Ayurveda Foundations: 2021 Dates TBA
Anahata Yoga Centre
Takaka, Sth Island
Join Mary Girishaa at the beautiful Anahata Yoga Retreat Centre for this informative and very practical introduction to the key principles of Ayurveda and how to apply them in your life. In essence, how-to live-in rhythm with yourself and with nature.
Get to know yourself in a whole new way and learn how to incorporate simple nutritional guidelines, lifestyle tools and home remedies to support your health and well-being.
If Ayurveda was a religion (and it isn't) Nature would be God and the only sin would be not listening to your own inner wisdom.
Who Should Attend
Anyone who is interested in their own health and well-being and open to accepting the responsibility that it is our day to day choices that determine our state of health. The course is also ideal for yoga students and teachers, and any health practitioners who would like to gain an understanding of Ayurvedic philosophy and practices to be able to enhance the support they provide to their clients.
Part 1: Who am I in Nature?
Exploring the basic framework and principles of Ayurveda to enable you to understand your unique qualities and relationship with Nature. Learn about the origins of Ayurveda and how its ancient wisdom is the foundation of many of modern day alternative modalities and even some aspects of western medicine.
Part 2: How to eat and digest well
When you eat real food that suits your constitution, looks good, smells delicious, tastes great and is light and easy to digest you can't help feeling well. This workshop will explore the importance of good digestion and the qualities and taste of different food. You will be introduced to the concepts of Agni (digestive fire), Ama (toxins) and the Ayurvedic understanding of the disease process. The course notes will include a variety of delicious recipes to try at home.
Part 3: Getting into the Rhythm (Dinacharya)
The small things we do every day have the greatest influence on our health, good and bad. Find out the optimal times for daily activities according to the rhythms of nature and how to adjust and flow with each day. Discover simple daily and seasonal tools and practices and practical exercises to successfully develop and introduce a daily routine (Dinacharya) that works for you.
Part 4: Your Kitchen Medicine Chest
In a traditional Ayurvedic home the ‘Kitchen is the Hospital and the Mother is the Doctor’. Discover the healing powers of a variety of kitchen herbs, spices and foods and how to use them to treat a range of common minor ailments. Your course notes will include a variety of simple home remedies plus some delightful skin care recipes.
Anahata Yoga Retreat Centre:
The majority of the accommodation is shared however Anahata is a residential eco-yoga retreat centre situated in New Zealand’s luscious native beech, with spectacular ocean views over Golden Bay and bordering the Abel Tasman National Park. Founded on the priniciples of permaculture it uses alternative power and composting toilets, with eco buildings and nutritious organic vegetarian meals. Anahata offers a sanctuary space which helps to cultivate personal growth, encouraging souls to find their centre, relax and heal. It really is the perfect location to explore and understand Ayurveda.
Located in the northwest part of the South Island. Anahata is situated 640 metres (2000 ft.) above sea level, at an idyllic spot called Bird’s Clearing. The closest town is Takaka.
The centre accommodate up to 30 guests at a time, with extra space available for tent sites. The majority of accommodation is shared with limited private accommodation options available.
Final costs for this programme are still being nutted out and bookings will be through Anahata Yoga Retreats. You can however register your interest below.
Mary Girishaa has been a student of Ayurveda for 20 years commencing her studies with Dr Ajit through the Australasian Institute Ayurvedic Studies (AIAS) in 2004.
Following a 20 year career in Human Resource Management Girishaa established the first Ayurvedic practice in Newcastle and has continued to develop her knowledge and skills with a wide variety of both Indian and Western teachers. She also completed a Diploma of Satyananda Yoga while living at Mangrove Yoga Ashram for 2 ½ years.
As a practitioner, Girishaa’s holistic approach blends the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with her own extensive life skills and experience. She is passionate about Ayurveda and supporting people in creating & sustaining a balanced, healthy life. She also knows how elusive a ‘life of balance’ can be juggling multiple roles and has developed strategies that work with the practicalities of life and this course is all about sharing them with you.