As long as we are not living in harmony with nature and our constitution, we cannot expect ourself to be really healed. Ayurveda gives us the means. -- David Frawley
After almost 15 years of teaching yoga, I wanted to be more a more effective leader and healer. I met many students that felt the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of yoga while at class or retreat or shortly thereafter, but then they plateaued. A yoga high can only last so long if our daily habits - such as sleep, diet, waking and nighttime routine, or knowing how/when to “turn off” – are out of alignment with how we want to feel.
Practicing yoga isn’t enough. It just isn’t.
I know this from firsthand experience. As a yoga teacher, I should be a vision of health and great habits, right? Not always. This was a learned behavior. Before I started studying Ayurveda, sure, I could do cool handstands and I looked fit and healthy from the outside.. but I knew I could feel better than I did. I ate too late and at random times, my weight fluctuated, I slept poorly, was addicted to caffeine and used a glass of wine far too often to calm down at night. I was living out of harmony with nature, and with my own constitution. I knew what was good for me but I didn't do it (or at least not consistently). Something was missing.
That’s why I turned to Ayurveda - the 5,000 year old traditional Indian system of medicine. As the sister science to yoga, it is a natural place for yogis to turn to. Much of which we learn in Ayurveda about how our bodies function optimally is directly observable in the every day. As a system, Ayurveda is as large and complex as other medical sciences. I wanted to teach the practical — simple, daily practices. Introducing Align to Thrive – my signature health coaching course based on Ayurveda and Habit change science.
Align to Thrive
October 14 - December 16, 2019
January 27 - April 13, 2020 (new 12 week course, taught in modules - details to follow)
April 20 - July 6, 2020 (12 weeks)
(and privately self-paced)
Align to Thrive is a 10-week program that transforms your relationship to your body by helping you adopt daily routines and self-care habits from Ayurveda. The program works on a subtle and gross level. Our daily habits reflect how we feel about ourselves and our bodies. While in my program, you could expect to shed extra kilos, clear up your skin, experience better digestion, regular elimination and sounder sleep. But on a deeper level, Align to Thrive helps you grow your relationship to yourself – your intuition, your bodies’ needs and desires and your self-worth.
You will learn how to effectively implement changes into your daily routine. With each new habit, we focus on making small, incremental changes, particularly on newer or harder to implement habits. Changing our habits is rarely a knowledge issue. It is an implementation issue.
How does it work?
Theory. First you will learn the nuts and bolts of Ayurveda. You will get a basic understanding of the elements (air, space, water, fire and earth), the doshas (the forces of movement, heat, and cohesion), and the gunas (the ways that we describe experiences in the outer and inner world). You will also learn how Ayurveda views the 24 hours of the day and how this informs the choices we make about how to move, eat, relax, play and sleep.
Practice. The majority of the course is devoted to implementing the essential teachings of Ayurveda. Think of it like a cliff notes or “best of” version of this ancient healing system made relevant to your (modern) life. We go over 10 self-care habits for daily living (called dinacharya in Ayurveda). The first 3 weeks, we will look at diet (the what, when and how of diet Ayurveda-style). Think of it like an easy, mini-detox to clean out your food body. With a lighter, happier body, we can devote the next weeks to clean up our morning and evening habits to improve our sleep and start the day with habits that give us the energy we need for our work, passions and loved ones. Last, we look at incorporating daily movement, daily reflection/quiet time and other supportive self care habits. Sprinkled in throughout the course, you will learn habit change strategies such as kaizen (making small, incremental changes), identify your keystone habit (the habit which makes following other healthy habits easier) and learn how to enthusiastically say yes to obligations and cut out people-pleasing behavior that derails your health. You will design your own ideal daily routine based on your experience in the course.
The course includes live lectures, group and individual coaching, movement, meditation and reflective supportive materials, growth work, recipe books and a lot more. :)
We usually meet live on Mondays either in person or on zoom (video conference call) where I will coach you through the habit of the week, a background into the habit from the Ayurvedic and Yogic perspective and teach you the latest in cutting edge habit change science. These weekly meetings allow you to meet and support other course members, share your insights and struggles and be coached by me. All sessions are recorded and available the day of the session.
Videos on the weekly habit can be accessed and listened to at any time before the session. Growth work, healthy recipes, and supportive movement, meditation and mindfulness materials will help you to put the practice into real life, and experiment, week by week.
Every month, you will schedule a one-on-one individualized coaching session with me to help you get the results you desire from the course.
What is the weekly time investment?
Our meetings are 75 minutes. The weekly webinar is about 35-45 minutes. Besides the 2.5ish hours spent on the course weekly, your time investment will vary depending on the habit of the week. However, the emphasis is on baby steps and 1% improvements to make changes gradually so they stick.
How do I know if I’m a good fit?
I speak with everyone individually to see if they are a good fit for the course. In our call, we can discuss your goals and desires around your health. If I can help you, I will make you an offer to join. Not everyone is ready for change, but if you are - I can help. I am not pushy and like talking to people, so you aren't pressured to sign up. I am looking for a fit on both sides. :)
DETOX + RENEW
ONLINE SELF-PACED 2 WEEK PROGRAM
A 2 week detox program designed to help you clean your body of toxic build-up, release bloating or digestive sluggishness, and lose weight naturally without dieting. Detoxing also helps those who suffer from headaches, low energy, weak immunity, constipation or addiction to caffeine, sugar, or the evening glass of wine. Learn how to support your bodies own natural detoxing process in a healthy and sustainable way, Reset your cravings towards healthier ones that support how you want to feel and look.. This is a self-paced online course which includes Detox manual, videos, and recipe book. There are no live sessions. Cost is 50 Euro.