My methodology to evaluate individual Constitution* combines modalities of Indian Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Macrobiotic (as taught by George Ohsawa) while combining new research in areas of Clinical Nutrition, Acid/Alkaline, Anti-inflamation, individual Blood Type and family genetics.
As a Yoga Therapist, Reiki Practitioner, and Sound Healer along with being a Nutrition Health Coach affords me the additional tools to understand the body in its relationship with human emotions and mental manipulations. My techniques in my healing practice enables my intuitive mind to draw clear and objective understanding of ones energetic and physical imbalances in ones constitution.
My assessment and health coaching style leads you down a path that aligns and guides your whole body and mind to a healthier life style rather than fixing symptoms of a problem. My goal is to find a place that is both realistic and ideal that is sustainable and positioning you for the highest quality life while you are alive. Taking care of yourself is not about living long necessarily (even though it may assist in this), but about living with vitality while you are alive.
Assessments are non-invasive and include:
2– Pulse reading
3– Observations: physical traits, body proportions, Face zones, skin pigmentations, body expansions, body contractions, accumulations, inflammations, eyes, tongue, and hair; lifestyle discussion and diet patterns & journal review; discussion of chief complaint and goals for health and wellbeing;
4– physical pattern discussions
5– psychological pattern discussions
6– Emotional pattern discussions
7– Senses review-color, smell, sound, tastes, and touch
8– Western objective information and analysis provided by client that was obtained by medical physician. IE: blood sugar, Cholesterol reading , blood type, physical information, blood pressure
9– Palpations(if needed)
*Note: Depending on the comfort level of the client and the necessity-not all assessment techniques will be used at initial consultation.
In nutrition, one shoe does not fit every client. There is not just one type of lifestyle or diet that is good for everyone. Everyone has a different puzzle to put together during their journey and what is beneficial for one person may not be as beneficial for the next person. My goal is to give the client ideal constitutional information so they can adjust their daily procedures at your own pace.
Constitution: Refers to a person’s original, innate, structural blueprint. It serves as a base upon which the body’s constantly changing daily functions are built upon. In my assessment I will review ones constitution and discover any imbalances in diet and lifestyle and make recommendations to bring you back to balance with your original constitution so you may get closer to your goals and dreams. Back to Top
Ayurveda: In traditional Indian culture Ayurveda(Ayu-life; Veda-Knowledge) is described as “the science of life” that deals with challenges of longevity and suggests a safe, gentle way to minimize discomforts in our health. Ayurveda is regarded as the fifth Veda-by its virtue– and has been practiced in India for more than 5000 years. According to Ayurvedic texts, the human body is comprised of the five elements of nature: ether (space), air, fire, water and earth. The structural aspects are then combined to create the three constitutional doshas (forces that disturb) which are responsible for the functional aspects of the body. Each dosha is a combination of two of the elements and is used to determine an individuals primary constitution. The three constitutional doshas include:
1– Vata (Air/Ether) and involves movement, reflexes and motor skills, breathing, circulation of blood and nutrients, transmission of sensory stimuli, elimination, movement of thoughts and memory recall.
2– Pitta (Fire/Water) and involves metabolism, comprehension of mental experiences, digestion, absorbtion, assimilation of food, reasoning of thoughts and theories, vision, sensory perception, vision, and regulates temperature in the body.
3– Kapha (Water/Earth) and involves lubrication, bodily secretions, cell structure, stability of mind, distribution of heat. Kapha provides substance and support for the body and acts as a basis for Vata and Pitta.
