What is Ayurveda?
The two main guiding principles of Ayurveda are:
- the mind and the body are inextricably connected, and
- nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind.
Appointments with our Ayurveda experts Katrien can be scheduled every Thursday at the Brussels Yoga Loft studio.
- Between 10.00am and 21.00pm
- Price for a 1,5 hour consultation is EUR 60
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment
Understand your unique mind-body type and the specific needs that derive from it.
Ayurveda is a personalized approach to health, and knowing your mind-body type allows you to make optimal choices about diet, exercise, supplements, as well as all other aspects of your lifestyle. You can learn more about Ayurvedic mind-body types and find out how to identify your own individual type here.
Eat a colorful, flavorful diet.
Next to breathing, eating is our most vital bodily function. To create a healthy body and mind our food must be nourishing. Ideal nutrition comes from consuming a variety of fresh foods that are appropriately prepared and eaten with awareness. A simple way to make sure that you are getting a balanced diet is to include the six Ayurvedic tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) in each meal. Doing so will ensure that all major food groups and nutrients are represented. When you include all six tastes, you will also notice that you feel satisfied and that the urge to snack and overeat will diminish. You can find more information on the six tastes here.
Ayurvedic Consultation & Massage
Consultation & Food Advice
In Ayurveda, good digestion is the key to health.
You can eat the most expensive, tastiest, ‘healthiest’ food, but if you cannot digest it properly, you can’t have (the full) benefit of it.
Disruption of the dosha balance causes unbalanced, weak digestion, eating and drinking too many ‘bad foods’ according to your constitution, suppressing emotions, not listening to the body,…
This creates an accumulation of waste in the body (and mind), and results in disease.
If the processes of digestion, absorption and defecation function optimally, we receive the nutrients we need and we remove the toxins we do not need.
In a consult/food advice I try to give clear advice on how to remove toxins from the body, to highlight the food that is good for each individual’s constitution, and offer individual advice for proper digestion and optimal balance.
One of the best ways to restore and support the harmony between body and mind is through massage, with warm Ayurvedic oil.
Regular Ayurvedic massage has many benefits and is used in order to:
- alleviate or remedy a range of physical complaints
- overcome symptoms of exhaustion and fatigue
- improve circulation, strengthen the nerves, promote uptake of oxygen -promote removal of toxins in the body and regulate the digestive system -strengthen muscles, bones and blood vessels
- enhance the immune system
- strengthen the skin, increasing suppleness and purity -reduce exhaustion and stress, promoting a good sleep
Pregnancy Consultation and Massage
During pregnancy a woman often experiences pain in the back, shoulder, pelvis and legs and other areas; an Ayurvedic massage with warm oil can soothe these symptoms. A massage is also relaxing, giving your pregnant body the rest and attention it needs.
During pregnancy digestive problems can occur, sometimes only during the first months, sometimes throughout pregnancy.
During an individual consultation we explore:
- how food and nutrition solve discomfort (nausea, vomiting, fluid retention, excessive weight gain, blood pressure problems etc)
- what general things you can do to protect against toxoplasmosis as well as other infections as listeriosis
- which foods to avoid/take according to your own constitution
- which foods to avoid/take for the optimal development of a healthy baby
As a certified Ayurvedic therapist I help people to reconnect with their body, by means of bodywork – Ayurvedic massages and food advice.
Since 2003 I have a private practice, currently in Brussels, Lennik and Antwerp. After several years combining this practice with other parttime jobs I now fully focus on my private practice, cooking lessons, guest tables, teaching and projects with partners such as Iyengar yoga Antwerp, Bozar, Sampoorna yoga, Brussels Mindfulness Institute, Brussels Yoga loft and others.
Stress related problems – both physically and mentally-, burn-out-symptoms and digestion problems are my main specialities. Next to my Ayurveda education in the School of Ayurveda in Gent and by doctors in India I also followed several courses in macrobiotics, orthomoleculair medicine, shiatsu, pregnancy massage, Vipassana silent meditation as well as yoga.
In 2009, in India, I witnessed several treatments that support the female body throughout the pregnancy cycle, encouraging a smooth delivery and promoting recovery after childbirth. I attended another pregnancy massage course given by Lies Ameeuw at her School of Ayurveda in Ghent. While I was pregnant (2011), I was able to experiment with these learnings myself.
I am a Dutch-speaking Belgian, living in Brussels. Next to my work and family life I also like to run, be in nature or in a vibrant city. I also love to read or to go to a yoga class, sit in silence and practice meditation.
For yoga classes at the Brussels Yoga Loft that align with your ayurveda consultation please have a look at the schedule online.