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26 Jan 2014

Balancing the inner Winds through Ayurveda

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The inner winds of our being relate to our mind and can be a reflection of the outer winds of nature revolving in and around us. These elements of nature live deep within our physical, mental and emotional self. According to Ayurveda, if the winds within us get too high, we call it an elevated Vata condition. It is expressed through: anxiousness, fear, dry skin, digestive gases, constipation and lack of sleep. Why the dry? Think about it for example: when the winds blow harder and stronger outside, and you have clothes hanging out to dry, they dry much faster. This is the same for us internally. The more winds that blow outside, the more dried up we become inside. As a result, our minds can feel more agitated, and we can get spacey and feel ungrounded.

Sound familiar living on Maui? What can Ayurveda do to balance these winds inside of us? Apply more oil to your head and body. The best oil that will deeply penetrate is sesame oil for the cold months and coconut oil for the hot summer days. The heavy quality of these oils will help to ground you, and as a result, calm your nervous system. Applying nasya oil is particularly beneficial since the nose is the seat of prana, the bridge that links breath from mind to body. By applying oil into the nose, this calms the mind, opens the senses, esp. the sinuses, and assists with allergens. It protects us from toxins. Therefore applying oil to the head, nose and body can protect us from free radicals we breathe in on a daily basis and create a sense of peace within.

Uma Margo Gal, CAP,  is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner since 1987 under Dr. V. Lad and also certified under Dr. S. Joshi & Kalidas University in India. She has a private practice in Ayurvedic Healing on Maui and teaches Yoga/Ayurvedic Sciences internationally. Call her at 808-250-716, e-mail amritamarg@gmail.com or visit www.MauiAyurvedicHealing.com.

4 Jul 2012

108 Hour Certification in Ayurvedic Body Therapies and Massage Sept/Oct. on Maui

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We are pleased to announce a new Professional Certification Course in Ayurvedic Body Therapies and Massage taught by Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar, & Margo Uma Gal September 28th to October 28th on Maui.
We are excited to pass this ancient knowledge of Ayurveda on to Licensed Massage Therapists, Students of Massage Therapy and Health Care Professionals. This 108 hour certification course will introduce specific ways of looking at the body from an Ayurvedic perspective. It is a great honor to have Dr. Suhas and Dr. Manisha come from California to share their great wisdom of Ayurveda and Body Therapies. I hope you can join us. May all beings benefit!

Who would be interested in taking this certification course?

Licensed Massage Therapists, Health Care Professionals, Ayurvedic Practitioners wanting to experience more hands on body/mind training.

Where & when is this course held?

Dr. Suhas teaches September 28-30 : Friday: 9-6 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 9- 1p.m. (17hrs)
Location: Maui Academy of Healing Arts, 310 Ohukai Rd. # 318 Kihei 96753
Description: Dr. Suhas will introduce basics of Ayurvedic Philosophy. He will also introduce working with the mind/body psychology and how to work with emotions as they surface during Ayurvedic bodywork. An introduction to the subtle body including chakras, and marma points will be introduced as well as description of Ayurvedic Oils. This week-end will prepare students to take the Oct.  course with Margo.

Margo will teach October 2 – 23rd Tues. & Thur. 9-4 p.m. & Friday 9-2 p.m. (73hrs)
Location: Aloha School of Massage : 355 Hukilike St. # 203, Kahului.
Description: The first three weeks of this course will  introduce practical applications of abhyanga warm oil massage, with attention on subtle points. called: Marma Chikitsa. Theory of specific oils and herbs to use externally for specific doshic body types. How to recognize if someone is out of balance and the best treatment and oils to apply. Practicum on Ayurvedic Spa Treatments, and  scalp/head, face marma pts. and sequencing.

Thursday October 25   9-5p.m. All Day Clinic.
Description: On this day, students will bring in clients & patients to work on and apply the practical knowledge they have learned.

Dr. Manisha Kshirsagar teaches  on October 26 – 28 (18 hrs)
Description: This course will end with Dr. Manisha introducing “Beauty from Within” where she will introduce diet, nutrition and simple Ayurvedic Herbs. This will also be a practicum class where we will be using fruits and herbs applied for Ayurvedic Facials.

