Essence Ayurveda

Wholeness & Healing, Naturally

Holistic Health in St. Paul, Minnesota

For holistic healing in Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota, experience Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, Tibetan Cranial Therapy , Thai Massage, Reiki, and Private Yoga with Susan Bernhardt. These complementary medicine modalities use natural methods to bring balance and wellness to body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Each of these healing arts can be used on its own, or Susan can integrate them as needed to create a customized plan specific for your needs.

Ayurveda & Yoga Therapy

Ayurveda is the traditional healing science of India. Ayurvedic medicine offers a holistic approach focused on helping people live long, healthy, and well-balanced lives. Ayurveda focuses on maintaining and restoring health by achieving balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through diet, lifestyle, herbal remedies, cleansing practices (pancha karma), and yoga. Yoga likewise is an ancient tradition of India. Like Ayurveda, yoga encompasses many practices designed to promote the health of the body, mind, and spirit.

Susan has been an Ayurveda Practitioner and Yoga Therapist since 2012. She holds an Advanced Ayurveda Practitioner certification from Ayurved Sadhana Vidyalaya as well as Ayurveda Practitioner, Yoga Therapist, and Pancha Karma certifications from the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda ("RMIYA"). Susan is Board-Certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the National Ayurvedic Medicine Association ("NAMA"), with a scope of practice that includes pathology and disease management as well as preventive healthcare and health promotion using diet and lifestyle, and holds NAMA's highest level of professional membership. She is a C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists ("IAYT") and is an RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance.

Consistent with the traditions of Ayurveda and yoga, Susan develops individual programs for each client based on that client's unique constitution and on any imbalances that the client may be experiencing. Recommendations can be drawn from all facets of Ayurveda and classical yoga, such as diet and nutrition, daily routine and lifestyle, herbal supplements, yoga postures, cleansing practices (pancha karma and shat karma), breathing practices (pranayama), deep relaxation, meditation, yoga nidra, and marma (acupressure) therapy.

Find out more about Susan's Ayurveda offerings in St. Paul, Minnesota here.

If you'd like to watch a brief introduction to Ayurveda that I gave at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, click here.

Tibetan Cranial Therapy

Susan is a Tibetan Cranial® Teacher and has been a Practitioner since 2014. Tibetan Cranial therapy has a rich history that originated in the Himalayan highlands about 3,000 years ago. Tibetan Cranial work is a disciplined technique designed to realign and restore our innate capacity for self-healing. The work assists the body in correcting its own imbalances, reminding the body that it can heal itself. Tibetan Cranial work can bring relief in many conditions, in addition to giving an overall sense of feeling better. Please find out more here.

Thai Massage

Susan has been providing therapeutic Thai Massage, an ancient healing modality with strong roots in Ayurveda and yoga, since 2013. Thai Massage uses both pressure and stretching to alleviate tightness in the muscles and other body tissues as well as address constriction in the flow of energy. Susan's Thai Massages are informed by her experience with Ayurveda, Yoga, Marma (acupressure), and Reiki, resulting in a session that is customized to be therapeutic as well as relaxing. She is a graduate of the Denver Integrative Massage School and has undertaken additional study of Thai Massage at the Thai Institute of Healing Arts. You can learn more about Thai Massage here.


Finally, Susan has been a Reiki Master Teacher since 2015. She has studied with two Reiki Masters in two different Reiki lineages. She draws from both lineages, as well as from her training and experience in other healing modalities, in her Reiki sessions with individuals and her Reiki training classes. Learn more here.

Wholeness & Healing, Naturally

The healing modalities that Susan offers all share in common recognizing each person as unique and viewing the whole of each person - body, mind, and spirit. Each modality also employs natural methods that work with and take advantage of the body's innate healing abilities. As a result, these practices all aim at truly restoring health and not merely relieving symptoms.

Together, the healing arts that Susan practices allow her to offer holistic health and healing options for a wide range of goals. Susan has worked with people wanting assistance with digestion, anxiety, depression, stress, musculoskeletal and joint pain, chronic pain, low energy, management of chronic conditions such as autoimmune diseases and diabetes, migraines, headaches, concussions and other head injuries, insomnia, asthma, allergies, menstrual cycle issues, and many other conditions. With a broad range of tools at her disposal, Susan can tailor recommendations so that they are appropriate and workable for a particular person's circumstances.

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