Free Talk: Introduction to Ayurveda – Connect with Your Inner Healer

Join us for a free event to learn:
  • What is Ayurveda and its ancient connection to Yoga?
  • Foundational principles of Ayurveda and the concept of individual constitution
  • Meditation’s role in self-healing for reduced stress and self connection
  • Practical, personalized tips and rituals for daily wellness

 

The ancient health systems of Ayurveda and Yoga are complementary sister sciences from the ancient Vedic period of India offering profound potential for healing when combined. In this free talk, be introduced to Ayurveda by Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan, a Vedic scholar, experienced clinician and educator from Kerala, India.

Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to wellness for total mind, body and spirit wellness. The title, “Vaidya” attributed to Ayurvedic practitioners refers to “the healer.” According to the ancient Vedic texts, we can all invoke this unique Vaidya, or healer within us. By aligning with nature, performing daily and seasonal practices personalized to our constitution, and incorporating meditative practices to connect with self, we may learn to empower our inner healer instead of our imbalance.

 

No registration required. This is a free, all levels event.

 

About the instructor

Dr. Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath (BSc, BAMS) is the Vice President and Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda USA. He is an experienced Ayurveda scholar and clinician with a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. He is also a leader trainer for domain experts in Ayurveda with rich experience in creating Ayurvedic programs internationally. He headed the Ayurveda Expert team in new research project development at Kerala Ayurveda on Efficacy, Safety and Standardization of Ayurvedic Wellness solutions. He is an Expert Curriculum Committee member at Bastyr University, Seattle for Masters in Ayurveda and a Board Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Free Talk: Introduction to Ayurveda

Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences from the ancient Vedic period of India and are complementary health systems, offering profound potential for healing when combined. In this free talk, be introduced to Ayurveda by Dr. (Vaidya) Jayarajan, a Vedic scholar, experienced clinician and educator from Kerala, India. Ayurveda’s personalized and holistic approach provides common sense lifestyle practices you can incorporate every day. We’ll introduce you to the Ayurvedic practices of alignment with nature’s rhythms, dietary guidelines, herbal remedies and Yoga for mind, body and spirit healing. 

YOU’LL DISCOVER:
  • What is Ayurveda?
  • Ayurveda’s history and connection to Yoga
  • Foundational principles of Ayurveda
  • How to identify common natural elements and cycles
  • The concept of the Doshas and individual constitution
  • Principles of living and practical tips based on the individual constitution

 

Register

Sign up online or contact info@synergyyogaschool.com to RSVP

Sign up online

 

About the instructor

Dr. Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath (BSc, BAMS) is the Vice President and Academy Director of Kerala Ayurveda USA. He is an experienced Ayurveda scholar and clinician with a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala. He is also a leader trainer for domain experts in Ayurveda with rich experience in creating Ayurvedic programs internationally. He headed the Ayurveda Expert team in new research project development at Kerala Ayurveda on Efficacy, Safety and Standardization of Ayurvedic Wellness solutions. He is an Expert Curriculum Committee member at Bastyr University, Seattle for Masters in Ayurveda and a Board Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Relieve tension anytime and anyplace

The following is a method for deep relaxation and tension relief. It is essentially a method in which you intentionally alternate between tensing a muscle group for about 5 seconds, then quickly letting them go limp. You repeat this technique with muscle groups throughout the body, one-by-one, completely focus on the feeling of total relaxation as your muscles go limp, until your whole body feels deeply relaxed.

 

You can perform this technique anytime, anywhere

It is an excellent way to start or end the day while in bed. Throughout the day, it can provide essential stress relief to reboot the body. Simply adjust the timing and your posture to suit the moment.

 

Preparing for the technique

  • Try to find a peaceful location where there is very little noise.
  • Wear loose clothes and remove your shoes, or go barefoot.
  • Lie flat on your back if possible, comfortably – bolster yourself under the knees, lower back or neck if needed. Keep your hands by your side, palms up, legs straight with space in-between.
  • If seated in a chair, prop yourself so that you can be as comfortable as possible.
  • Breathe deeply and concentrate on your breathing. Count an inhale and an exhale as 1 round. Do 10 rounds of this.
  • Take a moment right now to listen to your body. Observe if you feel any tension. Where do you feel loose? Where or do you feel tightness or aching points?

 

Technique

Note: We will work from the feet up, through either leg, either arm and so slowly up the body in sequence. Remember when you tense the muscle, hold the tension for 5 seconds and relax fully the part which you clenched. Once that part is fully relaxed, move to the next part. The order will be: left leg, right leg, left arm, right arm, torso Make sure to give each part your full, undivided attention. Remember: your focused, loving intent is healing to your own body!

