Taos Āyurveda offers a variety of traditional Āyurvedic services
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Because Āyurveda is so grounded in the principles of individualized diagnosis and treatment, taking into account the unique physical constitution, lifestyle, relationships, and motivations for finding healing balance for each person, the variety of possible health concerns that can be addressed is essentially endless. Digestion, hormonal imbalance, sleep, skin, and weight concerns are a few of the common concerns an Āyurvedic practitioner may be familiar with treating, but most any symptom, illness, or ailment has a root cause which can be effectively treated, and eventually overcome, with proper treatment. The possible treatment protocols one may receive in a consultation is just as vast.
In an initial consultation, after being asked extensively about daily routine, dietary habits, sleep, health concerns and symptoms, digestion, emotional tendencies, relationships, stressors and more, the Āyurvedic practitioner will use traditional assessments for diagnosis, such as pulse, tongue, and eye analysis. They will then come up with a detailed and thorough, yet approachable, set of recommendations or treatments specific to the client. The recommendations will likely include diet and eating advice and lifestyle incorporations such as prāṇāyāma techniques, sleep guidelines, stress management, and more. Herbal protocols which may include traditional Indian plants as well as some familiar western herbs, specific oils for self-massage (abhyaṅga), and/or medicated decoctions/concoctions will also likely be a part of the proposed protocol. Treatments such as shirodhāra (continuous flow of warm oil to the forehead), external basti (an oil bath applied to a specific organ, joint or section of the body) or marma therapy (stimulation of specific energy points on the body to remove blockages and impart physical and psychological relaxation) may also be advised.
Pañchakarma, translated as “five actions”, is the individualized process of detoxification, and is another important part of Āyurvedic treatment. This process is a series of a selection of ancient therapies that may include oil massage, therapeutic sweating, shirodhāra, bastis (internally as enemas or externally as oil baths) and more. Some of these protocols may be recommended after a series of consultations, and many can be practiced at home under the guidance of a practitioner.
Consultations can be done in person or online.
Postpartum and Pregnancy Care
Āyurveda has so much to offer in pregnancy and during the postpartum period. The principal philosophies of this ancient system apply so naturally to the magical and profoundly transformative experiences that come along with the phases of becoming a mother. Self-care, mindful internalization, meditation on and active application of changes and improvements to be made in your body, home, thoughts, and spirit are all natural and instinctive tendencies that arise for the pregnant woman. These diet and lifestyle transformations come into play as easeful and productive ways to prepare for the integration of a new life into yours. From a relationship with Taos Āyurveda, a pregnant woman or new mother can expect care like:
- Prenatal diet, lifestyle, and herbal advice by trimester and individual constitution/experience
- Postpartum care from an Āyurvedic perspective, which may include:
- abhyaṅga (whole body oil massage) instruction for mama and baby
- diet plans, recipes, and cooking for mama 40 days postpartum
- herbal formulations
- belly wrapping
It’s also extremely important and valuable to remember mothers and grandmothers of all ages when considering care that women deserve during, and forever after, the potent offering she makes when creating, growing, and raising a human being. A woman is considered to be in the postpartum period for their entire experience in motherhood. Most of the treatments offered above, especially abhyaṅga with focus on the womb and pelvic area, will deeply benefit those who have been mothers for years and did not have proper immediate postpartum care and restructuring. It is much too often in today’s society that women are expected by themselves or others to return to work and daily tasks soon after the birthing process. This attitude can be hugely detrimental to the hormonal and physical re-balancing a woman requires after undergoing one of the most physically demanding and intense experiences a human being can endure. Any mother, no matter their age or the age of their children, is welcomed to and encouraged to take advantage of the postpartum and other services offered by us. It would truly be an honor to serve you in this way.
