American Alternative Medicine School Presents
Ancient Indian Healing Secrets – Advanced Ayurvedic Therapies
with Ritu Bhalla, Dean of Ayurveda, American Alternative Medicine School
Anyone interested in learning about Ayurveda, please join Ritu’s FREE Webinar on Ayurveda at Free Screen Sharing every month on the 1st Wednesday at 12:00pm-12:30pm and 3rd Wednesday at 7:00pm-7:30pm!
(Dial-in Number: (559) 546-1230 Participant Code: 382465 Meeting ID: 389-169-434)
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a comprehensive and scientific system of medicine. Ayurveda’s first priority is prevention, health promotion and enhancement. However, it also presents a complex system for treating illness. In both cases, the overall goal is to reestablish balance among the Doshas and to purify and harmonize the entire mind/body system. These disease entities or pathogens are not the main objects of treatment but rather it is the person’s overall integration and consequent host resistance that are of concern.
According to Ayurvedic theory, the body contains three primal forces, tridosha, that work in tandem as vata, pitta and kapha. These Dosha are formed from combinations of the five elements that control the universe: space, air, fire, water and earth. Vata includes space and air; it controls movement. Pitta is made of fire and water; it controls digestion and metabolism. Kapha is composed of earth and water; it forms the body’s structures. Each person can be said to be dominated by one or two of these Dosha, and may therefore be called a vata, pitta, kapha, vata-pitta, vata-kapha or pitta-kapha type.
There are many other aspects of the body considered in Ayurveda, as well. These include 20 attributes, 5 sub-doshas, 7 tissues, 4 states of agni and 14 bodily systems. Ayurveda believes that good health exists when all aspects of the body are in proper balance.
In Ayurvedic Treatment Regimen, Panchkarma is an intensive detoxification process that takes place over several days, ideally one to two weeks. It involves many different Ayurvedic modalities as well as healthy food, comfort and deep rest. Its main aim is to promote health and longevity. Regular procedures include massage (Abhyanga) with special herbal oils that help the body release toxins that have accumulated. Other Ayurvedic therapies include Steam with specific herbs, Shirodhara, and Nasya (nasal administration of herbs).
Ancient Indian Healing Secrets – Advanced Ayurvedic Therapies is a comprehensive healing program that includes the modules listed below. Module I is a prerequisite for all of the modules but students may choose to take some or all of the additional modules. At this time, these modules are only offered as individual classes but may be scheduled as a complete program in the future. These modules will be offered periodically throughout the course of the year and new students may enter any time Module I is offered.
Module I – Understanding Ayurveda
This module is a prerequisite for all of the following modules.
The students learn the foundation of Ayurvedic history and philosophy. They will learn Ayurvedic terminology, Panchmahabhutas (5 basic elements), Doshic Theory, Subdoshas, Prakuriti and Vikriti concepts. Students will be introduced to Dhatus and to the concept of Srotas. Students will also learn daily and seasonal regimens and the concepts of Ojas, Tejas and Prana.
Module II – Food as Medicine
The students learn balanced food according to Ayurveda, classification of taste, effect of taste on body strength, proper quantity of food, and how to protect the food. Students will learn Dosha specific diets and diets based on the season. They will learn about incompatible foods, the concept of Ama and the Ayurvedic concept of grains and lentils. This class will include hands-on Ayurvedic food preparation and cooking.
Module III – Ayurvedic Herbology
This class will be a detailed study of commonly used herbs and spices in Ayurveda. The student will learn the botanical name, English name, qualities, functions, indications, parts used, taste, potency and post effects of herbs and spices and kitchen pharmacy.
Module IV – Clinical Aromatherapy
The students will learn the history of Ayurveda and Aromatherapy, essential oils for different Dosha, ailments related to imbalance of Doshas, the Seven Chakras, their balancing essential oils, and learn to make your own custom blends.
Module V – Ayurvedic Skin Care
The students will learn to do facial massage. They will learn the facial Marma Points, learn to identify different Dosha skin types and their proper care. We will study common skin conditions related to different Dosha imbalances. Students will learn to make and use different oils and different face packs for the skin. Students will gain the knowledge of specific skin rejuvenation herbs and spices.
Module VI – Marma Point Therapy
Supplies to bring: 16 oz. of sesame oil
Students will learn the classification of Vital Spots (Marma Points), Introduction to 107 Marma Points, their location and significance to restore balance to the body and mind. Students will learn the Vital Spots of the extremities, trunk, back, head and face. Students will learn applied Marma Point Therapy, essential oil application to the Marma Points, mechanism of action of Marma Points and the importance of Marma Therapy in Ayurveda.
Module VII – Abhyanga
Supplies to bring: Set of sheets and 16 oz. of sesame oil
Abhyanga is the application of oil to the skin followed by massage in a specific direction. Abhyanga has a multitude of beneficial effects. In Abhyanga, the oil is selected according to the client’s Dosha.
- Shiro Abhyanga: Spreading the oil on the head followed by specific massage maneuvers. The student will learn about specific oils for Shiro Abhyanga.
- Padabhyanga: Application of oil on the feet followed by specific massage maneuvers is popularly known as Padabhyanga. The student will learn different oils for Padabhyanga and their benefits.
Module VIII – Udvartan
Supplies to bring: Set of sheets, 8 oz. of sesame oil and one bath towel
Udvartan is a body toning program, with application of a combination of prescribed herbal powder and oil used on the entire body that aids in reducing fat and strengthening the body. It also improves skin complexion, de-stresses and relaxes as a natural full body exfoliation therapy.
Module IX – Svedana (Steam)
Supplies to bring: 8 oz. of sesame oil
Svedana is a group of therapies meant to remove toxins, increase circulations and improve mobility.
Module X – Shirodhara
Supplies to bring: Set of sheets, 1 gallon of sesame oil and two bath towels
A thin thread of warm oil is poured over the forehead and scalp. Shirodhara relaxes and calms the mind, pacifies vata, cleanses, calms and balances the nervous system, relieves stress, quiets the senses and improves mental clarity. Shirodhara improves the body‘s healing ability.
Cost: No cost
Prerequisite: All Modules Completed
During Internship, students will perform Ayurvedic External Therapies in the facility under the supervision and direction of the Instructor, giving him/her the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. The student will interview clients, perform Ayurvedic External Therapies and review client evaluation with the Instructor. During Internship, students are required to wear scrubs or SHC Shirts. Students must provide all needed supplies (sheets, oils, etc.). The required 36 hours of Internship must be completed within three (3) months of last scheduled class day.
About the Instructor:
Ritu Bhalla completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Ayurveda from Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak in India. Before moving to the U.S., Ritu worked as a lecturer at the Ayurvedic Medical College in India. She worked as an Ayurvedic practitioner in an Arthritis clinic besides having her own practice for 4 years in India. She has over 20 years of experience in Ayurveda of which more than 7 years has been in DFW area. Ritu has been a guest speaker at UNT for the last couple of semesters, introducing Ayurveda to students as part of Stress Reduction through Movement program. She conducts monthly workshops and webinars on various topics that Ayurveda can help. She has taught and continues to teach at Collin County College as a part of the Counselor Education Program and has been a speaker at Texas Medical Association Convention for CME on Holistic Medicine for 2014 and 2015. Ritu is an associate member of Texas Indo American Physician Society. She has been invited as a key note speaker to introduce Ayurveda by numerous companies in Dallas. Ritu is also an active member of AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America) and has been teaching Ayurveda in the Dallas area for the last 8 years.