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Ayurveda, Yoga, and Freedom: A Quote on Freedom from Swami Sivananda

"Freedom is man's birthright. Freedom is sat-chit-ananda. Freedom is immortality. Freedom is knowledge, peace, and bliss. Consciously or unconsciously, wittingly or unwittingly, all are attempting for this freedom. In every heart, there is desire for freedom, this all-consuming passion for liberty.

From time, pass into eternity. This is freedom or emancipation. Still the mind. Herein lies freedom and bliss eternal." ~ Swami Sivananda, "Bliss Divine"

California College of Ayurveda Learning Garden: California Poppy

What's happening in out learning garden this summer? ~ California Poppy!

The state flower, the California Poppy, is not only a beautiful and hearty addition to any garden bed, but also a wonderful mild sedative for the nervous system. 

Ayurvedic Cooking for the Season: Tempeh and Garden Vegetable Kebabs

This hearty, delicious kebab with a Smoked Almond Marinade will satisfy even a hungry pitta! 

Ingredients:

For the kebabs:

Dr. Halpern Explains Tibetan Chakra Stone Massage

Dr. Marc Halpern explains Tibetan Chakra Stone Massage. This summer, August 6-8, experience it for yourself in a beautiful 3 day workshop taught by noted teacher, author and practitioner Robert Sachs. 

Graduation Day 2016 at the California College of Ayurveda!

Recently, the newest graduates of the California College of Ayurveda were honored in a deeply moving graduation ceremony. The day was filled with love, inspiration, food, and celebration.

Ayurvedic Cooking for Summer: Coconut-Sesame Rice

Coconut Sesame Rice

Rinse and drain:

1 c. basmati rice

In a medium saucepan, heat:

2 tbsp. ghee

Add rice and stir, coating all grains with ghee. Add:

2 c. water
1 tsp. salt

Time to register for our classic Ayurveda Pinda Svedana workshop - hurry, class begins on July 6!

One of Ayurveda’s most nourishing and rejuvenative external therapies, Pinda Svedana is an ancient massage technique in which hot boluses (cotton pouches) containing various types of fresh plants, rice and other herbal and oil ingredients are gently applied to the body.

Summer Intensives are Almost Here at the California College of Ayurveda!

DON’T MISS OUT! Summer Intensives are almost here - sign up today!

Summer at the California College of Ayurveda is an amazing time - filled with opportunities to dive deeply into exploring the hands-on practices of Ayurveda. Hurry - it all begins on July 6!

Dr. Marc Halpern explains the beautiful and relaxing art of Ayurvedic Facials

Ayurvedic facials are becoming increasingly popular. This deeply nourishing, calming and cleansing practice utilizes oils, heat and massage, followed by skin care therapy, to return you to your natural beautiful state! 

At CCA, we will be offering a 3 day hands-on Facials workshop August 2-4, 2016. Plan to join us and learn the art this beautiful treatment!

Ayurveda and the Cultivation of Patience: A Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

Find a quiet place out in nature, a park is perfect, but a quiet street can work too. Choose a point about 100 yards away. Walk toward it slowly; one small step at a time. As you walk, allow yourself to feel each foot meeting the ground. Keep your eyes looking about five yards in front of you toward the ground. You may struggle at first with the slow pace. As you walk forward, observe your breath going in and out. Keep your attention on your breath and your feet. If any feelings arise (frustration, anxiety), simply observe them. Do not process the feeling, just notice it and let it go.