that was shared at the first Thanksgiving. Let us now and always, stand up for them.

 

As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us celebrate all that is good in the world and all that we are grateful for.  Sometimes, when things look dark, we have to look more closely to find the light but it is always there. 

 

So, on behalf of CCA, I express the following.

CCA is thankful to every student who has trusted us with their education.

CCA is thankful to every patient who has trusted our interns with their healthcare.

CCA is thankful to its administrative staff that work hard every day to make sure that our students have a place to come to and study and our patients have a place to come to in order to heal.

CCA is thankful to its teaching staff who dedicate themselves to the knowledge of Ayurveda and come to school each day to share that knowledge with our students.

CCA is thankful to the ancient teachers of Ayurveda who preserved the knowledge for all eternity.

CCA is thankful to Organic India who has funded our teaching herbal garden.

CCA is thankful to the local community who continue to support our efforts.

CCA is thankful for the grace of God that has granted us the success that we have achieved and this beautiful campus to hold the energy of our mission.

This Thanksgiving, let us all open our hearts and show gratitude to our family, friends, loved ones, community and this beautiful planet that continues to nourish us.

 

Om Shanti, Dr. Marc Halpern

President: California College of Ayurveda

 

Author: Healing Your Life; Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda

 

Author: Yoga Nidra and Self Healing

 

Article of the Month

 

Healthy Digestion - Healthy Body!

 

According to Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, the digestive system is the physical root of most diseases in the body. In other words, as disease develops, its early signs are often seen as digestive problems. Gas, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and bloating are all considered to be warning signs of future problems that are more serious. If the digestive system is properly cared for, many diseases can be averted and diseases that are present have a better chance of healing. Ayurveda places a lot of emphasis of the care of the digestive system. In doing so, Ayurveda addresses not only what food is best for an individual, but also how food is best eaten and how it is best combined.

 

If proper food is taken in the proper manner, most digestive problems go away. For those that do not, Ayurveda utilizes herbs to normalize the function of the digestive system. How do you know if you have digestive problems that may cause future challenges? Most of the signs are obvious. If you have gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or cramping, then you have mild but important signs of imbalance. If you have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, or GIRD (gastrointestinal reflux disorder), your challenges are more serious but can still be helped. The knowledge of Ayurveda is important to the correction of all digestive imbalances. Proper digestion begins not with what you eat but how you eat it. Here are five simple but important guidelines to assure that your digestion is optimal.

 

1. Begin meals with a moment of relaxation or grace: When the body is relaxed and focused on the food, digestive enzyme secretion is maximized.

2. Eat in a calm environment: When the mind is involved in drama and emotion, digestion is disturbed. Turn off the TV, don't discuss intense issues at the dinner table, and avoid eating while driving in the car.

3. Chew your food well: Digestion begins with chewing. Proper chewing allows enzymes in the saliva to begin the digestive process. Food should be chewed until it is an even consistency.

4. Eat until you are satisfied, not until you are full: Overeating is one of the major causes of digestive upset and subsequent disease in Western countries. The surest way to extend life for most people is to eat less. It is important to learn the difference between genuine hunger and the desire for pleasure through taste.

5. Rest before going on to the next activity: For optimal digestion, it is important to rest after eating. Failure to rest means that the body's physiology will switch away from digestion and toward the activity of the muscles of the body. This leaves poorly digested food in the digestive system. It is best to wait at least twenty minutes before going on to the next activity.

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Published by the California College of Ayurveda ©2016

 

2016/12

 

December 2016

 

 

 

Sivananda

Upcoming Workshops

 

 

Healing Your Life

A Dhanvantri

Temple Fundraiser

 

December 2-4, 2016

Taught by Dr. Marc Halpern, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Swami Dharmananda

 

 

A weekend of healing through Dhanvanatri, the diety of Ayurvedic medicine. Experience Yoga Nidra, explore the cause of disease and healing through Ayurveda and Yoga.

 

Info & Registration 

or

Contact  

 

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Training

March 4 — 17, 2017

 

Learn a classical, energetic-based model of yoga therapy. Transform your life, your yoga practice, and your career with the healing principles of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy is an advanced Yoga Teacher Training program for yogis of all traditions and levels in which you will learn how to create healing yoga classes for yourself and your students based on Ayurvedic principles.

