Nikki Estes, CAP, E-RYT
Yoga and Ayurveda:
A Complete System of Well-Being
Yoga is journey of self-realization that creates intelligence in the body and mind to enlighten the spirit. The process unfolds through alignment of the body's energy so it flows freely to create physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. Yoga is mind/body therapy to create outer and inner strength, peace and to connect us to our authentic self, the person we are meant to be.
AYURVEDA~ SELF HEALING FROM WITHIN:
Yoga is a part of Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old holistic form of Indian medicine that is now becoming more well known and practiced in the West. Ayurveda means, "The science of life." It is a union of the mind, body, senses and soul. The two goals of this practice is to keep the body in a state of health, free from disease and to show us how to use health as a basis of, or as a part of, a path to enlightenment. This form of medicine teaches us how to live in harmony with the basic laws of nature. The 5 elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether are the building blocks of all existence including ourselves. Each element has specific qualities. Each individual has their own unique combination of these elements with in. Dis-ease in the body happens when these elements and hence their qualities, become out of balance through what we draw in through our 5 senses.
What makes Ayurvedic Medicine Unique?
- Ayurveda heals the whole self - mind, body and spirit.
- Ayurveda addresses and heals the root cause of illness, not symptoms.
- Ayurveda recognizes that each individual is unique and requires their own path for healing.
An Ayurvedic practitioner creates a program for the individual that is unique unto them. The goal is to balance these elements and qualities to bring harmony to the body, mind and spirit through the 5 senses. The foundation is diet, herbal remedies, oils, yoga, mediation, detoxing therapies (panchakarma) and other lifestyle practices to empower the individual towards wellness.
MAKING SENSE OF YOUR SYMPTOMS:
Do you suffer from CONSTIPTATION, GAS, BLOATING, WEIGHT LOSS, FATIGUE, INSOMNIA, GENERAL PAIN, HEADACHES, FEAR, ANXIETY or POOR MEMORY?
These symptoms are known as a VATA imbalance. The elements of AIR and SPACE have risen and become out of balance in the body and/or mind.
All of these symptoms have the same qualities of COLD, LIGHT, DRY and MOBILE. Keeping a regular schedule including meal times, keeping warm and eating warm foods, using oils on the body and in cooking, avoiding stimulants, slowing down and practicing healthy habits that are grounding all will help bring the body back into balance.
Do you suffer from INTESTINAL ACID, FEVER, INFLAMMATORY ISSUES, INFECTION, ACNE or other SKIN RASHES, ANGER, IMPATIENCE, RAGE, CRITICISM, EXCESSIVE HUNGER or THIRST?
Theses symptoms are known as a PITTA imbalance. The elements of FIRE and WATER have risen and become out of balance in the body and/or the mind.
All of these symptoms have the qualities of hot, dry, mobile, light and oily. Avoid sun exposure and excessive heat, spicy foods, alcohol, stress, over work and skipping meals.
Do you suffer from MUCOUS, EXCESSIVE SLEEP, LETHARGY, SLUGGISHNESS, WATER RETENTION, WEIGHT GAIN, LOSS OF APPETITE, NAUSEA, COLD EXTREMETIES or DULLNESS IN THE MIND?
These symptoms are known as a KAPHA imbalance. The elements of EARTH and WATER have risen and have become out of balance in the body and/or the mind.
All of these symptoms have the qualities of cold, dense, oily and static. Stimulation and movement are key. Avoiding napping, eating warm, spicy foods and eliminating sugar, dairy and heavy oily foods along with keeping warm will help bring the body back into balance.
Nikki has dedicated herself to mind-body wellness since 2003, having over a decade of experience in movement training including yoga, pilates and strength training . She is a certified yoga teacher (E-RYT) registered with Yoga Alliance.
Nikki has expanded her expertise becoming at Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP) and Ayuryoga Therapist as well as a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). In 2013 she continued her studies under Ayurvedic Doctors in Coimbatore, India.
She is also is a member of faculty at Kanyamumari Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Center supervising students through their internship.
Nikki leads many workshops and lectures in the Waukesha and Milwaukee area and has been featured in local publications.
Nikki's goal is to increase one's well-being and to help bring balance and health to the mind, body and spirit to all she practices with regardless of life style or fitness level. Yoga and Ayurveda are practices for every BODY.
The journey towards growth and enlightenment is a life long endeavor. Nikki is committed to continuing her education to increase self-knowledge, healing and wisdom to help others.
"He who knows himself is enlightened." ~ Lao Tzu
Nikki Estes, Yoga and Ayurveda