About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, made up of the words ‘ayus’ and ‘veda’. ‘Ayus’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge or science. Ayurveda has been practiced in India for over 6,000 years and it is the mother of all modern holistic practices. It is distinct from Western medicine in its focus on prevention of disease. In addition, practicing Ayurveda will pluck the root out of illness rather than simply treating its symptoms. Practitioners of Ayurveda recognize the interwoven nature of the spirit and mind with the body. An Ayurvedic lifestyle integrates nutrition and exercise with mind and spirit–centered therapies. In this tradition, humans are viewed as apart of nature. Health shines brightly in the person who places him or herself in harmony with all life.

What is Your Dosha?






Ayurveda’s Relevance in Modern Society

Our health is influenced moment to moment by the choices that we make: the food and drinks that we place in our bodies, our sleep habits, our daily routines, our movement patterns and the thoughts and emotions that we entertain. We can all think of certain people who seem to be able to eat whatever they want, live from one coffee to the next, get little sleep and never exercise and still seem immune to the effects of these behaviors. Most of us, however, do not fit into this category. It is also true that some health problems necessitate the help of a medical doctor and western medicine–but why not do what we can to improve our lives? Ayurvedic principles help us to cultivate self–awareness so that we can participate more consciously in who we are and in who we are becoming day–to–day. We learn to tune in to the effects of our actions, find the strength to do away with habits and attitudes that have an adverse effect on our health and adopt new ways of being. I have been the grateful recipient of help from Ayurvedic practitioners and educators and have a deep desire to continue learning as well as to pass along the wisdom of my guides. My teacher, Patricia Layton, explains that the role of an Ayurvedic practitioner is to pickup a person who is resting on one bank of a river and row them to a more beautiful and vibrant side of the river. Ayurveda is an intelligent solution to the healthcare problems we face in the United States. Lasting health is not earned through snapping one’s fingers waiting for the government to reform or relying on magic bullets to fix our problems. It is the result of personal education, dedication and discipline. As more and more of us learn how to balance ourselves through diet, lifestyle, proper stress management and spiritual healing we can make the world a more healthy, loving, compassionate and peaceful place in which to live.

“Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world. Every individual must change his own life if he wants to live in a peaceful world. The world cannot become peaceful unless and until you yourself begin to work toward peace.”

—Paramahansa Yogananda






The Ayurvedic Consultation Process

Assessment appointment
I will discover your health history and gather details about your lifestyle and diet that affect your current state of balance. I will observe your tongue and pulse for diagnostic purposes as well as assess other physical, mental and emotional factors. This appointment is for information gathering and will take 1.5 to 2 hours.
Price is $300 (includes the 1.5 to 2- hour initial appointment, 3+ hours of Report of Findings preparation, the Report of Findings apointment (1 hour) and a month’s supply of a personalized tea blend and spice mix).

Radiant Living interns offer the discounted price of $200 for 4 appointments

Report of Findings Visit
Within 2 weeks after the initial appointment, we will meet for 1 hour in which I will educate you regarding your constitution and current state of health as well as present you with a short and long–term plan to improve your life. I will teach Ayurvedic principles that apply to you in particular. Recommendations will focus most importantly on dietary and daily routine adjustments, but will also include an individualized Ayurvedic herbal formula and ideas for detoxing, Panchakarma treatments, yoga, breath exercises, meditation, aromatherapy and more. I will give you a written document specifying your health plan.
$60 per hour

Follow-up Appointments
These will be one hour long. You will report on the changes that you have made. In the fourth follow–up and beyond I will adjust your plan to accommodate any changes in your health or changes in the environment (such as the seasons). I will add and subtract things from your plan to encourage you to continue to fine–tune your habits and further your progress toward enlightened living.
$60 per hour


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Private, Family or Small Group
Yoga Lessons
$75 per hour
$240 for a 4 Lesson Package

Includes 1-hour assessment and breathing lesson, 3 1-hour follow-up lessons and a link to an audio recording of your session. You may perchase a DVD of your routine for an additional $15.

Phone/FaceTime/Skype Consultations
$75 per hour




Panchakarma (Ayurvedic Detox and Rejuvenation)

Panchakarma means "Five Sense Therapies." These are ancient practices from India to clean and rejuvenate the body, mind and spirit. The therapies are sacred and transformative, helping us achieve greater wholeness, happiness and vitality.

