Ayurvedic health consultations with Sofia Artola,
Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant & practitioner.
Learn about your unique individual constitution and valuable information to improve your health and wellness. During your consultation you will receive:
*ayurvedic pulse analysis to determine your prakruti (constitution)
*dietary and lifestyle recommendations
*Specific herbal remedies and treatments
Price: $85.00 Follow up: $55.00 By appointment 305 587 4285
*Now offering a special consultation focusing on stress & anxiety relief. 1 hour consultation $65
(diet, breathing techniques)
Akshara: From the Sanskrit word which means, "Infinite. Ever lasting. That which cannot be destroyed. Essentially, the feminine essence of the Creator - Bhagwan Vishnu. Another name for Goddess Lakshmi." In Ayurveda, the bird is a symbol of light and vivacious energy.
What is Ayurveda:
The word Ayurveda has been derived from Sanskrit, "Ayu" means "life" and "Veda" means "science". Ayurveda is considered to be originator of all healing techniques as it predates all forms of healing systems. It was developed in India some 5000-6000 years ago; and, is currently, the oldest practiced healing system in the world. Although it may be an ancient and well-known healing system in the East, it is still relatively new in the West and is slowly finding its rightful place in western herbal science.
Ayurvedic Practice Ayurveda is an integrated system and specializes in natural herbal remedies designed to correct imbalances in the body before it manifests in disease. Preventative measures are emphasized rather than cures, Ayurveda focuses on the whole person, it encompasses a very broad spectrum of healing modalities like herbs, yoga, exercise, nutrition, diet, lifestyle, massages, meditation, "mantra's" – (Vedic chants), sauna therapy, aromatherapy and the use of certain colored gems - with each color positively affecting a particular ailment.
Ayurveda lifestyle and health:
In Ayurveda, health is considered a state of balance. It treats the whole person and not just the disease; as it believes that treating a specific disease does not remove the root cause of illness. Ayurveda is a blueprint for living and practicing this lifestyle according to the doctrine of Ayurveda should be in accordance with the laws of nature. Ayurveda was brought to us by wise men/women/physicians of that time through their reverence for nature and their understanding that the five elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether are the foundation of the gross world and are also represented within us. Ayurveda is a perfectly formulated, extensive traditional system of true healthcare, a system which helps people to stay healthy.
Sofia has spent time traveling in India with the intention of deepening her knowledge of the ancient practices of Ayurveda and yoga at its roots. Last year, she spent 5 weeks in Kerala, India, studying an advanced course in Panchakarma, a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. She is an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultant and practitioner, a yoga instructor and also the owner of Shakti Yoga Studio in Key West.
Shirodhara - Now at Akshara Ayurveda
Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic healing practice performed in India for over 5,000 years. The word shirodhara breaks down into two ideas: “shiro,” meaning head, and “dhara,” which means flow. Together they form a concept that aims to bring physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health. This is achieved through a relaxing technique in which warmed oil is poured over a client’s forehead for an extended period of time.
Shirodhara works primarily on the mental sheath or “manomaya kosha” as it is referred to in Ayurveda. Shirodhara is traditionally used to calm the nerves, harmonize vata constitutions, restore the nerves, release stored emotions, and purify the mind. In Ayurvedic Medicine, it is considered an important tool in the pursuit of higher states of consciousness. Shirodhara has been traditionally shown to help with fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, some mental disorders, headache, excessive thinking, nervousness, and many other conditions commonly affecting persons in today’s active lifestyle.
90 minute session is $100.
Call Sofia to book your appointment today. 305 587 4285
Herb of the month: Brahmi (Bacopa)
Indications: mental disorders (anxiety, depression), fatigue/lethargy, senility, memory loss, loss of mental concentration, ADHD, obesity (of nervous/stress origin), constipation (of nervous/stress origin), Dysmenorrhea, Inability to focus.
Contraindications: No adverse reactions in usual therapeutic doses.
Brahmi is useful in all nervous and mental disorders, is ayurveda's preeminent nerve tonic/rejuvenative. It fights the physiological and psychic effects of protracted stress, is a valuable cardiotonic, and generally improves skin disorders. It's often combined with Jasmine, as a nerve tonic, and ginger or cardamon for nervous obesity.