“WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME. WHAT YOU FEEL, YOU ATTRACT. WHAT YOU IMAGINE, YOU CREATE.” –Gautama Buddha
“STOP ACTING SO SMALL. YOU ARE THE UNIVERSE IN ECSTATIC MOTION.” –Rumi
I specialize in an integrative holistic healing approach, using Vedic Yoga Therapy, within its original mind-body-spirit context, alongside Ayurvedic therapeutic treatments which extend to detoxing, meditation, lifestyle and spiritual counseling I combine my training as a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach with my love for healthy food and extensive experience as a Health & Nutrition Chef, to create individual Lifestyle & Nutrition Plans, based on personalized wellness regimens and food menus, suited to an individual’s unique blood type and mind-body constitution, which is the foundation of Ayurveda.
My integrative holistic health and counseling methods are especially effective in correcting and alleviating psycho-somatic disorders which most often manifest as anxiety, depression, insomnia, cravings, digestive and weight imbalances, which are inevitably the cause of deeply ingrained mental and physical toxicity. Psychosomatic ailments are born in the mind, through ‘wrong thinking’ which is mostly a result of our environment. ‘Psyche’ means ‘mind;’ ‘soma’ means ‘body’ – hence phychosomatic disorders simply reflect the adverse and profound effects that the mind can have on the body. Vedic philosophy and science teaches how to connect to our psyche, tap into its vast reservoir of subconscious primodial knowledge, perceive and heal through the core of our emotions, thus simultaneously healing the body!
“Physician, heal thyself.” (Luke, 4:23)
HOW I WORK: First and foremost I consider myself an educator with the spiritual aspiration of living what I teach and teaching what I live. I can say that I have healed myself many times over, and continue to do so through my diligent practice of these ancient teachings. My aim is to teach others in search of healing and peace how to heal themselves. Self-healing techniques are at the root of my practice. Within that context I help people heal themselves and recover from illnesses or imbalances related to chronic pain, toxicity, nervous and immune disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, digestive and weight issues, in addition to providing counseling for emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Counseling are used in conjunction with integrative Ayurvedic and specifically prescribed Hatha Yoga practices (poses/asanas, meditation, breath control/pranayama) extending to detoxification treatments.
My integral application of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Holistic Nutrition comprises a complete healthcare system treating the MIND and BODY SIMULTANEOUSLY. Pain, stress, and mood management are the initial targets that are immediately addressed through balancing the nervous system. The body also undergoes a process of rehabilitation to purify and strengthen via proper nutrition and applied mind-body therapies. Individual treatments, nutrition, health and wellness plans are based on each person’s Doshic constitution (Vatta, Pitta, Kapha) – determined by an initial Holistic Health & Ayurvedic Evaluation based on one’s physical, emotional, and behavioral traits, extending to environmental, genetic, diet and lifestyle factors.
As an integrative holistic heath practitioner I identify and eliminate the root cause of psychological and physical ailments, and contributing environmental and emotional stressors, with the addition of optional pranic healing treatments to remove energy blockages and expedite healing. According to the Indian Vedic Philosophy and Medical Science, from which Yoga and Ayurveda stem (unknown to many, Ayurveda provided the blueprint for traditional Chinese medicine), the key to breaking through physical and mental blockages which cause disease can only be achieved by harnessing self-awareness (svadhyaya), purifying our physical, mental, and living environment (pratyahara), and properly directing and amplifying the flow of Prana or Chi (pranayama). I particularly stress Self-Awareness and Pratyahara in my practice, providing concrete guidelines for balanced living, mind control and emotional stability through the use of positive affirmations and various integrated mind-body yogic techniques. Yoga and Ayurveda combined form a complete, and in my opinion THE MOST ADVANCED HOLISTIC MIND-BODY HEALING SYSTEM, unsurpassed in its unique methodology, and perfected into a highly advanced mind-body-spirit science, that is over 5,000 years old.
Training/Degrees: Certified Integrative Holistic Health Coach (HHC), Iyengar-Hatha Yoga Instructor (RYT-500), LifeForce Yoga Therapy® Practitioner (Vedic Yoga for Anxiety and Depression), and Kriya Yoga & Meditation practitioner, with an MA in Art History from the University of London and a BA in Philosophy. I have worked as a Nutrition & Wellness Food Writer, and Private Chef and Menu Consultant specializing in Holistic, Healing Foods, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free personalized menus for people under medical supervision, or transitioning to a healthier diet specifically designed and suited for their lifestyle and blood type.
