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What is Ayurveda?


 Ayurveda means science of life, a full understanding of life, looking at life in its wholeness.  Ayurveda is universal, not limited to one country or culture.  Ayurveda applies to human life everywhere.  

Practical Ayurveda™ seeks to provide holistic ayurvedic help with a global perspective. Everyone can benefit! Practical Ayurveda™ offers very distinctive approaches to wellness and improvement of life, including shirodhara, nasya, Marma Shakti Therapy, organ dhara, lifestyle evaluation, precision aromatherapy, Whole Life coaching, and precise dietary suggestions. Practical Ayurveda™ provides these and other profoundly transformative practices to enable people to upgrade themselves and become more of who they really want to be.

Take advantage of Ayurveda and help yourself to improve physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

Today we have a global economy so we can take advantage of the best herbs from around the world and use them to help us in an Ayuvedic approach. 

Practical Ayurveda™ offers you Nature Power™ with a top of the line array of high quality, superior potency products. Many of our products are multi-purpose. We sell organic and wild-crafted herbs from many companies and countries. We also promote the use of vegetarian capsules made of vegetable cellulose. We help people to steer clear of synthetic chemical ingredients which promote allergies and illnesses. Ask us about unique health Nature Power™ products that is specifically formulated and recommended for your health and lifestyle.


The Goal of Ayurveda

The goal at Practical Ayurveda™is to help people to get healthy, stay healthy and live productive, meaningful lives, as defined by the individual. 

Some people come to Ayurveda in order to improve their life without focusing on a specific problem. In order to solve any given life problem, be it physical, mental, spiritual or emotional, it is most effective to look deeper for root causes of the problem. Twenty people may have the same symptoms of a problem, from external appearances, yet the original causes can be quite varied. Thus the appropriate steps to wellness may be different for different people. 

Suggestions may be made so a person can figure out how to help address each root which contributes to any given illness or issue. 

Ayurveda focuses on removing ama or toxins, balancing doshas, improving digestion, increasing the integrity and harmony of the dhatus (tissues), balancing the whole system, and creating a state of contentment in every cell. Much of this can be accomplished by living more in tune with nature. 

The exact adjustments in lifestyle which are necessary to yield productive, healthy results are one of the keys. The type of chikitsa, or helping activity, has to be determined on an individual basis. Lifestyle, including the timing and patterns of eating, choice of food, balance of rest and activity, bedtime, etc. has a huge impact on health and the balance of mind and body. 

Detailed nutrition/eating/diet plans may be suggested which include how much per day and many times a week it would be ideal for a person to eat any given item. Diet plans can be very precise, geared towards nourishing you given your prakruti (constitution) and vikriti (current imbalance). This yields vastly better results than generic dosha diets.

Many illnesses have emotional roots and techniques may be suggested for individuals to use at home to help themselves. Suggestions are made to help people discover for themselves their own best life-path, or dharma. 

Everything we do affects our balance of elements and doshas.

One goal of Yoga and Ayurveda is to promote, in people's lives, the quality of sattva, which is harmony, clarity and consciousness. We aim at every step to boost the prana, life force, and the sattva, purity and balance, of each client. This gives people a big boost in their efforts to advance on the path of Yoga. 

The principles of Ayurveda apply to everyone on all parts of the globe. 


Daren Black

Daren Black, M.A., Ayurvedic Healer, Holistic Health Educator, Yoga Exponent, has been working with herbs, oils, yoga, mantras and holistic health for over 43 years. 

After several bicycle and car accidents Daren was left with chronic debilitating pain. Fighting multiple simultaneous illnesses, including colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, hypoglycemia, candida, chronic fatigue, allergies, and parasitic infections, Daren hit bottom in 1987.  Disgusted by doctors' orders to eat meat every 3 hours and tired of being hungry, in pain and tired all the time, Daren pursued multiple avenues of healing. Daren's life was transformed by intensive use of yogic breathing practices, study and implementation of ayurvedic principles and lifestyle changes, careful consumption of herbs and large doses of Divine Grace. 

Encouraged, inspired and guided by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Daren has developed Practical Ayurveda™ to make Ayurveda more user-friendly. Daren is also the founder of Nature Power™ an ayurvedic herb and oil company.  Nature Power™ has an extensive array of superior potency herb and oil products. Practical Ayurveda™ offers Ayurvedic health, beauty, knowledge and lifestyle Programs.   

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Disclaimer: These statements are intended to be informational only and are based on thousands of years of accumulated experiences within the realm of Ayurveda. None of these statements are intended to diagnose, treat, cure or heal any disease. Before embarking on undertaking to improve one’s health it is wise first to consult with professionals. None of these statements has been investigated or approved by the FDA. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Nothing said here is intended to diagnose, treat, prescribe or cure disease. If you have a medical problem please see your doctor.

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Practical Ayurveda

12240 Venice Blvd Ste 21, Los Angeles, CA 90066, US

(310) 430-2209


Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
By Appointment Only

Sunday: Closed