Special Topic Courses

Introductory lectures and health seminars provide an introduction to the principles of Ayurveda. You will learn how your constitutional make up can be understood in terms of three fundamental elements or doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. You will be able to:

determine your individual constitution or body-mind type, according to the relative dominance of the three doshas. Our body-mind type is identified through our physical traits, biorhythms, mental state, likes and dislikes, personality, behaviour, life style. Each of these doshas can either be in a state of balance and harmony or in a state of imbalance.
use self diagnosis to evaluate your current state of health and detect imbalances underlying current symptoms you may be experiencing, and as an early detection, at their initial stage, before they even manifest as symptoms.
correct those imbalances through diet, herbs, lifestyle and daily routine with easy to follow Ayurveda recommendations.
live your daily life according to the qualities of daily and seasonal cycles so you are living in harmony with the Laws of Nature that regulate the functioning of the human physiology.

With the understanding of those principles of Ayurveda, you will be able to participate in maintaining your own Body-mind balance, which is the key to
Prevention
Increasing Immunity
Maintaining a good health with increased vitality, wellness and happiness
During the health seminars, participants will evaluate their own body-mind type with the assistance of the instructor, and will be given hand-outs to take home, to help them integrate this new knowledge into their daily routine.

Both the free introductory lectures and the health seminars can be customized to suit the needs of particular groups. Please contact Shree Ma Ayurveda Institute & Wellness Centre Inc. to arrange for a lecture or for more information.

Nutrition, Diet &Ayurvedic Cooking
astringent, bitter, sour, salty
refreshing, cooling,
dry, light, or heavy,
oily, unctuous, grounding,
light, warm, spicy!,
or just so sweeeet…

Ayurveda cooking has a wonderful and colourful way of letting the taste and qualities of food work for your best digestion, overall health and enjoyment!

In these Ayurveda cooking classes, you will learn hands on which are the healing qualities of different foods, herbs and spices, which are the foods more suitable for your constitution and how to customize meals for your own body type and for your family, how to prepare your own churna (spice mix) and more.

Pulse Reading
Pulse reading is a traditional and systematic method of diagnosis for the evaluation of your present health condition, or balance; it allows the identification of specific underlying imbalances that are responsible for your current symptoms, and also at their early stage, before they even manifest as symptoms or as a more serious recurrent condition, according to Ayurveda’s principle of prevention.

Pulse reading is a very fine tool to assess your health state of balance or imbalance. How does it work?
Imbalances can be felt in the vibrations of the pulse because of the close interaction between the cardiovascular system, the brain, the nervous system and all the organ systems in the body (in a similar way, conventional medicine uses blood work and the vibrations of ECG, EMG, EEG, etc. for the diagnosis of various diseases).

The blood carries nutrients to and wastes away from the tissues that make up each organ in the body. If the tissue of an organ is in a state of imbalance it will consume too much or too little nutrients or will produce too much or too little waste, creating specific vibrations that can be related to that tissue and its functioning.

These vibrations are expressed as a combination of the three basic principles of: movement (Vata), transformation (Pitta), and structure (Kapha). In pulse diagnosis, these vibrations are felt by placing three fingers (index, middle, and ring) on the radial artery – each finger tip sensing one of the three basic principles. As the sense of touch gets more refined, one can move from determining the general state of balance/imbalance of these three principles, to knowing which organ or system is imbalanced.

This course will give you in depth knowledge of the three doshas, the fundamental elements in our physiology, including their characteristics: functions, location in the body, specific signs of balance and imbalance, factors that increase or decrease them (for balance to be restored).

You will learn how to feel:
each of the three doshas in the pulse
what is a balanced pulse
signs of an imbalanced pulse according to the three doshas
This pulse diagnosis course will enable you to remain in close touch with your own physiology. You will know your own baseline/reference pulse and will be able to detect deviations from it, determine the type of imbalance and then, make changes to your diet or lifestyle accordingly.

Asanas
Asanas (postures) open, strengthen and relax your body through neuromuscular coordination.

Pranayama
Pranayam various gentle and rhythmic breathing techniques that restore and regulate the flow of prana (vital energy) and energize your whole body, through neuro-respiratory coordination.

Meditation
Meditation is a simple, natural and effortless technique that has the practitioner gradually experience finer states of awareness, and ultimately the source of awareness – consciousness which brings relaxation, greater clarity and mental peace.

Yoga
Traditionally, Ayurveda promotes Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation as a way of improving and maintaining an individual’s health and well being. This course is offered by trained yoga teachers; you will learn postures, breathing and meditation, and how they relate to and are applied in Ayurveda.

Yoga restores balance, and creates complete harmony between body, mind and spirit, so that they are established in a state of unity. Three aspects of yoga which are introduced in this course are asana, pranayam and meditation.