Jaya Kula is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offering opportunities to learn and practice in the traditions of direct realization Tantra and Anandamayi Ma. Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director.

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Ayurveda for You

Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Ayurveda for You
Matrika House, Portland ME

Join Sadashiva Stavrum for a series of Sunday afternoon practical teachings about Ayurveda. 

What is Ayurveda?

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

Prerequisite for Ayurveda for You

Five Element Foundations with Shambhavi Sarasvati
Offered on September 10, 2017

All of Ayurveda is based on an understanding of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and space.  Five-Element Foundations begins your journey and is a prerequisite for the Ayurveda for You series.

Ayurveda for You Schedule 2017 – 2018

  1. Sept. 17: 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. Oct. 15: Dosha  – Vata, Pitta and Kapha and their relationship to Karma
  3. Nov. 19: Balancing Dosha with the Six Tastes
  4. Jan 14, 2018: Prana, Tejas and Ojas
  5.  TBD: 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. TBD: 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. TBD: Disease, Dis-ease, and Ease: You will learn about the disease process and the movement toward greater ease and “juiciness!”
  8. TBD: 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.

About the TeacherSada

Sadashiva Stavrum holds a certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) from Kripalu’s School of Ayurveda, completed in 2016. He was first exposed to Ayurveda by Gianna Piccardo Ripa in 2009 in Portland, Oregon. He deepened his Ayurveda studies with his primary spiritual teacher, Shambhavi Sarasvati, before continuing on to Kripalu. He continues to be an avid student and practitioner of Ayurveda, Tantra, and Yoga.

Visit Happy Life Ayurveda, Sada’s website, for more information.

Ayurveda for You is a Jaya Kula Core Teaching

Satsang with Shambhavi

Sunday, October 15, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Satsang with Shambhavi
Matrika House, Portland ME

Satsang = Being in Reality Together

Come learn, have fun, find community, sing
and remember who you really are.

Satsang is a lively, ancient spiritual practice from India. People gather for a relaxed, “anything goes” conversation about the nature of reality, self-realization, spiritual life, and all aspects of human experience from the most ordinary to the most cosmic.

Exactly what happens at satsang?

We chant some chants. Then Shambhavi leads a free-flowing conversation during which people ask questions about anything. The conversation is followed by open-mic, community kirtan.

What is community kirtan?

Kirtan is call and response singing accompanied by musical instruments such as harmonium, drums, bells and whatever other instruments people like to play!

We play kirtan together as a community in the ancient style. Anyone can lead the singing, or play an instrument. The emphasis is on having fun and feeling the joy of singing together. We have a harmonium and loads of percussion instruments that anyone can play. Mistakes are part of the fun.

Please join us for these unique and inspiring evenings.


$10 Suggested Donation, or Give What You Can. No additional donation required for Dashamamsha contributors or members of Milk, Ghee, Ojas (MGO).