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Narayana Ayurveda and Yoga Academy (N.A.Y.A) is a well respected and premier Ayurveda college in the state of Texas.

Our professional Ayurveda Seminars are approved and regulated by Texas Workforce Commission-Career School and Colleges.

Narayana Ayurveda and Yoga Academy has been reviewed and recognized as providing training at the professional membership level of Ayurvedic Health Counselor by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

Graduates in good standing are eligible to sit for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certification Board exam at the Ayurvedic Health Counselor level and upon passage may apply for NAMA professional membership*.

N.A.Y.A is registered school with Yoga Alliance.

Note: Our Yoga studies are not regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission.

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Ayurveda Counselor January 2021 (Admissions open November 2020)

Ayurveda Counselor Feb 2021 (Admissions not open yet)
Ayurveda Practitioner January 2021 (Admissions open October 2020)

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*Provided the students pass the NAMA CB exam.

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Eight Limbs of Yoga

Eight Limbs of Yoga from Shandilya Upanishads.

Where did yoga originate? What is the meaning of yoga? What do the ancient texts of yoga-like Shandilya Upanishad, Hatha Yoga Pradipika say about the eight limbs or classifications of the yoga process?

Listen to actual class audio from Narayana Ayurveda and Yoga Academy where we discuss the eight limbs of yoga as given in different ancient Sanskrit texts.

Sanskrit for Ayurveda practitioners

By Mithun Baliga
Podcast by @Manjulali

Ayurveda is an ancient science believed to have divine origins. The language of the time was Sanskrit. Hence all the original texts are written in that language. Of course, we now have a translation in various languages. So we can ask certainly the question: what is the importance of Sanskrit to Ayurveda practitioners? since everything is now available in English. It is important for many reasons.

1. The arrangement of information is the texts are in poetic form. This was to facilitate memorization which is easier why set to rhyme and meter. This poetic way of delivering information has to be interpreted correctly in the original language it was written(as in all poetry). Otherwise, errors can occur.

2. Sanskrit is an original stand-alone language, meaning it has no borrowed words. So, many times it is not possible to find exact equivalent words in other languages like English. Eg: the word dosha. The closest translation could be "a fault" but we know that "a fault" is not what we mean when we say dosha in Ayurveda. For this reason, Ayurvedic practitioners has to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of the language so that they can use those Sanskrit words correctly and with confidence.

3. Some aspects of Ayurveda involve invoking mantras and or salutations. Although these can also be translated, again their inner meaning is lost. In order to recommend these forms of adjuncts to therapy, the practitioner may find the knowledge of Sanskrit helpful.

4. As a diagnostic tool: Although not used nowadays, in the past the ayurvedic practitioner would ask the patient to read out the syllables of the Sanskrit language. By observing the pronunciation and speech patterns, they would diagnose the patient's issues.

5. At a higher level, the Sanskrit language has divinity in itself. The syllables have a deeper meaning and specific combinations have different effects and strengths. Chanting Vedic and other hymns are known to bring about profound changes in the physical body as well as the mind and for spiritual progress.

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Shakti of the Divine -Sri Radha

The power or energy of the divine is called Shakti. In Ayurveda, we learn an aspect of this in Samkhya.

In Vedic lineage--shaktiman or powerful god has a female aspect--called the Shakti. Shakti and Shaktiman create mahad tattva.

Example of Shaktiman (ALL POWERFUL) with his Shakti(Power in the form of feminine divine)

*Narayana with Lakshmi.
*Shiva with Parvati
*Brahma with Bharati
*Sri Rama with Sita.
*Krishna with Sri Radha

Male Divine with Female Divine. They are never separate--they just exist separately.

Pandit Atul talks about this "shakti" aspect of divine focusing on Sri Radha, on the appearance day-Radhashtami.

Why do bad things happen? A karmic perspective

Today's podcast is on the them why do bad things happen to good people. (Does this mean that good things happen to bad people?)

People say "Why me? I am one of the good people. Why do bad things happen? Why did it have to happen to me? Where is God when that bad thing was happening". Our students and community asks us this.

So, Pandit Atul explains why bad things happen from a karmic and vedic perspective.

The concept of compassion and being human is left on the side in today's day and age. Practicing a yoga lifestyle or Ayurveda-we should have a way of understanding this. This can be explained by Karma and Jyotish.

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Introduction to Jyotish-session 02

Here is the podcast #2 -Introduction to Jyotish-Vedic Astrology Part 2 by Pandit Atul Krishna Das

Transcript for the first few minutes:

Jyotish means the science of light, the science of luminaries. Moon, Mars, Venus all these planets have energies that affect us in various ways.
Planets have an effect on us whether you believe it or not.
Something as simple as "have you seen what happens during a full moon"
People can act a little crazy. Minds are affected. they maybe do something that they may not usually do. It has even given rise to this expression called moon mad.

And of course the term, "lunacy" comes from Moon. It was observed when
people had any kind of instability, we will say that there may be a vata disorder, that may be involved with psychosis- it may be involved with the moon.

The moon pulls the moon. Sun also has an effect on our digestion, our fire. Important thing is that we have karma and our karma is coming from our past lives.

Time of birth is not by chance.

We are born at a time when it is the right time for us to be born (for us to receive
the karma that has been assigned and attributed to us by our own actions in the previous life).

Vedic astrology not about destiny or predetermination.

You can look at a chart and understand things about them, their karma, their nature, and even life events. This is not going to be 100% who they are. We are individuals.

We have the ability to take up spiritual processes like yoga that can free us from t his karma.

Here is the podcast #1 Introduction to Jyotish-Vedic Astrology Part 1 by Pandit Atul Krishna Das

Bhagavad Gita for Yoga Practitioners

On the occasion of janamashtami, the appearance of Shri Krishna we have released two podcasts.

Podcast 1 by Pandit Atul on the appearance of Sri Krishna

Podcast 2 by Dr. Aparna Dandekar on laying the background story of why Bhagavad Gita was spoken focusing on yoga practitioners

Cooking as a Meditation

We all complain we don't have time to do a meditation. How about using something as mundane as cooking as a time to meditate mindfully?

We talk about cleansing our minds, using mundane activities to help our mind and meditating while doing chores-how simple is that?

What effect does food have on our minds? What is the role of consciousness in cooking? What is meditative cooking?

In this podcast, Pandit Atul Krishna talks about food and the mind.

Bhagavad Gita and the Current Political Climate.

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Ayurveda talks about different mind types by mentioning kayas-the qualities of the mind. Bhagavad Gita Chapter 16 also talks about this. A Sattvik minded person may have

Brahma kaya
Rishi Kaya
Indra Kaya
Yama Kaya

A Rajas kaya can be

Asura (demonic)
Paisaca (vampiric)

Imagine if such a person with such a mind type became a leader of the country? What is the karmic result to its citizens.

A conversation with pandit Atul Krishna and Manjulali about chapter 16 of Bhagavad Gita. The different types of kaya

What-is-a-Guru?

What is a Guru? On this occasion of Guru Purnima on July 4th, 2020 Pandit Atul Krishna discusses the need, importance and qualifications of a Guru? How do we seek a spiritual teacher? What mantras should be used?

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