What is Ayurveda? 

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India and the oldest system of Health Care that has been continuously practiced on this planet, records show as far back as 5,000 years.  It is a system of both preventative and curative medicine.  Ayur-veda means the “the knowledge of life.” This ancient yet timeless system of health and well-being practices a holistic approach in how we heal.  Looking to balance the whole person and not separate parts, ayurveda understands that each person is unique and as a result, each person’s path towards optimal health is unique.  Ayurveda helps individuals to know what types of food, colors, aromas, sounds and touch will create a state of balance and harmony in their body and mind.  When the body and mind are in harmony, normal physiology is restored and the body’s natural response to healing takes place.

One of the first questions I ask a client is “How’s Your Digestion?” 

According to ayurveda, the health and integrity of the digestive process is truly the fulcrum of one’s health. Ayurveda’s simple premise, that the body’s healing potential is unleashed when the causes of imbalance are removed. This statement forms the foundation of ayurvedic medicine and practices. The first things I address with my ayurveda clients during a consultation is a comprehensive digestion profile where we address the principles of healthy eating practices. The broad spectrum of what nature offers reflects the intrinsic intelligence in the body's capacity to gravitate to the food it needs.

Some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you experience digestive problems? 

  • Do you experience elimination problems? 

  • What foods do you having difficulty digesting? 

  • What stresses you out?

  • What is your go-to emotional response when stressed?

  • Do you have trouble sleeping?

Ayurveda treats and addresses the symptoms of disease at its root cause. According to ayurveda, symptoms, whether mental or physical, are our body’s way of letting us know we are out of balance or out of alignment with nature.  When balance is regained the body’s healing potential is unleashed.

Some traditional ayurveda therapies

Heart Basti is made of herbs, ghee and milk to nourish the heart

Heart Basti is made of herbs, ghee and milk to nourish the heart

Abyangha is a traditional ayurveda massage with dosha-specific warm herb infused oils

Abyangha is a traditional ayurveda massage with dosha-specific warm herb infused oils

Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, Nadi Vijnanam

Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis, Nadi Vijnanam

Eye Basti is used to reduce eye strain and stress. The eyes are bathed a warm medicated ghee

Eye Basti is used to reduce eye strain and stress. The eyes are bathed a warm medicated ghee