What is Ayurveda?

Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, the sages of India developed Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful holistic health systems. More than a system of treating illness, it teaches individuals not only how to avoid disease but how to proactively develop a healthy internal foundation. Ayurveda focuses on health as a positive and even blossoming condition that is separate from disease, a state of being that can be reinforced by appropriate behavior. Ayurveda simply put, is the science of life - Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge. (Chopra, Svoboda). 

Balance and Imbalance.     There are many factors, both internal and external, which act upon us to change our sense of balanced health. When these factors intrude upon our natural state, we see changes occur within ourselves. Indigestion, fatigue, weight gain, lack of focus, skin conditions, disrupted sleep – these are all small signs that our inner harmony is compromised. Stresses to our system can be emotional and physical, and can include diet and food choices, seasons and weather, physical trauma and relationships between co-workers, family and friends. Ayurveda brings hope. Once the underlying reason for our suffering (big or small) is understood we can take action to eradicate or lessen the cause of the imbalance. It is at this juncture that we re-establish our balance, invite inner harmony, and transform dis-ease into ease.

Using the 5 Elements.     Ayurveda categorizes everything – our mind, body, relationships, natural world, food and medicines – in terms of the 5 basic elements: earth, water, fire, air and space (sometimes called ether). It further refines these elements into combinations (called Doshas), that when joined, create a more refined/specific lens in which to describe our world.
Earth + Water combine to produce Kapha
Water + Fire to produce Pitta
Air + Ether to produce Vata

Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 5.27.10 PM.png


Ayurveda uses a personalized approach to health. During consultations we determine your specific mind-body type or constitution which allows you to make optimal choices about nutrition, exercise, supplements, and all other aspects of your lifestyle. A primary mode for determine one's constitution and state of imbalance is through listening to the pulse.  This science of life connects you with your optimum health, and allows obstacles, created by the body and mind, to fall away. We work together to determine a protocol that is appropriate and manageable. Clients come away empowered with self-understanding and wellness plans that incorporate any combination of diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation and cooking/food preparation recommendations. 


Wednesday April 11th, 
Monday May 14th,
Monday, June 11,
Monday, July 9,
Monday, August 13

$90 Initial (60-75 min)
$65 Follow-Up

SPECIAL BHAKTI HOUR: 12-2pm mini 30min mini consults for $40

about the practitioners

Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 5.50.48 PM.png

Richard G. Powell (Dhyānānanda) - is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, AyurYoga instructor (RYT), Reiki Master and member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). He has studied extensively under author and teacher Dr. Vasant Lad both in the US and in India. Richard completed further studies in Ayurveda and Vedic philosophy under Dr. Ashwin Shastry of Arogya Niketana in Karnataka, India, exploring the profound science of Ayurvedic detoxification called Pancha Karma. He is an avid student, teacher and practitioner of Sanskrit, Jyotisha (vedic astrology) and Vedic philosophy. Richard processes a love for Aikido and the natural world, and is a practitioner and teacher of Permaculture, the intentional science of healing and utilizing landscapes. He offers his diverse experiences, healing modalities, and profound understanding of the vedic to clients, empowering them to make healthier lifestyle choices and to expand their spiritual practice. (more info: Permaculture.guru )


Screen Shot 2018-03-28 at 5.50.54 PM.png

Emma is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. She has studied under Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute and in Karnataka, India under Dr. Ashwin Shashtry of Arogya Niketana. She holds a BSc from Cornell University, is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association and is a certified AyurYoga® instructor and Core Synchronism practitioner. By utilizing the ancient sciences and understanding of health and disease, clients address the root cause of their imbalances through diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation, subtle energy therapies, and traditional Ayurvedic therapies. Ayurvedic treatment is for the healthy and the ill, and allows individuals to reconnect with their optimum health, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Emma sees Ayurveda and Yoga clients remotely, at the Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, at Golden Well Sanctuary and coming soon at her office in downtown Burlington. (more info: Hamsaayurveda.org )