What is Ayurveda
Find out what services we offer that can balance your Doshas.
AYURVEDA (science of life) is over 5,000 years old, and has been called Yoga’s Sister of Science. It’s a holistic system that addresses the whole person physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. In this way a person’s state of body, mind and spirit are assessed. To design an individualized treatment plan a person’s current conditions, lifetime history, past and current tendencies are looked at. In this way we don’t just treat symptoms but we bring the body back into balance and from there it can remember to heal.
People seek out ayurveda for many reasons. Some are attracted to Ayurveda because they want to better understand themselves and some come for specific ailments. We want better digestion, we want to eat better, feel our best, have better overall health and Ayurveda provides that. At Laya, we approach Ayurveda with a heavy emphasis on Herbalism. Those with specific ailments like allergies, asthma, sinus problems, skin conditions, weight management, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, ulcers, acid indigestion, gastritis, other digestive ailments, auto immune disorders, arthritis, reproductive problems, and so many other diseases or dis-eases can be addressed through this Ayurvedic journey back to health. Often people have tried other medical care or other healing modalities, and then come to The Laya Center for a comprehensive plan that incorporates integrative technology fused with Ayurvedic Principles and metaphysical work when the other therapies didn’t help.
Wherever you are on your Journey to Wellness, we treat each patient individually. Ayurveda offers a process of educating, self-awareness, and Holistic healing from the root cause of symptoms. In this way healing organically unfolds when we heal from our deepest inner layers through movement, mental health, body work, energy work, and Ayurvedic/Herbal Nutrition.
Although originally from India, many healing modalities derived from ayurveda. Hundreds of years ago it influenced the beginning of procedures that are part of modern medicine. (There are three Great Ayurvedic texts that influenced medicine: Charaka Samhita (contains poetic prose of internal medicine), Sushruta Samhita (ayurvedic surgery), and Ashtanga Hridayam (physiology of the body and treatments). Furthermore marma therapy, a bodywork threrapy in ayurveda, is similar to acupressure, later spread to other parts of Asia and became what we know of acupunture today. Our Ayurvedic Therapy incorporates a steady flow of Dosha specific oils with Meditative touch therapy, Cranial work, pressure point holding patterns, and lymphatic drainage.
In ayurveda we focus on an individual’s unique needs regarding food and daily activities to bring the body into complete health. We can balance our life through observation of nature’s cycles. When we are in sync with nature, and ride the waves of the seasons, deep healing can occur almost spontaneously.
Ayurveda and the elemental theory: All existence is made up of five elements and these elements have qualities that occur differently in each individual. The human body has three main body types called doshas (see dosha section for more info): Vata (made up of the qualities of air and space), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (water and earth). These doshas determine the personality, tendencies, and habits of an individual. Ayurveda says there are as many doshic mixes and as many possible imbalances as there are people. So while Ayurveda is a science of life, it is also a science for each individual, treating each person uniquely.
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Wellness at Laya is a personalized Ayurvedic Herbalism program for 90, 180 or 365 days in Kansas City, MO. It is a daily commitment for your wellness tailored to your specific needs. Your plan may include any or all of the following: customized Detox & Herbalism plan, specific detox & ayurvedic services, body awareness & yoga, daily dosages of custom blended tinctures and whole food powders, plus at-home self care. In some cases, the plan may require Mental Health and Wellness Coaching and/or Energy Balancing Chakra work. The Wellness Program has accumulative effects and benefits which will support you during the program and afterwards with your home self-care program.
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ABHYANGA: (2 hours) Abhyanga treatments are a full body oil bath massage of medicated oils which balances your dosha(s), (vata, pitta, kapha) and brings them back to their rightful place. This aligns and strengthens your system so that 75% of your health issues reduce. We apply medicated oils by feeding you through your skin, which is your largest organ of the body. Regular abhyanga treatments balance a person holistically so that you can enjoy a natural and healthy life. When needed we also apply svedhana treatments, which is the application of a medicated heated bolus (herb packs) to specific areas of the body. It is therapeutic for bone and ligament conditions to areas such as neck, shoulders, scapulars, hips, knees, ankles and hands. In some extreme cases, this may also be followed an Herbal Steam Bath with a custom blend of herbs (additional 30 minutes).
AFTER: After each treatment you will be given a shot of our Toxin Trapper activated charcoal mix, then you can enjoy a special blend of Dosha Tea. You will then have the option to relax in one of our rooms or move to your Wellness/Mental Coaching session.
HERBALISM & NUTRITION
(Whole food powder & tablets + herbal remedies/tinctures)
DAILY DIET: We provide Meal Plans that incorporate healing medicinal herbs and Ayurvedic Principles. It is tailored around your current dietary plan and on days of Detox or Body Work is meant to be a gentle scrub for your stomach, intestines and colon. The importance of incorporating herbalism during your wellness program is to establish new samskara-s (healthy eating patterns) and to stabilize the apana (stomach region) to help balance your dosha(s) - (vata, pitta, kapha).
3 month plan
This plan is tailored to your specific condition and includes Herbal remedies, Detoxification supplements & Detoxification treatments.
6 month plan
This plan incorporates everything from the 3 month plan, plus membership to our community (unlimited yoga, discounts on products/services), and Mental Health services. After detoxification we invite healthy habits and nutrition in an effort to balance and heal after detoxification phase. You will start your tea blend and implement weekly Abhyanga + Yoga. You may do as little as 1 Yoga session before each Abhyanga or as much as 3 times per week for maximum improvement. At this time, we add herbal tinctures & whole food powders to your program and continue with weekly Purification. Energy work may be implemented here on a monthly basis if desired.
12 month plan
This Plan includes Products, Services, Yoga and Herbalist Consultation/Planning. This is an extended plan that incorporates everything the 6 month plan has to offer, plus Wellness Coaching. You may incorporate as little or as much as you need over the full year. We combine Ayurvedic practices with ancient Herbalism to prepare treatments and herbal remedies that fight against dis-ease.
A ROUGH ESTIMATE WILL BE SENT TO YOU FOR A 6 MONTH PLAN. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE APPROACH BE TAKEN WITH A LONG TERM GOAL IN MIND. THE SUGGESTED PLAN CAN BE TWEAKED AND REISSUED ONCE WE RECEIVE YOUR INPUT. FSA/HSA CAN BE USED AS WELL AS TE INSTALLMENT PROGRAM. CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR INSTALLMENTS (Make sure to have your total ready + tax)