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Ayurveda


"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"

- Hippocrates

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Ayurveda


"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"

- Hippocrates

Ayurvedic Health Consultation
 

Receive a one-on-one Ayurvedic consultation to address your overall health, find out your Dosha (constitution), including a daily regime plan and personalized diet recommendations.  
 
 

A TYPICAL CONSULTATION INCLUDES:

  • Reviewing history and lifestyle

  • Addressing health issues and goals

  • Lifestyle recommendations and wellness goals

  • A daily plan with Ayurveda recipes according to Dosha and imbalance. Foods to include and to avoid

  • Yoga postures, Pranayama techniques according to individual needs

  • Tools to overcome emotional challenges such as meditation techniques

  • Specific Aromatherapy oils according to constitution and imbalance

  • Working with Marma therapy (vital points in the human body) according to imbalance

  • Color and sound therapy

Initial consultation (60 minutes) $95

Follow up visit (45 minutes) $60

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Healing with plants


About Ayurveda

Healing with Plants

Healing with plants


About Ayurveda

Healing with Plants

ABOUT AYURVEDA

Ayur = Life, Veda = Knowledge

Ayurveda is science of life, a way of living and being in harmony with ones internal and external environment. It is a holistic system of healing system that dates back to India over 5000 years ago. It’s roots stem from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples.  

The Rishis saw that in the beginning, the world existed in an unmanifested state of consciousness. From that state the subtle vibration of Aum manifested. From this sound the five basic elements were produced; Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Ayurveda believes that every individual is a unique phenomenon, a manifestation of the cosmic consciousness. According to Ayurveda, health is a perfect balance among the three fundamental energies or doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and equally a a balance in mind, body and Spirit. Ayurveda addresses the human being as whole and looks at them at this point in time as an individual. It acknowledges that the human being is much more than a body but also that the body, mind, emotions and soul are all interconnected. This ancient wisdom provides ways to balance these through lifestyle, daily routine, diet, yoga, pranayama, meditation, medicinal herbs and detoxification practices according to one’s constitution and current state.

Ayurveda is a personalized approach that recognizes that everybody has a unique mind-body constitution. There is no ‘one size fits all’ prescription. Knowing and learning about your individual constitution will help you make optimal choices about your lifestyle and nurture your own inner intelligence. The purpose of practicing Ayurveda is to achieve longevity, healing, rejuvenation and self-realization.
 

ANCIENT WISDOM for MODERN TIMES

For those of us living in a concrete jungle it can be such a challenge to be in touch with our true nature because we are so far removed from it. We live in faster, more work driven, “doing more” culture. We cheat ourselves by thinking that being able to multitask means we are successful but in reality we cannot do one thing well. We bombard our senses with constant information from our phones, obsessively checking texts, emails and social media. There is no surprise why our anxiety levels and our ability to focus have gotten worse. How can one be in a state of balance when we are bombarded by all the senses? We must be slow down, focus on one thing at a time, relax, and live in harmony with the environment. Look to nature, it refuses to be rushed.

There can be many internal and external factors that lead to an imbalanced state. The food we eat, work, relationships, emotional stress, environment and change of season can all have an effect on us. From an Ayurvedic perspective our health in not only determined by what we eat but our ability to digest, absorb and assimilate those foods. It is the absorption and assimilation of nutrients that help to nourish our bodily tissues; Lymph (Rasa), blood (Rakta), Muscle (Mamsa), Fat (Meda), Bone (Ashti), Nerves (Majja), Reproductive tissue (Shukra/Artava). It takes 35 days before food increases your general strength and resilience. This means that the food you ate one month ago is still affecting your body today. Ojas means strength and vigor. It is the final and most refined by-product of digestion, and it supports and maintains your overall health. As the bees collect honey from fruits and flowers, so does the body collect Ojas by the food, lifestyle and habits of a human being

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Discovering your constitution


PRAKRITI

Finding your constitution

Discovering your constitution


PRAKRITI

Finding your constitution

PRAKRITI: YOUR CONSTITUTION

‘Prakriti’ is your basic constitution. It is determined at the moment of conception and related to your genetically inherited and emotional qualities. Prakriti is described by three main Doshas or forces: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These are loosely translated as Air, Fire and Earth respectively. According to Ayurveda we are all born with a varying amount of each element in our mind-body constitution. Knowing your Prakriti and Vikruti (current state/imbalance) can help you maintain optimum health.

Ayurveda addresses each human being individually with their specific conditions and needs. A raw food diet may really work for one constitution but for another, it can lead to further imbalance. The practice of this ancient system offers a individual holistic approach to treating current imbalances and empowers everyone to take responsibility for their own wellbeing.

To find out your exact Prakriti and Vikruti please schedule an appointment. 


VATA = AIR + SPACE

Cold, dry, light, irregular, mobile, rough, moving, changeable. A person with Vata predominant is blessed with a quick and creative mind. They can grasp knowledge very quickly but also tend to forget easily. They usually have a thin light frame with narrow hips and shoulders. They tend to walk, talk and eat quickly. Their energy comes in bursts and they are fatigued easily. When unbalanced they often have a racing mind, feel restless, unstable, anxious and fearful. They are more susceptible to diseases involving the air principle; pneumonia, cold hands and feet, bloating, gas, arthritis, instability in bones, dry skin and loss of hair.

PITTA = FIRE + WATER

Hot, penetrating, sharp, oily, pungent and acidic. A person with Pitta predominant manifests as a fiery nature both in mind and body. They have strong appetite, strong digestion, sharp ideas and transform knowledge very fast. They are ambitious, creative and make great leaders. They usually have a medium build and tend to perspire easily. If unbalanced they can be very ‘fiery.’ They can suddenly erupt into hot emotions of anger, jealousy, judgement and impatience. Pitta people tend to have issues involving the fire attribute; inflammation, eye irritation, skin rashes, burning sensation, ulcers, colitis and sore throats. 

