Caryn Challman, AP, is an Ayurvedic practitioner who studies of this 5,000-year-old healing tradition including at The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, where she attained the designation of Ayurvedic health counselor, and further advanced her expertise through ongoing education with Dr. Anusha Sehgal, BAMS, ultimately reaching the level of advanced Ayurvedic practitioner.
Ayurveda, an ancient system of holistic healing originating in India, places profound emphasis on balance and harmony within the body, mind and spirit. Rooted in the belief that each individual is a unique combination of three fundamental energies—Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Ayurveda tailors its approach to suit individual constitutions. By promoting the balance of these energies through personalized diets, herbal remedies and lifestyle practices, Ayurveda seeks not only to alleviate ailments, but to cultivate a sustainable state of well-being. As we delve into the wisdom of Ayurveda, we embark on a journey that not only heals the body, but nourishes the consciousness, recognizing the intricate connection between our inner and outer worlds.
Vata: Representing air and space, Vata governs movement and is associated with qualities like lightness and creativity. When balanced, Vata individuals are lively and enthusiastic. However, an excess can lead to anxiety and imbalance.
Pitta: Linked to fire and water, Pitta embodies transformation, and is characterized by qualities such as intensity and focus. Balanced Pitta results in intelligence and warmth, but an excess may manifest as irritability or inflammation.
Kapha: Grounded in earth and water, Kapha governs structure and stability. When balanced, Kapha individuals are calm and nurturing. However, an excess can lead to lethargy and stagnation.
Challman believes that understanding our unique dosha composition is crucial in Ayurveda, guiding personalized approaches to diet, lifestyle and wellness to maintain harmony within the body and mind. She tailors her practice to include ailments such as chronic fatigue menopause, hypertension, tremors, low energy, migraines, anemia, women’s health, unexplained aches and pains, difficulty sleeping or waking, gastritis, bloating, abdominal distention, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, urinary health, diabetes, vertigo, arthritis, Parkinson’s, hemorrhoids, digestive pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, brain fog, sciatica, IBS, asthma, eczema, psoriasis and more.
With offices in Beacon and New York City, New York, she also teaches cooking classes to help people eat healthier balanced meals for their health and wellness.
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