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Ayurveda Master Class : Vata Dosha

  • Maha Rose Center for Healing 97 Green Street Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States (map)

This class is part of an Ayurveda Master Class series (see: Pitta DoshaKapha Dosha, & Tridosha) intended for individuals who are familiar with the foundation principles of Ayurveda and are looking to move beyond the basic understanding of the Tridosha. According to Ayurvedic philosophy, all things in the world - the entire cosmos! - are composed of a collaborative network of the energies of the five elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether (Space).

These elements are grouped into three functional principles that are likewise present in everybody and everything called the doshas - Vata, Pitta, and Kapha; they give rise to all rhythms and patterns in the natural world, and govern psychophysiological response and pathological changes in the human organism.

When these three principles are working together in proper balance, they maintain a harmonious physiology, and thus healthy state of body and mind. Body, mind, and consciousness must be in cooperation in order to maintain balance and thus health; learning how to bring these three facets of one’s being into balance requires an understanding of the unique energies of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, as well as how they work together.

The word Vata is derived from the Sanskrit word 'vayu', which means ‘wind’. Consisting of the air and ether (space) elements, the Vata Dosha is the principle force of movement and communication that regulates all activity in the body, including muscle and tissue movement, the pulsation of the heart and circulation of blood, breath, along with how many thoughts an individual may have in a given period of time, and how efficiently food moves through the gastrointestinal tract. Vata is also responsible for joy, happiness, creativity, speech, and elimination.

In this two hour class, we will discuss:
*Functions of the Vata Dosha
*Qualities (gunas) of the Vata Dosha
*Sense organs associated with Vata
*Primary seats of Vata in human physiology
*Subdoshas of Vata and their functions (Prana, Udana, Samana, Apana, Vyana)
*Symptoms of aggravation (physical + psychological)
*Causes of Vata aggravation
*General suggestions for treatment of Vata vitiation and management

Handouts may be given and note taking is encouraged. A sample of Vata pacifying tea made by Noël will be shared at the end of class.

Exchange: Series (4 classes) : $180 | Drop-In : $50
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