Let seasons help you detox!

Monica B Groover, Ph.D, AWP
Director- San Diego College of Ayurveda

Starting a DETOX program after New Years Day in the middle of the winter while your body is dormant, and, storing energy is a NON STARTER.

I always laugh at this--because the BEST TIME to melt that kapha and toxins is SPRING, and for Vata and Pitta is FALL.

How is the physical body going to detox or lose weight, or, let go of toxins. It is hanging on to everything and dormant--because we are the microcosm of macrocosm. (I explain it later)

Why not take the assistance of mother nature in detoxifying? If you are a Kapha, you can also begin an Ayurvedic detox in the early summer. However, I would say pittas should just restore themselves and take it easy.

Why do we want to take help of the seasons?

Ayurvedic practitioners like myself to say – we are the microcosm of the macrocosm. This is repeated in religious and spiritual texts throughout history. If we are the microcosm of the macrocosm, a small part of the bigger pictures, minute part of the bigger whole – then, it goes without saying that we have the same purpose, same aim and same journey as the nature and our universe.

Going against the nature, against the natural laws of nature and universe is harmful to us, our planet and our future. In the last fifty years we have become disconnected from our environment and with the greenhouse emissions, we are making sure that future generations suffer.

Whether its raising huge amounts of livestock so we can overeat and become obese and subject ourselves to all the health issues caused by red meat, or using ridiculous amount of resources by raising this livestock; whether, its filling our landfills with trash that cannot be recycled , or filling our space with orbiting space debris, –we, as a species are not in sync with ourselves, our nature. That, my friends – is one cause of disease right there.

In my lectures, I talk about four types of lifestyle choices. Ayurveda suggests that living ahitayu – life not in sync with nature will cause havoc, imbalance and trauma.

Lets discuss this disconnectedness more. We communicate to the world and people around us through texting, Facebook, twitter and emails. We have created a virtual persona of ourselves – our virtual Doppelganger.

You’d be surprised how many clients I get whose physical imbalances stem from spending too much time on the social media websites. Living other people’s lives instead their own. Nature –being our parent, our macrocosm—has its own way of communicating with us. Nature provides feedback in many forms to us. However, in our virtual Doppelganger form it is hard for us to get the message. our body, the changing seasons, omens, sights, smells, how we feel – how our body feels. And, the universe lets us know. How?

We get instant feedback via our near environment. To give you an example, if you clutter your refrigerator and do not clean == strange smells will emanate. Instant feedback. If the winter is about to onset, fall will create dryness in your skin, your hair and preparing your body for the winter.

This is the season providing feedback to the body to start lubricating your skin with warm organic oils, and start eating soups. Moving on, lets clarify what we mean by our environment. What surrounds us is our immediate environment – be it social environment, the weather. The Macro environment would be prakrti or mother nature, and earth or the bigger universe – the planets and being part of the greater whole.

Ayurveda suggests we bring this journey of outer environment and what’s happening in and around us in sync. We can do this by living in sync with the seasons, with the cycle of day and night, with cycle of waxing and waning of moon. (Lunar and Solar cycles). Lets discuss a small example. Water is regulated on earth through moon. Moon gives rasa or taste to the fruits and fragrance to the flowers.

It regulates the oceanic tides. Water in the outer world is signified by the vast bodies of oceans. In fact 2/3rd of earth is water. Inside our body, the moon also influences the water element which is manifest as all fluid secretions, mucosa, lymphatic system, and blood.

In our mind, the moon supports water element that is manifested as feelings of relaxation, love, romance, winding down after a hard days work. It has been proved that listening to sounds of waves or waterfall can induce a feeling of relaxation in our nerve center. Earth element is manifested as mountains, deserts, rocks, the crust and inner part and center core of our planet.

Earth in our physical body is the structure, the muscles, the bones and the organs. In our mind the earth element is manifest as a feeling of being grounded, decision making, sticking to one’s guns so to speak.

