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.
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 new year brings our thoughts to where we are, how we got here, and where we want to go as the year ahead unfolds. It is a of letting go of the past and freeing up of energy, so that we may create the life of our dreams.
Here is quick guide to help you.
Where are you now?
Take some time to be still and to reflect. Allow yourself to get grounded and centered in the now. Where are you? If you truly become still you will come to realize that where you are right now is perfect for your continued growth and evolution.
How Did You Get Here?
In Ayurveda and Yoga, this is called “Sankalpa”. How we create our experience of the world. Where we are today is the result of every thought we held, every action we took and every action we chose to not take. These thoughts and actions are based on what we believe to be true about ourselves and the world. Through this process, we create our state of health, our state of wealth, and our state of inner peace. Most of this process occurs unconsciously. Ayurveda and Yoga ask us to become conscious creators and to rise above our tendencies. In doing so, we choose our future.
What Do You Want To Create This Year?
First you must decide what you want. The next step is to align your beliefs, thoughts and actions with that goal. Now the hard part. To be consciously create this alignment, you have to stay focused on the process. You have to always know where you are and where you are going. Does this sound very pitta? It is. Focus is easier for those with a pitta nature but it can be cultivated by everyone.
A wish is made from an ordinary state of mind and it is fleeting. A sankalpa is made from an extraordinary state of mind and it is reaffirmed every day. It is the process of gaining control of the world of imagination and learning how to move one’s vision from the imagined into the manifest. While everyday focus is important, this is not the only way to generate a sankalpa. An extraordinarily powerful sankalpa is made from an altered state of mind achieved through meditation and ritual. In Yoga, it is made from the state of mediation called Yoga Nidra.
Most people think of Yoga Nidra as a form of relaxation but it is not. The relaxed state is the state from which we create. Yoga Nidra is the process of becoming a conscious creator.
This year, bring your dream into reality. Learn the technique of Yoga Nidra. Below are links to my CD:Yoga Nidra and Self Healing and to our workshops on how to become a Yoga Nidra Instructor. Blessing for a Happy New Year
Yoga Nidra means yogic sleep. It is a state of deep conscious relaxation and is a form of pratyahara–the turning inward of awareness. It is considered to be an active or preliminary form of meditation, though many of the benefits of meditation are also realized through this state of consciousness.
In the state of Yoga Nidra the body appears to be asleep but awareness is acutely present. The mind does not wander aimlessly or drift into dramas or dreams. Rather, the “witness” emerges. It is that part of the self that watches our experience from a place of detachment. Unemotional and absent of thought, awareness of the witness brings about great joy and peace.
Yoga Nidra is not a technique, but rather a state of consciousness. There are several techniques that can lead a person into this state. In the method taught at the California College of Ayurveda, the participant is led on a conscious journey of awareness inside their body. At first, the mind is directed to focus on singular parts of the body learning to identify blockages to the flow of prana (energy). These blockages create tension. As the practitioner succeeds in letting go of the tension, prana flows freely and higher awareness develops. One of the early realizations is that the body is not a solid structure but rather a densely packed field of energy. At this time the practitioner realizes that he or she is neither their body nor their mind. The practitioner then asks him or herself the most basic and important question: “Who am I?” The answer is not found through the intellect but realized through the experience. We are that which lies beyond the body and the mind. We are nothing more than the embodiment of consciousness. The product of this state of awareness is pure bliss.