WHY AND HOW INTEGRATIVE AYURVEDIC YOGA THERAPY WORKS
Vedic Yoga in its holistic format works primarily on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Through specifically designed asanas/poses used in conjunction with breath control, the pineal, pituitary, adrenal and thyroid gland are stimulated to secrete certain hormones and brain chemistry is altered. This induces profound states of relaxation, which influences the body’s ability to control pain, inflammation, and expedite emotional an physical healing. The stimulation of the vagus nerve (back of the cerebrum) is also a key factor in anxiety control and immunity. By ‘remolding’ or refocusing the mind through the body and vice versa, we not only re-wire the nervous system and create new neuro-pathways, but we also change our physical response to pain and disease. Emotional blockages and deeply ingrained negative thought patters, the cause of excessive stress and trauma, consequently manifest as hyper-anxiety, depression, addiction, weight gain, toxicity, and various illnesses in the body. Samskaras, or psychological and environmental ‘imprints’ (comprising negative ingrained thoughts, habits, and lifestyle) are considered the primary cause of all psychosomatic disturbances and imbalances in the body. In modern medical terms we focus on neuroplasticity, and work on calibrating new neuro-pathways to eradicate old negative thought patterns and addictive behaviors.
THE ORIGINAL APPLICATION OF YOGA
“Physical and mental therapy is one of the most important achievements of Vedic Hatha Yoga. In ancient times it was practiced for many years as a preparation for higher states of consciousness. In the past 40 years Hatha Yoga has been accepted as a therapeutic science all over the world and many scientific studies have been conducted in the filed. The mistake that most yoga teachers make in the West is that they just take a patient with arthritis, rheumatism or insomnia, teach him a few exercises and that is it. Hatha Yoga has not been used to treat the total personality. Just to improve the physical health is not enough. The mental health must also improve, the nature must change, the personality must change, the psychological and psychic framework also has to change.” Swami Muktibodhananda, Hatha Yoga Pradipika
BENEFITS OF INTEGRATIVE YOGA THERAPIES
- IDENTIFY AND REMOVE STRESS INDUCING HABITS, LIFESTYLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL STRESSORS
- IMPROVE SLEEP AND BALANCE YOUR MOODS
- LEARN HOW TO MANAGE AND ALLEVIATE PAIN NATURALLY AND EXPEDITE HEALING
- GAIN CONTROL OVER ANXIETY AND EATING
- REGAIN VITALITY, ENERGY AND STRENGTH
- BREAK THE CYCLE OF NEGATIVE THOUGHTS AND SELF-DEFEATING HABITS
- CREATE A VISION FOR HOW TO MANIFEST A MORE FULFILLING PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE
- CONNECT TO YOUR HIGHER SELF THROUGH CULTIVATING A DEEPER SENSE OF SELF-AWARENESS AND SPIRITUAL WELLBEING
AYURVEDIC HOLISTIC NUTRITION & WELLNESS COUNSELING – The original “Eat Right for Your Type” Diet for Balancing and Healing the Mind and Body. A Holistic Nutrition Evaluation & Ayurvedic Wellness evaluation is used to formulate a balancing mind-body diet, based on detailed nutritional and lifestyle factors, and one’s Doshic constitution. I make, sell and prescribe special herbal blends to be used in the form of medicinal teas or cooking herbs for reducing inflammation, reducing stress, alleviating allergies, and boosting the digestive and immune systems. The are 3 Dosha types (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), which determine one’s mind-body predispositions, strengths and weaknesses, extending to emotional traits. To read more please go to the Nutrition Services page.
YOGA NIDRA GUIDED MEDITATION WITH SOUND THERAPY- For pain management, trauma, anxiety and depression. Yoga Nidra is a very deep and healing meditative practice know as ‘deep yogic sleep’ which has been used by yoga masters for centuries to go ‘beyond the body’ and tap into the superconscious states and heal the subtle energy bodies. It is the deepest form of relaxation one can experience, as if being asleep yet remaining cognizant, hence it is also known as ‘lucid dreaming.’ It is equivalent to hours of rejuvenating sleep, and exceptional for those suffering from chronic stress, insomnia, chronic pain including fibromyalgia. Vivid guided visualization techniques are used in Yoga Nidra, while laying down in shivasana, inducing a state similar to lucid non-passive hypnosis – proven highly efficient especially for treating those suffering from PTSD. To maximize the benefits I use Tuning Forks as as form of sound therapy which are gentler than singing Tibetan bowls and activate DNA cellular repair, and calm the heart and mind.
