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Ayurveda and the Art of Eating Consciously ~ Healthy Eating Guideline #2: Say Grace Before Meals

“Sometimes, when a person thinks about saying grace before meals, an association is made to some past negative experience while growing up, or an association is made to a religious ritual. Either is often enough to put aside grace and just get to the food. Ayurveda and yoga offer another way of looking at grace. 

The Many Benefits of Yoga Nidra and How to Become a Certified Yoga Nidra Practitioner

Dr. Marc Halpern, the founder of the California College of Ayurveda, utilized Yoga Nidra many years ago as a tool for his own healing during a debilitating illness. His life was profoundly transformed as a result. He later went on to create the California College of Ayurveda and to teach others countless healing techniques, including Yoga Nidra. 

Ayurveda and Panchakarma: Cleanse Your Body, Refresh Your Mind!

Ever heard of panchakarma? For thousands of years, people have been benefiting from it. Perhaps now it’s your turn? 
Panchakarma (PK) is a deep, all-the-way-to-the-core cleanse. In fact, it is the single most powerful healing therapy used in Ayurveda. And since Ayurveda has been around since the dawn of human history, that’s saying a lot.

Learn What Ayurveda Says About Your Karmic (Causal) Body

The human being consists of three bodies: The physical body, the subtle or astral body, and the causal or karmic body. Each body is an energetic field of different densities that vibrate at different frequencies. In previous posts we gave discussed the physical body and the subtle (astral) body. Here we will discuss the Causal or Karmic body. Below is a quote from the “Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine,” by Dr.

Ayurveda and the Role of the Pancreas

“The pancreas lies between the stomach and the spinal column. While most of the gland is hidden behind the stomach, a portion of it lies close to the duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). The pancreas is both an exocrine and an endocrine gland. The exocrine portion is the part that creates digestive enzymes. These enzymes are secreted into the small intestine via the pancreatic duct which joins the common bile duct which in turn leads into the intestine.

Healing Secrets from Ancient India: The Surprising Habits that Promote Good Health

The surprising habits that promote good health…

Can you imagine your doctor telling you that you’ll feel better if you wear more orange or blue clothing…watch the sun rise every morning…eat more popcorn…and/or spritz patchouli oil in your home?

Ayurveda and the Art of Eating Consciously ~ Healthy Eating Guideline #1: Eat in a Beautiful and Peaceful Environment

“To avoid the accumulation of ama (toxins) in the body, food must be digested well. There are ten general guidelines that, if followed, will help you to digest your food well. In doing so most of the symptoms of poor digestion such as gas, bloating, burning and heaviness after eating will disappear. So too will the coating on your tongue. The benefits extend to the mind as well and following these ten guidelines leads to greater feelings of calm and peace.

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Ayurvedic Nutrition: Personalize Your Diet for Optimal Health - A Workshop with Marisa Laursen in the Bahamas

Ah...the sweetness of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas...

Hearts blossom there. Consciousness transforms. New insights gained…

Marisa Laursen, senior faculty at the California College of Ayurveda, invites you to join her at the Sivananda Ashram in November 2016 for a fun, interactive and informative Ayurvedic Nutrition workshop.

The Three Means of Gaining Knowledge: How An Ayurvedic Practitioner Determines Your State of Health


“The three most basic means of gaining information about a patient is to utilize touch (sparshanam), to observe the patient (darshanam), and to question the patient (prasnam).