The name “Ayurveda” is derived from two words in Sanskrit, “ayuh” meaning “life” or “longevity” and “veda” meaning “science” or “sacred knowledge.” Ayurveda’s definition therefore roughly translates as “the science of longevity” or “the sacred knowledge of life.”
Ayurveda is a 5000 yr old holistic tradition and way of living that can help each of us to claim and celebrate our capacity for wellness, helping us:
Align with our truest inner nature
Honour and develop our strengths
Hone in on our challenge areas
Redirect detrimental tendencies
Maintain balance in the face of adversity
Ayurveda encourages us to be an active participant in our own journey toward healing.
This involves learning about our relationship with the elements and the unique combinations they create within our being, called Doshas.
Each person is born with a particular doshic balance; an essential constitutional type. It represents our natural state of equilibrium and our blueprint for perfect health.
Getting to know our personal constitution (Prakruti), helps us begin to recognise which things suit us best and become more discerning in our lifestyle choices.
Ayurveda recognises that in order to maintain good health through the changing nature of life, we need to pay attention to signs of imbalance.
Then, we are offered a huge resource of detailed advice to help map out a path to restoring balance; which may include adapting diet and daily routine, self massage with oils, taking herbs internally, meditation and yoga practice.
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Coaching with Anne Thomas
Anne has been studying and practicing an holistic approach to health and well being for over twenty years. She has gathered a wealth of knowledge, practices and wisdom into her basket over the years; including plant medicine, aromatherapy, reiki, sacred sound, yoga and ayurveda.
Ayurveda is by far the most holistic system of health that she has discovered, which draws everything together in a coherent, grounded, practical way.
At your initial consultation especially, be prepared to talk about yourself. Ayurveda emphasises balance in all areas of life and so the practitioner will be making diagnostic observations of your body and manner, as well as taking an extensive personal and medical history. This may include amongst other matters, an understanding of your diet, your professional life and working conditions, relationships, mental health and exercise routines.
In this way the practitioner is able to identify the potential causes of imbalance in the mind or body and can devise a bespoke treatment plan that will include dietary and lifestyle advice, herbal medicines and other Ayurvedic treatments.
Appointments take place via zoom or in person in the therapy room at my house in Ynyslas.
The initial consultation lasts 1.5 to 2hrs and is ideally done in person, but if that's impractical we can manage with zoom.
Following your consultation, the onus is on you being an active participant in your own journey toward healing. It's not simply a matter of taking an herbal remedy and waiting for the results; although remembering to take your herbs definitely helps!
Follow up sessions last 30 mins to 1hr. The number of follow up sessions will depend on how things progress. You are, of course, free to stop at any point!