How can Ayurveda transform athletic performance?
Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old healing system from India and the sister science to yoga. Many integrative treatments and protocols in Ayurveda can be used to prevent injury, optimize brain function and enhance recovery.
Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
The skin is the largest breathing organ, and external application of anti-inflammatory herbs like Turmeric prove to be effective in aiding muscle recovery, rejuvenation and injury prevention. Common injuries can be healed or prevented through both internal and external support.
Treatments such as the Herbal Bolus Massage (also known as PindaSweda) uses heated rice grains, medicinal herbs and oils wrapped in soft cloth boluses. The warm boluses dilate the pores, allowing for deeper penetration of healing herbs into tissues. The heated herbs soothe and rejuvenate tired muscles, while encourage circulation and detoxification. This is an excellent treatment for chronic injuries and muscular pain. Benefits: Acute injuries (such as ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee & shoulder injuries) and also overuse injuries (such as rotator cuff and other forms of tendonitis, stress fractures).
In Janu Basti Treatment, warm medicated oil is continuously circulated around the knee benefiting many knee conditions (i.e. ACL injuries, osteoarthritis, torn meniscus, tendinitis, etc.)
Dr. Seeta graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management. She went on to receive her clinical doctorate in Ayurvedic Medicine from the American University of Complementary Medicine and interned at numerous ayurvedic hospitals and universities in northern and southern India.
In her private practice in Los Angeles, Seeta has worked with a variety of clients from Olympic and professional athletes to entertainers and yogis.
Seeta was a co-captain of the Michigan Women’s Water Polo Team and is a two-time NCAA All-American Athlete. Seeta is also a certified kundalini yoga teacher and former personal trainer.
Seeta Narsai, Ay.D
Ayurvedic therapies naturally encourage brain function, physiological balance and focus so you can think faster, more clearly and drop into the zone with greater ease.
Some say that 90% of performance is mindset. Many athletes would agree that mental preparation is actually a form of conditioning. Ayurvedic Medicine provides tools to sharpen mental focus, enhance memory and reduce anxiety. In a game about seconds and inches, brain optimization can be vital.
Understanding your individual mind-body type or Dosha, along with breathing exercises and meditation can also fine-tune mental conditioning.
Robust Immune Function
Enhance immune function with seasonal routines and practices to fight against chronic and acute infections. Supplement sports nutrition with organic plant medicines to simultaneously fuel, heal and rejuvenate the mind-body. Learn to integrate adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha to build stamina and endurance, while strengthening tissues and building robust immunity.
Pushing the mind-body to achieve optimal performance has been a life-long passion. I’ve been studying health and wellness for over 16 years. My journey started when I was a collegiate athlete playing water polo at the University of Michigan. I wanted to be better, faster, stronger, smarter—and I wanted the same for my teammates. So I began studying the mind-body connection, kinesiology, exercise physiology, and put what I learned into practice.
I performed well athletically, but looking back I realize that I was out-of-balance and not in perfect health: I was exhausted, couldn’t always think clearly (even though I had decent grades) and was prone to infections. When I broke out in shingles mid-season, I knew something was wrong.
For years, I blindly followed western nutrition, and counted calories and vitamin content. I didn’t look at the quality of food I was consuming or my digestive ability. Because then, I didn’t know what I know now, that whole organic foods and digestive function are the keystone of optimal health. I lived on high-protein, low fat, processed foods, and loads of caffeine and energy drinks. Although my body looked fit on the outside, my body and spirit were deprived of real nourishment.
When I discovered Ayurveda, it changed my life. I had more energy, mental clarity, slept better and my health and well-being greatly improved. I want to empower all athletes with this knowledge so that they can achieve greater excellence in every area of life, on the court and off.
In my Los Angeles private practice, I merge the ancient wisdom of the east with my western training in kinesiology to help athletes heal faster, get centered and stay balanced.
email to schedule: info@DrSeeta.com
Locations in Los Angeles:
American University of Complementary Medicine
415 N. Camden
Beverly Hills, Ca 90022
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