Success stories of our graduates

With Ayurveda into a new vocation

Here we collect the personal, authentic success stories of our former participants, which could not be more varied and exciting.

They tell us the following:

How and why they embarked on a new path in life and career with Ayurveda and Yoga, what it means to them today, and what interesting, poignant and successful stories have shaped them along the way.

Let yourself be inspired by Ayurveda experts, friends and companions from all over Europe! We are immensely proud of our alumni.

Would you like to give others the opportunity to share your story? Then send us your personal success story for publication! We are happy to be in friendly exchange and to "network" with our alumni.

Here you can download the questionnaire. After the questionnaire has been returned to us, we will publish your text.

Ayurveda success story by Kristina Aulbach

I have trained as an Ayurvedic nutrition and health advisor in Birstein and Berlin and have also completed an intensive I also did an intensive internship with the renowned Ayurvedic physician Dr.med. Annette Müller-Leisgang. Within the trainings I dived much deeper into the matter and its complexity. Through the time I also came even more to my own essence, which needs I have and what I need and developed my vision of life: I want to help people to come into their holistic health and thus come closer to their intuition!

Kristina Aulbach

What fascinates you about Ayurveda?

There is no health system that is as comprehensive. I was due to own skin problems Iange in search of an approach that works and sustainable! When I came across Ayurveda while backpacking in Northern Thailand, I was so fascinated and caught fire right away and it hasn't cooled down to this day.... I found myself so much in my guy and it suddenly all made sense why I was having the problems I was having etc. I will be forever grateful for that moment.

What training have you already attended? What did you particularly like about it? Do you perhaps have other specialties that you use integratively, complementarily or in addition to Ayurveda/Yoga?

I did the training as an Ayurvedic nutrition and health advisor in Birstein and Berlin and also an intensive internship with the renowned Ayurvedic physician Dr.med. Annette Müller-Leisgang. Within the trainings I dived much deeper into the matter and its complexity. Through the time I have also come even more to my own essence, which needs I have and what I need and have developed my life vision: I want to help people to come into their holistic health and thus come closer to their intuition!

I am currently doing further training in corporate health management. A yoga teacher training is also pending in India, hopefully in 2021.

 

If you already have your own practice: What experiences have you had?

My practice is completely virtual so far. I recommend everyone just start, no matter what your mind says, how many reasons there are not to start yet. :) You get a lot of help in Germany regarding self-employment and digitalization.

How do you work today? We would also be interested to know what you did professionally before you started working in Ayurveda/Yoga and what projects you have in store for the future.

I am a trained banker, have studied international management and worked for a long time in marketing/sales in the outdoor textile/sports industry. With my step into self-employment in 2020, I am going my way authentically and in alignment with my life vision. I have started a podcast "Be Intuit" which is all about Holistic Health and Personal Development. I have already published my first ebook on holistic health "Hello Balance- Hello Health". I have some collaborations and an online course coming up in 2021. I am so grateful.

 

81541 Munich

Ayurveda nutrition and health consultant, aspiring alternative practitioner for psychotherapy

Kristina Aulbach

Daniel Kneubühl, Switzerland

Ayurveda has had a lasting impact on my life. After a life change, I came across Ayurveda in 2019. After a Panchakarma cure, I wanted to learn more about Ayurveda and registered for the training courses "Nutrition and Health Advisor" and "Psychological Ayurveda Advisor" at the beginning of 2020. I have already successfully completed the health advisor. It is fascinating what I was allowed to learn in this year (2020) and how much is known from Ayurveda since 5'000 years. Already today I actively implement Ayurveda in my profession as a coach and mental trainer and enrich many clients with my knowledge and personal experiences.

REAA is a great training institute, hotel and spa. The competence about Ayurveda spread over many heads is almost infinite. Every conversation is an inspiration in itself. The atmosphere - I have partly attended webinars and was allowed to complete a part of the summer academy in Birstein - is special and gives a lot of strength and energy. What is really nice is that I have found new friends in Birstein.

Daniel Kneubühl

Ayurveda success story by Barbara Goltz

My wish is to bring western psychotherapy more in contact with Ayurveda. For this I partly work together with the doctors of my clients, who are very open to my approach. A way that is supportive and helpful for all involved.

Barbara Goltz

How did you get into Ayurveda?

In search of a holistic system that goes beyond the meaning of the term "disease", I came to Ayurveda. My interest in holistic perspectives and treatment methods has existed for almost 30 years. It was about that long ago that I first heard about Ayurveda through a colleague who was a friend of mine. At that time Ayurveda was completely unknown in Germany. When the first books about Ayurveda came on the market, I bought them and my interest in this "system" grew, because I was looking for a health system that covers all areas of life. This large scope of Ayurveda still inspires me today, as through Vata, Pitta, Kapha the whole of life can be explained.

How did you integrate Ayurveda into your profession?

Originally, I am an archaeologist, but due to the reunification many jobs were cut, especially in the cultural public areas, because of lack of money, so that I, among others, had to look for a new profession in a completely different field. Via some detours I got to a private mobile phone provider, which later also included internet and landline in its portfolio. There I worked for many years in different areas and tasks. When I lost my job in the internet sector at the end of 2001, because this branch was closed, I did not think too long and decided to start again professionally with Ayurveda. My previous activities were and still are of great use for my current self-employment, as I have learned a lot in the areas of organization, business management and marketing.

