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.

In doing so, they tell us the following:

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

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 made the training as an Ayurvedic nutrition and health advisor in Birstein and Berlin and also an intensive 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 also came 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!

Kristina Aulbach

What fascinates you about Ayurveda?

There is no health system that is so 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 directly so fascinated and have directly caught fire and that has not cooled down until today ... 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, what 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 to 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 completely authentically and in alignment with my life vision. I 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" right 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 distributed among many heads is almost infinite. Every conversation is an inspiration in itself. The atmosphere - I have partially 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 great scope of Ayurveda still inspires me today, as through Vata, Pitta, Kapha the whole life can be explained.

How did you integrate Ayurveda into your profession?

Originally, I am an archaeologist, but due to reunification, many jobs were cut, especially in the cultural public sectors, for lack of money, so that I, among others, had to look for a new profession in a completely different field. Via a few detours, I ended up with a private mobile communications provider, which later added Internet and landline services to its portfolio. I worked there 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. Thereby my previous activities were and are partly of great use for my current self-employment, because I learned a lot in the areas of organization, business thinking 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. Many further trainings followed, among others in Kalari techniques, pregnancy massage and gynecology. From the beginning I was enthusiastic about the fact that in Ayurveda the approach is not the disease, but to keep the 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 path continue for you?

In 2004 I opened my own practice, 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 residence for several parties. 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 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 services 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 very much.

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. Through the individual approach of Ayurveda, many of my clients felt very addressed and told me about their problem, such as overload or separation pain. Since I wanted to continue to accompany these people professionally, I took various training and continuing 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 impact 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 direct effects on the emotional interfaces of the brain. Together with a very mindful 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. For the right selection, the Ayurvedic knowledge of Vata, Pitta and Kapha is again very helpful.

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 its 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

To what extent has your private but also your professional life changed through 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-understanding.

Professionally, I have been implementing my Ayurvedic knowledge for 5 years in cooking courses in Wels, Upper Austria. I design these thematically, 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 pleased on the days immediately after the cooking class about photos of the re-cooked dishes.

During the Covid-19 time I also filmed, edited and uploaded an Ayurveda online cooking course for beginners. I offer this on my homepage www.corneliapessenlehner.at. Currently 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 sympathetic. 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

Ayurvedic 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 seriously involved with 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 beyond yoga classes to lead a healthy and happy life. So I started a training as an alternative practitioner and at the same time I did an internship at the Center for Traditional Chinese Medicine with Dr. Kunkel.

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

What advanced training did you choose then?

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 direction of Prof. Gupta, Prof dr. Mishra and HP Elmar Stapelfeldt. What convinced me most about this training program was the demand for authenticity, each branch of Ayurveda was presented by an expert who had many years of experience in this 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 Center 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.

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.

Experience in the establishment of your own practice

I have been looking for suitable premises for a long time 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 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, since many patients are burdened with psychosomatic complaints.

 

36039 Fulda

alternative practitioner, yoga teacher, ayurvedic medicine

Dana Gericke

Svea Schroeder

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

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 of Pascal Achiti

I have always loved to cook and nutrition is also very high on my list. How I can combine both and strengthen my own well-being was the key to enrollment. Through the knowledge I have 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 major role for me. Through Ayurveda, everyone is considered individually, to specifically address their needs. I am also fascinated by the diversity of Ayurveda, the learning of one's own (gut) feeling, away from the classic conventional medicine and strengthen the awareness of one's own body.

What field do you come from professionally?

I originally 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 as an 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 like to see?

To begin with, the location and setting 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 all awaits me, a cooking apron, a small cookbook and a spice mix. The added value: in today's social media world, something like this is posted very quickly and also gladly and is at the same time advertising for the academy.

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

How would you like to use the knowledge you've 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 as well as 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 REAA? Why did you choose us?

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

25813 Husum

Ayurvedic 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 Ayurvedic cure. Since I was very exhausted at the time and extremely ready for a vacation, I let myself be convinced by the two of them. However, I was somewhat skeptical about the whole thing, which was certainly also related to my profession (ecotrophologist); Ayurveda is considered in nutritional science 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 neighborhood travel agency arranged for me to go to southern 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 food more often, practiced yoga regularly again and by chance learned through a friend about the training as 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, often offering explanations that are foreign to modern medicine. With Ayurveda, one 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 because 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 as holistic, since both Ayurveda and yoga increases the life energy - 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 particularly like about it?

