Body & Spirit
A Weekend Intensive for Ayurvedic Anatomy & Massage
An in-depth certification training that covers the essentials of Ayurvedic Anatomy and Massage for ayurvedic practitioners, yoga instructors, physical therapists, and spa owners.
This transformative weekend intensive is a steppingstone into the rest of ayurvedic bodywork. There are no prerequisites for this course. Students are accepted without any prior bodywork training. It is strongly advised to take this course if you plan on studying any of the body therapy treatment intensives offered in our program. This intensive is a deep dive into ayurvedic anatomy and massage where you will also learn lifestyle skills for yourself and future students and clients.
More then a training, students will immerse themselves in ayurveda for the weekend and share daily meditation practice and ayurvedic meals (provided).
Level 1 training is taught by Monica Yearwood who founded Hamsa Ayurveda Center and is a master instructor.
Theory: Ayurvedic Anatomy 101
In Ayurveda, the human form is a microcosm of the macrocosmic universe. What we observe in nature can also be observed in the self as the five elements: water, air, ether, fire and earth. These five elements come together to form the three doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. The rise and fall of the doshas determine the status of our health and impact the bodily tissues. The tissue layers of the body, called the dhatus are formed from the rasa, essence, of the foods we consume. Our tissue layer functioning can be observed through the malas, wastes, that they produce. The doshas, dhatus, and malas are the three principles that support all of life. In this weekend intensive, you will learn how to identify the doshas and their role in the physical body. You will learn how to assess a client’s current doshic balance within the scope of massage therapy. This will enable you to customize treatments based on their current imbalance.
Application: Abhyanga Massage (Read More About Abhyanga Here)
In this weekend intensive you will learn a traditional abhyanga massage including shiroabhyanga (head, neck and shoulder massage), padabhyanga (foot and leg massage), abhyanga (arm, hand, abdomen, chest, back, hip and abdomen massage). Finally, you will learn how to format abhyanga for all constitutional types.
Herbal Requirements: Snehana
Central to ayurvedic herbology and massage is snehana, which is the application of medicinal oil. The primary purpose of ayurvedic massage is the application, and the administration, of medicate oil to the whole body via the skin. In this weekend intensive, you will learn about the different types of herbal oils in ayurvedic medicine and their application, uses and contraindications.
Context: Client Assessment, Process & Scope
This training program will provide you with the skill to assess a client’s current constitution within the scope of ayurvedic massage. You will learn how to apply the consultation process our ayurvedic therapists use at Hamsa Ayurveda Lifestyle Center including an ayurvedic assessment to determine current doshic constitution, and treatment/program suggestions.
Training Dates & Locations
February 24 – 26
Saturday & Sunday 10am – 6pm
Monica Yearwood has been in private practice as an ayurvedic practitioner since 2007. Her focus is digestive health, detoxification, and life transition. She believes each of us has an inner guide empowered intuitively that is able to determine our best course in every life realm, such as our choices in food and relationships.
Her commitment is to make Ayurveda accessible in our modern world. In 2013 she created Hamsa Center, a full service ayurvedic center that incorporates workshops, spa treatments, cleanse programs, and private consultations. She also designed a line of ayurvedic beauty products and supplements to help sanctify our life experiences by incorporating natures elements into our every day routine.
Her workshops, classes and retreats, focus on the earth-oriented sadhanas that help to align our individual biorhythms with nature’s cycles. Her first book is expected fall of 2015.