Jennifer Maklan, ĀP

Holistic Health Practitioner

Professional Bio

Jennifer Maklan, Āyurvedic Practitioner, is the founder of Chattanooga Ayurveda, an online classical Āyurveda practice. She helps busy, over-worked professionals improve their digestion, sleep, emotional health and stress levels, so they can live strong, travel easily, socialize comfortably and build meaningful relationships.  

Jennifer has been living an Āyurvedic lifestyle since 1999. Professionally, she has been immersed in the field of Āyurveda since 2014. She is a creative business leader, with industry knowledge and experience. She founded and directed AyurvedaNextDoor.com which was later acquired by Transformative Learning Solutions, Pvt. Ltd., an international Āyurvedic skincare giant. She was promoted to Senior Manager of U.S. Operations to direct various online and offline Āyurveda projects. 

Jennifer Maklan, ĀP, received a Svastha Ācārya Certificate from ĀYU Academy, a leading Āyurveda education program specializing in classical Āyurveda. She is trained in Āyurvedic Shirodhara therapy and has seen over 100 clients. Her undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire, 1999, lends perception, creativity and vision to her practice. 

My Story

 

After graduating college, I experienced digestive issues daily, occasional panic attacks, and periodic insomnia. I felt totally unprepared for life and had a mountain of debt that was unfathomable to my twenty-two year old eyes. I did not know how to cook, how to keep a budget, or how to make money as a young artist. 

I knew pharmaceuticals would only suppress the problem, create uncomfortable side-effects and make me feel that I was not at my best. So I sought out natural approaches. I tried Macrobiotics, fasting, The Master Cleanse, supplements, as well as talk therapy. I started a regular yoga practice and experimented with meditation. But things got worse before they got better.

Periodically I ended up on the floor, shaking with fear. Old traumas surfaced and I didn’t know what to do to feel better.

I finally found relief from an Āyurvedic Practitioner. Personalized Āyurvedic treatments quickly healed my panic attacks and calmed my nerves and I became fascinated with the Āyurvedic body types.

Knowing my own type, Pitta Vata, gave me a new acceptance of myself. Understanding other people by their body type became a tool for building wonderful relationships through deeper understanding of others.

My relationships became more rich. I experienced a greater sense of ease in social situations, a deeper state of restfulness, and more comfort in my body. 

I don’t believe I would’ve found this relief elsewhere because the Āyurvedic protocol and treatments I was given were quite unusual. In Āyurveda, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Everything is personalized to each individual. 

Health is not associated with a particular image. Some are healthy at a generous weight. Others are healthy at a lean weight.

Body types help you see how you are unique, what your natural state of health is like, and how you need to care for yourself.

In hindsight, I was creating problems for myself with an improper yoga and meditation practice, a diet not suited to my body type (though conventionally accepted as ‘healthy’), and a daily routine that didn’t support my own unique needs.

I worked in Āyurveda for many years before becoming a practitioner. Though this was satisfying work, my friends, family and coworkers (average healthy people), were suffering with problems like low energy, poor digestion and altered moods. I lost a friend to suicide in 2018 and decided then to study it formally. I needed to learn Āyurveda so I could use my understanding and experience to help others with their health.

I studied classical Āyurveda with the first Western woman to graduate from an Āyurvedic university in India, Jessica Vellela, BAMS. That training was vastly different than typical Āyurveda training in the U.S. In my experience, classical Āyurveda is far more effective in practice.

The positive results I see from Āyurveda continue to amaze me. Schedule a free consultation to see how it applies to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Āyurveda?

Āyurveda is India's traditional medical system. It is a holistic approach that uses temporary dietary adjustments, lifestyle recommendations, therapeutic treatments and cleanses to restore health. It is also preventative in nature.

Health is not something that you achieve and then you're done. It must be cultivated and created each day. Āyurveda offers a wealth of sound knowledge to maintain health throughout every season and every stage of life.

Why should Āyurveda be part of corporate worksite wellness programs?

Āyurveda is preventative in nature and provides sound health advice for various seasons, climates and people. It is easily customized for various groups of individuals. Unlike Western nutrition and health paradigms, Āyurveda is an entire system of knowledge that addresses all aspects of life, from the environmental and social, to the physical and spiritual. It is well suited for corporations interested in educating employees on the principles of good health.

Is Āyurveda a licensed profession?

Āyurveda is not a licensed profession in the U.S. That being said, when selecting an Āyurvedic Practitioner, it's important to choose someone that is practicing classical Āyurveda. Classical Āyurveda adheres to the framework as it is taught and practiced in India.

Jennifer Maklan, ĀP, practices classical Āyurveda and has trained in programs that exceed typical educational standards for Āyurveda in the U.S.

How is Āyurveda practiced online? Isn't pulse assessment needed?

Āyurveda is quite conducive to online practice. In classical Āyurvedic assessment, questioning and visual clues provide a wealth of information. Pulse assessment is actually a somewhat modern addition to classical assessment methods. It is not a necessary component for a quality assessment. 

How is Āyurveda different than other holistic healing methods?

Āyurveda is time-tested. It's speculated to be thousands of years old and probably the oldest health system known to man. Though much has changed, the classical practice of Āyurveda holds to the time-tested methods that existed thousands of years ago.

Unlike other modern approaches to holistic medicine, Āyurveda utilizes a detailed framework for the measurement, assessment and management of health. It is an extensive practice that is studied rigorously and is effective when applied with precision.

Unlike Western approaches to care, Āyurveda is personalized to each individual. Your day, diet, health history and so much more are taken into consideration to create your Care Plan.

 

What if I don't see results?

Sometimes results can be seen immediately and sometimes results can be subtle but nevertheless impactful.

If you're not seeing results, it's important to speak up. This is helpful information and may indicate that the wrong remedy was selected for you. Don't hesitate to communicate your experience so we can ensure you are on the right track.