Ayurveda at Home

With the change of Kapha season into Pitta (cool and damp to hot and moist), which happens earlier here in SW Florida than locales north, it is a great time for cleansing.  


Ayurvedic Massage Treat yourself to a healing therapeutic massage specifically for balancing your Doshas, a Swedana steam therapy or a Joyful Signature facial with our amazing Eminence products to brighten and rejuvenate your skin and lift your spirits. This facial includes the “Hungarian Facelift” massage created by and for Eminence Spas. Also offering Eyelash & eyebrow tinting, eyelash perming, Eminence bioactive peels, epilation and a myriad of custom aesthetic treatments are available to balance your Doshas and facilitate your own renewal as you align with Mother Earth.


Last, but not least, is our amazing Shirodhara Head Massage. In Shiro Ayurvedic Medicine, it is considered an important tool in the pursuit of higher states of consciousness. Shirodhara has been traditionally shown to help with fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, some mental disorders, headache, excessive thinking, nervousness, and many other conditions commonly affecting persons in today’s active lifestyle.


Regular Shirodhara enhances circulation to the brain, improves memory, nourishes hair and scalp, assists in providing sound sleep and calms the body and mind. It can be added to any facial or massage to create a package designed to meet your personal needs.

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What is Ayurveda? (eye-yur-vay-duh)

Ayurveda is India’s 5,000 year old “Science of Life.” It is the art of  living in harmony with nature, and it explains the nature of everything in the universe. When we learn about Ayurveda, we learn about ourselves, how we “tick,” and how we can be our healthiest and happiest at all times.

Ayurveda teaches us to live life in balance. And it helps us to find exactly what that balance is for each one of us. Since we are all different, body, mind and emotions, we learn individual strategies
for diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Since health is more than the physical — it is also mental, emotional and spiritual — Ayurveda can be used to help us create and maintain not only healthy bodies, but also healthy relationships. It can help us to better understand and be more empathetic to ourselves and the people in our lives. We can work with our natural strengths to help balance each other out. We can stop trying to “change” others to fit our needs, and instead accept a person’s characteristics as a part of their wholeness and honor who they are.

Ayurvedic principles can be applied to our work and career, to help us find and live our dharma. They can help us with our family lives, in parenting and to help resolve conflicts. Ayurveda is a lifestyle that shows us how to take care of ourselves in a simple, practical and loving way. An Ayurvedic looks to the mindbody for what it needs for balance, self healing, homeostasis.

Why have we not heard much about it until introduced by Dr. Deepak Chopra (and a handful of others) in the early 90’s? Simple. It was banned by the British Government in 1833! We are so grateful to be aware of this vast wealth of information to allow us to gain more control of our health and wellbeing.

If you would like to learn more and get specific recommendations for your health challenge, please schedule a private consultation with one of our Ayurvedic Practitioners. Ayurveda 101 is offered twice per year at the studio. Also check out my favorite book on Ayurveda, Perfect Health by Dr. Deepak Chopra. It is available for loan in our library and for sale in the Boutique.

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Ayurveda at Home

Welcome Spring and Kapha season. Living here in Bonita Springs is like living in perpetual spring/summer. I am so loving my life and feeling grateful for all my blessings, most especially the weather. Watching the weather in areas north and having a couple days of overcast skies creates the greatest contrast to fully appreciate it.
As the seasons change from winter to spring, take care to stay in balance, especially if your dominant dosha is Kapha. (Think of your dominant dosha as your weak point.  If you already have an excess of something and pile on more, it naturally creates an imbalance.)

Kapha dosha is like earth and water together, and is heavy, cool and moist like the weather up north. 

This is not our typical daily weather here in SW Florida. Even so, imbalances can still occur and common conditions can be aggravated in this time. (Don’t know your dominant dosha? Go to joyfulyoga.com and take the quiz.) 
When our Kapha dosha is out of balance, it can manifest as colds, sinus congestion, weight gain, allergies, sluggishness, lethargy, depression and a lack of motivation. Here are some suggestions for balancing Kapha: 

  • Make choices that are warm, light, energizing, and purifying.
  • Follow a regular daily routine; avoid taking naps during the day.  
  • Favor lighter, drier foods with pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.  
  • Add raw local honey to your diet as a sweetener and tonic.  
  • Exercise every day: Vinyasa Yoga, brisk walking, running, bicycling, swimming, aerobics.  
  • Surround yourself with warm and bright colors, such as yellow, orange, purple and red. Add stimulating fragrances to your environment too. 
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Great things happening in March

Joyful Satsang with Joy
Saturday, March 1st: 12 – 1 PM
Sit together in truth. Share, listen, strengthen community.   Meetings do not include asana and are donation-based.

Create Transformation thru Yoga with Anna

Saturday, March 1st: 2 – 5 PM

Anna Withrow will lead this fun, exploratory workshop using discussion, asana, and other activities to help you create your best life this year. $30


Kundalini Yoga & Meditation with Margaret

Friday, March 7th: 6:30 – 8 PM

Kundalini Yoga incorporates breath work (pranayam), exercise sequences (kriyas) mantras, mudras and meditation. In combination, these work together to help clear the subconscious mind of negative thoughts and patterns of thinking. $20 drop-in or regular class packs accepted.


Prenatal Yoga Workshop with Chelsea

Friday, March 7th: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Learn how specific yoga asanas can help to provide optimum health to the mother and baby, as well as alleviate pain and other unpleasant symptoms associated with pregnancy. Participate in a sample Prenatal Yoga class and learn how to structure your own prenatal yoga class. $20. Prerequisite: Completion of JY 200-hr YTT


Kirtan with Missy

Friday, March 14th: 7 – 8:30 PM 

Please join us as we raise our vibrations together to cultivate loving community and enthusiasm for life! No experience necessary, just an open mind and a willing heart. $15 suggested donation.