In the former "Mahindra Institute", today "European Academy for Ayurveda", I started my training in Ayurvedic massage in spring 2002. Very soon it became clear to me that I would like to continue on the therapeutic path and I subsequently completed my training as a massage therapist and as a nutritionist. This was followed by many further training courses in Kalari techniques, pregnancy massage and gynaecology, among others. From the beginning I was enthusiastic about the fact that Ayurveda does not focus on illness, but on keeping health stable. What all the training courses had in common was that, in addition to the professional training, I gained a great wealth of experience for myself personally from the Ayurvedic view of man and from the encounters with my teachers and the other participants.

Which Ayurveda trainings have you attended?

  • Training as Ayurvedic Health and Nutrition Consultant (EBA)

  • Training in Ayurvedic Massage (AMA)

  • Training as Ayurveda therapist (AMT)

  • and many other advanced trainings

How did the road continue for you?

In 2004 I opened my own practice, after having practiced massage and diagnostics on friends and acquaintances until then. We live in a 400 year old large thatched house, a former farm that was converted into a multi-party residence. The part under our apartment, a former horse stable, was still in its original condition. Our landlord offered me the opportunity to work with him to convert this part of the house into a medical practice. This opportunity to be able to both plan the space myself and work from home, with a daughter who was still very young at the time, was a real gift. After six months of construction, I was able to open my practice. For the first three years, my practice offerings included Ayurvedic diagnostics, massages, lifestyle and nutritional consultations. It was a great joy to see how the people who came regularly became more vital and energetic.

Gradually I opened the practice to colleagues from other fields who offered seminars and events on topics such as Reiki, aura photography and healing, shamanism, systemic family constellations, herbs and gemstones. This collaboration gives me a lot of joy until today and also enriches my work a lot.

For myself, I came to the decision in 2009 to become a non-medical practitioner for psychotherapy and to work more in this field in the future. Due to the individual approach of Ayurveda, many of my clients felt very addressed and told me about their problems, such as overload or separation pain. As I wanted to continue to accompany these people professionally, I took various training and further education courses in the field of psychotherapy. Now I still work with Vata, Pitta and Kapha and not so much with terms like depression, burnout or ICD-10. Already during the training I "translated" the mental illnesses into Ayurvedic and with that the treatment concept is then very often roughly clear. I have specialized in stress and burnout symptoms as well as life crises (among other things, I took the seminar "Burnout and Ayurveda" with Jean-Pierre Crittin). I look with the client at his daily life and diet and start there with small changes that very quickly have a noticeable effect on the client's balance. I combine my Ayurvedic offer with Palmtherapy, a relatively unknown psychotherapeutic method that originates from chirology (palmistry). Simplified, it involves pressing certain points in the palm of the hand that have a direct effect on the emotional interfaces of the brain. Together with a very attentive conversation, new neuronal connections are made in the brain and negative experiences are no longer perceived as stressful. I also work with parts of the trauma therapy of Luise Reddemann. Furthermore I use systemic family constellations and quantum healing with my clients. Everybody gets the individual mix of my offers that is needed at the moment. The Ayurvedic knowledge of Vata, Pitta and Kapha is again very helpful for the right selection.

25377 Kollmar

Naturopath for Psychotherapy, Ayurveda Nutrition and Health Consultant, Ayurveda Therapist

Barbara Goltz

Christiane Olschyna-Inge - AyurTaste

Christiane Olschyna-Inge is a holistic Ayurveda nutrition and health coach (IHK), meditation teacher and mindfulness coach.

In 2018 she opened her own practice for holistic nutrition and health - AyurTaste- in the heart of Büdingen.

Christiane, why Ayurveda?

My own experience of the lasting positive effect of a healthy diet and a balanced lifestyle according to Ayurvedic principles has strengthened and supported me health-wise on the physical level as well as on the mental level.

When I first encountered Ayurveda a few years ago and began to familiarize myself with the philosophy and holistic teachings, I learned a great deal about the effect of the environment, lifestyle and diet on our body and mind in daily life.

I became aware that my body can only withstand the demands of today's world if it is properly equipped, balanced and stabilized.

With Ayurveda I found all the tools I needed for my body and so I integrated it more and more into my daily life.

In the video you can find more information about her career, her vision and her love for Ayurveda.

Ayurveda success story by Cornelia Pessenlehner

What gives me particular pleasure in cooking together is being able to pass on my knowledge about the heart. With joy and enthusiasm I inspire my participants to delve deeper into Ayurvedic knowledge or at least to treat themselves more often to a healthy, well-seasoned, tasty vegetarian dish.

Cornelia Pessenlehner

How has your private and professional life changed as a result of your Ayurveda training?

Ayurvedic cuisine first crept into my private life and fortunately met with the approval of all family members. Since then, curries, chutneys, legume dishes and co. have enriched our menu. For me personally, understanding my prominent dosha (Pitta) has been very valuable and has helped me a lot in my self-care and self-image.

Professionally, I have been implementing my Ayurvedic knowledge for 5 years in cooking courses in Wels, Upper Austria. I design these courses according to the theme, the recipes are of course based on the seasons. In small groups of up to 6 participants, I first introduce them to the theory for about 45 minutes, then each participant cooks 2 dishes, which we then enjoy together. Typical ayurvedic spices, ghee, mung beans and mung dal can be purchased from me. Therefore, I am often happy to receive photos of the cooked dishes on the days immediately after the cooking class.

