Canine Wellness Practitioner specialized in Ayurveda
Amanda Ree has been a canine wellness practitioner and certified educator of Ayurveda, meditation, and yoga since 2001. As a lead educator and Vice-President of the Chopra Center, Amanda gleaned wisdom from many of the world’s top leaders and experts in health and well-being. Through SamaDog.com, she offers education, products, and services for canine companions to find whole-being balance, or “Sama,” by incorporating holistic care inspired by Ayurveda.
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Author’s Experience and Education
After being saved from drowning by the family dog at age three and growing up at her family’s pet store in Lake Tahoe, Amanda holds an innate soul connection to animals.
Her spiritual studies started at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, and in 2006 Amanda began working and studying directly with Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Amanda’s passion for dogs and living consciously merged with the creation of her company, Sama Dog: Wellbeing for Dog + Their Humans.
Degrees and Certifications
- Certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor (500 hr); 2001
- Certified Chopra Ayurvedic Lifestyle Practitioner (Perfect Health); 2007
- Certified Chopra Meditation Instructor (Primordial Sound Meditation); 2006
- Certified Chopra Yoga Instructor (Seven Spiritual Laws; 200 hr); 2008
- Produced and facilitated hundreds of live events with Dr. Deepak Chopra and various world-renowned teachers, authors, and wellness practitioners; 2006–2020
- Created first-ever courses in Ayurveda for Dogs; 2016
- Recipient of Karen Becker, DVM “Game Changer” Award; 2020
- Member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Assoc.); 2018–2021
Learn your dog’s dosha and receive tips for balance at www.SamaDog.com.
Her signature online course to teach the foundational principles of Ayurveda specifically applied to our canine companions: www.AyurvedaForDogs.com.
Amanda's Point of View
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
During my first yoga teacher training with Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, Ayurveda was a part of the course. For me, it was love at first lesson. I clearly recall the feeling of immediately finding a deep truth in its concepts and recognizing its value with all my heart and soul.
When are you (or your dog) most likely to go out of balance and how do you restore balance using Ayurveda?
Ashwagandha is always a top choice, for humans and dogs. I Travel Well liquid extract is excellent for supporting pets in transit or change. A drop of Brahmi Oil in sesame or coconut pressed into paws can be very calming. Neem & Aloe Soap is ideal to help keep skin healthy and bugs repelled.
When I remove myself from nature, I become increasingly out of balance. I can get caught up in the busy tasks of life and business ownership, and forget to get outside, breathe the fresh air, and be reminded of the glorious world around us.
When I notice my mind racing and stress rising, I’ve trained myself to get up and take the dogs out for a walk. Luckily, we live in the forest, so that’s extremely easy to do. During the walk, I take a few moments to look, listen, feel, smell, and taste the various aspects of nature. With that, I’m quickly reminded of my connection to the same life force, and the ease through which it lives.
I am that.
You are that.
All of this is that.
And that’s all there is.
What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?
The integration of the Ayurvedic principles, in their essence, woven through all healthcare practices. With more and more presence in conventional medicine, to include veterinary!
What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?