Basic Panchakarma
Enjoy a whole foods, vegetarian – or mostly vegetarian – diet for eight days. Your Ayurvedic Practitioner will design your meal plan. During the course of treatment you will perform various gentle cleansing practices to bring "ama," or toxins, into their site of origin [the digestive tract]. Some examples of toxins include heavy metals, pesticides, plastics, preservatives, environmental pollutants, parasites, processed/refined/canned/boxed foods, refined sugar, trans-fatty acids, non-organic foods, leftovers, artificial sweeteners, chlorinated tap water, soda, caffeine, highly acidic foods, alcohol, MSG, etc.

On the first four at-home days of the cleanse, you will take ghee in increasing amounts to suppress your appetite and then castor oil to purge toxins from and improve functioning of the villi in your small intestine. This will help you absorb nutrients from your food more efficiently and thin your bile so that you can better metabolize fats. On the last three days, you will experience Ayurvedic rejuvenative therapies with your practitioner. Descriptions of these therapies are in this document. In the evening of the last three days you will perform nourishing and cleansing enemas to feed and moisturize your colon. You will let go of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual impurities, creating a space for healing, optimism and longevity. Studies show that people continue to detox for up to three months after panchakarma.

Benefits of panchakarma:
– Eliminates toxins that cause diseases
– Brings you back to your ideal balance of the doshas
– Increases glow and luster of the skin
– Strengthens the immune system
– Reverses the effects of stress and aging in mind and body
– Enhances one's strength, energy, vitality as well as mental clarity and alertness
– After the toxins are flushed out of the system, one feels deep relaxation, lightness and a sense of well-being
– Helps the body to heal itself, thus reducing dependency on herbs and medicines
– Reduces dependence on alcohol, tobacco, coffee and drugs
– Helps one to make positive and beneficial lifestyle changes
– Aids weight loss for those wishing to lose weight and adds weight to those who need to gain
– Alleviates sinusitis
– Alleviates paralysis
– Relieves joint pain
– Alleviates back ache
– Increases fertility

Panchakarma should be avoided in the following cases:
– Lactation
– Menstruation
– Pregnancy
– Active cancer
– Extreme obesity
– Hypertension
– Congestive heart failure
– Angina pectoris [chest pain]
– Emaciation
– Any infectious disease

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Panchakarma Services

Basic Panchakarma includes education on the at-home portion of the cleanse and seven hours of an individualized selection of rejuvenative therapies. New clients must go through the $300 assessment process before going through panchakarma. This includes an initial appointment, report of findings, personalized herbal tea blend and spice mix. 
Cost of Panchakarma $800
Supplies such as your herbal and or plain ghee, triphala, tongue scraper, medicated massage oil and castor oil are charged separately if they are provided by the practitioner.

All treatment products are high quality and food grade with no preservatives, synthetic fragrance or other questionable ingredients. The oils and herbs are all organic.



Heavenly Spa Therapies

Abhyanga – Full-body Warm Oil Application
This means "loving hands" and is the systematic and traditional application of herbalized oils specifically catered to your constitution. This lymphatic treatment helps fight off infection and disease, balance hormones and encourage the release of toxins. It is like putting a soothing coat of love all over your body.

Shirodhara – Oil Streaming on the Third Eye
The practitioner pours herbalized oil on your forehead in a continuous stream for several minutes. It assists in curing and preventing headaches, anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, hormone imbalance, excess sweating, dimness of vision, hemorrhaging, obesity, etc.
$95 for 1 hour--Take your oil home with you afterwards or $320 for a package of 4 shirodhara therapies

Nasya, Kavalagraha and Karna Purana (Ear, Nose and Throat Treatment)
Nasya is a lovely procedure involving a facial, neck, shoulder and head massage; facial steam therapy followed by application of oils into the nose. It will prevent and treat headaches, gum disease, earaches, dryness of face, premature wrinkling, facial disorders [ticks], jaundice, sinusitis, migraines, epilepsy, facial neuralgia, loss of smell, etc. Kavalagraha is a gargling treatment that eliminates bad breath, dryness of face, dull senses, exhaustion, loss of appetite, loss of taste, impaired sight and sore throats. Karna Purana is the application of warm oil into the ears. It helps to remove excess earwax, earaches, headaches, neck and jaw pain, tinnitus [ringing ears], nervous disorders, hearing loss, itchy ears, etc. The garlic in the oil boosts immunity [helps prevent colds and flu, and sore throats] and the mullein reduces inflammation.