The qualities of Vata, Pitta, Kapha are present in everyone and are required to co-exist because they are governed by different organs, processes, and bodily functions. One or two doshas typically dominate one’s constitution while physical (diet, activities and exercise), emotional, and psychological patterns can alter your dominant doshas or elements causing imbalances, disharmony, and discomfort. Back to Top
Traditional Chinese Medicine–Constitution is determined by Metabolism, functioning of organs and organ structures. These traits determine our susceptibility to certain discomforts. The four constitutional types are based on neutral, yin/cold/flexible, yang/hot/steadfast, phlegm/dampness, and dryness. Typically most individuals are combinations of the above constitutions and diet is determined based on imbalances or deficiencies. Back to Top
Macrobiotics(macro-large, biotics-life)-Macrobiotics is a system of living, eating and healing that originated in 19th century Japan. This Japanese philosophy now enjoys a worldwide following attracted by its principles of harmonious living with nature through a balanced whole foods diet, an active lifestyle and respect for the environment. Macrobiotic philosophy is based on the ancient Taoist belief that everything in creation is made up of two antagonistic but complementary forces—yin (passive, flexible, cold and dark) and yang (active, hot, steadfast and heavy). Consequently, all foodstuffs are categorized as ‘yin’ and ‘yang’. A person’s constitution refers to an original, innate, structural blueprint. It serves as a base upon which the body’s constantly changing daily functions are built upon. These constitutions are yang/steadfast (downward gravitational force), Yin/flexible (upward electromagnetic force) and neutral. These constitutions are influenced first by conception between mother and father, second influences occur in the womb when body structures are developing and lastly the third influence to our foundation is our blueprint after birth and diminishes gradually through age 24 while our bodies are fully maturing. After a constitution is discovered a diet is recommended based on any imbalances of the two forces of yin/yang and its relation to the five elements or five transformations including Water(flowing-kidney/bladder), Air(rising energy-liver/gallbladder), Fire(radiating energy-heart/small intestine), Earth (descending energy-stomach/spleen) and Metal(materializing-lungs/large intestine). Back to Top
The balanced women come from a rising energy of yin and is externally fluid and flexible as their internal energy is steadfast and grounded or yang. The balanced man is externally steadfast and contracted and is born of downward spiral of energy where as inside he is fluid and expansive or yin. We are all a combination of both yin and yang in different proportions and different manifestation of being. Back to Top
Blood Type and Genetics–Dr Peter and James D’Adamo have extensively tested foods to determine the likelihood of them interfering with your metabolism (efficiency in burning calories) and energy levels. They also determined blood types susceptibility to illness, emotional responses to stress, what food you should eat and how you should exercise. A chemical reaction happens between your blood and the foods you eat and is part of your genetic inheritance. They determined this by the factor called lectins or proteins found in foods that have agglutinating properties that affect your blood. Lectins are a powerful way for organisms in nature to attach themselves with other organisms. Simply put, when you eat a food containing protein lectin that are incompatible with your blood type antigen, the lectins target an organ or bodily system and begin to agglutinate(bind together) blood cells in that area. After determination of constitutional imbalances a diet is recommended after cross referencing foods that either benefit or hinder the client’s metabolism. Back to Top
Clinical Nutrition: Good nutrition can help promote health. There are six categories of nutrients that the body needs to acquire from food: protein, carbohydrates, fat, fibers, vitamins and minerals, and water. After a constitutional assessment, an ideal diet will be determined based on clients overall goals and given in a clinical nutritional format along with any supplements or herb recommendations.
Acid/Alkaline: The body is in a constant state of staying in homeostasis. Acidic forming foods create acid during metabolism causing the body to become out of balance. Excess acid waste is the cause of many ailments and discomforts. The human body needs an alkaline environment to continue proper function of vital organs. Once the alkaline reserves are depleted the body starts to break down and begins to deplete other areas of the body (ie: Bones) of minerals to help maintain its homeostasis. When determining the client’s ideal diet, acid and alkaline foods are considered during the process of making recommendations.