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

What has that changed for you?

My leisure time behavior 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, cheerful and relaxed, I listen more to my inner voice and have a better sense of 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. Currently I am in 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 light, 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, ways of thinking and behavior and finally landed with myself "SELF". And there I was! Newborn and yet the same, only richer by many experiences.

Today I know: It is not decisive 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's so inspiring to see how much all the instructors are burning for their subject. 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, in a phase in which I was very heavily burdened professionally, I was able to make 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 as a psychotherapist, in addition I am a yoga teacher and specialized 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 like to see?

I think the training is great. It's so inspiring to see how much all the instructors are burning for their subject. 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)?

Everything about continuing education interests me. In particular, 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 pleasure!

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 help people feel healthy and full of energy again on all levels - body, mind and soul. Therefore I have 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 REAA? Why did you choose 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 counselor, trauma consultant, yoga teacher and aspiring psychotherapist and Ayurvedic 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 practicing, it really shows what extensive knowledge we have received. 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 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 particularly special, because you can feel the love with which you and your employees are at work. The food, the furnishings, the attention to detail and the positive atmosphere.

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

Tatjana Damgaard

Tatjana Damgaard

Sigrid Liberato

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

Ayurveda captivates by its colorful and form-rich variety:

When natural science and spiritual science harmoniously combine, 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 Heilmasseurin (that is, in Austria to massage for healing purposes authorized health profession), I finally decided to make parallel to the state-recognized in Austria overall training as an Ayurveda wellness practitioner.

Why did I choose the European Academy for Ayurveda? - Decisive for me personally in the choice of a training institute are the variety, experience and competence of the lecturers; in addition, which further training and specialization possibilities are offered to me as a graduate to remain in contact with the training institution after graduation. In any case, the EAA fulfills both wishes. My few questions and doubts, which were still open before the registration, found attention and clarification in a personal counseling interview 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 live Ayurveda since then: always new knowledge brings further curiosity; always new curiosity brings further knowledge and experience...

Today I am 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 colorful 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 commit myself to 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 this 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 properly for the first time. After three intensive months of diet and lifestyle changes, regular Ayurvedic massage, accompanying herbal therapy, regular yoga and meditation practice, I was back on my feet health-wise and 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 started my own business. As an additional training I have chosen the Ayurvedic Pregnant 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 that 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, to have confidence in your abilities and to stand by yourself. In any case, I wouldn't want to exchange 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. After that, I worked in account, project, and sales management in telecommunications for twelve years before starting my own business as an Ayurvedic practitioner in 2016. In the last years I have worked in a team as well as alone and deepened my Ayurveda knowledge in Ayurveda cures and retreats. All my experiences have encouraged me in the last year to take the step to fully focus 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 very 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 very 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. Immediately thereafter followed 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 counseling. 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 have been a systemic coach. My clients benefit from this training because I can support them even better in their behavior 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 available. 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 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

Ayurvedic 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 pushing me as a Berlin city kid up here to the north. I am a "sea woman" and have always been, because even as a little girl I decided inwardly, for love of the sea, to live later once at the Baltic Sea. And so it happened.

My work, now more than 15 years, and my life here at the water make me. happy and you can hardly believe it, now I also live in Glücksburg of all places. From experience, the greatest changes and developmental thrusts usually arise out of suffering. So also 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 counselor...it did not and does not stop.... With the request of Kerstin Rosenberg, if I would lead a Rasayana cure in Birstein, my path expanded with the training to become a yoga teacher, as yoga classes should be a part of this cure. I flirted with working as a spa director for a while. But since 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 as a counterpole my Kapha part to help me, 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, with which I always struggle a bit, 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 big picture, the world.

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

Isn't that wonderful? I thank all my teachers on my way - 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: this was one of the best decisions of my life. To study Ayurveda in India is an absolute enrichment.

Jeanette Schüler

What led 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, even though 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 a non-medical practitioner. Circumstances then came differently and my path only 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 of 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 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: 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 an area 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 as a result.

 

My resume - this is how I currently work

Currently 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 counseling is at the core of my practice. I am convinced that the complexity of Ayurveda is much easier to understand through its application in everyday life, which makes change and implementation better and easier. Therefore, 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 realize 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 spirit 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 piece by piece 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 lets me meet its challenges in the job, in everyday life and in the family flexibly, calmly and humorously.

