In Ayurvedic philosophy, the building blocks of life are comprised of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and ether. The three doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—are derived from the five elements. The doshas, known as mind-body types, express particular patterns of energy—each a blend of physical, emotional, and mental characteristics These bodywork sessions are customized to your dosha (physical, mental and emotional) by determining your Ayurvedic constitution. Before the session, Hilery will determine your dosha with you. Following the session, Hilery will give you recommendations on lifestyle, yoga and nutrition that will help to restore your body's balance.
These sessions are recommended in a package of four, ideally using one session per week. Each week has a different focus to help you gradually introduce Ayurveda into your lifestyle.
Session One: Understanding Your Dosha
Each person has all three Doshas, but usually one or two dominate. Your dosha determines physiological and personality traits, as well as general likes and dislikes. For example Vata types will prefer hot weather to cold and Pitta types are more likely to crave raw foods than other types. Learning about your type will help you understand your habits, what pulls you out of balance, and what to do to regain balance.
Session Two: Yoga/Stretching Recommendations
Based upon your dosha and the findings from your last session, Hilery will create a small home practice of yoga and stretching for you. Hilery will also highlight the classes on our schedule that will be most ideal for your dosha.
Session Three: Nutritional Recommendations
Ayurvedic texts emphasize ahara, proper diet, as vital for promoting health and happiness. Ayurveda creates health by enlivening the body's inner intelligence to create harmony. Unlike modern nutritional theories, which tend to recommend "one size fits all" guidelines that change with each new wave of research, Ayurvedic physicians maintain there is no one single diet or food that is healthy for all individuals. We will mainly focus on which specific foods you should focus on and avoid.
Session Four: Lifestyle Recommendations
When you begin practicing an Ayurvedic lifestyle, what you are really doing is starting a journey of self-discovery, mindfulness, and awareness. With this, comes an improvement in your overall well-being and your spiritual growth. Over the past three weeks you have learned more about your true nature and how to eat and move right for your type. This week Hilery will go over the exact protocol that is recommended for your daily routine and will then help you assess which components resonate with you and how to easily incorporate them.