Rice University - Houston, Texas
Barbara and David Gibbs
Recreation and Wellness Center
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Open Heart, Clear Mind, Healthy Body
The sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga provide natural, holistic methods for preventing disease. Small and simple changes to our diet and lifestyle can alter the course of disease and move us toward robust health. Deep emotional triggers called klesha-s can negatively impact our social interactions and sabotage our well-being. Techniques such as mantra chanting, relaxed meditation, and cultivating an optimistic state of mind can purify our heart, clear our mind and heal our body from the inside out. Acting from a place of nonviolence, truthfulness and integrity cleans our conscience and lightens the load of accumulated baggage from our past. I will talk on the roles of faith and fear, relaxation and constriction, the effects of sound on the body and more. The goal of Yoga and Ayurveda is no less than inner peace and outer happiness, so we may live fear-free with an attitude of kindness and tolerance.
Nicolai has been teaching Sanskrit, chanting, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda since 1994. He has a knack for synthesizing and organizing complex topics into simple and understandable presentations. His education combines informal, traditional study with the academic rigor of university classes. He holds an M.A. in Eastern Philosophy, an M.S. in Nutrition, and is eRYT500 certified. Nicolai has authored several Sanskrit book/CD learning tools including 108 Sanskrit Flash Cards, The Language of Ayurveda, and by Sounds True, The Language of Yoga, The Yoga Sutras: An Essential Guide to the Heart of Yoga Philosophy, and The Path of the Yoga Sutras.