Saturday 2/6/16 – 10 to 12:00pm
Introduction to Ayurveda with Eleni
AN AYURVEDIC WORKSHOP WITH ELENI TSIKRIKAS, CAS.
Ayurveda, Yoga’s sister science, is the planet’s oldest nature based self care system. Ayurveda provides a language and way of looking at the world that is poetic It recognizes and respects that each individual is born with a unique physical, mental, emotional and spiritual constitution (prakruti). Rather than treating symptoms Ayurveda seeks to identify an individuals constitution and treat their imbalances through food herbs and lifestyle.
This system of health, educates and empowers each person to achieve abundant health and vitality. To do this, we have to recognize, connect and understand how our habits and their consequences can have positive or negative effects on our health and wellbeing. Ayurveda teaches us to accept responsibility for our health, no guilt by stepping into our power. When we do we become self aware and connected to the things that keep us healthy and joyful. It doesn’t offer a “magic bullet cure”, rather it is the consistent regular practices ( dinacharya) cultivated over a long period of time that create the desired change. Our roadmap for this wellness paradigm is Tri dosha theory, as it relates to the natural world and the individual. This understanding along with regular daily practices that are age and season appropriate align us with the healing forces of nature and we experience a more vibrant healthier version of ourselves.
In this lecture we will explore:
The history of Ayurveda,
The common roots of Yoga and Ayurveda
The definition of health and wellness- an Ayurvedic perspective
• The 5 natural elements and their qualities
• The 3 body types or doshas
Eleni Tsikrikas: Bio & Mission Statement:
Lifestyle as the new wellness medicine!
It is the regularity of our day to day actions and habits that can either provide the foundation of wellness or dis-ease. My goal is to empower & educate individuals to live in harmony with their body and environment.
Eleni discovered YOGA as a means for reducing stress in 1995 while practicing law in Sydney, Australia. Smitten, Eleni completed the Sydney Yoga Center’s teacher training course. In 2000, Eleni quit the legal profession to teach Yoga full time. In 2004 Eleni moved to Los Angeles and began intensive study with Robert Birnberg a senior student in the T. Krichnamacharya Lineage. The major focus of her studies is the “Yoga Sutras of Pantajali” the guidebook dedicated to creating a satvic mind.
Eleni is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, CAS, a Pancha Karma Specialist PKS. She runs a private ayurvedic practice and teaches “Ayurvedic Skills for Living” courses in Silverlake. She is a faculty member at California College of Ayurveda, where she teaches and mentors students. She continues to pursue her passion for herbs, studying with renowned herbalist KP Khalsa. Eleni has completed the educational component leading to qualifications as a Western Herbalist. She is presently working on the accreditation process for the American Herbalist Guild.