Master Classes on Ayurveda
Date:…………..Saturday 14 July
Time:…………..1:30pm – 4:30pm
Master Class: Improving Digestion with Ayurveda
Date:……………Sunday 15 July
Time:……………9am – noon
Presented by Gerald Lopez. For more information about Gerald visit his website: Science of Life.
Sign up for both courses and pay only $95. Please register before 9 July.
To enrol in one or both of these courses, please fill in this form online. Both Master Classes will be held at Ashram Yoga in Parnell.
Master Class: Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of health and medicine based on natural principles. In this practical and fun workshop, learn how to use the Qualities of Nature, the Five Elements, and the Three Doshas to create a lifelong health programme for yourself, or to keep your family healthy.
Find out how to assess your Dosha (body type), about healthy diet and eating habits, and how to design a daily and seasonal routine to keep yourself in balance. The information in this workshop will open your mind about health, and serve you through life.
Master Class: Improving Digestion with Ayurveda
Do you have digestive issues? Do you want to lose weight? Do you have allergies? Do you feel sluggish, depressed, low in energy, mentally foggy, or unmotivated? Or do you just want to have a super-efficient digestion and excellent health?
Learn about the concept of Agni (digestive fire) and how it can be maintained at optimum levels. We will look at some common diet myths and go deeper into fine-tuning your diet. Find out simple detox routines that leave you buzzing with energy, and how to combine these with rejuvenation routines as part of a longevity programme. Attendance at Introduction to Ayurveda workshop is recommended.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots: ayur which means life and veda which means knowledge. It is the science of life and it helps you stay calm, strong and balanced. Ayurveda focuses on prevention of illness and the body’s natural power of healing.
Ayurveda has its root in ancient Vedic literature and encompasses our entire life – the body, mind, spirit, seasons and lifestyle. As a system of medicine it is over 5000 years old – truly time-tested.
Ayurvedic medicine is in its infancy here in the West, but in India there are over 300,000 Indian doctors in the All Indian Ayurvedic Congress making it the largest medical organization in the world.
Ayurveda recognizes that all life must live in harmony with nature in order to survive. It advocates daily and seasonal routines that insure excellent health and longevity. In Ayurvedic medicine, prevention starts with a lifestyle that is in harmony with the constantly changing rhythms of nature.
In Ayurvedic medicine health begins with knowing your body type. Your body type determines what to eat, how to exercise, when to sleep and even where to live. There are three basic mind-body types that combine to make ten unique mind-body types.
Vata types tend to be thin, hypermetabolic, and they think and move quickly. They typically have dry skin and cold hands and feet. They do not like cold weather because they already have many of these winter qualities inherent to their nature.
Pitta types are competitive, hot and fiery with a medium frame. They prefer cool weather. Under some conditions they may get heartburn, skin rashes, inflammatory diseases or they just burn out.
Kapha types are easy going and hypometabolic. They will hold on to more weight and water and tend to develop allergies and congestion. They can become lethargic, obese and even depressed under certain conditions.
Eat to Live
In the West, nutrition has become very complicated. There are many modern theories – and they conflict with each other. Animals don’t have this conflict about what to eat. They don’t know about fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It is only humans who are disconnected from nature and their bodies that are confused about diet.
In Ayurveda, exercise is not only about losing weight, being fit and staying healthy. Exercise provides a kind of physical stress that can be used to teach us how to deal with all kinds of stress (mental, emotional and social) with an internal sense of composure.
In Ayurveda, one of the primary forms of diagnosis is the reading of the pulse. The Ayurvedic practitioner can read your pulse and obtain valuable information about the workings of your body and mind. It is a remarkable technique that can provide amazing insights.
Ayurveda believes that healing starts from within – by re-enlivening your body’s own intelligence so it can repair itself. There are many ways to encouage healing in the body including yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, herbs, diet, exercise and much more.
The most powerful form of Ayurvedic healing is a series of treatments called Panchakarma. These are extremely powerful healing therapies that remove physiological stress and impurities.
Take for example the Ayurvedic technique of shirodhara in which warm herbal oil is poured over the forehead for 45 minutes. This treatment calms the mind and whole nervous system and benefits a wide range of conditions. And it is also very luxurious!