What is does it mean to have vibrant health, live life with meaning, and have a deep sense of peace, contentment, and purpose?
Ayurveda means “knowledge of life,” and it originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. It is the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world, coming from an understanding of nature’s natural rhythms and laws and working with the imbalances that show up as signs of disease in the mind and body.
Today, we are applauded for being over-worked, stressed, and exhausted. We are taught that stress, anxiety, and chronic disease are a normal part of life and aging. However, this could not be further from the truth. Ayurveda teaches us that there is always a choice, providing us with effective and intuitive tools that can be used to evaluate the degree of disharmony, whether slight or severe, to determine its cause and give us the practices to reclaim optimal health.
Svastha is the ayurvedic (Sanskrit) term for health and literally translates as “established in the self.” Imbalances feed disease and illnesses, thus true health is not based on being physically disease free. Rather, it is based on the interaction of the body, mind, spirit, and senses, infused with a lifelong sense of self or purpose, balanced life, and a vibrant spiritual connection.
Ayurveda embraces each person as an individual. Every person is born with a blueprint (constitution) of peak health and wellness. It is our lifestyles that either keep the balance or allow it to fall out of balance, creating illness and disease. Your personal constitution defines who you are. No two constitutions are exactly alike.
Ayurveda reaches far beyond the area of physical health, healing, and the prevention of disease, but can help each of us claim our authentic selves and align with our true nature. Through ayurveda, we create awareness of body, mind, and spirit to develop our strengths, refine our needs, surface our challenges, redirect harmful tendencies, and offer genuine support wherever it is needed so that we can find balance in stressful times.
In this workshop you will learn about the:
The five elements and how they play apart in our health and wellness
The twenty qualities (gunas)
The ten pairs of opposites
The three doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha – (balance vs. imbalance)
Doshas: nature, climate, season, and stage of life
Daily routines and our lives
How balance can best be restored, improved wellness and vitality
General daily practices: food combining, balanced food, and daily routine
Ayurveda educates and inspires us to be well and do well. Kamie is here to support you on your journey, serve you to find a balanced life, and rediscover your authentic self.
The Sanskrit word for digestive fire is agni. It is the very source of life and longevity. According to the Vedas, the Ayurvedic texts, it is said that a man is as old as his agni. When agni is extinguished, we die. This teaches us that weakened digestion is at the root of every imbalance and disease.
Why cleanse? Unhealthy or irregular dietary habits, unmanaged and accumulated stress, unsupportive relationships, inactive lifestyles, and environmental toxins can challenge your body’s ability to digest food properly. A weak digestive system results in the accumulation of ama, or toxins, that cause imbalances, disease, and premature aging. Your digestion is a true reflection of your mental-emotional-physical state of balance or imbalance. A few signs of a stressed digestive system and accumulation of toxins are fatigue and lack of motivation, mental fogginess and forgetfulness, recurring infections and illnesses, and weight gain. Look at the questions below to see how you really feel. If you answer “yes” to more than half of the statements below, you may have poor digestion, and it is time to consider an Ayurvedic health makeover and cleanse.
When I wake up in the morning, I feel tired and unclear, and I need time to feel awake.
In the morning, my tongue is often coated with a thick film.
I feel or have obstruction/blockages in my body (constipation, congestion, fogginess).
I often suffer from indigestion or heartburn.
I tend to feel heaviness or fatigue in the body.
I tend to feel tired or exhausted both mentally and physically.
I get common colds (flues, sinus problems) several times a year.
I tend to feel that my body is not functioning properly (breathing, digestion, elimination, other)
I tend to feel lazy and unmotivated to do much.
I tend to spit often or have a bad taste in my mouth.
I often have no real appetite, and food really doesn’t taste all that appealing.
We will discuss the importance of digestion to build a deeper understanding and appreciation of an Ayurvedic lifestyle. This Ayurvedic workshop will introduce you to practical tools to ignite your digestive fire for a healthier, happier lifestyle. We will also go over the phases and practices for an effective cleanse.
This workshop will include:
Brief over view of the doshas: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha
Food as medicine–how nature, climate, season, and stages of life play a part in health
How balance can best be restored, improving wellness and vitality
General daily practices: food combining, balanced food, and daily routine for a cleanse
Outline for the cleanse:
Phase #1: Clean it up! Start cutting out all processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and excess. Three meals a day. Will include introducing basic food recommendations for the season, recipes, daily routine, and lifestyle practices. Portion sizing and timing of meals, what to notice when you eat, and foods that create energy, stimulate and dull our digestive systems.
Phase #2: Tuning into the rhythms of life. Clear out the ama and balance the body’s pH: the by-product of poor digestion and root cause of disease. Eliminate the “cut out” foods in phase #1. More specific recommendations for foods to prepare for Phase #3 and practices to create support.
Phase #3: The Cleanse: Simple mono diet. Keep it simple.
Phase #4: Introduce foods that promote strong digestion, longevity, and build Ojas (vitality of life)
Phase #5: Rejuvenation and vitality practices. Now it’s up to you!
**Attending the Ayurveda Life Style Workshop is recommended to know the basics of Ayurveda but not necessary to do the cleanse.
**Private sessions are an option for a more detailed cleanse according to your specific imbalances and constitution.
In our culture today, body weight can be a sensitive topic. We are bombarded with a very narrow and unrealistic set of physical standards that are considered beautiful, normal, and healthy. Every year, there is a new diet that declares to be the best way to lose weight. It can be confusing and frustrating to find the right program to manage weight for yourself.
Also, our culture’s ideology of the human body is superficial, and it influences how we feel about our body type, causing a misunderstanding of what our bodies really need to live and thrive healthfully. Ultimately, this affects how we feel about ourselves.
Ayurveda teaches us that each of us has a healthy weight unique to ourselves despite what cultural norms tell us is healthy. A wellness system of medicine that has helped people achieve optimal health and overall wellness for more than 5,000 years, Ayurveda will help you naturally find your optimal weight as you move into a state of balanced health. This is achieved through the union of your body, mind, emotions, and spirit with an approach that is unique, insightful, and realistic.
This class is for those who:
Struggle with weight management
Have tried to balance weight and feel discouraged and frustrated with unrealistic maintenance
Would like to reset after feeling out-of-sync with diet or lifestyle
Are unsatisfied or uncomfortable in their own body
Body has changed with age or lifestyle
Want to make peace with their body
Have digestive issues
Welcome to the Ayurvedic approach to weight-loss. You will learn to have a new relationship with your body through a journey toward a balanced lifestyle and overall health.
We will discuss:
Why drink warm water and tea.
The importance of exercising first thing in the morning.
Why you should eat your largest meal at noon and cut out the snacks.
The six tastes and seasonal eating.
Reasons to practice meditation.
Good sleep at night, 7-8 hours.
Mental and emotional effects of our superficial culture
Ama (toxin accumulation) – causing fatigue and weight gain
Fat fighter tips, teas, herbs, life style recommendations, and more…