 

Instructions:
  1. Curl your left toes down firmly as tightly as you can, tensing the foot. Hold for 5, then release. Observe.
  2. Clench your left calf muscle (from the back ankles to the back of the knee). Hold for 5, then release. Observe.
  3. Lift your left knee cap and tense it. Hold for 5, then release. Observe.
  4. Squeeze the left thigh muscles. You should feel your whole leg tense up. Hold for 5, then release. Observe.
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4 on the right foot and leg.
  6. Engage your left arm, drawing awareness to your hand, upper arm and lower arm. Clench your left fist hard tightly. Hold for 5, then release. Observe.
  7. Clench your left fist again and pull your arm to your shoulder so your biceps tighten. Hold for 5, then release. Observe.
  8. Repeat Steps 6-8 with your right arm.
  9. Keep your arms and legs relaxed and loose. Deep breathe in, deep breathe out.
  10. Tighten your buttocks. Do not lift, just clench. Hold for 5, then release.
  11. Suck your stomach in deeply. Hold for 5, then release. Observe.
  12. Breathe deeply into your lungs and feel your chest muscles tighten. Hold for 5, then release. Observe.
  13. Now a common trouble spot:the neck and shoulders. You can fully tense both by simply shrugging, taking your shoulders high near your earlobes. Hold for 5, then release. You may want to repeat this a few times of you are particularly tense in this area.
  14. Now the face: open your mouth in the widest yawn you can manage without risking dislocation of the jaw hinges. Hold for 5, then release.
  15. Squeeze your eyelids tight shut as if you want to shut out everything around you. Hold for 5, then open your eyes and release.
  16. Raise your eyebrows as much as possible. Feel your forehead stretch and hold for 5, then release.

 

The whole body should now be relaxed. Allow your attention to slip deeply into this sense of relaxation, letting your breathe remain slow and deep. Soak up the sensation of a relaxed body and mind!

Yoga nidra: a self-healing technique

Yoga Nidra is a simplified version of Tantric kriyas, or movements, designed by Swami Satyananda Saraswaty. It is, simply put, a state of dynamic sleep in which the mind is relaxed to a brain wave state bordering just above true sleep. Thus it is a deep relaxation technique, harmonzing your deep unconscious mind.

Yoga Nidra is known for bringing peace and clarity. A complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation technique, it controls & balances emotions and support confidence development.

 

Indications

Yoga Nidra is beneficial for a person experiencing any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Hypertension
  • Learning disorders
  • Long-standing anxiety
  • Lifestyle disorders
  • Stress-related disorders

 

The technique

Duration: 30-40 minutes

 

Instructions:
  1. Find a peaceful space without any disturbance.
  2. Lie down in a supine position on the floor.
  3. Adopt Savasana posture (Corpse Pose) and use blanket if needed to support the neck or under your knees.
  4. Avoid lying in bed or on a cushion. Keep your body straight and palm facing upwards, relax.
  5. Close your eyes and relax your eyes, forehead, cheeks and mouth. Allow the mouth to open slightly if this is more comfortable.
  6. Promise yourself that you will not fall asleep and will be awake throughout.
  7. Become aware of your breath. Observe your inhales, exhales, and pauses in between, lengthening each of them naturally.
  8. Welcome all your memories, thoughts and emotions (both positive and negative) as they come.
  9. Let all your thoughts flow within you. Don’t restrict any thoughts.
  10. Accept yourself completely, including any problems that arise in your mind. Remind yourself that in this moment, none of them matter.
  11. Allow yourself to be neutral.
  12. Observe yourself.
  13. Continue to breathe in this state of neutrality, allowing each exhale to become a release of tension or worry, and each inhale a drawing in of peace and love. A stage comes eventually where you feel stable, light and empty.
  14. Now your thoughts are free, completely neutral and life is in your hands. Choose to be happy and serene, living exactly the way you want.
  15. Now your mind is stable and clear. Visualize an image that is peaceful to you, such as a beach shore or beautiful temple. The image should help you feel calm as well as focused. Concentrate on the image and explore it deeply.
  16. Continue to observe the breath.
  17. You are in a deeply relaxed state.
  18. Stay here for as long as you like, at least 7 minutes.
  19. Eventually return your awareness to your body. Stretch your limbs, beginning with your toes and fingers.
  20. Roll slowly onto your right side and pause here until you feel stable enough to rise into a seated posture, eyes still closed. Breathe a few deep rounds, slowly opening your eyes.
  21. Experience the gratitude of your experience and wish yourself peace.