What is Ayurveda – and what can it do for you? Dr Somesh Kaushik, Ayurvedic ND

Ayurveda is a comprehensive system of healthcare that has been practiced in India for over five thousand years. It is thought to be the world’s oldest healing system and is commonly referred to as “mother of all sciences.” Ayurveda, in Sanskrit, means “science of life” (ayu means life, and veda means knowledge of). Rooted in ancient books of wisdom, the Vedas, Ayurveda epitomizes a true body-mind approach to health and wellness.

Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind, and spirit. When imbalance occurs, ones outlook and approach to life suffers. And, illness can result. When back in balance, and with health restored, ones outlook is in sync with life, the environment, and the well-ordered universe.

To determine whether a balance or imbalance is present, Ayurveda uses the patient’s body-type or constitution (dosha) to make an assessment. In Ayurveda our dosha is made up of a combination of the five universal elements – space, air, water, fire, earth. Should one’s dosha become excessive or depleted a plan is formulated to correct the imbalance.

Ayurveda takes a holistic approach to healing: a regimen might include specific lifestyle and nutritional guidelines, vitamin and mineral supplements, herbs and homeopathy, and a detox or cleansing program for toxins. Breathing techniques, yoga exercises, meditation and mantras might also be part of the plan.

Ayurveda is a healing regimen as well as a health maintenance program. And, since imbalances can be detected before the manifestation of illness, Ayurveda is an effective prevention program as well. Prevention is a main focus of Ayurveda. Overall, Ayurveda is a way of life – a path to fulfillment, health, happiness, harmony, and bliss.

Ayurveda can be used integratively with western modalities. Dr. Kaushik combines the art of Ayurveda with the science of Naturopathy to create a unique approach for each individual.



After completing the 6 ½ years of schooling for his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Kurukshetra University, India, in 1983, Dr. Kaushik worked as an Ayurvedic Medical Officer for two years.

Upon moving to the United States in 1985, Dr. Kaushik received his Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Alabama in 1988. He then worked as an Epidemiologist and Director of HIV/AIDS Sero-surveillance Program with the Alabama Department of Public Health in Birmingham while maintaining an Ayurvedic practice.

In 1999 he moved to Connecticut and received his Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 2003. He taught Ayurvedic Medicine and Public Health at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport, as well as serving as the Director of Admissions there. He has been a faculty member with the University of Bridgeport, Division of Health Sciences since 2001. Dr. Kaushik co-founded the Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies in Fairfield, CT in 2006.

Dr. Kaushik lectures on Ayurvedic Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR, as well as at various national and international symposiums and events. He also offers courses, workshops, lectures, and training in Ayurvedic medicine locally. Dr. Kaushik is an approved continuing education provider for Yoga teachers through the YACEP (Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Providers) and has achieved the highest Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certificate having completed 500 hours of training (E-RYT 500). He includes therapeutic Yoga in his practice.

Every December, Dr. Kaushik and his family travel to India to set up camps offering free medical care for underserved populations. He’d like to expand this service to other countries as well.

Dr. Kaushik brings his unique background as an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic practitioner with experience in public health and health education to this locality. He welcomes you into his wellness community.

For information contact:
Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik
914-875-9088 clinic M, T, W; 646-670-6725 cell;
drkaushik@drkaushik.com; www.drkaushik.com



Deirdre Breen: An introduction to Dosha Coaching

Elements and actions of personalized health

This dynamic evening promises to invigorate your understanding of the elements of health, and the specific actions that support personal well being.  Based on the ancient twin sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga, coupled with the modern discoveries in neuroplasticity – the science of the brain’s resilience,  this evening will bring you face to face with your elemental nature.  You’ll learn  about your Dosha, and its constitutional (prakriti) and lifestyle (vrikriti) expressions.  In an engaging session full of discovery and learning about  Ayurveda’s TriDosha Philosophy of kapha, pitta, vata; the breath of the nervous system; and how to  build resilience, Deirdre will conduct  a group coaching session that delivers essential  knowledge and invokes  behaviors  that will enhance your understanding and  willingness to truly and effectively care for yourself.

deidre-breen-corporatecolorDeirdre Breen is a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach, ISHTA Certified Master Yoga Teacher, (Integrate Science of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda),  Reiki Master Trainer, ordained minister of spiritual counseling, trained addictions counselor, and founder of Self-Care Institute, Inc, an organization dedicated to improving health-care through  self-care.   Her interest and dedication to health and healing both personally and professionally spans over 30 years.  Her training at Duke Integrative Medicine emphasized the mandate of health behavior change as the root of health and healing.  As a result  Deirdre developed a dynamic approach to health and healing she calls Dosha Coaching which blends her extensive knowledge and training in health coaching, yoga, Ayurveda, meditation and addiction recovery.  Dosha Coaching supports individuals in understanding the elements of health, the behaviors that nourish, protect and preserve well being, and incoevaporatest scientific discoveries in neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to transform.  A native of Katonah,  Deirdre’s professional and volunteer work expresses a deep connection to nature and the imperative of natural settings to facilitate healing.   Her healing service ranges from yoga and meditation classes, lifestyle study groups, health education, personalize health planning and year long sustain inquiries in to whole person health at libraries,  yoga studios, private homes and community groups. She serves on the executive board of Katonah Village Improvement Society and developed the Katonah Inspired Body-Mind Series that showcases healing modalities, celebrates seasonal equinox and solstice events, conducts personalized health planning classes and produces the Katonah’s Annual Health Forum  – a public platform for community health initiatives – now in its fourth year. Deirdre can be reached through her website: www.deirdrebreen.info, or by email at serenitybreathxo@gmail.com