May 18th! Ayurvedic Cooking, Diet and Lifestyle Workshop

For more than 10 years I’ve been trying to bring Dr Jagdish Bhutada to Sydney to share his incredible knowledge of Ayurveda and the human body. It’s finally happening – and on May 18th he’s leading a one-day workshop in Ayurvedic lifestyle and cookery, right here in the Blue Mountains!

Ayurveda is the deeply holistic Indian science of life and wellness. In Ayurveda, every individual body is unique, with its own individual pathway to optimum health. Knowing and understanding your individual prakruti is a powerful step to making simple lifestyle adjustments that both enhance, and restore, our energy levels, bringing a greater sense of vitality and contentment to our lives. It has both a preventative and curative approach to health.

In this workshop, Jagdish will help you identify and understand your prakruti (Ayurvedic constitution) and your dosha – the element within it that consistently causes imbalance. With just a few simple and practical techniques, you can shift  your prakruti for better health and vitality.

Jagdish is an unparalleled master of diagnosis via the pulse. The information I’ve seen him extract from simply placing his fingers on my wrist for 30 seconds has blown my mind. (It’s also saved me from at least one course of highly invasive surgery – but more about this once I tell you about the actual workshop!)

Joining him to teach this full-day workshop will be his wife Surbhi, a fantastic Ayurvedic cook. There’ll be a bit of theory, a whole lot of practical tips to help you live in balance with your body – and a delicious and dosha-friendly vegetarian lunch, which we’ll help to prepare while learning key principles and methods of Ayurvedic cooking.

Yep, it’s election day. Yep, we’re hungry for change on a national scale. And yep, we can begin that change right in our own bodies. Who needs democracy sausage – we’re rustling up the world’s most amazing democracy dal!

Here’s a sneak preview of the good stuff you’ll learn on the day:

• expert diagnosis of your individual Ayurvedic constitution
* how to optimize your health with dosha-specific foods
• how to adapt favourite recipes to Ayurvedic principles for increased vitality for yourself and your family
* which forms of exercise are compatible and restorative for your dosha
* 5 simple daily rituals you can use to transform your energy levels.

From dietary and lifestyle regimes to powerful home remedies that live in your pantry, you’ll take home a new insight into living and eating in balance with your body.

For workshop details and ticket sales click here.

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I’ve been seeing Jagdish as a patient for 16 years, and I can honestly say, the insights I’ve gained into my body and general health have COMPLETELY transformed how I live – what I eat, how I practice yoga, what exercise I do.

It all began on one of my first trips to India. Jagdish took my pulse and asked me a lot of questions about my menstrual cycle – did I have heavy periods; were they painful; was I moody just before my period? The list went on.

Even though I had all the symptoms, I answered “no” to all his questions and I remember watching his right eyebrow arch higher each time I replied. He replied, “OK… but you should stop lifting heavy weights, and you should drink cumin water, and……”.

Five months later, back in Australia, after some excrutiatingly painful periods, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Wishing I’d listened a lot more carefully to his prescriptions, I contacted him via email, and this time I listened a whole lot more carefully.

He prescribed me a very specific diet, washed down with a whole lot of improbable sounding habits I should adopt:  never eat in bright sun, never bathe after you eat, massage in coconut oil everyday. Together we developed a daily yoga routine for me. Four months later my symptoms had all but disappeared.

This was where I first felt the power of Ayurveda – a 5,000 year old living tradition of health and healing considered the oldest continuously practiced health care system in the world. It is based on understanding nature’s rhythms to achieve true health. It springs from the same knowledge as yoga – the two are often viewed as sister sciences.

In Ayurveda every individual body is unique, with its own individual pathway to optimum health. Knowing and understanding your individual prakruti is a powerful step to making simple lifestyle adjustments that both enhance, and restore, our energy levels, bringing a greater sense of vitality and contentment to our lives. It has both a preventative and curative approach to health.

Our teachers

Dr. Jagdish Bhutada is a traditional Ayurvedic vaidya (master of medicine) who has practiced andlectured in Ayurveda around the world for over 20 years. He runs a successful clinic in Mumbai and oversees the Ayurvedic department of Kaivalyadhama, India’s oldest yoga centre. His skill in diagnosis of health via the pulse is unsurpassed.

 

 

Surbhi Bhutada will co-present the workshop drawing on a lifetime’s knowledge of Ayurvedic food.She is a master Ayurvedic cook and has travelled extensively outside of India sharing her inspiring authentic recipes and glimpses into a traditional Indian way of life. She is a lawyer by profession, and her food is not to be missed.

 

Workshop details

When: May 18th, 9am – 3pm

Where: Blue Labyrinth Bush Retreat, Woodford

Cost: $145. Tickets can be purchased here.

Throughout our day Dr Bhutada will lead a variety of discussions on Ayurveda and how to apply it in our daily lives. Break-out sessions will provide the opportunity to have your individual constitution diagnosed and cooking demonstrations to learn the preparation of Ayurvedic foods, and the importance and use of spices.

At lunchtime we’ll sit down together for a traditional and wholesome Ayurvedic meal. During the lunch break you can choose to take a meditative walk in one of the on-site labyrinths, or simply relax in the bush setting.

 

Special Opportunity

After the workshop Dr Bhutada will also be available for personal health consultations. These consultations provide time for greater depth of knowledge about your prakruti, specific health and dietary advice.

To book in for a private consultation you do not need to attend the workshop. The cost for a 15 minute consultation is $40. There are only eight two appointments currently available, so contact me as soon as possible to secure your place.

1 Comment

  1. Felicia Jagoe

    April 29, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks for the opportunity- I would love to book in for an Ayurvedic consultation (unfortunately I won’t be able to come for the whole day even though I’d love to). Can you please book me in for the 3.45pm on the 18th of May or whatever is available and suits.
    Thanks a lot Helen,
    Felicia

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