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Naam Yoga– “Naam Yoga™ is a unique merging and refining of the world’s most powerful esoteric traditions. It is a spiritual science and art that merges the crowning yoga practices of the East with the unparalleled esoteric tradition of the West, which is Universal Kabbalah. The result is the most powerful distillation of the world’s major teachings. Naam Yoga™ is the return to One. It is the universal key for maximum spiritual evolution. Naam Yoga is a symbol of energy and energy is the symbol of the magnetic field. Naam yoga will turn you into a center of radiance and magnetic energy. It will give you a very cleansing and heart opening effect, and make you very beautiful. It will bestow upon you a luminous aura and give you the capacity to heal others with your presence, your touch and your words. Naam Yoga is the most powerful tool available for the removal of mental, physical and spiritual suffering. Naam Yoga allows you to receive wisdom, truth and love, or the source of purest knowledge, the principle of morality and the essential pure motive of will.” My Naam yoga practice allows me to tap into ones constitutional with heightened intuition and clarity. Back to Top
Kundalini Yoga–The “Diamond of Yoga”-Is a Raj Yoga or Royal Unitive Yoga, Maha Yoga. The Yoga-Shikha-Upanishad refers to it as the combined practice of Mantra Yoga, Laya Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Raja Yoga. “It is a royal command and rulership of yogic virtue and values”-Yogi Bhajan. With Raj yoga you accept the gift of your soul from the infinite and you act to sense and serve the souls in all beings. There are about twenty-two known forms of yoga with each form emphasizing a different faucet of the whole. In Kundalini yoga, the practice includes all faucets of the whole in one practice using yogic austerities such as pranayama, breath control, physical exercises, visualization, and chanting. The difference between Hatha Yoga ( mastery of Polarities) and Kundalini Yoga as described by Yogi Bhajan: “The purpose is to raise the awareness or Kundalini energy. It is a technology which brings the apana and prana, the moon and sun powers, together to raise the consciousness through the central equilibrium line. With Hatha Yoga, it takes 22 years of regular practice to raise it that way, even with a perfect practice. This is the long method. The difference with that and Kundalini is only a matter of time and rate of progress. The purpose of both Hatha and Kundalini yoga are the same, only Kundalini Yoga is a direct, quick, and a perfect practice for the pace of the modern householder.” Kundalini Yoga is the master science of experience and awareness. Kundalini Yoga is the classic form of yoga that transmits conscience awareness from person to person through the Legacy of the golden chain of teachers. Back to Top
Kriya Yoga–Is described by its practitioners as the ancient Yoga system revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya, c 1861, and brought into widespread public awareness through Paramhansa Yogananda’s book Autobiography of a Yogi. The system consists of a number of levels of Pranayama based techniques that are intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion. As Yogananda describes Kriya pranayama, “The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses) which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. The Kriya Yoga practice brings my consciousness to higher levels to enable me to see clearly the clients constitution or “true self” so that I may communicate proper guidance on lifestyle and diet.
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Reiki-Western definition is “universal life force”. It is a system that has been practiced in Tibet, India, Egypt and Japan. It is an evolved healing practice based on ancient Buddhist teachings written in Sandskrit and developed in 1920’s by Mikao Usui. After three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama, in Japan, Usui claimed to receive the ability of “healing without energy depletion”. A portion of the practice, tenohira or palm healing, is used as a form of complementary and alternative medicine. Tenohira is a technique where by practitioners move “healing energy” (a form of ki) through the palms. Dr. Usui’s five ideals of Reiki:
–Just for today, do not anger
–Just for today, do not worry
–Honor your teachers, your father and mother, and neighbors
–Count your blessings; and show appreciation for your food
–Be kind to everything that has life
Reiki practice allows me to assist in channeling healing energy to clients and assist in energetically communicating between different areas of imbalances in the body. Back to Top
Initial recommendations: This is the initial stage to set the foundation for good health and healthy lifestyle choices. Client will be given some general tools to start to change their diet and lifestyle. At the end of the session client may opt for a customized recommendations for their constitution and follow up session. Appointment is typically about 2 hours. These sessions may also include specialized breath and/or meditation technique that will best suit the needs of the client.
Customized Recommendations–Extensive constitutional evaluation-All diet recommendations are for educational purposes only and will be based on clients Ayurvedic primary dosha constitution along with the five element constitutional assessments within Japanese Macrobiotics and Traditional Chinese Medicine. All three modalities have synergistic ancient techniques to assess imbalances and elemental reasons for the recommendations. Imbalances in the constitution will then be assessed and then recommendations will be communicated via the American clinical nutritional language of carbohydrates, protein, fats, fiber, minerals, vitamins etc. The goal with these recommendations is to create a lifestyle that is both enjoyable and satisfying while balancing the whole body in its relation to your doshas, elements, alkaline/acid imbalances, blood type and general family genetics. Additionally, recommendations may include some dietary supplements for support of different structure/function mechanisms of the body to help the client meet their lifestyle and diet goals. Customized recommendations can be generated in 1–2 weeks after initial evaluation and recommendations to allow client to start implementing initial recommendations. Second session is 1 hour.
Continued nutrition coaching- After initial customized recommendations, clients may opt for cleansing programs that include bowel, parasite, organ and other body cleanses. To put your customized diet into action one can choose to partake in cooking classes or have weekly menus made specifically based on your constitution. Follow up sessions are recommended but are not necessary for weekly menus.
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