In this in-depth 2-week program, you will learn to recognize the unique nature of individuals based on the doshas, qualities, elements, chakras, nadis, vayus, and more. This program is deeply rooted in the yogic classics Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and the Siva Samhita, all of which have a heavy emphasis on an energetic model.

for more information & registration click here

Join the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy group on Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1224429117604297/

 

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

March 19 — 23, 2017

 

 

Yoga Nidra is the art of conscious deep relaxation that allows you to begin to experience the flow of prana in your physical and subtle bodies. You can then identify and release blockages to the flow of prana and ultimately, bring healing to the body and mind and expand consciousness. During this course, students will experience Yoga Nidra and learn how to teach it to others. Topics covered include the history, physiology, science, and practice of Yoga Nidra.

For more information & registration

 click here

 

 

 

 

What are our

Grads up to?

 

 

 

Attention CCA Grads:  Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll share it with the world! 
 
We have an ongoing feature on our blog (located on our home page) as well as on our Facebook page called “What Our Grads Are Up To.”  Let us know what great work you’re doing and we will happily post it! Suggestions include: Workshops and programs you’re teaching, events you’re involved in, opening a new practice, books you’ve written, CD’s or DVD’s you’ve created, handmade products you make and sell (with links to purchase), and whatever other ways you are sharing your healing wisdom with the world!
 
Simply email the below information to om@ayurvedacollege.com and we will post:
 
  • Content must be ready for posting, with no editing required
  • Pictures must be ready for posting, with no editing required (photos highly recommended)

If the image is too large, it will take too long to download. Too small, and the quality will be poor and it won’t fit the thumbnail

Best size is 470 px by 470 px

Must be at least 180 px by 180 px

  • Links to your website, if desired

 

Distance Learning

The College's Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates home schooling, classroom education and a one-to-one relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the students' education. 

 

Distance Learning 

for Ayurveda Health Counselor Part 1 and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 programs, begin the 1st and 15th every month.

 

 

Click here for more info

 

 

 

CONTACT US

 

California College of Ayurveda

700 Zion St. Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: (530) 478-9100

 

  Send us an Email

 

 

 

 

 
 

Merry Everything & Happy Always!

 

"Stillness is the flower of winter, all hope waits beneath a blanket of white"-Unknown

 

Teleconference with Dr. Marc Halpern

December 6th, 2016 from 2pm-3pm PST

 

Balnacing the Three Doshas

To listen to the upcoming teleconference on the topic of Balancing the Three Doshas with Dr. Marc Halpern follow the call instructions provided.

 No need to register, simply dial in.

 

Shortly before 2:00pm, dial 1-605-475-5900, then enter the following access code when prompted: 1425781#. Wait for Dr. Halpern to open the talk .

 

For those of you who would like to attend the teleconference but are unable to do so you will be able to listen to the recording a week after the talk. For that, go to our website www.ayurvedacollege.com. On the home page, click "see all multimedia", then scroll down to Audio Interviews and Recordings.

 

  Hope you enjoy the talk and let me know if you have any questions at

  teleconferences@ayurvedacollege.com.

 

 

  * Only available in the US and in Canada

             (Canadians may need to call via landline)

Questions? Email:

  info@ayurvedacollege.com

 

 

 

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship

Spring 2017

CAS2 Internship

 

This is your opportunity to support your patients with their deeper issues and chronic conditions.  Your focus is on clinical Ayurvedic medicine and disease management, as well as preparing complex herbal formulations for a wide variety of conditions. Your ten-day intensive includes advanced Ayurvedic diagnostics, four days of making herbal medicines, and (of course) documentation. Your monthly classes encompass, among other topics, an in-depth study of cancer management. You will work under the close supervision of highly-experienced intern supervisors, and emerge as one of the most qualified, well-educated Ayurvedic practitioners in the west.

 

CAS2 is a prerequisite to the Ayurvedic Doctor program.

 

 

Questions?

email Jinnae@ayurvedacollege.com

or visit

http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/internship

 

Full Time & Part Time Programs

Beginning in March

 

Full Time Programs

March 28, 2017

and Part Time Programs 

March 25, 2017

For registration or more information

visit our website

or email enrollment@ayurvedacollege.com

 

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy

AMBT

April 10-14, 2017

Immerse yourself in three deeply healing Ayurvedic body therapies

 

AMBT includes guided movement,

meditation, discussion

and

-- most importantly --

                        the giving and receiving of:

  • Abhyanga(Heals and detoxifies on all levels) 
  • Shirodhara (Calms, relaxes and cleanses the mind and nervous system) 
  • Svedana (Praised all through the Ayurvedic texts for its relaxing and detoxifying effects) 

The winter workshop is a more individual, focused experience. It is calm and very nurturing – a lovely way to get centered before the holidays!

