Hickey Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy

About Ayurveda

About Lynn

Our constitutional balance is constantly bombarded by numerous forces that throw our individual mix of doshas out of balance.  Changes in age, the alternating hot and cold of the seasons, the quality of our food and eating habits, and shifting thoughts, feelings, and emotions all affect the energies in our bodies.  Unhealthy diet, insufficient exercise, environmental toxins, and repressed emotions are among the numerous factors that can disturb our doshic balance.  The most potent unbalancing force in modern culture is excess stress—from work, relationships, economics, or just the fast pace of life in the 21st century.  

An Ayurvedic assessment determines your constitutional balance and current imbalances in the doshas, and—by appraising all your ongoing symptoms and detailed health history—makes a diagnosis from an Ayurvedic perspective. Ayurvedic treatment based on this evaluation uses lifestyle changes and therapeutic regimens to bring the body back into balance and health. Possible recommended changes could include sleep and eating habits, diet, daily oil self-massage, yoga and pranayama, herbs, an Ayurvedic cleanse, and Ayurvedic oil therapies.

To read more about Ayurveda, I recommend this introduction by the eminent Dr. Vasant Lad:

   

Lynn Hickey Schultz, EdD, is an certified Ayuvedic practitioner and Ayurvedic yoga specialist from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and an RYT-500 yoga teacher trained in the Kripalu and Iyengar traditions. She is also completing a certification in yoga therapy. 

​Lynn holds a doctorate in Human Development & Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is interested in Ayurvedic psychology and Ayurvedic ​treatment's effects on the mind. As a developmental psychologist, Lynn is fascinated by how Ayurveda and yoga can help people ​develop physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Ayurveda, the art of daily living in harmony with the laws of nature, is an ancient natural wisdom of health and healing that was developed in India 5,000 years ago.  In Ayurveda, health is a perfect state of balance among the body’s three fundamental energies, or doshas, and an equally vital balance among body, mind, and soul. 

​Each of these three doshas—air and movement (vata), heat and transformation (pitta), and structure and lubrication (kapha)—play an important function in each person and in all of nature.  According to Ayurveda, we each have a constitution comprised of a unique combination of the three doshas  that determine our ​physical, mental, and emotional characteristics ​​and predispositions.