The Wisdom of Life | Ayurveda


Ayurveda, the art of living in harmony with nature, is a holistic system of medicine that originated in India over 5000 years ago. It emphasizes the importance of self-awareness in health and well-being. Derived from a Sanskrit word, Ayus, meaning life and Veda, meaning wisdom, Ayurveda, the wisdom of life, offers a timeless guide for a life of happiness, vitality, love and purpose. It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples. From the Ayurvedic perspective, human beings are not viewed as mere thinking physical machines but rather as fields of intelligence in dynamic exchange with the energy and information of the environment. Health is a dynamic state of harmony in which all the layers of one’s life are integrated.

Your Unique Mind/Body Type: Ayurveda explains that each one of us inherits a unique metabolic composition that shapes specific mental and physical characteristics, as well as emotional tendencies. From the five elements (space, air, fire, water, earth), the three doshas are derived – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Known as mind-body types, the doshas express particular patterns of energy – unique blends of physical, emotional and mental characteristics. A dosha can increase or decrease, and create an inbalance in the body/mind, which then creates an environment for disease to flourish. Ayurveda can bring the dosha back into balance through diet, lifestyle, herbs and body therapies. Most people tends towards a predominance of one dosha. 

Creating Balance: Understanding your predominant dosha and how to balance it is key to recovery from and prevention of disease. In Ayurveda, health is defined as the dynamic state of balance between mind, body and environment. It is possible for each of us to achieve and maintain a vibrant and joyful state of health by identifying our mind-body type and then creating a lifestyle that sustains and nurtures our unique nature.

One of the first steps in uncovering this balanced state of being is by creating a harmonized daily routine. An ayurvedic consultation goes a long way to determine precisely which doshas are out of balance and then offers recommendations based on that imbalance. These suggestions may include dietary and lifestyle changes, specific yoga asanas (poses), sound therapy (music and/or mantras), breathwork, meditation routines, and ayurvedic bodywork treatments. Recognizing that the human body has an inner pharmacy capable of naturally generating the chemistry of happiness and health, the goal is to help individuals understand their mind/body type and offer them the tools to live in harmony with it. 

Commonly Treated Conditions: Ayurveda can effectively treat a wide range of problems from the common cold to chronic illnesses. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with Western medicine. Here is a list of some of the conditions Ayurveda can treat: allergies, colds, asthma, arthritis, acid reflux, IBS, indigestion, constipation, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, acne, anxiety, insomnia, PMS, menopause, fatigue, addictions, depression, and wounds.

Ayurveda can also prevent disease by strengthening the metabolism and immunity, balancing hormone levels, and cleansing all body systems of toxins.

Interested in a consultation and living your wisdom?  Contact Sachi to learn more!

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.