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I can't believe what a powerful experience this has been for me... Clearly this is what my body had been waiting for...!"

—  Arielle, Professional Chef

Heather Grzych

Board-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga Therapist

heather@maverickzen.com

415-786-4130

I work with individuals who feel physically, mentally and emotionally blocked from being their healthiest selves. I help them unblock flow and reconnect with Nature.

 

I do this through Ayurvedic Fasting and Cleansing Programs as well as Yoga Therapy, including special programs for women's reproductive health and for anyone who wants to explore fasting for it's mind-body-spirit benefits. I am a board-certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and an experienced yoga therapist, and have worked with hundreds of clients to detoxify and rejuvenate their bodies since 2013.

Ayurveda helped me get pregnant naturally on the first try and have a child just before I turned 40. It's a bit like magic, except it's real - and it does take some work and a little time.

When I first learned about Ayurveda, I immediately felt like it started to give me words for things I had felt my whole life, but had never heard anyone speak about before. I started to wonder why no one in my culture had ever heard about it, when it seemed to offer some of the missing pieces I was seeking in my health for my whole life. Ayurveda helped me improve my own health tremendously - my metabolism, reproductive health and mental clarity - so I've experienced the benefits directly. Now, I offer this ancient science from India to you, so that you may also improve the health of your mind and body and live your best life.

 

I also serve on the Board of Directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and consult with companies, government, doctors and hospitals to improve healthcare and wellness.

Training/Certifications

  • MA, Ayurveda from Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda (Master's thesis: Psychological, Physiological and Spiritual Benefits of Fasting From an Ayurvedic Perspective. Master's advisor: Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar)

  • BS, Psychology from Heidelberg University

  • Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP) with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association

  • Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists

  • YACEP (registered Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)

  • E-RYT 500 certification (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the highest level) after studying Vinyasa Power Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy for various health conditions including musculoskeletal issues, lifestyle diseases and cancer

What Is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an elemental healing system that is based on ancient medicine from the Indian subcontinent. It uses diet, circadian alignment, yoga, herbal pharmacology, spices and various types of body and sensory therapies to heal disease processes. Like other ancient medicines, its elemental basis allows an individual to develop an intuitive understanding of the causes of one’s health issues and the methods by which disease may be reversed.

 

Ayurveda is both a lifestyle medicine and an avenue for individuals looking for deep cleansing and healing. It teaches that health is achieved when an individual has:

 

  • Balanced bodily humors (doshas)

  • Consistent metabolic strength (agni)

  • Properly formed tissues (dhatus)

  • Effective use of mind (manas) and senses (indriyas)

 

It connects the mind, body and spirit by decoding the qualities (gunas) that make up an individual person's constitutional makeup and evaluating how the doshas respond to gunas of one’s day-to-day life routines, diet, environmental factors affecting the senses as well as time.

 

Ayurveda has hundreds of thousands of medical practitioners today in India, where it was historically a complete medical system that even included surgery, and it has spread to be both taught and practiced worldwide. In more recent years, and outside of India, it has become more focused on offering cleansing and detoxification practices. A comprehensive group of cleansing therapies called panchakarma (pancha = five and karma = actions) is practiced worldwide, though in some regions, practitioners are limited by local laws.

 

Ayurvedic medicine is often practiced alongside conventional medicine for individuals undergoing treatment for other health issues.

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