Ayurvedic Wellness

Why and how will an Ayurvedic Wellness session help me?

 

Ayurvedic Wellness consultations allow a person to work with an Ayurvedic counselor to learn about what can help their unique situation. Some of the tools we use include dietary modifications, daily routine/lifestyle modifications, contemplative practices, breathing and movement exercises, and customized herbal formulas. 

 

Ayurveda’s emphasis is on the maintenance of health by balancing the person's life, using diet, lifestyle, movement, breathwork, meditation, and herbs. This understanding helps people create and bring about balance according to their own personal constitution and the current emotional and physical stresses in their lives.

Be prepared to talk about yourself, Ayurveda emphasizes balance in all areas of your life.

Your consultation will include an in-depth Doshic evaluation. This will help us determine your natural state of being and where you may be balanced or imbalanced currently. We will explore your concerns, and set appropriate and realistic goals.  Ayurveda emphasizes self-care that can bring you back into balance. 

Ayurveda considers the whole human being, believing that people have within them the required energy to bring the body back to a healthy, or balanced, state. So instead of focusing on treatment or medicine to heal the illness, Ayurveda concentrates on the techniques that will strengthen the healthy elements inherent in everybody.

What can Ayurveda support? Well everything, here is a list of some common issues. 

Weight loss

Diet and Nutrition

Insomnia

Joint and muscle pain

Vitality

Digestive disorders

Acne and other skin related issues

Hormonal balance

Women’s health including PMS and Menopause.

 

Low libido

 

Anxiety, Depression

 

Relaxation, Rejuvenation

 

Peace and Happiness

 

To feel calmer and focused.

 

To boost mental clarity.

Snapshot of Ayurveda?

Many of the natural healing systems we are now familiar with have their roots in Ayurveda, like Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy (energy balancing). Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It comes from ancient Vedic culture and was an oral tradition for many thousands of years. 

 

Like a fingerprint, each of us has a particular pattern of energy, a combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics that make up our own constitution. Our constitution is set at conception by many factors and remains the same throughout our life. 

 

Causes, that are both internal and external, move in and disturb this balance and change our constitution from balanced to imbalanced. These stresses include diet and food choices, lifestyle changes,  the seasons, the weather, physical trauma, work, and family relationships. Once the imbalance is detected we can take the proper steps to nullify or minimize their effects and eliminate the causes of imbalance and bring us back to balance. 

 

Ayurveda identifies three basic energies, these energies are present in everyone and everything (air, space, fire, water, earth). There are no English words that translate these concepts, we use the original Sanskrit words Vata, pitta, and Kapha. These principles can be related to the basic biology of our bodies.

 

Vata is the energy associated with movement, composed of Space and Air. It governs breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart. 

In balance, Vata promotes creativity and flexibility. 

Out of balance, Vata produces fear and anxiety.

A person with Vata dominance has a quick mind, flexibility, and creativity. Mentally, they usually grasp concepts quickly but then forget them just as quickly. They are Alert, restless, and very active, Vata people walk, talk and think fast, but are easily fatigued. They tend to have less willpower, confidence, boldness, and tolerance for fluctuation than other types and often feel unstable and ungrounded. When unbalanced, vata types may become fearful, nervous, and anxious. In the external world, vata types tend to earn money quickly and spend it quickly. They are not good planners and as a consequence may suffer economic hardship.

 

Vata types have variable appetite and digestion. They are often attracted to astringent foods like salad and raw vegetables, but their constitution is balanced by warm, cooked foods and sweet, sour, and salty tastes. With a tendency to produce little urine, their feces are often hard, dry, and small in size and quantity.



 

Pitta is the body’s metabolic system,  composed of Fire and Water. It governs digestion, absorption, assimilation, nutrition, metabolism, and body temperature. 

In balance, pitta promotes understanding and intelligence. 

Out of balance, pitta arouses anger, hatred, and jealousy.

 

A person with pitta-dominant constitutions have a strong metabolism, good digestion, and strong appetites. They like plenty of food and liquids and tend to love hot spices and cold drinks. However, their constitution is balanced by sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes. Pitta people’s sleep is sound and of medium duration. They produce large quantities of urine and feces, which tend to be yellowish, soft, and plentiful. They perspire easily and their hands and feet stay warm. Pitta people have a lower tolerance for sunlight, heat, and hard physical work.

 

Pitta people have warm bodies, penetrating ideas, and sharp intelligence. When out of balance, they can become very agitated and short-tempered. Mentally, pitta types are alert and intelligent and have good powers of comprehension. However, they are easily agitated and aggressive and tend toward hate, anger, and jealousy when imbalanced.

 

Pitta people like to be leaders and planners and seek material prosperity. They like to exhibit their wealth and possessions. Pitta people tend to have diseases involving the fire principle such as fevers, inflammatory diseases, and jaundice. Common symptoms include skin rashes, burning sensation, ulceration, fever, inflammations, or irritations such as conjunctivitis, colitis, or sore throats.



 

Kapha is the energy that is the body’s structure, composed of Earth and Water Kapha is the bones, muscles, and tendons. Kapha supplies the water for all bodily parts and systems. It lubricates joints, moisturizes the skin, and maintains immunity.

In balance, Kapha is expressed as love, calmness, and forgiveness. 

Out of balance, it leads to attachment, greed, and envy.

 

Kapha dominant people have strength, endurance, and stamina. In balance, they tend to have sweet, loving dispositions and be stable and grounded. Their skin is oily and smooth. Physically, Kapha people may gain weight easily and have a slow metabolism. They tend to shun exercise. Sleep is deep and prolonged. Kapha types are attracted to sweet, salty, and oily foods, but their constitutions are most balanced by bitter, astringent, and pungent tastes.

 

Psychologically, Kapha people tend to be calm, tolerant, and forgiving. However, they may become lethargic. While they may be slow to comprehend, their long term memory is excellent. When out of balance, kaphas tend to experience greed, envy, attachment, and possessiveness. They are more likely to have diseases connected to the water principle such as flu, sinus congestion, and other diseases involving mucous. Sluggishness, excess weight, diabetes, water retention, and headaches are also common. Kapha can become more aggravated as the moon gets full because there is a tendency for water retention at that time. Winter is the time of greatest Kapha accumulation and following the Kapha-balancing dietary and lifestyle changes are most important during that season.

Meeting Twice a month is suggested. However, depending on the individual and their goals and plan it may require more or less meetings.

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ERYT 500/CPT/AHC 

Christine Harbison

Wellness coach, Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Registered 500 hour yoga teacher, ACE certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach, ACE certified orthopedic and clinical exercise specialist, corrective exercise specialist, Level one Warriors at Ease teacher (PTSD, MST, TBI).

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