Heidi Deifel

Heidi Deifel

Ayurveda success story by Sabine Deutscher

After various further trainings the admission as a non-medical practitioner and the master study for Ayurveda medicine followed. The highlight of this study were the stays in Indian clinics and institutions. The fascination of India, the people there, the religion and the local practice have drawn me there again and again since then.

Sabine Deutscher

What fascinates you about Ayurveda?

My first contact with Ayurveda was the Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi. The enthusiasm for meditation led me into areas of natural medicine, Ayurveda and the philosophy of India.

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 started with massage training with Bob and Melanie Sachs. Here the spiritual background was crucial for my further path. Because once you set out, there is no turning back. After various further trainings, I was admitted as a non-medical practitioner and completed a Master's degree in Ayurveda Medicine. The highlight of these studies were the stays in Indian clinics and institutions. The fascination of India, the people there, the religion and the local practice have drawn me there again and again since then.

In addition to classical Ayurvedic medicine, one of the main focuses of my work is gynecology and nutritional medicine.

 

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

My practice rooms are located in our own house. Here we have been running a health food store and online store for over 40 years. The rooms for the practice have a floor to themselves.

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.

My professional career was the training as a physician assistant and years at the neurologist / psychiatrist, internist and gynecologist. Since 1980, I run with our family a health food store in Ludwigsburg. Together with the practice, courses and cures take place in the house. I am already working on a project together with Andrea Zoller (author medicinal plants of Ayurveda medicine - a book about Ayurveda from practical work).

 

Ayurveda success story by Katherina Bock

Ayurveda came to me then about 2010 quite concretely in Birstein. After I had always read a lot about Ayurveda and was in search of my constitution and after all the precious Ayurveda knowledge, I was attracted to the training as a health advisor, which has changed my life and work again very positively and is such a wonderful sister to yoga.

Katherina Bock

What fascinates you about Ayurveda?

My first contact with yoga was love at first sight or love at first feeling. And if you practice yoga, you can't avoid Ayurveda, I think. I am fascinated by this deep holistic healing knowledge and how it can be interpreted and lived in a modern way (without losing the roots) and provide incredible support for everyone here in our world. Both teachings give so much inspiration and positivity, I am so happy to have found my calling in both.

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?

In the yoga context I am on the road since 2000 and have completed various trainings and have ultimately now arrived in the yoga as therapy field. I teach groups and private classes in my own studio maisha (full-time since 2006) and trainings (also since 2006, now own groups of yoga teacher*in training).

Ayurveda came to me then about 2010 quite concretely in Birstein. After reading a lot about Ayurveda and searching for my constitution and after all the precious Ayurveda knowledge, I was attracted by the training as a health advisor, which has changed my life and work again very positively and is such a wonderful sister to yoga. Since then there have been many further trainings in Birstein, Mental Coach was also a heart's desire and also massage I have dabbled in, but that again let go to find a good measure and to be very specialized on the road. And I went to the Panchakarma cure. I can only recommend. ;)

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

I went straight from my studies into self-employment, for many a crazy step, for me a gift and exactly my way. I started with a very small room and was able to cover my costs from the first month with very many yoga classes I taught and the training weekends. Directly from studying you are used to get by with little money. After about 2 years I moved to a bigger space, because most of my classes were completely booked and I couldn't take on any new yoga students. Since then the studio continues to grow and there is a wonderful team, Ayurveda came along via consultations and many lectures, even now online in these times.

My recommendations for new entrepreneurs: take small steps and have a big goal. If you do it with a lot of love, everything is in flow and carries you over many obstacles and challenges on the way. I would go the same way again and again and maybe get a bit more external support/advice to avoid making a few rookie mistakes.

Another tip: create a good network with the people in your city.

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 studied physical education and social studies for high school before "my yoga and Ayurveda path". Teaching and working with people have always been there, just the context is different ;). I went directly from my studies into self-employment and had already organized courses on the side during my studies with renting in premises of other yoga studios, so that the step was then quite close. Many trainings in the yoga and ayurveda field and many intensive years followed. In the meantime (after 15 years now 2021) there is a relatively good amount of work, a wonderful team around me, wonderful students and people I am allowed to work with and some really good friends as well.

