addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwchatcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-crosscrosseditemptyheartfacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgoogleimagesinstagramlinklocation-pinmagnifying-glassmailminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1outlookpersonplusprice-ribbonImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruseryahoo

May Sangha: Summer Beauty and the Bees

In the special by-donation community Sangha, entitled "Summer Beauty and the Bees," you will learn to:

·  Stay balanced in Summer with Ayurvedic seasonal recommendations

·  Explore beekeeping and the benefits of honey in Ayurveda. Enjoy a honey tasting bar and glimpse the internal working of the bees’ home via a small glass observation hive.

·  Skin care demo using honey and other kitchen garden elixirs

·  Cooking demo of a simple-to-prepare and delicious Summer Ayurvedic recipe

2 pm to 5 pm – Teachings, Q & A, plus Seasonal Ayurvedic Cooking Demo
5 pm to 6 pm – Vegetarian Potluck*

* No meat, fish or eggs. Dairy okay.

* A vegetarian potluck dish (5 pm to 6 pm) and/or flowers to add beauty to the space :)
* Friends and/or family

* Manageable children are okay, but must be under adult supervision at all times

Cost: By-donation, suggested donation is $10. All proceeds go to expanding our future sanghas, charitable events, and/or charitable organizations chosen by Vedika Global.

The Sangha is both practical and sublime, incorporating practical health promoting and disease preventing measures from Ayurveda along with applied knowledge from the allied traditions of Yoga and Vedanta to help transform the body, mind and soul.

You will leave empowered with health-promoting knowledge and personal insights you can readily apply, and easy seasonal recipes using Ayurveda's super foods and digestive spices.


Hema Patankar is the founding President and a Director of Vedika Global and a
certified Ayurveda Clinical Specialist practicing in Vedika Global's Resident
Clinic. She has a lifetime of immersion in Indian philosophy and music.

Her teaching on Ancient Vedic Poetry and Songs of the Bee will include:

•  Stories and poetry of the Vedic sages about
bees and honey

•  Wisdom from these stories which give insight
into the health benefits of honey that we can experience today for body, mind
and spirit.

• Inspiring reflections and songs from the Vedic tradition that inform our use of
honey in home remedies and in Ayurvedic practice, reminding us that honey is
not a commodity but something infused with divine qualities.

In India, Hema Patankar played a key role in organizing many Vedic rituals and yajnas. She studied the songs of the poet-saints of India in the Gurukula style with traditional musicians and devotional singers, recited Sanskrit hymns daily, consulted and studied one on one with traditional pundits and with scholars from around the world, in addition to active, high profile seva in executive management in India and the US.

Tracy Cunningham is a Vedika Global certified Ayurveda Health Counselor and a clinical practitioner at Vedika Global’s Wellness Clinic. Please join Tracy as she explains the Ayurvedic uses of honey and takes you on an experiential journey of all the steps the bee has taken to bring just one simple teaspoon to your homes. She explains the beauty of the honeybee, hoping that you too will fall in love with this beautiful creature as much as she has. A live observation hive will be present for viewing, along with a honey-tasting bar.

Tracy is a 6-year beekeeper and has kept current through her classes and mentorships with the San Francisco Beekeepers Association and with Alan Hawkins at the Green Gulch Garden, San Francisco Zen Center.

As Coordinator of Vedika’s Sunday Ayurveda Sangha in the last 3 years, Tracy has been contributing seva to the Bay Area Community by helping disseminate Ayurvedic Wisdom.

Shreya (Readette A. Svoboda) has completed a five-year academic training and two-year advanced clinical internship in Ayurveda Clinical Medicine and Public Health at Vedika Global. Shreya has had life-long instruction on mind, body, spirit integration, and on the importance of food as medicine. Her previous education includes three years of focused mentoring in Western psychology conflict resolution, based on the core values of trust, honesty, and respect. Vedika Global has been the culminating factor in her studies. Shreya
has two daughters and runs a private practice in Sebastopol, California.

Join Shreya in exploring hidden wisdom from the “Bein” (beehive) and a wonderfully appropriate Pranayama (breathing exercise) from the science of Yoga that is named after the bee and imitates the calming humming of bees. It rejuvenates both the body and mind and is a powerful tool against anxiety and depression. Shreya will also teach cleansing and healing beauty mask appropriate to the summer season.

Teresa Steininger, PhD is a second year student at Vedika Global. She came to study Ayurveda with her background in Neurobiology.  She had been an academic research scientist and most recently was a clinical scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. Teresa will share Ayurveda’s wisdom on maintaining healthy balance in body and mind as the season changes from Spring to Summer. She will share lifestyle and food recommendations, including summer-appropriate spices, foods, and daily regimen to balance the growing heat and dryness in the environment.

Come learn about Ayurveda’s uplifting science and spirituality, transformative lifestyle and healing foods and flavors. Please join us for our Sunday Sangha.

A note about RSVPs: If you RSVP "yes" and your plans later change, please adjust your RSVP on the site. This helps us plan how much food to prepare for the cooking demos (everybody gets tasty samples!) Thank you.


What's it like? For a glimpse into past Sanghas, please visit Vedika's YouTube site:

Can't make this one? Check our calendar of upcoming events


Tracy Cunningham

In service of Ayurveda,
Tracy Cunningham
Sangha Coordinator, Student – Vedika Global

Join or login to comment.

  • Tracy C.

    The +20 guests attending are students of Vedika Global.

    January 20, 2014

30 went

Our Sponsors

  • Vedika Global

    Vedika Global offers the wisdom of Ayurveda to the SF Bay Area community

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy