Curriculum: 11-hour Course

Curriculum: 11-Hour Personal Wellness Course

Introduction: Why Ayurveda?

Stuart Rothenberg, MD

  • Research evidence that preventable mistakes in lifestyle and diet are the main cause of chronic disorders
  • Definition of Ayurveda
  • Source of Ayurveda knowledge
  • History of decline and recent revival of Ayurveda
  • Overview of the unique Ayurvedic approach to health
  • Outline of the course

Lesson 1: Basic Principles; Understanding Your Body Constitution

Stuart Rothenberg, MD

  • The Ayurvedic approach to enliven the inner intelligence and healing ability of the body.
  • Introduction to body type (Prakriti) and imbalance (Vikriti)
  • Introduction to the organizing principles of all bodily functions – the three doshas ( Vata, Pitta and Kapha)
  • Dosha qualities and symptoms of balance and imbalance
  • Body Type and Personalized Medicine
  • Body Type determination and use of the body type questionnaire

Lesson 2: Overview of Diet and Digestion, Lifestyle Medicine, and Mind-Body Balance

Stuart Rothenberg MD

  • Diet effects on gene expression
  • Evidence on dietary mistakes at the basis of a chronic conditions
  • The need to personalize diet
  • General dietary recommendations for all body types
  • Spices – research and use
  • Diet recommendations for Vata, Pitta and Kapha types
  • Digestion: How we digest is as important as what we eat.
  • Introducing and discussion of “Ama” – toxins, impurities and blockages cause by poor diet and digestion.
  • Introduction and discussion of “Soma” – biochemical products of proper diet and digestion that enhance health and longevity
  • Ama symptoms and use of Ama questionnaire to determine levels of ama buildup
  • Bowel regularity Ayurvedic recommendations

Lesson 3: It’s Not Just What You Eat-It’s How You Digest

Nancy Lonsdorf MD

  • Introduction to Agni – the digestive fire
  • Types of Agni and their locations in the body
  • The 7 bodily tissues and the keys to their proper development
  • Signs of Vata, Pitta, Kapha balanced and imbalanced digestion
  • Factors that disturb Agni
    The “Hot water” recommendation to enhance Agni and removes Ama
  • Program for healthy digestion – all body types
  • Herbs and spice recommendations to enhance Agni
  • Introduction to Ayurvedic in-residence physiological purification procedures – Panchakarma
  • Ayurvedic recommendations for proper food preparation

Lesson 4: My Digestive Type – Gut Health is Personal

Nancy Lonsdorf MD

  • Introduction to determining your digestive type
  • How to use the Digestive Type questionnaire
  • Determining the dosha imbalance at the basis of digestive problems

Lesson 5: My Ideal Day: Chronobiology and Optimal Daily Schedule

Nancy Lonsdorf MD

  • Understanding the cycles in nature
  • Our Biological Clocks: Nervous system changes during natural cycles
  • Effects of disruptions of Circadian rhythms on health
  • The Vata, Pitta and Kapha times of day
  • Time of day to eat the largest meal
  • Time of day to eat less to avoid Ama and overweight
  • Timing of sleep for maximum rest and rejuvenation
  • Research on Circadian rhythms and cancer and overweight conditions
  • Circadian rhythm effects on gut bacteria – Ayurvedic approach to a healthy gut biome
  • Circadian rhythms and gene expression
  • Fertility and Circadian rhythms
  • The health benefits of the experience of timelessness – The TM Technique

Lesson 6: Self-Pulse Reading for Self-Healing

Nancy Lonsdorf MD

  • Healing benefits of the Ayurvedic self-pulse taking experience
  • The technique Ayurvedic pulse technique for self-healing

