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Women's Wisdom of Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda Series

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Saturday June 22, 9am-12pm

We begin with: Ayurveda Foundations (info below!)

June 22nd - Ayurvedic Foundations

Join Shanti Pitschka, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, through the discovery of the foundational principles of Ayurveda. This ancient tradition, spanning over 5,000 years, offers seekers a sacred path to well-being and wholeness. Within Ayurveda’s ancient scrolls lie secrets of holistic healing, dietary wisdom, and lifestyle harmonies that resonate with the rhythms of nature.

Ayurveda is the divine dance of body, soul, and mind, harmonized through the unique knowledge of one’s elemental constitution. By delving into Ayurveda’s essence, one unlocks a treasure trove of self-care, stress resilience, and natural elixirs, guiding the way to attuning with nature’s symphony and fostering equilibrium in the ebb and flow of existence.

Learn about the foundations of Ayurveda that brings balance to your inner and outer being. Some of the concepts we will be covering in this workshop:

The 5 elements – Pancha Mahabhutas

3 measures of vitality, subtle essences – Prana, Ojas & Tejas

Tri-doshic system in detail – Vata, Pitta, Kapha

Your constitution and current state of being – Prakriti & Vikriti with questionnaire

The fire of digestion – Agni

Imbalances or blockages – Ama

July 27th - Women’s Wisdom

Join Shanti Pitschka, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, for an enlightening session on Women’s health. Dive into the ancient knowledge that celebrates the beauty and depth of the divine feminine, exploring the journey from the child-bearing years to the wisdom years. Discover natural lifestyle practices to enhance well-being, address current health concerns, and embrace the holistic approach to hormone health.

During this event, you will:

Gain insights on how Ayurveda views menstrual cycles, peri-menopause, and menopause

Understand how nutrition, phytonutrients, herbs, and natural remedies can harmonize the body

Learn how to align with nature’s rhythms for improved sleep, energy and increased vitality

Reduce symptoms related to menstruation, peri-menopause, and menopause based on individual needs

Balance your hormones naturally

This educational opportunity is suitable for women of all ages, offering guidance on transitioning smoothly through life stages by adopting a natural and nurturing Ayurvedic lifestyle. Feel free to invite a friend, daughter, or mother to join in!

August 31st - Ayurvedic Home Remedies

Drawing from ancient Indian healing practices with a history spanning millennia, Ayurvedic home remedies are natural alternatives assessable to all. Discover an array of traditional Ayurvedic remedies, such as herbs, spices, oils, and formulas to alleviate various conditions.

Rasayanas, are rejuvenating tonics designed to promote longevity and vitality. They are often crafted from a blend of potent herbs and minerals, tailored to enhance overall well- being and boost the immune system.

Herbal blends, oils and spices also play a crucial role in Ayurvedic healing. Turmeric, with its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, is a staple in many Ayurvedic preparations. Ginger, another common ingredient, is celebrated for its ability to aid digestion and reduce nausea. These natural elements are often combined in teas, pastes, and powders to create effective remedies for common ailments.

Incorporating Ayurvedic home remedies into your daily routine can lead to profound health benefits. By understanding and applying these ancient practices, you can harness the power of nature to heal and rejuvenate your body from the inside out. Embrace the wisdom of Ayurveda and embark on a journey towards optimal health and harmony.

Sept 28th & Oct 5th - Ayurvedic Fall Cleanse

With Shanti Pitschka, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. The practice of cleansing is considered a vital part of an Ayurvedic lifestyle, for improved energy, strength, and immunity. Learn about the Ayurvedic cleansing ritual to invite in the coziness of fall and winter into our beings. In the fall, we start to expel the heat of summer, making us dry and red, itchy on the skin, we notice a shift from expressing ourselves outwardly to being more reflective and inward. Just like in nature, we see the leaves slowly changing in color, “letting go” in the cool and windy fall days, preparing for winter. This is the time to cleanse the body of the summer heat and ground our minds, physiology and shift our outlook on life. After the cleanse we learn to switch to a fall/winter diet focusing on roasted root vegetables, warming soups and herbal teas. *(Kit includes – Herbal Teas, Abhyanga Oil, Mung Beans, Basmati Rice, Triphala, Ghee, Spices for the week cleanse)

Cleanse – Saturday, September 28th, 2024

Learn the foundations of Ayurveda. Why are seasonal cleanses so important? How can you live according to yourconstitution? Ayurveda is customized for the individual. Learn more about your “Self” and those around you by discovering your true nature. We will discuss the doshas, imbalances, you may be susceptible to and how to tend to your specific nutritional needs.

Purify the digestive system and cleanse the mind. We will prepare for our 5 – 7 day Kitchary cleanse. This gentle cleanse is a mono diet of lentils and basmati rice, seasonal vegetables, teas, etc. Learn how to prepare spice mixes and teas to enhance the cleanse experience. Journal on thoughtful insights.

Start the cleanse on Sunday, September 29th. Choose how long you would like to cleanse. You will be supported during the week through group conversation or one on one discussions and will be provided with videos on meditation, yoga and other yogic practices, daily. Be prepared to let go of your vices and nourish yourself.

Cleanse – Saturday, October 5th, 2024

We will recap the cleanse week and support those that will continue the cleanse for up to 7 days. Learn how to reintroduce Sattvic (high energy, clean) foods into your routine. Ahar, which means food in Sanskrit, is an important aspect of Ayurvedic medicine. According to Ayurveda, food is not just a source of nutrients, but also a source of energy and healing properties. We will discover intuitive eating methods, the six tastes and eating with the senses. You will be provided with recipes for the season, with a seasonal food list, bulk foods and spice list.

