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living healthy ayurveda in Chicago achieving balance through the world’s oldest healing science by krisTen Guzzardo T he balancing act of life is difficult to manage in a stressed, overworked cul-ture. Eat. Sleep. Work. Play. Insert ob-ligations. Repeat. Add a layer of snow to the city streets, and Chicagoans may agree that balance is a rare find. In Ayurvedic medicine (Sanskrit for “sci-ence of life”) balance is the first order of business. According to Patricia Layton, Di-rector of the Bhavana Institute for Yoga and Ayurvedic Studies, we are living with the side effects of the lifestyle we lead. “Everything we do affects us,” she says. “So the question is, are these the effects we want?” In order to achieve balance, Layton says, Ayurveda helps people examine their lives and begin to make changes. The Ayurveda Institute of America calls Ayurveda the oldest healing science in the world, dating back 5,000 years to a time when humans used their natural energy and meditation to determine root causes for their ailments. The five basic earth ele-ments: Water, Fire, Air, Earth and Ether, in varying combinations, compose energy in nature and its beings. Based on a person’s dominant energy, or Dosha, an Ayurvedic practitioner can determine where an imbal-ance lies within the body. In the initial consultation, an Ayurvedic practitioner will make diet, lifestyle and herb-al recommendations based on a thorough analysis of daily routine, medical history, pulse analysis and tongue exam. Then, it may be beneficial to participate in a Panchakarma detoxification and rejuvenation series to re-store balance within the body. Health bene-fits may include weight loss, lowered anxiety, increased immunity, lowered blood pressure and improved digestion, but will vary with each person. Implementing yoga postures as part of Ayurvedic spiritual practice is often encouraged, as the two systems are consid-ered “sister sciences.” The following Ayurvedic practices are lo-cated around the city and surrounding sub-urbs. They were selected for their unique strengths within the evolving world of Ay-urvedic medicine in Chicago. Consultations range in price from $85-$200 and can last 30-90 minutes. Visit each web site for addi-tional pricing information. ners, it complies with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association certification regula-tions. Participants complete a 650 hour train-ing course and internship. Currently, Layton teaches the only Ayurvedic practitioner certi-fication program in the state of Illinois. 140 N. LaGrange Rd., Ste. 17, LaGrange, Ill. 708.989.1329; gardenofyoga.net and bhavanainstitute.com kk ayurveda Practitioner and founder of KK Ayurveda, Karen Klutznick emphasizes that an Ay-urvedic practice can be as profound as you want it to be. She began studying yoga phi-losophy eight years ago and now specializes in Conscious Relaxation (deep meditation), leading classes in yoga studios around Chi-cago. Klutznick walks clients through an Ay-urvedic consultation to determine the need for diet modification, herbal remedy, spiritual practice, or Ayurvedic products. She offers a line of cosmetics and skin care products us-ing organic ingredients and essential oils. Gold Coast, Chicago. 312.445.8532; kk ayurveda.com body Mind Medicine This Evanston-based center is headed by Archana Lal-Tabak M.D., an integrative and holistic mind-body physician and intuitive healer who incorporates Ayurvedic and nat-ural healing approaches into her practice. Together with her husband, Jim, an intuitive healer, energy worker and yoga teacher, they help patients achieve wholeness and health through wellness programs, including guid-ed imagery, body-centered psychotherapy, yoga and use of conventional and natural, integrative approaches to healing. 1618 Orrington Ave., Ste. 206, Evanston, Ill. 847.425.9355; bodymindmedicine.com nutrition advantage, inc This well established nutrition clinic offers a Panchakarma series of detox and rejuve-nation sessions using Ayurvedic medicated oils for a specific Dosha (earth energy). The sessions vary from digestive and nasal cleansing to mind balancing treatments. Follow up consultations are set up to analyze body fat and review dietary needs. Founder Deborah Arneson studied Ayurveda in India after growing tired of simply using the basic food pyramid in her nutrition practice. Ac-cording to Arneson, the goal of Ayurveda is Garden of yoga & The bhavana institute for yoga and ayurvedic studies This second floor studio offers 120 years of experience between its four staff members. Founder, Kathleen Wright runs the teacher training program for aspiring Yogis and is also educated in Ayurvedic studies. Housed with-in the Garden of Yoga is the Bhavana Institute, directed by Patricia Layton. With its focus on certifying the future of Ayurvedic practitio-22 february 2011

