Ayurveda Living Courses: Modules 1- 3

A comprehensive training in the timeless ancient wisdom of Ayurveda for harmonious modern day living, and greater equilibrium in body, mind and heart.

Ayurveda Living Courses, Modules 1 – 3:

(For immersion into Ayurveda Living, please join me on an Ayurveda Living Weekend Retreat)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Ayurveda course and really looked forward to Wednesday afternoons! I found it extremely informative for changing the way we view not only our diet, but the bigger picture of life in general. It has certainly changed some of my habits for the better…..I look forward to future Ayurveda teachings from Shama.” JP, Stratford Upon Avon

The lifestyle recommendations of Ayurveda are a major part of any Ayurvedic treatment. And so whether you are feeling under the weather, living with a chronic illness, or wanting to maintain your health and well-being, bringing Ayurveda lifestyle and dietary prescriptions into your life can be tremendously empowering. In Ayurveda the foundation of health in body and mind is right living, and this module will teach you what that is specifically for your metabolic body type. With this knowledge you can keep body and mind in a state of equilibrium, and will know how to support and guide your loved ones to do likewise.

MODULE 1: 

Food, Breath and Sound – Introduction to Ayurveda Living This course is an introduction to Ayurvedic principles, to your own metabolic type, to aligning yourself with the rhythms of the day, season, and time of life: food, breath, sound and meditation practices for your metabolic type. You will have a good understanding at the end of the course of how to eat, work, play for your Ayurvedic type, the effects of seasons on your metabolic type and how to combat them, the best types of exercise and work for your type, and possible causes of any health issues such as digestive problems, sleep problems, mood problems.

COURSE PROGRAMME:

Over four weekly lessons we  will cover the theory and practice of the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Ayurveda  – it’s philosophy of life and the universe, and it’s history.
  • 5 elements and their influence on the senses, seasons, foods
  • The doshas (humours) of the body
  • Discovering and understanding your dosha, metabolic type, it’s inherent physical and psychological strengths and weaknesses, and how to antidote the weaknesses with diet and lifestyle..
  • Living in harmony with the seasons
  • Ojas: the essence of immunity in Ayurveda
  • Daily self-practices
  • Healing pranayama, mantra and meditation.
  • Inner enquiry

COURSE SCHEDULE & DATES:

The next Module 1 course will take place on friday evenings from 6.30 – 8.00pm from Oct 25 – Nov 15. There will be practical homework given in between classes and classes are inter-active with a mix of theory and implementation of the practical teachings.

Future Module 1 dates are friday evenings Jan 10 – 31, 2020

ONLINE PARTICIPATION: Classes will be recorded in case you have to miss one week. It is possible to join the course and receive the recordings through the four weeks if you cannot attend in person. 

COURSE FEE:

Module 1, 4 weeks’ course is £75/person.

BOOKING:

Please email me to reserve your place or to arrange to talk further about the course and it’s benefits to you. No prior knowledge of Ayurveda is needed.

(For immersion into Ayurveda Living, please join me on an Ayurveda Living Weekend Retreat)

Module 2:

Ayurvedic Kitchen Sadhana (practice).  In this second module, we build on and implement practically the knowledge learned in Module 1 to create an Ayurvedic kitchen. You will learn to fill your kitchen with balancing foods, utensils and practices. An Ayurvedic kitchen transforms our kitchen into sacred space and the preparation of our foods becomes an enjoyable and healing sacred ritual to nourish this temple of our souls, the body. We explore how best to prepare grains, legumes, vegetables and spice blends based on the understanding drawn from Module 1. We recall learning from Module 1, to understand the benefits that the various foods can bring and how to prepare them to enhance those benefits.

We will make healing, rejuvenative Ayurvedic foods and teas, unleavened bread (and why we should eat this), ghee (one of the most treasured foods in Ayurveda), and Ayurvedic chutneys and other condiments.