The fire element in our planet is the summer season, transformation process of how seeds grow into a plant, then tree, the volcanoes. For example, all trees are made up of wood – which has the inherent fire element in it. In our body the fire element is exhibited by the digestion of food, transformation of thoughts into ideas, The air manifests as atmosphere and the gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide, in the planet and manifests as the exchange of gases in our lungs.

In the mind it manifests itself as creativity. Space in the nature is important. Most important. All planets exist in space. Space in our body is the space in our stomach, our lungs, nerves. Without space element, our mind would be crowded by thoughts and we wont be able to function.

So, use the early summer or spring--to its full advantage. Start your detox program at this time.

What is Panchakarma?

What really is Panchakarma?

June 13, 2015

Monica B Groover, Ph.D., AWP, CMT, RPYT

There is detox. Then, there is Ayurvedic detox. As you see in this post--a regular detox may involve some fruits, smoothies or pills. And, it is generally aimed at clearing in a general way. It is not specific to an area of the body. For example, detox for kidneys. (TCM has a lot more specific detox --however, I am not talking about TCM)

Ayurvedic Detoxfication is very specific, customized to the individual, very powerful, and, must be done under a qualified professional with years of training and experience. Ayurvedic Detoxifcation may be aimed at balancing agni, doshas, tissues and eliminating Ama (food molecules decomposing and creating toxins).

Ayurvedic detoxification procedure is called Panchakarma.

So, I will specify it here for my future students, and, anyone reading this.

PANCHAKARMA IS NOT A MASSAGE.

So, what is it, if not a massage. Massage with Ayurvedic Tailams (medicated and herbal oils prepared in a traditional way) may be used for Vata or Kapha individuals before Panchakarma. Yes, Before--as part of snehana in preparatory stage. (See snehana below).

Panchakarma is a THREE STAGED bio purification program. Each stage has many steps. And, practitioner chooses the steps.

If a person is weak, post partum, menopausal and does not have the strength, we follow the palliative or the first portion of this process called Purvakarma. (Preparing the body and mind for Panchakarma). We also call this stage Shamana stage. (A lot more about shamana later!)

In Purvakarma, we prepare the body and mind by herbs, diet, meditation, agni dipana (increasing digestive fire), snehana (Oils, and fats--externally and internally) and svedana (sweat therapies).

When the person is ready, we move to stage two. This is panchakarma.

Lets break down the word panchakarma--

1. PANCHA- FIVE

2. KARMA- ACTIONS

These five actions are cleansing therapies. If I say, I am going to start Panchakarma tomorrow--it is not going to happen unless I have prepared myself --my doshas, dhatus and mental self. Plus, there is a large list of contraindications.

There is a period of preparation for the mind and body. (In the west, people just leave certain foods and habits cold turkey--which is not suggested in Ayurveda).

The preparation period is called PURVAKARMA. (yes, a lot of sanskrit words--bear with me)

Panchakarma is a deep cleanse of the mind, and, body and very specific areas of the physical body, organs, dhatus that requires bringing AMA (undigested and unmetabolized food molecules that may be lipophilic or hydrophilic) back into the the GI tract, and, then eliminating them. That can take weeks, if not more just to get to the point of starting pachakarma.

What these people are looking for is SHAMANA. That is a sanskrit word for pacification. Not a hose me down with therapies, herbs, kitchari and self enema with decoctions and sesame oil. PK is rather a SHODHANA or deep cleanse and purification of either middle area- (Liver, spleen cleanse for pitta) with Purgatives like Kalamegha, Kutki, Panchatikta ghritum (Very very bitter herbs cooked in ghee), OR, ENT, chest and stomach area (Kapha area) with Kaphatic (my friend Sudevis phrase for kapha issues) herbs like Trikatu, Triphala with raw honey (Although these herbs are pretty standard Ama busters). Kaphas tend to recieve dry massages with herbs like Triphala.

