Practical Ayurveda

Helping You Reach Your Potential | taught by Sophie Hawkins

Course description

Confused about what's healthy for YOU?

This course will distill thousands of years of Ayurvedic wisdom to help you to connect with your body's innate wisdom and healing capacity. Learn the early SIGNS and SYMPTOMS of imbalance and what to do so they don't become an illness or chronic disease. Learn how to treat the root causes of chronic illness, not just cover up the disease process with symptom masking drugs, supplements or restrictive fad diets. Reconnect with yourself as a part of the grand intelligence of the natural world.

You will learn quick and simple versions of popular dishes from all over the world that are balanced using the six tastes. An understanding of how to cook using a balance of flavours leads to a body, mind, and spirit that are aligned and in a state of health. Take a journey through the seasons and experience the a whole new connection to food that can lead you to vitality and happiness. If you struggle with weight issues, go on restrictive diets, or suffer from binge eating, this course will help you make friends with food!

New habits take time and repetition. Healing and wisdom take time. Over the course of the four seasons, You will develop a plan for YOUR particular constitution and current condition that will serve you for the rest of your life. You will know how to change it to meet new challenges and for the three different phases of life-childhood, adulthood, and our wisdom years.

Sophie  Hawkins
Sophie Hawkins

Professional Background

Sophie Hawkins has offered Thai Massage, Yoga/Meditation and Ayurveda in London, Ontario, Canada since 2005. She studies Ayurveda from the original texts, Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Hebbar in India (where she has travelled extensively), and online with Dr. Douillard. She is certified from the Gerson Institute in New York. She is a passionate researcher and life long learner.

Sophie has been meditating since she was 10 years old. She has been consciously breathing for over 13 years.

Sophie holds a Masters in Education (Counselling Psychology). She has 20 years experience in community mental health care, providing support to trauma survivors, psychiatric survivors and people living on the street.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Fine Art Studies. She is past President of Forest City Gallery. She is also trained in dance and has several years of stage experience.

Sophie has appeared on television and radio, spoken at conferences, served on committees and engaged in direct action campaigns on various aspects of human rights. 

Listen to Sophie speak about the Power of The Breath and her Spiritual Emergence in this podcast interview

Breathe Consciously. Act in Harmony.

Right now ... become aware of your tongue.  

Is it pressed to the roof of your mouth or against your teeth? 

If you answered yes, you have a pattern of breathing that is detrimental to your health and happiness. 

Breath is more than taking in and expelling air.

Trying to take a “deep” breath by sucking up in the chest (the shoulders lift towards the ears and the belly is imobile), only creates more anxiety and stress in your body. 

Are you a Yoga Teacher or Yoga Student ? 

Practicing breathing exercises with a pattern of chest breathing in place can actually cause long term damage to your health and well being. Most Yoga teachers have not been taught to breathe properly because their teachers don't breathe properly. This course will teach you how to help yourself and your students have a profound inner experience during Hatha Yoga Practice.

Are You a Massage Therapist or Energy Worker? 

Teach your Clients to breath for relaxation and health. Protect yourself from fatigue and taking on 'negative' energy by being grounded and centred in your body with a breath that fully permeates it. 

Course Curriculum

Thinking 'Ayurvedically'