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Ayurveda Four-Part Series

Ayurveda is the sister science of yoga that deals directly with healing the mind and body. Through diet, lifestyle, breathing exercises, herbal medicine and spiritual practices, Ayurveda offers a unique set of tools for individuals to regain balance with their own true nature. Ayurveda is centered on the idea that all beings are a unique composition of the five natural elements (space, air, fire, water and earth) which make up the three doshas (vata, pitta and kapha). Learning how the different doshas function and how they impact the mind and body, you can begin to recognize signs of imbalances early on and implement Ayurvedic practices to bring yourself back to balance.

In this four-part series, each class gives you some examples of what Ayurveda has to offer for your wellness routine. The series begins with an exploration of what the doshas are and how they affect you on an individual level. With that foundational knowledge, the second class is a yoga practice that flows through the five elements and three doshas within all of us to prepare for a blissful resting pose. Receive yoga sequences to take home to continue to practice on your own.

A major concept of Ayurveda is maintaining health through lifestyle protocols and eating seasonally with good food combinations to prevent illness or disturbance to your health. In the third class, explore some herbal remedies prepared in a kitchen for the purpose of preventing disease. In the fourth class, we cook with the six different tastes of Ayurveda and feast together. Take home recipe ideas from the last two classes to keep the exploration going at home.

 

Your Mind-Body Constitution. What Is Your Dosha?

Wed. Jul 15, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Your dosha is your mind-body type and it is determined by factors such as your genetic makeup and when you were born. This workshop briefly covers the basics of Ayurveda and how to determine your dosha, as well as includes some pranayama (or breath-work) that is balancing for all three doshas.

 

Ayurveda and Vinyasa Yoga: Flow Through the Five Elements of Nature in a Movement Meditation

Wed. Aug 26, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Yoga is the sister science of Ayurveda. By incorporating the Ayurvedic principles of the five elements in the natural world into a yoga practice, this class serves to connect us to our own true nature. The two complementary sciences are combined to create an illuminating and slow-moving meditation with yoga postures that can be modified for all levels. View the healing art of yoga through an Ayurvedic lens with some take-home practices for each season and mind-body type.

 

Ayurvedic At Home Remedies: How to Use Your Kitchen for Simple Remedies

Wed. Sept 16, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Explore the common spices and herbs found in most kitchens and how they can be used for remedies and incorporated into your daily diet to address imbalances. Sample some concoctions that are suitable for each dosha. Class concludes with meditation tools that you can use at home.

 

Igniting the Fire within: How to Eat in Balance with Ayurveda

Wed. Oct 21, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

This class covers the Ayurvedic principle of Agni, the digestive fire, and how to cultivate it in order to nourish your body fully. Learn to assess the different digestive symptoms and how you can adjust your lifestyle to address them. Sample the different tastes associated with each dosha and see how to create a balanced meal.

 

Price: $131, $113 member

Instructor: Farnosh Family
Farnosh was a long time student and teacher of yoga before turning to the sister science of yoga, Ayurveda, for help in healing after the birth of her first child. What she learned in those transformational months led her to a life guided by the principles of Ayurveda for herself and her family. She has studied with many teachers of yoga, ayurveda, and sanskrit including Dr. Vasant Lad, Shiva Rea, Sonia Massoco, Maria Garre, Patricia Wickman, and Dr. Bharat Vaidya. She holds an MA in organic chemistry from UCLA and a BA in environmental chemistry from Columbia University.

Special Instructions: You can sign up for each individual session, or sign up for all four classes in the series at a discount by signing up for "Ayurveda Four-Part Series."

 

Therapeutic Thursdays

Webinar Series

Join Denver Botanic Gardens' horticultural therapists from your home or office as we share techniques used in the Therapeutic Horticulture program. Engage your senses each week as we guide you in how to connect with plants in your everyday life.

All ages and abilities are welcome to participate. Only one registration is needed per family, household or organization.

Details on how to join the webinar will be emailed 30 minutes before the start of the program. Program time is 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

 

April 9: Building a Relationship With Plants

In this session we demonstrate repotting a houseplant into a new container and introduce observation skills for assessing the needs of your plant. This includes watering tips, pest management techniques and how to mindfully build a connection with your plants. This is a great introduction to horticultural mastery of your house plants. If you have a houseplant and potting supplies at home, feel free to join in along with us.

 

April 16: Tree Cookies

Tree cookies are segments sliced from trees. Segments of trees can show you the story of a tree's life. In this session, hear stories of a tree's lifespan with examples from the Gardens' collection of tree stories. We then use these principles to look at the rings in our own lives and stories.

 

April 23: Meet a Tree

Building off the Tree Cookie session, we put into practice our skills of observing plants and trees. We discuss the architecture of trees, the rootedness and connectivity of trees to the Earth and other trees, and how trees grow in different environmental conditions and with age. Then, we look at how these observations apply to our own lives. This practice can be applied to any plant, whether on your neighborhood streets, at the park or in the forest.

 

April 30: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. In this session, we pause to engage with plants and connect with the different sensations we feel on our own bodies as we isolate our senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into the sounds and scents of our surroundings, and take in the abundance of life surrounding us that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in April at the Gardens.

 

May 7: Thorns and the Protection They Offer

Virtually join Angie in the Ellipse garden as she explains why roses have thorns and how sometimes we put our own thorns up to protect ourselves. Learn how to prepare rose plants for the coming season to produce bountiful blooms. Roses are considered a memory plant: Their scent may help us recall positive memories and be transported to these moments in our lives, which can stimulate conversations about these experiences.

 

May 14: Herbal Tea Blending

Herbal tea blending has quickly become one of our most popular therapeutic horticulture group activities. Learn about different herbs and their tea blending properties as well as how to make your own tea bags out of coffee filters and twine. Learn which herbs are used to soothe our moods and nerves, what can calm us or stimulate our senses. Many of these herbs stimulate fond memories and the sharing of stories.

 

May 21: Lotus, Water Lilies and Grief

Meet Tamara Kilbane, the Gardens' curator of aquatic collections, for a behind-the-scenes look at our aquatic collections. These plants grow out of muddy waters, endure the cold winters, protect themselves with thorns, and through all of this produce beautifully delicate blossoms. We can use these plants as guides for our own resilience and navigating the murky waters and situations in our lives.

 

May 28: Virtual Meditative Plant Walk at the Gardens

Learn to walk mindfully among plants. We pause to engage with plants and connect with the different sensations we feel on our own bodies as we isolate our senses to feel the temperature of the air and the warmth of the sun, tune into the sounds and scents of our surroundings, and take in the abundance of life surrounding us that we are sometimes too busy to notice. This is also an opportunity to see what is blooming in May at the Gardens.

 

 

Price per session: $8, $5 member

Instructors: Angie Andrade and Catharine McCord

Angie Andrade, HTR is a senior horticulturalist at the Gardens and manager of the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Angie is a registered horticultural therapist through the American Horticultural Therapy Association.

Catharine McCord is a program coordinator at the Gardens for adult education programs and the Therapeutic Horticulture Program. She is also the recipient of the 2020 American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardeners Award for Horticultural Therapy.

 

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