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Posted: February 17, 2013

Learn Ayurveda basics

By Carol Gordon

In Ayurveda, the 5,000-year-old traditional healing system of India, the natural state of the body is one of order and it uses the five elements (space, air, fire, water and earth), to create balance between the body, the mind and the soul. The body falls into disorder, through dietary, lifestyle, age and environmental indiscretions. A state of balanced inner function can be restored once again through employing various healing modalities.

The upcoming workshop ‘Learn Ayurveda Basics,’ being offered at Hot Springs Studio in Fairmont Hot Springs, will cover the fundamental Ayurvedic principles, including the basic language and concepts pertaining to the healing system’s mind/body types.  An overview of tools to achieve and maintain balance using those concepts through diet, lifestyle, yoga and more will also be introduced.

This educational workshop is being offered on Wednesday, February 20, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Hot Springs Studio, Fairmont Village Mall, Fairmont Hot Springs. To register:  250-409-4079

The workshop will be led by Scott Ryan and Dalia Yanai, owners of Golden Lotus Ayurveda, Golden. You are greeted on their website with:

“Welcome to your inner journey towards balance through Ayurveda and Yoga.  We at Golden Lotus Ayurveda are deeply committed to helping you attain a state of harmony using the principles and practices of these ancient systems of healing from India.”

Scott Ryan

Scott Ryan is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Instructor and Chartered Herbalist.

“I have always been interested in herbs.  It has been a thread throughout my life,” says Scott.  His passion for Ayurveda began in 1997, while travelling when he came across Dr. Vassant Lad’s Ayurveda Cooking for Self-Healing. Scott found that it gave him a “really good introduction to Ayurveda,” which he had been unaware of previously.  He returned home, began practising yoga and in 1999 took an introductory Ayurvedic course through correspondence from India while also “reading everything on the market on contemporary Ayurveda.”

While he was studying anatomy in the Long Term Care Aid course he was taking through College of the Rockies in Golden, he was aware of how easy he found it and realized that he would love to sit in a classroom with an Ayurvedic teacher.  He was accepted into the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Prior to leaving for school, he decided he was going to spend his life studying Ayurveda, because it was an “umbrella that all my divergent interests could be housed under.  I could pursue all my different interests (philosophy, body work, yoga etc.).”

Scott returned home from the program in 2005 and the following year he started Golden Lotus Ayurveda with Dalia.  In 2009 he participated in a clinical Ayurvedic program in Pune, India with his beloved teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad.

Scott is deeply committed to the principles of the traditional practice of Yoga and Ayurveda. His articles have appeared in Parabola Magazine and Light on Ayurveda Journal – A peer reviewed Ayurvedic Medical Journal.  Scott also writes Ayurvedic Columns for several on-line magazines and is the author of several Ayurvedic e-books. Currently Scott is working on completing his first book, Guru Pada –Lessons on the Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Medicine.

He is a member of NAMA, Co-founder and Director of Golden Lotus Ayurveda, where he offers Ayurvedic Consultations, Marma therapy, Shirodhara, Yoga classes and Ayurvedic education.

Dalia Yanai

Dalia Yanai, born in Israel, travelled to India in 1998 where she began to explore Indian philosophy. When she returned to Israel she began to practise yoga and continued with her reflexology practise.  However, she was looking for something that would give her tools for diagnosis.  In Israel she began studying the basics of Ayurveda. Dalia made another journey to India to learn from several Ayurvedic doctors, which she found invaluable.  In 2004 Dalia travelled the long distance to the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico to study Ayurveda.  She became a certified Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Practitioner.

“For me it was a very intense experience. Someone gave me this new pair of glasses that I could suddenly look through them and everything made sense to me.  It spoke to my gut.  I felt that I was being reminded of stuff I already knew.  It changed my life,” says Dalia.

“Ayurveda has a fascinating perspective on how to look at the uniqueness of body and mind with tools that will always be relevant.  It is a universal language that looks at very basic things.  This system is not just relevant for people who were born or live in India.  It is the building blocks of life.  Once you understand the basic principles you can easily implement them into your life, says Dalia.

Dalia is a CD(DONA) Certified Doula (Birth Assistant).  As the Co-director of Golden Lotus Ayurveda, Dalia offers Pre-and-Post Natal Yoga classes, Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga and Morning Yoga – all in a gentle, dynamic and fun approach to the practice. She also offers Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet consultations, Reflexology treatments, Ayurvedic Cooking classes, and various lectures and seminars.

Dalia now brings her love and knowledge of Yoga, Ayurveda, Reflexology, herbs and cooking into her practice as a Holistic Health Practitioner.  She believes that treating the whole person rather than just separate symptoms is the key to real, profound healing.

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