Ayurveda Wellness Counseling
Appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.
To schedule, contact Patty Hlava, Ph.D., AWC, C.MI., RYT:
What is Ayurveda?
The term Ayurveda translates to mean the knowledge, or science of life (Ayur = life and Veda = science or knowledge). Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health that is often considered to be the oldest of the healing sciences. Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy, and individuals with health challenges can improve their health.
Rather than managing disease directly, Ayurveda is a health-creating system that serves as a guide to wellness, healthy lifestyle, and healthy personalized diet. In this sense, Ayurveda is a guide to a deeply customized self-care and self-nourishment plan designed to cultivate balance in your body, mind, and spirit. The basic premise of Ayurveda is that by maintaining balance in both the mind and the body you achieve optimum health and well-being. Treatment and prevention come about through lifestyle practices (such as yoga, meditation, pranayama or breath work, and diet) as well as herbal and oil remedies. The goal of Ayurveda is to teach you how to attain optimal health and wellness through a deeper understanding of yourself and your own unique nature in relationship to the world around you.
What can Ayurveda help me with?
As a health-creating system, Ayurveda is well suited to offer health and wellness support throughout our entire physical and emotional systems. Whether we are experiencing a minor health concern or a chronic illness, Ayurveda can help us to restore balance and strengthen the parts of us that are healthy. Ayurveda is a wonderful adjunct treatment to Western medicine. Western medicine is skillful in its focus on treating the 5% of the body that is ill—Ayurveda supports, nourishes, and strengthens the 95% of us that is well, creating a stronger and more resilient internal environment less susceptible to further disease and discomfort.
Ayurveda can offer relief in such areas as:
- Irritable bowel
- Digestive issues
- Fatigue/low energy
- Skin conditions
- Weight management
- Women’s health
Tell me more…
Ayurveda (prounounced: ah-yure-vay-da) is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing originating in India, which holds the view that the human body has an equilibrium or natural state of being. As the science of life, Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda views everything—our minds, bodies, interactions, natural world, food, energy—as being composed of the five basic elements: earth, water, fire, air and space. These elements comprise three fundamental energies, or Doshas, that govern our inner and outer world:
- Vata: Vata is comprised of the space and air elements and is the force of movement. Circulation of blood and fluids, moving oxygen through your respiratory system, and moving food through your digestive system are examples of the way Vata works in your body.
- Pitta: Pitta is comprised of fire and water and is the force of transformation. Anything that changes or transforms in your body is affected by pitta such as the metabolism and digestion of food, thoughts, and experiences.
- Kapha: Kapha (pronounced KAH-pa) is comprised of the water and earth elements. It is responsible for generation and regeneration in your body such as the generation of tissues and bones. Kapha is also responsible for all fluids in the body, including the lubrication of the joints.
As individuals, we are each born with a unique balance of each of these elements through the presence of the Doshas. This unique balance is known as our constitution, or Prakriti, and it remains the same throughout our lifespan. As we move through our lives, the elements in an individual’s constitution can be affected by stress, lifestyle, diet, exercise, and essentially all the variables of life—including the seasons and the weather—resulting in an imbalance. This state of imbalance is known as our Vikriti. From the perspective of Ayurveda, imbalance generates what we experience as symptoms, and ultimately as disease.
After your assessment, you will have an understanding of both your Prakriti and Vikriti. You will receive dietary and lifestyle recommendations that are tailored to help move towards your unique balance of the Doshas in your body and mind.
In regard to diet, it is important to note that from the perspective of Ayurveda, there are no good or bad foods. There are foods that can help move you into balance and out of balance, and there is a place and time for all of them. One of the main goals of Ayurveda is to teach each individual how to take charge of his or her life and health to both alleviate and prevent symptoms.
What does an Ayurveda assessment look like?
The Ayurveda Assessment is a unique experience where you have the opportunity to truly talk about your health history and concerns—and have these heard. Ayurveda emphasizes balance in all areas of your life, and as such, is curious about all of you. You are, after all, more than a set of symptoms! A thorough intake process helps identify key health challenges, potential causes of imbalance, and determine the appropriate treatment options for you.
What is the initial examination?
Ayurveda Wellness Counseling assessments consist of three parts:
- Observation (Darshan): A portion of the evaluation consists of general observation of the body (e.g., movement, physical stature, quality of skin and fingernails, facial features, etc.) and a visual assessment of the tongue.
- Questions (Prashna): This is the largest portion of the assessment, and will comprise the majority of your assessment session. You will be asked about current health complaints and symptoms, as well as the duration of discomfort. You will be asked about emotional health, life stresses, and external factors and challenges that affect your physical health. Your whole story is important—not just your symptoms.
- Touch (Sparsha): In Ayurveda Wellness Counseling, a pulse analysis is completed, which is done by physical touch on the wrist.
At your follow-up appointment, which will be within one week of your initial assessment, you will receive a summary of your Ayurveda Assessment. This will include details regarding your Prakriti and Vikriti, as well as treatment recommendations designed to bring the Doshas back in to balance for you. Follow-up sessions have a similar format and structure to the initial assessment, including pulse and tongue analysis to monitor progress and inform ongoing treatment recommendations.
Ayurveda Health & Lifestyle Coaching
1.) Opening Session (2 hours): $150
-Detailed personal interview about your health and lifestyle goals, your health history, as well as your current lifestyle and diet
-Physical assessment including pulse and tongue diagnosis
-Assessment of your unique constitution (Prakri)
-Identification of current imbalances and key health challenges (Vikriti)
-Information regarding principles of Ayurveda and how these manifest in your life
2.) Follow up session (1 hour): $190
-Check-in and assessment of health and lifestle goals
-Physical assessment including pulse and tongue diagnosis
-Tracking of progress toward health and wellness goal
-Identification of current challenges in integration of health and lifestyle plan
-Adjustments to thealth and lifestyle plan as needed
-Follow up sessions may include guided meditation, breath work practice, and/or gentle yogic movement as part of the sessions
-Resources for continued support including grocery lists, recipes, audio recordings, etc.