Advanced Anatomy Training Course
Ayurveda and Nutrition
July 10 - 24, 2010
with Jessica Blanchard and Paul Dallaghan
* This course qualifies for 100 hours continuing-education credit toward Yoga Alliance 500- and Centered Yoga 1100-hour training certification.
About the Training Course
This continuing education course will teach you how to use Ayurveda, the oldest system of medicine, and modern Nutrition to understand how food and nutrition impacts yogic practices, physical and mental health, and can prevent illness.
The content will include, although not be limited to the following areas:
- You are what you eat:" The formation of the tissues and basic anatomy in Ayurveda contrasted with how we break down, store and absorb food on a cellular level.
- Each individual is unique" Ayurveda's constitutional theory, deconstructing each dosha and relating it to metabolic functioning.
- The five elements" in ayurveda, and their chemical composition in the body. How this can be observed bodily states such as inflammation, weight gain, auto-immune disorders and the aging process.
- How much is enough? Looking at Vitamins, Minerals, superfoods, do we need supplements? How much protein do we need? Impacts of taking in more than we need.
- What is a healthy diet? Modern research findings as it relates to the Ayurvedic point of view.
- Analyze your own diet over five days, how does it stack up according to the western "vitamin, protein-centric" point of view.
- What goes in must come out." Daily elimination and detoxification, crucial to health. How to improve and encourage daily detoxing.
- Mind-Body-Food connection: What is a Sattvic Diet? The difference between herbs and drugs and how they impact the body and mind.
- And most important: moderation, a relaxed attitude, and keeping it simple.
The goal of this course is to expand and open up the detailed scientific knowledge while providing a solid foundation for a traditional approach to nutrition. You do not need to have prior knowledge of yoga, ayurveda or nutrition in order to attend, but you should have an interest in learning. The course will benefit anyone who wants to improve their own health and those wishing to help others to improve their diets.
From the Western Nutritional perspective:
- Michael Pollan's books, especially In Defense of Food or Omnivore's Dilemma
- Woodson Merrell MD - The Source.
This is a great bringing together of lots of studies and research that has been done on how the combination of the right diet, yoga, breathwork have an impact on health. He is head of Integrative Medicine at Beth Isreal in NYC and also teaches at Albert Einstein med school.
- The China Study - Colin Campbell
- Another very interesting book is The End of Overeating, by David Kessler. He used to be head of the FDA and wrote this book all about how the fat, sugar and salt in so many processed/fast foods trigger chemical receptors in our brains that prompt overeating.
- Andrew Weil has a good website: http://www.drweil.com
For the Ayurvedic background:
- Any of R. Svoboda's books on Ayurveda, especially Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution or Ayurveda: Life, Health and Longetivity
- Atreya's books: Practical Ayurveda, or Ayurvedic Healing for Women (not sure how available this one is, but all women should read it.)
About the Teachers
"I am strongly committed to spreading the wisdom of yoga and ayurveda as my professional path and in my own daily practices and lifestyle. It is with great joy and gratitude that I return to Samahita Retreat to teach. I consider it my first yoga home, after living and teaching here from 2004-2007. Living here I learnt firsthand about true integration of many of the principles of yogic life: natural living, dedicated practitioners and teachers, all in a supportive environment.
"Since I started to practice yoga in 1999, the pieces of my life have come together to form a larger, more beautiful picture. After meeting Paul in 2002, I came to Thailand to train as a teacher, then later to teach and help with the center. I am dedicated to the teachings of Sri O.P. Tiwari , who has been my spiritual guide and teacher since our first introduction in 2003. I am also firmly grounded in the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and was authorized to teach by Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois in 2006.
"I began to study Ayurveda in 2003 with Atreya Smith at the European Institute of Vedic Studies. Atreya has been my direct teacher since then, and through him I have studied with other experts in the field such as Robert Svoboda and Dr. Sunil Joshi. I completed his four year practitioners program, which qualifies under the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (www.nama-ayurveda.org) and have been helping clients with the tools of Ayurveda in Europe, Asia, and now the United States.
"Currently I own and teach in an Ashtanga studio called Balance Yoga & Wellness. I also offer Ayurvedic Consultations, working with individuals on diet and herbal therapy. I am currently studying clinical nutrition at the university level, with the goals of merging and spreading the best from Eastern and Western approaches to healing.
For more information see www.balanceyogawellness.com
Paul is a senior teacher of Pranayama, Asana and the meditative art and science of Yoga. He has been a dedicated student for over a decade of both Sri O.P.Tiwari, one of the few remaining classical yogis and masters of Pranayama, and the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in ashtanga vinyasa. Both of these great teachers have personally certified Paul in these practices, a unique position as the only one to receive this double honor. Paul continues with Mantra practice from the yoga lineage and meditative approaches, influenced by the Thai Forest tradition. This combination of practice and study through dedication and devotion has helped him gain some understanding of practice and to apply this appropriately in Asana, Pranayama, Mantra recitation and Meditation for the different level of students he has the privilege to share the teaching with. He continues his studies in health, digestion, anatomy and physiology. One of his main gifts is to be able to relate the teachings in a very down-to-earth way for the modern seeker. He does not take life or yoga too seriously and as a result the discussions and philosophical sessions are lively and humorous, helping to explain the meaning behind the practices and philosophy.
Paul grew up in Dublin, Ireland and completed formal university studies at Trinity College. He lived in New York for seven years where his life in yoga practice and teaching began. From 2001 to 2007 he focused six months a year on advanced yoga studies in India and various pilgrimage spots in Tibet, Thailand and India. With his wife, Jutima, they opened Samahita Retreat and are both the happy parents of two lovely boys, Sean and Dylan. He knows firsthand about raising a family and keeping a sincere connection with practice and internal development. This practical experience and love of the subject matter he shares with joy, intelligence and humour.
For more please see his full bio.
The Daily Schedule
The program begins at 5pm on the first day of the retreat with a group welcome and departure is at 12pm on the last day.
The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the teacher.
|7 am||Meditation and Pranayama with Paul|
|8 am||Mysore Style Self Practice with occasional Led Explorative classes to deepen the understanding of the material covered with Paul.|
|10 am - 1 pm||Brunch buffet|
|3:30 - 6 pm||Interactive Ayurveda and Nutrition lecture and workshop|
|6 pm||Dinner buffet|
|6 - 9 pm||Steam room available|
|7:30 pm||Evening program - video, tratak, meditation|
Please arrive by 4pm for a program welcome on the first day. Departure is by 12 noon on the last day. You are welcome to arrive early or stay on, check our residential stay rates
The rate is inclusive of:
- Full yoga program
- Fully equipped accommodation with AC
- Full brunch and dinner buffets
- Mineral drinking water
- Herbal steam room
- Salt water swimming pool
- Wi Fi internet
- Service charge
- VAT government tax
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.