Ayurveda is a fast-growing holistic wellness system that originates in ancient practices from India that look  at the whole self--mind, body and soul--to create balance and wellbeing. This two-part workshop, led by BYDC founder Gopi Kinnicutt and Ayurvedic consultant Sheetal Ajmani, introduces the foundation of Ayurveda, and how to use diet, herbs, yoga and conscious lifestyle practices to achieve optimum balance according to your own personality and constitution.

WEEKEND 1: Ayurveda, food and nutrients

September 28-30. $425 (Fri 6:30-9 pm, Sat and Sun 9 am-6 pm) 

This weekend immersion focuses on achieving balance through diet and nutrients. We’ll discuss the three main “doshas,” or types of constitutions, what they look like in optimal and imbalanced states, and the crucial role nutrition plays in wellness. Topics covered include:

  • The fundamentals of Ayurveda, including the doshas

  • How diets affect each dosha in positive and negative ways

  • How diets should change according to the seasons

  • The role agni, or “digestive fire,” plays in restoring balance, and how to to improve it

  • Yoga, movement and digestion

Gopi  will also present two Ayurvedic cooking classes, introducing principles of vegetarian cooking and how to customize ingredients and preparations to benefit individual doshas and conditions.

WEEKEND 2: Ayurvedic lifestyle practices

November 2-4, $375 (Fri 6-9 pm, Sat and Sun 9 am-6 pm)

This weekend immersion focuses on developing habits and practices that create optimal balance in both mind and body, using Ayurvedic tools including yoga, pranayama, herbs and oils. Topics covered include:

  • The fundamentals of Ayurveda, including the doshas

  • The Ayurvedic daily routine known as dinacharya, and how to customize it for your own dosha

  • Using yoga sequences and pranayama (breathing exercises) to balance your dosha

  • Essential oils and ayurveda

Register separately, or take both weekends for $750

Each weekend offers 25hr RYT advanced yoga alliance credits