In the future, the attention will continue to be on the yoga courses and the academy and the yoga teacher trainings, which have a big focus on Ayurveda. And there is a new project together with an Ayurveda colleague from Birstein and friend, that is the Life Fire Academy, which will have a lot in store online and maybe also as retreats and seminars...we are building, with a lot of joy.

07743 Jena

Yoga teacher, Ayurveda health consultant, mental coach

Katherina Bock

 

 

Catherine Tulinski

How I became an Ayurvedic therapist

Already as a teenager I got to know yoga and put together asanas for myself with the help of a pocket book and performed them daily. As a result of scoliosis, I was required to do regular physical exercises. Instead of the initially recommended physiotherapy treatments, I decided to do yoga and have remained faithful to this practice ever since, sometimes more, sometimes less intensively. Since I am not an athletically ambitious person, but like to move very much, the immersion in yoga suited my nature perfectly. For some time the "5 Tibetans" were my daily program. Both body schools lead into a mindful and purposeful flow of movement and invite you to engage in meditation and deeper breathing. So my path continued and led me to a Vipassana retreat. I also incorporated this practice into my daily routine for several years.

Trip to India To recover from a stressful period at work and a personal crisis, I traveled to India and immersed myself in intensive yoga training. I got to know rural India during this stay in India. Since we stayed off the beaten path in a small village with our yoga master, we were fed traditionally. There was Ayurvedic food. Our host family cooked the optimal food for our needs according to the master's instructions. Everything was prepared from fresh, local ingredients.

Yoga and Ayurveda yoga therapy was part of our training program. With our teacher we traveled to sick people in the surrounding villages and participated in his consultation. It was impressive to see how the families gathered around the sick person and followed the instructions of our "guru". Almost always he recommended a few days of Khichari as a diet for the beginning of the treatment and explained exactly with which ingredients this diet should be prepared. I had been working as a seminar and catering chef for many years and had discovered Indian-Ayurvedic buffets as my specialty. In India I then encountered this form of nutrition in its original quality. During my stay in India, I got to know Ayurvedic cuisine even better, and above all, my body was able to successfully rid itself of some stubborn disorders. Of course, the absence of the usual stimulants helped. During this phase of my life, I was able to travel to India for six to eight weeks every winter for several years. I spent most of this time in a yoga ashram. At the end of each stay, a long train ride was part of the experience. There was so much I wanted to see in this great country. The days and nights on the train brought me closer to the surroundings, the country and the people. I felt comfortable with the smells, sounds and with the sound of the language. But my favorite part was eating in the Ayurvedic restaurants that were becoming more and more common. I love the healthy Ayurvedic dishes. During an extended stay in an ashram in Goa, I was able to participate in an Ayurveda training course. The intensive course lasted six weeks with an Ayurvedic doctor from Kerala. There was a written final exam, for which we had to work through all the material again independently. Thereby we learned the most important basics of Ayurveda. Dr. Arun brought them close to us by telling us a lot about the practical anchoring of the knowledge in the Indian culture. This was an exciting and entertaining way to dive into this knowledge. Together with him and his assistants we cooked massage oils from local plants. Experienced massage practitioners introduced us to massage practice. With their help we practiced the techniques on each other. We learned to make and perform Kadi basti and Pinda sveda.

Heilpraktikerschule in Luzern After passing the examination in India, my wish was aroused to find a recognized training in Switzerland. At the Heilpraktikerschule in Lucerne I found the professional training at the European Academy for Ayurveda Rosenberg and completed the training as a nutrition and health advisor and as a massage practitioner. I will soon receive the diploma as a complementary therapist. For the Ayurveda massages I am recognized by Swiss health insurances, and clients with a corresponding supplementary insurance can have my bills reimbursed.

Lifelong learning The training is, like the whole Ayurvedic field of knowledge, very versatile. I soon realized that it will be a lifelong learning. For me it was very useful to experience during the training the diet, the attention to the times of the day, the daily rhythm, the cleansing techniques and the application of the oils on myself and to experience their deeper effects. Working as an Ayurvedic therapist brings me great joy and great happiness. There is so much I can offer people as help and support. In mindful interaction with clients, I can contribute a lot to an improved quality of life in small steps. My interest in Ayurveda has been strengthened by learning about its many areas. I have begun training as an Ayurvedic physician and would like to delve deeper into Ayurvedic psychology. As a long dormant wish waits the study of Sanksrit.

