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ĀYURVEDIC SPRING CLEANSE RETREAT AT MENLA
May
23
to May 27

ĀYURVEDIC SPRING CLEANSE RETREAT AT MENLA

Āyurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.” It is the name of the world's oldest holistic health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.

Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Āyurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellcare, Āyurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions that invite health and harmony into your experience.

Āyurveda recommends a cleanse to accompany a change in season, to clear and open physiological and psychological channels in the body and mind. Spring is an especially important time of the year, when nature re-awakes from the long, heavy winter and provides us with all the dietary and herbal tools we need to rid our bodies of excess fats and heavy proteins which keep environmental and emotional toxins bound in bodily tissues.

A Spring cleanse helps the body to identify stored fat tissue as useable energy, retraining and firing up digestive capacity within the GI tract, bodily tissues, and the mind. Accumulated and stored toxins are brought to the surface of tissues and gently escorted out through elimination channels. The results of the Spring cleanse are empowered digestive and immune systems as well as a purified mind to transition gracefully and energetically from the heavy, dulled winter into the light, auspicious Springtime.

The sophistication of the software and hardware of the human being is an absolutely magnificent phenomenon. And yet, without realizing it, we are getting in the way of its natural and spontaneous self-healing capability by inundating our systems with excessive consumption and exposure to toxicity. We are interrupting restoration and repair of our physical vehicles with careless lifestyles.

The goal of this retreat is to provide the tools and space for a gentle yet thorough cleansing of the body and mind, as well as a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, why it is important to detoxify the internal organs and the sense organs, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the physical state and state of mind of your own choosing.This retreat will include:

  • An Āyurvedic mono-diet of kitchari and tisanes (herbal teas)

  • Appropriate herbs to support detoxification (triphala)

  • A ‘dinacharaya’ tool-kit of copper tongue scraper, nasal oil, mouth gargle, neti pot and salts, essential oils, body massage oil, and a candle to use during the retreat and at home following the retreat

  • Daily group yoga, pranayama (breath work), and meditation

  • Daily body work (massage or traditional Āyurvedic oil therapy)

  • Daily Āyurvedic theory classes

  • A cooking demonstration to learn about spices, kitchari, and ghee

  • Daily opportunity to convene with Mother Nature

ScheduleThursday, May 23rd

  • 3 - 5pm Check-in

  • 5:30pm Welcome

  • 6 - 7pm Vegetarian Dinner

  • 7:15 - 8:30pm Intro to How / Why to Spring Cleanse

    •  Tool Kits distributed + instructions shared for morning rituals

  • 8:30 - 9:30pm Yoga Nidra - led by Noël

Friday, May 24th

  • 7 - 8am Yoga + Pranyama

  • 8 - 8:30am Meditation

  • 8:30 - 9:30am Kitchari Breakfast

  • 10am - 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Introduction to Āyurveda

  • 12 - 1pm Kitchari Lunch

  • 1 - 4pm Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies

  • 4 - 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / 6 tastes + Seasonal Eating + Ritucharya/Dinacharya

  • 6 - 7pm Kitchari Dinner

  • 7:15 - 8:15pm Yoga Nidra - led by Noël

Saturday, May 25th

  • 7 - 8am Yoga + Pranyama

  • 8 - 8:30am Meditation

  • 8:30 - 9:30am Breakfast - Kitchari

  • 10am - 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Digestion + Seven Tissue Layers

  • 12 - 1pm Kitchari lunch

  • 1 - 4pm  Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies

  • 4 - 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Agni + Food Sadhana

  • 6 - 7pm Kitchari dinner

  • 7:15 - 8:15pm Yoga Nidra - led by Noël

Sunday, May 26th

  • 7 - 8am Yoga + Pranyama

  • 8 - 8:30am Meditation

  • 8:30 - 9:30am Breakfast - Kitchari

  • 10am - 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class

  • 12 - 1pm Kitchari lunch

  • 1 - 4pm  Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies

  • 4 - 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class

  • 6 - 7pm Kitchari dinner

  • 7:15 - 8:15pm Yoga Nidra - led by Noël

Monday, May 27th

  • 7 - 8am Yoga + Pranyama

  • 8 - 8:30am Meditation

  • 8:30 - 9:30am Kitchari Breakfast

  • 7 - 11am Check-Out of Rooms

  • 10am - 12pm Cooking Class / Demo : Intro to Spices, Ghee, Kitchari

  • 12 - 1pm Kitchari Lunch

  • 1 - 1:30pm Questions + Closing

  • 1:30 Departure


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Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 6
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 6

INTRO TO THE AYURVEDIC LIFE SCIENCES
at SKY TING Yoga in Tribeca

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.”It is the name of the world's oldest, most comprehensive health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.

Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Ayurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellness, Ayurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions. This compact, six-session course will familiarize you with the principles of Ayurveda that teach how to identify the organization of your unique mind/body type, then interpret the information entering your system through your senses. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the state of body and state of mind of your own choosing.

Each class will be a combination of lecture and group discussion. See class descriptions below. Classes may be taken individually or as a course. Handouts will be given and taking notes will be encouraged; light assignments (challenges!) will be given between classes. Classes are two hours and will begin promptly at 7 pm. 

Running Wednesdays / Oct 3-November 7
$40 drop-in, $200 for all six classes
To book your spot e-mail info@skytingyoga.com

November 7
The Ayurvedic Clock, Part 2: Dinacharya
To maintain a healthy life free from disease, we need to follow a daily routine, or flow of ritual conduct. The Ayurvedic Rishis (those who outlined the system of Ayurvedic medicine) considered a daily routine to be a stronger healing force than any other medicine! In Sanskrit, the word "din" means "day" and "achar" means "following." In this class, we will learn how to sense and follow the rhythm Mother Nature sets to the day, and how to establish morning, afternoon, and evening dinacharya that honors yourself, your body and mind, and all of creation. You will discover that Ayurveda is actually a verb; it is something to be lived. Every action taken with consciousness will connect you with all that is Divine within you.

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Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 5
Oct
31
7:00 PM19:00

Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 5

INTRO TO THE AYURVEDIC LIFE SCIENCES
at SKY TING Yoga in Tribeca

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.”It is the name of the world's oldest, most comprehensive health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.

Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Ayurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellness, Ayurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions. This compact, six-session course will familiarize you with the principles of Ayurveda that teach how to identify the organization of your unique mind/body type, then interpret the information entering your system through your senses. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the state of body and state of mind of your own choosing.

Each class will be a combination of lecture and group discussion. See class descriptions below. Classes may be taken individually or as a course. Handouts will be given and taking notes will be encouraged; light assignments (challenges!) will be given between classes. Classes are two hours and will begin promptly at 7 pm. 

Running Wednesdays / Oct 3-November 7
$40 drop-in, $200 for all six classes
To book your spot e-mail info@skytingyoga.com

October 31
Food Sadhana: Yogic Diet + How to Eat
Ayurveda teaches that the types of foods one ingests have a direct effect on the body and the mind, influencing the consciousness of the consumer. In this class, we will discuss how to approach food energetically by understanding food qualities (sattva, rajas, and tamas), proper sourcing, storage, and preparation of food, touching on vegan and vegetarian vs. animal protein diets. We will discuss how to compose a plate that will support healthy digestion, and discuss why context is more important than content of a meal by learning the Upayogasamstha, or guidelines to healthy eating. More important than what you eat is how you eat!

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Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 4
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 4

INTRO TO THE AYURVEDIC LIFE SCIENCES
at SKY TING Yoga in Tribeca

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.”It is the name of the world's oldest, most comprehensive health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.

Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Ayurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellness, Ayurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions. This compact, six-session course will familiarize you with the principles of Ayurveda that teach how to identify the organization of your unique mind/body type, then interpret the information entering your system through your senses. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the state of body and state of mind of your own choosing.

Each class will be a combination of lecture and group discussion. See class descriptions below. Classes may be taken individually or as a course. Handouts will be given and taking notes will be encouraged; light assignments (challenges!) will be given between classes. Classes are two hours and will begin promptly at 7 pm. 

Running Wednesdays / Oct 3-November 7
$40 drop-in, $200 for all six classes
To book your spot e-mail info@skytingyoga.com

October 24
The Ayurvedic Clock, Part 1: Ritucharya
Eating seasonally is a requisite component of food sadhana practice. The Ayurvedic sciences teach that Mother Nature is serving exactly what our bodies need in accordance with the physical challenges of the environment, mandating seasonal eating practices to promote health of the body, mind, and spirit. Likewise, time of day informs the energetic demands on the human organism. In this class, we will discuss the concepts of Ritucharya (seasonal schedule) to examine how both environment and time inform the type and quantity of food to eat, further reinforcing a theory known as Six Tastes.

