The Ayurvedic Oracle November 2013

Letter from the President

Here we are in the heart of the fall. It began September 22nd and lasts through December 21st. Vata is peaking. The fall colors in Nevada City have been spectacular as the maples and dogwoods, oaks and sweetgums turn deep various shades of red and gold.  It is a truly beautiful time of year. You might wonder why Nevada City and its sister city, Grass Valley, are so famous for their fall colors. It’s partly the native landscape but it’s also because the early settlers in this area were from New England and missing the fall color, they planted lots of seedlings. Today, many are more than a hundred years old and they put on a spectacular show for us every year.
Shorter days, less light and colder temperatures are here. Vata is increasing and with that, it becomes important to keep it in check within our bodies. At this time of year, it is important to nourish yourself well and take in more oil and richer foods. Only eat till you are 3/4 full and spice them well to assure proper digestion. The spices will also help keep you warm.
This past month we welcomed the start of our new fall full time class.  Mary Thompson and I shared the teaching of their first module on ayurvedic lifestyle and now the students are studying the classical philosophic systems of India.  This month, I also made two trips to the Los Angeles area. During the first trip, I filmed three internet TV shows; The Dr. Levi show , Black Health with Angela De Joseph and LA Talk Live with Joshua Lane.  You can view these on YouTube. 
The second trip was to bring back a few items from our Southern California center including one of our faculty members, Marisa Laursen, who is moving to Nevada City to teach classes, oversee the clinic, and help us develop our yoga programs. In between, I joined the team at the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy training program and taught a four-day program on Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy.
There are many wonderful programs coming up including a very special program this spring in the Bahamas at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat where I will host a five- day conference on Ayurveda.  Joining me will be Maya Tiwari, Dr. Sarita Shresta and Melanie and Bryan Sachs. To learn more about the conference go to:  You can view all of our workshops and seminars on our website at
May the Light of the Divine Healer illuminate your heart and mind.
Om Shanti,
Dr. Marc Halpern

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Article of the Month

What is Vata Dosha? Tips and diet for balancing vata

The word vata means to blow or move like the wind.

Consisting of the elements air and ether, it is the principle force of motion in the body and mind. When vata dosha is healthy, the movements of the body are graceful, unimpeded, and yet controlled. When out of balance, the movements become erratic, excessive, decreased, or blocked.

To understand the vata dosha, it is important to understand its qualities. Vata dosha is light, dry, mobile, cold, hard, rough, sharp, subtle, flowing and clear. A body and mind in which the vata dosha predominates expresses or reflects these qualities.

Vata dosha is best understood in terms of its component parts, its subdoshas, which are the five types of vata or five types of movement. Each subdosha defines a direction of movement and governs specific actions in the body. (Read More)


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