Yoga North ISYI AYURVEDA Spices

Nourish Your Life with Ayurveda Intensive

Using the Tools of Vihara (Lifestyle) & Ahara (Food) to Create & Maintain Whole-Being Well-Being

September 25-27, 2020 | Des Moines, Iowa

Ayurveda emerged from the sacred texts of ancient India and is commonly thought of as Yoga’s sister science. It is the practice of observing the elements of nature around and within us, and maintaining or restoring health by balancing those elements.
During this intensive weekend, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Chef and Health Counselor Molly McManus will introduce you to the following concepts in Ayurveda:


    Each of us was born with a unique constitutional make-up that through-out the course of our life can swing in and out of balance. Learning to understand your constitutional tendencies can help you to support yourself to regain, create or maintain long, healthy, well-balanced lives.

    • Ayurveda & Yoga as sister sciences in a holistic approach to health
    • Purusharta – Considering the desires of the soul in wellbeing
    • Elemental & Essential Nature – the body vs the Self
    • Prakruti & Vikruti – our balanced vs current state
    • Pancha Koshas – the layers of our human experience
    • Gunas – working with qualities to bring balance
    • Ayurvedic clock – understanding the Hours, Seasons, Lifecycle

    Dinacharya is the Sanskrit word for “daily-routine”. It is a concept in Ayurvedic medicine that looks at the cycles of nature and bases daily activities around these cycles that help establish balance useful for promoting health. Rather than looking to add “one more thing” to your wellness regime, we can turn to the Six Pillars & Dinacharya as a basic foundation to support our health and livelihood. The Six Pillars provide guidelines for wellness, which in turn fosters more physical and mental energy that we can devote to a life well-lived. These 6 pillars include:

    • Nourishing – Food
    • Cleansing
    • Movement
    • Breathing and Stress Management
    • Sleep
    • Self-awareness & Self-reflection

    Join in daily practices to help balance the doshas. Practices will be tailored to each group to help support wellbeing. Morning practices will include a mix of Somatics, therapeutic SomaYoga, and gentle classic asana. Afternoon classes will include a mix of gentle movement, Pranayam and Relaxation. All abilities welcome.


    Ayurvedic cooking is not only a preventative approach against disease and sickness, but also a delicious way for you to support health and wellbeing. Be educated and inspired to cook enjoyable nutritious meals with ease. 

    Class will introduce:

    • Cooking to support a healthy digestive fire – Agni
    • Using the principles of Shad Rasa – Six Tastes of Ayurvedic cooking that stimulate your digestive system to its optimum health
    • Cooking with culinary healing spices and herbs
    • Some simple techniques and ingredients to help with common issues of digestion
    • Cooking Class: Spices and ghee
    • Cooking Class: Kitchari for nourishing vs cleansing
    • Cooking Class: Yummy Drinks, Elixirs & Supportive Rasayanas
    • Opportunity to join in a cooperative grocery buy

    September 25-27 | Des Moines, Iowa

    This intensive will not address or prescribe remedies for acute ailments, or deal extensively with the use of herbs.

    Dates & Times:
    Friday, 9/25: 9 am–6 pm CT with lunch break
    Saturday, 9/26: 9 am–5:30 pm CT with community-made lunch
    Sunday, 9/27: 9 am–1 pm with tea break

    3-Day Intensive Cost:
    Early registration before 8/27: $445
    Regular registration: $495
    *10% discount for Yoga North ISYI alumni | Contact Yoga North ISYI to receive the discount
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    Meet Your Instructor | Molly McManus

    Meet Your Instructor | Molly McManus

    Yoga North ISYI Co-Owner, C-IAYT, ERYT500, AHC, Somatic Educator

    Molly is co-owner of Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute, former Chair of the Accreditation Committee for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and holds certifications as a Yoga Therapist, Somatic Educator, Ayurvedic Health Counselor. She is one of the founders of SomaYoga Methodology, enjoys leading specialized workshops, trainings and as her role developing and delivering curriculum as faculty for the Yoga North ISYI, one of only 26 schools in the world that certifies yoga therapists.

    Molly is a speaker and trainer sought out for her special areas of interest in the resolution of chronic pain and creating systems for whole-being well-being. She has designed programs such as Nourish Ayurveda—Feeding the Whole Person, SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good—30 Days to Compassionate Self Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Molly is dedicated to her mission of contributing to the development of Yoga Therapy a reputable and accessible modality for whole-being wellbeing.