General Ayurveda: Ayurveda and Psychology

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Dates: June 18, 2013. Teacher: Matthew Remski Location: Still Light Centre A practical and student-driven exploration of the basics of Ayurveda to support daily life and practice. Each 3-hour workshop will begin with a 90-minute presentation on a specific topic, followed by 90 minutes of workshopping of whatever health and wellness concerns you bring and are comfortable in sharing. Ayurveda is an active and exploratory therapy — we can learn a lot about our own health and well-being through the consideration of the challenges of others. Ayurveda and Psychology Every therapeutic intervention in Ayurvedic counselling psychology involves the expansion and sculpting of space element. Intersubjective and whole-body listening gives the space of non-reactivity, and then empathy. Appropriate diet gives space for the more complete digestion of life. Posture gives space to the joints and organs. Good  breathing gives space for the circulation of vitality, and directly  slows down sympathetic responses. Sensory control decompresses nervous  overload. And meditation injects space into cognition and internal monologue, so that new choices may emerge, and deeper identities be remembered. A look at the embodied psychology of Ayurveda, and how it may complement by mindfulness practice and our much newer talk-therapy models.


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