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Explore Your Hunger Winter Weight Loss Workshop

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8 week online program runs January 10th to Feb 28th, 2018

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to Ayurveda & Weight Loss


Achieving weight loss can feel like a constant fight against your own body. You can't trust your instincts, and may even feel like your own body betrayed you, leading you to weight problems. But with so many conflicting diets and programs, whom can you trust? Ayurveda offers something better than a battle between your will and your weight. Ayurveda offers understanding. In this unique weight loss workshop, we'll illuminate the patterns that put on the pounds, and discuss a supportive paradigm for freedom from food confusion. At the end of this workshop, you won't feel battered by the fight to lose weight, but enlightened on how your body works, and contented as you deepen trust and befriend yourself again.


Ayurveda Weight Loss Over 90 percent of dieters end up gaining back more weight than they initially lost. Despite this statistic, the weight-loss industry grosses over $60 billion per year. Ayurveda recognizes that crash diets. Ayurvedic tips for weight reduction are simple, healthy, and stable. It is not a diet, but a new understanding that brings your food cravings into new light. Wouldn't you prefer the tools to know your body rather than fight it? You can resolve the source of your unhealthy tendencies, and find a lasting, loving solution.

For example, in Ayurveda weight gain is considered to be a circulatory problem. Safe Ayurvedic weight loss tips will address the circulatory issues that accompany weight gain. This will help you shed excess fat and still feel good. We'll also unravel the mysteries of emotional eating patterns, helping to soothe emotions without using food or feeling deprived. Ayurvedic home remedies are powerful yet gentle, and can help you stay motivated to lose weight without the dramatic, harsh techniques of crash diets.

Drawing from years of research on our book Explore Your Hunger, this 8 week workshop will show you how to get off the diet wagon and to stop trying to figure out what the next miracle food is! The key to weight loss is simple and can be accessed through listening to your body and developing good daily routines. You'll learn to support and value your unique body type and understand its cues and needs. This year commit to knowing about yourself, not just your weight loss goals. Give yourself the gift of discovering your unique needs, paving the way for the lifelong journey toward health.

Why Choose this Cleanse Workshop?

This course will help you

  • Lose weight and detoxify naturally
  • Discover a new relationship with food and your body
  • Build mental clarity
  • Overcome food addiction & emotional eating
  • Feel energized, cleansed, and affirmed

"Thank you for transforming my life! My relationship and appreciation for food and my body are so different now! When you said that some of your clients would lose weight and still wouldn't feel confident, that's when I realized that confidence comes from within and not from exterior forces. That simple statement was truly life-changing for me.

Thank you for always being so supportive and understanding. Every conversation with you helped me to see things in a way that I had never seen before and your questions would always push me to think deeply and finally be able to speak and be open about things that I have grappled with for years. The safe forum you provided every night was greatly appreciated."

-Julia, New York, NY

Main Topics of Discovery

Ayurveda Weight Loss Cleanse Workshop

Through this workshop you will learn

  • A safe cleansing and detoxification program for your body
  • Satisfying meal options, recipes, & ingredients
  • The nature of cravings and addictions
  • Understanding your body's signs, signals, and cues
  • Ayurvedic perspectives on weight loss
  • Skills to address emotional eating habits.
  • Mindful eating practices
  • Gentle exercises, lifestyle and routine changes to support your body
  • Herbs to support and heal your body


Ayurveda Weight Loss Cleanse Workshop You can expect each week to experience:
  • Exciting new ways of understanding your body and weight
  • AHA! moments of discovery
  • A sense of being supported, valued, and understood as a dynamic person
  • Insight into patterns of pathological weight gain and your relationship to food
  • Practical, simple ways and foods to nourish your body
  • Hopeful and supportive routines to implement throughout your life-long journey of health

About the Program

Listen to Lectures Live on Wednesdays at 7pm EST.
This program is a powerful blend of audio files, lectures, emails, herbs, recommendations, and notes to help you navigate food challenges. Each week, you'll receive a 45-60 minute presentation introducing you to new ways of understanding your body and emotions, as well as Ayurvedic approaches to weight loss and food cravings. Live presentations will be held on Wednesdays at 7pm Eastern Standard Time. Or, you can download the recordings and listen at your convenience. Every event will be recorded.

Presentations will be followed by exercises and a group discussion to explore how the topic applies to you. You will also be given foods to explore, journaling assignments, and simple exercises you can practice throughout the week to facilitate your personal discovery process. We will discuss the results of your weekly observations together as a group. You'll also benefit from a private online discussion forum for members only so that you receive as much hand-holding and support as you need. Instructors Natalie & John Immel are available throughout the course to offer discounted one-on-one consultations ($60) to further guide you on your unique discovery process.

  • Convenient distance learning format
  • Study in the comfort of your home or office
  • Learn from anywhere in the world, on your schedule
  • Attend weekly live seminars or download the audio recordings
  • Enjoy a community of support with fellow students

Daily Emails & Exercises

You'll receive short daily emails with tips, ideas, and insights drawing from the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga, nutritionists, therapists, and health practitioners. Some emails will include questions to inspire self-awareness and body-awareness. Others will include breathing techniques and simple yoga exercises.

