A Y U R V E D A
EMPOWERING YOU TO GENTLY CLEANSE, RESTORE AND BRING BALANCE TO YOUR MIND AND BODY NATURALLY
AYURVEDA FOR EVERY BODY
Ayurveda believes that there is no ‘one rule for all’ and following an Ayurveda lifestyle and diet is suitable for every body.
Our bodies are extremely complex and have their own inner intelligence whose purpose it is to keep us healthy and disease free. Each night as we sleep our body regenerates and repairs itself at cellular level; fixing and replacing dead cells, rejuvenating tissues and organs and processing toxins. However, when we are continually overloaded with too much stress, too little sleep or we eat too much of the wrong kinds of foods or gradually become accustom to harmful life patterns, toxins may begin to build up and the body’s ability to keep up with demand weakens. It is at this point that we may become sensitive to ailments or dis-ease as our natural immunity weakens.
HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP
Ayurveda is successful in treating a wide range of conditions, please get in touch for more information or a free 15 minute chat about how Ayurveda can help you.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Ayurveda believes that we each have a unique make up, or ‘praktruti,' that we are an individual perfect balance of the body’s three fundamental energies or doshas (vata, pitta and kapha) and that these doshas are in perfect balance with the laws of nature and - that these, in turn are in balance with the body, mind and soul. During the consultation we will discuss all about you and depending on your physiologic type and these findings you may be prescribed:
Diet & nutritional advice
Lifestyle & exercise suggestions
Rest & relaxation methods
Yoga & breathing exercises
Natural herbs & oils
You won’t need to bring a thing, just yourself and an open heart. Together, we will gently empower you to make small, manageable changes gradually bringing yourself back into balance in order to obtain and retain your optimal health and happiness.
Detoxification & Rejuvenation
Gastro-intestine problems (constipation, indigestion, acid reflux, IBS etc.)
Headaches & Migraines
Menstrual & Menopausal problems
The first consultation is usually 60 minutes and further consultations, if needed are 25 minutes. Herbal remedies and oils are at an additional cost and usually start at approximately £10-£15 per herbal remedy for a three week cycle. Often a fine balance of several herbs may be needed but this varies accordingly and of course, your budget can be taken into account.
Introductory 15 minute phone call - free
Initial consultation - £55
Follow up consultations - £30
Private yoga or meditation sessions – upon appointment
If you are interested, please feel free to make contact anytime to arrange a time to chat.
"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise so I am changing myself" - Rumi
“Health is order; disease is disorder. Within the body, there is a constant interaction between order and disorder. The wise man learns to be fully aware of the presence of disorder in his body and then sets about to re-establish order.” – Dr. Vasant Lad
Ayurveda is one of the most ancient systems of healthcare known to man. First practised over 5,000 years ago in India, it is now recognised as the forefather of all Eastern forms of medicine and many scholars argue that it also forms the roots of Western medicine. Its name is taken from the Sanskrit words ‘Ayus' meaning ‘life’ and 'veda' meaning ‘knowledge’ and so quite simply is....‘The Science of Life’. As its name suggests, Ayurveda is a holistic science effectively covering all aspects of life including our mind, spirit and body and how we interact with our environment.
Typical western, allopathic medicines often treat each of our symptoms and ailments individually and we are regularly offered sticky plasters, magic pills or even surgery to eradicate and disarm them. The objectives of Ayurveda is to treat and gently stem the root of all dis-ease holistically. Ayurvedic wisdom teaches us that by taking time to understanding our unique make up, stimulating our own inner defences and bringing our mind, spirit and body back into balance we can prevent the onset and accumulation of such symptoms and eventual disease.
