Jennifer Maklan, ĀP

Holistic Digestive 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 and overall health so they can enter the next stage of life at their very best. When digestion is optimized, a life full of energy, traveling easily, gathering comfortably with friends and family, resisting illness and building meaningful relationships is possible. 

Jennifer was born and raised in Manchester, NH. She has been immersed in the field of Āyurveda since 2014. She is a creative business leader, with industry knowledge and experience. In 2014, Jennifer founded AyurvedaNextDoor.com, a directory website for Āyurvedic Practitioners. The site was acquired by Transformative Learning Solutions, Pvt. Ltd., an international Āyurvedic skincare giant. After two years with Transformative, Jennifer was promoted to Senior Manager of U.S. Operations. She established and supervised their U.S. warehouse, managed U.S. practitioner relations and oversaw organic content.

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. She is a proud member of ĀYU Council, which holds the highest Āyurvedic educational standards in the U.S.

My Story

 

In my twenties, I experienced scary panic attacks and anxiety.

I graduated from college as an artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. I loved art, but felt totally unprepared for life. I did not know how to cook, how to keep a budget, or how to make money as an artist. 

I knew pharmaceuticals would only suppress the problem so I tried natural approaches to calm my nerves – 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 was trying to be healthy.

I finally found relief from an Āyurvedic Practitioner. Personalized Āyurvedic treatments quickly healed my panic attacks. My relationships became more rich. I experienced a greater sense of ease in social situations and more comfort in my body.

I don’t believe I would’ve found this relief elsewhere because the Āyurvedic remedies and treatments I was given were quite unusual. In hindsight, I was creating problems for myself with an improper yoga and meditation practice, a diet not suited to me (though conventionally accepted as ‘healthy’), and a daily routine that didn’t support my body type.

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.

Classical Āyurveda

 

Āyurveda was brought to the U.S. from India approximately 25 years ago where it was Westernized and watered down to suit American palates. The full science, as practiced in India today, includes eight branches of medicine for disease prevention and health maintenance. It’s a different world there for holistic medicine, where government-backed Āyurvedic hospitals can be found in every Indian state. 

 

In my practice, I use the dietary and lifestyle techniques of classical Āyurveda in the framework of Western culture to positively impact health outcomes. Diet and lifestyle are primary approaches to health maintenance and prevention in classical Āyurveda.

 

I provide simple but impactful recommendations using foods and drinks common to the U.S. along with lifestyle changes and remedies. These suggestions are targeted specifically to you using the science of Āyurveda.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Āyurveda?

Āyurveda is India's traditional medical system. It is a holistic approach that uses dietary adjustments, lifestyle recommendations, therapeutic treatments and cleanses to restore health. It is also preventative in nature. It offers a wealth of knowledge to maintain health throughout life.

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 practices classical Āyurveda and meets the qualifications set forth by ĀYU Council, a professional organization that holds the highest 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 assessment methods. It is not a part of classical Āyurveda as 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 let Jennifer know. 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.