School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
Like Ayurveda, the ancient Hebrews believed the body was the manifestation of the soul. They believed that disease was a part of your story. Every disease had a story to tell, with you playing the leading role. Your curiosity and willingness to explore revealed these personal mysteries of your illnesses.
Modern medicine is almost militaristic in its battle against disease. Disease isn't just a problem to conquer, it can also be a wake up call if you let it, an opportunity to re-examine your beliefs and behaviors. Ayurveda suggests that when your frustration degenerates into an emotional battle with disease and imperfection, it amounts to a self-rejection.
Yes, you can cure some diseases by fighting them. But the ancient Hebrews believed that curing diseases wasn't enough. A healing was just as necessary. Healing means that you have understood the essence and nature of your disease in its entirety. Healing includes insight, personal growth, and transformation so that you don't repeat the same behaviors that cause you to suffer. Aiming to heal, rather than seeking a cure, is an essential practice of preventative medicine.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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