Downtown Victoria Yoga Studio & Wellness Clinic
Ayurveda Victoria BC
Ayurveda, a branch of Vedic Science, literally means “the science of life,” and it originated in India as the traditional healing system over 5,000 years ago. Considered one of the oldest forms of medicine, this ancient science works as both preventative & curative medicine, combining daily self-care, a healthy diet, yoga and a natural lifestyle as a means to acquire optimal health.
According to traditions described in old ayurvedic writings, the basic principles of Ayurveda were perceived long ago and through profound introspection by highly developed human beings. In the beginning, the tradition was therefore passed on only from teacher to student. Only much later, when this vehicle of tradition was no longer reliable, it was written down in the first scriptures and works of Ayurveda.
In India today, there are Ayurvedic medical schools training physicians in internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, toxicology & gerontology.
What makes Ayurveda practical is that it is not necessary to attend Ayurvedic medical school in order to understand or implement Ayurvedic knowledge into your daily life. According to Ayurveda, we create our state of health based on how we interact with our environment. By making choices that support our inner nature, we can live harmoniously and in balance.
As a way of life, we can approach Ayurveda through:
- Lifestyle (Dinacharya-daily rituals, Ritucharya- seasonal rituals)
- Diet (eating ritualistically depending on the season, time of the day and depending on your body constitution)
- Rejuvenation (Bodywork treatments like Abhyanga, Shirodhara, Panchakarma etc.)
The initial consultation covers medical history, current lifestyle, and diet habits. It uses traditional
Imagine sensing yourself completely at home and relaxed in your body. Receiving an Ayurvedic Massage is a powerful way of giving yourself the gift of time just for you, to be honoured as the sacred being you are here to be. Relieving stress, anxiety and stored trauma in the body through soothing and centred therapeutic touch, this treatment works to support your own body’s innate wisdom and healing capacity. By calming the nervous system and moving stagnant energies, you give yourself a chance to experience the depth of peace that is your innermost nature. From this place of internal knowing, you gain access to your own inner healer. We all need reminders, and Ayurvedic massage serves as a ceremony for this remembering of the sacredness of your body. Your body as a temple.
(75 or 90 minutes treatment options)
In this traditional Ayurvedic treatment a continuous stream of warm oil is gently and nourishingly poured over your forehead in a soothing and relaxing offering to the mind. Stress, anxiety, nervous depression, over-thinking, inability to focus, and mental exhaustion all weaken the body’s ability to self-regulate and connect to one’s inner truth. From these states of aggravated air element (vata), particularly amplified in the mind, the entire body becomes weakened and depleted. Shirodhara is the prescribed treatment in Ayurveda to address this root cause of many of the disturbances of the body and mind. Allow your tired mind to receive a ceremony, to relax you completely, and enter the deep state of rejuvenation that allows for all healing to take place.
(This is a 1 hour treatment)
Abhyanga-Shirodhara Combined Therapy
Feeling ready to really treat yourself to a holistic self-care ritual? This deep two-hour session begins with a complete warm oil body massage to relax, ground and centre you in your body as a temple. From that state of whole body ease, your mind is then bathed in a continuous stream of warm oil poured gently over your forehead and crown. Nourishing and calming the third eye and crown chakras to open your awareness of your innermost truth, your divine nature, the Shirodhara compliments the massage to provide a truly holistic mind-body-spirit ritual. We all need ways to come home to ourselves in these times of outward chaos. This is an offering for those ready and in need of some truly deep unwinding, honouring and celebrating of the body as sacred.
(This is a luxurious 2 hour treatment)
Choose from one of our single treatment options below. If this is your first time at our clinic, please select the initial consultation when booking your appointment.
Book an Ayurvedic Treatment
Meet Our Practitioners
SARADA JAGANNATH (SHE/HER)
Sarada Pranav Jagannath is a yoga teacher, an Ayurvedic Wellness practitioner and holds a Master’s degree in counselling psychology and social work. Sarada is currently completing her training as an Ayurvedic doctor. She was raised in the Ayurvedic
tradition and educated by her grandfather, an Ayurvedic doctor who taught her yogic and Ayurvedic practices, and influenced her life’s path with his wisdom, philosophy and teaching.
She went on to study extensively at the Sivanada Yoga and Vedanta Ashram, Kerala, India and at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore, India and has since taught in India, the USA and Canada. She has been offering Ayurvedic Workshops for the past 8 years in India, USA and now in Canada. Sarada also offers private Ayurvedic Consultations at MA, teaches Ayurvedic cooking classes,workshops and Marma Kriya.
