Upcoming Class: Level 5 Bastis and Lepas

April 29, 2012 Level 5 Basti Class

9 a.m.-12 p.m.




This is an optional Level 5 Class to teach you how to effectively use and incorporate bastis (dough dams) and lepas (herbalized pastes) on key areas of the body such as the heart, liver, lower back, adrenals, and eyes.  You will learn several different types of bastis and lepas and learn specific oils, herbs, and transdermals to use.  These additional treatments are very effective to nourish tissues or detoxify tissues, aiding the body to heal faster and longer.  Please notify Rima or Jackie if you wish to attend this class at Bhavana.  Deadline to register is April 22, 2012.  Cost is $225.00


If students would like to stay longer for a free talk on the Theoretics of Panchakarma, please let us know that also and we can plan that after class.


This will be the last Level offered until September 2012.  We will release upcoming dates for 2012/2013 in Summer.  Happy Spring!



Rima Shah and Jackie Hill, Diva Ayurveda

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Vata Season: Balance Within

Vata Season in this part of the country occurs from about Oct/Nov to February.  The qualities of this Fall/Winter season are cold, damp, dry, mobile, and dark.  Our bodies starts using its nutritional reserves from the summertime, and we go into a sort of hiberation, Bear Energy.  We need to sleep more, eat more grounding foods, reserve our energy, and use our stored nutrients to carry us through the Winter.

How do we do that?  We must do this in all aspects:  Diet and Nutrition, Spiritual Practice, Body Therapies, Daily Routine, and Yoga.  Here is a list of helpful hints to remind you to connect with your mind, your body, and your spirit and stay connected to it all.

  • Eat warm, moist and oily foods.  Our bodies are getting colder and drier and we need to combat this by eating nourishing foods.  Soups, Winter Squashes, Rich Broths, Dark Leafy Greens, and an herbalized jam known as Chavanprash is good to take throughout the Winter to promote good immunity and vigor.
  • Look inward for this season’s spiritual practice.  Keep a gratitude journal for 30 days, take comtemplative walks, use aromatherapy to enhance your meditation practice.
  • Give yourself a daily self-oil massage.  Warm the oil and massage in the morning.  This will improve circulation, blood flow, and lubricate dry tissues and organs.
  • Do Restorative Yoga:  find balance in the simpler practice, and work on subtle areas of the body:  the joints, hands, feet, spine.
  • Come to Diva Ayurveda for Bliss Therapy:  a warm oil massage, steam and a shirodhara which is an ancient treatment to calm the mind and allow you to enter a state of deep relaxation.  We offer monthly specials, and great deals for the holiday season.

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The Harmonizing Effect of Ayurveda during Transitions of the Seasons: Look ahead to balancing yourself from Winter to Spring

Our treatment space at the Riverwest Healing Arts Center

Our treatment space at the Riverwest Healing Arts Center

The weather has changed very quickly from cold drier days to warmer and wetter weather.  Most of us felt these changes in one way or another, whether by experiencing Spring allergies, itchy eyes, lethargy, disturbed sleep, or changes in digestion and mood, or heightened emotional symptoms such as anxiety, worry, or frustration. Come experience how profoundly one treatment can harmonize your mind and body during the transition of the seasons.  We invite you to come to our sanctuary in the heart of Riverwest for a nurturing and revitalizing experience.

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Dinacharya: Ayurvedic Daily Routines

Ayurveda is a 5000 year old science in which it’s foundation is based on balancing the body through regular detoxification and regular rejuvenation of the body.  Ayurveda holds importance in the fact that one should not allow toxins, called AMA to accumulate and spread in the body.  Therefore, Ayurvedic daily routines are strongly recommended to aid the body in it’s ability to detoxify and eliminate toxins.  Here is a list of daily routines to enhance your overall health.

  • wake up before 6 a.m. to make sure that oversleep, lethargy, grogginess, sadness, or depression doesn’t mark the beginning of your day.  The ancient texts say waking in the hours between 4:30-6 a.m. allows one to have a more clear and awake mind.
  • Eliminate bowels upon rising.  If this is an issue for you, come in and make an appointment with Diva Ayurveda to help you naturally eliminate your previous day’s food.
  • Dry brush to stimulate the lymph and break up stubborn tissues of the body.
  • Perform daily self-massage to lubricate the skin and tissues and allow the body to stay young and supple.
  • Neti pot with saline followed by the use of nasal oils which are specialized herbal oils that enhance mood, mental imbalances, and stimulate the limbic system to respond more efficiently in the body.
  • Use a tongue scraper, 5x down the tongue to remove AMA that arises to the surface of the body and should be eliminated so your body does not reabsorb toxins.
  • Breathe through your nostrils, in and out, for 5 minutes every day.

