Instructor: Ritu Bhalla
Date: Monday and Wednesday, August 22 and August 24, 2016
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Supplies: Pen and paper for notes
The students learn the foundation of Ayurvedic history and philosophy. They will learn Ayurvedic terminology, Panchmahabhutas (5 basic elements), Doshic Theory, Subdoshas, Prakuriti and Vikriti concepts. Students will be introduced to Dhatus and to the concept of Srotas. Students will also learn daily and seasonal regimens and the concepts of Ojas, Tejas and Prana.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a comprehensive and scientific system of medicine. Ayurveda’s first priority is prevention, health promotion and enhancement. However, it also presents a complex system for treating illness. In both cases, the overall goal is to reestablish balance among the Doshas and to purify and harmonize the entire mind/body system. These disease entities or pathogens are not the main objects of treatment but rather it is the person’s overall integration and consequent host resistance that are of concern.
According to Ayurvedic theory, the body contains three primal forces, tridosha, that work in tandem as vata, pitta and kapha. These Dosha are formed from combinations of the five elements that control the universe: space, air, fire, water and earth. Vata includes space and air; it controls movement. Pitta is made of fire and water; it controls digestion and metabolism. Kapha is composed of earth and water; it forms the body’s structures. Each person can be said to be dominated by one or two of these Dosha, and may therefore be called a vata, pitta, kapha, vata-pitta, vata-kapha or pitta-kapha type.
There are many other aspects of the body considered in Ayurveda, as well. These include 20 attributes, 5 sub-doshas, 7 tissues, 4 states of agni and 14 bodily systems. Ayurveda believes that good health exists when all aspects of the body are in proper balance.
In Ayurvedic Treatment Regimen, Panchkarma is an intensive detoxification process that takes place over several days, ideally one to two weeks. It involves many different Ayurvedic modalities as well as healthy food, comfort and deep rest. Its main aim is to promote health and longevity. Regular procedures include massage (Abhyanga) with special herbal oils that help the body release toxins that have accumulated. Other Ayurvedic therapies include Steam with specific herbs, Shirodhara, and Nasya (nasal administration of herbs).
About the Instructor:
Ritu Bhalla completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Ayurveda from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak in India. Before moving to the U.S., Ritu worked as a lecturer at the Ayurvedic Medical College in India. She worked as an Ayurvedic practitioner in an Arthritis clinic besides having her own practice for 4 years in India. She has over 20 years of experience in Ayurveda of which more than 7 years has been in DFW area. Ritu has been a guest speaker at UNT for the last couple of semesters, introducing Ayurveda to students as part of Stress Reduction through Movement program. She conducts monthly workshops and webinars on various topics that Ayurveda can help. She has taught and continues to teach at Collin County College as a part of the Counselor Education Program. She has been a speaker at Texas Medical Association Convention for CME on Holistic Medicine for 2014-2015. She has been invited as a key note speaker to introduce Ayurveda by numerous companies in Dallas. Ritu is also an active member of AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America.)