Ayurveda Body Treatments Certification Course Offered at Sivananda Ashram in Bahamas

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The program is offered from November 9th-17th, 2013. Ayurveda is the ancient healing science from India, the medicinal side of Yoga.

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The Ayurveda course was simply fantastic. Don't miss out on this opportunity.

The program is offered from November 9th-17th, 2013. Ayurveda is the ancient healing science from India, the medicinal side of Yoga. This course offers a wonderful opportunity to learn the techniques of Ayurveda body treatments with the ashram's Well-Being Center Director, Lalita Devi. For more information please visit http://www.sivanandabahamas.org

The course curriculum includes the application of traditional oil massage (abhyanga), the technique of pouring oil over the forehead (shirodhara training), how to introduce oil into the nasal passages (nasya) and how to apply gentle heat therapy (svedana). These treatments provide deep detoxification, rejuvenation and allow for balance body, mind and spirit. The course focuses on understanding the treatments as a spiritual practice for the client and practitioner.

Topics of the course include:
-The history and philosophy of Ayurveda
-The 3 great qualities (maha bhutu), 5 elements (maha guna), 10 pairs of qualities (guna) and 3 doshas (vata, pitta, kapha), tissue formation (dhatu) and the channels of bodily systems (srota), digestion (agni), toxin formation (ama) and waste elimination (mala)
-Ayurvedic and yogic psychology
-The disease process and its treatment with Ayurvedic bodywork

This course is designed for massage therapists, Ayurveda practitioners, Yoga teachers and all others who have a personal interest in the ancient techniques of Ayurveda body treatments. Course graduates are welcome to stay for one or two more days (November 18 & 19) to gain more hands-on practical experience in Ayurvedic Body Treatments.

Lalita Devi is a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist (CAS) and a Sivananda Yoga teacher. She is the Director of the Well-Being Center at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and The Ayurveda Center at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch. She teaches Ayurveda workshops and training internationally. She is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda.

The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat provides an immersion experience into the daily practices of a yogic lifestyle. More than just a yoga center, the Yoga Retreat offers teachings derived from the deeply-rooted Hatha Yoga traditions of a renowned lineage. All of the Ashram practices are geared toward the development of inner peace for a more harmonious world. Established by Swami Vishnudevananda in the name of Master Swami Sivananda, the Ashram presents a balanced experience of Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga. The daily schedule includes meditation, pranayama (yogic breathing practices), asana (yoga postures) and study. For more information, please visit http://www.sivanandabahamas.org The Yoga retreat also offers Ayurvedic Yoga training as well as a variety of meditation courses.

"Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh taught Yoga-Vedanta, which came to the West through his many disciples like Satchidananda, Vishnudevananda, Ventakeshananda and Jyotirmayananda. The Sivananda Yoga-Vedanta centers founded by Swami Vishnudevananda teach regular programs on Yoga-Vedanta and with references to Ayurveda as well. I have done many programs with this organization and find it to be the best Yoga training group in the west." -Dr. David Frawley

The Ayurveda Bodywork Course was a deeply transformational experience. I took the course with no prior knowledge of massage or Ayurveda. Now, I can not imagine my life without discovering Ayurveda. The course is practical knowledge that allows us to get to know ourselves more deeply and inspiring us to share this discovery with others. We started the day with self care practices, meditation, chanting followed by Yoga and Ayurveda teachings, which prepared you for the afternoon of hands on practice. The yoga class in the afternoon helped to assimilate the knowledge accumulated that day; relaxing and balancing the body and mind. The combination of the knowledge being passed from teacher to student, hands-on guidance in the bodywork, yogic practices and self-care routines is a perfect blend to ignite the fire of transformation. — Narayani

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