Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old medicine originating from the vedas. Literally meaning “knowledge (or wisdom) of living”. Ayurveda teaches us about our individual unique constitution and how to best care for it. From Cleansing to daily Living, Ayurveda reminds us of the best way to command Mother Nature is to obey her. When we understand our nature, we can better live in accordance with nature, and all beings.
There are three fundamental forces of nature that can help us to identify our mental/physical constitution. Based on the Tridoshas, Vata (air) responsible for movement, Pitta (fire) transformation, and Kapha ( earth) structure. By knowing our prakriti (constitution), and possible vikriti (pattern of imbalance), we can assess the best way to address the individual. Through diet, herbs, meditation, music, sense therapy, exercise, seasonal routine and cleansing, we are better able to honor our unique needs to stay balanced physically, emotionally and mentally.
VATA consists of AIR and ETHER. VATA is the primary dosha, which is responsible for movement and communication, and regulates all activity within the body and mind. When balanced, the VATA Dosha promotes a healthy nervous system, lightness, creativity, happiness and joy.
PITTA consists of FIRE and WATER. PITTA governs all biochemical changes that take place in our body. The food we eat, the thoughts we think and the emotions we emit are all digested and assimilated through the PITTA Dosha. When in balance, we are focused and determined, we have the intelligence to learn and retain information, we have the physical and mental stamina to accomplish our goals.
KAPHA consists of EARTH and WATER. Known as the “glue” that holds the cellular structure together, KAPHA is primarily responsible for the strength of our immune system, strength and vitality. When balanced, KAPHA encourages love, warmth, comfort and stability within our bodies, hearts and homes.
Circle these answers based on the state of your natural being throughout your life. The focus is you, the real you, not what happens to be true recently, nor what you wish to be. You may float between two answers and in that case, pick both. Add up the totals for each V,P, and K at the end. The test will tell you if you are Vata, Pitta, Kapha or any combination of the three.
v) I am a slender person and I hardly gain weight
p) I am medium build
k) I am well built and I gain weight no matter what I do
v) My skin is dry, thin, and itches often
p) My skin looks flushed; I have lots of moles and freckles on my body
k) My skin is smooth and soft, it looks pale sometimes
v) My hair is dry, thin and brittle
p) My hair is neither dry nor oily, receding hairline
k) My hair is thick, full, lustrous, and slightly oily
v) My face is oval
p) My face is triangular (pointed chin, prominent jaw line)
k) My face is round
v) My eyes are small; they feel dry often and have a bit of dullness (usually brown)
p) My eyes are medium in shape; sharp and penetrating (usually blue)
k) My eyes are big and round in shape, full eyelashes
v) My hands are generally dry, rough; slender fingers; dry nails
p) My hands are generally moist, pink; medium fingers; soft nails
k) My hands are generally firm, thick; thick fingers; strong & smooth nails
v) My joints are small, prominent bones, and often crack
p) My joints are medium and loose
k) My joints are large, sturdy, with lots of muscle surrounding
v) I am a very active person (always on the go, mind constantly thinking)
p) I like to think before I do anything
k) I am steady and graceful (I don’t like to rush)
v) I walk fast and talk fast
p) My actions are very thoughtful and precise
k) I like a slower pace and I take my time to accomplish things
v) I do not sleep soundly at night. I tend to toss and turn. I wake up early in the morning
p) I am a light sleeper but if something wakes me up, I can go back to sleep easily
k) I am a heavy sleeper
v) Varies, sometimes I feel hungry, sometimes not, I feel anxious if I don’t eat
p) I feel hungry often. If I don’t eat I get irritable and angry
k) I don’t feel very hungry. I can go without food easily for a day
12. Bowel Movement
v) I tend to have constipation and can go a day or two without a bowel movement
p) I am regular and sometimes stools are loose (tend to get diarrhea)
k) I have no problem. I wake up to go to the bathroom.
v) My voice tends to be weak or hoarse
p) I have a strong voice, I may get loud sometimes
k) My voice is deep, has good tone
v) I am a born worrier, I often feel anxious and nervous
p) If things don’t happen my way, I feel irritable and angry
k) I am a happy person, very caring and loving
v) I love warm and humid weather
p) I enjoy cool weather, I dislike a warm climate
k) I like warm but dry weather
v) I sweat little but not much
p) I sweat profusely and it might have an unpleasant odor
k) I never sweat, unless working very hard
v) I remember quickly and forget quickly
p) I remember what I want to remember and never forget
k) It takes me a while to remember, but once I do I never forget.