Ayurveda in Chicago

Kristen Guzzardo

achieving balance through the world’s oldest healing science<br /> <br /> The balancing act of life is difficult to manage in a stressed, overworked culture.Eat. Sleep. Work. Play. Insert obligations.Repeat. Add a layer of snow to the city streets, and Chicagoans may agree that balance is a rare find.<br /> <br /> In Ayurvedic medicine (Sanskrit for “science of life”) balance is the first order of business. According to Patricia Layton, Director of the Bhavana Institute for Yoga and Ayurvedic Studies, we are living with the side effects of the lifestyle we lead.<br /> <br /> “Everything we do affects us,” she says.“So the question is, are these the effects we want?” In order to achieve balance, Layton says, Ayurveda helps people examine their lives and begin to make changes.<br /> <br /> The Ayurveda Institute of America calls Ayurveda the oldest healing science in the world, dating back 5,000 years to a time when humans used their natural energy and meditation to determine root causes for their ailments. The five basic earth elements: Water, Fire, Air, Earth and Ether, in varying combinations, compose energy in nature and its beings. Based on a person’s dominant energy, or Dosha, an Ayurvedic practitioner can determine where an imbalance lies within the body.<br /> <br /> In the initial consultation, an Ayurvedic practitioner will make diet, lifestyle and herbal recommendations based on a thorough analysis of daily routine, medical history, pulse analysis and tongue exam. Then, it may be beneficial to participate in a Panchakarma detoxification and rejuvenation series to restore balance within the body. Health benefits may include weight loss, lowered anxiety, increased immunity, lowered blood pressure and improved digestion, but will vary with Each person. Implementing yoga postures as part of Ayurvedic spiritual practice is often encouraged, as the two systems are considered “sister sciences.” <br /> <br /> The following Ayurvedic practices are located around the city and surrounding suburbs.They were selected for their unique strengths within the evolving world of Ayurvedic medicine in Chicago. Consultations range in price from $85-$200 and can last 30-90 minutes. Visit each web site for additional pricing information.<br /> <br /> Body Mind Medicine <br /> This Evanston-based center is headed by Archana Lal-Tabak M.D., an integrative and holistic mind-body physician and intuitive healer who incorporates Ayurvedic and natural healing approaches into her practice.<br /> <br /> Together with her husband, Jim, an intuitive healer, energy worker and yoga teacher, they help patients achieve wholeness and health through wellness programs, including guided imagery, body-centered psychotherapy, yoga and use of conventional and natural, integrative approaches to healing.<br /> <br /> 1618 Orrington Ave., Ste. 206, Evanston, Ill. 847.425.9355; bodymindmedicine.com <br /> <br /> Garden of yoga & The bhavana institute for yoga and ayurvedic studies This second floor studio offers 120 years of experience between its four staff members.<br /> <br /> Founder, Kathleen Wright runs the teacher training program for aspiring Yogis and is also educated in Ayurvedic studies. Housed within the Garden of Yoga is the Bhavana Institute, directed by Patricia Layton. With its focus on certifying the future of Ayurvedic Practitioners, it complies with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association certification regulations.Participants complete a 650 hour training course and internship. Currently, Layton teaches the only Ayurvedic practitioner certification program in the state of Illinois.<br /> <br /> 140 N. LaGrange Rd., Ste. 17, LaGrange, Ill. 708.989.1329; gardenofyoga.net and bhavanainstitute.com<br /> <br /> kk Ayurveda<br /> Practitioner and founder of KK Ayurveda, Karen Klutznick emphasizes that an Ayurvedic practice can be as profound as you want it to be. She began studying yoga philosophy eight years ago and now specializes in Conscious Relaxation (deep meditation), leading classes in yoga studios around Chicago.<br /> <br /> Klutznick walks clients through an Ayurvedic consultation to determine the need for diet modification, herbal remedy, spiritual practice, or Ayurvedic products. She offers a line of cosmetics and skin care products using organic ingredients and essential oils.<br /> <br /> Gold Coast, Chicago. 312.445.8532; kk ayurveda.com<br /> <br /> Nutrition advantage, inc<br /> This well established nutrition clinic offers a Panchakarma series of detox and rejuvenation sessions using Ayurvedic medicated oils for a specific Dosha (earth energy).The sessions vary from digestive and nasal cleansing to mind balancing treatments.Follow up consultations are set up to analyze body fat and review dietary needs. Founder Deborah Arneson studied Ayurveda in India after growing tired of simply using the basic food pyramid in her nutrition practice. According to Arneson, the goal of Ayurveda is To bring people back to the personal perfection with which they were born.<br /> <br /> 920 N. Franklin St., Ste. 402, Chicago. 312. 664. 2288; nutritionadvantageinc.com<br /> <br /> Tejas yoga This studio in Chicago’s South Loop has a contemporary look with a rustic appeal.It embraces beauty and growth. Founder, James Tennant, brings 14 years of yoga experience to the teacher training and mentorship program for aspiring yoga instructors.Tennant has infused Ayurveda into his yoga practice as he emphasizes the importance of subtle breathing techniques and meditation.Monthly workshops based on Ayurveda are offered at Tejas, along with consultations and drop-in yoga classes.<br /> <br /> 1133 S. Wabash Ave., Ste. 101, Chicago.312. 386.9642; tejasyogachicago.com<br /> <br /> Tridosha Unique to Tri-Dosha is founder Monica Yearwood’s experience with hands-on Ayurvedic therapies. Using medicated essential oils, Yearwood leads clients in a relaxing and ceremonial Ayurvedic massage employing fluid movements and effortless pressure that penetrates the skin. Following a pulse analysis, massage is an Ayurvedic approach to balancing the body’s energy—each stroke specifically tailored to the person’s imbalance. Yearwood’s practice focuses on women’s health and enabling them to use Ayurvedic methods in daily life with do-it-yourself techniques.<br /> <br /> 742 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 201, Chicago.312. 929.9007; tri-dosha.org

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