Nevada County is internationally renowned for its Ayurvedic offerings

Some people travel across the globe to visit an ashram or learn Ayurvedic healing, but there is no need to fly to India when everything you need is right here in Nevada County. Whether you want to get an Ayurvedic consultation or massage, spend a week at an Ashram to recover from the hectic day to day grind of the city, or devote yourself to a complete education in Ayurveda, you can do it all in Nevada County.

 What is Ayurveda?

Shirodhara, a soothing, steady stream of herbal oil poured on to the forehead directly over the third eye, calming and purifying the mind.

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and the oldest system of healthcare in the world. A system of both preventative and curative medicine, it has been practiced for at least 5000 years and perhaps as long as 10,000 years.

The reigning philosophy behind Ayurveda is that in its natural state, the human body is healthy, at peace, and free from disease. To attain this state, the less we interfere with the natural processes of our bodies and live in harmony, the better to achieve our optimum health. The Ayurvedic perspective is that disease is caused by disharmony that occurs when one is out of tune with the environment or other people; be it physical, spiritual, mental or emotional, disharmony is the root of all ailments.

California College of Ayurveda

A very special puja (ritual) performed by Swami Vashistananda, a Vedic Priest from the Namboodiri lineage in Kerala (Southern India) to celebrate the 20th anniversary of California College of Ayurveda.

Nestled into the Seven Hills District of Nevada City is the premier Ayurvedic training center in the nation. Founded in 1995 by Dr. Marc Halpern, the California College of Ayurveda was the first school to gain government approval and provide formal education in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine outside of India. The college and its founder are considered pioneers of Ayurveda in the west. The school boasts students from around the world who come to train in the ancient healing art.

The Healthcare center at the California College of Ayurveda is one of the most renowned centers for Ayurvedic medicine in the world. There, you can receive complete Ayurvedic health care from a C.A.S. who was trained at the college, or you can opt to have your consultation and care done from an intern who has completed their academic training and is now getting hands-on experience, much like an intern in the Western medical field.

Dr. Marc Halpbern honors one of the graduates of the California College of Ayurveda. Photo courtesy of CCA

Whether you choose a Graduate Staff Practitioner or an intern, your practitioner will work with you to determine the best route to getting you back into harmony. Different tools in the Ayurvedic tool kit, such as herbs, dietary guidelines, yoga, oils, massage, and much more will be recommended to do so.

Because the main tenant of Ayurveda is to create harmony within oneself, a critical part of treatment for most people includes hands on healing treatments such as massage, essential oil applications, herbal steam treatments, and more.

The most popular treatment at the spa is the Bliss Therapy, a three-hour, three-stage journey inward that leaves you fully refreshed and truly in complete bliss long after you depart.

Whether you want to come for a spa treatment or a full week long (or longer) Ayurvedic healing experience, The California College of Ayurveda is happy to help you on your journey to wellness.

Click HERE to learn more about treatments and events at California College of Ayurveda.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm

All levels of practitioners are welcome at Sivananda Yoga Farm. Photo courtesy of Sivananda Yoga Farm.

Established by Swami Vishnudevananda in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills since 1971, 120 miles outside San Francisco, CA, the Sivananda Yoga Farm is a peaceful oasis where people from all over the world come together to practice yoga, meditation and rediscover their true self.

Open to guests year round, the Yoga Farm welcomes people from around the world and provides a peaceful setting in which to find a way back to a holistic lifestyle in harmony with nature. Additionally, guests testify to the effect of a sense of stress relief and moreover they feel an improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. You can join for a day, a week, or longer.

The ashram is the ideal place to come relax, rejuvenate and detoxify from your daily life. They will be holding an Ayurvedic Massage Rejuvination weekend October 5-7, and again on October 26-28, which provides an opportunity to receive guidance and nurturing from specialists trained in the ancient healing science of Ayurveda. Participants will practice Yoga asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing) and meditation twice daily and attend a one hour workshop (included in the retreat fee) on both Saturday and Sunday. You can also opt for body treatments and consultations, these incur an additional fee and appointments are needed as there are a limited number of appointments available – please call in advance to book.

Two Ayurvedic Massage Rejuvination retreats will take place at Sivananda in October. Photo courtesy of Sivananda Yoga Farm.

Talks will be given on topics such as: Ayurvedic constitution, Signs of imbalance and balancing therapies, Proper Digestion Guidelines to healthy eating, Ayurvedic lifestyle, seasonal and daily routines.

Daily Schedule
6-8am Satsang: Guided silent meditation practice, chanting and lecture
8-10am Yoga Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
12-1pm Workshop on Ayurvedic Lifestyle & Routines
1-4pm Free Time and Nature walks
4-6pm Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture

Click HERE to learn more about the Ayurvedic Massage Rejuvination Retreat and other events at Shivanada Yoga Farm.