And, last, but not the least a special lubrication and oleation called SNEHANA for the Vatas.

The SNEHANA means lubricating the inside and outside of the physical, mental and spiritual body with oil baths, oil massages, drinking soups made with ghee and pouring herbal oil onto the hair, and, sneha pana--eating ghee for a few days. Finally, there is also oil bastis

So, I will write more about Shamana, Shodhana and Brihmana(Tonification), as well as Rasayana (Rejuvenation) and PK for Vata, Pitt and Kapha issues in the days to come.

Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training 200 HRS
(Hatha Yoga with an Ayurvedic and Spiritual Focus )

October 2018 - May 2019

Cost: Paid in advance: $1500
Paid Flexible monthly: $1890

Classes in Austin, TEXAS. This program requires attending classes every two weeks in person plus intensive weekend workshop(s) in person, as well as online live classes.

Narayana Ayurveda & Yoga Academy offers Yoga Teacher Training with focus on Ayurvedic Practices, Classical hatha yoga asanas, Spiritual Yoga Practices, Mudras, Chanting and Pranayama.

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Important: "The yoga therapy components of our other course(s) are based on Ayurveda Yoga therapy principles, and are, not derived from our status as an RYS® with Yoga Alliance Registry."

Our story: We had been offering Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Meditation, Ayurvedic Anatomy as well as Ayurveda and Yoga Integrated workshops and classes for many years. We started yoga teacher training due to many requests from our current students. The course is based on the premise of deeper immersion into traditional Hatha Yoga practices from Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Spiritual Practices from Srimad Bhagavad Gita, and, Ayurvedic Health Practices from Charaka Samhita.

If you are looking for a quick certificate to put on your wall-- this is not us. We are aiming to invite yogis who want to deepen their understanding of yoga philosophy, Pranayama, Mudras, Mantras, Ayurveda, as well as basic Sanskrit terminology. This yoga program is delivered both online, as well as onsite workshops. The program is spiritual, and, has a strong Ayurvedic basis.

Objective: At the end of the course, student will be able to teach at least a basic 60 Min Hatha foundation, beginner, or, gentle Hatha Yoga class with a gentle warm up with all basic spinal positions, classical surya namaskara, regular and/or modified with props, and, seated, prone and supine asanas for beginners followed by one or two Pranayama and meditation followed by shavasana.

Classes take place online, every other saturday, and, weekend workshops in Austin, Texas.

Course lasts apx. 6-8 months.

Testimonials:"The Yoga Teacher Training program at San Diego College of Ayurveda was a truly transformational experience, for which, I will be forever grateful! The instructors are heart-centered, life-long practitioners who are highly knowledgeable in every aspect of Yoga. From them, I received a solid foundation and the training necessary to begin teaching others with confidence, grace, and humility." Sandra B, Ayurveda Counselor, RYT

COST: $1890* (If paid in 6 installments)
$1500 (If paid in advance)

*Does not include Textbooks

Please note that the tuition does not include any books, or, free yoga classes.

Teachers: Monica B Groover Ph.D, AWP, E-RYT 200, RPYT
Rose Bryant, ND,AWC, E-RYT500
Aparna Dandekar D.O, AWP (Anatomy)

Why choose us?

*Affordable Fees.
*If you have already done Block 1 with us, then you only need 150 more hours to finish your yoga teacher training.
*World class master faculty. (We have Western Physician as well as Ayurvedic Doctors, and master yoga teachers available as faculty)
*Flexible learning with online classes as well as intensives.
*Deeper immersion into Ayurvedic Anatomy
*Deeper immersion into classical Yoga texts, and, classical asanas
*Small class numbers
*Focus on experiential case based and client based
* Focus on Sanskrit
*Focus on meditation
*Focus on chanting and mantras
*Focus on pranayama

What we dont offer?

Our course is already deeply discounted, so we are unable to offer free Yoga classes. We expect the students to do yoga classes elsewhere locally.

