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Developed more than 3,000 years ago in India, Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic (“whole-body”) systems of medicine. Based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit, Ayurvedic practice is proactive and focuses on promoting good health, rather than fighting disease. What’s more, the practice treats individuals as unique beings, each with their own constitutions and wellness needs.

This course will survey the basic principles of Ayurveda and how they may be used in your daily life. We’ll begin with a discussion of the inner balancing of constitutional energies (Vata, Pitta, and Kapa), which are unique to each person. You’ll become familiar with your energy balance  and how it can help you maintain your health—physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Next, we’ll tour the College of Biological Sciences’ new Conservatory and its biodiverse collection of plant species from around the world, including those most commonly used in Ayurvedic practice (and that you can grow in your own garden)! The tour will include a discussion about how rare and unusual plants have evolved to exist in various environments.

The course will end with a demonstration of beginning yoga activities and exercises (including chair yoga) that enhance your health, in keeping with Ayurvedic practice.

Vanashree Belgamwar received her BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery) from the University of Health Sciences, India. She is also trained in Nadi Pariksha, or Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis through which a person’s pulse may reveal their overall health and diseases they may be prone to in the future. Belgamwat is president of the Minnesota Ayurveda Association.

Lisa Philander, PhD, University of Arizona, is the curator of the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory at the University of Minnesota. Her interdisciplinary background combines an interest in the histories of plant use and how various cultures use the same plant in a multitude of ways. Her mission is to instill the love of plants in others.

Jessica Rosenberg, MFA, MID, is an adjunct professor in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. She has been practicing and teaching yoga and wellness for more than 13 years. She is a YACEP, E-RYT 500 registered yoga teacher, and 200/500 RYS registered yoga school through Yoga Alliance. She is a national educator who is certified in Ashtanga, Bikram, Power Vinyasa, Modo/Moksha Yoga, Soft Touch Hatha Yoga, and Thai Massage, and is a Reiki master.

     Offered in cooperation with the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory.

Cancellations are subject to a 10 percent processing fee if received five or fewer working days before the program start. Refunds are not granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the program. Notice may be emailed to ccapsinfo@umn.edu.

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