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Leah currently keeps clinic hours at Pekoe Acupuncture and Wellness located in Shaw
and also sees clients at her home office in NW DC.
One on One Consultations
Leah offers one hour consultations on overall Ayurvedic education, eating for the season, yoga and meditation practices, Ayurveda for maintaining balance while traveling, and an introduction to some basic Ayurvedic practices. Single consultations are meant as an introduction to Ayurveda or to help fine tune practices for those who already practice Ayurveda.
In the initial two-hour session Leah gathers information including an extensive health history, tongue and pulse diagnosis, and physical characteristic assessment to determine your Ayurvedic constitution (dosha) and the nature of any imbalances. In a subsequent one hour session Leah reports back to you on your constitution, identifies the nature of your imbalances, and outlines the basic road map to you realizing your optimal health potential.
In these one hour sessions Leah works with you to implement changes related to diet and lifestyle based on your constitutional and health needs. A minimum of 4-6 follow up visits is highly recommended. In these visits, Leah is part educator, part counselor, and part coach and guide in helping you stay aligned with your health goals. She uses individually tailored plans to to guide you to health, diet and lifestyle changes that are introduced over time to ensure a lasting impact. Throughout these visits she sequences a full regime of herbs, diet, lifestyle, aroma therapies, yoga, and mediation at the appropriate times for maximum integration.
Private Yoga Instruction
Yoga is the sister science of Ayurveda and can be a powerful tool for fitness, stress reduction, and a pathway for transformation. The best yoga practice is based in structural alignment with attunement to the breath as well as the overall feeling state of the body and mind. Even better is a practice that is well suited to your Ayurvedic constitution.
Nutritional Counseling and Health Benefits
Our bodies are perfectly evolved to reap the abundant offerings of nature. The six tastes found in food -- sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent -- reflect the broad spectrum of what nature is offering and taste itself reflects the intrinsic intelligence in the body's capacity to gravitate to the food it needs. A sound Ayurvedic diet based on a proper balance of the six tastes ensures the proper ratio of protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrates and micro-nutrients.
Working together we can focus on:
Guidance and principles of healthy eating
Kitchen and cooking demonstrations
Guided cleanse options
Treatment of Diseases and Conditions
Digestive disorders, including:
Hyperacidity and heartburn
Irritable bowel and colitis
Stress related conditions, including:
Women's health issues, including:
Private Yoga Instruction
Cultivating the appropriate yoga and exercise practice for your constitution
Cultivating the appropriate stress reduction and spiritual practices for your constitution
Education and practice of life affirming yogic philosophy
Thoughts, musings, and ruminations.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a 5,000-year old health care science that is focused on restoring and maintaining the balance of mind, body, and spirit. The central organizing principle of Ayurvedic medicine holds that when the causes of imbalance are removed, the body has the innate capacity to heal itself.
The tools of Ayurveda are powerful both in the prevention and treatment of disease. The core interventions in Ayurveda include herbalism, body and sensory therapies, yoga, stress reduction practices, lifestyle changes, and, most centrally, an emphasis on diet and nutrition.
The health of the digestive system is at the bedrock of Ayurveda and is considered foundational for the healthy functioning of all other systems of the body. Ayurveda reminds us that thinking and being are biological functions which run on fuel – food – and that what, when and how we eat matters. As scientific studies confirm, there is a direct relationship between the digestive system and the mind and between stress and disease. Ayurveda is in the midst of a global resurgence as more and more people are turning to this ancient wisdom tradition to sustain health, prevent illness, and treat disease.
The Ayurvedic Constitutions
The three Ayurvedic constitutions or doshas— Vata, Pitta, and Kapha — can be thought of as fundamental biological energies that come together in unique ratios or combinations of elements to form a person’s constitution. The elements — air, ether, fire, water and earth — are considered the building blocks of life in Ayurveda and combine to form the doshas. Vata dosha is composed of air and ether and governs motion and circulation in the body, including the movement of nerve impulses and joints and even the circulation of thoughts. Pitta dosha is composed of fire and a little bit of water and governs metabolic function and digestion. Kapha dosha is composed of earth and water and governs the solid structures of the body like bones and tissues. All three doshas exist in every person but to know your own dosha is to know which of the elemental qualities predominate in your system.
Your constitution will influence what you are drawn to, what you are repelled by, what will make you sick and what will make you well. The elemental qualities which we came into the world with impart their uniques gifts to each of us but when these qualities become excessive (too much of a good thing, if you will) we fall out of balance. The capacity to move back towards a state a balance involves the knowledge, awareness, and wherewithal to recognize which elemental qualities we need more of and which we need less of.
The Empowerment of Knowing Your Constitution
If you are sick, knowledge of the nature of your imbalance can help you restore your natural balance and maximize the healing process. If you are relatively healthy, knowledge of your constitution can help you achieve your entire well-being—mental, emotional, and spiritual — as you learn what practices, foods, and sensory therapies provide the deepest nourishment to your body, mind and spirit. Sometimes the adjustments we need are subtle and relatively easy and sometimes the adjustments required are more extensive. Either way, it is the power of awareness, knowing ourselves, that shows us the path towards greater resilience, immunity, vitality, health and well-being.
"Working with Leah gave me the tools and knowledge to better manage my health, recognize the signs when when my body is out of balance, and take action to bring myself back into balance. I now feel empowered and capable of making the right choices, from the foods I eat, to herbal supplements I take, to calming and grounding practices that I have made a part of my daily routine to help me manage stress. Working with Leah helped me to make subtle but profound lifestyle changes that fit into my busy schedule and that have had a real impact on my overall well being."
- Jennie Kim
Leah is a Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAS) with certification from the California College of Ayurveda, a leading Ayurvedic school at the forefront of establishing rigorous standards for the practice of Ayurveda in the US. She is certified at the 2,000 hour level with plans to continue on to earn her doctorate. Leah is also an experienced yoga teacher, with over 20 years of practice and holds multiple teaching certifications.
The CCA difference: The California College of Ayurveda offers the highest level of Ayurvedic education available in the United States. CCA graduates have been trained in clinical management of disease conditions in a uniquely rigorous manner through its lengthy and closely supervised clinical internship. It is the first Ayurvedic school in the U.S. to offer a doctoral program.
Leah approaches her work with a deep commitment to understanding the unique characteristics of each of her client. By working closely with her clients, she is able to determine the Ayurvedic constitution of each individual and to implement an individually-tailored health plan accordingly.
Leah lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and two big dogs. In a previous life, Leah was an early childhood educator, K-3 art teacher and director, and artist. She has a B.A. from Kenyon College.