Ayurvedic Lectures and Workshops
Introduction to Ayurveda (Dr. Vishnu)
Ayurveda is the traditional healing system of the Vedic culture from India. It is said to be 2000 to 5000 years old; therefore, it has stood the test of time. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word that translates as “the wisdom of life” or “the knowledge of longevity.” In this lecture, we will introduce some basic concepts of Ayurveda.
Discover your Ayurvedic Constitution (Dr. Sonal Bhatt)
Learn about your body and mind’s personality through the Ayurvedic perspective on the three Doshas and Gunas. Prakriti, a Sanskrit word meaning ‘nature, ‘creativity,’ or ‘the first creation,’ is the physical and psychological constitution of an individual determined by three Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and three Gunas (Tamas, Rajas, and Sattva). In this lecture, we will discuss the composition of the three Doshas and Gunas and how the balance between them defines an individual’s physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual state.
The Importance of Agni/Digestive Fire (Dr. Vishnu)
The Ayurvedic concept of digestive fire, or agni, is critically important to our overall health. Agni is the force of intelligence within each cell, each tissue, and every system within the body. In this way, agni is the gatekeeper of life. The majority of disease is the result of a malfunctioning agni and we will explore how this may manifest in our own lives in this interactive workshop.
The Importance of Panchakarma/Cleansing Treatments (Dr. Vishnu)
The miracle of the human body is that it has a natural healing intelligence, which is capable of constantly rejuvenating itself. However, when we have a doshic imbalance and weakened digestive system, toxic impurities can form and block body’s body’s natural capacity to heal. To remedy this situation, we use Panchakarma (various cleansing treatments). Through these processes, the body is purified of foreign substances, freeing it to return to its restorative state. Participants will be able to ask questions and to further learn about these treatments.
Ayurvedic Nutrition and Cooking Workshop for Self- Healing (Dr. Sonal Bhatt)
Ayurveda, the ancient healing science of longevity, teaches us that food plays an important role in a healthy life and makes a vital contribution to continued good health. Learn how to cook well-balanced, nutritious tri-doshic recipes based on Ayurvedic principles and made from grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds, dairy products, spices and herbs.
- 6-7:30 AM: Morning Satsang
- 8-10 AM: Yoga Class
- 10-10:45 AM: Vegetarian Brunch
- 10:45-11:45 AM: Karma Yoga (selfless service)
- 12-1:00 PM: Ayurvedic Lecture/Workshop
- 1-1.30 PM: Questions and Answers session; Ayurvedic Head Massage
- 4-6 PM: Yoga Class/Ayurvedic Yoga class
- 6 PM: Vegetarian Dinner
- 8 PM: Evening Satsang
Ayurvedic Yoga Classes
Ayurveda promotes a holistic approach to health by creating harmony between the body and mind. In these classes, we will look at the 12 basic asanas (postures) from an Ayurvedic perspective to offer a balanced practice.
Try head massage that nourishes and strengthens the hair roots and the skin of the scalp, improves circulation to the head, and relaxes the muscles and nerve fibers. Shiro Abhyanga refreshes both the body and mind, relieving tension and fatigue and improving the complexion. It also helps to relieve tension headaches and insomnia and brings clarity and strength to the senses.
Complimentary 10- 5 minute Ayurvedic head massage will be available.
Dr.P.R. Vishnu is a resident doctor at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram in Kerala (Sivananda Institute of Health). He oversees and teaches Ayurvedic Wellness Courses and Abhyanga Massage Courses and conducts Panchakarma Detoxification programmes. He is also a consulting doctor and co-ordinator of the Sivananda Medical Camp Program. The programme offers free Ayurvedic medical services for the local community, and provides treatement to 1000 patients per month.
Dr. Sonal Bhatt is a highly qualified Ayurvedic physician and Panchakarma specialist from one of the leading Ayurvedic universities in India, Jamnagar Ayurvedic University. She is also a Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant from CSNN Toronto. She has been practicing as an Ayurvedic consultant, Panchakarma specialist, teacher, and researcher in India, Canada, and North America for over 25 years. Dr. Bhatt has been invited to many famous institutions as an expert to express her knowledge on subjects like Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, Panchakarma Therapy, Diabetes, Stress Management etc. A lifetime member of all India Ayurvedic Congress and Gujarat Ayurvedic Congress India, she was a regular guest host as an Ayurvedic Doctor on all India radio and had her own Ayurvedic herbal pharmacy in India, which offered pure and effective herbal remedies for various disorders. Dr. Bhatt is currently practicing and teaching in Ayurveda and offering holistic health services in Toronto.
Dr Vishnu, & Dr Bhatt will be accompanied by a team of Ayurveda practitioners and yoga teachers to help you discover the world of Ayurveda.Team of Ayurveda practitioners and Yoga teachers.:Ajita, Gopan, Sandhya, Veena and Mayavan