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Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 3
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 3

INTRO TO THE AYURVEDIC LIFE SCIENCES
at SKY TING Yoga in Tribeca

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.”It is the name of the world's oldest, most comprehensive health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.

Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Ayurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellness, Ayurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions. This compact, six-session course will familiarize you with the principles of Ayurveda that teach how to identify the organization of your unique mind/body type, then interpret the information entering your system through your senses. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the state of body and state of mind of your own choosing.

Each class will be a combination of lecture and group discussion. See class descriptions below. Classes may be taken individually or as a course. Handouts will be given and taking notes will be encouraged; light assignments (challenges!) will be given between classes. Classes are two hours and will begin promptly at 7 pm. 

Running Wednesdays / Oct 3-November 7
$40 drop-in, $200 for all six classes
To book your spot e-mail info@skytingyoga.com

October 17
Digestion and Seven Tissue Layers
Ayurvedic wisdom teaches that all disturbances of the body have their root in the digestive system, the gate through which nutrients enter the tissue and travel to individual cells which maintain optimal function of the body. Understanding the digestive system is vital to improve and maintain health. In this class, we will explore the concept of digestion, unpacking the process of taking that which is not you and turning it into you, and it's major player, agni. We will examine how information from sensory inputs (i.e. nutrients) develops into plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, nervous tissue, sexual reproductive tissue, and affects immune function (your self-identification mechanism!).

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Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 2
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 2

INTRO TO THE AYURVEDIC LIFE SCIENCES
at SKY TING Yoga in Tribeca

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.” It is the name of the world's oldest, most comprehensive health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.

Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Ayurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellness, Ayurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions. This compact, six-session course will familiarize you with the principles of Ayurveda that teach how to identify the organization of your unique mind/body type, then interpret the information entering your system through your senses. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the state of body and state of mind of your own choosing.

Each class will be a combination of lecture and group discussion. See class descriptions below. Classes may be taken individually or as a course. Handouts will be given and taking notes will be encouraged; light assignments (challenges!) will be given between classes. Classes are two hours and will begin promptly at 7 pm. 

Running Wednesdays / Oct 3-November 7
$40 drop-in, $200 for all six classes
To book your spot e-mail info@skytingyoga.com

October 10
Six Tastes and Diet for your Dosha
Each taste is an expression of Prana, a universal life/love/evolutionary force, through the form of elemental building blocks of Nature. When one consumes the proper amount of each taste for their particular constitution and/or to heal their imbalance, the body (including mind and consciousness) will respond with the production of healthy tissue and normal physiology. If there is too much or too little of any taste, the body is going to respond with imbalance or disease. In this class, we will explore Ayurvedic taste theory, examining the six tastes — sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent — and identifying how to use them to regulate digestive capacity through anabolic, metabolic, and catabolic means.

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Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 1
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Introduction to : The Ayurvedic Life Sciences / Class 1

INTRO TO THE AYURVEDIC LIFE SCIENCES
at SKY TING Yoga in Tribeca

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.” It is the name of the world's oldest, most comprehensive health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.

Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Ayurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellness, Ayurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions. This compact, six-session course will familiarize you with the principles of Ayurveda that teach how to identify the organization of your unique mind/body type, then interpret the information entering your system through your senses. The goal of this course is to provide a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the state of body and state of mind of your own choosing.

Each class will be a combination of lecture and group discussion. See class descriptions below. Classes may be taken individually or as a course. Handouts will be given and taking notes will be encouraged; light assignments (challenges!) will be given between classes. Classes are two hours and will begin promptly at 7 pm. 

Running Wednesdays / Oct 3-November 7
$40 drop-in, $200 for all six classes
To book your spot e-mail info@skytingyoga.com

October 3
History and Modern Application of Ayurveda: Five Elements + Three Doshas
Ayurveda shines in its ability to distill a host of complex inputs and circumstances (including the maladies of imbalance or disease) into an elegantly simple collection of qualitative patterns. Being able to identify qualities in all things — material and nonmaterial — will help to illuminate a clear path to creating a strategy for your decision-making to build vitality and health. In this class, we will set a foundation to approach Vedic philosophy by identifying Ayurveda's roots in Samkyha philosophy, describing the building blocks of Nature and their qualities, and how these building blocks merge to form the Doshic bioenergetics used for the body/mind typing that will help make applying Ayurvedic theory practical to you. Class will end with a quiz to determine your Prakriti, or constitution.
 

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