Jennifer Maklan, ĀP

Āyurvedic Practitioner

Professional Bio

Jennifer Maklan 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.

She is currently advancing her studies in the Arogya Ayurvedic Physicians Program and looks forward to offering the full-scope of Āyurvedic therapies and services.

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. I learned that I was doing almost everything wrong because my choices, though accepted as healthy, did not align with my Āyurvedic body type.

“Knowing my body type gave me a new acceptance of myself and others. My relationships, as a result, became more rich. Body types are a tool for building wonderful relationships through deeper understanding of others.”

I subsequently became obsessed with the body types and what was recommended for me. This approach to health I would not have found elsewhere because none of the modern health viewpoints would have picked up on my errors.

I literally credit Āyurveda (and yoga) with saving my life.

The Āyurvedic protocol and treatments I was given were quite unusual. Yoga was and continues to be a great tool for creating balance and vibrancy, when done properly. In Āyurveda, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Everything is personalized to each individual.

What was I doing wrong? In hindsight, I was creating problems for myself with an excessive yoga and meditation practice, a diet that was too light and too drying (though conventionally accepted as ‘healthy’), and a daily routine that didn’t support my own unique needs.

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

Āyurveda helps you see how you are unique, what your natural state of health is like, and how you need to care for yourself.”

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.

I've tried changing my diet and lifestyle and it didn't work. How is Āyurveda different?

Āyurveda is a complete medical system. Āyurvedic formulations or "medicines" are selected for you based on your state of health. Formulations along with appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle ensure that you get back to your natural state of health and are able to maintain it. Improved health cannot happen without changing your diet and lifestyle.

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.