We dont offer all classes onsite. The course is HYBRID. Anatomy, Physiology, History of Ayurveda etc related classes are offered online via a virtual classroom, online presence, via ZOOM APP

We dont maintain a campus, and, pass the cost benefits to students. All classes onsite will be held at SOMA VIDA AUSTIN TEXAS, or, at other south Austin yoga studios, during intensives.

If you are looking for a yoga community - we can only offer that online, or, when we have a workshop at our location.

Pre Requisites

The course would suit any one of the following:

*A practicing Yoga enthusiast for 2 years
*Someone interested in deep immersion into eastern philosophies and Sanskrit
*Someone who prefers gentle, restorative practice with a focus on spirituality, and Ayurveda
*Someone looking to deepen their own yoga practice
*Someone looking to teach beginning level Hatha yoga with gentle practice and focus on modifications

Course Format - Blended. Online and Onsite Classes

How does this work?

1. Student signs up, and, if accepted into the program, pays the installment, or, full fees.
2. We send you the home study material and workbooks via email or online along with schedule for onsite and online classes.
3. Online class - Student attends online LIVE classes and watches the pre recorded classes and study material. Recordings of live classes available.
4. Student also attends the onsite classes, or, onsite workshop or immersions.
5. Interactive Forums- Students can ask questions on Interactive forums. Student submit their assignments and assessments to the teacher via forums or email, Or, complete them online.

Students who have paid the full amount can get a refund minus processing fees within 5 business days. No refunds after 5 business days.

* Student must complete some quizzes and assignments at the end of each module.

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE PRE RECORDED CLASSES PROVIDED FOR SANSKRIT. Live Classes are available for the rest of the modules. Access to virtual 'campus' is given.

Suggested Textbooks

*SDCOA YTT Manuals
*Yoga Anatomy 2nd Edition- Leslie Kaminoff
*Yoga Adjustments by Mark stephens
*Yoga Sequencing by Mark Stephens
*Sri Patanjali Sutras
*Modules and PDF LECTURES (Provided for download- not in a printed form)

Optional Reading
Krishnamacharya: His life and Teachings
*Teaching YOGA
*Yoga Sequencing

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Ayurveda and Yoga Training online

We are an affordable, ONLINE and DISTANCE LEARNING Ayurveda school with some courses recognized and registered with Yoga Alliance, International Association of Yoga Therapists and National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Our professional Ayurveda programs are approved and regulated by Texas Workforce Comission-Career School and Colleges.

Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hrs is offered onsite in Austin TX.

We are an online college, and, courses are are offered either 100% online, or, in a hybrid format (Online with an option of distance learning, and, optional onsite requirement during workshops, and, opportunity for internship once a year.)

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Yoga programs like Yoga Therapy available as well

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Upcoming Online Programs

Support Self Healing with Ayureda and Yoga. Bring self awareness to your life, and learn Ayurveda and Yoga secrets in this short 24 hour program designed for personal growth.- May 2017
Introduction to Ayurveda Yoga Therapy Practices-150 Hrs Level 1- May 2017
Ayurveda Counselor 600 Hrs (Level 2) May 2017(Orientation, Classes begin June 1st, 2017


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Student Consults Event

Student Consultations are $30 and include 3 days of bulk herbs. These are done under the supervision of an Ayurveda Practitioner. A student consult may be recorded by an audio or video device, or, shared later with students. Free Ayurveda and Yoga therapy consultations, with our students under the supervision of teachers may also available on onsite workshop dates. (Last weekend of Feb 2017, March 2017, May 2017 and July 2017). If a student is not available, the practitioner will record the consultation and share with the students during regular online class times.

Community Weekend Consultations

If you would like a consult with a Practitioner, contact us about our Community Ayurveda Weekends with Consults from $30 with three days of herbs included (while quantities last. This can be done online via SKYPE, or, in person. Contact us with your location, and, we will set it up.

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