Program Type: Online Course
Date: 4 weekly sessions on Wednesdays, January 6-27, 2021
Time: 7:00-9:00pm EST
This 4-module program provides a guide for students to transform their personal health and well-being by integrating the knowledge of Ayurveda into their life.
During this course, students will learn the role of body, mind, and consciousness in health and wellness and explore the causes of disease and suffering. Students will also come to know their ayurvedic constitution and the nature of any imbalances that are present.
Key concepts including agni, ama, and ojas will be explored. With this knowledge, students will learn how to use the five senses to restore balance and health. Treatments to be explored include ayurvedic diet, lifestyle, color, aroma, sound, and touch therapies.
From an Ayurvedic perspective; body, mind, and consciousness are integrated. They cannot be separated. That which affects one aspect of our being affects them all. Hence, Ayurveda takes a truly holistic approach to both disease prevention and treatment.
Students will learn the three causes of disease that weaken the body
Students will learn the primordial cause of all suffering
Students will learn the three pillars and their importance to the wellness of our body and mind.
Breakout: Discuss how your choices are influencing your health. Discuss at least 1-2 that you make the benefit your health and 1-2 that you make the deplete your health. *optional
Personal Practice: Students will keep a journal during the program.
Your Ayurvedic Constitution (prakruti) is the key to understanding who you are as a unique individual and how to prevent disease. Knowledge of your current state of doshic imbalance (vikruti) is the key to returning to balance. In this module, we will explore both of these concepts giving you a deeper understanding of yourself.
Students will learn about the qualities of nature, the five elements, and the three doshas
Students will learn how the doshas combined together to create their own unique constitution
Students will come to understand how imbalances in the three doshas and their combinations affect sleep, appetite, digestion, elimination, menses, and their mind.
Students will explore their own symptoms and begin to label the doshic imbalance.
Students will be able to define their imbalance in terms of primary, second, and tertiary doshas.
Students will come to understand that based on their individual constitution, a unique lifestyle can be followed that supports optimal immunity.
Breakout: With a partner, look at each other’s facial features and discuss your constitution. *optional
Agni, Ama and Ojas are the most important physiological concepts in Ayurveda. Agni determines how well you digest food. Ama is the residue of poor digestion that causes toxicity in the body. Ojas is the factor that protects you against disease and maintains homeostasis or balance. When Agni and Ojas are healthy, no disease can affect you. In this module, we’ll explore these concepts and how to maximize the health of your immune system.
Breakout: Discuss your appetite and how this might be related to your agni. Also, discuss your overall level of ojas and one thing you can do to improve your ojas. *optional
Utilizing an understanding of our constitution (prakruti) and imbalance (vikruti) we will explore the type of diet, lifestyle and sensory therapies that will support you to return to balance.
Breakout Session: Discuss your current lifestyle with partner. Identify two lifestyle practices that support your health and two that compromise your health. Discuss why you participate in the practices that compromise your well-being. *optional
2 hour class sessions:
Facebook Course Community Group dedicated to this course
We will encourage that the Facebook group is for discussions and sharing, and ask that questions come through the proper channels to be covered in course sessions. We will moderate the closed group for the four weeks of the course.
This program is offered live through Zoom webinar with the availability for students to interact through Q&A with the presenter.
For enrolled students, a video recording will be available after each class in the event you miss a class or would like to review the content.
Requirements & Recommendations:
*Discounts are not available for this course
Marc Halpern (Siva), AyD. DC, is an Ayurvedic Doctor, Chiropractor, and Sivananda Yoga teacher. Founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda, he is the author of the popular book Healing Your Life: Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda and the creator of the bestselling recording Yoga Nidra and Self-Healing. A leader in the field, Dr. Halpern is also co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and President of the National Council on Ayurvedic Education. He authored three textbooks and co-authored several published research papers, receiving numerous awards for his service in Ayurveda in both India and the United States.