By doing this, your create routines, body rhythms.  The morning is an important time for creating healthy language communication in your body and to start the day fresh from old toxins.  Try this routine and see what a difference these small changes can make on your daily life.

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Wintertime Specials

Wintertime is the time of year when we tend to slow down.  The bear spirit is strong during this time.  The cold, dark days mark the time to sleep more, store reserves, slow down, and emotionally, people tend to go inward, into a lot of self-reflection.  Hibernation.  It is hard for us as a culture to SLOW DOWN.  Our culture is built on hectic schedules and our bodies start to form patterns built from stress.  Wintertime also can be a time when people exercise less, eat more, and feel lethargic.  Also, lack of vitamin D from sunshine affects our vital life force.  Living in heated homes, whether central forced air or radiant heat, has a big effect on drying the skin and organs of your body.  Diva Ayurveda is a grassroots Ayurvedic Center and our goal is to make this ancient science accessible to everyone.  The treatments are based on the concept of revitalizing the body and mind.  Come and experience how the way you think and feel can change by coming in for just one treatment.  Listed below are our Wintertime treatments:

The benefits of individual treatments are many.  Here is a list of some:

  • improved circulation
  • revitalizes the skin
  • aids in sleep
  • stimulates organs to function better
  • Strengthens the immune system

Each season, the body needs to detox yet be nourished.  Try one of our treatments and experience how the quality of your health improves!

1.)  ABHYANGA, a 4-handed full body massage is only $50 through Valentine’s Day.  Book now to receive this great discount.  Or give a gift certificate for Valentine’s Day.  A savings of $15.

2.)  5 SENSE THERAPY, this 2 hour treatment nourishes the senses.  A head, neck, shoulder massage, facial steam, followed by cleansing the senses, and finishing with a full body warm oil massage. $130.

Savings of $35.

3.)  Have little time?  Come in for a modified 5 sense therapy.  Head, neck, shoulder massage, facial steam, and 5 sense cleansing.  $80.  Savings of $20.

4.)  ABHYANGA AND UDVARTHANA, this revitalizing combination is great for weight loss and control and to break up the stubborn areas that form in our bodies.  Also a great treatment for the wintertime skin, you will leave feeling soft and glowing.  $108.  A $22 savings.

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Springtime Panchakarma: The Art of Ayurvedic Detoxification

Springtime, in Ayurveda, is considered one of the most important transitions of the year. This time is marked by damp, wet weather and the increasing return of the sun’s energy and heat. The long months of winter hardened many of the toxins in our bodies. Native people talk about how the spirit of the Bear is what defines us in Wintertime. That energy is hibernation, reserving strength, padding up for warmth, and slowing down. When the transition comes for Spring, we have to find ways to tame the Bear energy and prepare for rebirth, new growth, and a fresh mind for Spring. The warm weather starts to melt the hardened toxins. The increase of spring showers affect our bodies which tend to see runny noses, congested coughs, more mucous and this is why Spring season is marked with colds, flus, and allergies. We also tend to hold our emotions through the cold season. In a sense, they become hardened too. Emotions start to run out, just like the Spring rains. Sadness, lethargy, attachments, grief are lingering emotions that need to be washed away. This is a perfect time to cleanse ama (accumulated toxins) and prepare the body to fight infections, chronic conditions, and stagnant emotions.

Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s 5000 year old system of detoxification and rejuvenation. It helps remove toxins from the seven layers of tissues: plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, nerve tissues, and reproductive tissues as well as rejuvenating one’s mental, physical, emotional, and even spiritual state. There are 3 parts to panchakarma: The first part (purvakarma) is a preparatory phase that is about 4-7 days of an internal cleanse that starts to lift deep, stubborn toxins from the body. Once this period is over, then Panchakarma starts which is usually 3 days of treatments that further detoxify the body and carries toxins out of the body using ancient therapies created thousands of years ago. These treatments are nourishing also and promote deep relaxation and create a para-symp athetic state in the body to allow for true healing to take place. The third part: the Rasayana period or rejuvenation period starts which is focusing on revitalizing the body and allowing new, fresh cells to form; free of toxins. After Panchakarma, the person can listen to their own body rhythms and discover new ways to maintain optimal health. It is said in the Ayurvedic texts that Spring is one of the best times to detox. Just as nature awakens from the cold, deep slumber of winter, so do we. We custom design each individual’s panchakarma to fit schedules and budgets.

Please contact Rima (414) 801 1576 or Jackie (414) 517 7886 for further information.

Come experience this sacred and profound system and feel its benefits! Make the change you wish to see in yourself!

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Welcome to divaayurveda.com

Welcome to the Diva Ayurveda Web site.

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