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What is Āyurveda

Āyus - Life   /  Veda - Knowledge 
 

Āyurveda is a 5000 year old system of healing that has roots in ancient India. 
It is said to have influenced healing systems around the world, including Chinese medicine.  

 

Āyurveda can be roughly translated to "the science of life" or "the art of longevity."

 

Virtually every area of health is addressed within this medical system, and just about every area of health/life can be treated or supported using the knowledge of Āyurveda. It takes the totality of being into account, including the environment in which one lives, the food consumed, sense of purpose, habits and lifestyle, physical and emotional state, and more.

 

Āyurveda utilizes tools from nature to guide the body towards a healthy balance. At the Practitioner level, these include diet and lifestyle adjustments, acupressure and massage, herbal supplements, and more. 

 

What is Jyotish

Jyotisha, the science of light, refers to Vedic Astrology. Jyotisha has been practiced throughout South Asia for thousands of years and is different from western astrology in that it uses the Sidereal Zodiac (Jyotish refers to the fixed observable constellations in the sky, as opposed to the relative position of the sun, which is the main focus of the Tropical Zodiac.

As above so below

Jyotish and Āyurveda are known as sister sciences. Ayurveda is the science of the energetic exchange taking place between our environment and our being. It describes how the energy of one’s environment manifests within the body and being, as we are an extension of our environment. Jyotish takes this a step further by looking at the exchange of energy between the heavenly bodies, the planets, and our being. Jyotish illuminates the karmas that we inherit at the time of our birth so that we can understand the nature of our purpose in this life. When we understand and live in accordance with these karmas, we live in purpose. 

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About Danielle

I first came across the Āyurvedic philosophies that form the foundation of Indian cuisine while working my way through cookbooks. I enjoy cooking, 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. Food is incredibly important, but it is just one of the ways that we nourish ourselves, connecting earth with body, and body with place and with time. To understand how these energies interact, I look to Āyurveda and Jyotish. 
 
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, habits inherited through unnatural systems that thrive on our dependence. I believe that we must disconnect from these systems and behaviors if we are to become grounded in the essence of being, to live in alignment with truth based in the inherent and eternal nature of reality. 

 

Education

A bit more about me...

Advanced Ayurvedic Practitioner Training

Boston Ayurveda Inc.

-Dr. Anuha Sehgal MD (Ayu)

Gastro-Intestinal System & Disorders- Feb 2021

Neurological Disorders - Apr 2021

Musculoskeletal Disorders - Jun 2021

Cardiovascular Disorders - Sep 2021

Endocrine System & Disorders - May 2022

Jyotisha - Vedic Astrology

-Steven Highburger

Level 1 - May 2022

Ayurveda & The Microbiome I & II  

-Dr. Scott Blossom, Dr. Robert Svoboda

June & October 2020

Women’s Health and Hormones Course

 Dr. Claudia Welch - Ayurvedic Center of Vermont - May 2019

 

Kripalu School of Ayurveda  

650 Hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor Certification - Sept 2018 - June 2019

Academic Background

Kyushu University - Fukuoka, Japan

2014-2015 Fulbright Research Student

Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies
 

University of Massachusetts Boston 
2013 B.A., East Asian Studies, Japanese Minor 

Summa Cum Laude
 

Bunker Hill Community College

2011 A.A., Sociology, World Studies

With deep gratitude and reverence to all of my teachers

Image by Maude Frédérique Lavoie