June took me to London to offer a CPD workshop ‘Connecting Yoga and Ayurveda’ for YogaLondon. This presented an ideal opportunity to differentiate between the two sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga. Yoga being the application of Vedic wisdom for self-realisation whereas Ayurveda is the Vedic method for self-healing through right living.
July offered time to delve deep at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales and conclude nine months of training in ‘Kriya Yoga’. The training offered a rare opportunity to learn, explore and deepen the practice of this ancient system in an ashram environment for personal experience, insight and transformation.
“The purpose of Kriya Yoga is to transform the life of the practitioner so that it becomes a continuous expression of joy, meaning and positivity” Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati.
I left the ashram with an understanding of how to develop the techniques over a further three years of daily practise to realise these aspirations.. time will tell!
Dr Vijay’s September seminar ‘Celebrating Adulthood’ offering key aspects on how to establish correct nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, stress management, detoxification and rejuvenation strategies, to prevent disease and develop and maintain wellbeing.
As Autumn drew in I was blessed with the opportunity to teach ‘Ayurveda for Daily Life’ for YogaLondon at the Kagyu Samye Dzong Tibetan Buddhist Temple in London on the first day of Navratri. Then on the 25th October alongside 35+ countries we celebrated International Ayurveda Day with this pledge:
“ I pledge to make Ayurveda an integral part of my daily life and thereby enable good health and well being for myself, my family, and my community, in harmony with nature.”
November’s 'Ayurvedic Perspective' seminar ‘Honouring the Latter Years’ explored the only known specialist branch in geriatrics - ‘Ayurvedic Rasayana – the art of rejuvenation’. This was a fitting conclusion to the seminars which offered tools for empowering individuals to take personal responsibility for maintaining their health and wellbeing throughout all the stages of life.
As 2019 draws to a close the last of the golden leaves clung loosely to bare branches whilst others carpeted the ground in Kennington Park as the first module of ‘Ayurveda in Daily Life’ concluded. All around seasonal change was evident with VATA dosha emerging prominently in Late Autumn and Early Winter with its dry, light, cold, rough, subtle and mobile inherent qualities. These are some of the lovely student reviews:
"I’m going to be having a blast incorporating and improving self-care awareness and life management skills into my routine." Stella
"The course has inspired me to adapt my lifestyle to integrate more Ayurvedic practices, but mostly inspired me to study Ayurveda more." Dee
"The course helped me understand more about lifestyle by noticing how toxic issues affect me and others and the wider planet." Alison