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Ayurveda Fundamentals and Relevance in the Modern World

Ayurveda, a 5,000-year old tradition of health and wisdom from India promotes health through living in harmony with the laws of nature.

Learn how Ayurvedic principles can improve your health issues and help you live in abiding joy. Expand your knowledge and experience of Ayurveda and learn to live simply, more joyfully and with less stress.

Come to absorb information, ask questions, and meet others like you who are already benefiting from embracing Ayurveda in their own life.

Open to the public. This class is great for beginners. Read what people are saying below.

Cost: $45 – delicious Ayurvedic lunch included from 12:30 - 1pm.

This presentation and conversation  will explore:

  • Natural rhythms of the day and seasons that affect our health
  • What it means to live in harmony with the natural world
  • How emotions affect our digestion
  • How spirituality plays an essential role in defining our health


10:00 - 11:45am: Ayurveda Fundamentals with Shankari Kate Sadowsky

11:45am - 12:30pm: Relevance of Ayurveda in the Modern World and Education at Vedika with Vedika's Founder and Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur

12:30 - 1pm: Freshly cooked ayurvedic lunch

To sign up, please register & prepay via Brown Paper Tickets:

You are welcome to stay for our "Meet and Greet" with Vedika's Founder and Acharya (Head Teacher) Shunya Mathur from 1-2pm to learn more about ayurvedic education at Vedika, and then the by-donation community sangha from 2-5pm and vegetarian potluck from 5-6pm. If you are also coming to the Sangha, please RSVP separately for that meetup so we are sure to have enough food for our cooking demo (and tasty samples!).

More about Fundamentals:

The Fundamentals class is an excellent introduction to ayurveda for complete beginners, and also a very good class for those who have been students of ayurveda for some time. It covers many of the key principles of ayurveda, such as dosha, dhatu, prakruti and agni, but is taught using plain English and using relevant modern-day examples. The format of the class was very digestible, and past participants have reported feeling nourished on many levels, with the ancient wisdom of ayurveda elevating their mind and the delicious ayurvedic lunch nourishing their body.

Shankari discusses how ayurveda is built on the principles of nature, starting with the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether), and how we have all five elements in our bodies. She elucidates how ayurveda can improve all aspects of our being, including the functioning of our body, mind, senses and soul. Ayurveda can treat not only the symptoms of any disease but also the root causes of the disease.

Shankari is a serene, insightful and heartful teacher with a great sense of humor. She has a gift for making the vast science of ayurveda easy-to-grasp for the beginner while also providing many “gems” for more “seasoned” ayurveda students.

For example, here is one of the many gems which she shared in a previous class: “In the ayurvedic tradition, the human being is viewed as a whole entity with four inter-related
parts: body, senses, mind and soul, which are never addressed in isolation, nor
is one ever treated at a cost to the others.”

Here is what some past participants are saying:

“The Ayurveda Fundamentals class is appropriate and meaningful for both the curious Ayurvedic newcomer as well as one who has been studying this great science for years. Shankari provides an excellent and organized overview of the fundamental principles of Ayurveda while weaving in tangible, modern-day examples. It is no small task to deliver such a thorough (and digestible!) synopsis in just a few hours, all the while moving at a sweet
and comfortable pace, pausing for reflection and sharing, allowing the majesty of this great knowledge to shine through.”
- 2nd Year Vedika Student

“Great class! Shankari reveals the essence of this knowledge in a beautiful and easily
understandable manner.”
- Jude

“The Fundamentals of Ayurveda class was a beautiful and thorough introduction to the
many dimensions of healing possible through the ancient Indian art and science of Ayurveda. It is taught by a wonderful senior student and Ayurveda practitioner in a clear, poignant, organized, inspiring, and informative way. I highly recommend this class to anyone wishing to explore Ayurveda more in-depth, and even for those who are already quite familiar with the subject.” - Ripa

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I missed the first hour last month so I was there early this time for a second go round. Enjoyed every second. It is so simple. The most difficult part is letting go of western medicine and trusting the sages' wisdom. Got ghee? Jai ma!

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i can only afford to attend free events, sf is home and i depend on public transp.

    July 22, 2013

    • Sreedev M.

      Hi Lynnie, No problem. The good news is Vedika offers many free or by-donation classes, as well as a free ayurveda clinic. And regarding transit, yes, accessible via BART and the free Emeryville go-round shuttle at MacArthur BART. Blessings

      1 · September 22, 2013

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