Welcome to Utrecht Ayurveda. I look forward to working together to ensure better health and lifestyle choices for you and your family. Through the ages Ayurveda has been used both as a preventative and a curative health care system.
Ayurveda literally means the “Science of life,” and is person specific as opposed to disorder specific. Ayurveda focusses on the root cause of an imbalance, and seeks to restore balance through diet modification, physical therapies and herbal remedies to alleviate the symptoms. Some of the common concerns that Ayurveda addresses are stress and anxiety, auto-immunity disorders, back pain, digestive issues, skin and hair problems, migraines and other headaches, and insomnia.
The journey begins with a consultation to determine your Prakruthi, (body type and doshic balance). This will help to determine where any of your imbalances may lie. The consultation includes a tongue and eye analysis, as well as a deep pulse analysis and a discussion of your health concerns. Once your body type and doshic balance is determined, I will provide you with a list of foods conducive for you, and also give you a list of food items which should be avoided. If more corrections are required than can be addressed by diet alone, I will suggest certain herbs and/or physical therapies. At the end of our session a dietary and herbal regimen will be provided.
Ayurveda (pronounced Aa-yur-vay-da) is said to be a world medicine. It is the most comprehensive, holistic medical system, derived on the Indian subcontinent some 5000-6000 years ago.
Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word derived from two roots: ayus which means life or life cycle and vid which means knowledge. So Ayurveda is the knowledge of daily living and the life cycle- a system of achieving and maintaining health.
Ayurveda teaches that health is maintained by balance of three subtle energies or forces, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The purpose of Ayurveda is to bring these forces into harmony so that they promote physical, emotional and spiritual growth. All Ayurvedic treatments are designed to return these forces to a harmonious balance rather than concentrate on what their imbalance manifests. Thus it focuses on causes rather than symptoms. As each individual has their own particular balance or blend of these three forces, Ayurvedic treatments are personal, rather than disorder specific.
Such an approach has proven effective over the centuries and as a result, many of Ayurveda’s healing regimens have been adopted and refined by peoples all over the world.
Originally from Kerala, India, Manjula Paul is the third generation within her family to practice Ayurveda. Her family were Vaidyas (Doctors) to the Royal family of South India.
Manjula Paul studied Ayurvedic Medicine for eight-and-a-half years, and holds a B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from the University of Kerala, India.
After her studies she worked as the Chief Physician in the renowned Sitaram Ayurvedic Hospital and Panchakarma Centre In Thrissur, Kerala for almost 10 years. Before establishing her practice in Utrecht, Manjula had a successful practice at her own clinic in New York for twelve years. She is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), a licensed Aesthetician, and a registered Yoga teacher.
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