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4th Annual Ayurveda Conference at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas - Jan 2017

January 23, 2017: Today was the planning meeting for the 4th Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference, held at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas. The conference begins tonight!


Pitta Balancing Ayurvedic Spice Blend

As we enter the summer, we find ourselves in the season of pitta; the time when the heat of the natural world can cause our own internal fires to flare and cause problems. This spice mixture to the rescue! It is designed to keep the fires of pitta in balance. Sprinkle on your food before or after cooking, and enjoy enticing flavor that will help keep your pitta cool!

Current & Past Graduates Invited to Attend the 2016 California College of Ayurveda Graduation - June 18, 2016

 Dear Current & Past Graduates of the California College of Ayurveda: Time to honor you!

Please join us for the 2016 CCA Graduation and Reunion ~

Ayurveda & Aromatherapy: Create Your Own Spray Mister

Want to cool down and feel refreshed during the hot summer months? Make a cooling aromatherapy spray and keep it handy! Spray yourself often. Of course, not only will this cool you down, you will smell wonderful too!

Ayurveda and Seasonal Routines for Summer

 As the coolness of spring gives way to the warmth of summer, the fire element becomes dominant and creates heat in the environment as well as within our bodies. During this time, symptoms of excess heat (pitta aggravation) are most likely to occur, such as skin rashes, loose stools, acid indigestion, sunburn, heat stroke, fevers and overheated emotions (such as anger).

Ayurveda and The Elemental Qualities of Essential Oils

“Just like foods, essential oils have qualities that are either suited for an individual or contribute to an imbalance. Every scent is made up of some combinations of the five elements. As a result, they have their own unique combinations of the ten pairs of opposite qualities. Knowing the major qualities of the aroma will tell you a lot about its effects on the mind.

Ayurveda and The Three Pursuits (Natural Instincts) of Life

The Caraka Samhita, India’s ancient text on Ayurvedic medicine, states that there exist three natural instincts of human life. 

Ayurveda and quote from Sri Ramana Maharshi

"Your own Self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world." ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi, 1879-1950


Ayurveda & The Unique Nature of the Person, the Medicine and the Disease

One of the things that makes Ayurveda so effective is that it understands each person as a unique individual. To make proper health recommendations, Ayurveda says that there are 3 Things That Must Be Known: 


Ayurveda & Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common health challenges. At one time or another, most people suffer from headaches. When suffering from a headache, most people reach for Asprin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen. While pain killers offer temporary relief, they do not address the cause, and often headaches return.