Meet Emanda Thomas
Ayurveda Health Counselor II,
Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner
Nearly 10 years ago, while working a corporate job in Washington DC, I dreamed and prayed to find a career path that I would love into and beyond retirement. One where I could directly help the people I serve. One that felt right in my soul. At the same time, I noticed my own health was declining. I was beyond overweight, persistently sedentary, had issues with my blood, and was stressed all of the time. I ate a Standard American Diet (SAD) which perpetuated my health challenges. I was one doctor's appointment away from being prescribed medication. I wanted a different path and prayed to master my health and learn to heal naturally.
After much prayer, planning and preparation, I left my job in 2016, and within months, to my surprise and everyone who knew me, found myself at a yoga Ashram where I was able to eat healthy vegetarian food, practice yoga daily, and learn principals of mindful living. My primary goal was to learn how to heal my body naturally and eat a healthy diet. It was at the ashram that I learned about Ayurveda, a profound teaching of health and wellness that I felt was important wisdom that could help so many. I decided to study the teaching for myself and to learn how I could help others. I wanted to help anyone feeling lost amidst their health challenges and learn a self-empowering approach to health and wellness.
Since beginning this new path, I've completed 240hrs of Yoga Teacher Certifications. I was certified as an Ayurveda Wellness Coach in July of 2020 and a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, after 4 years and 3000hrs of study and practice. I have also been working with herbal medicine through my job since August of 2020, dove deep into studying herbal medicine and the systems of the body since 2021. I'm humbled and in awe of how I've been able to help others advance in their wellness journeys and to also feel peace and purpose in my own career. I'm also grateful to the California College of Ayurveda for the intense and beautiful professional training to make this new path a reality.
I’ve had great success helping individuals overcome complications related to stress management, skin infections, viral infections, digestive disorders, diabetes, neuropathy, and more. My heart stays full from the success each client's experiences in their journey.
I guide each person to learn to identify what uniquely works well for you, and ways to live a more balanced and healthy life based on what makes you unique. I can help you identify herbs that will help you in your wellness goals. But that is only one component of a wellness protocol. I'm also an accountability partner and coach to my clients to help them implement and commit to their "lifework". Ayurveda can help you identify, heal from, or at the very least, be empowered in how to optimally manage disease.
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Student and Counseling Client
"I enrolled in Emanda's course to learn more about Ayurveda, not knowing how that course and subsequent consultations would change my life. Her knowledge, support, accountability, and genuine care for my well-being have been invaluable. As a result of the principles that she's taught me, I've lost weight and my health has never been better. I'm so grateful to have found her!"
- Astrid R.
Ayurveda is a 5000 year tradition of natural healing out of India. It is one tradition of the wisdom of our global ancestors. Ayurveda is a compassionate practice of awareness and empowerment that meets each person where they're at. Ayurveda teaches the value of understanding the role that the five elements (ether, air, fire, water, and earth) play in our wellness, and how to take mindful action for a harmonious and healthy life.
Our digestion is the seat of our health. What manifests in the body is influenced by what we digest. We take in harmonious or disharmonious sustinance through the five senses (taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch).
The mind and the body are one. You cannot treat the body without treating the mind. How we use our mind also affects our health.
A spiritual journey is equally as important to health, healing, and harmony as the journey of the body and mind. The three are inseparable.
Vata dosha consists of ether and air. It is the lightest and most subtle of the doshas. Ether is the space that exists everywhere. It is also the interconnectedness of all things. Think of sound waves. We cannot see them with the naked eye because they are so subtle. But they carry the words from one person’s mouth to the ears of another. Air is responsible for motion. None of the other elements can move without air. This is important to remember when we observe imbalances that involve space and movement.
Pitta Dosha consists of fire and water. It is hot and moist. Fire is light and unstable. It is the element that contributes to warmth in all aspects of life. Be it the warmth from a camp fire that warms the hands on a cold night, the warmth in our blood that maintains a comfortable temperature, or the heat in our mind that makes us passionate or anger. Fire is responsible for all manifestations of heat. Water helps contain the fire to prevent it from causing damage. When balanced, fire and water offer a synergy resulting in warmth and action.
Kapha Dosha consists of water and earth. It is cool and heavy. Water provides moisture that is cool and flowing. Water makes things soft, including the earth. Earth provides density that is heavy, and also cool. It is difficult to penetrate and at times, imobile. The upside of this immobility is that the element of earth is predictable and stable. Water and earth take up space. When in harmony, they offer solid stability in all aspects of life. When imbalanced, they can be clogging in our environment as well as in the mind, body, and spirit.