Lesson 7: Course Summary: Creating Your Personal Wellness Journal

Stuart Rothenberg MD

  • Introduction to the Personal Wellness Journal – Tracking your Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle and its effects on your personal health
  • Review of the use Ayurvedic self-assessment questionnaires
    1. Body Type
    2. Digestive Type
    3. Ama score
    4. Eating Habits score
    5. Lifestyle Habits score
  • Review of general dietary recommendations
  • Creating your personal dosha specific diet program
  • Purification diets for use when Ama and overweight conditions are present
  • Review of use of spices
  • Determining Ama levels and procedures to remove Ama
  • Seasonal modifications of diet and behavior
  • Herbal preparations for sluggish digestion
  • Best behaviors for good digestion
  • Review of Ayurveda bowel regularity approach
  • Ayurvedic approach to good sleep
  • Key points for a healthy Ayurvedic lifestyle
  • Ayurvedic approach to mental and emotional effects on health
  • Ayurvedic Mind-Body Medicine – the TM technique
  • MAPI products and code for purchase discounts
  • Health coach options to support the online course

Additional 3.5 hours – Maharishi AyurVeda Self-Pulse Assessment

1. Review from Ayurveda Personal Wellness Course – Ayurveda Self-Pulse for Healing

This lesson reviews the mechanics of Ayurveda Self-Pulse Assessment and the effects it has on enhancing the mind-body connection and enlivening the inner intelligence of the body.

2. Vedic Sound, Daily Pulse Taking, Self-Pulse Documentation

  • Describes the rationale for listening to Gandharva Veda music and Sama Veda recitation during pulse taking.
  • Explains the value of taking the pulse several times a day for learning and healing.
  • Introduces the forms to log pulse experiences in during the course.

3. Qualities of Vata, Pitta and Kapha in the Pulse

  • This lesson describes the shape of the impulses created by Vata, Pitta and Kapha under our fingers as we take the pulse.
  • This knowledge is the start in being able to determine the state of balance and imbalance in Vata, Pitta and Kapha through Ayurvedic Self-Pulse assessment.

4. Feeling the Qualities of Vata in the Pulse

This lesson describes in greater detail the shape of the balanced and imbalanced impulses of Vata felt under the fingers during pulse assessment.

5. Feeling the Qualities of Pitta in the Pulse

This lesson describes in greater detail the shape of the balanced and imbalanced impulses of Pitta felt under the fingers during pulse assessment.

6. Feeling the Qualities of Kapha in the Pulse

This lesson describes in greater detail the shape of the balanced and imbalanced impulses of Kapha felt under the fingers during pulse assessment.

7. Location of Vata, Pitta and Kapha in the Pulse

  • This lesson reveals the specific locations on the wrist where the impulse of Vata, Pitta and Kapha are best felt.
  • This lesson reveals where on the wrist to place each of the three fingers used to perform pulse assessment.
  • Each finger is placed so as to be able to best feel one of the three doshas.

8. Feeling Ojas in the Pulse

  • The state of Ojas is determined by the strength of the overall balance, resistance and immunity in the body.
  • Learning how to determine the state of Ojas lets you moniter the positive effect of your Ayurveda Personal Wellness program.

9. How to Feel Ama in the Pulse

  • Ama is the composed of the blockages, obstructions in the chanels of circulation and buildup of toxicity in the system
  • Using Ayurveda pulse assessment to determine the status of ama helps monitor the progress of your Personal Wellness Program and show if ama reducing techniques need to be used in greater measure.

10. Qualities of a Balanced Pulse

This lesson reveals the shape of the impulse under the Vata, Pitta and Kapha fingers when the corresponding dosha is balanced or imbalanced.

11. Imbalance in the Pulse: Part 1 – Amplitude; Increase or Decrease of a Dosha

Imbalance of Amplitude – the strength and height of the impulse – is the first type of dosha imbalance that can be felt under the fingers

12 .Imbalance in the Pulse: Part 2 – Doshas Moving Out of Their Home

Imbalance of Location – impulses of one dosha moving to appear under another doshas fingers is the second type of pulse imbalance that can be felt under the fingers

13. Effect of Vata Moving Out of its Own Place

This lesson describes the impulses we feel and the physiological effect that occurs when the Vata dosha impulse is found under the Pitta or Kapha fingers

14. Effect of Pitta Moving Out of its Own Place

This lesson describes the impulses we feel and the physiological effect that occurs when the Pitta dosha impulse is found under the Vata or Kapha fingers

15. Effect of Kapha Moving Out of its Own Place

This lesson describes the impulses we feel and the physiological effect that occurs when the Kapha dosha impulse is found under the Pitta or Vata fingers

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