Ayurvedic Consultations

Ayurvedic Consultations with Ivy Ingram, MA, Certified Ayurvedic health practitioner

Ayurveda is an ancient system of health guidance that developed in India thousands of years ago. Based in nature, its tools are foods, herbs, lifestyle changes and other activities like yoga and meditation designed to restore balance to the body and mind. In your consultation, Ivy will conduct a detailed assessment and will offer educational suggestions tailored to your unique constitution and current concerns. In this way, troublesome signs of imbalance can be removed by addressing the root cause of the problem.

Initial Wellness Consultation (90 minutes) = $150

Personal Wellness Package  = $295
Initial consultation + two 50-minute consults

Personal Transformation Package = $595  
Initial consultation + six 50-minute consults

Available after completion of initial consultation or package:
Ongoing Support (four 50-minute consults) = $345
One Follow-up Consultation (50 minutes) = $95

Your Consultation
When you start learning the basic principles of Ayurveda, questions immediately pop up about how it all relates to YOU – you, with your unique habits, preferences, body type, and personality quirks. This is where Ayurveda shines as a system for guiding our health decisions. There are no "one size fits all" recommendations; it's all about personalization, which is what makes it so brilliant, but it can also make it a bit confusing. Consultations are a chance to dive deep into your specific health concerns and the factors that have contributed to them. I will help you understand basic Ayurvedic principles as they relate to you, so you can see the rationale behind what is happening in your body and mind, as well as the steps to move towards balance.

What to Expect
Before our first appointment, you will fill out a health history and current lifestyle survey. During our first meeting, we will discuss your concerns and goals to determine if we are a good fit. I will ask detailed questions about your daily routines, diet, digestion, exercise, stress patterns, sleep, work life, and relationships. I may also use pulse, eye, face, fingernail and tongue assessment to get a fuller picture of your prakriti (your inborn mind-body constitution, defined by your primary dosha/s) and your vikriti (your current imbalanced state, defined by which dosha/s are elevated).

Many people find it helpful to meet on a regular basis; the ideal frequency depends on your situation. Some like to meet weekly during a difficult transition, while some drop in each month to stay on track. Others come in quarterly to help navigate seasonal changes.

In a mini consultation or dosha assessment - Ivy will determine your prakriti (primary dosha/s) through questions about your habits and preferences, as well as using pulse, eye, face, fingernail and tongue assessment. Knowing your prakriti can give insight into potential health problems and general guidelines to avoid them, but there will not be enough time to get into specific symptoms or diet and lifestyle recommendations.

More about Ayurveda:
Ayurveda is an ancient system of health guidance that developed in India thousands of years ago. Based in nature, its tools are foods, herbs, lifestyle changes and other activities like yoga and meditation designed to restore balance to the body and mind. Historically, Ayurveda has been helpful in resolving many difficulties including:

• Stress-related problems (insomnia, headaches, irritability, anxiety, depression)
• Digestive issues (chronic indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, hyperacidity)
• Menstrual difficulties (heavy flow, pain, irregularity, scanty flow, PMS, infertility)
• Joint pain or discomfort, low back pain, fibromyalgia
• Obesity, excess weight, edema, water retention
• Eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders
• Hot flashes, dryness and other discomfort from menopause

Ayurveda offers suggestions tailored to each individual's unique constitution and current situation. In this way, troublesome signs of imbalance are removed by addressing the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. Ayurveda has a great deal to offer those of us who live far from the sunny land of its birthplace. This wisdom from another time is precisely what our frenetic, accomplishment-driven culture can use to reconnect to a deep source of balance and health. In Sanskrit, the word for health is svastha; sva refers to "self" and stha means "to be located." Thus the very meaning of health within this system is, "to be located or centered in one's self." Most of us could use some help to find that center, that self, our Self. While each of us must walk that path for ourselves, Ayurveda provides a map.

Ivy Ingram, M.A., is a certified Ayurvedic health practitioner and yoga instructor based in Austin, Texas. She conducts individual Ayurvedic consultations, educational workshops, private yoga sessions and group yoga classes oriented towards restoring balance and finding contentment. Her clinical practice focus is on women's health, digestive system concerns, and resolution of stress-related symptoms.

More about Ivy:
Ivy received her Ayurveda certification from the world-renowned Dr. Vasant Lad after an intensive program at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also lived and studied in southern India for six months. Her primary teacher there is Dr. A.R. Ramadas, with whom she studied Ayurvedic nutrition, herbs, spiritual practices, panchakarma theory and hands-on therapies. She is a professional level member of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Ivy is also a nationally certified yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2002.

She has completed two 200-hour yoga teacher training programs, one at Integrative Yoga Therapy and another at Kripalu Yoga Center. She has specialized training in teaching yoga to people with cancer and cardiac conditions as well as pre-natal yoga. She has taught yoga to staff at a Harvard teaching hospital, patients in a cancer treatment center, and inmates in the Oregon prison system. A dedicated student of vedic chant and Sanskrit, she is fascinated by the power of sound, poetry and the spoken word in healing. She has a master's degree in counseling psychology from Boston College, a bachelor's degree in literature from Brown University, and a life-long commitment to helping people find their own path to health and joy.

Find Ivy's full bio here.

 
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