In the Covid-19 time I also filmed, edited and uploaded an Ayurveda online cooking course for beginners. I offer this course on my homepage www.corneliapessenlehner.at. At the moment, the Ayurvedic taster packs are going very well, in which I supply 21 recipe ideas, 7 spices, ghee, mung dal and mung beans.

What fulfillment do you find in your profession now?

What gives me particular pleasure in cooking together is being able to pass on my knowledge about the heart. With joy and enthusiasm I inspire my participants to delve deeper into Ayurvedic knowledge or at least to treat themselves more often to a healthy, well-seasoned, tasty vegetarian dish. It fills me with joy and satisfaction when I receive photos of the first home-cooked dishes in the first few days after a cooking class.

Which Ayurveda trainings have you attended?

  • Training as an Ayurvedic wellness practitioner (AT)

How did you perceive the structure, the lecturers, the group, the atmosphere in your Ayurveda training?

I found my year of training as an Ayurvedic nutrition and health advisor very enriching. The seminars were well structured, the lecturers were not only professionally excellent, but also humanly very likeable. I found each and every one of them to be very committed, very enthusiastic and super inspiring. I also found the group of my training colleagues very enriching. I am still in regular contact with some of my colleagues 7 years later, especially via Facebook. I also find the congresses organized by the Ayurveda Academy in Vienna horizon-expanding, educational and heart-warming. I thank you very much for all the changes that my training with you has brought about in my life and wish you all the best in the future!

4600 Thalheim near Wels - Austria

Ayurveda wellness practitioner

Cornelia Pessenlehner

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Through the knowledge I gained about Ayurvedic nutrition and massages, I was not only able to successfully treat my chronic illness, I have now also found a dream job for myself.

Alexander Spitzer

Ayurveda Success Story by Dana Gericke

Personally, yoga, Ayurveda and Kalari have helped me to achieve more balance in my mind as well as well-being in my body. I would like to share this experience with other people. I am grateful to have met so many inspiring teachers along the way and to have benefited from their wealth of knowledge. Likewise, I would like to apply my knowledge and experience for the best benefit of my patients.

Dana Gericke

How did you get into Ayurveda?

As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by India and its cultural treasures, whether this is due to my first contact with yoga, which took place in my childhood, I can no longer say today.

I started to get more serious about yoga, later Indian philosophy and meditation were added. After graduating from high school, I began to study Indology, among other things. I learned Sanskrit and Tibetan, read the ancient Indian scriptures and went to India for an internship. There I took classes in classical Indian dance and yoga while working. Back in Germany, I decided to do a yoga teacher training alongside my studies.

A healthier and more holistic way of life started to interest me more and more and I wanted to help my students to lead a healthy and happy life beyond yoga classes. So I started a training as a non-medical practitioner and at the same time I did an internship at the Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dr. Kunkel.

During a study visit to India I encountered Ayurveda in the everyday life of the people and was deeply impressed by the self-evident way in which people take care of their own health in the sense of prevention, but also how, in case of illness, the cause is researched very analytically and holistically in order to treat the illness at its root. Since yoga and Ayurveda complement each other very well, I decided to familiarize myself with Ayurveda.

Then what advanced training did you choose?

So it happened that after my university studies I took up the three-year study of Ayurveda medicine at the European Academy of Ayurveda under the guidance of Prof. Gupta, Prof dr Mishra and HP Elmar Stapelfeldt. I was particularly impressed by the authenticity of the training, each branch of Ayurveda was presented by an expert with many years of experience in the field. I also liked the environment, the tastefully decorated academy and the delicious food.

During my studies I did a Panchakarma internship in Austria with naturopath Hans Heinrich Rhyner, who is also a lecturer at REAA, as well as an internship at the Centre for Ayurveda Medicine in Hamburg by HP Michael Rohrschneider. In the course of my Ayurveda studies I came across Kalarippayat, the traditional martial and healing art of South India.

 

What happened next for you?

I began practicing Kalari with my teacher Kai Hitzer, who teaches in the lineage of teacher C.M. Sherif Gurukkal, and was immediately hooked on this powerful and dynamic movement art that continues to challenge my mind and body to this day. A year later, I traveled to India to meet the Kalari Master in person and experience Kalari at its source.

I have been teaching yoga since 2006, Kalari since 2009, and running my own practice since 2010. In my practice I work mainly Ayurvedic, from TCM I offer supplements.

To this day I deepen my knowledge on trips to India, internships, advanced trainings and workshops to experience as many different aspects of Ayurveda medicine, yoga and Kalari as possible.

Yoga, Ayurveda and Kalari have helped me personally to achieve more balance in my mind as well as well-being in my body. I would like to share this experience with others. I am grateful to have met so many inspiring teachers along the way and to have benefited from their wealth of knowledge. Likewise, I would like to apply my knowledge and experience for the best benefit of my patients.

Experience in setting up your own practice

I spent a long time looking for suitable premises and also considered the possibility of setting up a group practice. The latter just didn't happen. It was difficult to find commercially usable rooms with sufficient sanitary facilities and showers. After a long search, I simply placed an ad and then it worked out. It took a while for the workflows to settle in and for me to get a handle on scheduling. To this day, it is pioneering work to put Ayurveda in the right light and to explain to patients that it is much more than just wellness.

Before I started my own business, I worked in the Beauty & Spa area of the Hotel Esperanto in Fulda and did the Ayurvedic massages there. Through this work I have learned a lot, which benefits me in my current job. On the one hand I have gained a lot of experience in the field of massage and also in dealing with guests/patients. In the future I would like to deal more and more with the field of Ayurvedic psychology, as many patients are burdened with psychosomatic complaints.