A certification of completion of 108 hr. training in Ayurvedic Body Therapies and Basics of Ayurvedic Massage will be given.

Tuition Fees

$1,600 for Certification Course is enrolled and paid on or before September 1st, 2012. If paid after September 1st, the tuition will be $1,750. $325 for weekend only.

To Register or request more information

Contact Margo at 808-250-7161 or email amritamarg@gmail.com

25 Apr 2012

Ancient Ayurvedic Face & Scalp Treatment Workshop May 12th 2012

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ayurvedic-face-scalp-treatmentsAyurvedic Treatment workshop

Saturday May 12, 2012

Time: 9am to 4pm
Maui School of Therapeutic Massage (1043 Makawao Ave, upstairs)
Cost: $130 includes all products: herbal hair oils, face oils, essential oils (20% off for massage students)
Credits: 7 hours applied towards credits

To register or for more information call 808-250-7161 or e-mail: amritamarg@gmail.com

23 Apr 2012

Healing the Mind/Heart through Ayurveda

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By Uma Gal

According to ancient Vedic science, the spiritual mind is called “chitta nadi,” the stream of consciousness which flows from the heart. In Buddhism, prostrations are offered to body, speech and mind, purifying one’s karmic defilements. When you bring your hands to your heart, you offer homage to the enlightened mind of the Buddha and purify your own mind obscurations. Thus, the mind is interconnected with the heart.

Throughout the years, I have personally observed that working with the mind/heart through Ayurveda and Pancha Karma (purification cleansing methods) balance other systems of the body: physical, mental and emotional. An effective treatment used to help create this balance

is: Shiro Dhara. Shiro means head and dhara means flow. This subtle yet powerful treatment has been given in India for thousands of years and is an important tool for the pursuit of higher states of consciousness. The treatment consists of a continual flow of warm oil, water or herbal milk over the third eye and forehead for approximately twenty minutes. The herbs, & oils used nourish the white and grey matters of the brain which allow for deep inner surrender. It is healing for diseases of the head, facial palsy, Parkinson’s, psoriasis, hypertension due to anxiety, and chronic migraine headaches. The benefits include: more clarity and concentration, a calm and revised central nervous system, improved memory & intellect and as a result, an open heart.

Fire is his head

The sun and moon his eyes

Space his ears

The wind his breath

The Universe his heart

From his feet, the earth has originated

He is the inner self of all beings.

“Brahma Sutra”

23 Dec 2011

Ayurveda for Self Healing with Uma – January 15 at Hale Ho’omana in Olinda

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Learn Ancient Ayurvedic Techniques with medicated oils for self and for others.Learn Ancient Ayurvedic Techniques with medicated oils for self and for others.

11 Nov 2011

Ayurveda and the Mind: Ancient Ayurvedic Face and Head Workshop on November 13th 9 – 5 p.m. Upcountry

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hale-hoomanaLearn Ancient Indian Techniques of Face & Head Massage

Sunday November 13th 9 – 4:30 p.m.

For Estheticians and Massage Therapists

Ayurveda is an ancient 5,000 year old science from India. According to Ayurveda, the head is most important as it is the seat of the nervous system where ether & air (Vata) accumulate.

  • The Journey begins with a silent meditation observing the three gunas or qualities of
    your mind, followed by specifc yoga postures opening the fow of prana, or life force
    to facial muscles & head.
  • Learn Authentic Ayurvedic techniques of face & head marma (secret vital energy) points that heal using
    specific essential oils & herbs, followed by a gentle face and head sequence.
  • Complete by learning ancient techniques of Indian scalp massage using warm
    medicated Ayurvedic oils from India.
  • Enjoy a balanced Ayurvedic lunch of rice, dhal, subji, & raita which soothes your
    nerves and nourish the senses. Especially prepared by Ayurvedic cook Pushpa.

Discover ways to heal conditions specific for: headaches, insomnia, migraines, & facial neuralgia with this ancient healing system from India.

More Info: 808-250-7161 or amritamarg@gmail.com
$135 Includes an Ayurvedic lunch (plus $5 for products)

20 Jul 2011

Back on Maui after continuing Ayurveda studies in India

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margo-india-octoberNamaste Everyone, I am presently back on Maui!