Click on the link below for more info, or to register: 
http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/ayurvedic-massage-training-abhyanga 
 

 

Our new campus bookstore and gift-

The Shanti Shop,

invites you to shop the gifts of self-care for your loved ones this holiday season!

Enjoy 25% off one item through December

*limit one per customer, restrictions apply

 

Ayurvedic Spa Gift Certificates 

NOW AVAILABLE!

Give the gift of health and relaxation this holiday season!

Contact the Front Desk for more information

or call

530-478-9100

Letter from the President

 

 

 

The Winter Season 

 

 

 

The Solstice:  Winter officially arrives on December 21st, the day of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.  The Winter Solstice marks the day in which the sun appears to reach its southern most peak beyond the equator. Due to the angle of the earth, the sun appears to move further and further south as it crosses the sky as we rotate around the sun.  We witness this as the sun appearing lower on the horizon in the winter and lowest of all on this day. As the sun appears to move south, the days get shorter. After December 21st, the sun appears to begin its movement toward the north again. As a result, the days get longer. This continues until the Summer Solstice and which times the days are longest and nights are shortest. This happens on June 21st.  

Celebration:  The Winter Solstice is a time of celebration. This is because, even though it is the darkest day of year, it marks the return of the light. We can relate to this as simply a celebration of the return warmth of the sun and longer days. Or, we can extend the metaphor to a victory of light over darkness. Either way celebrations will go on around the world.

Vata Aggravation:  Season and climate mix together when understanding seasonal rhythms. December is relatively cold. Just how cold depends upon where you live. The further north you live, the colder it gets because you are furthest from the direct rays of the sun at this time. December, being cold, dormant or desolate (subtle, dry, light), is the time when vata is most aggravated. During this time the skin gets drier, weight will decrease and the body becomes weaker.  This is most true where the climate is the coldest. This is because the cold traps heat in the core of the body. Here agni increases burning up more tissue. The vata season will continue until the new buds’ form on the trees and start to blossom. This occurs around the middle of February.

Each person experiences seasonal stress differently depending upon their constitution and the current state of the doshas in their body. Those with a vata nature or current imbalance tend to struggle more during this season. So, as we go into the coldest months of the vata season, here are a few very important tips to help balance your vata dosha.

Take in the opposite qualities of the season. Since vata is cool, dry and light, take in more warm, moist and nourishing foods

Consume more cooked root vegetables

Consume more soups

Take warm cooked grains with ghee.

Spice your meals to make them moderately hot

Oil your body daily

Slow down. This is a great time to read a book by the fire.

If however you have a pitta or kapha imbalance, this takes precedence over the seasonal influences.  You should always follow the diet and lifestyle that restores balance to the dosha that is disturbed.  Need more support to help you on your healing journey? Contact one of the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialists at the college’s clinic.  They’ll be happy to consult with you.  

Happy Holidays, Om Shanti,

Dr. Marc Halpern

 

Want to Learn More? This Holiday Season, pick up a copy or two of Dr. Halpern's Book, Healing Your Life: Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda.  Great stocking stuffers for your loved ones, and sneak one into your own stocking to start the New Year off right! Available for purchase here!

 

 

Article of the Month

 

Tridosha: The Science Of Ayurveda and the three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha)

 

The ancient science of Ayurveda is the oldest known form of health care in the world. Often called the mother of all healing, it originated in India some 5000 or more years ago.

Recently Ayurveda has been having a profound impact upon the world of health care. Popular books by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Andrew Weil, M.D. have called attention to the potential of this ancient healing system to bring healing to those suffering with chronic disease. In addition, Ayurveda promises to improve the health and longevity of just about everyone.

Ayurveda is a science of Self understanding. By understanding your own unique nature or constitution, you can begin to understand how you interact with your environment and thus make choices that will lead you toward greater health.

Ayurveda defines disease as the natural end result of living out of harmony with one’s constitution. Our constitution is the inherent balance of energies within our bodies and our minds. It describes who you are on the most fundamental level. This unique balance of energy determines everything from our bone structure to our predisposition toward certain health challenges. Our constitution defines what we are naturally attracted to as well as what repels us. It defines what is in harmony with our nature and what will cause us to move out of balance and experience sickness and disease. Because we all have a different balance of energy, Ayurveda shows that the path to optimal health is different for each person depending upon their constitution.

