Ayurveda is an ancient healing science, translating as “ the science or knowledge of life.” In India, this holistic health system has been used for the over 6, 000 years. Ayurveda encompasses the five elements (Ether, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth), the tridosha ( or three bodily humors), the seven dhatus (bodily tissues), the malas (the wastes: urine, stools, sweat), srotamsi (bodily channels), current state of ama (toxins) in the body, and the trinity of life: the mind, body when seeking to bring the body back to balance.
Maria Garre, e-ryt 500, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Prana Flow® Yoga and Ayuryoga master teacher, leads and structures the Ayurveda offerings at Ananda Shala. Maria is dedicated to a life-long study, practice and teaching of both Yoga and Ayurveda. Celebrating over 20 years of study in Medical and Biological Sciences, Philosophy, Ayurveda and Yoga, Maria's teachings offer a grounded yet transformative approach to living, being, and embodying Yoga. Blending the knowledge she has gathered from her studies with her yearly trips to India, she extends dynamic and liberating classes and trainings that embody the alchemy of all these disciplines and teachings. She is currently on faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in the Ayuryoga department and Shiva's Samudra School for Living Yoga in addition to serving as the Prana Flow Yoga Teacher Training Director for Ananda Shala in Frederick, MD.
Supriya Gupta brings her healing touch to Ananda Shala! She is a licensed skin care therapist, esthetician & certified ayurvedic massage therapist. Increasingly aware of the potential pitfalls of chemical & synthetic skincare products in today's cosmetics industry, Supriya's focus is on working with natural ingredients, including extracts from flowers, herbs & fruits.
Supriya graduated from New Deihi University with a Bachelors degree in Art. She married and emigrated to the U.S. in 1998, settling in Maryland to raise her two children.
On one of her many trips back to India, she studied threading and sugaring, two natural ancient arts of hair extraction, from one of the skin institute in New Delhi. She decided to take this interest to the next level and is now a licensed esthetician. In addition, she became certified in Ayurvedic massages from Kerala Ayurvedic Center in New Delhi.
First, we assess the client's current state of balance/imbalance and healthcare goal. The Ayurvedic practitioner will employ darshan (observation of the client) and prashna (questioning) and sparshan (touch) to assess the current state of balance/imbalance. Using the pulse, urine, feces, tongue, voice, form, eyes, history of client, current state of ama (toxins), and the client's concerns and healthcare goals to determine the treatment. The practitioner will find out the client's prakriti (genetic imprint of tridoshas when born) and Vikruti (current state of imbalance of tridoshas) with the pulse. Thus, she will find out the cause or causes of illness and as the first line of treatment will remove the cause(s) The Ayurvedic practitioner will educate and guide the client on diet and lifestyle, dinacharya (daily routine) , pranayama (various energizing and revitalizing breath techniques), and meditation.
Ayurvedic Yoga Consultations
This is a private yoga session. You will learn, based on Ayurvedicn principles, which asanas (yoga poses) will be helpful and conducive to your health and wellness. You will also have the opportunity to learn Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation practices that are speciﬁc to your needs.
Introductory special $75 ~ includes 1/2 hour intake session + 1 hour private Ayuryoga session. Follow up appointments $65 or 3 for $150.
Marma comes from the ancient holistic healing of Ayurveda. These points correlate to the channels of energy within the body. These specific points on the body act as a bridge between the consciousness and physiology. Ayurveda uses marma as both a diagnostic tool and for therapeutic benefits. By activating these vital-energy rich points, the body is better supported in its quest for balance and healing. Marma massage is a fully clothed massage, unless added to an abyangha massage session.
Treatment includes: Pulse diagnosis of imbalance (5 minutes), Essential oil marma treatment, unless client is sensitive to scents (55 minutes). Total treatment time: 60 minutes
Abhyanga involves mindfully anointing the body with specific oils for one's physiology and present health condition. The skin performs several important functions, one being an excellent way to nourish the body. By allowing the oil to penetrate the skin before bathing, the oil treatment protects, nourishes, and support's one's mind, body, and spirit. Abhyanga massage penetrates into all 7 layers of the tissues (in Ayurvedic medicine, these are called the 7 dhatus). The benefits of abhyanga are the nourishment of the body by removing toxins, providing nutrients to all tissues and thus increasing immunity, stimulation of the internal organs and circulation, calms the nervous system, helps reduce pain, increases energy and vitality, cleans the channels of the body, and lastly enhances the luster and health of the skin by providing nutrients.
Treatment includes: Pulse Diagnosis of current state of Balance/Imbalance: (5 minutes), 55 minute Ayurvedic oil massage with specific oils to balance the body and essential oils (55 minutes) Please note essential oils will not be used if client is sensitive to scents. Total treatment time: 60 minutes
Ayurvedic head massage focuses on the shoulders, neck, face and head, the areas most vulnerable to stress and tension. The head massage induces a state of calm, peace and tranquility and promotes high levels of alertness and concentration.-we apply specialized gentle deep strokes and pressure on various Marma points over your entire head, neck, and shoulders. Herbal oils used in this therapy balance Doshas, aids in hair and scalp problems as well as strengthens hair roots and improves hair condition, thus making your hair healthy and lustrous.
Benefits of Shiro Abhyanga: Stimulates hair growth, relieve headaches and tension, makes you feel refreshed and awake, head feels lighter, mind feels clearer, promotes sound sleep.
This is a special treatment and relieves pain in the knee joint. Janu Basti is very useful in the condition of pain in the knee joint and different Vata ailments in the knee joints. Offers relief from pain in the knee joint from injury, osteoarthritis, etc. The herbal oil strengthens the knee joint by improving blood circulation, providing lubrication, and encouraging the body’s natural healing process. Janu Basti is the type of external treatment on affected knee joints. A trough-like structure is prepared on the knees, using from paste of black gram. Warm medicated oil is poured in it and kept for 15 to 20 minutes.
Janu Basti can help to relieve: Osteoarthritis of knee joints, pain in knee joints, dryness of knee joints, cracking sound in knee joints, swelling in knee joints.
This specialized therapy relieves and nourishes the lower back using herbal oils or ghee. After a gentle Ayurvedic oil therapy on the lower back, specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured over the lumbo sacral area and retained inside a dam made out of dough. The hot medicated oils helps melt lower spine rigidity and strengthen your bone tissue.
Benefits of Kati Basti: Increases the circulation in the region, as the herbal oil gets deeply absorbed into the skin, and both nourishes and strengthens the muscles and nerves, pacifies one of the primary sites of Vata, relieving pain, soreness, and tension and restoring flexibility, relieves chronic lower backaches and painful muscle spasms, stiffness, and degenerative problems.
Join Maria Garre as she leads several Ayurvedic workshops such as Ayuryoga, Yoga of Ayurveda and Yoga of Nutrition. Enhance your teaching methods by incorporating Ayurveda with your practice.