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Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion Made Easy

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Basics of Ayurveda for the Spring - Food, Diet & Lifestyle
Ayurveda diet program

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8 Presentations at Your Own Pace, Enrollment Ends May 1st, 2017


Feeling confused about which diet is right for you and how to eat healthy? This eight week program will help you plan healthy food choices that heal your body, improve your energy levels, and restore brightness to your life. Eating well is simple and achievable, once you know how. Fun for the beginner, yet sophisticated for the serious student, this enjoyable class promises to build your confidence to help you feel better, and make healthy food choices.


With a step by step approach, you'll enjoy a healthy diet uniquely suited to your body type. Over 8 presentations you will learn all the Ayurvedic fundamentals. You'll receive a delicious, healthy menu of options that you may not have realized. Never feel deprived again!


Whether you want to lose weight, balance your digestion, or cleanse your body, you already know food has the power to heal. What is the best way to receive these healing benefits? This course provides you with practical answers from Ayurveda's time tested, sensible approach, giving you a powerful opportunity to feel alive and at your best.


Ayurveda recognizes the effects of food on your body are often felt, not seen, in experiences that are uniquely personal. The Joyful Belly Diet Program will teach you how to listen to your body's cues, how to select healthy foods using your intuition, and feel greater freedom around food choices. This course will also demystify your unruly food cravings and teach you how to live naturally.


Ayurveda Diet Course Intimidated by cooking? The Basics of Ayurveda program will provide you with practical recipes that will make preparing meals that much more enjoyable. Whether you're a chef or a newbie, you'll learn to prepare delicious, healthy, and balancing meals. Food will become your medicine as you discover how to heal your body in your own kitchen. Your newfound creativity will amaze and delight your family and friends.

Each week we will inspire your palate with a menu of seven easy-to-follow mouth-watering recipes. We have chosen these recipes to appeal to even the most picky and stubborn eaters.

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About the Course

This course will help you

  • Eat healthier, enjoy life, & celebrate food
  • Achieve optimal health & vitality.
  • Discover how to care for and fine-tune your body.
  • Unlock your ability to listen and interpret your body's unique signs and signals.
  • Discover how to care for your body to fight disease
  • Learn how you can defend your health using food and your cravings as a guide.
  • Feel better, more balanced, energetic, and emotionally stable.

Main Topics of Discovery

  • The Ayurvedic approach to diet and nutrition
  • Simple, satisfying meal options, recipes, & ingredients that are easy to prepare and delicious
  • Know which foods can help your unique body, and which could hurt you.
  • Understand your body's signs, signals, and cues through 'experiential anatomy ?', a humanistic approach through experiences that will deepen your mind/body connection.
  • Practical techniques to architect and compose delicious, healthy recipes.
  • Demystify unruly food cravings and how they can teach you about your imbalances.
  • Mindful eating practices


You can expect each week to experience:
  • An expanded depth of taste and food intuition and new ways of understanding your body through food
  • Aha moments of self-discovery
  • Insight into your body's natural food rhythms and patterns
  • Practical, simple ways that food can nourish your mind and body
  • Supportive routines for your life-long journey of health and wellness

About the Lectures

45 minute pre-recorded presentations will introduce you to new ways of balancing your body and emotions, new ways to explore food, and the Ayurvedic approach to dieting and nutrition.

You will also receive 56 recipes for try, and 56 daily tips that will change your life and practice, and facilitate your personal discovery process. You will also benefit from a private online discussion forum for members only so that you receive as much support as you need. Joyful Belly director and founder John Immel is also 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
  • Enjoy sharing experiences in the group forum

Daily Emails & Exercises

During the program, you will receive daily brief emails with tips, ideas, and insights drawing from the wisdom of Ayurveda, Yoga, nutritionists, therapists, and health practitioners. Emails may include questions to inspire self-awareness, others may include breathing techniques and simple yoga exercises. We will also recommend an optional supplementary book list should you be inspired to discover more on the topics we cover.

About the Course Instructor

John Immel is the founder of www.joyfulbelly.com, a leading Ayurvedic website that promotes better health through digestion with an Ayurvedic diet. John studied Ayurveda under Dr. Vasant Lad, as well throughout India. John coaches clients at his Asheville, North Carolina clinic on the relationship between illness and emotions, finding digestive balance, and using food as medicine. John started his career with a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University and experienced Ayurveda for the first time while working on public health and service projects in South Asia and the Middle East. John is fluent in Bengali and a student of Sanskrit, the ancient language of Ayurveda.

Included in the Program

"A powerful blend of audio files, lectures, emails, herbs, recommendations, and notes will help you navigate seasonal challenges."

About the Bonuses

When you register for Basics of Ayurveda Program, you will receive over $250 in discounts for the duration of the course:
  • $60 discounts on consultations for 8 weeks
  • 20% off herbs, formulas and massage oils for 8 weeks

A Year of Ayurveda - Discounted Package

The Basics of Ayurveda course is offered 4 times during the year: in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Each program is different and offers tailored lectures, daily tips, lifestyle suggestions and recipes for that season. Lecture topics are designed so that you learn all basic concepts of Ayurveda over a 2 year cycle. You can sign up for a full year with our "Year of Ayurveda" package at the discounted rate of $750. If you've already signed up for a season, you an upgrade to get the whole year until 7 days after the start of the program for only $500. After 7 days, you can opt-in for the whole year for only $600 anytime before the end of the program. Just use this link:

Or, if you don't see the discount in the link above, email john@joyfulbelly.com with the subject line, "A Year of Ayurveda."

