Pinda Svedana Course

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Beautiful Warm, Herbal Bundles to Soothe The Body

Pinda Svedana is the application of warm herbal bundles to the joints and soft tissues of the body in order to reduce pain, improve circulation and support the healing process.

Upcoming Dates

August 3, 2022 - August 5, 2022


The California College of Ayurveda

pinda svedana bolus

Course Overview

Pinda Svedana is a deeply therapeutic, site-specific, localized heat and massage application. This 3-day, 21-hour course provides students with hands-on experience preparing and using pindas (boluses) in groups of two. Pindas are prepared from rice and herbs wrapped in cotton fabric and soaked in medicated herbal oils and decoctions. The herbal pindas are applied to specific areas of the body with gentle-to-moderate pressure. The practice of Pinda Svedana is an important modality for alleviating joint and muscle pain.


  • Indications and contraindications of Pinda
  • Types of Pinda
  • Formulations
  • Hands-on practice making Pindas
  • Hands on practice providing Pinda massage


Amanda Parish, CAS/PKS/CMT

Course Dates

The next Pinda Svedana Course is scheduled for August 3, 2022 - August 5, 2022.
Classes begin at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm each day.

Course Location

The California College of Ayurveda

Covid-19 Update:

This workshop has been limited to 12 attendees due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. As we have two large practice rooms, three tables will be positioned in each room with plenty of space in between.  Students will work in groups of three at each table. In addition to the workshop materials, please bring personal protection equipment (PPE) in the forms of a facemask and hand sanitizer. Extra PPE will be available if needed.

Please note that throughout the rest of the year, CCA plans to implement strong personal safety measures including:

-CCA staff will wear a facemask of some kind in all public interactions and on-campus in common areas. We encourage all students to wear them as well.

– Wiping down commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant 2X daily.

– Encouraging all staff, students, and patients, to wash hands regularly.

– Encouraging all staff, students, and patients. to utilize hand-sanitizer.

– Utilizing the highest level of mindfulness in sanitizing workshop equipment after every use.

Learn More About Pinda Svedana


Students without a background in Ayurveda are strongly encouraged but not required to take the Ayurvedic Foundations Course which can be completed at home in 30 days. A background in Ayurveda will help you to get more out of this course.

Required Materials

All learning materials are provided.

Additional Information

Course Times: Classes begin at 9:00am and end at 5:00pm each day. There is a flexible 2 hour break for lunch each day. While lunch is usually from 12:00 – 2:00, times may vary according to the flow of the workshop.

Travel: Students flying out following the last day of class should consider that the Sacramento International Airport is 90 minutes by car from the campus and that it is recommended to arrive at least 90 minutes before your flight. Students must attend the entire program and should not plan to leave early for travel.

Course Credit

Students receive 24 credit hours of study through the college for completion of this course.

Course Fee


* A $225 non-refundable deposit is required for registration.

Available Discounts

Enroll in any two or more Workshops at the same time and receive a 10% discount on both workshops. Any transferring and cancellation of registration voids discount. Discount will not include new programs added after registration has been completed.

Please call Admissions to purchase combined enrollment so that your discount is properly reflected: +1-530-478-9100 or +1-866-541-6699

About CCA

California College of Ayurveda (CCA) is a state-approved school registered with the State of California. Registration means we have met certain minimum standards imposed by the state for registered schools on the basis of our written application to the state. This agreement is legally binding when sent to the College over the internet and payment of the deposit is made. These actions indicate that you have been given reasonable time to read and understand this agreement and the Refund Policy listed below, that you agree to your rights and responsibilities, and that you have seen a brochure or announcement describing the seminar or course that you plan to attend and information about the College.

Any questions or problems concerning CCA which have not been satisfactorily answered or resolved by the school should be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Department of Consumer Affairs, 2535 Capitol Oaks Avenue, SUITE 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (888) 370-7589 This institution is not required to participate in the State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund for this seminar program.

Refund Policy

The deposit for workshops & short courses is non-refundable. The Final Balance is due 14 days before the class start date. A student may choose to transfer his/her registration to another class for a fee of $150.00 if done prior to the final balance due date. The ONLY exception to this rule is a documented medical condition. On rare occasions, for reasons beyond CCA’s control, a short course can be cancelled. If you are registered for a short course that the College cancels, you will receive a full refund of any fees paid. While all efforts will be made to avoid cancellations, the College will accept no liability for student losses that occur beyond deposit or tuition actually paid to the College (e.g., non-refundable airfare, time lost from work, equipment expenses).


Nudity Disclosure
All students should read the following information about nudity and proper conduct carefully.

1. At some of our body therapy intensives (ayurvedic body therapy, marma and dough basti) students may be exposed to some nudity. Instruction will be given to participants about proper draping techniques in an attempt to provide a professional and modest environment. Learning takes place in a large room with multiple massage tables and work stations. Students, who wish to, are supported to bring screens to surround their massage table and work station. This is not a requirement.

2. During the ayurvedic body therapy course, we will be demonstrating and teaching the traditional full body ayurvedic massage.  The technique that we will demonstrate and teach includes massage of the chest and breast tissue. This is a professional therapeutic massage. Students are NOT required to participate in receiving or practicing this technique.

3. Teachers at these programs may be male or female. Teachers demonstrate the massage procedures and then walk around assisting students in proper hand positions and movements. Students work in groups with one student receiving a therapy while other students provide the therapy. As teachers walk around and assist students in their learning process, teachers may have to touch the bodies of students who are receiving massages. If there is both a male and female teacher at your program, you may request that only the teacher of your choice provide assistance when you are the model on the table. If there are only teachers of one sex at the program, participants agree to allow those teachers to assist the students who are learning.

4. There is no massaging or intentional exposure of genitalia at these workshops.

5. At the panchakarma program (not part of the summer intensive series) instruction includes the administration of Basti. Basti is the application of medicated oil rectally with an enema tube. All students will learn to give and receive Basti. However, no one is required to participate in this procedure, and may opt out of any phase of this section if it makes them uncomfortable (Applies to Pancha Karma Workshop Only).

Sexual Harassment Policy

1. Any student who does not follow proper draping instructions at the program may be asked to leave the program and no refund shall be offered.

2. Any student accused of touching another student in an inappropriate manner may be asked to leave the program and no refund shall be offered.

3. Any student who makes inappropriate / offensive sexual comments at the workshop may be asked to leave the program and no refund shall be offered

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