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with Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD
The integration of Ayurveda with yoga yields a perfect template for improving our emotional intelligence and physical well-being. The latest science clearly demonstrates the link between mind, emotions, and disease but offers few tools that target this mind-body connection to promote healing. In addition to discussing the impact of stress and social problems on physical and emotional health, this session will explore how to manage negative feelings and encourage a positive mindset that fosters success in work, relationships, and overall wellness.
with David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
Ayurveda traditionally covers health and disease for body, and mind, which reflect one another. It is inherently as much a psychological therapy as a physical treatment. Its emphasis on reducing the doshas and improving sattva guna provides it with a foundation on both levels. Ayurveda’s relationship with Yoga and Vedanta enhances its psychological approach. Ayurveda’s behavioral and lifestyle regimens, which include meditation, sustain psychological wellbeing overall.
with Ramkumar Kutty, BAMS
Ayurveda and allied knowledge systems in the Vedic parampara deal with not only the body and mind but also the human spirit and consciousness. In this session, we will explore the various aspects of the manas and its role in the disease causation process as well as its relevance within the context of health, healing, and living.
Panel Presentation: Amadea Morningstar, Shaaranya Geetanjali, Manjusha Vinjamury, BAMS, AD, Yogi Cameron, C-AP, Akil Palanisamy, MD - Panel Moderator
Ayurveda has long recognized the relationship between the mental and physical effects of various foods and the condition of the person who eats a particular food as well as when, where, and how much of that food is consumed. This panel of experts on that topic will explore how food affects our mental state, including the pivotal role of tri-gunas, and how to use Ayurvedic principles to stabilize and balance the mind. Case studies will be presented to exemplify an Ayurvedic approach to feeding the mind and the senses.
Panel Presentation: Dinesh Gyawali, BAMS, PhD, Myra Lewin, C-AP, Victor Briere, AD, Manas Kshirsagar, AD, Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, AD
Addictions have become a serious issue in modern life from social media to opioids and everything in between. This panel of experts will focus on how Ayurveda views addiction and its affliction in the mind. It will focus on the full variety of disturbance of the mind through addictions and how it can be addressed through Ayurveda and yoga. Case study presentations will be provided to illustrate approaches to addiction.
Panel Presentation: Jared Fisher, C-AP, Sheena Sooraj, BAMS, Manisha Kshirsagar BAMS, Esthetician, AD, Kamya Pillai, BAMS, C-AP, Jayagopal Parla, BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD, C-IAYT - Panel Moderator
The panel will share their extensive experience in applying Ayurveda to the treatment of anxiety, depression, addiction, and other mental disorders. They will discuss the Ayurvedic and Western pharmacopeia within the context of the Ayurvedic model of dravyaguna and outline the best practices for formulating effective herbal protocols. Each presenter will share a case study that has proven successful in his or her practice.
Panel Presentation: Vamadeva Frawley, Komilla Sutton, Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD - Panel Moderator
Jyotish (Vedic astrology) is an excellent tool for evaluate and heal the conditions of the mind. Poor emotional health is a major challenge in one’s physical health and many life events. This highly experienced panel will explore the practical utility of jyotish in clinical settings. Each presenter will offer their unique perspective and an interesting case study to demonstrate the value of chart reading, Vedic counseling, and spiritual guidance.
with, Ginger Hooven, C-AP, C-IAYT, AYT-NAMA, E-RYT-500, Arun Deva, C-AP, C-IAYT, AYT-NAMA, Amy Wheeler, PhD, C-IAYT
For many of us the mind is anything but still. We constantly experience thoughts, feelings, and sensations that can disrupt our concentration and disturb our peace of mind. Both yoga and Ayurveda give us tools that turn our minds away from chaos and rigidity and toward one-pointed attention, the hallmark of an undisturbed mind. Ayurvedic concepts of dinacharya, ahāra-vihāra, swasthavritta, and ritucharya serve as the broad canvas upon which the eight limbs (aśtānga) of yogic practice move us toward positive mental states. Achieving positive states of mind reduces the turmoil of our lives and helps us realize the full potential of our dharma. In essence, Ayurvedic yoga therapy helps us live quieter, more focused lives.