Vinyl Vinyasa with James & Heather  

Friday, March 21th: 6:30 – 8 PM  

A fun, sweaty flowing class, with a DJ mixing and blending tunes on vinyl records. Use your regular or unlimited class packages.


Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Susan

Friday, March 28th: 6:30 – 8 PM 

Allow your cells to naturally attune to the meditative, balancing, and healing powers of sound vibration. $20, advance registration suggested.

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Primordial Sound Mantra Meditation and Our Free Intro to Meditation Classes

Okay, fellow yogis and yoginis, here is the link to one of the two major studies done and published in November 2010. This one was done at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard) and explains how meditation alters and rewires the brain. Read it and be amazed! http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-improves-connections-in-the-brain-201104082253.

The next Primordial Sound Meditation Instruction is April 5th and 6th. March is already full! At your request, we have consolidated the workshop into two days!

Primordial Sound Meditation, as taught by the Chopra Center for Well Being, is the gold standard of meditation techniques. As one of one of 1100 instructors worldwide, I am honored to be teaching this amazing mantra meditation technique! As a meditator since 1976, I have tried every style available and know from experience that this is the best of techniques.


For most, meditation is the missing component in their Yoga practice. Formal instruction is not necessary to meditate, but if you’ve been struggling to establish a practice or would like to revive one that has slipped away, it will definitely help. Studies have shown that only 3% of people who begin to meditate are practicing after 5 years and 75% who receive formal instruction and ritualize it are consistently practicing after 5 years.  


If you would like more information or would like to learn to meditate please join us the first Friday evening each month for Intro to Meditation. From 4 – 4:30 PM, we will offer information and instruction in a simple mantra meditation. This is followed at 4:30 by 20 minutes in silent meditation. Come for the instruction or just the meditation. All are welcome. Join your Yoga community in “the gap” and reap the rewards of meditating among like minds! 

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Reimbursement for Yoga Classes

Schedule Changes
We are no longer holding Rock Your Asana on Friday nights. It will  continue to be held on Thursday and Sunday evenings, so join you can continue to get your Yoga Groove on then!
Joyce Sharp is teaching the 6PM Wednesday Yoga Basics class.
Stacy Laufer is teaching the 6:30PM Thursday Restorative Yoga class.
Joy Volkan’s Joyful Satsang is held on the 1st Saturday of each month.
Marti Dowman’s Gentle Yoga class (applies to Saturday classes) only will be held on March 1, 15 and 29 due to Teacher Training conflicts on the other weeks.

Please consult our online schedule at JoyfulYoga.com or at MindBodyOnline.com for our most current class schedule!

Reimbursement for your Yoga classes and Meditation Instruction? According to CNN, Medicare is now reimbursing for Yoga and meditation for heart disease patients! This is such exciting news! The world is evolving nicely as we see the Health Insurance industry embrace and acknowledge Yoga as a viable, quantifiable healing modality to keep the body in a better state of health.

As a former insurance broker, I am grateful to Drs. Chopra, Ornish, Weil, Frawley and Ladd for their diligence in this matter. Insurance companies know that a regular practice of Yoga and meditation reduces hospital admissions by a whopping 73%!

Check with your insurance company to see if they may offer reimbursement. If not, maybe a letter or call could encourage them to participate.


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Joyful Satsang with Susan                        
Saturday, February 1st: 12 – 1 PM
Sit together in truth. Share, listen, strengthen community.   Meetings do not include asana and are donation-based.

Anatomy, Physiology & Asana with Aleen       
February 7 – 9: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Deepen your understanding of the body in motion with a weekend of Anatomy and Physiology for Yoga Instructors with Aleen Dailey, MS, ERYT200, CES. Aleen makes the material incredibly accessible with easy to understand descriptions, hands-on inquiries and other experiential techniques. $140, 12 CEU’s available 

Kirtan with Missy Balsam    missy harmonium                            
Friday, February 7th: 7 – 8:30 PM
Please join us as we raise our vibrations together to cultivate loving community and enthusiasm for life! No experience necessary, just an open mind and a willing heart. $15 suggested donation.  

Breathing to Free the Heart & Lungs      
Sunday, February 16th: 2 – 4:30 PM
Join Nancy Nevison for an informative afternoon learning breath anatomy, identifying common breath holding patterns and experiencing restorative breathing poses designed to create more room in the rib cage. All poses are done lying or seated and with the support of a blanket or bolster. Especially beneficial for those with anxiety or breathing issues like asthma or COPD, cardiovascular disease or anyone wanting to experience a more efficient breath. $49, incl. pre-workshop consultation with Nancy 

Vinyl Vinyasa with James & Emily       Vinyl Vinyasa     
Friday, February 21th: 6:30 – 8 PM
A fun, sweaty flowing class, with a DJ mixing and blending tunes on vinyl records. Use your regular or unlimited class packages. 

Ayurveda 101 with Tess                               
Sunday, February 23rd: 1 – 6 PM
Learn the basics of Ayurveda and how to use them to manage your weight and health. Pre: $65 / Door: $75 

Crystal Bowl Sound Bath with Susan Lovett     
Friday, February 28th: 6:30 – 8 PM
Allow your cells to naturally attune to the meditative,  balancing, and healing powers of sound vibration. $20, advance registration suggested

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