 

36039 Fulda

alternative practitioner, yoga teacher, Ayurveda medicine

Dana Gericke

Svea Schroeder

After 1.5 years in Switzerland and a small European trip, my partner and I ended up back in Northern Germany and I hung the 500h yoga training in Berlin directly behind. Alternating between Berlin and the beautiful nature campus in Birstein, where Mady Morrison already enjoyed an Ayurveda cure with Digital Detox, I completed my yoga teacher training 500h at the European Academy for Ayurveda according to the guidelines of the professional association of yoga teachers in Germany after a total of 3.5 years.

And at this point I would like to thank Kerstin and her team for bringing me even closer to the love of yoga and Ayurveda and for bringing out my hidden talents and my calling. This was not the last training or advanced training with you in Birstein.

Heartfelt Namasté ♥

Svea Schroeder from Pivaka Yoga

Svea Schroeder

Ayurveda success story by Pascal Achiti

I have always loved cooking and nutrition is also high on my list. How I can combine both and strengthen my own well-being was the key to signing up. Through the knowledge I learned, I can now help everyone else to a better well-being.

Pascal Achiti

What excites you about Ayurveda? How did you come across it?

Health has always played a big role for me. Through Ayurveda, everyone is considered individually in order to specifically address their needs. I am also fascinated by the diversity of Ayurveda, the learning of one's own (gut) feeling, away from classical medicine and strengthening the awareness of one's own body.

What field do you come from professionally?

Originally I come from the advertising and media industry. Due to overwork and the resulting stress symptoms, I pulled the ripcord at an early stage in order to stop burning my body senselessly.

What kind of education/study are you pursuing? Are you interested in any other offers?

So far I have successfully completed the training as an Ayurvedic cook.

The training to the Ayurveda consultant I still strive at least. A constant further education in the field of Ayurveda I see as relevant.

What do you like about your training? What would you wish for?

To begin with, the location and situation of the academy. It feels like there is a bell over all of this and you escape from everyday life very quickly. The lecturers and staff are also very nice, super committed and always have an open ear. The lessons are not only frontal, but also interactive.

About a small welcome bag (adapted to the respective training), I would have been very happy. So, for my cooking training, I would have been happy about a welcome letter with what to expect, a cooking apron, a small cookbook and a spice mix. The added value: in today's social media world, something like this gets posted very quickly and also happily, and is advertising for the academy at the same time.

Editor's note: we are working on it :)

 

What interests you about this training? What is the added value for you (professionally/personally)?

I have always loved cooking and nutrition is also high on my list. How I can combine both and strengthen my own well-being was the key to signing up. Through the knowledge I learned, I can now help everyone else to a better well-being.

How would you like to use the knowledge you have learned here in the future?

Now I give successfully in Northern Germany (Schleswig-Holstein) various cooking courses and cooking workshops on the subject of Ayurvedic nutrition and herbalism and I am happy when all participants go home with a smile and new insights and begin to implement what they have learned.

How did you come across the REAA? Why did you decide to join us?

Through a lecture at the AyurSoul in Frankfurt I became aware of the academy and, since it has the biggest name here in Germany, I decided on the Rosenberg Academy.

25813 Husum

Ayurveda cook

Pascal Achiti

The fascinating thing about Ayurveda for me is that it is a science that carries the knowledge and experience of many thousands of years and is based on principles that are still valid today.

Maren Maiwald

Ayurveda success story by Maren Maiwald

How did you get into Ayurveda?

After an illness, from which I recovered only slowly despite medication and a classic diet, two doctor friends advised me to take an Ayurveda cure. Since I was very exhausted at that time and extremely ready for a vacation, I let myself be convinced by the two of them. However, I was a bit sceptical about the whole thing, which was certainly also due to my profession (ecotrophologist); in nutritional science, Ayurveda is regarded as an exotic alternative form of nutrition that is not suitable for Europeans. So I had a wrong idea about Ayurveda at that time. A neighbourhood travel agency arranged for me to go to South India, Kerala, and after a 3-week spa stay in India, I surprisingly felt much better and now wanted to learn more about Ayurveda and later pass on the novel knowledge to my own patients.

I drank ginger water in the morning, bought books about Ayurveda, cooked Ayurvedic meals more often, practiced yoga regularly again and, by chance, learned through a friend about the training to become a nutrition and health advisor at the European Academy for Ayurveda. Seen in this way, my illness even had a certain meaning, or let's call it karma, because otherwise I might never have come into contact with Ayurveda.

What fascinates you about Ayurveda?

The fascinating thing about Ayurveda for me is that it is a science that carries the knowledge and experience of many thousands of years and is based on principles that are still valid today.

It is particularly fascinating how Ayurveda integrates subtle aspects into diagnosis and therapy and thus often offers explanations that are foreign to modern medicine. Ayurveda can explain things that are mysteriously described as a "black box" in modern medicine. The most important thing in healing is the special kind of diagnosis, which detects the imbalances in the body and determines the therapy - by restoring the balance, the person becomes healthy. I am particularly impressed by the "art of pulse reading" and the teaching of the marma points.

How did you integrate Ayurveda into your profession?

