INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA Ayurveda, is “The Science Of Life”, the oldest continually practiced health- care system in the world, (5000 years). The Ayurvedic approach is about aligning with the cycles of nature rather than struggling or trying to force things to go your way. When in balance, you naturally desire only that which nurtures your health and life. You flow in harmony with your body’s natural rhythms, getting restful sleep, feeding your senses with experiences, tastes, touch, aromas, sounds, and sights that uplift and nourish you. Begin to understand your unique biology and how to apply Ayurvedic Principles to YOU. This workshop assumes little to no prior knowledge of Ayurveda. AYURVEDA AND DAILY SELF-CARE An Ayurvedic Daily Routine teaches us to ride nature’s waves so we can effortlessly float through each day. Small healthy habits we perform consistently on a daily basis can have immense accumulative benefit in our life. A steady routine consistent with the rhythms of nature supports health. By understanding the functioning of the human body as it relates to the Ayurvedic Clock, one can make mindful choices throughout the day that will help to bring balance, support health, and boost mental and physical focus and immunity. Recommended Prerequisite: Introduction to Ayurveda
PRANAYAMA Pranayama is one of the most powerful practices within Patanjali's eight-limbed path. Translated as "breath control", these breathing techniques are designed to invite greater awareness of the respiratory process while deepening the connection between the breath, the mind, and the emotions. Specific techniques are chosen based on the intended results - whether relaxing, energizing, cooling, or heating the body and mind, promoting the ability to deepen and sustain asana, or preparing for meditation. Pranayama may be practiced on it's own, or incorporated as part of a yoga practice which may also include asana and meditation. This workshop includes exploration of Dirgha, Ujjayi, Nadi Shodhana, Sheetali, and Kapalabhati Pranayama. If you are currently a yogic practitioner, a deeper understanding as well as proper embodiment of Pranayama will have you looking at your current yoga and mindfulness practice in a whole new way...not to mention the infinite opportunities to realize the benefits of Pranayama in your daily life off the mat.