Ayurveda offers an ancient language to help you become a poet of your internal experience. Its holistic practices of mindful, sensual awareness offer resilience against the inevitable changes of season, place, work, and identity.
Matthew Remski delivers a college level course packed with rich content. When I was preparing my syllabus for teacher training, I knew his course would be a perfect fit for our school vision. What I didn't know is how enthusiastically my students would embrace this material. They are thoroughly engaged and cannot say enough about how immensely helpful Matthew's course is for their practice and for their life. I plan on continuing to use this course as a part of our certification program. I highly recommend any serious practitioner of yoga take this.
Chantel Ehler, Amara Vidya Yoga School
What You'll Receive
Lifetime access to over 23 hrs of video instruction
Downloadable .pdfs and illustrations
6 CEU’s recognized by the North American Yoga Alliance
Rich contemplative and practical homework assignments to help with absorption.
Library of practical exercises and journaling opportunities
Desktop, iOS and Android compatible formats
Certificate of completion from Naada Yoga
Session One: Overview, Logistics, and Readings.
Basic orientation to course format and resources.
Session Two: Scope of Practice and Positionality.
Getting clear on what Ayurveda we're learning and practicing, as well as what we know and don't know.
Session Three: Two Wings of Self-Care.
Data, advice, and method are on one side of the equation. Intent, attitude, and care are on the other. Notes on how to help these harmonize.
Session Four: History and Context.
Using the five elements to describe the historical position of Ayurveda in the evolution of healing arts.
Session Five: Tensions with Biomedicine.
What happens when a premodern Sanskritic healing art meets a modern Anglophone science? What gets lost? What can be preserved? How can Ayurveda reawaken the "ancient inner doctor"?
Session Six: Finding Solar Noon.
Orienting to the actual time of your actual location as a practice of presence and awareness.
Session Seven: Feeling Solar Rhythm.
From solar noon we can begin to feel the subtler shifts between qualities of the day.
Session Eight: Interoception.
An introduction to Ayurveda's basic sensual awareness technique.
Session Nine: Internal Poetry.
Practicing and refining the language that flows out of interoceptive awareness provides the basis for therapeutic response.
Session Ten: Elements.
Working descriptions and usages for Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space.
Session Eleven: Moods.
Working descriptions and usages for Gravity, Urge, and Resolution.
Session Twelve: Dhatu/Dosha.
A tour through the most overused and misunderstood terms in popular Ayurveda. Working descriptions and usages for Kapha, Pitta, and Vata.
Session Thirteen: Down-regulation.
Seeing the Tridosha as an opportunity to explore different flavours and approaches to calming.
Session Fourteen: The Ayur-Story.
Impress your friends by being able to define the vastness of Ayurveda in only seven points!
Session Fifteen: Introduction to Constitution.
Constitution is a fraught and sloppy concept in translation. Here we'll explore the value and drawbacks wrapped up in this core Ayurvedic premise.
Session Sixteen: Constitution and Asana.
Constitution as applied to the practice of asana. Hint: not everything works for everybody.
Session Seventeen: Ayurveda Applied to Asana.
How Ayurveda can help with your resilience on the mat.
Session Eighteen: Agni.
An introduction to Ayurveda's key obsession: with beautiful, radiant, dramatic, volatile, fragile, fire.
Session Nineteen: Types of Fire.
All about the ways in which digestive fire works and can become imbalanced according to constitution or circumstance.
Session Twenty: Against Fads.
Veganism? Raw Food? Paleo? A session about dietary common sense.
Session Twenty-One: Eleven Guidelines.
What are the most important instructions -- in order -- for eating, according to two millenia of communal anecdotes?
Session Twenty-Two: Decongestion Diet.
How to recognize and what to try when digestive fire is slow.
Session Twenty-Three: Cooling Diet.
How to recognize and what to try when digestive fire is sharp.
Session Twenty-Four: Grounding Diet
How to recognize and what to try when digestive fire is variable.
Session Twenty-Five: Six Tastes.
The art and medicine of sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
A Summary so far.
Session Twenty-Six: Tissues.
Entering the body-mandala built by the cycle of nutrition.
Session Twenty-Seven: Plasma.
The first tissue-element. The "ocean" out of which all subsequent tissues emerge. Notes on building, maintenance, reduction.
Session Twenty-Eight: Blood.
Liquid passion and courage. Notes on building, maintenance, reduction.
Session Twenty-Nine: Muscle.
That which binds and moves at the same time. Notes on building, maintenance, reduction.
Session Thirty: Fat.
The root of nurturance and fertility. Notes on building, maintenance, reduction.
Session Thirty-One: Bone.
The hard tissue that organizes space. Notes on building, maintenance, reduction.
Session Thirty-Two: Nerve.
The capacity for pleasure. Notes on building, maintenance, reduction.
Session Thirty-Three: Reproductive Tissue.
The physiological endpoint for nutrition, carrying the very power of life. Notes on building, maintenance, reduction.
Session Thirty-Four: Sexual Vitalities.
Yoga traditions vary in their conceptions of sexuality. Ayurveda is pretty common-sensical.
Session Thirty-Five: Sublimations.
When dosha returns to dhatu and dhatu has such harmony it is said to express spiritual values.
Session Thirty-Six: Neti Pot Demonstration.
Session Thirty-Seven: The Simplest Pranayama.
How three parts of the breath can resonate with Ayurvedic ideas of balance.
Session Thirty-Eight: Introduction to the Vayus.
A model for feeling the directional flows of breath, food, circulation, and emotion.
Session Thirty-Nine: Prana Vayu.
The inward inhalation, and thoughts on how to enrich it.
Session Forty: Udana Vayu.
First part of exhaling, and thoughts on how to enrich it.
Session Forty-One: Samana Vayu.
Second, "digestive" part of the inhale, and thoughts on how to enrich it.
Session Forty-Two: Vyana Vayu.
The wind of extroversion, and thoughts on how to enrich it.
Session Forty-Three: Apana Vayu.
Last part of the exhale, the feeling of surrender, and thoughts on how to enrich it.
Session Forty-Four: Dinacharya.
The primary relationship Ayurveda might able to regulate and heal is the relationship to time. Here's our intro to how that shakes down.
Session Forty-Five: The Transitions of Vata.
It's the in-between spaces and times that are hardest. Here we'll look at strategies for resilience in the face of change.
Session Forty-Six: Morning.
The time of building and preparation. A look at options for harmonious beginnings.
Session Forty-Seven: Midday.
The time of accomplishment and digestion. Best practices to shore up for the afternoon.
This course qualifies for 6 CEU's via the Yoga Alliance.
Matthew Remski (RYT500, YT) has been practicing and facilitating courses in Ayurveda courses since 2006. He has consulted with over a thousand clients. His presentations are interdisciplinary, respectful of biomedicine, informed by feminism and social justice work, non-dogmatic, and practically mindful of the stresses of business and family life. He lives in Toronto with his partner Alix Bemrose and their sons, Jacob and Owen. See his full bio here.