I have integrated the Ayurveda trainings into my activities, which benefits me as a nutritionist, as I can advise my clients more comprehensively and individually. Since last year I was also allowed to work for the European Academy of Ayurveda as a nutritionist for cures. Through my additional training as a yoga teacher, I would now consider my work to be holistic, as both Ayurveda and yoga increase the energy of life - Prana. Through the body work - massages and yoga - I have an even more intense contact with my clients.

Which Ayurveda trainings have you attended?

  • Training as Ayurvedic Health and Nutrition Consultant (EBA)

  • Training in Ayurvedic Massage (AMA)

  • Training as Ayurveda therapist (AMT)

What did you like most about it?

Authentic lecturers with a lot of expression and conviction, knowledge and experience. Knowledge was imparted in a very practical way, so that one could understand it very well and later also put it into practice. A very nice place to learn Ayurveda, where you feel comfortable and secure, because Ayurveda is also lived here.

What has that changed for you?

My leisure time behaviour has changed, new friendships have arisen. I now have a different perspective on many things, so I no longer feel the need to be able to explain everything scientifically. I have become more mindful, happy and relaxed, I listen more to my inner voice and have a better sense for what is good for me. I have become more connected to nature. I maintain a different lifestyle, especially in the area of nutrition, morning routine, daily yoga practice. I now additionally work in the area of ayurvedic massages. I can integrate the knowledge as an Ayurvedic health and nutrition consultant into my traditional nutrition consultations. I have completed training as a yoga teacher. I am currently training in herbal medicine.

22303 Hamburg

Dipl.Oecotrophologin, Ayurveda therapist, Ayurvedic nutrition and health advisor, Yoga teacher (Sivananda, Yin Yoga), HP for psychotherapy

Classic Veda Hamburg

Martina Meisenberg

So here began my journey into a vast, unknown magical land. Full of curiosity and joy, I immersed myself in the wonderful Vedic sciences with all my senses. I attended seminars in the field of Ayurvedic massage, nutrition, psychology and - in addition to my work in television - I trained as a non-medical practitioner and systemic coach. I was allowed to learn from great personalities and lecturers who taught me Ayurveda in an authentic, extremely lively and competent way. First and foremost Kerstin Rosenberg. With her cheerful teaching, her easy, entertaining way of presentation, she touches people's hearts and lives Ayurveda for them. Contagious health!

During my time in Birstein I was gifted with an amazingly precise guide for more health, awareness and quality of life. And so I learned to take good care of myself in times of professional stress, brought regularity into my diet, moved a lot in nature and went into silence when I wanted to refuel. I uncovered old imprints and patterns, said goodbye to long outdated beliefs, thinking and behaviors and finally landed with myself "SELF". Poof, there I was! Newborn and yet the same, only richer by many experiences.

Today I know: It is not important what we do, but how we do it. Our personal development is our gift to the world!

Cordially, Martina Meisenberg

Martina Meisenberg

Ayurveda Success Story by Johanna Westen

I think the training is great. It is so inspiring to see how much all the lecturers are burning for their topic. This passion is absolutely contagious! Every time after a training block I come home motivated to integrate Ayurveda even more into my life and to pass it on to others.

Johanna Westen

What excites you about Ayurveda? How did you come across it?

I first came across Ayurveda during my yoga training many years ago in Nepal. It was very special for me how much time the Ayurveda doctor took for my anamnesis and how detailed the questions he asked me were. Some time ago, during a phase in which I was under a lot of pressure at work, I had the wonderful experience of how much the Ayurvedic diet strengthens me and how grounding the rituals have an effect on me. Exactly what you need as a fluttery Vata person!

What field do you come from professionally?

I am a psychologist and in training to become a psychotherapist. In addition, I am a yoga teacher and specialize in therapeutic yoga.

What kind of education/study are you pursuing? Are you interested in any other offers?

Nutrition and health consultant and Ayurvedic cook in October. Nutritional therapy also interests me.

 

What do you like about your training? What would you wish for?

I think the training is great. It is so inspiring to see how much all the lecturers are burning for their topic. This passion is absolutely contagious!

Every time after a training block I come home motivated to integrate Ayurveda even more into my life and to pass it on to others.

 

What interests you about this training? What is the added value for you (professionally/personally)?

I am interested in everything about continuing education. Especially dietetics and gynecology are two aspects that fascinate me. Ayurvedic nutrition has helped me personally to find out what is good for me and what is not and this not with prohibitions, but with a lot of love and enjoyment!

Professionally, Ayurvedic nutrition is the last building block for me to be able to work holistically.

How would you like to use the knowledge you have learned here in the future?

I would like to use the knowledge gained from Ayurveda to support people in feeling healthy and full of energy again on all levels - body, mind and soul. That is why I created ALGOBUENO. ALGOBUENO is a resource-oriented therapy method that combines systemic psychotherapy, therapeutic yoga and Ayurvedic nutrition to enable holistic healing.

How did you come across the REAA? Why did you decide to join us?

A former colleague took a seminar at REAA. After being at the open day and meeting Kerstin Rosenberg with her warm and cordial manner, I was very sure that I was at the right place for the training.

44139 Dortmund

Psychologist, systemic counsellor, trauma counsellor, yoga teacher and aspiring psychotherapist and Ayurveda nutritionist

Johanna West

Tatjana Damgaard

Thank you very much for the great training that I was allowed to do in your house.

I was already enthusiastic about Ayurveda before, but now there is no stopping me. The way in which the knowledge is imparted is, I think, unique. When we practice it, it really shows what extensive knowledge we have been imparted. The flexible use of Ayurveda is also very much appreciated, especially by the clients. And we learned all this in the training, which is very practice-oriented.

