Ayurveda - THE SCIENCE OF LIFE

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Ayurvedic Consultations

Prana offers Ayurvedic consultations for those seeking to work one-on-one with a trained practitioner. The purpose of the Ayurvedic consultations is to provide insight and recommendations on lifestyle habits to engage the body’s natural healing ability. Using the principles of Ayurveda, your consult will address mind, body and spiritual health. By addressing to the root cause of imbalances, you’ll leave empowered with a plan to enhance your wellbeing.

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Certified Ayurvedic Specialist Lisa Bertke discussing Ayurveda wellness program with client at Prana Yoga Center Geneva IL

INITIAL CONSULTATION

Our Ayurvedic consultation begins with an overview of Ayurveda and a health history discovery session into the root causes or underlying imbalances of your body type (dosha).  You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your constitution, identify your major health concerns, and receive an overall health and lifestyle assessment with support/treatment recommendations. You will leave with practices that you can immediately use to support your overall health and wellbeing. This session is a collaborative effort so you will be an active participant in choosing what is best for you and your lifestyle.

Afterwards, a customized Ayurvedic treatment protocol, suited to target the root cause of your imbalance, is developed and administered. Best of all, we teach you how to integrate this new protocol into your life so that it becomes seamless and sustainable for you.

Certified Ayurvedic Specialist Lisa Bertke drybrushing clients arm at Prana Yoga Center Geneva IL

FOLLOW-UP (INTAKE) SESSIONS

Intake sessions are casual, private and confidential. At the end of your consultation, your personalized treatment plan (dinacharya or daily routine) will address lifestyle recommendations for dosha balance including: daily practices of asana, pranayama, meditation, six tastes/herbal (diet) interventions and more. Consultation also includes 2 additional 1 hour sessions with email follow up as needed.

After the initial consultation, we recommend you return for follow-up consultations. A series of appointments allow time for you to integrate the recommendations, return with new insights and observations, and delve deeper into creating balance. The practitioner may adjust and add to current recommendations or address new health concerns. Follow-up consultations are 30 minutes to 1 hour in length.

CONSULTATION PACKAGE

Session One: Includes an overview of Ayurveda and yoga as therapy, a health history assessment, review of your unique goals, a dosha quiz, tongue, skin, pulse evaluation and time for questions. (1 hour)

Session Two: Is dedicated to learning your personalized lifestyle routine, herbal therapies and yoga practice designed to support your health and wellness goals. (1 hour)

Session Three: In this session we assesses the effectiveness of your personalized lifestyle routine and make adjustments for improvements in your progess and shifts in your goals. (1 hour)


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Ayurveda FAQs

Why try Ayurveda?

More and more physicians from all over the world are interested in Ayurveda and have adapted this medicinal system to our western society. Ayurveda and ayurvedic treatment techniques have been proven effective in many clinical studies. Ayurveda should be the choice in case of chronic (drawn-out) illness, which can not be treated in a satisfactory manner by conventional medicine. Ayurveda aims not only to treat the sick person, but also to prevent illness in healthy people, who can get ill due to stress, family problems and so on.

What are the principles of Ayurveda?

The essential principle of Ayurveda is life in compliance with one’s constitution and with the laws of nature. Ayurveda is a holistic science; it concerns the whole human being. It does not aim at the suppression of symptoms but searches for and cures the cause of illness. It directs itself to the maintenance of energy balance in the body, the most important condition for health. Ayurveda is engaged in details not only in treatment but also in prevention of illness and longevity. The diet, exercise and the whole way of living is individually recommended according to the constitution, race and climatic conditions. The admission of individual distinctness and individual approach to treatment is one of the unique features of Ayurvedic medicine.

What are the differences between Ayurveda and western medicine?

Ayurveda does not stand against western medicine. In acute cases, the role of classical medicine is irreplaceable. In chronic illnesses, combination with Ayurveda can be beneficial, and in many chronic illnesses Ayurveda achieves excellent results even where classical medicine has failed. Ayurveda is strictly individual (the treatment is determined on the basis of given person’s consti-tution and state of his/her health). It aims at the elimination of causes, not the suppression of symptoms; during the treatment only natural remedies free of any side effects are used. The cause of illness can be found in the inner imbalance as well as in the relation with the surrounding environment whereas western medicine considers, for instance, virus or bacteria as the main cause.

What are three doshas?

According to Ayurveda, a human being is composed of five elements, three vital energies – principles (dosha), seven tissues (dhatus) and a large amount of canals (shrotas). Of these five elements – air, space, fire, water and earth – two elements always form the basis of each of the three doshas. The word “dosha” and the names of the three doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, are Sanskrit words.

