what is ayurveda?

Is an ancient holistic science of self-care and wellness. It emphasizes restoring and maintaining the natural state of balance within our body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda takes us back home to ourselves - to that place of pure joy, unconditional love, and enduring faith that we are all capable of experiencing. It is a science that originated over 5000 years ago and it’s wisdom can be traced back to the age-old Vedic traditions of India. The basic premise of Ayurveda is that we each have a unique constitution of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual qualities that were determined at the time of conception; this is our Prakruti, our innate state of optimal balance. Through life’s ever changing landscape, our innate balance of these various qualities often gets disturbed. Our current state of balance or imbalance is called Vikruti, and is affected by external and internal factors such as environment, diet, and stress. When our Vikruti (current state) is misaligned with our Prakruti (natural state), then dis-order and dis-ease may arise. Ayurveda offers us the tools to determine our Prakruti and Vikruti. It further offers us techniques of daily living to restore our Vikruti to our natural state of Prakruti, thereby living in a state of optimal balance, order, and ease.

Our unique constitution of Prakruti and Vikruti are characterized by doshas. Doshas are functional energies that are comprised of the five basic elements that exist within Nature – ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. Since the physical body is simply a microcosm of Nature herself, the body is also comprised of these same five elements.  Interactions between these elements result in the three primary doshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.  Vata is formed by ether and air; Pitta by fire and water; and, Kapha by earth and water. Vata is the energy of movement; Pitta is the energy of digestion and metabolism; and Kapha is the energy of structure and lubrication. All three of these functional energies exist within each of us to varying degrees. It is the proportion of each of these energies within us that determines our unique Ayurvedic footprint. Individuals may be primarily mono-doshic, meaning a single energy is predominant as Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. Individuals may be dual-doshic, such that two energetic forces are equally at play; these are described as Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Kapha, or Kapha-Vata. Or, a person may even be tri-doshic, where all three energies exist in relatively similar proportions.

When in balance, the Vata predominant individual is creative, energetic, flexible, happy, adaptable, and joyful. Out of balance, the Vata individual is prone to anxiety, worry, insomnia, constipation, and generalized weakness.

When in balance, the Pitta predominant individual is highly driven, focused, well-organized, thirsty for knowledge, and demonstrates strong will-power. Out of balance, the Pitta individual is prone to anger, frustration, irritability, heartburn, skin rashes, and conditions of inflammation.

When in balance, the Kapha predominant individual is loving, compassionate, forgiving, consistent, and stable. Out of balance, the Kapha individual is prone to greed, attachment, weight gain, excess mucus and sinus congestion.

A basic understanding of these primary doshas, their qualities and tendencies is the foundation of applying Ayurveda to our lives.  We gain greater self-knowledge and awareness, helping us to restore balance within our own body, mind, and spirit.

Ayurvedic Health Coaching

For so many of us, our to-do list takes precedent over our health. Our next achievement rates higher than our happiness. Being stressed feels more natural than being at ease. Without you even realizing it, this hyper state ofbeing is holding you hostage and setting you up for a major crash.

What if you believed that taking a step back, going a little bit slower so that caring for your health and wellbeing was a key priority was not only possible, but would enable you to accomplish more with energy, ease and excitement?

It’s not just fantasy. The wisdom of Ayurveda, which, at its core, teaches how to live in harmony with our essential nature – the inherited physical and emotional qualities, provides a blueprint to take you from worn-out and burnt-out (WOBO) to joyous and thriving

As a client of my programs, I will guide you in creating a lifestyle that nourishes your body and mind and powers your desires and ambitions. In our work together, you will…
Create a practical self-care routine that keeps you healthy and balanced
Devise a whole foods-based diet that is unique to you and your specific needs
Learn to set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
Learn and apply Ayurvedic principles to your daily life

Are you ready to completely reset everything you thought you knew about “what it takes” to achieve? To restore your health and reinvigorate your life?

Check out my website (link to www.marvamakle.com) to learn more or better yet, contact me at marva@marvamakle.com to see what is possible together.


When you schedule your initial Ayurveda session, you will be sent an intake form by email.  It is recommended that you complete the form in advance and bring the completed form to your first session in order to optimize our time together. The intake form consists of a series of questions to help us gain understanding of the main concerns you hope to address through Ayurveda as well as questions that will help us determine your unique constitution of Prakruti and Vikruti. At your initial appointment, we will review your intake form, engage in dialogue, and utilize traditional techniques of observation and pulse readings to determine your dosha. Based on your doshic balance of Prakruti and Vikruti, you will be offered initial recommendations for daily self-care that may include diet, sleep, exercise, daily routines, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, herbs, massage, mindfulness practices, and relaxation techniques. You will be asked to schedule a follow up appointment within 2 weeks, at which time we will review your progress with the initial steps and you will also be offered a detailed dinacharya (daily plan for self-care) that is specifically tailored for your unique constitution and lifestyle needs. Subsequent appointments will be recommended to monitor progress, to make seasonal adjustments to the dinacharya, and to provide consistent support on your journey.

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic tradition that empowers individuals with lifestyle modifications and routines to restore innate balance including, but not limited to, diet, sleep, exercise, daily routines, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, herbs, massage, mindfulness practices, and relaxation techniques. Information, instruction, and recommendations given during the Ayurveda Lifestyle Sessions is not and should not be taken as medical advice and does not take the place of consultation with your physician. Consultation with your physician is recommended prior to starting your Ayurveda lifestyle modification program.

Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete required paperwork. Late arrivals may result in a shortened appointment.

Cancellations made within 48 hours of appointment time will be charged 50% of the scheduled session fee. Cancellations made less than 24 hours of appointment time will be considered “No-Shows” and will be charged 100% of scheduled session fee. Cancellation charges are non-refundable and non-transferable.

By appointment only, must be 18 years and older.

Initial Session, 1 hour: $145

Follow-up Session, 30 minutes: $95

Sheetal Ajmani

Sheetal grew up with Bhakti yoga practices in her home. From a young age, she was performing pujas with her family, dancing at kirtans, and learning to recite ancient Sanskrit mantras. She learned her first sun salutation when she was only twelve years old while visiting her grandfather’s ashram in India. Many years later, she heard about practitioners in India who could diagnose imbalances in specific areas of the body simply by checking the pulse; these were, of course, practitioners of Ayurveda. Sheetal was intrigued and her desire to learn more about Ayurveda was sparked. She began her Ayurveda studies with Vijaya Stallings in 2011 and completed the Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultant Program with David Frawley’s American Institute of Vedic Studies in 2015. Sheetal has also completed the Ayurveda Pulse Technique Program with the Ayurveda Wellness Center and will be completing a Marma Technique Program in October 2016. In addition, Sheetal is a RYT500 Yoga Instructor. Sheetal is passionate about empowering individuals with tools for self-care, wellness, and balance using the ancient techniques of yoga and Ayurveda. She looks forward to connecting with you on this incredible journey of self-discovery and infinite love!

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