October 26th - Marma Point Self-treatment

With Shanti Pitschka, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. In ancient Vedic times, marma points were called a secret dot or mystic point. Like a door or pathway, activating a marma point opens into the inner pharmacy of the body. Touching a marma point changes the body’s biochemistry and can unfold radical, alchemical change in one’s makeup. Stimulation of these pathways signals the body to produce exactly what it needs, including hormones and neurochemicals that heal. Gain an understanding of Ayurvedic tools used with marma point treatments such as: pranic healing, breathwork, essential oils, tuning forks and crystals to enhance the flow of energy through the system.

What you will learn about Marma Point Self-treatment:

Discover the locations of marma points and their effects on the body

Explore the benefits of each marma point

Understand the contra-indications of marma points

Learn how to use Ayurvedic tools to deepen the experience

November 23rd - The Body through the lens of Ayurveda

Join Shanti Pitschka, Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, in the unpacking of the multi-dimensional Human Being. Within the study of Ayurvedic philosophy, the human body is likened to a finely crafted tapestry intricately woven together by the interplay of environmental influences, dietary choices, and emotional states.

This ancient tradition aims to achieve a harmonious balance between the physical and spiritual aspects, fostering a state of vibrant well-being. Central to this framework are concepts such as geographical influences, energy centers known as chakras, energy channels called nadis, and sheaths known as koshas, all of which resonate deeply within the Ayurvedic tradition.

Through the art of utilizing herbal remedies and meditative practices, we seek to realign these cosmic forces. Each chakra governs a specific realm, nadis serve as conduits for vital energies, and koshas envelop distinct layers of human existence. By aligning these fundamental elements, Ayurvedic teachings illuminate a pathway to comprehensive and holistic well-being.

We will dive into the Subtle Body, Energetic Body and other Theories Underlying Ayurvedic Medicine:

• The Concept of Geo-proximity – The connection between physical anatomy to energetic anatomy

• The Chakra System & Nadis, Koshas

• Seats and Qualities of the Doshas – Prana Vayus, Subdoshas

• Meditation & Pranayama – History of pranayama, effects of Pranayama on the physical and subtle bodies and the practice of pranayama.

December 14th - Sattvic living

To truly embrace Sattvic living, it is essential to develop an Ayurvedic, holistic daily routine that harmonizes the mind, body, and spirit. This begins with a mindful morning ritual, such as rising with the sun to meditate and set intentions for the day. Incorporating various meditation methods, like chanting and mantras, can deepen one’s practice, providing a foundation of discipline and focus. Creating a Sankalpa, or a heartfelt intention for meditation helps align one’s actions with their higher purpose.

Understanding and working with the Ayurvedic concept of Pragya Aparad, often referred to as the mistake of the intellect, is crucial in this journey. This concept involves recognizing and rectifying errors in judgment that lead us away from our true nature. By cultivating awareness, one can make choices that promote harmony and well-being.

We will unpack the 8 limbs of Yoga, as outlined by Patanjali, offer a comprehensive guide to right living. Journaling can be a powerful tool in this practice, allowing for reflection and growth. Writing about your experiences, insights, and challenges to help solidify the principles of Yama (ethical standards), Niyama (self-discipline), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (absorption).

Learning how to incorporate these practices into daily life fosters a Sattvic lifestyle, characterized by peace, clarity, and a profound connection to the self and the universe. Through consistent practice and mindful living, one can achieve a state of balance and inner tranquility, paving the way for greater joy and fulfillment.

Together, we will create a daily routine that is individual to your unique life.

Practice meditation methods that you can take with you to maintain a consistent practice – chanting, mantras, creating a sankalpa.

Work with Pragya Aparad – The mistake of the intellect, to bring awareness to your daily choices in life and how to respond.

Journaling and practice of right living with the 8 limbs of Yoga.

Kashmir Shaivism

Introduction to Kashmir Shaivism Class

Saturday June 29th, 1-2:30pm

Join us for a 1.5-hour session exploring the profound teachings of Kashmir Shaivism. Led by experienced guides, this class invites you to discover the simplicity and depth of this ancient philosophy. Take a step into the world of self-realization and spiritual connection with us!

Seva Day

Seva Day

Every third Sunday of the month.

Please bring a lunch item to share! We begin our seva after the Sunday program and community lunch.

Seva is a time-tested ancient yogic practice. For thousands of years first in the ancient East, selfless service (seva) has been at the forefront of ashram life and is what sustains a spiritual center of this kind.

Seva is a spiritual practice in itself. Seva is a practice of staying present, focused, and mindful with whatever you’re doing, without concern for how it’s going to benefit you.

When a person commits to selfless service at an ashram, they are not only helping sustain the center, but they are also putting in the necessary work to break down tensions inside which will lead to a more fruitful meditation practice. On the third Sunday of each month, the community comes together to do just that and would love to have you join us! Contact Us

Meditation Class

Intro to Meditation 4-Week Series (monthly)

Tuesday Evenings, July 2, 9, 16, 23. 5:30-6:30pm

Experience for yourself how meditation can improve whatever YOUR passions are today. Learn meditation techniques that will help you find center, stay grounded, and allow you to enjoy everything that’s in front of you.

Yoga Class

Women’s Retreat

August 10, 8:30am-4:30pm

Spend an entire day relaxing, rejuvenating, and reinvigorating your body and mind in an intentional, shared space with fellow Goddesses.

 

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Mala Making

Create a Mala Workshop

October 12, 9am-4:30pm

Ever wonder what the beautiful strand of beads are that yogis wear? While they are pretty, malas are also sacred tools we use to stay focused and keep our center inside. Join AnandaMa in this very special workshop!

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200 Hour yoga teacher training

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Begins

August 17-December TBD

Teaching teaches – find the next level of your yoga practice. Firmly rooted in a time-tested meditation tradition this training will give you the skills to teach and practice from a new depth in your own heart.

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