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The Ancient Art of Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of medicine dating back over 5000 years. The teachings of Ayurveda embrace the idea of balancing the body and mind through holistic practices, such as organic food choices, herbal remedies, oil therapies, and yoga. This approach to living is based on understanding how the five elements of Ayurveda are defined within us and in our environment.
This Weekend Retreat takes an investigative approach to identifying the characteristics of each element and outlines practical ways to enhance or minimize the effect of those qualities in our daily practice on and off the mat. We will explore food, cravings, physical and emotional desires and learn ways to work with our mind and body in a loving, kind way. Through guided meditation, body work and silent meals we will get in touch with our core being - our essence - and find the path to healing and rejuvenation.
Combining the "sister sciences" of Ayurveda and Yoga, this Retreat will give participants tools - through diet, yoga, pranayama and meditation - to take their health and healing into their own hands. We will begin with a brief overview of Ayurvedic philosophy followed by instruction on how to discover your elemental body type including how to cook and eat for optimal health and balance. We will weave in stress-busting yoga and pranayama practices designed to gently warm the body, detoxify the system, and will incorporate meditation, sound bath, or yoga nidra to soothe the soul.
Co-teacher Susan Weis-Bohlen is the best selling author of Ayurveda Beginner's Guide and is a Chopra Center Certified Teacher of Ayurveda, and also certified in Ayurvedic Cooking from renowned cookbook author Amadea Morningstar. She owns Breathe Ayurveda (www.breatheayurveda.com) and is a full-time Ayurvedic consultant, meditation teacher and leader of sacred site tours.
Susan will teach you the fundamentals of Ayurvedic cooking. We will learn about the 6 tastes of sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent and how we incorporate all 6 tastes in the Ayurvedic meals we create. Each of the 6 tastes have different healing actions on the body and when they are combined together into a complete and balanced meal, they will bring harmony to the body and digestive system. This is a cooking demonstration weekend where we will cook and eat together. Meals be a vegetable, lentil and rice dish along with an Ayurvedic dessert, and we will incorporate our homemade ghee and Ayurvedic spice blends when we are cooking.
Sunday will be a day of Ayurvedic Beauty Potions! We will be making our own products with organic ingredients and essential oils. Susan will be sharing ayurvedic secrets for lasting inner and outer beauty!
All levels of students are welcome. This Weekend Retreat is designed for those looking to bring a better state of balance to their yoga/meditation practice and their daily living.
Retreat Dates: Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8
Friday September 6: 4:00 pm check in and get settled, with a welcome ceremony and yoga nidra
Sunday, September 8: Ending and checkout by 3:00 pm
Investment (includes room and board and all materials):
$799 for single
$725 for shared room
Early bird pricing or pay in full by July 20: $699 single
$625 shared room
$250 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. Remaining payment due on August 31, 2019.
Payments can be made to: East West Yoga.
No refunds will be issued for your deposit. No refunds for your balance will be issued unless your space can be filled with someone from the waiting list. No credits or refunds will be issued if cancellation is received within one month of the event. If we must cancel due to insufficient enrollment, your deposit and paid balance will be refunded fully. (Check or cash preferred. 3% fee for credit cards)
The retreat pricing above includes: accommodations, organic vegetarian meals, and everything listed in above description.
LOCATION:This exceptional retreat will be held at the beautiful Casa Om Potomac, Martinsburg, West Virginia. See more about this amazing retreat at www.casaompotomac.com
ACCOMMODATIONS: Beautifully furnished with unique antiques from India, Casa Om sits on 60 picturesque acres looking out at the Potomac in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Get ready to renew, refresh and relax, enjoy delicious organic vegetarian meals, and experience a wonderful blend of West Virginia river country hospitality and a classical Indian yoga experience. Transportation not included. Casa Om Potomac is a 90 minute drive from Vienna/Tysons Corner area.