AyurvedA

 

Ayurvedic Consultation: (60 minutes to 90 minutes)  package of 3 for $250

Learn about the foundations of Ayurveda and how you can benefit from these simple and ancient principles. By understanding and implementing proper food choices, activities and lifestyles, you will be able to keep your body, mind, and spirit in balance. In this first session, we will go into evaluating patterns, identify areas of imbalance, find targeted concerns and create a plan. The second session, we will reconvene and review a plan that resonates with you, it will consist of a daily self-care routine, possible herbs, dietary shifts, yoga and breath work implementation, and recommendations. The third session we will review progress, discuss further options and tweak plan if need be.

 Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy or Private Yoga: (60 minutes)   $60

Hatha yoga is a holistic approach that includes postures (asana), purification procedures (shatkriya), gestures (mudra), breathing (pranayama), and meditation. It is recognized as a stress-reducing practice. Or go deeper into your yoga practice based on Ayurvedic principles as they relate to your specific body type. The foundations of yoga will be provided to help develop your own practice based on alignment, proper body mechanics, breath work and sequences that will bring you into balance. 


Are you suffering from physical tension and tightness? Dealing with extreme fatigue and mental sluggishness? Is digestion causing Acid Reflux,  cramping and gas pain? Are you stiff and have joint pain? Are you having trouble staying asleep? What drives you? Who drives you? These are just a few questions that we can explore. 

Together we can explore the principles of Ayurveda that have helped millions of people, to bring more peace, health, and inner joy into their own lives. In our extremely fast-paced, high stressed lives, we are pushing ourselves into sickness and imbalance. It is time to tune into your body and mind! It speaks to you each and every day and we must listen. The answers lie within.  

Ayurveda literally means “knowledge of life” and its scope is truly no less encompassing. While the tradition is thought to be over five thousand years old, Ayurveda remains as relevant as ever—and it is enlivened every day as individuals around the world engage its timeless wisdom in their day-to-day lives.  What I love about Ayurveda is that it focuses on the individual not the collective: Everyone is unique!

Ayurveda is a remarkably individualized system of medicine. The tradition is rooted in the idea that each of us is born with a completely personal blueprint for optimum health. From birth onward, it is this reference point—your constitution—that, in many ways, defines who you are. No two constitutions are exactly alike; therefore, no two human beings can have precisely the same expression of ideal health.  While there are certainly some practices that are considered to be beneficial for most everyone, Ayurveda places the focus firmly on you, the individual concerned. This is why an assessment of your constitution, your current state of balance, and a set of personalized recommendations to support you in your journey towards optimal health—can be such an empowering resource. Among many other reasons why I love Ayurveda so much, one of the biggest reasons is that it encompasses the body, mind and spirit and is multi-dimensional in its approach. From yoga to breath work, to herbs, food choices and meditation, Ayurveda looks at the whole body in trying to bring it back to balance and harmony. 

The importance of the Five Elements

Ayurveda recognizes five elements as the fundamental building blocks of nature—earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space). Every substance, every cell, contains all five of these elements. It is the influence and importance of these elements that determine how we finely tune ourselves to allow our digestion, our sleep, our immunity, our hormonal balance, our state of mind to flow optimally and prevent us from disease. When we are in perfect harmony, there is no disease. 

The Three Doshas

 Vata, Pitta, Kapha. These Doshas each embody a particular combination of elements and qualities to create a functional entity—an energetic force of nature. The doshas, or some combination of them, can be identified in various seasons, climates, ages, landscapes, activities, etc. In the context of our bodies, all three doshas are necessary to facilitate important physiological functions. But if they accumulate beyond healthy limits, the doshas can also wreak havoc on our health.

Vata: Air and Ether:

Qualities: Dry, Light, Cold, Rough, Subtle, Mobile, Clear

Vata is the energy of air and ether, movement and impulse, creativity and connection. 

This dosha governs breathing, the pulsation of the heart, muscle movement in general, nerve impulses, sensory perception, communication, and our capacity to experience flexibility, joy, and expansive consciousness.

In excess, vata can cause fear, anxiety, physical and emotional constriction, un-groundedness, poor circulation, constipation and more.

Those who are born with more of the space and air element have a vata constitution. Generally, a vata person will be very thin, more talkative, restless; they typically have a lower body weight, dry skin, brittle nails, thin hair, and small, slightly sunken eyes.  While walking, their joints may make sounds. In terms of climate, they tend to prefer warm or hot weather, while they may have trouble tolerating the cold. They have a hard time gaining weight, so they tend to be thin. They are creative, passionate, exciting and adventurous. 

Pitta Fire and Water: 

Qualities: Hot, Sharp, Light, Liquid, Oily

Pitta is the energy of fire and water, digestion and transformation. 

This dosha governs appetite, digestion, absorption, assimilation, intelligence, charisma, courage, and ambition.

In excess, pitta can cause anger, jealousy, inflammation, excessive heat, heartburn, loose stools, migraines, rashes, sharp hunger, an overactive metabolism, and difficulty sleeping.

Those who are born with hotter constitutions, contain more of the fire element. A pitta person is generally active, a perfectionist, dynamic, intelligent and also short tempered. They may have leadership qualities, a moderate build, a smart personality, a sharp nose, and sharp eyes. They are generally slightly warm to the touch with rosy lips and pink nails with a slight curve. They make great leaders, orators and organizers.

Kapha: Water and Earth: 

Qualities: Heavy, Slow, Cool, Oily, Smooth, Dense, Gross cloudy, Sticky

Kapha is the energy of water and earth, structure and cohesiveness, grounding and stability. 

This dosha governs nourishment, growth, lubrication, regeneration, fluid balance, fat regulation, strength, stamina, memory, and our ability to feel compassion and contentment.

In excess, kapha can cause attachment, greed, resistance to change, lack of motivation, heaviness in the mind and body, excessive sleep, depression, a sluggish metabolism, congestion and water retention.

Kapha indicates the water and earth element. People with this kapha constitution are generally cool, calm, lazy,  cheerful, stocky (if not overweight). Ayurveda says that because a kapha person is the least bothered, happiest type of person on the whole planet, the best constitution is kapha. They’re cheerful all the time! Other qualities include a thick build, thick, dark hair, big eyes with white around,  and prominent, shiny, white teeth. The skin may also be thick, moist, and a little cool to the touch.

All three doshas are present in everyone, but the ratio between them varies a great deal from one person to the next. 

Want to find out more? schedule a consultation.

Ayurveda can Benefit:

Balancing of the Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire),
Kapha (Water/Earth)

• Constipation

• Digestive Issues

• Emotional Imbalance and Stress

• Immunity

• Low Energy

• Skin Irritations

• Sleep

• Sluggishness

Here is one great thing you can do for yourself:

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What is Abhyanga?

Abhyanga is the anointing of the body with oil. It is has been a staple in Ayurveda for thousands of years. Often infused with herbs or essential oils and usually warm, the oil is massaged into the entire body before bathing. It can be beneficial for maintaining health and is used therapeutically for certain conditions. Abhyanga can be incorporated into a routine appropriate for almost everyone.  

Benefits of applying oil to the body (abhyanga)

Some of the benefits of abhyanga massage: imparts softness, strength and color to the body, decreases the effects of aging, nourishes the body, balances our sleep patterns, creates a positive subtle barrier to the body and helps with dry skin. These blended oils also enhance tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body, increases circulation, pacifies vata (by calming the body and mind), pitta (by cooling and clearing body and mind), and Kapha (by stimulating and detoxifying the body and mind).  

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