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Health Consciousness: Kripalu Continues To Serve Growing Needs

Holistic healing and education are among the fastest growing fields in the country, as Americans increasingly seek complementary and alternative health-care options. Among the options, Ayurveda is particularly important because it offers a true mind body- spirit paradigm, emphasizes self responsibility, and promotes prevention through lifestyle changes. 

"Many health-care practitioners and wellness centers are adding Ayurveda to their repertoire because of its individualized focus, its ancient roots and its systematic approach to health," says Hilary Garavaltis, an Ayurvedic practitioner and Dean of Curriculum for the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. "Yoga teachers and bodywork instructors also are finding that Ayurveda expands their ability to support their clients' search for well-being in an increasingly stressful world." 

People are hungry for knowledge about their own health care. We want to become more involved in making the choices and decisions about what is right for them. We want to be treated intelligently and to be empowered to implement the kinds of changes that will make a difference in their lives, whether in preventing or treating illness.

The Kripalu School of Ayurveda is dedicated to training Ayurvedic professionals who are prepared to guide others in a process of establishing and maintaining health through co-creative solutions. The school teaches that clients should to be able to care for themselves with as little outside intervention as possible; therefore, sessions focus on illuminating the reasons behind imbalances and engaging clients in developing the solutions. 

A well-trained Ayurvedic practitioner may choose to enter into private practice, join other health-care practitioners at a wellness center, teach public education classes on Ayurvedic principles, and conduct workshops, seminars, and retreats. Health-care providers and yoga instructors with Ayurvedic training can enhance their current practice by offering their clients Ayurvedic services. 

The future is bright for Ayurveda and for those dedicated and competent practitioners who will make its wisdom available. It is time for a new system of health care that puts the reins back in our hands. It is time for Ayurveda." 

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, the nation's largest yoga and holistic health center, is coming up on it's second year anniversary of hosting students at it's Kripalu School of Ayurveda. This professional training school addresses a growing interest in Ayurveda, a sister life science to yoga, Ayurveda is the oldest continuously practiced health-care system in the world.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that more than 42 percent of Americans are turning to integrative medicine, including Ayurveda. In addition, a Journal of the American Medical Association study found that people turn to alternative healing because of its focus on the mind-body connection and individualized lifestyle recommendations.

Drawn from the Vedic texts of India, Ayurveda addresses the person as a whole and encourages individuals to actively participate in creating their own health and well-being. Ayurveda teaches that each of us has a fundamental constitution. The restoration of a natural state of balance focuses on diet, daily routines, the use of herbs, and natural cleansing protocols. Adjustments to the more subtle mental and spiritual energies utilize tools such as yoga, meditation, and mantra.

If you already work in health care, Ayurveda can be used to augment your existing practice or therapeutic relationship. If you are not a licensed health-care professional, completion of the Ayurvedic Consultant certification qualifies you to provide lifestyle consultations. For yoga teachers, completion of the Yoga Specialist certification offers the opportunity to broaden the applications of your teaching.

This article was originally published in Sacred Pathways Magazine

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