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  • Writer's pictureTonia Mayerle

What is Ayurveda?

Updated: May 1, 2022

An integrative approach to mind/body wellness developed and practiced in India for centuries. In the United States it is a complementary health approach. A study of how lifestyle patterns and habits contribute to a person’s health, Ayurveda focuses on a preventative care routine. If an imbalance occurs the focus is on restoring balance in the mind/body through a personalized plan that can include specialized diet and lifestyle choices.

Ayurveda looks at the whole person when assessing health, rather than the parts alone. An Ayurveda health counselor believes that a highly personalized approach brings the best results possible.

Ayurveda doesn’t replace treatment from a medical doctor, but it gives you extra tools for health and wellness maintenance between visits with your doctor.

What does an Ayurveda Health Counselor (AHC) do?

An initial session with an AHC will last about an hour and a half. During that time the counselor will ask questions about many aspects of your life. A physical assessment is also part of the process...You might be surprised to know how much your tongue, hair, and nails can tell you about your digestion!

Using this information, the counselor will formulate a plan to help you coordinate diet, lifestyle, and exercise recommendations unique to your body. It is an approach to help you figure out how to make choices and stay connected to whole body wellness. Follow-up appointments are typically half an hour long depending on need.

Ayurveda encourages you to be an active participant in your own journey toward healing. Ayurveda can help us:

• Honor and develop our strengths

• Discover our challenge areas

• Redirect unfavorable tendencies

• Maintain balance in the face of adversity

~Tonia Mayerle, Ayurveda Health Counselor, Yoga Instructor

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