Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine

sarasvati-photoWorkshop led by Sarasvati Buhrman, Ph.D., RYT(E-500)

Dates: Friday, January 20-Sunday, January 22 2017

Time: 12:30pm-6:30pm

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. While India’s earliest anatomically modern human inhabitants are believed to have used specific local plants for healing many thousands of years ago, the first written records of the existence of herbal medicine in ancient India are found in the Rg Veda and may date to 1600 BCE or earlier.  Fully developed medical texts may have existed as early as 200 BCE.  Nevertheless, Ayurvedic medicine is today a recognized, government-supported health care system in both India and Nepal,  and an increasingly popular complementary medicine modality in the west. A number of modern research studies have borne out not only the efficacy of the herbs used in Ayurvedic medicine, but also several of its basic treatment principles.  Ayurveda is an excellent healing modality to successfully address preventative health care concerns, digestive disorders, allergies and sinus problems, depression and anxiety, chronic degenerative disorders, and menstrual and menopausal issues, as well as some common infectious illnesses.

Join us for a three-day introductory workshop on fundamental principles and treatment options in Ayurveda including: Ayurvedic definitions of health, causes and symptoms of imbalances,  the development of disease, assessment of constitution (prakriti) and imbalances (vikrti) including symptomology, pulse, and tongue diagnosis. A beginning understanding of the basic healing modalities of the Ayurvedic medicine toolkit will be presented, including: lifestyle, diet, therapeutic Yoga, panchakarma, and properties and uses of 30 Ayurvedic herbs.


About the Instructor

Dr. Buhrman is a National Ayurvedic Medical Association-recognized Ayurvedic Medicine practitioner and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists who has been in private practice since 1986.  She holds degrees in Biology (College of William and Mary) and Anthropology (University of Colorado).  She was trained and qualified in Ayurvedic Medicine by Dr. R.P. Trivedi of Benares Hindu University and has studied classical Yoga with North Indian Yoga Master Baba Hari Dass since 1976.

She has worked as a carcinogenesis geneticist and has taught as an adjunct professor at Naropa University, Metropolitan State College, Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, and Ananda Seva Meditation Center in California. Her published articles are available on her website  She can be reached at (303) 443-6923.

Read the PDF below for an introduction to using yoga for healing: