Affiliate Practitioner Highlight: Shivani Chase

Affiliate Practitioner Highlight: Shivani Chase

Practitioner Highlight

Affiliate Practitioner: Shivani Chase

KA: How, where and when did you first get introduced to Ayurveda?

Shivani: I was introduced to Ayurveda in 1992 in Rochester, NY when my daughter had an illness that our western doctors could not identify. A friend recommended I see an Ayurvedic practitioner that lived nearby.

KA: What is your constitution?

Shivani: Kapha 1, Vata 2, Pitta 3.

KA: Which of your Doshas is most likely to go out of balance and what herbal medicines and practices do you do to bring it back into balance?

Shivani: Vata is the most likely to be swayed now that I am older. I use Vata-pacifying but not Pitta-provoking pranayama, asana, daily routine, massage, diet and lifestyle. I use Triphala on a daily basis. I do a week-long cleanse every few months that includes a kitchari diet and usually basti and virechena. I apply Brahmi Ghritam on the soles of my feet at bedtime. At present, I am not using any other churna.

KA: What motivated you to become a certified practitioner?

Shivani: Grace. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but an inner knowing.

KA: There is so much in-depth information in the system of Ayurveda. Can you share some of your studying techniques that helped you remember your studies?

Shivani: I learn from repetition and doing. I do a lot of reading and listening to talks. I learn the most from working with clients.

KA: What are your top three favorite books on Ayurveda?

Shivani:Secrets of the Pulse’ by Dr. Vasant Lad, ‘Prakruti’ by Dr. Robert Svoboda, ‘Secrets of Healing’ by Maya Tiwari

KA: Have you ever felt discouraged on your journey with Ayurveda? If so, how did you overcome it?

Shivani: With health problems and with Ayurvedic education. I live in a rural, conservative part of the US. It is sometimes a challenge to present Ayurveda in a vernacular that is understood and accepted.

KA: What is the first thing you focus on when working with a new client who doesn’t know anything about Ayurveda?

Shivani: I focus on what the client’s individual concerns are, intuit where they are able to make changes, and build on that base.

KA: When a client becomes discouraged about slow results or difficulty breaking old habits, how do you help them stay focused and positive?

Shivani: I always smile and encourage them and show them love and respect. I believe every small step is still a step in the right direction.

KA: What do you think is the most important duty of an Ayurvedic doctor/practitioner?

Shivani: Supporting and informing clients in their own personal search for health and healing.

KA: What is your mission as an Ayurvedic practitioner?

Shivani: To share this wonderful knowledge with whoever seeks it.

KA: What is your favorite part about being an Ayurvedic practitioner?

Shivani: Working one on one with a person; watching them grow and blossom on their journey.

KA: How would you like to see your practice grow in the next 5 years?

Shivani: I am again in a part of my life where I can return to full time practice. I look forward to growing along with my practice. I enjoy collaborating with other health care professionals.

Shivani Chase Balanced Life Ayurveda 

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