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Food, Breath & Sound

A Wise Earth Nutrition and Sadhana Practitioner Training ~ A One-Year Course.


Food, Breath & Sound are Mother Nature's Primordial Templates for Healing Ourselves and the World.


2020 Course Underway, Next Session - March 20, 2021


 


A Wise Earth Ayurveda Training Course

Introducing Food, Breath & Sound ~


This course is closed for enrollment.

 

Food is Memory ~ Eating is Remembering

To celebrate the launch of the Women & Ayurveda program, let me pay tribute to this unique woman, Maya Tiwari, one of the few Ayurvedic women in the world, whom I had the privilege to interview and whose teachings , encouragement, rigor and discernment, deeply marked my understanding and practice of medicine 🙏

Armanda Dos Santos, Executive Editor of JAHM

(International Journal of Ayurveda and Holistic Medicines)

Paris, France

The WEA Food Breath and Sound training is truly life changing in more ways that I could have imagined. It brought to life the sadhana ways of Ayurveda in an experiential, deep and inspiring way. Maya Tiwari shared this vast ancient wisdom in away that remind us to come home to ourselves and to the earth in simple yet profound ways throughout our days. They’ve brought me closer to myself.

-- Eden Flynn, Yoga & Ayurveda Practitioner

Sadhana is conscious activity that nourishes, nurtures and heals everyone and everything.

 


"As we heal the seed, we heal the prana within and revive cosmic vibration that protects, and preserves all of life."

-- Maya Tiwari

Wise Earth Ayurveda Nutrition: Food, Breath and Sound is an Inner Medicine Online Training. It is a comprehensive, certified one-year training presented by Ayurveda's one and only, Maya Tiwari.

Wise Earth Ayurveda is one of the only courses in the world that offers the sadhana value of food, breath and sound and the inter-marriage of these cosmic templates. By using the element, seasons, cycles, and the anatomy of shapes, forms, colours, it demonstrates our cosmic connection to Mother Nature.

To nourish, nurture and heal ourselves, each other and the earth we will study the importance of using our limbs in harmony with Mother Nature's rhythms; honoring the cosmic memory of each food, harnessing prana as we pound, chant, gather, disperse and hold sacred the food sadhana practices while learning beautifully recorded Sanskrit chants led by Maya Tiwari. You learn how to create a sacred space and set up a Sadhana Kitchen in preparation for the food, breath & sound sadhana practices. You will also learn some simple pranayama techniques (breathing practices) for healing yourself and others.



YOUR COURSE BREAKDOWN~

Your course includes video, audio, a beautifully presented workbook, quizzes, chanting audios and notes, interactive live webinars & tutorials by WEA Master Teachers, and a community forum to support your learning. There is also an option to have a Private Tutor Consult with WEA Tutor as an adjunct to be paid for separately.

The training is run over 9 months with a new lesson delivered to you online every 1-2 weeks.

There are 27 units, the first half of which are largely theoretical (learning about doshas, the five elements, the six tastes and seasonal cycles ~ all through the unique lens of Wise Earth Ayurveda Sadhana education. The second half of your course is practical (getting into your kitchen and applying your natural sadhana skills by making chapatis, masalas and chutneys, for example).

The 27 units are broken down into five parts, please find an outline below.

There will also be bonus materials uploaded to our online learning platform including a visual guided tour of the Wise Earth School Sadhana Kitchen, an illustrated guide to the ‘Six Tastes’ of Ayurveda and a guide to setting up your community teaching practice (the practical application of offering Wise Earth Ayurveda in your communities).

PART ONE

Foundation

The foundation teaching of Wise Earth Ayurveda is that ‘food is memory’ and 'sadhana is lifeforce'. In this unit you will learn about the importance of ancestral memory as well as the memories contained within nature’s blueprints such as the memory of the seed. We will uncover the five elements and their influence on the senses and come to understand immunity (ojas) and how to nourish the body and mind by building ahara rasa.

PART TWO
Doshas, Seasons and Tastes

In this section we learn about the bodily humours or doshas, allowing you to understand your own unique constitutional type and how it intersects with the six seasons and the six tastes of Ayurveda. You will be able to start creating programs of wellness for yourself and your friends and students in terms of food practices taking in account seasons, dosha and food types – making connections between these elements of the Wise Earth Ayurveda teachings.


PART THREE
The Sadhana of Food, Breath and Sound ~ Nature's Primordial Templates

We will study the importance of using our limbs in harmony with Mother Nature's rhythms; honoring the cosmic memory of each food, harnessing prana as we pound, chant, gather, disperse and hold sacred the food sadhana practices while learning beautifully recorded Sanskrit chants led by Maya Tiwari. You learn how to create a sacred space and set up a Sadhana Kitchen in preparation for the food, breath & sound sadhana practices coming up in Part Four. You will also learn some simple pranayama techniques (breathing practices) for healing yourself and others.

