From Moon to Womb WorkshopsWomen's Menstrual Health with Ayurveda
If you struggle with PMS, painful periods, or emotional upsets before you ‘start’, if you dread that ‘time of the month’, have heavy periods or irregular periods, or just want to learn how to honor your period in the highest way possible, come learn the Ayurvedic way to a healthy cycle.
Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of healing. Similar to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda uses herbal formulations, body treatments and adjustments to diet and lifestyle, to establish good health.
Three Workshops for Menstrual HealthWith Chaitali Patel, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, and Jennifer Maklan, Ayurvedic Practitioner
Sunday, October 10, 1-2:30pm
Sunday, October 17, 1-2:30pm
Sunday, October 24, 1-2:30pm
Southern Soul Yoga
313 Manufacturers Road #203
Chattanooga, TN 37405
October 10: How to Create Good Digestive Health for Easier Periods
According to Ayurveda, the digestive system is closely linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle. In this workshop, you’ll learn why they’re linked, the guidelines you need to create good digestion, and how to avoid two of the biggest contributors to digestive issues according to Ayurveda – ama (undigested foods) and viruddha ahara (incompatible foods).
October 17: Menstrual Cycle Guidelines, Best Practices, Foods & Activities
We are a culture devoid of proper guidelines for menstrual health. In this workshop, you’ll learn what to do and what not to do during your period. We’ll review the foods to eat and foods to avoid, when to exercise and when to go easy, how the Ayurvedic doshas fluctuate throughout the month, and good sexual health practices to maintain.
October 24: Herbs, Remedies & The Entire Ayurvedic Yoni Steaming Sequence
Ayurveda’s health wisdom is both preventative and therapeutic. In this workshop, we’ll explore widely available herbs and remedies for menstrual health. We’ll also share the entire Ayurvedic yoni steaming sequence from therapeutic smoking (dhuman), to therapeutic washing (dhavan), to therapeutic lubrication (pichu) and how to use this process monthly for health maintenance.
Your Ayurvedic Health Co-Teachers: Chaitali Patel & Jennifer Maklan
Born to an Indian and Hindu family with several generations of upholding Vedic culture and traditions, Chaitali was introduced to its practices and rituals from a very young age, which included Ayurveda and Yoga.
She grew up living an Ayurvedic lifestyle centered around centuries old practices of diet, natural rhythms and daily schedule. She descended from farmers and people who lived very close to the land; her ancestors had indigenous knowledge of growing herbs for health and healing. As a teenager, her Father introduced and encouraged her to study Ayurveda and when he passed away shortly thereafter, she turned to Ayurveda for healing. In 2010, after years of independent study and experimentation, she took a year off to study Ayurveda from the American Institute of Vedic Studies and received certification as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant.
She enjoys working with individual clients to discover their unique mind-body constitution, daily and seasonal wellness routines, optimal digestion and detox, sensory and aroma therapies, vegetarian cooking and nutrition, herbal teas and remedies as well as spiritual methods for a balanced and harmonious lifestyle.
Jennifer Maklan is the founder of Chattanooga Ayurveda and AyurvedaNextDoor.com. She’s a classically trained Ayurvedic Practitioner with industry knowledge and experience.
Jennifer 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 to Chattanoogans. Her clients suffer with digestive disorders, skin conditions, pain, mental health conditions, endometriosis, fibromyalgia and more.
“Jennifer’s knowledge of Ayurveda provides a significant measure of support to a health management plan. She’s thoughtful, encouraging, and her advice has real potential for impacting health outcomes.”
– Remy Coeytaux, M.D., Ph.D.
These workshops will surely be fun, informative and eye-opening for all who are curious about holistic health and their menstrual cycle. The format will provide a global view of Ayurveda with an emphasis on prevention and an introduction to therapeutics. If you are new to Ayurveda, don’t fret. You will easily be able to follow along. We’ll review basic concepts of Ayurveda to enhance and build your foundational understanding.
Email your questions to Jennifer at info@ChattanoogaAyurveda.com. Register soon before space fills up.
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.