Ayurveda – Discover the connection between food, lifestyle and Yoga

Help me deepen my yoga & Ayurveda knowledge - and feel, experience and taste the benefits!

Risa Featured November 29, 2018 at 9:47 am
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My Mission

Hi! My name is Risa. I’m a passionate Yoga teacher and a dedicated Yoga student, looking to deepen my training and help you explore the relationship between Yoga and Ayurveda.

My mission is to bring Yoga to more people, not just as a physical practice, but incorporating the philosophical and spiritual elements of Yoga in more digestible ways.

Alongside, I want to bring Ayurveda to more people and teach them how they can incorporate Yoga and Ayurveda together into their daily lives.

I want to offer you the opportunity to experience the combination of Yoga & Ayurveda and the positive changes this can bring to your physical and mental well being.

By supporting me in deepening my knowledge and training, I in turn would love to help you do the same. Whatever the reasons that take you to your Yoga mat, I want you to be able to feel the same benefits as I do.

To do this I have put together a range of rewards for helping me. Please have a look and if you are able to do so, join me on our journey towards a healthier, happier future!

My Yoga Journey

I started Yoga from a broken place.

Many people practice Yoga as a physical practice. This was true for me when I first started practicing Yoga over 10 years ago.

I wasn’t enjoying my job and I was in the middle of an abusive relationship.

Yoga class was where I could escape, be myself, let everything go and recharge. It created the space for me to learn Yoga philosophy, practice deeper and turn my life upside down.

I had been practising on and off for the first 5 years and then in 2013, I decided to take Yoga to the next level, practicing 2-3 times a week in a local Yoga studio.

From student to teacher

My next step was to make the transition from student to teacher. I enrolled onto a Yoga teacher training course in April 2014 and everything changed.

After completing an intensive Yoga teacher training course, I received my certification from my Yoga school. I was officially a qualified Yoga teacher. But this was just the start.

Little did I know at the time that it meant much more than just becoming a teacher and instead, I was embarking on the long journey to finding my true-self and my true life purpose.

The biggest accomplishment after completing my Yoga teacher training was to quit smoking. I’d been a heavy smoker since a teenager and continued to smoke to relieve stress and remove the sense of emptiness. Yoga really helped me look at my life from a different perspective and showed me that I didn’t need to rely on cigarettes to feel happier in my life.

Over the past 4 years, I’ve been back and forth with different personal development tools such as EFT, NLP and coaching but I always come back to Yoga as the tool to heal my mind and body.

And now back to student!

After 4 years of exploring different avenues in my life, I am ready to embark on a new journey and I need your help!

In March 2019, I am traveling to Rishikesh, India to participate in an advanced 100 Hour Yoga teacher training course –  to further study Yoga and its relationship with Ayurveda.

What is Ayurveda and how does it relate to yoga?

Ayurveda is known as a sister science of Yoga, and is a type of alternative and complementary medicine that originated in India and can be traced back to 5,000 BC.  The word Ayurveda means “The Science of Life” in Sanskrit.

Ayurveda focuses on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state by living in harmony with nature and eating specific foods and maintaining a lifestyle according to the season and that is unique to the individual.

While Yoga focus on physical practice, meditation and breathing exercises to re-balance your body and mind, Ayurveda focuses on eating the right food and maintaining a lifestyle unique to your mind-body type, which is called a “dosha” in Sanskrit, to bring your body and mind back to balanced state.

Ayurveda is widely practiced on the Indian subcontinent. According to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality & Healing, more than 90 percent of Indian nationals use some form of Ayurvedic medicine.

Why Ayurveda?

I first discovered Ayurveda while researching my first Yoga Teacher Training back in 2013. Back then, I knew little about Ayurveda but I was fascinated by Ayurvedic way of cleansing your body and how to heal your body with food.

I have suffered from eczema since I was little. My eczema tends to flare up when I am stressed and burnt out. Although Yoga really helps me relieve stress and calms my mind, as well as strengthens my body and mind, my eczema didn’t go away and although these days my eczema is mild, I am living in fear of “what if my intense eczema returns again”.

So this year, I decided to consult with a Ayurveda consultant to find out my imbalances and how I can integrate Ayurveda into my daily life. I found her through my one of my favourite Yoga podcasts, and I was inspired by her story of how she has successfully regulated her hypothyroidism using the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga practice.

It has been a real eye opener for me and I can’t stop learning more about Ayurveda ever since!

The big bonus is that I love food and cooking, which can be therapeutic in its own right!

Where will the money go?

I’m asking for financial support to fund my advanced Yoga teacher training so that I can deepen my study in Yoga and Ayurveda, and bring my new knowledge and skills to my Yoga classes I teach and create courses that will benefit your Yoga practice and hopefully change your life.

The money will go to:  

  • 100 Hour Ayurveda & Yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India: $1,050 (approx £900)
  • Accommodation in Ashram for 12 days $18 per day (approx £200)
  • Return flight ticket to India: approx £700
  • Paypal transaction fees: approx £100

Total Target: £1,900

I will be donating 10% to Goonj, a charity in India and all the extra money I receive beyond my total target amount.  

Goonj uses the under-utilised and excess urban household material as a tool for rural development across 23 states in the country.  Please check out their website for more info.


Donate £10 and receive:

You will receive my e-book where you can learn about the link between Yoga and Ayurveda philosophy. I also share Yoga postures, breathing exercises and lifestyle suggestion for specific focuses; Stress & Anxiety, Detox, Letting Go, Neck & Shoulders and Core Strength.

You will receive the e-book by end of January 2019.

Donate £25 and receive:

You will receive my e-book plus Yoga videos for the 5 focus areas I mentioned in the e-book.

You will receive the Yoga videos by end of January 2019.

Donate £50 and receive:

You will receive my e-book and Yoga videos, plus a 60 minute Ayurveda consultation (via Skype) where we’ll discuss your current diet, lifestyle and any imbalances you are currently experiencing and I’ll suggest a bespoke diet plan, lifestyle changes and Yoga postures unique to you and your imbalances. My suggestions will be sent to you in beautiful PDF downloadable document.

You will receive the 60 minute Ayurveda consultation after my Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training in March. So you can take full benefit from my training!

Donate £100 and receive:

You will receive my e-book, Yoga videos, 60 minute Ayurveda consultation plus an online course where you can learn in depth about the Ayurvedic principles (6 tastes, seasonal eating etc.) and diet, daily routines, Yoga videos for each mind-body type and more!

You can use this online course as a follow up to your 60 minute Ayurveda consultation.

You will receive the 60 minute Ayurveda consultation and the online course after my Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training in March. So you can take full benefit from my training!

Thank you for taking time to read my page. And thank you if you decided to donate and support my training! I will personally get in touch to say thank you.

Whether you are new to Ayurveda or wanting to develop your knowledge further, if you have any questions please do get in touch with me at info@risakawamoto.com

Risa x

P.S. If you are interested in following my teacher training journey and to learn more about Yoga & Ayurveda, follow my instagram account!

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  • Alex Conway
  • 02/25/2019
    Thanks Risa for your fabulous yoga classes! Good luck with your training!
  • Kit-Ling Chan
    For all the yoga support you've given me! Namaste X
  • Anonymous
    Thanks for fun and challenging classes in 2018 - looking forward to continuing to practice in the New Year!
  • deanna johnson