A NATURAL PHILOSOPHY
THE FIVE ELEMENTS OF AYURVEDa
The basic foundations of Ayurveda is that all matter, literally ‘everything’, is made up of five elements. These are ether, air, fire, water and earth. First in the development of matter, there is ether and from ether comes air. Then from air comes fire, from fire comes water and so on. These five elements create, support and maintain life and harmony on our planet but if they become imbalanced universal problems arise and life may be threatened. Our bodies too are made up of matter and although we mostly have the same selection of cells, bones, tissues and organs our individual mind, body and spirit are all actually quite different. Ayurveda calls this uniqueness our ‘prakruti.’ As with the planet, if the elements of our prakruti become imbalanced our bodily tissues are affected and disease may occur. Similarly, the planet (our environment) and our body must also have a good balance or one will eventually suffer. Ayurveda believes that this holistic understanding of the dance between us and our environment is the key to a happier, healthier life.
Ayurveda explains our uniqueness or ‘prakruti’ better by way of energies or doshas. There are three fundamental doshas – vata, pitta and kapha. Each are made up of two of the five elements and our body, mind and soul are a unique blend of these doshas. Vata, pitta and kapha each have their own attributes.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR PRAKRUTI
Vata comes from the Sanskrit term ‘vah’ meaning vehicle, to carry or move. It is principally made up of ether and air and governs breathing, muscles and all bodily movements. In balance expresses creativity, flexibility, imagination and action. Out of balance may bring fickleness, fear, anxiety and abnormal bodily movements.
Pitta comes from the Sanskrit term ‘tap’ meaning heat and to be austere and is predominately composed of fire and water. It governs digestion, temperature and all metabolism. In balance promotes intelligence, understanding and discipline. Out of balance encourages anger, hatred, perfectionism, jealousy and inflammatory disorders.
Kapha comes from the Sanskrit terms ‘ka’ meaning water and ‘pha’ meaning to flourish and is principally made up of water and earth. Its energy forms and holds together the bodily structure, it lubricates, moistens and provides water for all bodily systems. In balance it expresses love, compassion, forgiveness, calmness and increases immunity. Out of balance is brings on attachment, greed, laziness, possessiveness and congestive disorders.
The percentage to which we are of each dosha is complicated. This combination is based on our genetic make-up or physical constitution and our mental and emotional paradigms but to simplify we often identify to one of the seven constitutions (commonly also called doshas) below,
Our dosha is not something we aspire to be, can make ourselves or eventually grow into but is gifted to us from the beginning - from the sparkle in our father's eye, as it were. It is our make-up and we should truly embrace and celebrate each part of us. There is no better or worse dosha, each are equally wonderful and equally difficult – indeed each rely to some extent on each other and our body contains all three to some degree. Sometimes as we age, change and evolve in our environment it is hard to pinpoint our own original make up but Ayurveda believes the key to a healthier happier life is getting a clearer understanding of our own prakruti.
BALANCING YOUR DOSHA
As with everything in Ayurveda, the more responsible we are for ourselves and the more we understand our dosha the better. We are each unique and so often what is good for one may not be good for another. Each dosha inside of us has preferences, habits, weaknesses and strengths and we process things differently. In order to keep a good system running therefore, it is important for us to regulate what we put into our bodies - not just through our mouths but through our eyes, ears, nose and what we come into contact with. All this matter or energy has an effect on our dosha and so understanding what is beneficial and what is not for our constitution and how we process it is essential.
LOOKING AFTER YOUR AGNI
Ayurveda believes that our digestive ‘fire’ or agni is the key to life! Agni governs our metabolism – it is the digestion, absorption, assimilation and transformation of food and sensations into energy and so we need to take it seriously. When we process and digest all food, experiences, emotions and information thoroughly we remain in balance but if they stay undigested, repressed or raw – they will surely cause a build up of toxins (or ama,) an eventual imbalance and finally our immune systems will become impaired.
Unfortunately, sometimes our agni is too high or too low or sometimes it’s just all over the place! Paying consideration to what we are consuming is necessary to come back to balance.
AYURVEDA AND FOOD
You literally ‘are’ what you eat. Every crumb that enters your body is readily transformed into either waste products or nutrients that continue to build, care and cleanse your body. Food is without doubt a fundamental part of our life and without it we will surely die however, Ayurveda believes that not all foods are good for everyone and not all food combinations are good for anyone. For example; raw fruits should always be eaten alone and never with dairy; often a common mistake in western cuisine.