My practice in Winterthur After investing in my new specialty I was looking for a practice space in a lively environment. I found it in Winterthur. My husband first had to be moved for the move. But the time seemed ripe to leave our community project at Lake Constance. The children were grown up and had flown the coop, and we were ready to venture something new as a couple. My husband, who is about to retire, has meanwhile started further training as a yoga therapist. I hope that in the future I will be able to incorporate his knowledge into my practice and that this will develop into a joint project. In a newly built cooperative building I was able to rent a room on the first floor (22m2). We found an ideal apartment for us on the fourth floor. The house is located in a newly developed part of Winterthur. It is centrally located and not far from the train station. The neighborhood is car-free and quiet. Wonderfully, the practice room could be furnished very nicely with all the necessary furniture, even a Svedana box fit in. The furnishing was an intensive task. In many hours I thought up the color scheme and prepared the mood of my desired space in my mind. The practice room is now how I like it and how I can work in it practically and in the right mood. The shop window is labeled with my own logo and provided with a weatherproof card box. Landing well with a practice is not to be underestimated. Fortunately, I was able to successfully hand over my two previous small businesses (the Bistro am Bodensee and a gift shop) to a successor. With the proceeds I created some breathing space and a small financial cushion. The construction of my practice is still in full swing. I sat many hours at the computer and worked on a homepage, created flyers, wrote the association entry, networking, advertisements and cultivated contacts. To encourage interested neighbors, I offer morning yoga twice a week. Slowly customers are showing up and I am happy about every new face. I value each experience as a great opportunity to explore my knowledge more deeply while allowing clients space to find their way.

Always resonating in the spirit is my supportive saying, "Always do your best, Jah will do the rest."

8400 Winterthur

Katharina Tulinski

Katharina Tulinski Porträt

Ayurveda success story by Juliane Merckens

What I liked from the beginning is the "everydayness" of Ayurveda. In my basic medical training, what one learns is often "someone else's business": the concepts are learned for others and applied to others (the patients). Ayurveda offers instead the possibility to experience everything concretely on oneself and to integrate it into one's own everyday life - a lived science.

Juliane Merckens

What fascinates you about Ayurveda?

India has always fascinated me, and so at some point Ayurveda slipped into my field of vision. What I liked from the beginning is the "everydayness" of Ayurveda. In my undergraduate medical training, what one learns is often "someone else's business": concepts are learned for others and applied to others (the patients). Ayurveda instead offers the possibility to experience everything concretely on oneself and to integrate it into one's own daily life - a lived science. So it also came naturally to try out Ayurvedic concepts on the dogs and cats at home.

Your career with Ayurveda

The first Ayurveda courses (for people) I attended in the Italian speaking country where I live. At the same time the first puppy came into the house and soon he had various health problems. Ayurvedic concepts I tried to apply to anything and everything and came to the conclusion that the puppy might have a Vata-Pitta constitution. So I decided to replace the dry food with home-cooked food, after which his inflammatory problems disappeared. This inspired me to enroll in a three-year course in naturopathy for animals (out of personal interest).

For my final thesis, I chose the topic of whether and how Ayurveda could be applied to dogs. While searching for literature, I came across Theresa's book "Ayurveda for Animals" and was then pleased to discover that she also offers training. I immediately signed up for it. The training to become an Ayurvedic animal therapist was very enriching and once again opened up completely new ways for me to care for the well-being of animals. This gave me the impetus to reorient myself professionally.

Your CV: How do you work today?

Today I work largely online or at the residence of the animals. I offer Ayurvedic-influenced consultations to support the health of humans and animals, for animals also manual therapies.

My original background is in human medicine with a specialty in general internal medicine. For the past 10 years I have worked primarily in family medicine and smoking cessation counseling. My special interest in nutrition also motivated me to take a one-year part-time course at the ETH Zurich (nutrition for the prevention of chronic diseases). All of this experience is incorporated into my counseling services for humans.

The choice to also offer online consultations for animals is based on the fact that I live in an area with many small streets and towns, which would make a fixed practice not so easily accessible. However, I dream of converting a caravan into a mobile practice in the future.

Ulrike Ofner

The reason I trust and rely on Ayurveda is that it shows me again and again that I can only fly as high as I am able to anchor my roots deep in the earth. Ayurveda has also supported me in discovering my inner fire, in not only dreaming up projects and visions, but in allowing them to land on earth through action; a skill I had long and painfully lacked in my life.

