Continuing Education Training Course
Evolving with Ayurveda: Radiant Health
Healthy Weight, Sharp Mind, Optimum Diet - Balance at All Stages of Life
July 16 - 30, 2011
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
Life around us changes at each moment, whether we like it or not, our bodies also change on a daily basis. You have a choice: embrace and welcome the change or resist and struggle.
Your daily routine can support or hinder your health. You can achieve excellent health with simple measures if you are ready to become aware of your own habits and patterns, then implement wisdom from nature's intelligence (which you already possess).
For example, a healthy weight is a major indicator of lifelong good health. We will learn how to merge ancient wisdom with the latest modern research on the optimum diet.
Each day will include a theory lecture and practical exercises, sometimes in the form of observation exercises, recognizing herbs and spices, modifying a diet, exercise and yoga program. We will learn and have fun while doing it.
- Introduction to Ayurveda, the 3 doshas, 5 elements and their manifestations in healthy & unhealthy people, places, seasons, times of day.
- The Lifeline: beginnings, transitions, evolutions, demarcations.
- Longevity: What cultures have it, what are the similarities in their diet, lifestyles, exercise patterns.
- Healthy weight: what is it for you, how to get there, compare the multitude of diets, approach for each constitution.
- Conception starts with emotionally and physically vibrant parents. The lost art of rejuvenatives and aphrodisiacs from ayurveda.
- Nine months to create, examine the diet, yoga practices and simple remedies that bring a glowing pregnancy.
- Young ones: Supporting a child's first years up to adolescence.
- Create and keep a sharp mind with herbs, yoga and mantra.
- Women's hormones impact the skin, menstrual irregularities, endometriosis, PMS.
- Women and menopause. Stepping stones to a smooth transition.
- Men's prostate and reproductive health.
- Heart of gold: how to preserve and support your heart's functions with ayurveda, lowering Blood Pressure and cholesterol.
- Optimal aging: cellular aging, what speeds it up, slows it down, and supports gracefully.
- Cooking Practice: a few keys to the kitchen and simple recipes.
- Diet Practice: create a diet for you and a family member.
- Yoga Practice: principles at each transition or phase.
Within each topic the necessary theories and background in Ayurveda will be explained. No prior knowledge of yoga or Ayurveda is necessary to benefit from this course. The course will help you to understand and improve your own health, and to support your family, friends, and students in their own choices.
Before coming on the course, it is recommended that you read one of the following on Ayurveda:
- Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution, by Robert Svoboda
- Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life, by Dr. Claudia Welch
- Ayurvedic Nutrition, by Atreya Smith
- Ayurveda for Women by Robert Svoboda or Ayurvedic Healing for Women by Atreya Smith
The following are also excellent sources of information on the latest thinking on diet, disease & longevity:
- The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell
- Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
- Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes, by Dr. Neal D. Barnard
- There is a Cure for Diabetes, by Dr. Gabriel Cousesns.
- Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well Being by Andrew Weil
- Healthy at 100: The Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World's Healthiest and Longest Lived People, by John Robbins
- The Spectrum, by Dean Ornish
* please note: Paul is only present for week one of this program
About the Teachers
Jessica is passionate about teaching people how to use the tools of yoga - postures (asana), breathing (pranayama) and diet (ayurveda) to bring a happier, healthier and more balanced state of mind and body. She is a long time student of Sri O.P. Tiwari, who has given her his blessing to pass on the knowledge as he humbly imparts. She has also studied the Ashtanga Vinyasa system of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and was given his blessing to teach this system in 2005. Jessica left a high-stress corporate job in France in 2004 to dedicate herself fully to the yogic path. She was aided along the way by Paul Dallaghan, both by his words and watching his example of full dedication to yoga. Jessica lived and taught full time at Samahita Retreat from 2004-2007. While living in France, Jessica began to study Ayurveda with Atreya Smith, Europe's foremost authority on Ayurveda. Since 2003 she has been a dedicated student of Ayurveda and fully committed to Atreya's approach, which adapts Ayurveda to its optimal use in the West. She began practicing Ayurveda in 2006, and travels in Europe, USA and Asia to pass on this wisdom. Jessica returned to her home in New Orleans, USA in 2007 to pass on the yogic teachings to a populace which had been deeply wounded by hurricane Katrina. Since then she has become owner of Balance Yoga & Wellness, a center which offers Yoga, Ayurveda and other healing modalities. Jessica continues her studies in health, and is in the process of becoming a Registered Dietitian. She sees the future in integration of the deep wisdom and knowledge from Yoga and Ayurveda with the scientific research and findings of the West.
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 - 6 pm||Interactive Ayurveda and Nutrition lecture and workshop with Jessica|
|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