I am honored to work alongside the wonderful teachers and holistic practitioners at MĀ Wellness and Yoga.
As an Aerial Yoga Teacher, I aim to offer classes and workshops that are accessible for everyone, regardless of physical ability. I have a grounded and explorative
approach, encouraging embodied awareness and physical play and exploration. My background in Aerials began at a young age with circus training and performance. Now, aerial yoga has become a deeply meaningful and healing practice for me.
As a Bodyworker, I practice Ayurvedic massage, therapeutic hot stone massage and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. I have over a decade of experience working as a Registered Massage Therapist in Alberta.
I am also a Registered Clinical Counselor and I have an M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy and Psychology. In private practice, I work with teens and adults offering somatic-based expressive arts therapy. I approach my work with a trauma-informed lens developed through years of working as a counselor with survivors of violence.
I love to paint, dance and explore where embodiment and creativity meets healing.
For more information or to contact me privately please see me at twowingsrituals.com
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ayurveda and where did it come from?
The word Ayurveda itself means the science of life or science of longevity. Because Ayurvedic medicine has such a long history, its origins cannot be exactly pinpointed. Most agree that Ayurvedic classical texts were written in India between 3,500 and 5,000 years ago, though some suggest an even longer history.
Ayurveda is a healthcare system and lifestyle principles that bring harmony and balance to your constitution. The most fundamental characteristic of Ayurvedic medicine is the unique principle of the doshas. The doshas are different percentages of the five elements that make up a person. Our dosha is determined in the womb long before we are born. There are three doshas classified as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha and sub doshas that combine the three main ones..
It is possible to be a combination, and typically people find that they are a combination of the three. We further split the doshas into seven categories, Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Vata-Pitta, Pitta-Kapha, Vata-Kapha, and Balanced Body type (one who has all three doshas balanced.)
Are you out of balance?
Everything we do affects the balance of the doshas. Anything from seasonal influences (when we fail to compensate for changes in the seasons or changes of life), lifestyle, food, relationships, stimulants, environment, etc. can leave us with too much or too little of a vital component to our well being. Such imbalance is called ¨Vikriti.¨ “Prakruti” is the state that you are born in. This is your base and what the relative balance is for you personally.
Anyone, regardless of their dominant dosha, can develop doshic imbalances. However, individuals with natural Vata tendencies tend to develop Vata imbalances. Kapha dominant people develop Kapha imbalances, and so is true with Pittas. Often, the first symptom of an aggravated dosha appears at it’s seat (Vata -Colon; Pitta- small intestine; Kapha – stomach)
Ayurvedic medicine uses lifestyle recommendations, bodywork, yoga, and meditation, all as therapies to create a better sense of well being. You can book in for a consultation to enjoy some of our bodywork options.
What is Abhyanga massage?
Ayurvedic massage, known in Sanskrit as Abhyanga, is a holistic massage style aimed at supporting your subtle energy system to balance and heal itself.
What is Marma Massage?
Marma points are energy points in the body used for healing in Ayurveda. They can be compared to acupuncture points in Chinese Medicine. The focus of marma point massage is primarily to manipulate subtle energy or prana, but physically they’re also very effective for relieving stiff muscles and boosting circulation.
What can I expect during a Marma point & massage treatment?
Treatment begins with an abhyanga massage to relax the body, apply herb-infused oils to draw out ama (toxicity), and work on specific marma points with circular movements. The direction of the circles—as well as the order the marma points are stimulated—will depend upon one’s dosha and/or intention for treatment. Clockwise circles are used to stimulate energy flow while counter-clockwise movements are used to calm and pacify energy. For general relaxation, counter-clockwise circles are generally suggested. Depending upon individual needs the following components may also be incorporated into a marma massage.
What can I expect during an Abhyanaga massage treatment?
Generous amounts of warm herbal infused oils are gently but firmly massaged into the body through long, fluid, rhythmic movements that relax and replenish the whole system. This practice is wonderful as a medicine for stress, anxiety, depression, nervous system conditions, muscle tension, joint-pain, as well as a powerful preventative medicine for everyone.
What is Shirodhara?
Shirodhara comes from the two Sanskrit words “shiro” (head) and “dhara” (flow). It’s an Ayurvedic healing technique that involves a warm, soothing, continuous flow of oil onto the third eye chakra (forehead). The treatment is combined with a scalp, or head massage.
What should I wear to my Shirodhara appointment?
This treatment involves the use of oil, we recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting oil on until you can shower. If you have long hair, please bring something to tie it back with during and after treatment.