I work mainly with women and also support them in finding their fire and walking their path. Ayurveda has a high value in this, because it provides the solid base on which we can spread our wings. I appreciate in this ancient wisdom on the one hand the very individual approach and on the other hand the reminding of the nature - common to all of us - the rhythms, the cycles, which have their universal validity.

For many, Ayurveda quickly becomes too complicated, they get caught up in details and then soon leave it alone. To study the ancient scriptures and understand them in depth, it undoubtedly takes longer than a human lifetime, but this does not apply to the implementation in everyday life. For me, the beauty here lies in the simplicity of Ayurveda and remembering who and what we are and what we need right now in the moment. To reawaken this ancient knowledge in the other person is a matter close to my heart.

I have fond memories of my training at the European Academy for Ayurveda. On the one hand, I was very impressed by the high quality knowledge transfer by the renowned experts, whose names I had previously only known from books, and on the other hand, I found myself in a warm-hearted "nourishing tank" of a fantastic group. When the training started more than a decade ago, I was in the middle of a juicy life crisis. These three years were intense, instructive and marked by change. The training offered me support and was, as it were, a massive fire accelerator for my own development and my path. It was the beginning of a lifelong friendship with the wisdom of life.

Ulrike Ofner

I am very grateful to have gotten to know (and love) Ayurveda and to have been able to learn these wonderful trainings and pass on this knowledge.

Sandra Anliker

What fascinates you about Ayurveda and what was your career like?

I got to know Ayurveda by chance in 2008 through a former neighbor. Curious as I was, I visited the Ayurveda massage training in Switzerland. And there it happened; I fell in love with Ayurveda! It was clear to me that I had to know more about this method and in 2013 I completed the training as an Ayurveda specialist and since 2021 I am a complementary therapist with the branch certificate OdA KT, in the method Ayurveda.

I am fascinated by this ancient and holistic knowledge of Ayurveda which is so modern and simple in its application. Every living being has its very own constitution, and that is exactly what has always concerned me, our individuality, and Ayurveda confirmed this to me.

Of course, our animals are just as different in constitution as we humans are. Not all animals have the same preferences and/or needs.

As a great lover of animals, I simply had to do this training and was of course overjoyed when I saw that Theresa Rosenberg was offering this training. The animals, in my case the dogs, respond so great to Ayurvedic manual therapies or to a coordinated health or nutritional recommendation matching or balancing their constitution.

What was your experience in starting your own practice?

In 1999 I started training as a professional masseuse and in 2000 I founded my self-employment as a certified masseuse. Since October 2020 I am self-employed for the second time. My first self-employment lasted from 2000 to December 2016, during which time I worked mainly as a masseuse, Ayurvedic and classical. I became a victim of my own success and had to give up my practice overnight for health reasons. In January 2017 - October 2020 I was allowed to work in a massage school at the reception. However, it didn't take long for me to realize that I missed being self-employed after all. And so I founded my second self-employment in October 2020. This time I do things differently than before and now run my business according to my constitution, taking care of myself so that I no longer "burn out".

In my current "Ayurveda workshop" I no longer work as a "masseuse" but as a complementary therapist with the Ayurveda method. With the certificate as "Ayurveda-Animal-Therapist" I have additionally found a niche where I can also support dogs with Ayurveda. My slogan is also: "Ayurveda for you and your dog". Since I work with dogs, I decided against a group practice and I am very happy with this decision. I am allowed to rent in a former small store, so I was able to get 2 places, one for my women and another for my dogs.

How do you work with Ayurveda today and what projects do you have for the future?

Originally, I am a trained commercial employee. Due to my back pain at the time, I became more and more interested in the human body and wanted to understand why this pain plagued me. And so, shortly after the birth of my first son, I began training as a masseuse.

This training is now over 20 years ago and is my hobbyhorse today. That is, I am besides my practice also a lecturer for massage training for 2 different schools. I could imagine to create and offer my own massage course, also for dogs. Furthermore, I am very interested in femininity, or in other words, female health according to Ayurveda. In this area I would like to develop myself further.

8630 Rüti, Switzerland

Complementary Therapist with branch certificate, Method Ayurveda & Ayurveda Animal Therapist

Sandra Anliker

 

 

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