In the meantime one gets a lot of information from others who have done a "kind of training" somewhere else. From my point of view, there is simply no comparison. I find the atmosphere in Birstein very special, because you can feel the love with which you and your staff are at work. The food, the decor, the attention to detail and the positive atmosphere.

It really is a very special place! I can't wait to be back there again.

Tatjana Damgaard

Tatjana Damgaard

Sigrid Liberato

The common thread through my life is actually quite colourful. As colourful as life; as colourful as the nature of man and the nature of the world; as colourful as the true knowledge of a healthy, fulfilled life, "Ayurveda".

Ayurveda captivates by its colourful and form-rich variety:

When natural science and spiritual science combine harmoniously, that is Ayurveda. When theoretical philosophy and practical down-to-earthness merge, that is Ayurveda. When the timelessly universal and the individually tangible coincide, that is Ayurveda. When living healthy does not mean renunciation but enjoyment, that is Ayurveda. When personal responsibility is not a duty but a joyful clarity, that is Ayurveda. When life opens up with all senses, that is Ayurveda. When I shape my life consciously, that is Ayurveda. When I feel communally connected to people in their personal dreams and fears, their strengths and weaknesses, that is Ayurveda. When I recognize the nature of the world in myself - and myself in the world, that is Ayurveda.

When Austria, India and Brazil meet, that too is Ayurveda. - At least that's how it was with me when Ayurveda began to weave itself into my life thread years ago: Back home in the northeast of Brazil, it happened - as if by chance - that I completed my first Ayurveda training in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage there. I quickly followed the inner call to dedicate myself completely to this touching work with people; my previous professional activities in the fields of translation, language training and tourism were increasingly allowed to fade into the background...

"Yes, I want to continue working with Ayurveda! Yes, I want to work more intensively with bodywork!" - This was undoubtedly clear to me when I finally came back to Europe. What was not so clear at first, however, was how this vision could now be fitted into the existing legal framework of Austrian professional law.

In addition to a comprehensive professional training as a healing masseuse (i.e. a health profession that is qualified to perform massage for healing purposes in Austria), I finally decided to complete the complete training as an Ayurvedic wellness practitioner, which is officially recognised in Austria, at the same time.

Why did I choose the European Academy for Ayurveda? - The decisive factors for me personally when choosing a training institute are the variety, experience and competence of the lecturers; furthermore, which further training and specialisation possibilities are offered to me as a graduate to remain in contact with the training institute even after graduation. In any case, the EAA fulfils both wishes. My few questions and doubts, which were still open before the registration, found attention and clarification in a personal consultation with the dedicated representative of the EAA in Austria, Petra Wolfinger, who became an indispensable tutor and dear companion to me over the years. In general, the time of learning together was carried by a cordial and friendly community with my colleagues. The almost 4 years of my training were characterized by constant deepening of my understanding of Ayurvedic principles, by much, much practical practice, by generous experimentation and internalization of what I had learned.

Always new knowledge led to new questions; always new questions led to new knowledge; and this is exactly how I have been living Ayurveda ever since: always new knowledge brings further curiosity; always new curiosity brings further knowledge and experience...

Today I work as a self-employed Ayurvedic wellness practitioner and healing masseuse in my own small, lovingly designed and personally run "Praxis Liberato" in Vienna. The completion of a yoga teacher training and further steps in the direction of yoga therapy to complement my offer have just pushed in, as an additional splash of color, so to speak.

Ayurveda has not only given me a new profession, but a whole colourful palette: In my work I experience myself as a masseuse and cook, as a psychologist and businesswoman, as a craftswoman and coach, as an artist and cleaning expert, as a student and teacher... Above all, however, I experience myself as a self.

Ayurveda has given me the most precious gift of all: to recognize and accept myself in my unique colorfulness and to courageously take on the world with enthusiasm for life.

1180 Vienna

Ayurvedic wellness practitioner and healing masseuse

Sigrid Liberato

Sigrid Liberato

Ayurveda success story by Marion Malle

I was allowed to experience the healing power of Ayurveda on my own body and that impressed me so much that I began to deal more intensively with the Ayurvedic teachings in order to be able to understand this holistic health concept more precisely. This personal experience has had a great impact on my work with Ayurveda and I pass on the resulting knowledge to my clients and notice that this makes it much easier for them to access Ayurveda.

Marion Malle

What fascinates you about Ayurveda?

I came to Ayurveda in 2012 through a burnout. When I was physically completely exhausted and my metabolism was far away from any normal function, I was looking for alternative nutritional advice and thus came into contact with Ayurveda for the first time. After three intensive months of diet and lifestyle changes, regular Ayurvedic massage, accompanying herbal therapy, regular yoga and meditation practice, my health was back on track and I felt great. I was allowed to experience the healing power of Ayurveda on my own body and this impressed me so much that I began to study Ayurvedic teachings more intensively in order to be able to understand this holistic health concept more precisely. This personal experience has had a great impact on my work with Ayurveda and I pass on the resulting knowledge to my clients and notice that this makes it much easier for them to access Ayurveda.

What training have you already attended? What did you particularly like about it? Do you perhaps have other specialties that you use integratively, complementarily or in addition to Ayurveda/Yoga?

