Leah Barr, CMS

Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner, Nutritional Counseling

Leah is a Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAS) with certification from the California College of Ayurveda, a leading Ayurvedic school at the forefront of establishing rigorous standards for the practice of Ayurveda in the US. She is certified at the 2,000 hour level with plans to continue on to earn her doctorate. Leah is also an experienced yoga teacher, with over 20 years of practice and holds multiple teaching certifications in yoga.

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year old health care science that is focused on restoring and maintaining the balance of mind, body, and spirit. The central organizing principle of Ayurvedic medicine holds that when the body is brought into balance it has the power to heal itself. The tools of Ayurveda are powerful both in the prevention and treatment of disease. The core interventions in Ayurveda include herbalism, body and sensory therapies, yoga, stress reduction practices, seasonal shifts, lifestyle changes, and, most centrally, an emphasis on diet and nutrition.

The health of the digestive system is at the bedrock of Ayurveda and is considered foundational for the healthy functioning of all other systems of the body. Ayurveda reminds us that thinking and being are biological functions which run on fuel – food – and that what, when and how we eat matters. As scientific studies confirm, there is a direct relationship between the digestive system and the mind and between stress and disease. Ayurveda is in the midst of a global resurgence as more and more people are turning to this ancient wisdom tradition to sustain health, prevent illness, and treat disease.

Leah approaches her work with a deep commitment to understanding the unique characteristics of each of her client. By working closely with her clients, she is able to determine the Ayurvedic constitution of each individual and to implement an individually-tailored health plan accordingly. Knowing one’s Ayurvedic constitution is the critical beginning to the Ayurvedic journey as it is the guide post for determining what will bring the individual towards a state of balance. The potency of Ayurveda as a healing system is based in the specificity of just the right food, herb, or other practice for just the right person, as what is beneficial and medicinal for one person medicine might be detrimental to another. The benefit of knowing and learning about one’s constitution cannot be overstated. It enables a lifetime of empowered choices about what to take in to one’s body— not only through food, but through all the senses!

Read More on Leah’s Website: District Ayurveda