PART FOUR
Kitchen Sadhana

This is a core essence of the training in which you will get into your kitchen, convert it into a temple through your living presence and be guided through several practical experiences of sadhana including working with grains, vegetables, pulses, bread, masalas and chutneys. You will experience the magical alchemy of sadhana – food traditions steeped in ancient awareness of the powerful resonance of food as memory. This section also contains teachings on milk and ghee with nut milk options for those following a plant-based, dairy-free diet.

PART FIVE
Cosmic Anatomy ~ To Nourish, Nurture and Heal

We conclude with a series of Wise Earth Contemplations as well as reflection on the role of the chakras in our subtle anatomy. Maya Tiwari offers a powerful Living Ahimsa Mantra for healing the mind as the conclusion to our studies together.

APPENDIX
Recipes and Seasonal Menus

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A full range of Wise Earth Ayurveda original recipes and menu / meal plans. Some of these recipes are also featured in on our Living Ahimsa blog.


This course is closed for enrollment.

Your Instructor


Maya Tiwari
Maya Tiwari

Maya Tiwari is an Ayurveda pioneer and best-selling author working in the field for more than 35 years. She established the first Ayurvedic school in North America in 1981, the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda. Tiwari is also founder of the the Mother Om Mission (MOM), a charitable organization in at-risk communities in New York that transforms disease and despair into wellness and joy. She has personally helped thousands of women to heal from devastating disorders. Through her global humanitarian work at Living Ahimsa, participants are taught to spread practices that promote peace and create inner harmony. Maya is a regular Featured Speaker at the Parliament of the World Religions and other Inter-faith conferences worldwide. Tiwari is also the recipient of the Dhanvantari Award and AAPNA’s Rishi Award for her outstanding work in Ayurvedic medicine.


A Sampler Class

The Sadhana of Making Flatbread (Chapati)