SAMKALPA MEDITATION AND MANTRA AFFIRMATIONS – For emotional, mental, and physical transformation and healing through neuro-plasticity (creating new neuro-pathways in the brain) inducing a profound state of calm and wellbeing, and new positive though patterns. Samkalpa means ‘intention’ or ‘born of the heart’ in Sanskrit, and is traditionally used as a quintessential component in cultivating a healing meditation practice, beyond a passive state. One formulates a samkalpa intention, in the form of a ‘healing or empowerment affirmation’ before delving deep into the meditative state. Hafez, the 14th-century Sufi poet wrote, “The words you speak become the house you live in.” Just like we are what we eat, we are what we speak. Or what we sing! A samkalpa can also be in the form of a traditional mantra or prayer, or can be chanted as a song. I have created a collection of a ‘ soul healing affirmation chants’, to be used daily to seal the samkalpa intention and create positive thought patterns. This method of manifesting change through positive affirmations prior to meditation is inspired from Paramahansa Yogananda’s groundbreaking book, “Scientific Healing Affirmations,” the verses of which I have set to melody to create uplifting, easy to remember mind and mood-altering tunes. Immediate results can be expected in most cases, especially for those prone to depression and fatigue. Through repeated self-empowerment one shifts from being a victim of his mental/physical affliction, transmuting passivity, negativity, fear and doubt into healing energy through the scientific method of engaging one’s will power through positive thinking to heal, transform and transcend all limitations.
PRANAYAMA THERAPY – For calming and balancing the nervous system, purifying and oxygenating the blood, and detoxifying the body – using the BREATH to change brain function and re-energize the body. Prana means ‘Life Force’ which is the equivalent of Qi (Chi) energy. Ayama – means to control. Pran-ayama, literally means ‘controlling the life force’, also known as ‘the yoga of breath,’ or breath work therapy. I use the Hatha-Ayurvedic Yoga method, to ensure that the correct pranayama is practiced in accordance to a person’s appropriate Doshic constitution. This is crucial as pranayama can be harmful otherwise, as it can negatively affect the nervous system. Through sequenced breathing techniques – emphasizing maximum absorption of Prana – every cell in the body is revitalized and oxygenated at a subatomic level. The nervous system in particular is stimulated, including the vagus nerve in the brain (responsible for blood absorption into the heart, lungs, and connected to the digestive system) along with the pineal and pituitary glands, thus counteracting anxiety, depression, fatigue, stress, and sleep disorders. detoxification, and optimal absorption of Pranic vital energy into the body. In conjunction with yoga, pranayama increases the flow of energy into the body, and it is unsurpassed in improving stamina, revitalizing the mind and body, and promoting higher states of consciousness.
RESTORATIVE HATHA YOGA THERAPY (Vinyasa-Hatha Yoga to improve flexibility, endurance, and strength is available for requesting clients) – For alleviating anxiety and pain, promoting sleep, stress relief, and improving flexibility, circulation, immunity, mobility, digestion, and mental wellbeing. Deep assisted stretching and special restorative ‘cooling’ or ‘warming’ postures are used to improve circulation – assisted by hand adjustments and props – to relieve tension, open the body and balance out any blockages, according to specific symptoms or determined needs. Please refer to the RESTORATIVE & INTEGRATIVE VEDIC YOGA THERAPY for detailed information on 1 of 2 methods used. Private personalized yoga sessions of various levels are held by request, in workshops or private sessions, and also in conjunction with complimentary Physical Therapy treatments as determined by a PT- and in their office.
PRANIC VEDIC HEALING – much like the more commonly known Reiki, pranic healing is the original ancient and tested system of energy healing developed and perfected for millennia by highly advanced yogis and tantric healers, using prana or the quantum energy field, known as qi or chi in TCM, to balance, heal, harmonize and enhance one’s innate ability to remove blockages and receive, process, and store greater quantities of healing prana. Prana is a Sanskrit word which means life-force. This invisible bio-energy or vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains a state of good health, influencing our emotional and mental impressions. Pranic Healing is a simple yet powerful and effective system of no-touch energy healing. It is based on the fundamental principles that the body is a self-repairing living entity that possesses the ability to heal itself and that the healing process is accelerated by increasing the life-force which includes and extends beyond our own energy field into the quantum Universe.