The Ayurvedic industry is an exciting place to be right now. With an increasing demand for Ayurvedic resources and products, pioneers in holistic health can create rewarding careers in a number of traditional ways.
Yet the need for sustainable solutions applies to all of us – no matter what industry we might be in. Thanks to the universal quality of Ayurveda’s philosophy, the possibilities are endless for applying it to your career!
1. Become an Ayurvedic health & wellness professional
In the U.S., the National Ayurvedic Medical Association sets the standards for three levels of Ayurvedic professionals: Health Counselor, Practitioner and Doctor. Each of these professional roles entails a unique scope of practice within which a client-based career can emerge.
As a Health or Wellness Counselor, you can analyze client constitutions, offering lifestyle and nutritional guidance to support your clients in managing health imbalances.
At the Practitioner or Doctor level, you can begin to analyze the stages of disease, offering more targeted guidelines for your clients in managing imbalances that have developed into more serious conditions.
2. Apply Ayurveda to your healing practice
Yoga teachers, massage therapists, physical therapists, acupuncturists, herbalists – the list goes on when it comes to alternative health solutions. Ayurveda’s universal nature makes it complementary to each and every one of these modalities, which means it can enhance your existing practice. Applying the client-customized solutions of Ayurveda can transform your services from exceptional to truly life-changing.
3. Develop or join an integrative medical practice
In addition to complementing alternative health modalities, Ayurveda pairs beautifully with conventional medicine and satisfies the rising demand for personalization in the medical industry. All positions within the medical industry, including physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and health aids can find new solutions and improved results for clients using Ayurvedic knowledge.
4. Personalize your guidelines as a nutritionist or dietician
One of the primary tools used in Ayurvedic health is diet, and nutritional guidelines are fundamental to the scope of practice of Counselors, Practitioners and Doctors. By analyzing Ayurvedic constitution types and how various foods will impact an individual’s system, nutritionists and dieticians are uniquely positioned to support dramatic improvements in clients’ lives.
5. Use Ayurvedic philosophy in your counseling or life coaching sessions
Ayurveda recognizes that imbalances occur at all levels – physical, emotional and intellectual. Looking at the whole person includes all aspects of their lives, including relationships, work and hobbies. By applying Ayurvedic physiology and psychology to client sessions, counselors, therapists and life coaches can get to the root of a client’s blockages and challenges, helping them to adjust their lifestyle and goals to match their personal needs, as well as provide natural solutions for managing stress & change.
6. Add Ayurvedic cooking and nutrition to your food or catering business
Just as the universal principles of Ayurvedic nutrition can be applied to anyone from any background, they can also be applied to any cuisine, not just Indian! Using Ayurvedic principles of cooking creates healthy, balanced meals that are more nourishing, easier to digest and truly satisfying. In today’s fast-paced world, it is difficult for many to affordably eat freshly made food at each meal, though the impact on our health when we can do this is profound. If you have a passion for cooking, the world is waiting at your table!
7. Launch or enhance a natural product line
More and more consumers are looking for natural products that are locally sourced. You don’t have to make traditional Ayurvedic products to be inspired by its wisdom & and apply its guidelines to a product line. Beauty products, makeup and food are an excellent place to start, but the sky is the limit!
8. Incorporate the ancient wisdom in your business consultations & programs
The principles of Ayurveda are truly so universal that they can even be applied to businesses! Whether you deal with small businesses or corporations, you’ll discover a new way of understanding the dynamics of health and balance by analyzing organizations through an Ayurvedic lens.
9. Revolutionize your teaching or instruction methods
If you offer educational services, your work involves a high level of connection and intuiting the needs of your students. Understanding the different body and mind constitutions according to Ayurveda and their unique needs can help you learn how to communicate best and set realistic goals and expectations with your students.
Remember – the possibilities are truly endless!