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on March 20th, 2020 and ends in 9 months time, after which you have an additional three months of access to your course materials. It is a tutor-supported online course .
Tell me about Wise Earth Ayurveda
Wise Earth School of Ayurveda is the first school for ayurveda teachings in the USA founded by spiritual guide and pioneer Maya Tiwari (formerly Mother Maya). Established in 1981, Wise Earth Ayurveda’s unique approach focuses on sadhana rather than a medicinal/clinical approach to healing. Sadhana is a Sanskrit word. It implies being present with everything we do. Sadhana is a universal prayer, an awareness which sets the tone for investing our good and loving energy into our lives. In the online programs at Wise Earth Ayurveda you will learn under the guidance and blessing of our beloved traditional teacher Maya Tiwari and receive support from the international faculty of Wise Earth Ayurveda Master Teachers.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within 30 days from the time of your purchase and we will give you a full refund. However, once you have gained access to your course, it becomes non-refundable.
Who is the program for?
This course is for Ayurveda Professionals, those seeking to become an Ayurveda Practitioner as well as for Lay-persons. This program does carry an accreditation as a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Peripheral Program. http://www.ayurvedanama.org In addition, this course is a tremendous opportunity to gain the knowledge you need to benefit your physical, emotional, and spiritual health and that of your community, family and friends. The course is based on Maya Tiwari's extensive knowledge and transmission of Vedas. ‘Food, Breath and Sound’ training education is open to all. Because sadhana is about practice more than theory beginners will find the information accessible. Equally, experienced practitioners and students of Ayurveda will find a very practical and ‘real life’ experience of Ayurveda in action through the training.
What will I learn?
You’ll discover the compassionate ‘Living Ahimsa’ approach to eating as well as practicing healing chants for your own upliftment and for enhancing the vibration of the food you prepare. You will be inspired to create and live in sacred space, starting in very practical and accessible ways. You will feel how the breath reflects prana – the life force – and how to channel yours as a means for calming and clearing or energizing and invigorating. You will connect to the cosmic memory carried in each seed from Mother Earth. These Wise Earth teachings of Ayurveda can help you to understand your own wellness journey and support your friends and family in healing and nourishment, through the different seasons of the year and unfolding seasons of life.
What are the components of the course?
The course includes audio recordings on each of the 27 units from Maya Tiwari, videos for some of the units, monthly mentoring sessions ( 1-2 sessions per month) which are in live ‘webinar’ format but are also recorded for those who can not attend live, short multiple choice quizzes for each unit, personal study and at the end a virtual conference day. In addition you will also receive a comprehensive downloadable PDF workbook as well as personal reflection guidelines and suggestions. You will receive a range of audio chants to listen to and learn from by Maya Tiwari with an accompanying written guide. We conclude with a multiple choice exam which covers the content of the entire course.
Can I study at my own pace?
Yes and no. We strongly encourage you to keep up with the material and your peers so that we can all walk through this journey together and so that you can benefit from the online forums and discussions which will reflect each fortnight's topic. Having said that there is no penalty for ‘falling behind’ and if you need help catching up with your studies we will support you.
What qualification will I gain for WEA Food, Breath & Sound Training?
Having completed this training and passed all the quizzes including the final one, you will receive a Wise Earth School Certificate with 600 hours (ACE – Ayurvedic Continuing Education) in the USA this is recognized by and approved in NAMA’s Peripheral Course category. This certification grants you the title of Wise Earth Ayurveda Sadhana Lifestyle Consultant (anywhere in the world) which means you may use this education to consult privately or in a clinic, share your knowledge with your community in the field of holistic healing; serve as a community consultant and even instruct wholesome nutrition education as a Wise Earth Ayurveda Sadhana Lifestyle Consultant. You may use the NAMA approved ACE’s to add to your continuing Ayurveda education points through Wise Earth School or any NAMA approved learning institutions. For accreditation in other countries, you will need to check with your holistic education accrediting organization in your state or country. Please don’t hesitate to contact us should you have further questions in this area.
How much time per week does the training take?
We estimate a study commitment of 5-8 hours per week (20-32 per month) but there will also be time spent in your kitchen as you prepare your daily meals which becomes part of this learning, as well as journaling, meditation and having a deeper relationship with the Earth around you. It’s a life-enhancing, immersive experience. In addition to the study time we also ask that you complete online multiple choice quizzes and listen to audios / watch short videos on a fortnightly basis. We hope as a result of this training you will start to include the sacred sadhana of food-preparation, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and chanting into your daily routine. All of these elements form part of the course content.
What is the cost of the program? What are the payment plan options? Tuition for 2020
There are two payment options; Full one-time payment of $2400 Payment plan of $350 per month for 8 months * Please note: all prices are listed in United States Dollars (USD). Country specific VAT taxes will be added to the final price at checkout.
What are the career opportunities with this qualification? What will I be qualified to do?
The qualification gained is that of Wise Earth Ayurveda Sadhana Lifestyle Consultant. Upon successful completion of and graduation from this course you will be qualified to teach Wise Earth Ayurveda workshops to lay-people in your community on the food, breath and sound practices while using the appropriate credits for this work. You can also incorporate this work into your existing practice as a health counsellor, or in your private Ayurveda consultations. You will be given permission to teach Wise Earth Ayurveda Nutrition: Food, Breath & Sound as a series of work, adhering closely to the integrity of this wholesome and unique body of work. We ask that your presentations adhere as closely as possible to the way the work is set out in the workbook.
What happens if I fail the final exam for certification?
For the final exam one retake is allowed. You will need an 85% score to pass this test. If you do not pass, you will have an opportunity to take a private session (one-on-one mentor time) for an additional fee. We want you to succeed and we offer as much flexibility as we can to those who need extra time to study.
What if I fail the Quiz?
If you fail an end of unit quiz you have 3 chances to go back and take the quiz; 80% is required to pass. If a quiz is not passed in 3 chances then you will have the option to do a private one-on-one session with a mentor time. There will be an extra fee for this service.
I am vegan / gluten free / allergic to nuts etc. can I still take this course?
Yes! All modules offer options for specific food requirements. The course is completely vegetarian and is plant-based. This course includes ‘milk / ghee’ (organic and comes from healthy cows) as it is traditional and central to Ayurveda. We encourage you to source your dairy products from local organic farms that treat their cows with love and respect.
What is the Wise Earth Ayurveda food philosophy?
Wise Earth Ayurveda focuses on sadhana (conscious spiritual practice and mindful awareness) and on ahimsa (non-violence). The food recommendations are vegetarian. Our intent in Living Ahimsa is to honor Mother Earth, her seeds, her elements, her cycle, her lifeforce. In honoring her, we honor ourselves, we honor life, and all living things.
Is the Darshana CD and Chant Booklet part of the course?
Yes it is included! If you’d like to purchase it aside from the course you can here and you will receive a link to download it right away: http://www.wiseearthonline.com/product/darshana-cd-and-chant-booklet/
What if I fall behind in my studies?
We are really keen to keep you on track and support you through to graduation. Learning online can be challenging because keeping motivation up on your own is hard. However because this training is all about something we all do everyday anyway (preparing and imbibing food) it is not so hard to transform your cooking and eating habits to a sadhana approach. You will find the more you engage with the studies and with fellow students (which we will facilitate) the more you will be inspired to keep up. If you are falling behind we will contact you and try to make a plan to help you get back on track.
I’m not a great cook is that OK?
Yes. The lessons are simple (although cultivating mindful awareness is a lifetime’s work!) and you will be given lots of wonderful recipes to follow and fall in love with. Cooking the sadhana way is a yoga, a meditation, a joyful practice unlike anything you've experienced in a kitchen. Imagine setting up a prayerful space, doing a food blessing, chanting joyfully, ridding your frustration while you pounding grains or grinding spice-seeds. Yum.

This course is closed for enrollment.