October 2016



New On Campus 


Tuesdays in Ocrober

Rise & Shine Yoga


Tuesday Mornings in Oct 2016


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


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.

More Info




Upcoming Workshops


Ayurvedic Nutrition: Personalize Your Diet for Optimal Health


November 17-20, 2016

Taught by Marisa Laursen, CAS, AYT, PKS]



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





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 







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




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


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



Jinnae at jinnae@ayurvedacollege.com

   with questions.





Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy 


December 5-9, 2016


Immerse yourself in three deeply healing Ayurvedic body therapies


AMBT includes guided movement,

meditation, discussion


— 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: 



Letter from the President





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