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Abyhanga Review


Description: This 2 day class provides an opportunity for any student who took our bliss therapy course to review the ayurvedic massage (Abyhanga) portion. This class is excellent for students who have not been practicing regularly or who want to refine their technique.

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Classical Yoga Nidra™ Representative Program


Classical Yoga Nidra™ Representative Program

This is a 5 day training program designed to certify teachers to represent the California College of Ayurveda (CCA) and present Yoga Nidra Teacher Certification Courses (YN-TCC) that have been developed by Dr. Marc Halpern. Participants who complete this course along with the following additional requirements will be certified by CCA as a Classical Yoga Nidra™ Representative (CYNR).


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Advanced Topics in Ayurveda: Classical Ayurvedic Texts

“The Vedas themselves are considered to be Ayurvedic texts in that knowledge of the elements, the human body, doshas, dhatus, and the use of sacred herbs are explored through hymns and poetic references. The Vedas that are richest in references related to health are the Yajur Veda and the Atharva Veda. The Yajur Veda has numerous references to the Gods Vayu, Agni and Soma, which in Ayurveda are related to Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and the elements air, fire and water respectively.

Ayurveda and Patience: Walking Meditation

“Find a quiet place out in nature, a park is perfect, but a quiet street can work too. Choose a point about 100 yards away. Walk toward it slowly; one small step at a time. As you walk, allow yourself to feel each foot meeting the ground. Keep your eyes looking about five yards in front of you toward the ground. You may struggle at first with the slow pace. As you walk forward, observe your breath going in and out. Keep your attention on your breath and your feet.

Ayurveda and Anti-Aging Herbs: A Workshop with neuroscientist Dr. Ram Rao

At the recent Sivananda Ayurveda Conference, neuroscientist Dr. Ram Rao gave an insightful lecture on Anti-Aging herbs. Below are highlights from his fascinating lecture.

Ayurvedic History: The Occupation Period of India, 1000 - 1947 CE

“India was not a country in the modern sense until 1947. Prior to that, sections of India were ruled by various kings and authoritarian leaders, some indigenous and some foreign. Invasion and defense was a pattern of life when looked at over centuries and millennia, in which different rulers established systems of religion, conduct, education and systems of healing. 

Ayurveda, Patience and The Metaphor of the Lotus Flower

 “The lotus flower grows slowly and each petal opens in its own time. Likewise, one’s consciousness, body and mind is transformed at his or her own pace. If you force open a flower, you pull off the petals and more harm is done than good. Even good intentions can cause harm when actions are taken without wisdom. If you are patient, the full beauty of the flower will reveal itself in the proper time. Don’t pull too hard on your own petals.

Ayurveda and the Anti-Aging Diet: A Workshop with Neuroscientist Dr. Ram Rao

In a workshop entitled “The Anti-Aging Diet” at the recent Sivananda Ayurveda Conference workshop, Dr. Rao began by stating that there is, in fact, no such thing as an anti-aging diet in Ayurveda! However, Ayurveda has much to say about aging and how to prolong life. In essence, what Ayurveda says is the more harmonious influences you bring into your body and mind, the slower you age. The more disharmonious influences you bring in, the more rapidly you age.

Advanced Topics in Ayurveda: The Tanmatras

“Sankhya philosophy is one of India’s oldest philosophical systems attempting to address the most important and common questions of life itself. Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? How do we get there? Sankhya philosophy attempts to answer each of these questions through its exploration of cosmology. 

Ayurveda and Change at the Level of Consciousness

“Our most basic behaviors come from a place deep inside that Ayurveda refers to as our consciousness. Change at the level of consciousness is both the most profound and the most difficult. Even a simple change at this level of our being ripples out into every aspect of our experience of life.”