Wellness Workshops

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The Ayurvedic Table: Dietary Wisdom and Food Preparation

In Ayurveda, food and the capacity to digest it mirror each other — which means that understanding what is right for you to eat is a very personal journey. In this workshop series we’ll look at the typical states of digestive fire, and what foods best nourish us in the tasks of cleansing, repairing, or building. We’ll look at tastes and timing, raw veganism and omnivorism and everything in between, and echo the fundamental Ayurvedic principle: “Food is the first of all medicines.”

Restorative Yoga & Thai Massage

  • This is a magical night of heavenly Restorative Yoga with a twist of Thai – a wonderful opportunity to unwind, get stretched, massaged and relax deeper than ever before!During this 2-hour specialty class you will get to restore your body, mind and spirit with a combination of relaxing restorative yoga poses while receiving Thai Yoga Massage. Prepare to let go of tension in the deepest areas of yourself, breathe more deeply and enter blissful states. Advanced practitioners are on hand to ensure that each of you get plenty of massage time in each restorative posture.Please wear comfortable, layered clothing and leave behind all your cares at the door for this 2-hour, deeply nourishing class.Bring your own yoga mat if you have one, and we’ll take care of the rest!
  • Details:
    • TBA, 6:30-8:30pm. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for registration and payment.
    • Still Light Centre
    • Bring a yoga mat if you have one.
    • Wear warm clothing.
    • Prepare to relax.

General Ayurveda Intro Labs with Matthew Remski

A practical and student-driven exploration of the basics of Ayurveda to support daily life and practice. Each 3-hour workshop will begin with a 90-minute presentation on a specific topic, followed by 90 minutes of workshopping of whatever health and wellness concerns you bring and are comfortable in sharing. Ayurveda is an active and exploratory therapy — we can learn a lot about our own health and well-being through the consideration of the challenges of others.

Topics:

  • Intro to Ayurvedic Worldview and Practice

Yoga has its own medicine — Ayurveda — which seeks to illuminate our ecology, and to harmonize with it. This presentation will be a primer in the essentials of Ayurvedic holism, foundational energies (elements), modes (gunas), and bodily flows (doshas). The language of Ayurveda connects desires to the tissues, digestion to will, fertility to joy, and the body to the seasons. Together, we’ll explore basic intuition techniques, simple assessment tools for exploring constitution of self and other, and workshop whatever questions about personal health and balance arise from our discussion. A good preparation for labs that follow.

  • Daily Routine

Stressed? Disorganized? Looking for a natural rhythm? Can’t find enough time to practice? Ayurveda puts daily routine at the centre of self-care. This presentation will process on the timing of solar and digestive cycles, and how to smooth over the transitional moments in your day in which you may be prone to low energy, wild food cravings, or emotional burn-outs. Student, parent, executive, practitioner — bring your scheduling challenges to this Ayur-lab…

  • Digestive Ease

In Ayurveda, food and the capacity to digest it mirror each other — which means that understanding what is right for you to eat is a very personal journey. Wouldn’t it be nice to build a supportive diet naturally, based upon who you are, rather than what’s in vogue? Ayurveda gives a powerful language for doing just that. We’ll look at the typical states of digestive fire, and what foods best nourish us in the tasks of cleansing, repairing, or building. We’ll look at tastes and timing, raw veganism, omnivorism and everything in between, and echo the fundamental Ayurvedic principle: “Food is the first of all medicines.” Then, we get to share our food challenges and potential solutions from an Ayurvedic perspective.

  • Menstrual Ease

Bringing the knowledge of the doshas to the lunar cycle can be revelatory. Understanding the building, “cooking”, and clearing phases puts the monthly journey into context. In the opening presentation, we’ll look at menstruation and constitution, signs of menstrual health, regulating cycles through diet, herbs, and exercise. We’ll also look at how to nurture menstruation through the perimenopausal stage. This lab always generates productive discussion.

  • Ayurveda and Psychology

Every therapeutic intervention in Ayurvedic counselling psychology involves the expansion and sculpting of space element. Intersubjective and whole-body listening gives the space of non-reactivity, and then empathy. Appropriate diet gives space for the more complete digestion of life. Posture gives space to the joints and organs. Good breathing gives space for the circulation of vitality, and directly slows down sympathetic responses. Sensory control decompresses nervous overload. And meditation injects space into cognition and internal monologue, so that new choices may emerge, and deeper identities be remembered. A look at the embodied psychology of Ayurveda, and how it may complement by mindfulness practice and our much newer talk-therapy models.