v) I tend to be spontaneous
p) I am a list maker. Unless I plan,I don’t do anything
k) I don’t like to plan, I prefer to follow others
v) I like to do things in spurts and I get tired very easily
p) I have medium stamina
k) I can work long hours and maintain good stamina
v) My mind gets restless easily (it starts racing
p) I get impatient easily
k) It takes a lot to make me mad. I usually feel very calm
21. Decision Making
v) I change my mind more often and will take time to make a decision
p) I can make a decision easily and stick with it
k) I want others to make the decisions
v) “can I change my mind”?
p) “it’s my way or the highway”
k) “don’t worry be happy”
v) I like action
p) I like to win
k) I like to have fun
24. Health Problems
v) My symptoms are mainly pain, constipation, anxiety and depression
p) I often get skin infections, fevers, heartburn, hypertension
k) I tend to get allergies, congestion, weight gain and digestive problems
v) I like art (drawing, painting, dance) and travel
p) I like sports, politics, and things that get my adrenaline pumping
k) I like nature, gardening, reading, and knitting.
AWAKEN TO THE WISDOM OF YOUR TRUE NATURE:
Ayurveda has long held that true health and wellness comes from the proper balancing of one’s energy with that of nature. True health arises both through proper detoxifying practices to cleanse the body of toxins, and through proper rejuvenation therapies to nourish the body for balance and longevity.
If you are suffering from anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, or specific known or unknown diseases or disorders, Ayurvedic healing has protocols, tools and therapies to address these issues, and much more.
EXPLORE THE WORLD OF PLANTS:
Herbs, essential oils, yoga, meditation, and other Ayurvedic therapies may be used to create your perfect health. The healing power of plant medicine in the form of oils, tinctures and salves, may also be recommended for specific ailments.
Learn how to use powerful plants as a tool for healing an entire spectrum of diseases and disorders. Join us for upcoming events, including educational classes, workshops and yoga classes where we discuss how and why our bodies are meant to heal with plants.
AYURVEDIC SCIENCE: THE WISDOM OF LIFE
The medical science of Ayurveda helps to determine your unique body type (prakriti) through individualized Ayurvedic consultations.
These include examining your personal routines around diet, habits, career, relationships, and lifestyle, and how it relates to your health and well-being.
Current research and recommendations on the efficacy and use of plant medicine, specifically CBD and other cannabinoids, in conjunction with Ayurvedic routines is offered when appropriate.
Face to face communication is key for truly understanding one's needs and fears. Begin your Ayurvedic healing journey with Joanna either in person in White Salmon, Washington; or book an online consultation.
This a unique opportunity to form a partnership for healing, with personalized guidance and direction, so that you may fully experience your own body's innate intelligence to heal itself.
Initial consultations are 60 minutes and include a detailed written wellness plan sent to you electronically with complete directions and recommendations based on over 5,000 years of science based medical knowledge,
Our goal is to help you re-create your life, releasing thoughts and behaviors that create dis-harmony and stress, so that you experience a rejuvenating and fulfilling life. You will receive a unique and personalized wellness protocol to help you achieve your goals.
Herbs, oils, foods, routines, and various practices will likely be advised to you, with professional recommendations for products and supplements.
Committing to a healthier lifestyle is just that – a commitment that takes dedication. Our commitment is to provide you with accountability, understanding and support while you embark on your journey to healing.
Ultimately, you have the power inherent in you to make the choices, moment to moment, that affect your future. Healing occurs when we follow the laws of nature,
Your natural healing journey is led by a professionally trained and experienced Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and Yoga Instructor. You will receive the tools and understanding to help you create the life you imagine, and experience a renewed sense of self. Your journey will offer you a different perspective of your situation, creating a body with vitality and enthusiasm, utilizing the tools of over 5,000 years of Ayurvedic wisdom.
Individualized and Group classes and workshop to help you stay informed and educated about medical cannabis and the benefits it provides for our well-being by learning about the Endo-Cannabinoid system within our body, and how it regulates the various systems in our body.
This is an ideal opportunity for continuing education for teaching medical professionals, teachers, law enforcement and churches about plant medicine, the endo-cannabinoid system, proper usage, dosing, safety, efficacy and more.
We will also be gathering amazing pracitioners and partners as a resource for you.
Patients who suffer from chronic pain caused by Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, leaky gut syndrome, diabetes, cancer, MS, and many other auto-immune diseases, have been turning to Ayurvedic formulas and CBD as a way to treat their pain without the use of addictive pharmaceutical medications.
Many plants contains antispasmodic qualities which relax muscles and has shown to be an effective treatment for gastric pain. Many plants are rich in terpenes, such as CBD, and can be experienced in oils and raw juices as recommended for treatment.
Some terpenes, the active components in plants, such as those found in lemons, tangerines, frankincense and others, have been shown to inhibit tumor growth and kill cancer cells in lab testings.