Food as Medicine
It is a widely accepted and applied practice throughout traditional medicine modalities to principally apply food and diet as the most potent way to offer healing and vitality to any person, healthy or sick. In Āyurveda, digestion is seen as the primary indicator of health as well as the initial site we target for effective, individualized treatment. Therefore, food is our first line of defense in treating and preventing disease in the physical, and often mental, bodies. Beyond an individual’s constitution and current state of health, considerations such as the season, time of day, time of life, combinations of ingredients, how ingredients are prepared, and the environment and company in and with which the food is being consumed are all absolutely necessary to invoke during every meal one ingests. Āyurveda, along with many well-known and accepted modalities, understands that every bite of food, and the conditions in which that bite was consumed, is digested, absorbed and assimilated into the very tissues that make up our body. Ultimately, we become that which we consume.
Taos Āyurveda offers a variety of ways to engage in dietary habits that suits the individual more precisely, allowing for a deeper vitality that quickly becomes apparent, and eventually, seamless.
- Through a series of consultations with questioning and assessment focused on appetite, dietary habits, and digestion
- Herbal compliments to improve pre-meal appetite, during-meal digestion, and after-meal absorption and assimilation
- Individualized diet recommendations, from wide-ranging advice about restrictions and incorporations to introduce, to specific meal plans and recipes
- Meal preparation and cooking services
Hatha Yoga Āsana and Prāṇāyāma Instruction
Yoga as a discipline and philosophy is often practiced alongside the study or lifestyle incorporations of a client and/or practitioner of Āyurveda. Āsana is the ancient practice of posture, or seat, classically employed for sitting meditation and in more modern times utilized as an exercise to increase or improve strength, flexibility and mobility within the body along with a sense of calm and clarity in the mind. Prāṇāyāma is discipline or control of the prāṇa, vital energy often understood as breath. Applying certain breathing manipulation and retention techniques along with subtle movements in the body from a seated posture, this range of breath control practices increases flow and volume of oxygen within the blood and brain, bringing balanced energy and stabilized mood.
Recommendation of specific āsana and/or prāṇāyāma practices to incorporate into current lifestyle will likely be included in a general Āyurvedic consultation. We also offer private instruction or group classes for these traditional physical yoga practices from an Āyurvedically individualized and healing perspective.
Jyotiṣa (Vedic Astrology)
The astrological branch of Vedic studies, or jyotish, is classically known as the study of light. This ancient science has been used for over 5000 years as a predictive tool to reveal ones karmic impressions, personal predispositions or inclinations, and ultimately to guide along a divine path. In Āyurveda, practitioners consult this timeless wisdom for hints into an individual’s current physical standing and health, the tendencies the person may have toward certain dis-ease or disorder within the body so that preventative treatments and recommendations may be administered, and most importantly remedial actions that can be taken to bring the individual back to their innate path of harmonious physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
Taos Āyurveda offers incorporation of this profound resource within Āyurvedic consultations, or as a stand-alone reading within which specific questions or concerns can be addressed.
Treatments in Detail
This treatment involves a continuous and gentle stream of liquid, usually warmed oil but sometimes milk or coconut water, being poured over the forehead. Not only is it thoroughly relaxing, but shirodhāra is known to be particularly good treatment for nervous system disorders, insomnia, memory issues, hearing impairments, mental disturbances such as anxiety, sinusitis, and hair loss. Many who receive this treatment, particularly in a series of four or five treatments, report an enhanced dream state and more ease in achieving deep rest during sleep.
Basti is translated as “bladder”. This treatment is administered by applying a prepared donut shape of dough, usually made of whole wheat flour, over an indicated organ, joint or aggravated area of the body. The dough “dam” is then filled with an individually specified oil, dependent on the ailment and/or organ being targeted. The oil is generally maintained as warm and left on the body for 30-40 minutes. Some examples of areas of the body that a basti may be prescribed for are the thyroid, lungs, heart, kidneys, knees, neck, spine/sacrum, stomach, liver, and eyes. This treatment is known to be relaxing and rest-inducing, but is employed for a vast variety of indications, dependent on the organ or area which is being targeted.
In a marma therapy session, the client is invited to find genuine release of tension as the practitioner practices polarity holds and gentle stimulation of a selection of specified pressure points on the body. This treatment is indicated when blockages within these major energy points seems to prevent proper flow of prāṇa, or vital energy, within the body. Many specific health concerns can also be addressed through the energetic release and relaxation that comes from marma point therapy.