Netra Tarpana – Eye Treatment
This is an eye cleanse which improves sight and heals stiffness, pain and roughness around the eyes. It strengthens the eyes and protects them against the sun's sharp rays. It is also helpful for glaucoma, ulcerated cornea, inflammation of the eyes and helps to remove particulates or "floaters" that attach themselves to the cornea.
Eye treatment with dough dams - $40

Swedana – Sweat Therapy
This is sweat therapy using the "Steamy Wonder." The receiver lies on the massage table while steam is funneled into a tent that rests over her/him. The head remains outside of the tent with a cold cloth around the neck to prevent the brain from overheating. This treatment fosters beautiful skin, weight loss, cellulite reduction, detoxification, relief from pain, allergies, asthma, inflammation, sore muscles and more.

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Udvartana – Full-Body Herbal Exfoliation
Udvartana is a deeply penetrating herbal paste lymphatic massage. This powerful exfoliating treatment softens and smoothes the skin while moving stagnant lymphatic toxins so they can leave the body. It is helpful to kick-start weight loss.

Pinda – Full-Body Massage with Rice Boluses
This is a luxurious treatment in which the therapist rubs the receiver with rice boluses the size of an orange that are dipped in a blend of coconut milk, milk and saffron. This awakens cellular memory through intense stimulation caused by heat and sweating. It is helpful to treat and prevent M.S., paraplegia and polio. It improves muscle tone, increases circulation, improves complexion, restores vigor, helps move toxins out of muscle and fat tissue, helps move old, deep-seated pitta, relieves stress and regulates appetite and sleep patterns.

Uro Basti – Heart Treatment
This is the placement over the heart of medicated oils into a dough dam. It relieves pain in the sternum and strengthens the physical and emotional heart. It is helpful for those who have lost loved ones or who have grief of any kind.

Kati Basti – Low Back Care
Like the Uro Basti, a dough dam is created over the lower spinal area and filled with warm oil. Kati Basti is used to relieve muscle spasms and rigidity and strengthen bone and nerve tissue in the lower back and legs.

Adrenal Dam
This adrenal treatment uses a dough dam to hold warm oil over the adrenal area, easing the demand on adrenal resources and inducing deep relaxation. The adrenal glands play a significant role in supporting our daily vitality. This treatment reduces stress and anxiety generated in this area of the body.

Thyroid Dam
The thyroid dam uses a dough dam to hold warm oil over the thyroid area. This treatment nourishes and stimulates the thyroid and encourages natural glandular activity.

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Navel Basti
This is a dough dam on the abdomen and benefits those suffering from digestive disorders, irritable bowel, colitis and female reproductive disorders.

Lepa – Poultice Therapy
Lepa is an application of an external herbal paste on the skin, which dries and this is removed. Herbal paste applied to affected areas treats pain, heaviness, drowsiness, itching, toxicity, weight gain, fibroids, inflammation, swelling, skin imbalances and more.

Marma therapy/Pranic Healing
Marmas are pressure points on the body that are areas of concentrated prana or life-force energy. Proper massage of these points and light healing touch combine to balance the flow of prana through the muscles, joints and organs of the body. This is a subtle therapy that has delightfully noticeable physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual benefits including proper functioning of all the organs, reduced health problems due to electromagnetic exposure [cell phones, computers, T.V.s, microwaves...], lowered anxiety and depression and increased joy and optimism.
$70 per hour




Breakfast [moderate]
Grains – Oatmeal, oat bran, rice bran, cream of rice, quinoa, barley, whole grains
Fruit – Stewed apple or pear with clove, cinnamon, cardamom
Dried fruit in hot cereal – Raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc.
Nuts and seeds – Almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, pecans, walnuts, pine nuts, etc.
Liquid – Herbal teas, almond milk, rice milk, cow's milk [for Vatas and Pittas]

