- June 24, 2016
- 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ayurveda provides an understanding of mental health based on how the human mind works. There are three constituent energy states (gunas) used in Ayurvedic practice. This workshop explores how these gunas influence one's mood, outlook, and activity level. Participants also learn about five states of mind and how they contribute to mental balance/imbalance as well as how food affects the gunas, in addition to the importance of practice and non-attachment.
This approach to psychology is valuable because it allows for a paradigm shift away from the disease model and toward a model for achieving and sustaining mental health. However, this approach does not deny mental health issues or the need for treatment, but describes the underlying dynamics of the human mind. It provides a map of the mind that allows us to let go of labels that sometimes pigeon hole individuals into cases to be treated, rather than opening a pathway to working with the mind in its natural state.
Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur, the 2016 Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award honoree, is a distinguished Vedic Scholar and custodian of an eminent Vedic lineage from Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India. She is Founder and Spiritual Director of Vedika Global, Inc., a foundation supporting a school of Ayurveda and the Vedic Sciences of Yoga and Vedanta.. As President of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine, she leads the statewide Ayurveda agenda. Acharya is also co-chair of the Ayurveda International Delegates Assembly, a 40-country consortium promoting Ayurveda globally. She has received numerous awards, including from the Indian Institute of Medicine (2010), from the Ayurvedic Association of Practitioners of North America (2010), and the Global Women Power Award (2015). Her upcoming book on Ayurveda Lifestyle Medicine will be published in the spring of 2017. She teaches year-round and lectures internationally, including at UCLA, UCSF and Stanford University and at India-based institutes of Vedic education.