A 5-Week Exploration of Breathwork, Stillness & Energy



In this series, you will learn:

- principles for vibrant, natural health from Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga

- practical ways to care for your unique mind-body type

- to upgrade your cooking using spices, herbalism and food as medicine
- secrets of self-care to purify, strengthen and balance your body, mind and emotions 

- guided meditations and breathing practices to help you relax and connect with your body’s wisdom (or intuition)

- natural solutions to improve digestion, sleep, focus, energy and natural joy



Our classes will focus on the following themes:

Session 1: Introduction to Mind-Body Healing (Jan 9):

  • Principles of Balance, Harmony and the Natural Self; Root Causes of Disease and the 3 Mahagunas

  • Guided breathing exercise and meditation on the natural self

Session 2: A Deeper Exploration of Your Mind-Body Type (Feb 6)

  • The principles of the 3 doshas in body, mind and physiology; Tips for Diet, Exercise, Herbalism and Self-Care

  • Guided breathing exercise and meditation to activate inner wisdom

Session 3: Daily Routines for Clarity and Energy (March 19)

  • Daily practices to balance moods, energy, circadian rhythms, immunity, and stress resilience; the science of the yogic breathing (Pranayamas)

  • Guided breathing exercise and meditation for the Sun energy

Session 4: Healthy Digestion, Elimination and Immunity (April 9)

  • Agni 101, wise eating principles, the science of food combining, treating common digestive imbalances, and intro to healthy dhatus (the 7 bodily tissues)

  • Guided breathing exercise and meditation on navel wisdom and the dhatus

Session 5: Detoxification, Rejuvenation and Seasonal Balance (May 7)

  • Introduction to toxins (ama) and impacts on energy, immunity and resilience; intro to seasonal cleanings and one-day home detox process (optional); purification of the 5 senses 

  • Guided breathing exercise and meditation for purity and light

Session 6: The Refinement of the Doshas: Energy, Vitality, Bliss (June 4)

  • The 3 vital essences: ojas, tejas and prana; tonics and lifestyle principles to boost energy, virility, tality and clear perception; Ayurvedic science on bliss

  • Guided breathing exercise and meditation for interconnectedness and bliss 



  • ​You're interested in exploring personal well-being, self-healing or in upgrading the way you live;

  • You are experiencing emotional, mental or physical pain or challenges, such as anxiety, pain, stress, poor memory, lack of focus or creativity blocks; 

  • You want to connect with like-minded people who are passionate about natural living.



Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing from Ancient India. Known as the 'sister science' of yoga, it uses a combination of food, herbalism and self-care to help the body-mind heal from illness and restore a natural state of strength, immunity and balance.

At its core, ayurveda teaches us that our wellness is innate, and comes through the alignment with nature's cycles and being who we truly are.




Briya (Rachel) Freeman draws on over 15 years’ practice and study in yoga, meditation and mind-body healing.

Her primary inspiration draws from a long-term mentorship under the guidance of Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a female mystic and shaman of South American origin, and from the science of ayurveda, a system of holistic medicine and self-care.


She is a graduate of The Bioenergetics Institute of Ottawa (2012), holds studies from Anjali School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma (Kerala, India 2012-2016), a Bachelor's degree from The Telfer School of Management (2006) and studies in International Business at L'Ecole Supérieure de Rouen (France, 2004).

Briya currently resides in Ottawa, Canada and works part-time as a business consultant and facilitator.

Get in touch


woman 6

“When I registered for this class, I did not understand that I would be introduced to Ayurveda Lifestyle. 

Now, I forsee a new path for my life. 

It is AMAZING! Thank you!”


woman 4

“Amazingly beautiful course! As a woman who has always struggled with my body image and weight, this course has given me the BIGGEST AH-HA moment of my life! [..]

I’m truly grateful for having Briya as my teacher. She carries warmth, understanding and no judgment. I look forward to many more teachings!”


woman 7

“Thank you for the lovely course! It helped to open my mind and connect it with my physical body.

I loved the mind-body connection work! The questions you posed were so thoughtful and purposeful. It made me think of things I had never even considered in terms of my own self-concept.

It was a practical course that had an immediate affect on my daily well-being.” 


man 8

“Briya is one of those rare radiant beings, who is truly there spiritually to support you on your journey. While Briya effectively conveys practical knowledge, this is always done with a joyful smile. Being very generous with her time, Briya is able to frame your thoughts and questions against a tremendous backdrop of experience. Working with Briya I have seen wonderful improvements. Briya is a great teacher!”  – Faisal


Image by Katy Anne


Course Dates:

Thursday evenings, once a month starting January 9 at 7 pm


Session 1: Jan 9 from 7 - 8:30 pm

Session 2: Feb 6 from 7 - 8:30 pm

Session 3: March 19 from 7 - 8:30 pm

Session 4: April 9 from 7 - 8:30 pm

Session 5: May 7 from 7 - 8:30 pm

Session 6: June 4 from 7 - 8:30 pm


Berdhanya Teaching Centre

36 Simcoe Street, Ottawa 

(off Lees ave)

Registration Fees:

Full Series: $285 (6 classes)

Drop in: $50 (1.5 hour session)

Early Bird Registration: $250 for
those who register by November 31.



Registration will be limited to a small group (max. 10 participants). 
A $50 deposit is required to reserve your seat.
To register, please contact briyafreeman@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you!