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.
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.
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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.
“Stillness is the flower of winter, all hope waits beneath a blanket of white”-Unknown
Teleconference with Dr. Marc Halpern
December 6th, 2016 from2pm-3pm PST
Balnacing the Three Doshas
To listen to the upcoming teleconference on the topic of Balancing the Three Doshas withDr. Marc Halpern follow the call instructions provided.
No need to register, simply dial in.
Shortly before 2:00pm, dial1-605-475-5900, 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.
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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.
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.