Ayurveda – Life Knowledge

Ayurveda means life knowledge. It is a holistic healing science based in nature practiced for over 10,000 years. It’s depth, beauty and efficacy lies in the fact that it is integrated within the laws of nature. Ayurveda goes beyond addressing the current state of health in the body in a symptomatic way but brings healing to the very root. An Ayurvedic doctor (vaidya) can help guide you in learning your elemental birth constitution as well as your current elemental state. Through diet, lifestyle, herbs, and ayurvedic therapies one can build optimum health.
When there is harmony with the relationship to yourself, in turn it creates harmony with the relationships outside of you and consciousness at large. The lens of Ayurveda gives us an opportunity to look at how we intake and expend prana from our minds and physical bodies.

Ayurvedic therapies

Abhyanga and Shirodhara complement meditation by calming the mind and allowing the body to sit comfortably. Meditation with the benefit of Ayurveda helps to balance and harmonize the body so that it may receive deeper healing.

Abhyanga, a flowing, synchronized massage performed by two therapists with herbal oil deeply nourishes and relaxes the body.


Shirodhara, the continuous pouring of warm oil on the third eye, calms the nervous system and activates the body’s healing potential.


Ayurveda’s main goal is to strengthen the immune system in order to create health, happiness and longevity in the physical body while acting as a foundation for spiritual progress in Yoga.

Meet the therapists

Cecilia Fernandez
An Ayurvedic & Neuromuscular Massage Therapist

Janani English
A Medical Manual Therapist & Ayurveda Massage therapist

Andreea Ichim
Orthopedic Therapist

Beth Nielsen 
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner & Trauma Consultant, Yoga Instructor

My favorite treatments, of all treatments, are abhyanga (full-body oil massage) and shirodhara (oil gently poured on the forehead). Every time I receive these treatments, I feel as if I've just been on a weeks-long yoga retreat. I recommend these ancient therapies to one and all - to restore you, to heal your ailments.


Over the past several years I have experienced many treatments with Janani, Andrea, and Cecilia. They have helped in amazing ways, over a spectrum of issues, both acute and chronic. I highly recommend an exposure to an experience of excellence with them.


The union of yoga and Ayurveda
is unique and complete;
as the yogis state,
it’s like “adding a beautiful fragrance to gold.”

If you are interested in joining the “River of Prana” retreat, please fill out the registration form.