Explore Holistic Wellness Through Ayurveda with Kripalu's Hilary Garivaltis


 Hilary Garivaltis 


by Colleen Russell


Holistic Health Workshops Oct 18-20:

Ayurveda With Hilary Garivaltis



All That Matters Yoga and Holistic Health Center has been encouraging Ayurveda to take root in South County, RI  for many years.  Our health services menu includes the bodywork services of two talented Ayurvedic practitioners; Belle and Carolee.  Our library and store both display several books about Ayurvedic wellness and lifestyle.  Still, the majority of the clients walking through our doors don’t understand what Ayurveda is--or that it may be able to help them live happier, healthier lives.


What Is Ayurveda?


Ayurveda, or “the science of life,” is an ancient Indian form of natural medicine that promotes health and wellness through lifestyle changes and holistic treatments.  At its core is the “theory of three doshas” which proposes that three principles operate in tandem to form the mind/body connection.  Each person exhibits unique physical and emotional  traits influenced by the balance of these three mind/body types.  A believer in Ayurveda seeks to evaluate which of the three doshas has the strongest effect on his or her life and chooses a series of treatments and lifestyle changes in order to create balance within the mind and body.


What's Your Dosha?


Determining which constitution is most prominent in your behavior, your physical being, and in your energy can give you great insight into your health and emotional tendencies.  Knowing your constitution can therefore assist an Ayurvedic practitioner in guiding lifestyle changes and therapy regimes to prevent maladies.  Want to know your dosha?  Visit Hilary's site for an informative guide to determining your constitution.


How Can Ayurveda Help Me?


The ultimate goal of Ayurvedic medicine is to discover how your own body operates, learn how to maintain a perfect balance of energy, and ultimately to stay happy and healthy.  It is a deep and meaningful journey of self-inquiry from which we emerge aware and empowered.  Ayurveda clients are encouraged to find balance in their energies.  We believe that Ayurveda is an amazing and transformational natural practice that is literally healing people who Western Medicine alone is unable to help.  In lieu of typical medication prescriptions, these patients are prescribed a healthy diet, fulfilling exercise, and a rewarding lifestyle.


The Relationship of Ayurveda to Yoga


Ayurveda is interrelated to our practice, laying the scientific framework for our physical work.  Hilary Garivaltis, the Founder and Dean of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, describes Ayurveda as the sister science to yoga where “yoga is the development and care of the soul, while ayurveda is the system that helps to take care of the vessel that holds the body.”  With training from the New England Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine and advanced training from the Rishikesh College of Ayurveda and the Jiva Institute in India, Hilary is a world-renowned Ayurveda program facilitator.   


Want to Learn More about Ayurveda?  


We are thrilled to welcome Hilary Garivaltis to Wakefield, RI from October 18-20th for three days of Ayurveda workshops at All That Matters.  Participants are welcome to attend a single workshop or to register for the entire program.  It is promised to be an experience that will help you change your routine and transform your life.  We will begin with an informative Introduction to Ayurveda on Friday night.  Saturday will be a day of self-inquiry as we explore the Fundamental Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine, determine our predominant constitution, and examine ways that people are thrown out of balance.   We will finish the weekend with a “hands-on” day of demonstration and practice as we explore Daily Tools for Healthy Living, learning how to bring back and maintain balance in our everyday lives.  Those who are interested in personalized time with Hilary may book a private session at All That Matters on Monday, October 21st.  


If you would like to join us for this unique opportunity to learn from Hilary Garivaltis, Kripalu's Founder and Dean of the School of Ayurveda, please register online or call the front desk at 782-2126.