Over 5 immersive weeks, we’ll explore what we’re made of andhow to balance our being through the lens of the Pancha Maha bhutas, or the 5great elements.
What we see outside of ourselves is also inside of us; it is us.
All living creatures are interconnected, and the elements inherently connect to us all…the dirt and the microscopic life there, the quenching water, the illuminating and warming fire, the air that sustains us, and the context and atmosphere that holds us all.
Over these five weeks, we’ll consider the microcosm as the macrocosm and back again. The system of the 5 Elements support us in understanding our tendencies and the ways we get pulled out of balance.
The system of the five elements emerges from Ayurveda or“life knowledge.” We’ll spend a week on each element, with live sessions by Dr.Sujatha Kekada, an Ayurvedic doctor with a center in Ubud, Bali, that explore the elements in context.
· The pathway to the elements
· The systems of the elements
· Practice as a means to balance
· Our connection to the earth
· Basic principles of Ayurveda
Earth | Prithvi | solid, bones, our body
Water | Apas | cohesion, flow, inner connectivity
Fire | Agni | activation, will, illumination, digestion
Air | Vayu | life force, mobility, exchange
Ether | Akasha | context, what holds it all
These 5 elements are a source of remembering, authenticity and remembering the wider view.
Janet’s studentship began at 17 under the meditation teachings of Prem Rawat. His reverence for simplicity and finding joy in the rise and fall of life live on in her practice and teaching today. In 1996, she traveled to India, the birthplace of her grandfather, and became dedicated to the path of yoga. Janet blends the alchemy of her own practice with decades of studentship. She aspires not to teach but to allow the practice to emanate from her, letting awareness blend with movement and breath. Based in Bali and San Francisco, she leads immersions, retreats, workshops and more.
Dr. Sujatha Kekada is the Head Physician and Co-Founder of AmrtaSiddhi. She is a certified Ayurvedic Doctor (B.A.M.S) with a degree from Rajiv Gandhi University, Karnataka, India.
Dr. Kekada’s profound understanding of Ayurvedic Medicine and her deep love for plants is the basis for her exceptional ability to diagnose the root causes of diseases and to find effective remedies.
Combining intuition and compassion with bright intelligence and a rock-solid pragmatism, she is able to effectively guide people truly individually – just as the spirit of Ayurveda demands.