Classical Āyurveda in Chattanooga
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.
Here in Chattanooga, we 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.
Chattanooga Ayurveda provides simple recommendations using foods and drinks common to the U.S. along with lifestyle changes to impact your health. These suggestions are targeted specifically to you using the science of Āyurveda.
My name is Jennifer Eddinger and I’m originally from New Hampshire. I was introduced to Āyurveda in 1999 and it shifted my state of health almost immediately. It piqued my curiosity too and I set out looking for practitioners in the U.S. Back then, finding Āyurveda resources was best done from the back of a book, not the internet.
In 2012, I created a directory for Āyurveda called AyurvedaNextDoor.com which was acquired by The Ayurveda Experience. I consulted for them for two years and became their Senior Manager of U.S. Operations, overseeing their U.S. warehouse, multi-author blog, practitioner relations and more.
In 2006, Tennessee became an unexpected and frequent travel destination. Twice a year for about ten years, I attended programs at the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences in McMinnville. Falling in love with the long hot summers, the mountain plateaus and the southern hospitality, I moved to Chattanooga permanently in 2016 and met my husband Eric in 2017.
I took the plunge to study Āyurveda formally in 2018 when I encountered ĀYU.Academy, founded by Jessica Vellela, BAMS. Their programs are recognized by ĀYU Council which holds the highest standards for classical Āyurveda education in the U.S.
In 2019, I completed 620 hours of training including internship and externship in classical Āyurveda. I have professional training in Āyurvedic shirodhara therapy and look forward to learning more Āyurvedic therapies this coming year.
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of New Hampshire, Summa Cum Laude, 1999.
My title is Āyurvedic Practitioner or svastha acārya, teacher of health. I look forward to connecting Chattanooga with authentic and effective classical Āyurveda.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is classical Āyurveda?
Classical Āyurveda adheres to the original science as dictated in the ancient Āyurvedic texts. Āyurveda that has been modified without adhering to the protocols and practice of the science may lack effectiveness.
Is Āyurveda licensed in the U.S.?
Āyurveda is not a licensed profession in the U.S. so it's important to see a properly trained professional. ĀYU Council holds the highest standards for education in Āyurveda in the U.S. and practitioner Jennifer Eddinger meets the qualifications they have set for Āyurvedic Practitioners.
How effective is Āyurveda?
Āyurveda can be effective when two conditions are met. The right remedy must be selected. If there is no positive effect, feedback provides helpful information to better understand your situation. Get in touch with Jennifer if you are not experiencing helpful effects. Āyurveda is also effective if you are willing to try the recommendations. You must be an active participant in your health in order to experience change.