WHAT IS AYURVEDA?
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old system of medicine born in India. Its a holistic model that treats the whole individual, body, mind and consciousness. Like traditional Chinese medicine, which arose a little later, Ayurveda recognizes the uniqueness of each individual, and uses diet, lifestyle and herbal medicine as well as hands on treatments to prevent disease and build and maintain health. Ayurveda looks to the root cause of our imbalances, factoring in past illnesses, genetic weaknesses, trauma and mental stress as well as environmental factors and life stage in order to treat disease.
Health from an Ayurvedic point of view is not simply the absence of disease, but an ongoing state of deep wellbeing that includes balance of the bodily tissues, regular movement and elimination of waste, proper function of the sense organs, and a mind that is satisfied and in touch with one's deeper nature. Ayurveda treats individuals rather than diseases by including an understanding of different constitutional types that respond differently to the external environment, have unique strengths and weaknesses, and need to be addressed as such in order to treat properly.
Ayurveda is an excellent approach for those wanting to reverse or postpone the disease process as well as for those who want to build good health now, and for the future. For yogis, this knowledge is essential to be able to practice deeply over time.
I offer complimentary discovery sessions for us to find our more about each other, this approach, and whether it would be a good fit for you. You can schedule a complimentary discovery session with me below.
“In the Summer of 2014, I was suffering from the worst seasonal allergies I had ever experienced. It was the first time in 18 years of Recovery I felt like I could not function in daily life. Having taken a class in Ayurveda for Digestion from Shannon McCall at my local yoga studio, I contacted her for a consultation.
After our initial conversation by phone, I realized that there were multiple issues I had been minimizing or ignoring. I had low stamina, felt weak, slept poorly was mildly depressed, among other things. Shannon did an in-depth intake questionnaire on my diet and daily habits and we began working together. We first focused on diet, with a goal of improving my meal choices and meal schedule among other details. We also set up regular yoga sessions with personalized audio practices included. Later we introduced Ayurvedic herbal supplements to my regimen along with other personal self-care practices (recently, use of a Neti pot).
My allergies improved almost immediately and I now have a template for daily living that works for me in my ordinary life. I have found working with Shannon extremely beneficial to my health and well-being overall and I feel stronger, am sleeping better and my emotional state has improved considerably. After 6 months I was able to see the connections between what I ate, drank, etc with how I felt.
I am invested in self-care at a new level now. At the age of 63, I am in touch with my body and my spirit in ways that feel new and hopeful. I find Shannon to be easy to share with, an excellent listener and very realistic about how much to work on at one time, and how to tailor what I do to my individual needs. I am actually glad I was so desperate for relief that I made the call that started me on my Ayurvedic journey and living life in a new and healthy manner. THANKS, SHANNON!” -H.A. Seattle