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FAQs | Jivanam Yoga and Ayurveda

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of health issues can Ayurveda help with?

Ayurveda has for thousands of years been relied on to treat hundreds of various diseases. My scope of practice as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor is limited to diet and lifestyle recommendations. It’s very likely I can help you overcome either new or chronic complaints that range from anxiety and depression to allergies, high blood pressure/hypertension, indigestion, insomnia, chronic pain and more. I’ll help you understand not only your present state of imbalance but the specific qualities of elevated Dosha that are driving your symptoms, and how we can employ Ayurveda’s law of “opposites balance” to restore balance and, by extension, health.

What can I expect during my Ayurvedic health consultation?

In short: a lot!  I take great care in providing the best health guidance I can so that you leave with specific, easy-to-understand diet and lifestyle recommendations to restore and maintain optimal health.  More specifically, look for lots of questions on the front end that will probe your primary health concern(s), the strength of your digestion (or “Agni,” which is extremely important in Ayurveda), your daily habits and sleep patterns, what you eat, how you eat, how often you eat and more.

For your convenience, and to ensure our work together is wholly focused on helping you re-establish optimal health, I’ve captured many important questions in a comprehensive client intake form that you can complete when booking your session.  We’ll review this during the session–along with further diagnostics that may include pulse, eye and tongue analysis–to establish the root cause of imbalance so that targeted, effective recommendations can then be implemented.  And, of course, there will be plenty of time for you to ask questions as well.  This process works when both of us are totally engaged in the mission!

What are the differences between Ayurveda and Western medicine?

In acute and emergency health situations, the role of modern medicine is irreplaceable.  Ayurveda shines in addressing chronic, lifestyle-based illnesses, even when modern medicine falls short.  Unlike contemporary Western medicine,  Ayurveda is strictly individualized; treatment is determined based on a given person’s constitution and present state of health.  Ayurveda aims to eliminate the cause of disease, not simply the suppression of symptoms.  Most importantly, only natural remedies (organic whole foods, spices, herbs) are used, ensuring that Ayurveda is as safe as it is effective.

Are you a doctor?

No. I’m neither a doctor nor a licensed medical practitioner and I cannot diagnose, treat or prescribe medications for any kind of disease. What I can do, however, is assess your present state of health and current imbalance(s) through the lens of Ayurveda and the three Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and make sound recommendations for how to restore harmony to any or all Doshas that are currently imbalanced. It is very likely that by doing so we will achieve a reduction in symptoms—and in some cases a resolution—of symptoms tied to myriad health issues.

What if I generally feel pretty good but am just curious about what Ayurveda can offer me?

If you’re in good health now: excellent! Ayurveda has always emphasized preventative medicine as it’s much easier to correct Doshic imbalances before they lead to pathology. Even if you’re in excellent health there are daily and seasonal habits—as well as foods, herbs and spices—that you may employ to optimize your overall wellbeing.

Let’s work together to get you to the top of the mountain!

Why is food so important in Ayurveda?

Ayurveda holds that the majority of illnesses can be influenced by correct diet, which keeps our digestive fire (Agni) strong so that we can properly digest our food and eliminate toxins (Ama).  My work as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor enables me to assess how the three primary Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) manifest in you, and how you can choose, prepare and enjoy the kinds of foods that balance these bio-energies to achieve and maintain radiant health.

Where do we meet? Can we do virtual consultations?

In-person appointments will take place at my home office located at 31 Jamaica Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

We can also meet virtually!  Most of the ground we’ll cover during the intake session involves a detailed health history, an exploration of your chief complaint(s), assessment of your Doshic constitution (Prakrti) and present state of imbalance (Vikrti).  This will help me formulate optimal diet and lifestyle recommendations to put you back on the path toward radiant health.  Skype is an effective communications channel for this exploration and you can select that option upon booking your initial consult and/or your follow-up sessions.  I do not offer virtual private Yoga sessions at this time.

Will any of my personal health information ever be shared?

Absolutely not.  I’ll be taking many notes during our session to ensure I completely understand your primary Ayurvedic constitution and the nature of your health complaint(s)–and those notes are saved in a secure, encrypted database.  None of your personal information will ever be shared with anyone else for any reason.

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I look forward to partnering with you on the path toward optimal health.