If you're a yoga teacher who wants to encourage your students to eat healthy, how can you be certain that your advice is more helpful than harmful? Yoga students come to the Joyful Belly clinic every day with a history of inappropriate (often austere) eating.
However, you must fear not! Ayurveda has answers to ensure you are correctly advising your clients. With adequate training in food and nutrition from a certified Ayurveda School, you'll find it easy to advise your clients.
Meanwhile, watch out for these basic signs that your advice is hurting your clients:
When you see these signs, your client may be cleansing too much. You must prevent leading your clients down this road by tailoring your recommendations to your clients based on their dosha, or unique body type. To put it simply:
Vata individuals are the most vulnerable to cleansing diets. In general, Vata should be very careful before choosing a vegetarian diet, for example. They often need the advice of a practitioner to transition into a vegetarian diet. Vegan diets can be deadly to a Vata constitution unless they have expert advice. Instead, Vata should enjoy rich food, but take mild laxatives to ensure regular elimination as their only cleansing regimen.
Pitta individuals should avoid spices and rigorous cleansing, despite their ambitious willpower. Pitta individuals have such great circulation they often cleanse naturally, to a fault, which provokes their Vata leading to imbalance.
Kapha individuals often benefit the most from cleansing. They can tolerate a raw food diet, a vegetarian diet, reducing calories, and eating a light diet in general.
We know you have the best interests of your clients in mind, and we want to support you in helping your clients. After all, the well being of your students lies in your hands and people are trusting your advice.
Rather than winging it, it is important to do all you can to ensure you are offering your clients quality advice rather than trendy wellness tips. Through programs like our 500 hour Certified Masters in Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition Program, you can learn valuable clinical knowledge that will empower your health and prepare you to give expert advice the next time someone asks "What the best way to eat healthy?"
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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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Personally I take offense to the heading, Stop hurting your students with food advise. First of all yoga teachers teach yoga not nutrition. (I am a yoga teacher) and should as far as I am concerned not pretend to be nutrition counselors. Secondly there are many wonderful books on nutrition written by highly qualified professional nutritionist. If I offer advise I would always reference that source and follow it with speak to a professional nutritionist if you are someone who has a specific problem, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, etc.. I my view yoga teachers should stick to teaching asana and yoga if that is their training and refrain from teaching what they are not trained in, I think that is called practicing without a license. There will always be those folks looking to gain a buck here and there.. the customer/client needs to be educated to look for references and bio.