Similar to our body, Ayurveda believes that food is also made up of the elements and subtle, innate, doshic qualities or ‘gunas’. These gunas react with each of our doshas differently and can cause balance or imbalance. A simple example, when a pitta dominated person has lots of spicy foods and alcohol for a period of time this may aggravate the pitta in the body and that person may soon become angry and/or the body inflamed. The agni may become too high, the food in the stomach may become overcooked and sour leading to little absorption of nutrients and even diarrhoea. Food can be powerful; food is medicine and we should be respectful of its potency and effect on our bodies. The healer is nature itself but the gentle practises of Ayurveda empower us to use our nature to heal.
“Health is something that has to grow from within you, because the body is something that grows from within you. The input comes from the earth but it grows from within you. So, if you have a repair job to do, the best place to go is to the manufacturer, not to the local mechanic. This is the essence of Ayurveda.” – Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
hello, my name is lynne
In my own experience, I have met very few Ayurvedic professional that didn’t begin their journey with Ayurveda through themselves. Perhaps, like many things this is the best place to start.
Previous to becoming an Ayurvedic practitioner and Yoga teacher, I had qualified as an Interior architect, spent time in TV and film, enjoyed many years as an event production designer and finally settled working in international tour management where I stayed for over 20 years. Through my twenties, I enjoyed travelling extensively around the world moving from gig to gig; arena to airport to hotel and back again and always, wherever possible, making the most of the local colour, cuisine and culture. I was living the dream!
In my thirties, I met my husband and when our two wonderful daughters arrived, life evolved. After being such an ambitious Freelancer for so many years it was difficult to slow down and enjoy my new world. Travelling had been such a large, exciting part of my life but now it wrenched me away from my beautiful family and home. Fortunately, my husband’s amazing capacity as a father and the flexibility of his career made it possible for me to continue trying to find the perfect balance; but it never came. For years I juggled to make it work, but the guilt and the sadness that I felt every time I left home became too intense. Looking back I really struggled during this time.
Slowly, an uneasiness grew inside me. I began to feel unexplainably and increasingly tired, weak and emotional and after my first trip to the doctors in decades was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid. The prescriptions made no difference to my condition and so the dose was increased and increased until I eventually saw a consultant who informed me that I had Hashimotos Autoimmune Disease. My dose continued to increase. Before this time, I had rarely taken a paracetamol and felt uncomfortable relying on my daily pill so on my next visit, I enquired how else I could help myself and how I would eventually come off the tablets. I was sadly told point-blank that this would never happen and I would be on the medication forever. This was the last time I saw the consultant. I increased my meditation practise, began exploring other yoga styles, researching the ancient Vedas and sciences and decided I would seek an alternative answer.
We had recently gained a new promoter for our shows throughout India and a big tour was looming. After our huge show in the bustle of New Delhi, I decided to book myself into an Ayurvedic Hospital that I had read extensively about, just outside of town. My experience here had an overwhelming effect on me and I fell deeply and irreversibly in love with the power of Ayurveda.
I had always been a keen yogi and soon qualified as a teacher. At the same time, I began to self-study, attend workshops, conventions, retreats and learn as much as I could about Ayurveda. I qualified in anatomy & physiology and became a Reiki Practitioner. As my meditation and yoga practise became a bigger part of my life, my existing career became a smaller one and then one day I quit my job and made the commitment to go back to study full time.
Since graduating my clinic has blossomed but I am forever a student of this beautiful subject. There is an inexhaustible amount of wisdom to be learnt from Ayurveda. From reading and re-reading the original sanskrit sutras, from the innate understanding and interpretation of the current leading teachers, gurus and yogis, from my peers, friends, family and patients and from the intuition ever growing inside me. I hope to share the gift of Ayurveda and gently empower each of my patients to know, love, listen and care for their mind and body both inside and out; just as I did. I believe this to be the true route to health and happiness.
Thanks for taking the time to visit Fig Tree Ayurveda,