Dave Dobson: Tools for Transformation
Most of us operate on autopilot, while hoping to achieve that we will achieve the change that has been eluding us. The truth is, if we aren’t getting what we want out of life, be that personal health, a rewarding job, or meaningful relationships, then something has to change.
This two part workshop will focus on getting the basics sorted out: firstly finding and maintaining personal balance and getting onto our path in life; secondly eating right, so that our bodies are healthy and are minds are clear enough to be able to see opportunities and make the decisions we need to make in order to move forward and manifest our dreams.
The focus of the workshop will be contemporary and practical, with a view to participants being able to immediately start toimplement simple adjustments to their lives that support positive outcomes and personal growth.
Ayurveda: Finding and Maintaining Personal Balance
March 19, 13:00-16:00 & 16:30-19:00
March 20, 13:00-16:00 & 16:30-19:00
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “the science of life”. While it originated in India thousands of years ago, it offers valuable insights and tools to help us find and maintain health and harmony on a personal as well as collective level in today’s challenging world.
This two day session will introduce and apply Ayurvedic principles to help participants understand and work with their own unique constitution, so that they can find and maintain personal balance and well-being on physical, mental and emotional levels.
Understanding your personal constitution is extremely useful in helping understand yourself, as well as others, on a much deeper level. It helps us understand our tendencies, both physiological and psychological, and what will take us out of balance and bring us back into balance at any given point in time. This can be applied not only to achieve and maintain personal health and well-being, but also to enrich our lives and relationships on all levels.
Topics for this module will include:
- Foundation principles of Ayurveda: the Five Elements, the Three Doshas, and the Twenty Attributes.
- Prakruti: Defining and recognizing the different constitutional types and subtypes.
- Finding your personal constitution.
- Understanding the health challenges of each constitution.
- Understanding the emotional tendencies and personalities of the different constitutions, including stress responses.
- Recognizing the early signs of imbalance.
- Guidelines for restoring and keeping balance to the mind and body.
- Food and taste in relation to the different constitutions.
- Exploring the relationship between food and awareness.
- Exercise and lifestyle considerations, including personalizing your yoga practice to suit your constitution and current state of health.
Diet & Nutrition: Health and Well-being
March 21, 13:30-16:00 & 16:30-19:00
Eating right can be tricky when leading busy lives in such a convenience orientated processed modern world. However if we understand the basics, as well as what works for each of us on an individual level, we can eat well and have fun with our food, without it becoming a stressful or socially isolating issue.
This module will explore diet as a vehicle to improving personal health and awareness. Dave will look at food from a modern Western nutritional perspective, while incorporating the holistic energetic dimension to diet offered by Ayurveda and other Eastern traditions, as discussed in the previous module.
Topics for this module will include:
- Busting food myths.
- Exploring different diets.
- Food and it’s relationship to emotions and energy levels (including working with energy drop outs).
- Making good choices: what to eliminate, what to include, and replacing negative foods with positive options.
- Raw food – what to be careful of and how to get the most out of it.
- Super foods.
- Improving digestion.
- The importance of acid and alkaline balance.
- Food combining and how to adjust it to your personal situation.
- Food allergies, including gluten intolerance.
- Fasting and purification.
- Weight loss and weight gain.
- Making transitions and having fun along the way.