The science of understanding our nature or our constitution is the science of Tridosha. Tridosha defines the three fundamental energies or principles which govern the function of our bodies on the physical and emotional level. The three energies are known a vata, pitta, and kapha. Each individual has a unique balance of all three of these energies. Some people will be predominant in one while others are a mixture of two or more. Let’s look at each of these now.

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Published by the California College of Ayurveda ©2016

 

2017/01

 

January 2017

 

 

 

Sivananda

Upcoming Workshops

 

 

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Training

March 4 — 17, 2017

 

Learn a classical, energetic-based model of yoga therapy. Transform your life, your yoga practice, and your career with the healing principles of Ayurveda.

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy is an advanced Yoga Teacher Training program for yogis of all traditions and levels in which you will learn how to create healing yoga classes for yourself and your students based on Ayurvedic principles.

In this in-depth 2-week program, you will learn to recognize the unique nature of individuals based on the doshas, qualities, elements, chakras, nadis, vayus, and more. This program is deeply rooted in the yogic classics Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, and the Siva Samhita, all of which have a heavy emphasis on an energetic model.

for more information & registration click here

Join the Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy group on Facebook:

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/1224429117604297/

 

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

March 19 — 23, 2017

 

 

Yoga Nidra is the art of conscious deep relaxation that allows you to begin to experience the flow of prana in your physical and subtle bodies. You can then identify and release blockages to the flow of prana and ultimately, bring healing to the body and mind and expand consciousness. During this course, students will experience Yoga Nidra and learn how to teach it to others. Topics covered include the history, physiology, science, and practice of Yoga Nidra.

For more information & registration

 click here

 

 

 

 

What are our

Grads up to?

 

 

 

Attention CCA Grads:  Let us know what you’re up to and we’ll share it with the world! 
 
We have an ongoing feature on our blog (located on our home page) as well as on our Facebook page called “What Our Grads Are Up To.”  Let us know what great work you’re doing and we will happily post it! Suggestions include: Workshops and programs you’re teaching, events you’re involved in, opening a new practice, books you’ve written, CD’s or DVD’s you’ve created, handmade products you make and sell (with links to purchase), and whatever other ways you are sharing your healing wisdom with the world!
 
Simply email the below information to om@ayurvedacollege.com and we will post:
 
  • Content must be ready for posting, with no editing required
  • Pictures must be ready for posting, with no editing required (photos highly recommended)

If the image is too large, it will take too long to download. Too small, and the quality will be poor and it won’t fit the thumbnail

Best size is 470 px by 470 px

Must be at least 180 px by 180 px

  • Links to your website, if desired

 

Distance Learning

The College's Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates home schooling, classroom education and a one-to-one relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the students' education. 

 

Distance Learning 

for Ayurveda Health Counselor Part 1 and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 programs, begin the 1st and 15th every month.

 

 

Click here for more info

 

 

 

CONTACT US

 

California College of Ayurveda

700 Zion St. Nevada City, CA 95959

Phone: (530) 478-9100

 

  Send us an Email

 

 

 

 

 
 

New Year New Horizons

 

"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." -Carl Bard

 

 

Full Time & Part Time Programs

Beginning in March

Full Time Programs

March 28, 2017

and

Part Time Programs 

March 25, 2017

For registration or more information

visit our website

or email enrollment@ayurvedacollege.com

 

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship

Beginning February 13, 2017

CAS Internship

 

This is your opportunity to support your patients with their deeper issues and chronic conditions.  Your focus is on clinical Ayurvedic medicine and disease management, as well as preparing complex herbal formulations for a wide variety of conditions. Your ten-day intensive includes advanced Ayurvedic diagnostics, four days of making herbal medicines, and (of course) documentation. Your monthly classes encompass, among other topics, an in-depth study of cancer management. You will work under the close supervision of highly-experienced intern supervisors, and emerge as one of the most qualified, well-educated Ayurvedic practitioners in the west.

 

CAS2 is a prerequisite to the Ayurvedic Doctor program.

