Discovering Ayurveda Taking Charge of Your Health & Well-Being

This class is taught by:

Akal Simran (Melissa Schurger) Kaur

Melissa (Akal Simran) Schurger was born in Seattle and has been traveling internationally since 1990; establishing residency in Germany and then Mexico, with a passion for relating to people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree and Graduate Program in Religion & Missionary Studies, she began work in the Foreign Language SEO department for Google and then transitioned to the HealthVault team at Microsoft.
Perhaps her biggest joy throughout life has been maintaining an athletic career as a nutrition counselor, fitness instructor and competitor. After professionally racing marathons as a sponsored athlete she completed her first ultra-marathon race (31 miles) and two weeks later completed a 50 mile training run in the Sierra Nevadas on the Western States trail with her teammates. This marked a turning point in her spiritual journey and after returning home she began practicing yoga, not just as a physical exercise, but as a vehicle for gaining a deeper understanding of the essential nature within.
Her personal transformation began by practicing yoga and meditation with mantras and understanding the science and effectiveness behind Sound Healing. Finally she was able to truly connect with her eternal essence and release deeply rooted stress that had built up from a series of life challenges, relationship trauma and loss before allowing it to turn into forms of chronic illness. Beyond grateful for this liberating science, she has since devoted her life to sharing these teachings of timeless wisdom.
She was inspired to study Higher States of Consciousness with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar and other board-certified doctors passionate about incorporating integrative medicine into their practice. In 2016 she completed certifications in Primordial Sound Meditation, Perfect Health and Hatha Yoga at the Chopra Center University graduating as a Vedic Master with a special passion for teaching mind body medicine through the life science of Ayurveda. She is continuing her yogic education with the Anahata studio and has found her spiritual family through the practice and teachings of Kundalini Yoga. Becoming a teacher of Kundalini Yoga is an essential commitment for her to be able to share the technology of inner energy that develops the nervous system and cultivates a meditative mind for dealing with the unique challenges facing our society in the Aquarian Age.
Learn how to create harmony between the body, mind, and spirit; bringing yourself into a state of balance that prevents illness and contributes to a long and healthy life.

How well do you know yourself? Do you wonder why you respond one way to stress when people around you respond differently? Do you know the best way to recharge your vitality when you are feeling stressed or depleted? Do you know what foods and exercises benefit you most?

Your natural sleep patterns, favorite activities, and body type are all influenced by your unique mind-body constitution or dosha. Understanding the doshas can profoundly improve your health and your ability to create well-being on a daily basis. This is the foundation of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world and has influenced many of the traditional methods of healing including Tibetan, Chinese and Greek medicine, and thus has been called the mother of healing. The term “Ayurveda” means “life-knowledge” in Sanskrit.

While Ayurveda is generally viewed as a system of medicine for the body, all Vedic sciences – including yoga – are focused on a deeper truth. These sciences are designed to bring balance, harmony, and silence to the mental, physical, and emotional bodies so that we can be better equipped to act from our truth, rather than from protective patterns that the mind incessantly projects on the screen.

"Ayurvedic Herbalism is not of the east or the west, of ancient or modern time; it is a science of living that encompasses the whole of life, and which relates the life of the individual to that of the universe. A knowledge that belongs to all living beings." ~ Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, 'The Yoga of Herbs'

Akal Simran Kaur