What People are Saying

What People are Saying

"I loved the class..great information..thank you very much!"

Ayurvedic Healer - Montreal, QB

"Hi John! The lecture was fabulous! So interesting and informative!!! I really LOVED it! It was very useful info. I am running a weight loss workshop and was able to share so much with them from your teachings. I would love another call on detoxing the body.
Peace and light,

Medford, NJ

"Hi, John! I'm the studio manager of Heartland Yoga in Iowa City, Iowa. I listened to your teleseminar yesterday and found your teaching so clear and practical. I think many of our yoga students are ready to learn about how they can incorporate Ayurveda into their daily lives. Would you be interested in teaching a seminar at Heartland?"

Reiki - Iowa city, IA

"I love your classes, John! I find you very inspirational. You have a glowing passion and simple wisdom about you. I love that your business is called Joyful Belly. That goes back to that cosmic giggle thing. I feel like your smile and enthusiasm is like a joyful belly - the radiance makes others smile and laugh! Your ability to pinpoint reality and human nature is just amazing. True medicine, and I truly appreciate you sharing!"

Ayurvedic Healer - Asheville, NC

"John, I really enjoyed your cooking class and would be happy to attend more like it."

Asheville, NC

"Thank you, John, for another fabulous class!!! I'm learning so much right now and love how these changes are impacting my body, my experience. I very much appreciate all that you are sharing with us and look forward to learning more. The food was awesome and I feel great today!"

Asheville, NC

"thanks so much for the wonderful class last night! Learned a lot and it's good right now for me to hear some things again and again, it's sinking in. You have a very light and playful way of presenting and you're funny! Makes the material, especially in an evening class, very easy to digest (hey, nice pun, eh?)!"

Asheville, NC

"I wish to expand upon our conversation regarding you as a teacher.

You are a good instructor because you create an atmosphere where the student wishes to learn; this is the mark of a great teacher. Good teachers are born, not created. You add humor to your classes making it easier to remember some of the details. Your presentations are concise, to the point, and in a good order for better understanding. Going off the subject occasionally with a short story relieves the brain, a thing some instructors forget about.

You're a good person, John, and a good instructor; lord knows I've had enough of them along with professors. I expect details, explanations, and fullness of the subject matter and permission to speak up with questions. The idea of teaching is for people to understand to the point they no longer need you.

Be kind to yourself and
Know you are loved,

Nutritionist - Hot springs, NC

"John did a wonderful job in presenting completely new concepts to a varied group of students, answering questions patiently and clearly. I felt like a whole new world opened up for me, one in which my body can and will be healthy. It is attainable more easily than I initially believed. It brought back the knowledge of wholeness which can so easily slip further and further into the background with our busy lives and non-supportive patterns we find ourselves in. John's teachings about balance also reminded me that the responsibility to heal myself is in my own lap, no excuses!"

Asheville, NC

"John's passion for food, cooking, and assisting others is absolutely contagious and his kind, gentle way of teaching the principles of Ayurvedic cooking make it easy to fall in love with them. I personally was very inspired by the workshop and look forward to continuing this process of learning and getting well."

Asheville, NC

"Thank you so much for last night's class. The food was absolutely delicious and the wonderful chutney you made topped it off. Thank you for making and sharing that! Your teachings are so insightful and passionate, it is obvious that you walk your talk. I'd probably attend the same class again, it was a really, really good introduction overall."

Asheville, NC

"Yes! I throughly enjoyed the Ayurveda Workshop and look forward to more. The material was relevant and comprehensive to my goals. I found the material concrete and practical. I think you are skilled and informative regarding Ayurvedic teachings. I am thankful to have people like yourself commited to helping and teacing this fine medicine. I have already pasted the information to others to come to learn more. Thank you and we will meet again..."

Massage Therapist - Gloucester,

"Hey John! I just want to thank you again for the really awesome class yesterday. You really helped put things in a great perspective for me, and it's truly opened up a whole new level of healing and being for me. Thank you so much! You are very inspirational, motivating and grounding!"

Ayurvedic Healer - Asheville, NC

"You make ayurveda fun. It is easier to learn when fun. A big thank you. This is the sign of a good teacher. Thank you also for making me laugh."

Asheville, NC

How to register and participate

Once you purchase the Basics of Ayurveda program, we will send you instructions via email. Throughout the program we will send you weekly emails to guide you through each step. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions in the online group forum.

Tuition and Risk Free Guarantee

Your health investment in healthy Ayurvedic eating is worth it. We are confident you will benefit from our program and will be well on your way to finding balance, enhancing your digestive system, and feeling more vibrant! 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 and to be eligible for the refund, you must attend the first two sessions and send your completed first two assignments before we reconvene week 3.

Will you be attending the event?


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20 CE credits for this course

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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