Before Making an Appointment:

Out of a desire to keep everyone safe, Susan generally is limiting in-person appointments to people who have been fully vaccinated. Online Ayurveda/Yoga Therapy consultations and distance Reiki sessions will continue to be available.

For those who choose not to be vaccinated, Susan understands that people may differ in their assessment of relative risks and thanks you for understanding the difficult decision she has made about the best way she can minimize risks for all concerned. If you have not been vaccinated but would like an appointment, please contact Susan to discuss whether an in-person appointment might be possible for you or whether an online appointment would work well for you.

Susan will wear a mask during appointments. Clients are encouraged to wear masks when possible, for their own safety as well as that of others in the building. Some services Susan offers involve long periods of contact while in close proximity. Clients cannot wear a mask while receiving Tibetan Cranial work and may want to remove their mask with some other services.

For more information on Essence Ayurveda's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, including how it will affect your appointment, please click here.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, use the scheduling tool or link below, or contact Susan at 612.208.6289 or When using the scheduler, you must select a service to see available appointments.

If you have any questions, need an appointment outside of regular hours, or don't see an appointment time that works for you, please contact Susan at 612.208.6289 or She sometimes can be more flexible than the online scheduling program allows, so please don't hesitate to contact her directly if you don't find a time online that works for you.

If you aren't sure which service best fits your needs, please don't hesitate to contact Susan.

Online appointments will be by Google Meet unless you request a different method. Susan will send a meeting link, which should work in any browser or in the Google Meet app. In-person appointments are at 881 Lincoln Ave., Saint Paul, 55105. Please see Contact Us for a map and parking information.

You will receive an email from the scheduling system confirming your appointment and a reminder email 48 hours before the appointment. Those emails contain information important for your appointment. Please carefully review the emails. New clients also may receive an additional email with forms that need to be completed at the first visit. Please fill out the forms and either email them to Susan or bring them with you to the appointment, to avoid spending appointment time filling out the forms. If this is a concern or poses any difficulty, please let Susan know so that accommodations can be made. For your convenience, links to the forms are below:

Client Bill of Rights and Client Agreement (for all new clients)
Ayurveda Intake Form (for all initial Ayurveda consultations)
Essence Session Form (for all initial Thai massage appointments)


Initial Ayurveda / Yoga Therapy consultations last 1 1/2 to 2 hours, with a charge of $144. Follow-up appointments last approximately 1 hour and are $72. Herbs and oils, if recommended, are an additional charge.

Tibetan Cranial, Reiki, private yoga sessions, and marma therapy are $72 for approximately 1 hour.

For Thai massage, a 90-minute session, for $108, is recommended; a 60-minute session is $72. A two-hour Thai massage is $144.

Sales tax is added when required by law. Minnesota imposes sales tax on massage and energy healing modalities, as well as on herbs and oils.

Please note: tips are not expected. The charges are set at a rate intended to be fair for everyone, without additional payment.

A sliding fee schedule is available if needed. Please let Susan know when you schedule your appointment if you would like to talk about a sliding scale fee.

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Book an Appointment

To make an appointment, use the scheduling tool below, click the "Book Now" button, or contact Susan at 612.208.6289 or

Photo: Arabian Sea, Palghar, Maharashtra, India, by Susan Bernhardt, 3/2017