Introduction to Ayurveda –Thursday, Feb. 8th, 7-9pm

“Because we cannot scrub our inner body we need to learn a few skills to help cleanse our tissues, organs and mind. This is the art of Ayurveda.”  – Sebastian Pole

This quote says it all. Ayurveda, translated as the Science of Life, is an over 5000-year-old medical tradition. A lot of empiric wisdom, in comparison to the evidenced based medicine in our country. And if it wouldn’t work, it wouldn’t have survived all these years. It is what we need in our times as we drifted away from being responsible for our own health, it is what we need today because it offers us practical advice doable for everyone, it is what we need today because approach to symptoms needs to be individualized.

In this introductory class we will learn about the basic bio energies that rule in our body – Vata, Pitta and Kapha, also known as the three doshas. The doshas each consist of the five elements, with two being dominant in every dosha. Vata = air and either, Pitta = fire and water, Kapha = water and earth.

We will also talk about how toxins accumulate in the body and why they can be the root of many disease, and we will look at the digestive system as the home of the doshas and therefore also the origin of many imbalances.

It will be a fun class with many examples to make the basics more easily to remember. We will also do a short dosha test which is always interesting, and it will help us see in each other how differently the doshas show up in body, mind and emotions.

Ayurveda for the Whole Family -Thursday, March 1st, 7-9pm

Ayurveda offers a broad variety of home remedies for all different kind of ailments. In this workshop I would like to share some of these with you. If you have special requests, you can let me know in advance. We will also address how to support our little ones with right diet and sometimes herbal remedies and we will learn how to strengthen immunity at any age.

Some of the imbalances we will address are allergies, colds, insect bites and insomnia.

During this workshop we will learn to make a drink which soothes certain allergies and we will make a simple mixture for insect bites.

Balance your digestion with Ayurveda -Thursday, March 8th, 7-9pm

Ayurveda teaches that all dis-ease originates in the digestive tract. The home of the doshas is in the digestive tract: Vata in the large intestine, Pitta in the small intestines and part of the stomach, Kapha in part of the stomach and chest.

Symptoms of imbalanced doshas are gas and bloating, loose stools or constipation, pain, acid reflux, nausea when waking, coated tongue, and more. If we ignore these symptoms over a longer period of time then more serious imbalances can develop like irritable bowel syndrome, malabsorption, autoimmune disease, and more.

In this workshop we will learn about the important role of agni (our digestive fire), how to recognize the state of our own digestive health and tools on how to address imbalances and also how to stay healthy, always keeping our constitution in mind. As two people can have the same issues but different causes.

Joint pain and Ayurveda – Thursday, Feb. 15th, 7-9pm

There are different kinds of joint pain, for some cold gives relief, for others heat helps, sometimes movement makes it better, sometimes rest, etc. This is because different doshas, either vata, pitta or kapha, are the dominant cause of joint discomfort or pain. In more complex imbalances more than one dosha is aggravated.

In Ayurveda we always look at the person who is experiencing the joint pain, as one treatment doesn’t fit all. There is something called samprapti (disease development), it teaches us that there are six stages of disease development and only stage five and six can be diagnosed by Western medicine, the first four stages can be recognized by Ayurveda. All this said, it is important to know the stage of the dis-ease, in this case of joint pain, in order to give the right support.

Please join me for this workshop where we will dive into the different forms of joint pain from an ayurvedic point of view and learn about remedies that can alleviate the pain, which will include diet and lifestyle considerations as well as the use of specific oils and some herbs.

Helgrid Randolph, CAyP, C-IAYT, MD (Austria)

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