Ayurveda is the ancient Indian science of health and living well. It provides guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, exercise and behavior. Ayurveda reminds people that health is the dynamic integration between the individual and unique body, mind, environment, and spirit. Workshop conductors Kate Logan and Lini Mazumdar open the series with Understanding Your True Nature, an introduction to Ayurveda, on Thursday, March 20, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. Five more workshops are offered once a month, April through August. Each workshop stands on its own, or those interested can take all 6. The complete schedule is as follows:
6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20: Understanding Your True Nature In this introduction to Ayurveda. People will learn how this ancient and scientific Indian system of health can help them understand their own unique nature, the five element constitutional make up (dosha), how people are affected by the seasons, and how to reach the utmost health potentials. Attendees will learn simple and effective ways to cultivate balance and health on a daily and seasonal basis, through what they eat, when and how they eat, and their lifestyle practices and choices. Recommendations will be given for each Dosha.
6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10: Enhancing Digestion w/ Food & Herbs.
Learn how, with simple food choices, to enhance and keep the digestive fire (agni) balanced and healthy, and thus the body working to its optimal level.
6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15: Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse. Seasonal cleansing is fundamental to a healthy Ayurvedic lifestyle and in the spring people's bodies naturally awaken and want to cleanse themselves. Attendees will learn how to gently assist the body in flushing accumulated toxins (ama) through specific detoxifying diet, movement, herbs and more. Gain valuable information that, when applied, will result in feelings of vibrancy, clarity, lightness and general well-being.
6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12: Understanding and Preparing for Summer - the Pitta Season. Summer is the Pitta time of year. Whether a person has a pitta constitution, or a person's Pitta is out of balance, learn about the qualities of this season and how to balance Pitta in a person's body, with food, yoga and daily lifestyle routines.
6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 10: Stress Management & Preparing for Vata Season. The summer is a busy time when people can go in many directions, and let themselves get run down. Unaddressed stress in their lives can result in illness, feelings of being overwhelmed, and out of balance, and affect how they enter the Fall (vata) season. Learn how to sleep better, digest better, and stay healthy, energetic, and balanced with daily Ayurvedic stress management tools. Discover how to practice simple and effective Ayurvedic techniques to cultivate inner calm and vibrancy that will nourish and support their well-being on every level.
6:00-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14: Weight Loss the Ayurvedic Way. In this workshop attendees will learn how each body type changes with the season, and how to use this naturally cleansing time of year to prepare their body and mind for the oncoming winter months. Instructors will share effective lifestyle routines & recipes to achieve healthy, long term weight management. The instructors will also prepare and taste detoxifying teas, juices and soups.
Mazumdar is a Certified Ayur ve dic Nutrition Counselor and Herbalist. She completed her Ayurvedic studies in New York City in 2012 and graduated from the Southwestern School of Botanical Medicine in Arizona in 1998. She holds an EdM in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. She lives on Anjali Farm in South Londonderry, where she grows medicinal plants and makes a line of herbal products called Lotus Moon Medicinals. She also cooks organic, Indian meals from the farm year round. Logan and Mazundar have been teaching Ayurvedic workshops and classes in Southern Vermont since 2012.
Logan has been both a dedicated yoga student and teacher for over 10 years. She has completed intensive yoga teacher trainings with renowned yogis Godfrey Deveroux and Shiva Rea and infuses her practice with inspiration from various other teachers and styles of yoga as well. It was through yoga that Logan first was introduced to Ayurveda. After implementing some daily Ayurvedic routines into her lifestyle she quickly recognized Ayurveda's profound effectiveness and potency and wanted to learn more. In 2000 Kate traveled to Pune, India where she completed a training course with The International Academy of Ayurveda. Kate also is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Cookery in New York City.
Pre-register: $150 for all six workshops; $30 per workshop; $35 at-the-door.
To register, sign up and pay at Heart of the Village Yoga, 3556 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Manchester Village, visit www.heartofvillageyoga.com/events or call Jo Kirsch at 802-379-4514.