What to Expect

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What to Expect

Typically an Ayurvedic initial intake takes around 1.5-2hrs. The reason being is because, unlike visits to your PCP, which might take 10 minutes, Ayurveda is interested in all of the fine details of your life, not only symptoms of dis-ease.

The goal is to look at the big picture of your life: your relationships, work, diet and lifestyle practices. Ayurveda examines how you use your energy from day-to-day and helps you to align your energy with that of the natural rhythms of life.

Some questions I might ask:
  • How is your digestion?
  • What is the quality of your elimination?
  • How is your sleep?
  • What kinds of foods do you eat?
  • Do you exercise?
  • How are your personal relationships?

After I get a clear picture of what your life is like, I will begin by telling you what I see; what possible activities are causing imbalance. You’ll get a thorough explanation, in Ayurvedic terms, why these activities could cause imbalance.

I will finish by giving you recommendations: either new things to try or altering old habits. The goal is to give you enough to help you get back into balance without overwhelming you. This is different for every person.

What is Ayurvedic health counseling anyway?

Ayurvedic Counseling falls under the Level-one Ayurvedic training that most institutions associated with National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) offer: 650hr, Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC).

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor is trained to work within a specific scope. That scope of practice is diet and lifestyle counseling, with some minimal herbal training. This scope of practice is set up for safety and transparency. When you go to see a certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor you can rest assured that they have received a specific type of training.

This training includes:
  • How to work one-on-one with clients to develop an individual plan for health
  • Reading the pulse to determine doshic qualities and imbalances
  • Exposure to a diverse range of Ayurvedic therapies
  • Knowledge of pathologies and the disease process
  • The use of natural spices, teas, and herbs to improve overall health, digestion, assimilation, and elimination
  • Strategies for preventing and managing many of today’s chronic health conditions
  • Lifestyle tips for longevity, vitality, and health
  • Stress-management techniques for yourself and your clients
  • How to best interface with modern health-care models and other health-care professionals
  • Approaches to creating community classes on health and vitality
  • Tools for building a thriving holistic-health practice
  • A minimum of 50 client encounters.

This list was taken from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda‘s overview of their AHC training.

When you come to see me you can know that I have been trained in all of the above. You can have confidence that, though I am still, and will forever be, a student, I have a grasp of certain Ayurvedic concepts and healing approaches that can help you regain wellness in your life and give you the tools and support to integrate your life with the bigger world.

Ayurveda doesn’t treat disease, it treats people. And that is precisely what I hope to do. And fortunately for you and I, I have a scope of practice and a big box of Ayurvedic tools. Let’s get to work!