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



The Healing Power of Nature: Preventive, Restorative and Therapeutic Benefits of Contact with the Natural World.

Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH presents:  The Healing Power of Nature: Preventive, Restorative and Therapeutic Benefits of Contact with the Natural World.

Time in nature is more than just a walk in the park.  A variety of research fields, including clinical medicine, epidemiology, psychoneuroendocrinology, and environmental psychology, are demonstrating that contact with natural environments has preventive, restorative and therapeutic potential for addressing diseases such as depression, ADHD, and cardiovascular disease.  This session will explore the evidence and practice of nature-based “ecotherapy” through paradigms of stress-reduction, attention-restoration, and salutogenesis (i.e. holistic health promotion).  Case studies and clinical techniques will be shared.  The session will conclude with a description of clinical programs and health policy initiatives that are incorporating this approach.

Learning objectives:

  1. Become familiar with relevant terms, including biophilia, shinrinyoku, ecopsychology, etc…
  2. Know the pathological conditions for which an ecotherapeutic approach may be beneficial
  3. Acquire clinical knowledge & skills for utilizing ecotherapeutic techniques with patients
  4. Recognize the current programs and policies that are incorporating these techniques
  5. Understand the potential for wider inclusion of this approach within the medical professions



Dr. Kurt Beil is a clinician and researcher who has lectured and published widely on the topic of “health in nature”.  He is adjunct research faculty at NCNM (his alma mater) where he has taught classes on Environmental Medicine & Health, Microbiology and Public Health, and Stress Management.  His Masters of Public Health degree focused on urban green space as a sustainable integrative-medicine health-promotion strategy.  Dr. Beil maintains a clinical practice in Westchester County, and “walks his talk” by hiking and camping in his native Hudson Valley as often as he possibly can.




Kurt Beil, ND, LAc, MPH
Hudson Valley Natural Health
The Center for Health and Healing
4 Smith Ave, 2nd Floor  Mount Kisco, NY 10549


(914) 362-8315


Gene Ang – What does spoonbending have to do with healing?

Gene Ang 11/18/15 Katonah Study Group

ang Spoon Bending by Time TravelLearn to bend spoons using 6 different techniques based on quantum mechanics and torsion field physics. So why hold a spoon bending class? It is not only about bending spoons! The change in material reality demonstrated by the bent utensil is a model for change. The mechanisms used are all known healing techniques.  Experience how to use these techniques in your own life for personal growth and transformation.







watch this quick video on the program



Gene Ang, Ph.D. has a healing practice based in Thousand Oaks, CA and sees clients for a number of energy healing practices.  In addition, he teaches seminars gene.angthat focus on the integration of science, spirituality, and healing.  Gene travels both in the United States and internationally facilitating healing sessions and workshops.  Gene received his BA from Stanford in Human Biology and Philosophy/ Religious Studies, and Ph.D from Yale University in Neurobiology.  His work centers around the use of subtle energy to restore balance and harmony to the body and mind.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) Applications to Psychotherapy and Sex Therapy

Roger Saint-Laurent, PsyD, SEP, CGP & Sharlene Bird, PsyD, SEP

Mind-body connections have become increasingly important in psychotherapy. Somatic

Experiencing, first developed to treat trauma, demonstrates how vital it is to work with the entire human experience to broaden our understanding and assist in resolving presenting issues and symptoms, support healing, and achieve greater fulfillment in life. Roger and Sharlene offer a primer on SE and discuss some of its applications.

Sharlene will present a brief overview of sex therapy, particularly how it is enhanced by the SE application. Together they will discuss how SE, as a body of knowledge, can usefully complement and potentiate our overall practice of psychotherapy.

Sharlene and Roger will be with us on May 20th from 6:30 to 9:30 to give us an opportunity to learn more about this approach to psychotherapy and healing. The program will be both experiential and didactic. All welcome.


See an article they wrote: Somatic Experiencing – How Trauma Can Be Overcome

SharleneDr. Sharlene Bird

Dr. Bird is a trilingual and multi-cultural psychologist who practices in mid-town Manhattan. She has over 20 years experience as a clinician, supervisor, and presenter. In addition, she is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, an SEP Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Provider, and a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Dr. Bird is also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU/Langone School of Medicine. In her professional career, she has given presentations nationally and internationally on subjects ranging from sexual issues to integrative therapy.

RogerDr. Roger Saint-Laurent

Dr. Saint-Laurent is a bilingual psychologist with private practices in Manhattan and Westchester. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a clinician, supervisor, and presenter. As a Certified Group Psychotherapist, he has offered (with his colleague Dr. Peter J. Taylor) training groups and workshop in SE and group psychotherapy both privately and at workshops at local, regional, and national conferences. Dr. Saint- Laurent has assisted at multiple SE trainings in Chicago, Miami, Connecticut, California, Montreal, and British Columbia. He was Chair of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute from 2013 to 2014.

EFT using Applied Kinesiology to help identify the key issues with Dr Perry Perretz


Osteopathy is an approach to medicine that emphasizes an understanding of the body’s self-healing mechanism. To practice osteopathically, a doctor must appreciate that the body is producing symptoms in an attempt to heal, and all interventions must support that process rather than suppress its symptoms. “It is quite consistent with the principles of Chinese Medicine, so it’s a perfect fit for me,” says Dr. Perretz.

One of a small number of doctors to have integrated these philosophies and skills in his approach to medicine, he has built a practice utilizing prolotherapy, neural therapy, manipulation, acupuncture, and trigger point injections, never neglecting emotional and spiritual dimensions of illness. “I have found EFT to be a valuable tool for eliminating emotional barriers to healing,” he says, “and I’ve developed my own approach to EFT using Applied Kinesiology to help identify the key issues.

This is what makes all the difference!”

For the last five years, Dr. Perretz has taught his method to classes through the Graduate Institute, and will introduce these to the KSG March 25th. Attendees should expect to walk away with new insights and skills that will provide immediate benefit.

Dr. Perretz is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, but don’t let that fool you. “I entered medicine from left field, and never made it to the infield,” he often tells patients. He started medical school in 1995, following eight years of practice as an acupuncturist. The patients he saw were the ones who tended to fall through the cracks in the system, and his success with these difficult cases inspired him to continue his studies. After completing osteopathic medical school at the University of New England, and a residency at the University of Chicago, he moved to Connecticut to practice in 2003.