COURSE PROGRAMME:

  • Creating a sacred Ayurvedic sadhana kitchen
  • Ayurvedic nutrition – how to eat for your metabolic type, eating through the seasons and stages of life, the 6 tastes
  • Attuning daily life to cosmic rhythms and your metabolic type – season, climate, environment, age, and dosha (humour) in Ayurveda.
  • Wholesome observances for food
  • Importance of chanting during food sadhana
  • Food sadhanas – sadhana of the seed, grain, bread, vegetables,. beans, chutney, and ghee

COURSE SCHEDULE & DATES:

The Module 2 course will run on friday evenings from 6.30 – 8.00pm, from Nov 22 – Dec 13th. There will be practical homework given in between classes and classes are inter-active with a mix of theory and implementation of the practical teachings.

Future Module 2 dates are friday evenings Feb 7 – Mar 6, 2020 (no class on Feb 14).

ONLINE PARTICIPATION: Classes will be recorded in case you have to miss one week. It is possible to join the course and receive the recordings through the four weeks if you cannot attend in person. 

COURSE FEE:

Module 2, 4 weeks’ course is £108/person. This fee includes foods and special teas we may prepare together during lessons. Participants should budget for Ayurvedic kitchen utensils (approx £100), and food types (wholegrains, legumes, spices, flour) for practical homeworks.

BOOKING:

Please email me to reserve your place or to arrange to talk further about the course and it’s benefits to you. It is preferable to have taken part in Ayurveda Living Module 1.

(For immersion into Ayurveda Living, please join me on an Ayurveda Living Weekend Retreat)

Module 3:

Inner Medicine – Ayurveda for Body, Mind and Soul Once we start to apply the teachings and practices learned in Modules 1 and 2, we will find our whole being starting to change. We feel more whole, happy and balanced. From this state of balance, we start to feel the call to move even more into richness, joy and contentment which lie within us as our natural state of being. The ancient texts of Yoga teach us of this inner world  and the Ayurvedic-Yoga practices of this Module 3 are essentially simple means to take us back there.

This is a very special programme which refines and deepens the integration of the teachings of the Vedas (Yoga and Ayurveda) not only into our daily routines and activities but into our whole selves. It is about the subtler healing prescriptions of Ayurveda to transform body, mind and heart into a state of greater integration, equilibrium and health.

These practices awaken a greater sensitivity and connection to ourselves and to Life itself. We find our vitality, positivity, intuition, clarity and awareness expand. Following Modules 1 & 2, we will explore the subtle body and layers of the mind with beautiful, rarely taught practices. 

COURSE PROGRAMME:

Over four weekly lessons we  will cover the theory and practice of the following subjects:

  • Ayurveda’s Inner Medicine Healing
  • Breath work for the 3 doshas
  • Mantra for healing and the doshas
  • The maha gunas (three attributes) of the mind
  • Mantra, the mind and mantra meditation
  • Cosmic Anatomy – the three bodies, chakras and nadis
  • Honouring ancestry
  • Meditations for the three doshas
  • Inner enquiry into psychology

COURSE SCHEDULE & DATES:

The next Module 3 course will take place on friday evenings from 6.30 – 8.00pm from Nov 27 to Dec 20th. There will be practical homework given in between classes and classes are inter-active with a mix of theory and implementation of the practical teachings.

Future Module 3 dates are friday evenings Mar 14 – Apr 4, 2020

ONLINE PARTICIPATION: Classes will be recorded in case you have to miss one week. It is possible to join the course and receive the recordings through the four weeks if you cannot attend in person. 

COURSE FEE:

Module 1, 4 weeks’ course is £75/person.

BOOKING:

Please email me to reserve your place or to arrange to talk further about the course and it’s benefits to you. No prior knowledge of Ayurveda is needed.

(For immersion into Ayurveda Living, please join me on an Ayurveda Living Weekend Retreat)
 
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