The Doshas interpenetrate everything in nature. Vatta is the energy of movement, Pitta expresses the metabolism and Kapha corresponds to the principle of substance and structures. These energies occur in each of us, only in differ in amounts in each individual. Each of us has a unique structure of energy, and therefore each of us is unique. The combination of those three doshas comprises our constitution.

How is diagnosis done in Ayurveda?

There are three main methods mentioned in Ayurveda for diagnosing the dosha imbalance and disease process in a person. They are:

  1. 1. Darsana Pareeksha – Observing the patient’s physical signs and symptoms, e.g. the color of skin, hair, eyes, behavior, and body condition.
  2. 2. Prasna Preeksha – Asking detailed questions regarding the imbalance of each dosha.
  3. 3. Sparsana Pareeksha – Touching the patient. The pulse diagnosis, palpation, percussion and auscultation are included in this method.

What are the main treatment techniques?

Ayurveda offers a treatment for each of the five senses: herbs and nutrition act on the sense of the taste, the olfactory sense is influenced by aromatherapy, the touch is related to Yoga, precious stones and massages, the hearing is treated by mantra (sound energy with curative effect) and we can affect the sight by colours (colour-therapy).

Ayurveda mostly proves successful in the treatment of chronic illnesses. Ayurveda covers and cures a wide range of illnesses, from the common cold to chronic illnesses, allergy, chronic fatigue, ulcers, bad digestion, from insomnia to grave mental disorders. The choice of relevant therapy depends on the individual constitution, on the type of imbalance and on the season. The following are the most frequently used treatment techniques:

  • aromatherapy including the use of aromatic oils and incense sticks
  • herbal treatment using natural substances without side effects
  • special breathing exercises carried out before meditation
  • choice of appropriate exercises contributes to the whole health
  • the detoxication method called Panchakarma cleans the organism and eliminates the settlement of toxic substances
  • shirodhara with its deep calming effect,
  • alimentation and contingent change of diet belong to the most important measures to keep or recovering health. Agni, the fire of digestion, operates in the stomach; it is responsible for correct and perfect digestion. To a large extent our health is dependent not only on the kind of food but also on the amount of food we eat and when we eat it. An improperly set-up meal, eaten at an inconvenient time or eaten in a haste – all of these factors contribute to our imbalance and disease
  • meditation influences positively our mind and thus the entire organism
  • marma therapy stimulates by gentle massage some points on the body and reflexively affects the respective organs
  • yoga – special exercises called “Asany” belong to the part of treatment of many illnesses. Hathayoga is the nearest to Ayurveda,
  • therapy by colours and stones.

How can I get to know my constitution?

Roughly, the constitution can be ascertained by filling out the dosha-test on our website. The exact conclusion, on which basis the individual recommendations are made, is possible only after a personal consultation in our center.

What importance do herbs have?

Herbs are gentle and natural treatment. They do not have any side effects, because they are compatible with the body’s own chemicals. They are absorbed easily and because of their different characteristics (desiccant/humid, incentive/sedative etc.) it is possible to choose exactly the right herbs which can cure in the given case depending on the illness.

What is the importance of food in Ayurveda?

According to Ayurveda up to 70 % of illnesses can be influenced by correct diet. A maximally satisfying diet that leads the organism to balance can be designed in compliance with the constitution. Ayurveda does not forcibly forbid any food, nor does it incline to any artificial unnatural diet, but rather in each group (fruit, vegetables, meat, cereals and dairy products) there are certain foods that are more appropriate and others less so. Properly chosen food, through its own quality, has a curative influence on particular organs.

Can one take Ayurveda medicine with modern medicines?

If not indicated otherwise by the attending physician, Ayurveda Medicines can generally be taken alongwith allopathic medicines. Moreover, Ayurveda Medicines are used as adjuvant to allopathic medicines in most of chronic and degenerative diseases. As such there is no harm to consume simple herbal formulations of Ayurveda even without the prescription of the doctor but mineral based medicines must be used after due consultation and advice of the doctor.

AYURVEDA PRACTITIONER

lisa bertke

Lisa Bertke is a Certified Ayurveda Specialist. In 2018, she completed her training with the Ayurveda Health Counselor Graduate School with the Himalayan Institute, a NAMA approved program. Lisa is also the founder and owner of Prana Yoga Center, a ParaYoga Level II certified teacher, E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, and a certified Four Desires Trainer under the direction of Rod Stryker the founder of ParaYoga. She has been teaching yoga for 20 years. Read Lisa’s full bio >