About

Amrita Healing Arts

Ayurvedic, Integrative Health

Amrita Healing Arts was founded in 2010 by Katherine Gaston, Pharmacist, Yoga Teacher & Ayurvedic Practitioner.

The Intention with Amrita Healing Arts is Threefold:

  1. To promote health using an integrative approach, drawing upon the knowledge & wisdom of both ancient Ayurvedic medicine and modern, western medicine.
  2. To encourage spiritual awakening and living a soul-centered, authentic life. 
  3. To honor and protect nature and the indigenous people who live in harmony with nature. 

My Approach & Process for Ayurvedic Consultations:

Prior to your initial consultation, you will fill out a detailed intake questionnaire. All sessions begin with a centering, prayerful meditation. During our session, we will spend an hour discussing in detail your history, your current medications/herbal medicines, your current symptoms, your emotions, your relationships, your diet, your lifestyle and any other pertinent information regarding your health. Based on this initial session, I will provide a detailed set of written recommendations for you to implement. All initial consultations include a follow up appointment one month after you have begun implementing the recommendations. You are encouraged to track your progress with journaling over the course of the month, taking notice of how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. At our followup session, we will assess your progress and make any needed changes to your regimen.

My Approach & Process for Life Coaching:

Life is constantly distracting us from the path our heart longs to travel down. Whether it be our life purpose, our financial goals, our desire to cultivate meaningful relationship, we are constantly being bombarded with distraction. Those who truly want to listen to their deeper calling must stay focused in order to achieve their goals. Life coaching is a powerful tool to help us achieve our goals. 

Life Coaching begins with an initial session during which we discuss your goals and intentions for seeking coaching. All sessions begin with a centering, prayerful meditation. You will choose an area of focus in your life (such as health, career, relationship, finances) and together we will come up with an action plan for you to work on until our next meeting. During each session, we will track and celebrate your progress and explore any obstacles (inner and outer) that may be preventing you from achieving your goals. 

I use a balanced feminine/receptive approach along with a masculine/action oriented approach to encourage you to meet your life goals. 

Regular weekly & biweekly packages are available to keep you focused, accountable and progressing down the path of your heart’s truest desires. 

DR. KATHERINE GASTON has undergone extensive training in both western & non-western medicines. She is a licensed pharmacist with her doctorate from the University of Florida and a certified Ayurvedic practitioner with training from the Dhyana Center in Sebastopol, California as well as the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She also studied with Dr. Vasant Lad during his traditional Gurukul program in Pune, India.

Katherine has studied herbalism from the California School of Herbal Studies, permaculture design in Costa Rica and indigenous/native American shamanism in Peru and California. 

She received her yoga teacher certification from a Tantric, Kashmiri Shivaite lineage of Northern India. She was raised in a Christian family and is a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Yoga and studies under the guidance of many spiritual Gurus of multiple lineages, both eastern and western. She still feels deeply connected to Christianity as well. She draws from the wisdom teachings of most world religions, seeing them as the different languages of God.

A student of Vedic astrology for 12 years, Katherine also studied Odissi, a form of classical Indian temple dance, in India for 3 years.

While Katherine has formal University training and guidance from her Gurus, much of her learning has come from her personal path of self-healing. Through spiritual practices, Katherine underwent a powerful and sudden Kundalini awakening in 2008, initiating a mystical inner journey of self-exploration and healing. Much of what she has experienced is difficult to describe here, however, those who are on the spiritual path of Kundalini awakening may find benefit from her guidance and support.

She currently lives in Gainesville, Florida near her family. She loves to dance, garden & participate in Spiritual Satsang.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me a specific medicine for a particular disease state (e.g headache)?

Ayurvedic medicine is highly individualized. One medical condition has many treatment options. Unlike western medicine which provides the same medication to everyone with the same condition, Ayurveda, has many different treatment options for one condition.  The regimen is chosen & tailored based on the individual’s unique birth constitution to more deeply address the underlying cause. In the example of a medicine for the headache, the Ayurvedic practitioner would determine the underlying cause of the headache and treat accordingly. This will vary from person to person.

What is a birth constitution?

Birth constitution (Prakruti) is the unique makeup of an individual and is fixed at birth. Many factors determine one’s Prakruti. Once the constitution is known, then the diet and lifestyle is adjusted to accommodate one’s nature. Understanding one’s birth constitution is key to living a healthier and happier life. 

What is a Dosha?

There are three Doshas in Ayurveda, Vata, Pitta & Kapha and each is composed of two of the five great elements (the panchamahabhuta). Vata is composed of Ether & Air, Pitta is composed of Fire & Water, Kapha is composed of Water & Earth. One’s birth constitution or Prakruti is a unique combination of the Doshas. The Doshas and their corresponding elements influence all aspect of our beings from the personality & emotions to the physical body. By taking in certain foods, avoiding others, living in harmony with the natural cycles of the sun and the moon and also the seasons of the year and by implementing certain lifestyle practices, we balance the doshas within us. Balancing the Doshas and living in harmony with nature is key to cultivating health, happiness & longevity. 

Ayurveda is thousands of years old, is it still useful today?

The principles of Ayurveda are based on the principles of nature and therefore timeless and unchanging. As the laws of mathematics are fixed and universal, so are the principles of Ayurveda. Now more than ever, we need the principles of Ayurveda to find balance within ourselves, for our relationships, and with nature. 

“I truly appreciate Katherine’s ability to lead me towards my best self. Her way of being, ability to communicate and her specific knowledge of herbs, nutrition and pharmaceuticals have helped me too many times to count. She has helped me with various ailments and also supported me generally during times of stress. Katherine has changed my life with her balanced wisdom.”

—L Francisco, Ashland, Oregon

“Katherine possess a wealth of Ayurveda knowledge and experience. Her insight has helped me on two occasions to bring balance into my body when conventional medicine did not have solutions. Katherine is very patient, kind and considerate. Her spiritual leaning and positive energy provides additional support for those who’s systems need attention when dedicated to a spiritual journey. I would highly recommend Katherine as a guide to support your path to improved health and well being.”

—M. Mitchell, Cleveland, OH

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