Foundations of Ayurveda

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What we Cover

Ayurveda is a science with its origins firmly rooted in nature. It is a way of understanding the natural world and applying that understanding to our own lives and health.

When we consider that every seed has the capacity to reach its full potential, yet recognize that not every flower is perfect, we begin to grasp the complexity of Ayurvedic philosophy.

01 — Introduction to Ayurvedic Philosophy

Ayurveda is a way of understanding the natural world and applying that understanding to our own lives and health.

It teaches that each us carries within our-selves the possibility of health, vitality, and greatness to fulfil our life’s purpose, and our ability to realize this possibility is determined by how we live and our state of consciousness.

02 — Pairs of Opposites

The pairs of opposites are often used in Ayurveda to understand the natural world around us.

We use these factors to identify the basic constitution of people and to understand the impacts of dietary and lifestyle choices.

03 — The 5 Great Elements

The foundation of Ayurvedic theory is recognition that the world is made up of five elements, and these five elements are present in all of us.

By understanding an element’s influence, we can maximize or minimize its presence to create greater health.

04 — The Doshas

The Three Doshas are the expression of the qualities, the union of elements, and the energetic states that make up the foundation of Ayurvedic understanding of the world.

The term dosha means “fault” as in a faultline, something that can easily go out of balance. Since Ayurveda has its origins in nature, we can better understand and support the natural word by applying the understanding of the Doshas.

05 — Prakruti & Vikruti

The Doshas are energies that exist in all matter, and these same energies make up our bodies and minds. They are seen in our physical bodies, and, more subtly, in our emotions and personalities.

Each person has Vata, Pitta, and Kapha dosha; however, each person has a unique expression of these doshas. In this course you will learn the degree of doshas present in your unique constitution and how to incorporate dietary and lifestyle practices to create health.

06 — Ayurveda and the Mind

A balanced mind recognizes itself in the present moment and is not attached to emotions of the past or the imagination of the future.

When we have mental health, we have a sense of wellbeing and confidence in ourselves and others.

07 — Ayurveda and the Nervous System

The nervous system governs the functions of all other bodily systems. Ayurveda teaches us that this system relies on adequate time and attention daily for both activity and rest.

There are lifestyle changes we can make to improve the health of our nervous system and Ayurvedic herbs to treat doshic imbalances.

08 — Ayurveda and the Digestive and Elimination System

When the digestive system is balanced, this results in the healthy absorption of nutrition by the body, balanced appetite, and a symptom-free digestive process.

Ayurveda teaches that by paying attention to how and what we eat — according to our doshic constitution — we create an optimal environment for digestion.

In order to keep the entire body system functioning well, it is best if the elimination channel has both adequate time for absorption and timely voiding of its contents.

09 — Ayurveda and the Respiratory System

Our respiration channel is responsible for the absorption of oxygen into the blood. When balanced, the respiration is even, and our energy level is adequate for the work being done.

Ayurveda teaches how to prevent infections; it also teaches the breath work specific for each constitution.

10 — Ayurveda, Sleep and Energy

Ayurveda teaches that the quality of our sleep goes hand-in-hand with the functions of the digestive and nervous systems. It also gives the tools to gain deeper, more restful sleep for each of the doshic types.

In our modern, high-tech world we are very busy with to-do lists, work schedules, and social media — so much so that we have forgotten how to listen to our internal signals.

This may result in lower energy levels to get our day’s work done. Ayurveda gives specific recommendations for each of the doshic types to maintain optimal energy levels throughout the day.

11 — Ayurveda and the Metabolism / Immune System

Some people appear to eat a great quantity and never gain a pound, while others eat very little and still gain weight.  Ayurveda explains the reasons behind this difference and recommends lifestyle changes to stabilize every metabolism.

Ayurveda teaches that our immune system is challenged when our diet and lifestyle indulge our unhealthy doshic tendencies, leaving the body’s natural defenses weakened. We will learn how to support the overall health and vitality of both our bodies and our minds.

12 — Ayurveda and the Female Reproductive System

The state of the menstrual cycle is a reflection of our overall health. By managing our stress levels, regulating our digestion, and removing toxins, we create deep health in our bodies for ourselves and to optimize the health of any off-spring.

Meet the Creator

Meet the creator of the introductory course to the Ayurvedic Philosophy.

Mary Thompson C.A.S., P.K.S.

Ayurvedic Teacher

Founding member and former Secretary of the California association of Ayurvedic Medicine

Mary Thompson, C.A.S., P.K.S., (Ayurvedacharya),is an internationally recognized leader in Ayurveda education.She is certified as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and Pancha Karma Specialist. In 2008 she received the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and was given the title "Ayurvedacharya” (respected teacher of Ayurveda). She has been an invited speaker at several Ayurvedic conferences and is a founding member and former Secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. In this role, she supported the advancement of Ayurvedic health care in California and the founding of the National Board.

Mary’s teaching style is entertaining and enlightening. Her students appreciate her humor and intellect, and find her inspiring.Her writings on Ayurvedic principles have been published in magazines dedicated to Yoga and Ayurveda.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions?

What isAyurveda?

Ayurveda is a system of holistic healing unlike any others. It deals with the welfare of all humankind.

Who is this course for?

Designed for complete beginners, this course will teach you to apply the wellness practice of Ayurveda in your daily life.

What can I expect from this course?

You can expect personal transformation as you gain greater awareness of the Ayurvedic way of life. You will also understand the fundamental principles of Ayurveda and how they relate to you.
Most importantly, you will gain the tools to balance all your body's systems according to your dosha’s needs

Will I be able to ask questions?

You will be part of a Facebook study group made up exclusively of course participants. This space will be the beating heart of our group process, and the mentor will answer all your questions there. This Interactive Forum is an amazing opportunity to learn, practice, and receive deep exchanges.

How is this course different from others?

This course has been built around a community design plan that helps participants build an Ayurvedic lifestyle. On Mondays, members share their weekly “Word of Intention.” Tuesdays we will share a short post related to the weekly theme with a challenge for members to complete. There will be similar activities for the rest of the week.

The community provides valuable reinforcement that comes from the mutual support of all participants and adds great value to the course.

Who is the teacher?

Mary Thompson is an internationally recognized leader in Ayurveda education. She was a faculty member at the California College of Ayurveda for 20 years. She is frequently invited to speak at Ayurvedic conferences and is a founding member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. Mary is a practitioner member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association..

Why should I buy this course?

This is a very practical course that packs a real "punch"! You will learn to balance body, mind and spirit, and you will gain a deeper connection to a life with purpose.

Will my progress be assessed during the study?

After each section, you'll be assigned a quiz to complete. Also, in the course material, every lesson comes with an assignment — a project that will allow you to take what has been covered and apply it to your own life in a very practical way.

How long will I have access to the course?

The course has 12 lessons; it is intended that participants cover 1 lesson per week, for a total of three months; you will have access to the course for another three months, for a total of 6 months.

What does the course include?

For each of the 12 sections, you'll have access to a video by Mary Thompson, explaining the material. Three additional animated videos will provide even more clarification. You'll also receive a beautifully presented E-Book and materials to cover each section with projects that support your learning and transformation. Each student is able to attend daily tutorials (Mondays-Fridays), and of course, there's our community forum. In short, you'll have access to all the wisdom you need to start a holistic and healthy lifestyle according to your dosha's specific needs.

How much is the course?

The course costs 295 USD which can be paid in two payments.

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