Āyurveda Self Care Workshop Series – Arivaca, Arizona 2019
Taught By Regan Wendell, AHC
Please scroll down for details about each individual workshop.
- Sunday, February 3rd – Fundamentals Of Āyurveda: Like Increases Like, Opposites Balance
- Sunday, February 24th – Daily & Seasonal Routine: Living Within The Rhythm Of Nature
- Sunday, March 10th – Digestion & Nutrition: Food as Medicine, Food as Poison
10am-3pm at the Old School House in downtown Arivaca.
Please pack your own lunch.
$60 per workshop or $145 for all three if paid in advance. Advanced registration is requested. Please register by January 25th for the first workshop. Please contact me to register and arrange payment.
Arivaca discounts and scholarships available! Please inquire if finances are a barrier.
I request that you attend the first workshop in order to come to either of the other two. If you you have questions about this, please contact me.
Sunday, February 3rd
Fundamentals Of Āyurveda: Like Increases Like, Opposites Balance
In this workshop we will learn the basic principles of Āyurveda in order to better understand ourselves, giving us the ability to care for, and heal ourselves. Āyurveda is based on living in harmony with nature, and uses the 5 elements of ether (space), air, fire water, and earth to understand the individual (microcosm) and the world around us (macrocosm). These 5 elements join together in pairs to create the 3 doṣas, which we can look at for guidance into our own unique constitution. The doṣas are also guidance into how or why we may feel imbalanced or experience certain dis-ease.
One of the main principles of Āyurveda is like increases like, and opposites balance. This is a tool we can all use in order to figure out how and what we may need on a daily, seasonal, or annual basis. When we are better able to understand ourselves, we can also build compassion for ourselves and others.
I look forward to joining you in this journey, as we talk about:
- The 5 elements and the qualities that describe them.
- The attributes and qualities of each doṣa.
- How to identify the qualities, elements, and doṣas in ourselves and the world around us.
- How to maintain health and restore balance by using the principle of like increases like, and opposites balance.
Sunday, February 24th – Daily & Seasonal Routine: Living Within The Rhythm Of Nature
The energy of the different elements, qualities, and doṣas are more or less dominant respectively during the different parts of the day, year, and phase of life we are in. Āyurveda believes we should honor and move with these changes, rather than fight against them. It is akin to the circadian rhythms of the body that are talked about in western medicine.
As we move through the day, Āyurveda gives us some guidelines of how and when to engage in different activities to promote optimal health and longevity. As the seasons, and outside forces of nature change around us, it is ideal to change along with them. Changes to diet and lifestyle based on the season or climate where you reside, including care of the senses organs, can keep common illness at bay and improve your overall health.
In this workshop we will cover:
- The daily clock as seen through the lens of the 3 doṣas.
- The way the doṣas and elements present themselves in different seasons and climates.
- The 3 main phases of life that correspond to the three doṣas, and how to support ourselves through the transitions.
- Care of the senses.
- Healthy eating habits.
Sunday, March 10th – Digestion & Nutrition: Food as Medicine, Food as Poison
In Āyurveda we say any food (substance, activity, etc.) can be a medicine and any food can be a poison. And what may be a medicine for you today, may be a poison for you tomorrow. We place great important on the health of the digestive system, and see it as the starting point for most imbalance and illness. There is a lot to be said in regards to the “how of eating”. The most wholesome food, when eaten in a manner that the body cannot process, is not wholesome at all, and will not nourish our body-mind spirit. If our bodies are not able to digest and assimilate the food or experiences we take in, these unprocessed foods and experiences become toxic to the system.
Āyurvedic medicine talks about 6 tastes found in food, and why it is important to incorporate them into our diets, and how to use them for healing. Culinary spices are used as digestive aids, in addition to adding flavor to meals. When we are able to feel into own digestive fire, and tune into what our body-mind-spirit truly needs, we are able to nourish and heal ourselves.
I look forward to discussing the following concepts with you:
- Food Combining
- The 6 Tastes, and how to use them to support health.
- Use of culinary herbs to aid/support digestion.
- How to recognizing toxic build-up in yourself.
- Tuning into your own digestive fire, and considering what you really need as opposed to what you may want/crave.