“Nothing external to you has any power over you.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Welcome to Hilary Garivaltis
Ayurvedic medicine concentrates on prevention and understanding one’s own makeup and focuses on how the outer world and environment affect one’s daily life. The goal of Ayurveda is to teach people how to attain optimal health through a deeper understanding of themselves and their own particular nature in relationship to the world around them. It is a system based on natural healing through strengthening the body, mind, and spirit and allowing the body’s own natural healing mechanisms to work to their fullest potential.
Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is the oldest continuously practiced health-care system in the world. Drawn from an understanding of nature’s rhythms and laws. It is understood, in Ayurveda, that humans, as natural beings, are governed by the same rules and laws as all other natural beings. If we choose to ignore these laws, then imbalances will begin to appear. These imbalances are the precursor to disharmony and disease in the mind and body.
The Ayurvedic worldview is based on the archetypal elements of ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth. Ether and earth are static in nature, whereas air, fire, and water are dynamic and ever changing. These elements have inherent energies that govern their functions. An individuals constitutional make up is a unique blending of these elements. Everyone is different in this regard and it is the individual difference that we focus on when finding a solution to each persons overall health picture.
An Ayurvedic approach treats each individual, taking into account unique psychological, emotional, and physical conditions. Imbalances in the body are evaluated through this unique system of elemental configuration. Because our world and bodies are constantly adjusting to new environments, when these environments become imbalanced we feel it in some way. This approach allows us to target issues for individuals more directly and design a plan that will be specific with long lasting results.
The general approach when seeing an Ayurvedic Consultant will start with an over-all review of an individuals daily life, habits and diet. Once this review is explored a specific plan can be created based on the constitutional profile as well as other specifics. The baseline approach will always start with diet and lifestyle, which includes not only appropriate foods for the individual but also the daily habits including stress reduction techniques and exercise. All of these factors will create the base for good health and a happy life.
Interventions for Life's Imbalances:
Even in the best of circumstances, we will all end up suffering from imbalances or illness from time to time. Ayurveda's approach uses natural herbal medicines (in their whole form) and an array of healing therapies including massage, meditation, yoga, pranayama to name a few. Ayurveda also embraces all healing modalities including western medicine when needed. There can be a right time for everything.
As noted above, Ayurveda is one of the oldest healthcare professions in the world, but it is relatively new to the United States and the Western world in general.Modern schools of Ayurveda are becoming more established in the United States and are finding their way to almost every conitntent across the globe.
Ayurveda's approach makes it a leader in the area of preventative medicine as well as laying a strong foundation for the daily promotion of good health. The Ayurvedic practitioner is taught to start with health promotion and prevention first. The national Ayurvedic community has established a goal to move Ayurveda into the licensed healthcare realm in hopes that one day soon we will be able to offer the full array of Ayurveda's vast resources to our western clients. The National Ayurvedic Medical Association is the link to a listing of practitioners in th United States as well as a resource for educational opportunities and much more.
Academic Director, Goldthread School of Traditional Medicine, Shelburne Falls, MA
Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant
Hilary is the founder and former Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and has 13 years of experience in teaching Ayurvedic daily living tools and Ayurvedic therapy techniques. She received her training at the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine with advanced training in India from the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda and the Jiva Institute. Hilary has served on the board of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association since 2006 and continues to train with the world’s leading teachers in the United States and in India.