Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Yoga Teacher, Writer
Jennifer Kurdyla is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, yoga teacher, and writer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Plant-based since 2008, she learned to love food by experimenting with vegan and Ayurvedic cooking in her tiny New York kitchens. She is the co-author of Root & Nourish: An Herbal Cookbook for Women's Wellness (Tiller Press, 4/6/2021). Read more about her wellness services and educational resources at www.benourished.me.
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Experience and Education
Jennifer has spent twelve years practicing yoga, four years teaching yoga, and four years living Ayurvedically.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ayurvedic Health Counselor program—Kripalu School of Ayurveda
- 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training—Yoga Works
- Restorative and Therapeutic 100-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Pransky
Jennifer is the co-author of Root & Nourish: An Herbal Cookbook for Women's Wellness (Tiller Press, 4/6/2021). Learn more about it on her website.
Jennifer teaches weekly yoga classes with drop-in and membership options. Registration is available on her website at benourished.me/yoga.
Jennifer's Point of View
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
I first learned about Ayurveda through my yoga teacher training, which prompted me to seek out a practitioner for help with my chronic digestive and hormonal imbalances. After experiencing almost immediate relief with the Ayurvedic remedies she offered me to address my imbalance and constitution, I was hooked!
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
I easily go out of balance from excess vata in mind, body, or environment. Too many choices, requests for work, distraction, or inconsistency will affect how I digest and the state of my thoughts and emotions.
The most effective Ayurvedic remedies I turn to over and over are abhyanga, regular mealtimes, and an herbal boost with hingvastak or herbal teas. I focus on grounding rituals like belly breathing and wearing layers to stay warm and feel contained.
What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?
The future of Ayurveda is bright to me. We're facing a moment where the value of preventive medicine couldn't be more obvious, and I think as we continue to endure the COVID pandemic and its repercussions more individuals will be thinking about how to support their health all the time through diet and lifestyle, using the accessible home remedies Ayurveda offers.
What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?
Breathing! So many of us don't breathe fully or with awareness, and without that connection to prana (and oxygen) we prevent ourselves from experiencing so much fullness in our lives.