I am available for consultations and treatments, please call me to schedule an appointment.

May all beings everywhere be happy, healthy and peaceful. OM Shanti

24 Sep 2010

The Heart of Ancient Ayurvedic Wisdom

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Puja for Holi HyderabadThe word “Ayurveda” means the science of life. According to ancient Sanskrit language, the real essence of life includes: Body, senses, mind and soul. Within this life, nature offers us air, fire, water and earth embedded in space, which is found within the heart of every individual. Our mind can be compared to space and wind which moves around the cellular structure of our entire nervous system itself. This is called Vata Dosha which is responsible for everything that moves within the body. The element of earth is expressed as the physical body in the form of nails, hair, bones and muscles. The senses have a direct relationship with nature through the vehicle of sound, sight, smell, taste, and touch . We can smell the earth, taste that which is made up of water, see and perceive things through the gift of fire, hear from the sound waves which are filtered through space and touch through the element of air. The eyes are the fire of the soul and it is said that the soul is seen through the illuminating light of the eyes. Thus, all that is outside in terms of nature is inside of this very sacred self. Through the unity of elements we find the universe lives inside of us and our hearts are the center of the universe. Contained within our heart is the vastness of space and love. The great sage: Shri Ramana Maharshi says: “The entire universe is in the body and the whole body is in the Heart. Hence the universe is contained within the Heart. The Heart is to the body what the sun is to the world. Just as the sun gives light to the moon, the Heart gives light to the mind”

Margo practices Ayurveda in Haiku Maui. She was certified in India under Dr. V. Lad, and Dr. S. Joshi. She offers 7 Day Ayurvedic Cleanses, consultations and workshops. 808-250-7161 oramritamarg@gmail.com.

20 Jun 2010

Yoga and Ayurveda with Margo Uma Gal and Arun Deva – Working with excess Heat in the Body

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I welcome one and all to “Beat the Summer Heat” by coming to this practical workshop.

Working with excess heat (Pitta) in the body

Saturday, July 24 from 2pm to 6:30pm
at The Studio Maui
Cost: $65 in advance or $85 on the day of

Learn about herbs, diet, Asana, Pranayama and restorative Yoga specific to the summer heat according to Ayurvedic principals. Download event flyer (JPEG 1.3MB)

For more information please call 250-7161.

19 Jan 2010

For the Love of Oil – Healing Secrets of Ayurveda

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oil pouring closeupThe word for oil in Sanskrit is called: “Sneha” translated as: loving, nurturing and spreading. Deep within our core souls, we are in need of being saturated with warm herbal medicated oil! Why? Because some signs of our imbalance are expressed through an increase Vata Dosha or ether and air element..These biological humours called doshas were born from Ayurveda an ancient science from India. Vata is dry, light, and quick in nature, easily irregular and can cause nervousness to increase. Just as a wind storm dries things quickly, so the mind feels this effect. In contrary, oil creates the opposite: It is moist, heavy, and stable. These qualities allow us to slow down, with an ability to feel calm, and relaxed within our nervous system opening to the possibilities of spaciousness and love. Expansive as the sky.

full moon waterThis expression of love through the vehicle of oil has been used in India for thousands of years. For example; it is tradition to massage a new born baby & mother every day with warm sesame oil as it best nourishes the skin, contains iron, calcium, phosphorus and commonly applied to the scalp, called “food for the brain”. The healing qualities: sweet, bitter, and astringent assist in cleansing and rejuvinating the nervous system.

As our bodies need oil, so our beloved planet Mother Earth needs oil to sustain and nourish her, for us to be nourished. We pray the oil within our bodies, and soil will continue to feed the elements and all living beings without exception. As we continue to function as precious fluid beings, may we all rest in ease due to this unctuous ground we walk on and may we continue to flourish in lavishing barrels of oil inside and out!

Margo, (CAP) is Certified since 1986 under Dr. V. Lad, and Dr. S. Joshi, author of: “Ayurveda and Panchakarma”. She can be reached at: 250-7161 or amritamarg@gmail.com. www.mauiayurvedichealing.com.