WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I can't believe what a powerful experience this has been for me... Clearly this is what my body had been waiting for...!"
— Arielle, Professional Chef
Board-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility
I am a board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body Podcast. I work to bridge the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives. I serve on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and have consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
My clients are looking for more body intelligence. They may feel physically, mentally and emotionally blocked from being their healthiest selves, and know they can feel better if they deeply tune into their bodies. I help them develop real passion in their cells and create a body that is resilient and more receptive to Nature.
I offer consultations, including special programs for reproductive health and fertility and for anyone who wants to explore cleansing and fasting for its mind-body-spirit benefits. I have worked with hundreds of clients to detoxify and rejuvenate their bodies since 2013.
Ayurveda helped me get pregnant naturally on the first try and have a child just before I turned 40. My clients have solved digestive issues, reduced stress, improved their energy and improved key biomarkers of wellness, reduced the size of cysts and tumors, enjoyed healthier skin and regulate menstrual cycles. It's a bit like magic, except it's real - it just takes a little time, attention and intention.
MA, Ayurveda from Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda (Master's thesis: Psychological, Physiological and Spiritual Benefits of Fasting From an Ayurvedic Perspective. Master's thesis advisor: Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar)
BS, Psychology from Heidelberg University
Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP) with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists
YACEP (registered Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)
E-RYT 500 certification (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the highest level) after studying Vinyasa Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy for various health conditions including musculoskeletal issues, lifestyle diseases and cancer
What Is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an elemental healing system that is based on ancient medicine from the Indian subcontinent. It uses diet, circadian alignment, yoga, herbal pharmacology, spices and various types of body and sensory therapies to heal disease processes. Like other ancient medicines, its elemental basis allows an individual to develop an intuitive understanding of the causes of one’s health issues and the methods by which disease may be reversed.
Ayurveda is both a lifestyle medicine and an avenue for individuals looking for deep cleansing and healing. It teaches that health is achieved when an individual has:
Balanced bodily humors (doshas)
Consistent metabolic strength (agni)
Properly formed tissues (dhatus)
Effective use of mind (manas) and senses (indriyas)
It connects the mind, body and spirit by decoding the qualities (gunas) that make up an individual person's constitutional makeup and evaluating how the doshas respond to gunas of one’s day-to-day life routines, diet, environmental factors affecting the senses as well as time.
Ayurveda has hundreds of thousands of medical practitioners today in India, where it was historically a complete medical system that even included surgery, and it has spread to be both taught and practiced worldwide. In more recent years, and outside of India, it has become more focused on offering cleansing and detoxification practices. A comprehensive group of cleansing therapies called panchakarma (pancha = five and karma = actions) is practiced worldwide, though in some regions, practitioners are limited by local laws.
Ayurvedic medicine is often practiced alongside conventional medicine for individuals undergoing treatment for other health issues.