“Ayurveda is ushering in a health care revolution…It is helping us to reclaim our health and our vitality so that we can live the lives that we really want to live and have the creativity and consciousness to make our sojourn on this planet both beautiful and beneficial, not only for ourselves but for all creatures. It is returning medicine to life…”
-Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Subhash Ranade, Ayurveda: Nature’s Medicine
Ayurveda, the Science of Life and Longevity, began on earth through the Rishis, the sages and seers of ancient time, who brought it to the awareness of humanity first through oral tradition and then in written form in the Vedas. Over the years other key physicians developed the science and recorded their knowledge and experience in great Samhitas, or collections of work, which are used as textbooks of Ayurveda to this day. Ayurveda achieved great advancements in ancient times and influenced medical traditions world wide, including Greek medicine, which evolved into our modern day western medicine.
Today's Western Medicine, however, takes a very different approach than its Ayurvedic origins; it treats diseases through specialization of various systems methods of diagnosis and treatment which deal with isolated components with standardized treatment for specific diseases. Ayurveda addresses the individual as an integrated whole always probing for and seeking to eliminate the root cause, allowing and guiding the body towards homeostasis. Ayurveda excels in many approaches to disease prevention, through generalized healthy habits and individualized diet and lifestyle guidance.
Western Medicine offers standardized treatment for various diseases. In Ayurvedic Medicine, many people with the same dis-ease will receive different recommendations based upon their own health history and individual set of circumstances. Both medical systems are invaluable approaches and can work hand in hand, as they do in modern-day India. You should always continue or seek care with a medical doctor for medical conditions. Various approaches in Ayurveda can lead to overall health of the body to parallel medical care with your primary physician.
Ayurveda is a medicine of qualities. We study various opposition of qualities within the body and mind, like heavy and light, sharp and dull and when one quality becomes out of whack, we usually treat by balancing with its opposite. In Ayurveda, the root of all imbalance begins in the GI tract with compromised digestion and can lead to imbalance in the biological elements we classify as 3 doshas which can cause problems in the body and mind when they circulate in the body untamed.
These three doshas, or bodily humors, are known as Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth). We all contain all the doshas, as we have all the elements inside of us as they are contained in the macrocosm of nature, but we all have a unique ratio of these three doshas and may have predominant characteristic from one or two.
Vata is the force of movement in the body, governing movement of peristalsis and nerve impulses. It expresses healthfully in an individual as creativity, innovation and clarity of mind. High vata can cause forgetfulness, insomnia, anxiety, constipation and drying of the tissues as well as wasting diseases and many other imbalances and conditions.
Pitta is the metabolic force of transformation and governs digestive fire, body temperature and color/complexion. It expresses healthfully as charisma, leadership and a bright brilliant mind. High pitta can lead to anger, overly critical mind, inflammation, hyperacidity and rashes among other expressions.
Kapha is the material substance of the body and principle of nourishment and stability. It governs the anabolic functions of the body to build tissues and maintain structure. Kapha expresses healthfully as thick, smooth, soft hair and skin, stability of mind and emotions, ability to carryout long term goals and a calm, cool, loving and compassionate nature. In excess, Kapha can lead to stagnation in body and mind, lethargy, weight gain, depression, high cholesterol, diabetes among other conditions.
It is important to know our unique ratio of doshas so we can have a better understanding of ourselves with awareness of our tendencies towards imbalances which can lead to more serious conditions. There are many dosha questionnaire's to help you determine your constitution, but, be aware, they can be misinterpreted and therefore are not as accurate as working with an Ayurvedic practitioner or lifestyle counselor who can work with pulse assessment.
Individual Ayurvedic Consultation
An Ayurvedic Consultation is a great way to come up with an individualized health plan to counteract negative tendencies that could lead to ill-health and to help to balance the current conditions that lead to discomfort and un-ease. It involves and an initial 2 hour intake process with extensive questioning on health history and symptomology as well as physical assessment through observation of tongue, eyes, etc. and radial pulse analysis.
Recommendations are given to address health goals and support balance of the doshas and may include changes in diet and lifestyle habits and can include herbs, treatments, aromatherapy, movement therapies like yoga and sometimes more subtle therapies such as tools for emotional balance and coping with stress. Further follow up meetings can be schedule thereafter to monitor progress and refine the program.
Initial Consultation (2 hours) is $125
Follow Ups (1 to 1 1/2 hours) are $75
*Offering long distance consultations and follow-ups through phone
The teachings of Ayurveda range from daily practicality to deep esoteric teachings of life. Ayurveda and Yoga both arose from the Vedas and they go hand in hand as Vedic Sciences. Ayurveda is often taught in 200-hour yoga teacher trainings and works well incorporated with yogic lifestyle training and yogic philosophical understanding.
It also operates as a beautiful and practical teaching of healthful and graceful living outside the context of yoga and can be offered in lecture and workshop format on various topics such as:
- Know your Dosha
- Enhancing digestive fire for digestion and radiance
- Finding harmonious daily and seasonal rhythms
- Ayurveda for Women
- Understanding Life force - subtle forms of the doshas
- Coping with stress, anxiety and disorders of the mind
- Hydration: a bigger topic than drinking more water
And many more!
Teaching Ayurveda is one of my great passions, as I know this medicine to be of such immediate benefit to humanity and I love to share it. I have been invited to give talks and classes on various topics of Ayurveda for various retreats or events.
Contact Mira if there is an event, retreat, training, etc. where you would like to bring in the principles of Ayurveda, or, to schedule an Ayurvedic Consultation...
About the Teacher and Practitioner
Mira Murphy is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and completed 2 years of study with The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM under world-renowned Clinician, Teacher and Author Dr. Vasant Lad and other great teachers. She returned for Graduate Clinic, advanced clinical training and mentorship at the Ayurvedic Institute.
Prior to formal education she worked as an Ayurvedic Chef at 7 Center's Yoga Arts in Sedona, AZ and has been teaching Ayurveda since 2007 as part of their 200-hour yoga teacher training program as well as other programs and retreats. She has taught cooking classes and given lectures in the Sedona area and has travelled outside Sedona to cook, give workshops and lectures in various places such as Tucson, California, Minnesota, Hawaii and Spain. She is currently traveling to teach Ayurveda, Yoga and belly dance, cook for retreats and offer consultations.
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