Ayurvedic Workshops & Courses
The Following is a list followed by descriptionsof the workshops and advanced courses that Sally offers.
- Introduction to Ayurveda
- Ayurveda for Yoga Teacher Trainees
- Introduction to Ayurvedic Nutrition
- 4 Week Ayurvedic Food Sadhana Course
- Ayurvedic Women’s Health: Understanding Our Hormones
Introduction to Ayurveda
Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine that has been practiced in India for over 5,000 years. Spreading to the West as a “sister science” of Yoga, it offers tremendous insight into how we can live healthier, more balanced lives. Through understanding our connectedness to Nature, Ayurveda sees each person as a unique combination of the 5 elements – ether, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements come together in different ways to form different body types, personality traits, and tendencies for specific diseases. In this workshop, we will discuss how to understand your constitution, and how this information can help you to find your unique state of balanced health. We will discuss how to use food as “medicine,” as well how to improve digestion and increase immunity through simple Ayurvedic recipes and remedies.
Ayurveda for Yoga Teacher Trainees
Designed as a weekend course (Friday Night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons). Includes basic principles of Ayurvedic Medical Theory and Philosophy. Understanding the fundamental terms that describe the most useful and practical aspects of this vast ancient wisdom - including vata, pitta, kapha, agni, ama and guna. Self-assessment and dosha determination. Learn which Ayurvedic practices are most practical and appropriate for you. In our discussion we will include how to structure a dinacharya (daily routine), how to do a daily abhyanga (self-massage using warm oil), and how to do a seasonal cleanse of the digestive tract to bring balance to the physical and emotional body. Yoga & Pranayama for each dosha will also be given. Time for general Q & A. You will leave with an understanding of your current constitution – meaning whether you need to manage vata, pitta, or kapha as part of bringing yourself back to balanced health.
Introduction to Ayurvedic Nutrition
“You are what you eat, and you ALSO are what you do not digest”
Come explore the basic principals of balanced nutrition according to the time-honored and holistic path of Ayurveda. Learn how to get the most out of your food choices as well as easy, natural ways to improve your overall energy, metabolism, and digestion.
We will discuss:
- Eating Right for your Metabolic Body type
- Simple Daily Rituals for Optimal Digestion
- Principles of Proper Food Combining
- Causes of Gas, Heartburn, Indigestion, and Constipation, and their Ayurvedic Remedies
- Easy relaxation techniques for after-eating to help with assimilation of your food
No previous experience with Ayurveda is necessary. Just an interestedness and willingness to have fun!
4 week Ayurvedic Food Sadhana Course
Each night will begin with a serving of warm kitchari, a delicious and simple dish made with lentils and rice. We will then spend time in the yoga space discussing, chanting, or meditating as the curriculm below describes. Then, we will step into the kitchen for silent hands-on sadhana time - preparing and being with food. Each person will be given a hands-on project and clear instructions before entering the kitchen.
The sadhana time in silence is important to the practice of mindful cooking, and working mentally with the mantras that we will be learning. Some of the mantras we will learn are long, and take practice to memorize, while others are very short, and can be repeated immediately in your mind while cooking - to en-vibe the food with healing energy and conscious intention.
The evening will conclude with a short question and answer session while we eat what has been lovingly prepared!.
- WEEK 1 - Mindfulness & Mantra while preparing Food & How to make Kitchari
- WEEK 2 - A basic food prayer in Sanskrit & Preparing Green Vegetables
- WEEK 3 - How to setup a healing kitchen & Infusing Teas for Wellbeing
- WEEK 4 - Digestive Meditation & Decadent Desserts
Ayurvedic Women’s Health: Understanding Our Hormones
Women’s bodies inherently move in rhythms along with the levels of hormones in our blood. These rhythms manifest as menstruation and menopause, and are as natural to female life as the ability to give birth. So why is it that so many women suffer through pain or confusion during these times of change? In this workshop, we will discuss how to understand these rhythms, and seek to provide soothing relief to the confusion and pain - both on a physical and emotional level.
Discussion of estrogen, progesterone, and other essential hormones will help us to gain wisdom into how to ease our symptoms. We will review how diet and lifestyle affect things such as hot flashes, irritability, menstrual cramps, and feelings of unexplained sadness.
Remedies and Recipes will be given to ease the transitions around Menopause, as well as to ease painful menstruation. A specific yoga sequence that is beneficial for both Menopause and Menstruation will be provided.