Jaya Kula is a vibrant, diversecommunity of people who share the desire to directly discover more about reality and consciousness. Our spiritual practice is rooted in the traditions of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen.
We try our best to approach every aspect of our day-to-day lives as an opportunity to wake up. Most of us also maintain a substantial daily seated practice. Our practices include mantra, meditation, kriya yoga, ritual, hatha yoga, seva and Ayurvedic self care. Shambhavi Sarasvati is our Spiritual Director.
Our main teaching centers are in Portland: Maine and Oregon. Everyone is welcome.
Ayurveda means the science of life. It is recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective system of traditional medicine. Self-care through diet and life-style choices is a huge component of Ayurveda. Ayurveda offers us many simple and natural ways to take care of ourselves to prevent illness and promote health and mental well-being.
What you will learn
The history and view of Ayurveda
About the different human constitutions (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) based on the five elements
Classical Ayurvedic practices for self-care
Diagnostic techniques for getting into better balance
How to use kitchen herbs and spices as medicine
Ayurveda for You Schedule 2016
1. February 6th: Ayurveda – Natural and Direct
An introduction to the history and basic principles of Ayurveda. Includes an exploration of self-care as the heart of the tradition. Why Ayurvedic Self-Care is a spiritual practice.
2. March 5th: Dosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha and their relationship to Karma
3. April 2nd: Balancing Dosha with the Six Tastes
4. May 14th: Prana, Tejas and Ojas
5. June 4th: Dinacharya – Going deeper. Many Jaya Kula students practice Dinacharya. In this teaching, we will go deeper into the classical teachings on this beautiful practice and discuss how to adjust it for each dosha and changing circumstance
6. July 2nd: Self-observation – the foundation of Ayurvedic Self-care: You will learn specific aspects of self-observation of the emotions, dreams, tongue, urine, fingernails, and so on that are crucial for skillfully surfing life’s changing conditions.
7. August 6th: Disease, Dis-ease, and Ease: You will learn about the disease process and the movement toward greater ease and “juiciness!”
8. September 3rd: Kitchen Medicine: common herbs and spices for self-care: You will learn how to use common Ayurvedic herbs found in your kitchen and in health food stores.
Prerequisites: Five Element Immersion – offered twice before the Ayurveda for You teaching cycle begins. All Ayurvedic treatment, including self-care, relies on understanding the five elements.
If we want to discover our real nature, we must learn to follow what incites us to act honestly, open-heartedly and fearlessly, rather than listening to the clamoring of fears, distractions and diversions. — from Returning by Shambhavi Sarasvati