KAPHA = WATER + EARTH

A person with Kapha predominant is blessed with patience, strength, and stamina. When balanced, they have a calm and loving disposition and are generally grounded secure and stable. Physically Kapha people are of a bigger build with the tendency to gain weight easily since they have slower metabolism. Kapha people tend to have issues connected to the water principle such as flu, sinus congestion and mucus. If unbalanced they tend to experience dullness and dwell in heavy emotions; depression, attachment, lethargy and stagnation. They can get sluggish, swelling and gain excess weight easily.

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Simple daily tips for radiant health


SIMPLE DAY TO DAY TIPS

For radiant health

Simple daily tips for radiant health


SIMPLE DAY TO DAY TIPS

For radiant health

- Rise with the sun, preferably before 6am as this is the time of Brahma muhurta. Considered to be the most favorable time for spiritual practice like meditation. The mind will be refreshed at this time and waking up early will give you time to enjoy the morning calm of nature. Try to create a daily routine; waking up the same time, daily Sadhana; Asana, pranayama, Kriya and meditation practice.

- In morning notice take note of how you feel, what your tongue and poop looks like. This is a tell tale sign of your digestion and Vikruti (current state)

- Scrape your tongue ideally with a copper scraper from the back to the front to get rid of Ama or toxins. Scraping the tongue not only keeps oral cavity healthy but also stimulates the internal organs

- Whatever you take in the morning sets the mood for the rest of the day! Drink a big glass of room temperature water in the morning after brushing your teeth. Afterwards drink another glass of warm water with lemon or lime juice. This washes the digestive tract or toxins that have built up overnight, stimulates peristalsis and gives the body a vitamin C boost.

- Oil pulling is one of the best ways to keep your gums and teeth healthy. It has been used for thousands of years! Take a small mouthful of sesame oil/Coconut oil and swish it around, pulling the oil in between the gaps in the teeth for approx. 10-15 minutes. The oil will become thin and turn into a whitish color. Spit it out and flush with hot water so it doesn’t clog the sink. Brush teeth again

- Dry brushing. Your skin is the biggest organ of elimination. Dry brushing gets red of dead cells, stimulates the lymphatic system and improves circulation. Use a natural bristle brush or a loofah and brush from feet up, long strokes along the legs and arms, brushing in circles around the abdomen, direction of brushing towards the heart.

- Use spices and herbs like Ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, fennel, coriander and cumin to improve digestive fire and metabolism.

- To aid digestion, drink Cumin, Corriander and Fennel tea, commonly known as CCF tea.  Boil 3 cups of water and add 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds, ¼ tsp Corriander seeds and ¼ tsp Fennel seeds. Cover pan with lid, steep and drain seeds out. Sip with your meal. This is one of the most simplest and traditional formulas to aid digestion. The combination of these herbs stokes the digestive fire, gets rid of sluggishness, water retention and relaxes the mind. One can also chew a small handful of fennel seeds after the meal to aid digestion, strengthen Agni and dispelling flatulence.

- Watch out for proportion and combination of food. Keep it simple. The amount we eat should not exceed the capacity of the stomach. Just like the laundry; overload= out of service!

- Take a hot bath with oils or shower before bedtime to relax entire body. It soothes Vata dosha and prepares mind and body for sleep.

- One of my favorite drinks to take before bedtime is a cup of golden milk. It helps reduce inflammation and aids relaxation. Golden milk is excellent for calming Vata dosha but it’s also a great tonic for all doshas. I like to use almond milk but it’s good with any nut milk.  Heat 1 cup of almond milk, add ½ tsp organic turmeric, a pinch of nutmeg, pinch of cinnamon,1 inch crushed fresh ginger and 3 crushed cardamom pods. Add maple syrup or other sweetener if desired.

- Massage the soles of the feet with Bhringaraj oil or sesame oil and cover with socks before bedtime. Additionally massage oil to the scalp and cover the pillow with a towel. Apply one drop of oil diluted nutmeg oil to each temple and forehead.  Nutmeg is especially good for those who have insomnia or restlessness.

- We often have too many worries and anxieties when we’re supposed to be sleeping. Do not look at computers or phones just before bedtime. Leave the phone in another room.

- After you take a hot shower or bath, lie down on the bed and watch the breath for a few minutes and slowly scan the entire body from the feet towards the head with your attention. You will sleep like a baby!

- Each individual has the power to heal him/herself. Find out your Prakriti and current Vikruti so you can maintain your optimum health.

 

For Ayurveda cooking and Plant based dessert/cheese workshops please contact Pam here.

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Ayurvedic food and dessert gallery


NOURISHMENT

Ayurvedic food and dessert gallery


NOURISHMENT

AYURVEDIC FOOD

Ayurvedic food is a way of offering love. It is a combination of flavorful ingredients, specific herbs and spices that nourish the body to achieve optimum health. Ayurvedic food is based on a Sattvic diet; food that is pure and abundant in life force or life giving energy which when digested promotes harmony and balance. There is an emphasis on using plenty of fresh organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices. Sattvic food is also referred to as a yogic diet because it induces clarity of the mind. 

Ayurveda recognizes that we have six different tastes; sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. Including all six tastes in your everyday diet contributes to feeling satisfied at the end of the meal. Cravings are often caused by not having all six tastes incorporated in the daily diet. 

Right combination and proportion of food is extremely important for an individual. Ayurvedic style cooking keeps in mind the dietary needs of an individual based on their mind and body type. Careful food combining can dramatically improve the quality of digestion so that the individual can receive the optimum nourishment and improve overall health.