 

 

Questions?

email Jinnae@ayurvedacollege.com

or visit

http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/internship

 

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy

AMBT

April 10-14, 2017

Immerse yourself in three deeply healing Ayurvedic body therapies

 

AMBT includes guided movement,

meditation, discussion

and

-- most importantly --

                        the giving and receiving of:

  • Abhyanga(Heals and detoxifies on all levels) 
  • Shirodhara (Calms, relaxes and cleanses the mind and nervous system) 
  • Svedana (Praised all through the Ayurvedic texts for its relaxing and detoxifying effects) 

The winter workshop is a more individual, focused experience. It is calm and very nurturing – a lovely way to get centered before the holidays!

Click on the link below for more info, or to register: 
http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/ayurvedic-massage-training-abhyanga 
 

 

Ayurvedic Spa Gift Certificates 

NOW AVAILABLE!

Begin the new year with a health reset, gift certificates available.

Contact the Front Desk for more information

or call

530-478-9100

Letter from the President

 

 

 

Creating Your New Year 

 

 

 

 

The new year brings our thoughts to where we are, how we got here, and where we want to go as the year ahead unfolds. It is a  of letting go of the past and freeing up of energy, so that we may create the life of our dreams. 

 

Here is quick guide to help you.

 

Where are you now?

Take some time to be still and to reflect. Allow yourself to get grounded and centered in the now. Where are you? If you truly become still you will come to realize  that where you are right now is perfect for your continued growth and evolution.

 

How Did You Get Here?

In Ayurveda and Yoga, this is called “Sankalpa”. How we create our experience of the world. Where we are today is the result of every thought we held, every action we took and every action we chose to not take. These thoughts and actions are based on what we believe to be true about ourselves and the world.  Through this process, we create our state of health, our state of wealth, and our state of inner peace.  Most of this process occurs unconsciously. Ayurveda and Yoga ask us to become conscious creators and to rise above our tendencies. In doing so, we choose our future.

 

What Do You Want To Create This Year?

First you must decide what you want. The next step is to align your beliefs, thoughts and actions with that goal. Now the hard part. To be consciously create this alignment, you have to stay focused on the process. You have to always know where you are and where you are going. Does this sound very pitta? It is. Focus is easier for those with a pitta nature but it can be cultivated by everyone. 

 

Sankalpa

A wish is made from an ordinary state of mind and it is fleeting.  A sankalpa is made from an extraordinary state  of mind and it is reaffirmed every day. It is the process of gaining control of the world of imagination and learning how to move one's vision from the imagined into the manifest. While everyday focus is important, this is not the only way to generate a sankalpa. An extraordinarily powerful sankalpa is made from an altered state of mind achieved through meditation and ritual. In Yoga, it is made from the state of mediation called Yoga Nidra. 

Most people think of Yoga Nidra as a form of relaxation but it is not. The relaxed state is the state from which we create. Yoga Nidra is the process of becoming a conscious creator.

 

This year, bring your dream into reality.  Learn the technique of Yoga Nidra. Below are links to my CD:Yoga Nidra and Self Healing and to our workshops on how to become a Yoga Nidra Instructor. Blessing for a Happy New Year

Yoga Nidra and Self Healing, Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Grass Valley, CA, Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Los Angeles, CA, Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Bahamas

 

 

 

 

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The Practice of Yoga Nidra

Introduction

Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep. It is a state of deep conscious relaxation and is a form of pratyahara--the turning inward of awareness. It is considered to be an active or preliminary form of meditation, though many of the benefits of meditation are also realized through this state of consciousness. 

In the state of Yoga Nidra the body appears to be asleep but awareness is acutely present. The mind does not wander aimlessly or drift into dramas or dreams. Rather, the “witness” emerges. It is that part of the self that watches our experience from a place of detachment. Unemotional and absent of thought, awareness of the witness brings about great joy and peace.

Yoga Nidra is not a technique, but rather a state of consciousness. There are several techniques that can lead a person into this state. In the method taught at the California College of Ayurveda, the participant is led on a conscious journey of awareness inside their body. At first, the mind is directed to focus on singular parts of the body learning to identify blockages to the flow of prana (energy). These blockages create tension. As the practitioner succeeds in letting go of the tension, prana flows freely and higher awareness develops. One of the early realizations is that the body is not a solid structure but rather a densely packed field of energy. At this time the practitioner realizes that he or she is neither their body nor their mind. The practitioner then asks him or herself the most basic and important question: “Who am I?” The answer is not found through the intellect but realized through the experience. We are that which lies beyond the body and the mind. We are nothing more than the embodiment of consciousness. The product of this state of awareness is pure bliss. 

Published by the California College of Ayurveda ©2016