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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Herbal Preparations at Bhavana Institute

This class is open to current students of Ayurveda.  In this hands on class, you will learn to make traditional Ayurvedic preparations using organic herbs, oils, beeswax, and essential oils.  You will be making personal herbal kits to take home, including 2 types of nasya, 2 types of salves, herbal infused oils, and other great herbal remedies for your household and for your practice.

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