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Leadership & Accomplishments Of The Joyful Belly School Of Ayurveda

Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
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Joyful Belly's leadership in Ayurveda is vast. Developed in 2006, we offer the most clinically advanced, comprehensive, and innovative Ayurveda education in the west.

The founder of our school graduated from Harvard, and his academic qualities infuse the whole school to a higher quality education.

Our credibility, authenticity, knowledge, and commitment to Ayurveda and to public service is best demonstrated through these accomplishments:

  • We offer thousands of novel, integrative, and experiential articles for free to the world.
  • We created a vast website with over 150,000 cross references to help practitioners and the public filter food & recipes, greatly improving ease of use and client compliance across the entire profession.
  • We formalized Ayurveda's theory of medicine as biocharacteristics, including new models for pathogenesis (samprapti), so that it can be evaluated by the scientific community.
  • We developed and provide diet and food tools to the public to make recipe and ingredient selection easier
  • We have collated 75,000 quiz profiles to report statistics on over 1,000 different disorders and imbalances, frequently not tracked by Western medicine. Example: Diabetes
  • Conducted novel research studies on the pharmacological effects of over 150 herbs and ingredients, providing the results of these to the public.
  • Improved the comprehensiveness of Ayurveda assessment and reduced analysis time through building novel technology generating a complete Ayurveda body map and chart for clients,
  • Developed Intelligent Herb - a clinical case management tool customized for alternative medicine that also provides smart suggestions for diet, lifestyle, and herbs.

Joyful Belly's vision is experiential, hands-on, evidence based education that inspires and delivers real health results to clients. We have a strong focus on outcomes, and cross-cultural accessibility.

State licensing is a demanding process that requires schools to operate according to best practices and stable financials. While many schools seek exemption from this process we have embraced it and thus have the legal status of a college in our state.

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The Joyful Belly School of Ayurveda has provided advanced clinical training for Ayurvedic professionals since 2008. We are licensed to teach Ayurveda by the state of North Carolina, and accredited through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). We partner with the American Association of Biocharacteristics Clinicians (AABC) to support our graduates' clinical success in Ayurveda (Why AABC?). We are a member school of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG). Joyful Belly is also recognized by the National Association of Ayurveda Schools and Colleges (NAASC), and the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA). Our founder, John Immel, is the current president of NAASC.

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as 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. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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