We will also recommend an optional supplementary book list for those wishing to read more on the topics we will cover, either during or after the course. Recommended breathing and simple stretching exercises will greatly facilitate your personal progress.

Through the course of our time together, we will provide tools to reprogram your relationship with food and the causes of weight gain, a project you can work on independently on each week as well.

About the Course Instructors

Drawing on years of research and clinical experience specializing in digestive disorders, John Immel directs the Joyful Belly Institute's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion 500 hour program. He is the founder of Joyful Belly, an educational Ayurvedic healthcare website, and oversees the Joyful Belly Clinic.

John studied Ayurveda under Dr. Vasant Lad and is specialized in the advanced treatment of digestive tract pathology. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University. He first discovered Ayurveda while working on a public health project in Bangladesh. John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel.

After witnessing Ayurveda's compelling efficiency and practical ease in treatment of his own digestive disorder, John was convinced he could help others. He wanted to introduce Ayurveda to his Appalachian mountain home and America. This was the genesis of Joyful Belly. Using ingredients familiar from his childhood, John created Joyful Belly to recast Ayurveda in the context of our American food traditions. Joyful Belly proves Ayurveda is accessible and necessary for everyday health & wellness. His simple, practical and familiar approach has helped thousands on their journey to health.

John's love of life, his commitment to the health & dignity of the person, and his humanitarian pursuit of inexpensive health care comes from his Catholic roots and identity. His creativity in the kitchen, and absolute dedication to the epicurean delight of eating comes from his Italian heritage. He is fluent in Bengali and French, and an avid student of Sanskrit & Arabic. He is a member of NAMA, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Natalie Immel is the chief editor of Joyful Belly where she offers her expertise in emotional eating and eating disorders to the field of Ayurveda. Natalie herself used the principles of Ayurveda to heal from severe anorexia and digestive disturbances which at one time left her hospitalized. She is grateful to share her insights with other women searching for freedom from unhealthy eating patterns and body shame. Natalie graduated Phi Beta Kappa with general and departmental honors from Vassar College. She is a fluent speaker of Swedish and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years.

Natalie recently co-authored the book Explore Your Hunger with her husband John Immel, which is the basis of this course. She has been director of the Explore Your Hunger Weight Loss Program for over two years and has helped hundreds of women break the vicious yo-yo diet cycle, change the way they think about their bodies, improve their diet without feeling deprived, and reclaim their lives. Natalie received her Ayurvedic training from the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga and from Joyful Belly's 500 HR Masters in Digestion & Ayurvedic Nutrition Program. She is also a certified Body Positive Health Trainer.

What People are Saying

What People are Saying

"I love, love, love this website and John Immel is the best! After 30 years of practicing & teaching nutrition, my eyes were opened WIDE to eating for my dosha and I enjoy it so much. I'm losing weight effortlessly, feel amazing (at 52), adore his recipes and I'm happy knowing I'll eat this way the rest of my life. Joyful belly is now my favorite online resource (encyclopedia) and I trust John wholeheartedly. If you are considering taking his cleanse, course, a consult or just using his recipes - I say YES! My 76 year old Mom is loving this with me, it has changed her life too, Yippee! Thank you John, many blessings"

Massage Therapist - Glenwood springs, CO

"So happy I joined this class! it was a great combination of (1) intellectual content on ayurvedic philosophy, nutrition, physiology: (2) behavioral guidance on approaches to eating and hunger; (4) psychological exercises on how I use food to comfort, discharge emotions, and numb out emotional pain; and last but not least (5) herbs and dietary cleansing practices. I highly recommend it as a way to change how one operates in relation to overeating."

Randolph, MA

Included in the Cleanse

Receive over $250 in discounts including
  • $60 discounts on a consultation for the duration of the course
  • 20% off any herb, formula or massage oil (up to $50 total discount) for the duration of the course
  • A bonus recording from our audio library on a health condition of your choice
For your bonus recording, select any one audio file from the online library. This bonus recording helps you address a specific problem you are facing, such as post-partum recovery, hypothyroid, indigestion, IBS, etc.
Register Now Only $347

How to register and participate

Once you purchase the program, you'll receive participation instructions over email. Throughout the program, you'll receive weekly emails to guide you through each step. You'll also have an opportunity to ask questions during group discussions each week.

Register Now Risk Free!

Full tuition for the program is $347. Register a friend for only $220 (ask your friend to email john@joyfulbelly.com for the discount). We're confident you will love this program. If you're not completely satisfied after attending the first two sessions and completing the first two assignments, simply request a full refund anytime before we reconvene week three - a money back guarantee. Note that to give the program a fair chance you must attend the first two sessions and complete the first two assignments to receive your refund.

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What is Joyful Belly?

Browse recipes and hundreds of other ingredients on this extensive educational website. Joyful Belly helps people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow, using the ancient technique of Ayurveda. Our extensive collection of online recipes, ingredients, and articles makes health easy. To get started, take the free dosha quiz to find your Ayurvedic body type.

What is Ayurveda?

Learn about Ayurveda from the author of this article and founder of Joyful Belly,
John Immel.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information and products on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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