I completed the 3 year Ayurvedic Wellbeing Practitioner training in 2016 and set up my own business. As an additional training I have chosen the Ayurvedic Pregnancy Massage and my focus has changed in the last two years to women's health, as I have found through my work that there is great demand and need in this area. So I accompany and support women in all phases of life - from the desire to have children, pregnancy, postpartum, menstrual issues to menopause and beyond.

 

If you already have your own practice: What experiences have you had?

Of course, the beginning is not so easy. You have to be aware of that when you start your own business. It also takes time to find your place - not only the right space, but also the environment in which you would like to work. My experience has shown me that the most important thing is to believe in yourself, have confidence in your abilities and stand by yourself. In any case, I wouldn't trade my work with Ayurveda for anything, because with my craft I help people to feel completely comfortable in their skin again. This gives me a lot of joy and I am very grateful that I have found this path for myself.

How do you work today? We would also be interested to know what you did professionally before you started working in Ayurveda/Yoga and what projects you have in store for the future.

I have done quite a bit in my life and I am convinced that all of this has led me to where I am today. I graduated in Romance languages and literature (Italian & Spanish) in 2003. I then spent twelve years in account, project, and sales management in the telecommunications sector before starting my own business as an Ayurvedic practitioner in 2016. I have worked both as part of a team and on my own over the last few years, and have deepened my Ayurvedic knowledge through Ayurvedic cures and retreats. All my experiences have encouraged me in the last year to take the step to concentrate fully on Ayurveda women's health and to give myself the gift of my own Ayurveda practice.

 

1020 Vienna

Ayurvedic wellness practitioner

Marion Malle

Ayurveda success story by Maria Hufnagl

In Ayurveda, nutrition is medicine. This fascinated me from the beginning. In no other system of medicine does nutrition play such a big role. I have been interested in nutrition since my childhood. That is why I studied nutritional sciences and also specialized in nutrition in Ayurveda. In the ancient Indian art of healing, I am always impressed by how you can achieve great effects with small things.

Maria Hufnagl

What fascinates you about Ayurveda?

In Ayurveda, nutrition is medicine. This fascinated me from the beginning. In no other system of medicine does nutrition play such a big role. I have been interested in nutrition since my childhood.

That is why I studied nutritional sciences and also specialized in nutrition in Ayurveda. In the ancient Indian art of healing, I am always impressed by how you can achieve great effects with small things.

 

What training have you already attended? What did you particularly like about it? Do you perhaps have other specialties that you use integratively, complementarily or in addition to Ayurveda/Yoga?

I completed my first training as an Ayurvedic nutritionist in 2011 at the Seva Academy in Munich. This was immediately followed by the training as an Ayurvedic nutrition therapist and Ayurvedic cook at the Rosenberg Academy in Birstein. During the training as a therapist, I was most impressed by the study trip to Pune. The combination of theory and practice added a lot of value to my counselling. Since 2012 I have been accompanying people to increase their well-being with the right nutrition for them. In my cooking workshops, they learn how to easily integrate nutrition knowledge into their daily lives. Since 2020 I am a systemic coach. My clients benefit from this training because I can support them even better in their behavioural change.

 

If you already have your own practice: What experiences have you had?

For me, the leap into self-employment was not a big one, as I was already self-employed before. My office space was already there. My tip: Short distances from home make everyday work easier!

How do you work today? We would also be interested to know what you did professionally before you started working in Ayurveda/Yoga and what projects you have in store for the future.

After studying nutritional sciences, I worked for several years in the food industry and in a PR agency. After that I started my own business as a PR consultant and also worked freelance later on during the family phase. I wanted to get away from the PC, towards people and looked for an alternative, which I found in Ayurveda. I really like the combination of talks, coaching and cooking workshops. I would like to keep this combination. One of my favorite topics are and will remain: The healing properties of spices.

 

71696 Möglingen

Ayurveda nutrition therapist and cook

Maria Hufnagl

Simone Marek - my career with Ayurveda & Yoga

About me - My work - My life

If someone had told me that one day I would be working in Flensburg as an Ayurvedic therapist and yoga teacher, I would have shaken my head in disbelief. Life has given me a great gift with this, also by nudging me up here in the north as a big city kid from Berlin. I am a "sea woman" and always have been, because already as a little girl I decided inwardly, out of love for the sea, to live at the Baltic Sea later on. And so it happened.

My work, now for more than 15 years, and my life here at the water make me. happy and you can hardly believe it, now I live in Glücksburg of all places. From experience, the greatest changes and developmental thrusts usually arise out of suffering. This is also the case with me. My job in a large cosmetics company as well as a problematic partnership led to a retraining due to a severe respiratory disease. In the context of the vocational rehabilitation I decided for a IHK graduation as a wellness trainer. I went through the most different directions in the wellness and prevention area. Among them were also 4 days of Ayurveda. After that, it was quite obvious that I was done for. I had lost my heart to Ayurveda.

