There's a lot to learn, but a good teacher, like Susan Vettichira of the Florida Ayurvedic Wellness Center in Tampa, can lead you through the painless (that's right: I said painless) process of maintaining health the natural way.
Certified by the American Board of Holistic Medicine, Vettichira
is among only a handful of doctors in the U.S. with a degree in Western medicine and extensive training in Ayurveda.At classes offered by Baywinds
, Vettichira breaks down the principles of Ayurveda in clear and concise terms, using her
medical degree to back up her
holistic knowledge with hard facts and figures.At her
introduces clients to the practice of Ayurveda with a comprehensive consultation, integrating a full physical exam with the wisdom of Ayurveda to address each person's individual constitution.What follows is a three-phase detoxification program: Phase one is aimed at loosening the body's toxic debris via a detox diet, herbal preparations, massage and steam therapy.The second phase flushes out the toxic debris.And the third phase, maintenance, involves diet modifications, aromatherapy, meditation and nutrition counseling, and yoga referrals.Vettichira
also offers the occasional Ayurvedic-based cooking course at the center for those wishing to take the practice a bit further.