November 2016





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 






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


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

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

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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


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“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


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





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