Elena Irueta, CAS, MBA
Ayurvedic Health Coach & Educator
Ayurveda is an ancient health care system developed in India over 5,000 years ago - making it the oldest form of medicine.
It is based on the 5 elemental theory of Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth that make up everything around us. The dominant elements present in a person determine their unique combination of Doshas. The Doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) make up the cornerstone of Ayurvedic treatment. The Vata energy is responsible for movement (ie, circulation). Pitta energy is responsible for metabolism (ie, digestion). Kapha energy is responsible for structure (ie, physical body). We all possess all three doshas, but at different degrees giving us our unique appearances and personalities. When these doshas are out of balance, due to life's challenges, we experience dis-ease.
In treatment the root cause is the main focus of Ayurveda. Just as when putting out a fire we point the extinguisher at the base of the flame, when treating an illness we address the root cause. By living well and making healthy choices, we are brought into balance and subsequently heal. It is truly a holistic approach to health.
In Ayurveda, every person is unique. I will design a specific diet & lifestyle plan for you, and guide you on the journey of living a healthful life.
By learning how to live a healthier life, the progress of your healing is in your hands!
From the first time I learned about Ayurveda, I knew it was something I wanted to study. One day, my husband introduced me to an Ayurvedic Practitioner for a consultation. I hadn't even heard of Ayurveda, but I have always been open to alternative medicine. As soon as the practitioner started explaining Ayurveda to me, it clicked! It was so logical and it made sense to me based on all I have experienced with my own health challenges.
In 1996, I was diagnosed with a chronic intestinal disease and over the years I've tried different forms of complimentary medicines. While they've been helpful, I find Ayurveda is more complete and it has taken me to another level of caring for myself.
So, following a rewarding 15-year career in Finance, I decided to pursue a career in Ayurveda. My desire is to share this ancient and beautiful form of medicine with others.
I have over 1,700 hours of academic training and am a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS), the highest level of certification from The California College of Ayurveda - the first state approved Ayurvedic college in the U.S., founded and directed by Dr. Marc Halpern.
I am a Yoga teacher - graduate of the gurukula immersion program at the internationally known Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. I specialize in Classical Hatha Yoga. I'm also a certified Yoga Nidra teacher. Yoga Nidra is a form of deep meditation, also called "conscious sleep".
I live in San Francisco and enjoy a healthy lifestyle with my husband, Marty Morales, who is also in complimentary health by way of Rolfing & Bodywork.
Practitioner Member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).