The Āyurvedic definition of health emphasizes the balanced and dynamic integration between the Body, Mind, Spirit, and Being
समदोषः समाग्निश्च समधातु मलःक्रियाः। प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रियमनः स्वस्थइतिअभिधीयते॥
Ayurveda is a 4,000 year old system of medicine from India that offers natural solutions to a variety of health problems that are physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual in nature.
Treatment typically involves making small but consistent adjustments to diet and lifestyle that are in line with the rhythms of nature. Ayurvedic counselors work with food, herbs, exercise, and daily routines to guide the body to a state of wellness.
Counseling supports you on your health journey and is complimentary to (and not meant to replace) treatments from medical professionals.
Together we examine our relationship with the universal whole, and we look to dismantle behaviors and habits that do not serve our being.
I first came across the Ayurvedic philosophies that form the foundation of Indian cuisine while working my way through cookbooks. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and what I find more important than the nutritional and caloric content of the food that I make is the source: the environment, culture, politics, economics, and the influence they have on our relationship with our bodies and with the world around us.
You truly are what you eat.
Food is incredibly important, but it is just one of the ways that we nourish ourselves. I consider our relationship with the universal whole, and the ways that we are a reflection of the environments in which we are part. I want to dismantle learned behaviors that do not serve our being, bad habits inherited through unnatural systems that thrive on our dependence.
Ayurveda informs my counseling practice, but my background is actually in cultural studies. Inspired by a love of Japanese films, I focused on Japan as a student of East Asian Studies and spent some time researching culture and society abroad. But I didn't come to understand Japanese culture by reading anthropological texts; I found that the true heart of Japan could be found in the food. So it made sense that when I fell in love with the films of India that I found myself on a similar path.
Ayurveda is the lens through which I understand this relationship between micro and macro, the individual and universal being.
I believe that true nourishment is a spiritual experience:
To nourish, we must feed the body, the mind, and the spirit.
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