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about Emma

Emma is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with over 1500 hours of training at the Ayurvedic Institute, the leading school for Ayurvedic medicine in the US. She holds a BSc from Cornell University, is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association and is a certified AyurYoga® instructor. By addressing the root cause of imbalances and disease through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation, and subtle energy therapies, clients work to reconnect with their optimum health. Emma currently practices in the Burlington, VT area, facilitates classes and workshops, and is available for remote sessions via Skype, Facetime, and phone calls.

 

What is Ayurveda?

Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful holistic health systems. More than a system of treating illness, it teaches individuals not only how to avoid disease but how to proactively develop a healthy internal foundation. Ayurveda focuses on health as a positive and even blossoming condition that is separate from disease, a state of being that can be reinforced by appropriate behavior. Ayurveda simply put, is the science of life - Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge. (Chopra, Svoboda). 

Balance and Imbalance.     There are many factors, both internal and external, which act upon us to change our sense of balanced health. When these factors intrude upon our natural state, we see changes occur within ourselves. Indigestion, fatigue, weight gain, lack of focus, skin conditions, disrupted sleep – these are all small signs that our inner harmony is compromised. Stresses to our system can be emotional and physical, and can include diet and food choices, seasons and weather, physical trauma and relationships between co-workers, family and friends. Ayurveda brings hope. Once the underlying reason for our suffering (big or small) is understood we can take action to eradicate or lessen the cause of the imbalance. It is at this juncture that we re-establish our balance, invite inner harmony, and transform dis-ease into ease.

Using the 5 Elements.     Ayurveda categorizes everything – our mind, body, relationships, natural world, food and medicines – in terms of the 5 basic elements: earth, water, fire, air and space (sometimes called ether). It further refines these elements into combinations (called Doshas), that when joined, create a more refined/specific lens in which to describe our world.
 
Earth + Water combine to produce Kapha
Water + Fire to produce Pitta
Air + Ether to produce Vata

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