Welcome to Ananda Holistic, my name is Kyle and I am the owner. Ananda is a sanskrit word that means bliss, Ananda is your natural state, and my goal is to help you get back to your natural state. I'm a multi discipline yoga teacher, Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant, and holistic practitioner. Ayurveda is the foundation I work from, using the principals of ayurveda I am able to determine the exact nature of imbalance that is causing illness or discomfort and work with you to create a path back to your balanced state, using diet, ayurvedic herbs, and Ayurvedic treatments like Shirodhara, Thai Yoga Massage, Marma Therapy, along with western treatments like reflexology, auriculotherapy, Tuning Fork Therapy, as well as yoga and meditation to provide greater awareness of your mind body connection allowing you to take control of your health and mental wellbeing.
What is Ayurveda and what is an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant?
Ayurveda is an ancient form of holistic medicine from India, it is easily the most holistic form of medicine to ever come out of the east because Ayurveda treats the entire being mind, body, and soul not just one part of the body or a particular set of symptoms. Ayurveda is a science, in fact its name comes from two Sanskrit words Ayur which means life, more specifically it means longevity of life, and veda which means science or knowledge, so Ayurveda is the SCIENCE OF LIVING A LONG LIFE. Ayurveda rose out of Yoga and like yoga is rooted in Samkhya Philosophy.
Purusha and Prakriti
Samkhya philosophy states that in the beginning there was pure cosmic consciousness, this pure cosmic consciousness is unmanifest, eternal, indestructible, it can not be perceived through the five senses, it is beyond the realms of time and space, we call this energy Purusha. You are purusha, a single cell of pure cosmic consciousness, the soul or atman in Sanskrit. Prakriti is primal nature, it is the manifestation of the creative power of purusha. Prakriti is the creative force that shapes the entire manifested universe including your body.
You are not a human being having a spiritual experience, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Each and everyone of us is a unique cell of the supreme consciousness, here to free ourselves from the bondage of samsara the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth, to go home and reunite with the supreme consciousness is the goal of life, when this happens is based on your karmas (actions) which shapes your dharma (path).
The ancient sages laid a path for us, this path includes practices that we must follow to free ourselves from the bondages of material existence and go home, we call those practices YOGA but that's not entirely correct The word yoga means union, to unite, to bind, to make whole. The practices we call yoga are all designed to help us see through the vail of MAYA (illusion) and realize our true nature, we are pure consciousness, the vedas call this pure consciousness "ATMAN" we call it the "SOUL" the goal of yoga is first self realization, before we can overcome the bondages of material existence we must first realize our true nature, the practices that we call yoga are designed to do just that, in order to realize the self we must take control the sages call this pratyahara which means to withdraw the senses. An ancient vedic text called The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali explains what yoga is very clearly.
Now the explanation of Yoga
Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind
Then the seer abides in itself
In sutra 2:1 "the modifications of the mind" refers to the fact that we are pure consciousness and it is the mind and the senses that have tricked us into believing that we are the body and the mind, we have forgotten our true nature. in sutra 3:1 the seer refers to the true self the atman the soul. Now remember that the word yoga actually means union, if we change the word yoga in the sutras we get a very clear definition of what yoga actually is.
Now the explanation of union
Union is what happens when we cease the modifications of the mind
Then the Soul abides in itself
You are the soul, You are the being that is looking out of your eyes reading this right now, you have forgotten your true nature and you must remember so you can end the cycle of samsara and go home. This is the ultimate goal of yoga, and ayurveda is the science of keeping the physical and energetic body in top condition so we can make the most of our time here. To attain liberation we need to ensure a steady flow of prana is moving between the physical and energetic bodies, when our nadis (channels that prana flows through) become blocked through physical, emotional or energetic trauma the result is disease. Ayurveda provides a means of not only healing and recovering from disease but a means of preventing disease and a clear path to enlightenment.
The elemental building blocks of life.
Everything in the manifest world is made up of different combinations of the five elements of ether, air, fire, water, and earth. What makes Ayurveda unique is that not only does it recognize the five elements it recognizes the unique combinations of the elements within us which makes up your unique constitution called a dosha. Vata dosha is a combination of ether and air, Pitta is a combination of fire and water, and kapha is water and earth.
The doshas are the primary forces and subtle substances behind all physiological and psychological functions, they produce the body and are the causative factors in the disease process.
Vata dosha is the biologic humor of space and air. its qualities are dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, and mobile. Vata dosha is responsible for all physiological processes, it governs the breath, sensory and nervous systems, because of vatas involvement with the nervous system vata type disorders have more severe implications than pitta or kapha as it will affect the entire body through the nervous system.
Pitta dosha is the biological humor of fire and water the fire here is a liquid fire like acid, fire by itself can't exist in the body it would destroy it, so we can say fire contained by water. Pittas qualities are hot, sharp, slightly oily, light, mobile, and liquid. pitta governs digestion, temperature, sight, hunger, and the luster of our skin.
Kapha dosha is the biological humor of water and earth kapha is the glue that holds us together it is cold, wet, sticky, heavy and dull. Kapha is the mucus lining of the stomach and lungs, the saliva in our mouths that helps to break down food and the mucus that traps invaders in our noses. Think of clay when clay has a good wet to dry ratio it is moldable and mobile, too much water and you have a gray puddle you cant do anything with, not enough water it becomes brittle and breaks easily. All three doshas are needed in the body vata is movement and energy, Responsible for the coordination of all of the bodies functions, Pitta is our inner fire our radiance, through which we digest impressions, thoughts, air and food, while kapha is our vigor, the internalized essence of digested air, food, mental impressions, and our mental endurance.
Of course Ayurveda is an amazing system for healing and restoring wellness to our lives but Ayurveda is not just a system of medicine for when we get sick. Ayurveda is a way of living so that we don't get sick in the first place. Ayurveda is the science of living in perfect harmony with our environment, it maintains balance so we can live to our full potential and end the cycle of samsara.
What do I do as an ayurvedic lifestyle consultant?
Well Ayurvedic treatment is based on three fundamentals 1) PRAKRUTI this in an individuals birth dosha, prakruti actually means "original creation" 2) VIKRUTI this is the individuals current dominant dosha and 3) is the nature of the medicine. As an ayurvedic lifestyle consultant I determine the prakruti and then I determine the vikruti, to do this I use questions, I examine the pulse, I examine the skin, I examine the tongue. Then I formulate a treatment plan using diet, herbs, yoga, mantra, meditation, massage I then work with you to restore balance.
What's in my toolbox?
- Thai Yoga Massage
- Cupping Massage
- Tuning Fork Therapy
- Hot Herbal Stem Massage
- Marma Therapy
- 20 Years of Experience