AYS 3 – Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions in Tacoma, WA

Join Lisa and SKY Yoga in Tacoma for Ayurveda Yoga Specialist session 3, Improving Our Digestion of Foods, Thoughts, and Actions. Lisa is Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist instructor, under Kathryn Templeton and representing her program and the lineage of the Himalayan Institute. The entire certification program is 4 sessions, yet signing up for this single session is encouraged.

In this session:
We’ll look closely at factors affecting digestion and assimilation in the body and the mind and
practices to regulate our physical, mental, and spiritual digestive fires (agnis).

Upon completion of AYS 3, you will be able to put the following concepts into practice:

  • Using the 6 tastes to create a proper diet

  • Use internal and external practices to regulate agni or digestive fire

  • Develop clinical awareness of asana, pranayama, meditation and diet/lifestyle as it relates to digestion and assimilation.

  • Make ghee, kitchari, seasonal veggies, churnas, and medicinal teas essential to Ayurvedic practices.


Ayurveda 101: Introducing the five elemental theories for daily support

This workshop has a ton of personal benefit to properly incorporate Ayurvedic practices into life. Each person has a unique blend of the 5 elements. Develop a more stable sense of harmony, self-compassion and just flat out feel better as correlations to diet and lifestyle meld with physical and mental wellbeing. Harness stability and resilience despite change, whether the change is subtle or dramatic.

Let’s intertwine the relation of dosha to the self, and to the world around us. Evaluate lifestyle and nutrition choices as related to microcosm and macrocosm of tridosha and five element theory.

“Like a painter sees both subtle and dramatic tones, shade and light variations in a blue ocean, an Ayurvedist ‘sees’ qualities of things and life through lens of their eyes, the smell through the nose, the sound in the ear, the touch on skin and …” This skill allows an Ayurvedist to incorporate practices most beneficial and suited for the self.

Materials needed: notebook, as desired. Yoga mat/attire not necessary.

Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse

Seasonal cleansing is a practice Ayurveda holds in high importance. Namely, spring cleanse is the biggest cleanse of the year. This is our time to evaluate and remove old habits, toxins and stagnation in mind and body. We are left feeling lighter, brighter and more adaptable to change and growth. Basically, spring cleanse removes the sticky inertia from life, leaving yoga and Ayurveda practices for self-compassion and inherent nature to shine.

The weekend workshop can be taken as individual days but it’s suggested to participate in both sessions.

Includes Lisa’s printed manual or e-booklet.


-Understand characteristics of each element and how they create vata, pitta, and kapha dosha.

-We’ll review how these doshas show up in life and the ways they constantly change.

-Learn about how habits hold us out of balance, and develop practices to support your spring cleanse

-We’ll cook and eat kitchari, talk about the 6 tastes

-Develop self-care rituals, called Dinacharya


Session I – Saturday, April 2, 11:00am-3:00pm. Bring a snack for 30 minute break.

  • What is an Ayurvedic Cleanse, and why is it important?
  • Explanation of the Ayurvedic Clock
  • Pranayama Practice
  • What about elements and Vata, Pitta, Kapha?
  • Clean Out the Closets: Preparing the mind and body for cleanse


Session II – Sunday, April 3; 12:30pm-3:30pm. We will cook and eat together today. All those materials will be provided.

  • Food and beverage to support cleanse. Cook and eat!
  • Change cravings to bring us to balance. Exploring the 6 tastes
  • Learn practices to support spring cleanse and beyond
  • Putting it all together – Outline of cleanse week/review of the shopping list and recipes


Weekend workshop participants receive tea of coriander, cumin and fennel and a spice packet to use with cooking. Weekend workshop $130. Book a daily session for $65.

Registration at the link below. All Spring cleanse participants are invited attend Lisa’s 9AM TYB Newport class on Tuesday April 12 and 19 at no extra charge, to explore yoga for supporting cleanse time. Sign up and also receive a gift of CCF tea and churna mix to use at home!

This workshop is a two day event, but not an overnight event!

Ayurveda Asana for the Season

Join 2 hours of asana, pranayama and meditation with the intention of bursting from our winter cocoons to sprout into the fullest potential of things to come…

Shifting characteristics in nature articulate a new season. Spring! Ayurveda calls this Kapha season within the science’s tri-season approach to viewing the yearly calendar.

Kapha is cold and wet, among other characteristics Nature presents. Our practice warms with ujjayi breath, strong standing sequence, twisting and plenty of relaxing time, too.

Time you spend on the yoga mat is your medicine. Adapting asana practice to the seasonal characteristics is a powerful tool for your individual inherent nature to live more in balance with Mother Nature.

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