Panel Presentation: Ashlesha Raut BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD, Madison Madden, AD, Marni Chanoff, MD, Sheila Patel, MD - Panel Moderator
This session will focus on using Ayurveda and/or yoga either as a main therapy with Western medicine in a secondary role or vice versa. The panel experts will include models of integration with other modalities including western medicine and will provide case studies to highlight practical applications.
Panel Presentation: Christine Peterson, PhD, C-AP, Freedom Cole, C-AP, Vivek Shanbhag, BAMS, MD (Ayu), ND, Namyata Pathak, BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD, Rammohan Rao, PhD, C-AP, RYT
This session will focus on the role of research as a way to advance understanding of the teachings of Ayurveda and furthering the growth of this science in our western world. The panel presenters will share current Ayurvedic research and its outcomes, how to develop collaborative research protocols, understanding whole system research, modern Ayurvedic research related to a clinical condition, and bridging Ayurvedic concepts to the gut-brain and gut-body axis including the microbiome.
with, Jayarajan Kodikannath, BAMS, BS, AD and Meenakshi Gupta, BAMS, MD (Ayu)
Herbs are a special adjunct for healing the subtle aspect of the mind in Ayurveda along with the diet, lifestyle, and treatment interventions. This practicum will focus on an array of herbal preparations for a variety of imbalances associated with the mind. This class will be in a special teaching kitchen so participants will learn hands on and work directly with the herbs and recipes.
Panel Presentation: Anisha Durve, D.O.M., C-AP, Ann Wagoner, MA, C-AP, C-IAYT, RYT-500, Dhanada Kulkami, BAMS, AD, Robert Schneider, MD, FACC, Lissa Coffey - Panel Moderator
The focus of this session is to learn the use of yoga therapy to enhance the practice of Ayurveda. The panel will share how using pranayama, meditation, mantras, vibrational healing, mudras and mama in yoga practices can be used as an adjunct therapy to patient care, creating a healing and care giving environment. Case studies that accentuate the effectiveness of this approach to healing the mind and emotions will also be presented.
Panel Presentation: Cynthia Copple, AD, Jay Apte, BAMS, MS, Jeff Turner, AD, Susan Turner, AD
This special practicum on panchakarma will focus on how the design and treatment protocols can be used to help with identified disturbances and/or imbalances of the mind of the panchakarma client. Four veteran practitioners of PK will offer their time tested and unique application models that will include diet, herbal protocols, shirodhara, hrid basti, and paschat karma routines to help the client work with their minds. This practicum will include demonstration, hands on (where applicable), theory, and case study examples.
with Vamadeva Frawley and Suhas Ksirsagar
Vedic counseling is a comprehensive life guidance based upon the Vedic tradition of Self-knowledge and Cosmic knowledge. Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedic astrology and other branches of Vedic knowledge are based upon an understanding of Consciousness. They reflect the essence and practical wisdom of Vedanta, the unity of all in the Self. Vedic counseling provides an integrative counseling model with special approaches for every type of person, group and circumstance. It guides us towards optimal physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing, addressing all the main goals of life including health, vocation, education, prosperity, relationship, happiness, and Self-realization. The journey always starts with ourselves and our own minds before we can be properly prepared guide others.
Panel Presentation: Vamadeva Frawley, Ramkumar Kutty, BAMS, Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD, Alakananda Ma, MD, AD
What are some of the ways Ayurveda has worked with the mind down the ages? How can this ancient wisdom be presented in a way that’s fresh and relevant in twenty-first century America? In our closing panel, our distinguished featured presenters sum up our conference theme and empower us to carry new insights into our daily lives and our practice of Ayurveda.
Duration: 44 mins