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Toni Gordon
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Ayurvedic
Ayurvedic Psychotherapy blends the Eastern wisdom of Ayurveda with the healing art of psychodynamic therapies, where self-exploration and awareness in a therapeutic relationship work symbiotically with an Ayurvedic holistic healing framework.


Ayurveda is a 5000 year-old health care system from India and a sister healing art of Yoga and Tantra. It is founded upon the principle that all that is above is below; all that is within is without. As such, the same organizing principles that operate in the stars operate in our bodies, minds and consciousness. In Ayurveda, the building blocks of the universe are represented in the elements of ether, air, fire, water and earth. This could also be understood as everything consisting of space, motion, transformation, liquid and solids.

As human beings, we are all unique combinations of the elements, and we are all seeking balance. This represents the foundation of the articulation of the primary organizing principles, or doshas, of Ayurveda. How these principles organize within you at birth is your constitutional state of balance and indicates how the elements have organized within you. At the physical and mental levels we all consist of Vata - air and ether, Pitta - fire and water, and Kapha - water and earth. But how these are organized in the body and interact with the environment is unique to each one of us.

Ayurveda is about interconnectedness. The body, mind, energies, consciousness, and senses all talk to each other all the time. When you put something into your body, your mind is digesting it as well. When you listen to a sound, your consciousness is hearing it as well. Everything has an impact at every level. Ayurveda has the wisdom to direct each of us to those environments and experiences that balance us at all levels of the self.

Ayurvedic Psychotherapy blends this Eastern wisdom with the healing art of psychodynamic therapies, where self-exploration and awareness in a therapeutic relationship work symbiotically with an Ayurvedic holistic healing framework.
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