Kristen Lillian Riordan
Ayurveda Counselor & Mental Health Counselor
Kristen first fell in love with Ayurveda while earning her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in India. Kristen studied at Kripalu School of Ayurveda, the Ayurvedic Institute, and Chakrapani Research Clinic in Jaipur, India. Kristen focuses on the mental and emotional aspects that influence our diet and lifestyle choices. Kristen is passionate about self-care, women’s health, and the cultivation of healthy thought patterns. You can find Kristen on Instagram.
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Experience and Education
Degrees and Studies
- Bachelor’s Degree—University of Central Florida
- Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling—Troy University
- 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Training—Yog Peeth
- 500-Hour RYT—World Peace Yoga School
- Ayurveda Studies at the Kripalu School
- Marma—Ayurveda Institute
- Ayurveda for Pregnancy—Kripalu
- Nutrition Response Testing—Ulan Method
Kristen is the author of Your Life is Medicine: Ayurveda for Yogis. Written in a simple, friendly voice, this book is the perfect healthy lifestyle companion for beginners. It includes education and resources for self-care, proper nutrition, yoga, dosha assessments, and more. You can find it on www.wellblends.com and Amazon.
Kristen’s Point of View
How were you first introduced to Ayurveda?
I was first introduced to Ayurveda while studying yoga in India.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
I am most likely to go out of balance in times of change, transition, travel, or during the anticipation of big events. During these times, my vata increases and manifests as constipation, anxious feelings, and sleeplessness. I ground myself by distancing myself from devices, going into nature, eating warm foods, and drinking turmeric milk. I often use pre-recorded Yoga Nidra meditations to help me find rest.
What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?
I believe Ayurveda will become more of a household name and modality in the future. Most Americans are familiar with chiropractic work and acupuncture. I believe Ayurveda will become this well known and utilized soon.
What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?
Drinking turmeric milk at night is an easy and effective practice. It not only tastes yummy, but also helps promote comfort, ease, and sleep.