A very warm welcome to the newest member of the Yoga 216 wellness team! Allow us to introduce Cynthia King, Registered Ayurveda Practitioner, who will be providing massage treatments to our yogis based on the ancient principles of Ayurveda.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda, literally “knowledge of life”, is the science of longevity. Its scope is vast and deep, as it addresses all manners of imbalance or disease of mind and body through holistic methods. Ayurveda works to achieve the optimal health of an individual by careful and profound alignment with nature.
The great elements in Ayurveda are: space (ether), air, fire, water, and earth. These five elements interact and combine to form different energies within the body: vata, pitta and kapha doshas. As individuals, we are are born with a unique blend of doshas, referred to as our Ayurvedic Constitution (Prakriti). For optimal health throughout life, we work to balance our current state of doshic imbalances (Vikriti).
Vata = Space (ether) + Air: Vata provides for the movement of nutrients to all of the cells, it governs growth and life, manifesting as breathing bodily movements, creativity and flexibility. IN BALANCE: promotes creativity and flexibility; OUT OF BALANCE: produces fear, anxiety and abnormal movements
Pitta = Fire + Water: Pitta metabolizes (fire) the nutrients in all cells. Pitta governs transformation and light, manifesting as digestion, assimilation, body temperature, intelligence and discrimination. IN BALANCE: promotes understanding and intelligence; OUT OF BALANCE: arouses anger, hatred, jealousy and inflammatory disorders
Kapha = Water + Earth: Kapha lubricates and maintains the structure of all cells. Kapha governs maintenance and love, manifesting as body structure, lubrication of joints and skin, immune function, calmness and unconditional acceptance. IN BALANCE: expresses love, calmness and forgiveness; OUT OF BALANCE: leads to attachment, greed, possessiveness and congestive disorders
Treatment for an individual depends on the unique Vikriti presented and may include specific recommendations of meditation, asana, pranayama, mantra, daily routine, nutrition and herbs, massage and aromatherapy. To begin the processes of getting to know your unique Prakriti and Vikriti visit Cynthia’s website and take the quiz.
How can Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage Help?
In Ayurveda, the role of massage is to restore balance in the physical body, create flow in the circulation channels and help to balance the three doshas in the physical as well as the energetic body. Using organic and/or sustainably harvested oils, your custom blend and designed session will inspire your subtle body and physical body to function as one.
August offerings with Cynthia:
30 Minute Scalp, Shoulder and Neck Massage $75
Detox the mind, nourish the brain and ease tension in your neck and shoulders. This penetrating warm oil massage will work wonders to re-balance the nervous system.
60 Minute Abhyanga Massage $125
A medium pressure, connected full body massage using a custom blend of warm oils and essential oils. Let go and allow the wisdom and rhythm of this balancing massage to detox, nourish and rejuvenate your whole being.
75 Minute Abhyanga Massage + Focus Work $155
Need a little longer on the table for specific focus work? In addition to a 60 Minute Abhyanga, this massage allows the time for expert hands to incorporate more focused work on specific areas of tension.
NEW AYURVEDA INLIFE SERIES COMING THIS FALL
We took a break for summer but starting this September our free INlife wellness talks will return. Cynthia will be offering in a 3-part series (happening on the first Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9pm), so if this post has left you wanting to know more about Ayurveda be sure to sign up online. Each class can be taking on its own or as a series.
SEP 2: Optimal Health through Ayurveda
What is Ayurveda? What does Vata, Pitta, Kapha mean? What is my dosha? Come and learn a few ancient fundamental principals in Ayurveda and how it can guide you on your path to optimal health in modern society.
OCT 7: Dinacharya: Balancing Ayurveda Practices for Daily Routine
Dinacharya, or Ayurvedic daily routine, has lots of benefits! Create a short daily ritual to cleanse the body and prevent the buildup of toxins, help keep the senses and mind clear, and nourish the body. Learn how to gradually create a routine every morning sets your day and gives you a feeling of stability and steadiness.
NOV 4: Essential Oils and Ayurveda
Let’s gather together and infuse our sense palates with sustainably harvested essential oils. Bring nature into your daily life and learn basic techniques to administer essential oils, while balancing your doshas and chakras.