School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
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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 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. 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.
"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
You can expect each week to experience:
Presentations will be followed by exercises to explore how the topic applies to you. You will also be given foods to explore, journal assignments, and simple exercises you can practice throughout the week to facilitate your personal discovery process. 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 ($80) to further guide you in your unique discovery process.
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 each week as well.
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.
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"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."
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