We offer our clients specific counseling and a thorough understanding of utilizing plants for those who wish to expand on the therapies offered to treat their cancer. Clients often find relief through natural supplements, reducing the toxic and painful side effects experienced from common allopathic cancer treatments.
What does that phrase mean to you? What in your current life seems to need the most change right now? What would you change about humanity, about the environment, about food choices, about current communication methods, about healthcare… the list goes on and on.
If you had magic powers and could change one aspect of society, what would it be? What do you find that voice in your head complaining about the most, or what do you find yourself wanting to change when having meaningful discussions with your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, or anyone that will listen? What have you done on a personal level to make the microscopic change necessary to begin the process of change within yourself?
Are you afraid of speaking or acting your truth? Does this fear create real consequences that make it impossible to truly live your truth? Do you fear what others will say about you? Do you fear that changing habits will be too hard? Do you fear you will fail? What would happen if you released the fear, and moved from this day forward with faith and gratitude for the ability to make the necessary changes to take back your life?
How often do you sit quietly and listen? Did you set a New Year’s resolution again this year? Have you created the steps necessary to make the changes that you need to find balance, contentment and peace in your life? Start with small steps, start by changing the word resolution to INTENTION.
What are you waiting for? How much power do you give others to affect change, or to stay static, in your own life? Can you be the change you wish to see? What does that look like, what does it feel like?
How badly do you want to change your life, your attitude, your health, or your situation from its current state? I have found that if we want real positive change, and we truly believe it is in our best interest, and if we can visualize our life the way we truly want it to be, then we have the innate inner knowledge to create our reality according to our terms. If we do this with an open heart towards all of humanity, and with respect to our earth, and a humbleness towards the creative process, then positive changes flow with abundance and grace.
Yes, there will likely be a few painful bumps along the way. You will likely question your decisions, you will possibly care too much about what others will say in regards to your choices. Nobody ever said living passionately and in alignment with our heart is easy; however, the many sages and saints throughout the ages have endlessly professed the beauty and integrity that comes with living and speaking our truth.
So I say it again… Be the change.
Peace in 2018,
Cancer has hit our family, and it has hit hard and fast. One month ago my sweet soul of a brother-in-law was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, spread to his liver. As we were still reeling from the news, my father was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma which has spread to his lungs, stomach, lymph and adrenals. Needless to say, life happened while we were making summer plans. If ever there was a test for practicing mindfulness, patience, and perseverance, that time is now.
Having now spent close to two weeks with my parents and brother in the deep South (in June), my new reality has started to settle in, or at least sink in to how life changes when cancer comes to dinner. As both a participant and an observer to the family drama that unravels when a loved one is handed a shortened life sentence, I witnessed how words, expectations and fears can turn a healing opportunity into discouraging agony. State of mind, choice of words, and strength of spirit have a huge impact in the ability to think clearly and tap into the inherent healing capability of the body and mind.
As my father dutifully drinks down the various concoctions that I prepare, and laments over the unhealthy foods he shall eat no more, I can’t help but smile inside as his taste buds reawaken from their lengthy processed food coma, his blood pressure begins to lower, and his energy level “inexplicably” increases. Yes dad, there is kale with those beets and you will eat them, and eventually you will learn to love them. No dad, scotch is not on the approved list of drinks, but I promise you that the aloe, lime and coconut water cocktail I will prepare for you will fill the void nicely. It’s pronounced ‘keen wha”, not “quinoa”…. and yes, you have to eat it with you spinach and sprouts. Now open your mouth and take your oils under the tongue, chase it with the lemon and turmeric water, and LET’S DO THIS!!!
Restocking a semi-professional kitchen that my mom has ruled for 45 years is no easy feat. Re-educating and empowering her is one of the biggest challenges of our lives together, and time is of the essence. Visualizing and sharing this next chapter in my parent’s lives together, one in which they are healthy, happy and cancer-free, fuels my intention. As we navigate the research facilities, doctors, and newest immunology breakthroughs, we also stay focused on creating the healthiest environment, internally and externally, for my dad to not only survive, but thrive. His body literally will transform and strengthen for the fight of his life.
The wisdom of Ayurveda, along with the knowledge and experience of our incredible network of doctors, teachers, practitioners, herbalists and healers, gives me incredible hope for my dad’s healing potential.
As I was sharing my sadness and grief over the phone with my then husband, across thousands of miles, separated yet again due to forces beyond our control, he told me to stay the course and remember: my job of educating, encouraging and initiating change from my parent’s long history of set beliefs and habits is like turning the Titanic with flippers. But apparently I was blessed with some seriously strong flippers, because I do believe this ship is turning towards safer waters.
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