Alongside the more intensive courses I’ve taught through my studio since 2006, I’ve been teaching Ayurveda modules for YTTs around Toronto for the past six years: Downward Dog, Yoga Plus, Octopus Garden, Del La Sol in Hamilton, and many other studios. The YTT format is particularly enjoyable for me, as it brings students who are at a strong transitional moment in life that allows them to consider substantial shifts in self-perception, self-care, and worldview. The ethos and poetry of Ayurveda tends to substantially complement and support their growth in physical and contemplative intelligence.
“Matthew’s thoughtful exploration of Ayurveda, The Yoga Sutras, The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the The Bhagavad Gita is an integral part of our teacher training program. He offers knowledge and insight that honours yoga’s complex histories and philosophies while placing his teachings in a rich context. Students consistently finish our program expressing gratitude for the ways in which Matthew’s gentle and informed approach touches their hearts and nourishes their daily practice.“
— Christi-an Slomka, Director of Kula Annex in Toronto
Because every training is different, I’ve had to develop several tools to accommodate hours requests. I’ve taught in 3, 4, 8, and 12 hour segments within 200-300 hour programs. At Del La Sol, I teach a 12-hour segment that also covers their lifestyle/nutrition categories. In some places, more extensive programming has been offered in elective format. At 889 Yoga I instruct my entire 30-hour introductory course, “Everyday Nectar”, as part of their Living Yoga Programme. (The full syllabus for this program is here.)
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I usually offer reduced-fee hour-long consultations to the YTT trainees that I work with: this tends to root the presentation material into personal circumstance. When I teach out of town, I’ll often meet privately with students wherever I’m being billeted.
My goal with Ayurveda, whether I’m mentoring personal students towards doing what I do, or teaching in a public setting, or in the context of YTT, is to make the language and attitudes of this very elegant system accessible, demystified, and practical. My presentation style is interactive, and always leaves room for workshop-style digression into any pressing personal or group questions that arise in the moment. I have done my best to activate the pedagogy with Powerpoint (keeping eyes up and out of notes), and breaking up data with activity and partner work.
Aside from the introductory material (which I condense for YTT hours from the Everyday Nectar syllabus), I also present on special topics in yoga pedagogy:
- “Who’s in Your Class?”: teaching to constitution
- “The Ecology of Movement”: an ayurvedic approach to asana
- “Daily Ayurvedic Support for Yoga Practice”
- “Elemental Rest”: an ayurvedic basis for restorative yoga
Matthew Remski’s approach to Ayurveda is simultaneously pragmatic, poetic, reverent, critical, and honestly quite brave. He is willing to question dogma while cherishing the spirit of Ayurvedic inquiry, and his teaching emboldens me to do the same.
– Nick Beem E-RYT500, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist & Group Facilitator
From our first online course, I knew I had found a teacher worth “tuning in” to. Matthew Remski’s online course is perfect if you’d like to move beyond the surface and eradicate confusion. While I have studied with Ayurvedic physicians and consultants over the years, Matthew Remski expresses a fresh voice on ancient wisdom. His teaching is clear, accessible, and approachable for modern day body/minds. If you are considering an online course, I highly recommend that you block the time and participate “live” rather than review the recording later. Be prepared to be challenged and fully dive into the homework and quizzes. Your presence, focused attention, and skillfully applied effort will be rewarded with a fuller appreciation and understanding of Ayurveda. The best outcome will be your ease of application of Ayurveda’s wisdom in your daily life.
– Lisa Long E-RYT 500
In a world that too often emphasizes busy work schedules, imbalance and disconnection, I found that Everyday Nectar offered concrete and practical ways to retune my awareness towards health and wholeness. I think it would be impossible to be unchanged by the course learning. There are opportunities to make the simple adjustments in your day-to-day experience that may have significant health benefits. Matthew is a caring, knowledgable teacher that creates space for a warm, nourishing inquiry into how ayurveda can positively support our human experience.
– Kelly Anderson, MD
Matthew’s vast knowledge, biting insight and irreverent humour ignite this introduction to Ayurveda. He takes an ancient practice and makes it new again, banging Caraka up against Merleau-Ponty, traditional wisdom against the sparks of intuition, human-made constructs against nature’s pulse, in a rich and compelling study of what it means to live with awareness and integrity in the world. If you let it, this course will touch all aspects of your life, from the pattern of your days to your understanding of yourself and your relationships.
– Alix Bemrose, RYT-500
Everyday Nectar with Matthew is a life affirming, life enhancing, and life changing experience. The wisdom shared is rich, deeply relevant for our time, and of practical use for anyone on the path. The material is presented with reverence, dedication and abundant creativity.
– Gary Kezar
Everyday Nectar with Matthew Remski is an in depth, comprehensive first step into the world of Ayurveda. It sets the student up with a strong enough foundation of knowledge and experience to then explore the subtle nature of your their own inner health. I thank Matthew for helping me deepen the relationship between myself and my environment.
– Steve Ferrell
The Everyday Nectar course with Matthew has opened an oceanic world of insightful information for me. The wealth of Ayurvedic principles, knowledge and integrating lifestyle practices presented, has initiated a deeper awareness of my body’s inner intelligence, beneficial change and a loving relationship with self. It’s a true blessing and has made a positive impact in my life. I’m looking so forward to diving deeper.
– Nadia Vallescura
Matthew brings a rare intelligence and poetic sensibility to his teaching of Ayurveda. Always attentive to modern applications and contemporary context, his classes encompass a riveting dialogue between different times, places and ways of knowing. He makes Ayurveda feel at once intuitive and familiar, while at the same time, offering it as a way think about and experience the the world in radical new ways.
– Katherine Friesen