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Ayurvedic Spring Detoxification: The Ayurvedic Oracle March 2014

 Spring Classes Starting Soon

Enroll in one of our new Level One (Ayurvedic Health Educator) classes. The weekend class begins on March 8 and the full-time class on April 1. The weekend class meets once a month on Saturdays and Sundays. The full-time class meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is also an option to take classes live over the internet from the comfort of your own home. Furthermore, this class can also be followed through our Distance Learning program.
Click HERE to learn more or contact our Enrollment Manager, at or 866-541-6699866-541-6699, ext. 0

Letter from the President


Most of us strive to achieve balance in our lives. But often, when we use that term, we mean different things. Many people use the term “balance” to mean "to evenly distribute two opposites" such as work and play, vegetables and dessert, or sinning Monday to Saturday followed by Sunday prayer and forgiveness.  But this is not the only definition. Balance also means to keep steady and not fall. This is how the term is used in Yoga and Ayurveda.  But what does it mean to your health and well-being?
In Ayurveda and Yoga, when you fall, you suffer physically and emotionally. Those actions that prevent you from falling are those that promote a healthy body and mind. Thus, living a healthy life is the key to maintaining your balance. To remain steady means to remain on your path. This expresses the discipline that is needed to prevent yourself from falling. It takes concentration and effort. Thus, balance is the steady path that prevents you from suffering.
The body and mind love true balance. This is what provides an internal sense of peace and bliss.  The ecstasy of pleasure is not sustainable and is not "peaceful." Ultimately it creates greater desire, which leads to more suffering.  Some people approach balance by indulging in the two extremes on opposite ends of the spectrum.  First, one's actions make the body toxic. Then, another set of actions are taken to cleanse in order to balance it out. But this, of course, is not true balance. It does not prevent suffering.
True balance is achieved through harmonious living. It is achieved through proper diet, proper lifestyle and the proper use of all of your senses. It is achieved by bringing your spiritual life into your daily life and making them one and the same. Until then, it is very important to cleanse and purify after over- indulging in the pleasures of life. Oftentimes cleansing and purifying is the best first step back to balance. But still we must remember that this by itself is just the first step.
Om Shanti,
Dr. Marc Halpern

A Message from our Panchakarma Department

Have you made your body or mind toxic over the past year?  Is it time to cleanse and purify? As we move into the spring, it is a great time to plan a panchakarma treatment. Panchakarma is the deepest system of cleansing the body and mind. Panchakarma helps you get started on a new beginning and puts you back on track to walk the path of balance. 
Want more information? Please contact our Clinic Director, Marisa Laursen, C.A.S, P.K.S., at for a free 15 minute consultation to discuss how to proceed.

Article of the Month

What is Ayurvedic Massage (abhyanga)? Techniques and principles

Ayurveda, the ancient science of healing from India, has always utilized massage as a part of its regimens for healing. From an Ayurvedic perspective, different forms of massage are useful to different people. The form of massage utilized is based upon a person’s constitution and imbalance.

 One’s constitution is the inborn or inherent balance of energies in his or her body and mind. In Ayurveda these are quantified in the understanding of the Doshas. There are three Doshas known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These three energies control the formation and functions of the body on the physical and emotional levels. In harmony, the body is healthy but, as the doshas move out of harmony, the body expresses itself in the form of disease. Each individual has his/her own unique balance of these energies. As a result each individual expresses himself differently in the world. Each person has a different type of body frame, degree of oiliness in the skin, sensitivity to pain and many more characteristics that can be understood by knowing a person’s unique constitution. This is why Ayurveda sees all people as individuals recognizing that one person’s elixir is another person’s poison. (Read More)


CCA Campus
Ragaia Belovarac
April 10-14
CCA Campus
Mrunalini Patel
The Healing Your Life(TM) Counselor Course is a complete program designed to train Ayurvedic educators and practitioners to actively bring Ayurveda into their communities through HYL workshops.  (Read More)
March 12-15
Dr. Marc Halpern
Sivananda Yoga Retreat - Bahamas
March 17-29
Dr. Marc Halpern (Dr. Siva) & Marisa Laursen (Sri Devi)
Sivananda Yoga Retreat - Bahamas
March 31-April 4
Marisa Laursen (Sri Devi)
Sivananda Yoga Retreat - Bahamas
1st Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference: The Healing Side of Yoga
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas
March 23-27, 2014
Join us for a week of inspired teachings about health and well-being as these teachers explore the healing of the body and the healing of the mind.
Click HERE for more details and to register.
The next session of our Anatomy & Physiology curse taught by Mary Thompson will begin on May 12 and end on September 1. Classes will be held on Mondays from 10:00am to 3:00pm.
Click HERE for more information and to enroll.