Ayurveda, an ancient East Indian system of natural healing, reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. How we digest, absorb and assimilate what we take in on all of these levels affects our health. Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our being: movement, transformation, and structure. These energies are expressed individually through three body types (doshas): Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each of us have a unique proportion of these forces within us which shapes our constitutions and our predispositions for dis-ease. An important goal of Ayurveda is to identify a person’s ideal state of balance, determine where they are out of balance, and offer interventions using diet, herbs, body treatments, exercise, yoga, yogic breathing, gems, and/or meditation to reestablish balance.
Ayurveda’s deep, integrated approach to health requires an in depth look into the client’s lifestyle. Two sessions are usually necessary, often accompanied by email communication, to fully develop a plan which takes into account one’s health history, digestive patterns, emotional wellness, dietary and nutritional habits. This allows for a truly personalized program to emerge and affords time to work through the challenges that may arise as one begins to implement such changes in his or her life.