Now my path began at the European Academy for Ayurveda. Started with training in Ayurvedic cosmetics and beauty care, classical massage, nutrition and health advisor, Ayurvedic cook, psychological advisor...it didn't and doesn't stop.... When Kerstin Rosenberg asked me if I would lead a Rasayana cure in Birstein, my path expanded with the training to become a yoga teacher, as yoga classes were to be a component of this cure. I flirted with working as a spa director for a while. However, as I live at the far northern end of Germany, I decided against it, partly because of the long journey, and set up a large Ayurveda department in a pharmacy in Flensburg. Yoga has also made me grow with the training in Ayurveda-Yoga-Chikitsa and the 500b-hour training. Now I can draw from an all around beautiful, complementary field of work and bring Ayurveda & Yoga to the world. Ayurveda & Yoga have changed my life positively, my body and mind, my sensitivity to external factors. Ayurveda has made me more sensitive and mindful, for example in dealing with people and food. Of course, this can often become a challenge. Because when I live Ayurvedically, I don't go with the flow, I say "yes" to myself. This sometimes feels very "exotic" to other people. My name is Simone and I am many... my Vata part lets me, for example, be very creative and I draw from the abundance of my inspirations my enthusiasm for culture, literature and art. Vata makes my mind constantly in motion, so that I get my Kapha part to help me as a counter pole, which makes me slow down and which gives me in my work with Yoga and Ayurveda, great peace, love and empathy for my counterpart. Without my fire, which I always struggle with, my Pitta part, I would not have had the strength, energy, courage and strong will to give this beautiful work to myself and ultimately to the greater whole, the world.

"Ayurveda assumes that every single woman and man has the absolute perfect constitution to help them fulfill their very own destiny." Ayurvedic doctor Dr. Rhyner

Isn't that wonderful? I thank all my teachers on my path - Namasté Simone Marek

Simone Marek

Ayurveda success story by Jeannette Schüler

The training weekends were intensive and at the same time very entertaining. Studying the ancient knowledge and making references to the present again and again was and is an exciting learning process. At the end of this training I signed up for the study trip to India: that was one of the best decisions of my life. To study Ayurveda in India is an absolute enrichment.

Jeanette Schüler

What brought you to Ayurveda?

The topic of nutrition has accompanied me in various forms since my youth. It was a long and sometimes difficult path until I found a relaxed way of dealing with it. I tried out a lot to feed myself optimally and well and especially at the beginning of a new "phase" I was fine at first. My basic complaints did not get better from this in the long run. Tiredness, irritability, digestive problems, skin problems were my "faithful" companions for many years. From today's point of view, all signs that something was out of balance, although I had done and eaten so many healthy things. Because there was one thing I had not considered: my very individual constitution. It was only when I discovered Ayurveda for myself and started to develop daily routines and follow my individual diet plan that I started to feel much better. My physical and mental strength has never been so good.

 

My Ayurveda career and training and what has changed for me professionally

For me a circle has closed. At a young age I started to train as an alternative practitioner. Circumstances changed and my path led me back to the topics of health, prevention and holism many years later: an Ayurvedic cookbook on a friend's table aroused my curiosity. The sensual experience of taste and the possibility to prepare all these delicious meals myself convinced me to want to learn more about Ayurveda. This is how the training at the European Academy for Ayurveda came about! The training weekends were intensive and at the same time very entertaining. To study the ancient knowledge and to make references to the present was and is an exciting learning process. At the end of this training I signed up for the study trip to India: this was one of the best decisions of my life. To study Ayurveda in India is an absolute enrichment.

Already in the first seminar, which took place in Berlin, it was clear to me: this is exactly what I want to learn, apply and carry out into the world! I am still fascinated by what a complex system Ayurveda describes and how easily it finds its place in everyday life. I am also very fortunate to work in a field where I can incorporate Ayurveda. Either by practicing it, e.g. when I arrange my schedule according to the Dosha day clock, or simply by developing a deeper understanding for my counterpart. My work has become more powerful, more focused but also more relaxed.

 

My curriculum vitae - this is how I currently work

At the moment I am in the process of developing and offering courses, workshops and consulting settings in the field of Ayurveda nutrition and constitutional teachings. In the sense of a holistic approach, I follow a certain direction: I want to stimulate not only the mind in the form of a conversation but also address the senses. The combination of cooking and nutritional counselling is at the heart of my practice. I am convinced that the complexity of Ayurveda is much easier to understand when applied to everyday life, and that this makes change and implementation easier and more successful. That is why I always design my workshops in such a way that the theory is underpinned with practice and I choose topics that are on the one hand typical of Ayurveda, e.g. nutrition in the seasons or detoxification, but on the other hand are also practical for everyday life.

Another focus is also the development of a network. The holistic claim of Ayurveda can only be lived if I can recommend other therapists to my clients, so that they can also use the full power potential of Ayurveda!

Berlin and Hamburg

Ayurveda nutrition and health consultant

Jeannette pupil

Heidi Deifel

What fascinates me about Ayurveda and Yoga is that both strive for harmony and perfection of body, mind and soul. Both have the same geographical origin. Yoga in connection with Ayurveda is for me a combination that cannot be surpassed. With the Ayurvedic knowledge of the individual constitution and the current situation, yoga can be made much more individual and suitable for each dosha type. For example, if we consider a fiery Pitta type who loves challenges above all else, we will quickly find that he needs a different style of yoga than a leisurely Kapha type who prefers to take it very easy. The knowledge of the individual constitution and the current situation (Vikriti) enables me to design the yoga class also from an Ayurvedic point of view according to the type and to create an individual balance. The more we nourish our body, mind and soul in different ways, the more likely we are to develop a holistic and healthy lifestyle.

My numerous training and further education courses have led me bit by bit to new insights, which I use in my work with great pleasure and passion. A life without yoga, Ayurveda and meditation has become unthinkable for me. The constant practice and occupation with these sciences carries me through my life and allows me to meet the challenges of my job, everyday life and family in a flexible, relaxed and humorous way.

Heidi Deifel

Heidi Deifel

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