Self-Care—The Key to Health and Happiness
"Samadosha samagnishcha sama dhatu mala kriya; prasanna atma indriya manah svastha iti abhideyate." (Sushruta Samhita)
Balanced dosha, balanced digestive fire and balanced bodily tissues, elimination and function; contented soul, senses, and mind. These are said to constitute health.
In Ayurveda and in Yoga, there is an emphasis on connecting with the self…indeed, the Sanskrit word used for health, in the most famous sutra defining health, is swastha. “Swa” means self and “Stha” means residing in or centered in. Self-care, or dinacharya (daily routine) is a key component to achieving and maintaining connection with the self and staying centered there.
Come learn some of the basic concepts of Ayurveda—the 20 gunas and 5 elements—and discover the ancient recommendations for self-care for body, mind and spirit. Learn how you can apply them to your yogic path and how right-conduct is a key to health and happiness. Each session will include a meditation, pranayama and/or asana component.
Class meets November 6 and 13.
Kathy Gehlken, MA, RDN, CMP
Kathy Gehlken is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Massage Practitioner and Wellness Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work is geared toward connecting people to their inherent power to heal and be well through Ayurvedic Medicine. She also teaches workshops and classes on Ayurveda, modern nutrition, cooking and wellness.
She studied Ayurvedic Medicine at Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda and completed the Master’s Degree Program there. At Mount Madonna, she had the opportunity to study with Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. R.H. Singh, Dr. Sarita Shreshta, Dr. John Doulliard, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Dr. Professor P.H. Kulkarni and many other respected Vaidyas. She went on to study Classical Ayurveda with Dr. Yashashree Mannur at Shubham Classical Ayurveda Academy and continues her studies there—a life long journey!
She also is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Wellness Coach, Certified Massage Practitioner and RYT—200.
After 18 years of teaching and service at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Los Angeles, Swami Sivasankariananda joined staff at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in May 2014. She has served as director of the San Francisco Center since February of 2015. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there in 2008. She has been on yatra in north and south India and Mount Kailas. She loves to teach and is particularly fond of the Bhakti Yoga practices. She took sannyas in 2017 and is a certified yoga therapist.