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Learn Ayurveda As Part of a Healthy Yoga Lifestyle

The path of yoga also includes Ayurvedic wisdom that teaches how to maintain and promote a long, healthy life, placing special emphasis on “food as medicine” to prevent and treat disease.

While not often taught as part of yoga practice, my friend Dr. Kamlesh, an Ayurvedic physician, is coming to Hawaii to teach a 2-week “Ayurvedic Nutrition Advisor” course along with the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. The course will offer participants a chance to experience the healing benefits of Ayurvedic nutrition, plus daily yoga and meditation.

Certification at the end of the workshop will allow participants to add “Ayurveda Nutrition Advisor” to their own resume. Yoga teachers will be able to include Ayurvedic Nutrition to their instruction in a Holistic Yoga Lifestyle.

Dr. Kamlesh and his staff will teach Ayurvedic philosophy, diagnosis of health conditions, the three principle doshas (or body types) – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – as well as preparing simple, delicious Ayurvedic cuisine appropriate for the different doshas.

Balancing the three doshas or energies of the body can dramatically increase health and longevity, said Dr. Kamlesh.

The yoga teachers at the course will be led by Srinivisan, Yoga Acharya (spiritual teacher), of the Eastern USA Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. They will demonstrate how the daily practice of yoga asanas (postures), meditation and pranayama (deep breathing), work hand in hand with Ayurvedic nutrition to create a healthy lifestyle.

The 2-week intensive is being held at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort on Banyan Drive in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, from Oct. 16-30, 2011, with rooms available so students can immerse themselves in the Gurukula teaching system, living and learning with the teachers. For complete details and prices for the workshop, see www.kamleshayurveda.com/ana.

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries


How to Diet Through the Holidays and Stay Healthy Too

Dear Becca,
In addition to eating the right foods to balance an unbalanced chakra, can you offer any other advice on the right diet for optimum health, especially during the holidays when “poor” food choices and habits are the order of the day?

Dana in Denver

Dear Dana,
Using “food as medicine,” and diagnosis of the correct foods for each person’s constitution and body type is a major focus of Ayurveda and can help answer that question. Ayurveda, derived from the ancient Sanskrit roots, ayus (life) and ved(knowledge), is the traditional system of holistic healing from India. In Ayurveda, all aspects of an individual are considered and treatment is prescribed to bring balance to all levels of life: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
“One need not be sick to come for an Ayurveda consultation, as we suggest the proper diet to live 100 years without having diseases,” according to Dr. S. K. Kamlesh, a seventh-generation Ayurvedic doctor, and Founder and President of the International Society of Ayurveda. According to Dr. Kamlesh, the appropriate diet to balance the three physical doshas or energies of the body – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – can help to promote health and longevity.
Through the practices of Ayurveda, a person is requested to get involved more and take responsibility for their own healing. Seasonal cleansing and rejuvenation, as well as appropriate diet, are suggested to maintain health and to slow aging.
If you’d like to pursue that path, I’d recommend a personal health consultation with an Ayurvedic physician. After a diagnostic check to find any health problems in the body’s organs and determine an individual’s percentage of Vata, Pitta and Kapha energies in their body, you would be provided a personalized diet program, with suggestions of foods, herbs, spices, aromatherapy oils and supplements for healing.

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