Grains – Alternate grains [rice, quinoa, couscous, barley, millet, amaranth, buckwheat]
Veggies – At least one in each of the following categories:
Cruciferous: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts
Colored [sweet] – carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, parsnips
Dark, leafy greens – kale, Swiss chard, collards, spinach, dandelion
Other – zucchini, green beans, okra, etc.
Special veggies – daikon, cilantro, bitter melon
Proteins – chicken, fish, small beans, lentils, dahl, paneer

Dinner [Lightest meal of the day]
Similar to lunch. Can eat flat bread instead of grain.
Salads [raw foods O.K. in the summer months, cooked foods in the cold months]

Supplement your cleansing week with the following:
Personal Spice Mix
Personal Herbal Tea Blend
Deep breathing
By Meditation – Helps unravel negative emotions that are stored in the fat cells of our body that cause us to unconsciously repeat unwanted behavioral patterns
Neti – saline nasal wash
Nasya – oil application to nostrils
Dry Brush
Sitz baths
Rose mist

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Shopping List
Split mung dal – small organic yellow beans
White basmati rice
Vata – cumin, mustard seeds, ajwain, hing
Pitta – cumin, cilantro, coriander, fennel
Kapha – mustard seeds, cumin, garam masala
Ghee – organic
Miso for soup [1 tsp. per cup of hot water]
Fresh ginger root
Purified or spring water
Sesame oil for abhyanga at home
Home Health castor oil from health food store [not drugstore]
Hot water bottle
Bulb-type enema – Patricia will provide this
Sanitary pads/liners
Triphala [if constipated in first few days – 1/2 tsp. nightly]
Dry brush
Neti Pot
Nasya Oil
Tongue Scraper




Yoga/Somatic Education

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We will meet for at least four sessions and hopefully continue meeting seasonally to check in with one another. The four sessions are ordered somewhat like the following:

1. In the initial assessment I will:

  • Review your answers to the questionnaire that I will have given to you and received prior to your first visit.

  • Use various diagnostic strategies to determine the direction to go when designing your personalized yoga routine.

  • Take into consideration classic Viniyoga concepts such as whether or not you would benefit from an active, strength-promoting therapy or a pacifying and relaxing routine (or a little of both).

  • Take your pulse and look at your tongue so that I can also honor your Ayurvedic constitution when designing your personal yoga practice.

  • Include in your routine a focus on your particular healthcare needs, taking into account your digestive patterns, your tension areas, your weak areas and even subtler aspects such as thought patterns and emotional/spiritual considerations.

  • Begin guided breath inquiry and I will ask you to keep a journal of your breath observations.

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2. Follow-up visit one: I will review your breath journal and we will continue with guided breath inquiry and then add movement to the breath.
3. Follow-up visit two: I will present a printed rough draft of your personalized yoga routine including pictures and details for each posture, breath exercise, mantra, etc.
4. Final visit: I will record this visit as I guide you through your routine. Within a week I will give you a recording of your routine.

There are several benefits to working one-on-one with me:

  • I work to provide a healing atmosphere where people feel safe exploring all of the aspects of our lives that affect our health.

  • I believe that my job is sacred and I honor the privacy of my clients.

  • I have had tremendously wonderful yoga and Ayurveda teachers whom I believe are at the top of their field.

  • Erin Geesaman Rabke and Peter Francyk were my main teachers during my certification period in Salt Lake City. I continue to seek education from Erin on a regular basis and plan to continue learning the rest of my life.

  • My Ayurveda teacher, Pat Layton, is an endless well of wisdom and knowledge.

  • My training in yoga took place over the period of one year.

  • My training in Ayurveda was two-years long and I will continue to
    study both so I can hone my skills.

  • I have a holistic view of yoga. I do not believe that yoga is just a way to make your body look better or just another form of physical therapy. I believe that a regular yoga practice can transform every aspect of a person’s life.

  • I am passionate about helping people see their inner and outer beauty. I want to inspire people to live life to its fullest and to enjoy each and every breath.

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$75 per hour 
$250 for a 4 Lesson Packageplus a link to an audio redording of your personalized routine
$20 for a DVD of your routine

Please contact me if you have further questions. I can accommodate your schedule and am available to teach during the week, some weekday nights and on Saturdays.


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Useful Links

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Bhavana Institute for Yoga and Ayurveda Studies

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