Maureen Sutton inspires us with her many talents and toolkit full of wonderful (and sometimes magical) healing modalities. She is an Ayurvedic Doctor; Licensed Massage Therapist; Ayurvedic Massage Therapy Trainer; Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor; Registered Hatha Yoga Teacher; Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor and Apprentice of Maestra CC de Nava, Curandera (traditional Aztec healer).
Maureen had the great privilege to undertake specialized training in Panchakarma and the preparation of Ayurvedic herbs and oils at the Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of Ayurvedic Medicine in Udupi, India, where she made the rounds with the doctors each day and visited with the patients, listening to their stories of incredible healing through Ayurvedic medicine. Maureen has been performing Panchakarma (series of Ayurvedic Detoxification and Rejuvenation massages and treatments) for 15 years – over six years as the Spa Director and Lead Therapist at the Chopra Center, and the last 9 years at Sanjevani Integrative Medicine Health and Lifestyle Center.
She was certified as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor by Dr. David Frawley’s American Institute of Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico and continued her advanced studies and received her certification as an Ayurvedic Doctor with Dr. Bharat Vaidya of Ayurved Sadhana in Colorado.
Maureen has been practicing yoga since age 12 and is internationally certified to teach yoga from the YogaLife Foundation (recognized by the Yoga Alliance) under the direction of Sanjeev Bhanot and Yoga Life in Dharmashala, India. She is a Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor through the Chopra Center.
Maureen is also a certified Plant-Based Nutrition counselor through Cornell University and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation as well as a Food for Life Instructor and Educational Alliance Partner through the Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), teaching plant-based cooking classes. Maureen Sutton offers one-on-one nutrition guidance toward a healthy, plant-based diet that can prevent and reverse most health conditions, using the most up-to-date clinical research on nutrition, foods, herbs, and supplements. She teaches Sanjevani’s patients to read labels and prepare foods appropriately with natural and organic ingredients. She takes our patients shopping so they can learn these skills in real-time and offers individual one-on-one cooking classes for those who request this service.
Maureen lived, worked, studied and traveled around the world in places such as Spain (where she attended the University of Barcelona studying the language and art), Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Asia and Mexico, bringing with her the wealth of life and cultural knowledge from her experiences abroad. She is compassionate and caring, with highly tuned listening skills.
It has always confounded me that we were born without any instructions on how to assemble and operate our bodies. No instruction booklet about what to eat to keep this body nourished, exercises to keep circulation of blood and lymph moving, or even how to protect ourselves from the elements. There is no instruction manual about how to fix broken body parts. Everything has been left to trial and error. How are we supposed to know which plants might be poisonous and kill us versus those that keep us well? The best answer I could come up with after all these years is that we were given the ability to be quiet and commune with ourselves and nature. It is in that quiet state that we are given the answers to all of these questions.
If we sit quietly and contemplate the structure of a seashell or a crystal, we can see similarities in the structure of our own bodies. Certain foods we know are good for our brains or our eyes by looking at the similarities of shapes. For example, a walnut’s structure resembles the folds of the brain and can be used for anything related to the brain or head, and eyebright flowers resemble the eyes. This is called the Doctrine of Signatures. This doctrine allows us to see how we are part of the whole scheme of life and interconnected with all things. Everything begins with the fractal.
But we live in a very noisy world and have so much to do to keep up with our current lifestyles. Who has time to sit quietly and ask all the questions we need answered just to get through one day? Only a sadhu or a monk that lives in a cave or forest up in the mountains away from civilization.
Fortunately for us, the ancients 10,000 years ago were able to do this and recorded everything in songs and poetry. These songs and poems were passed along orally for centuries and about 5,000 years ago were written down and collected into volumes of books. This is the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda, the knowledge of life. With this amazing body of knowledge we have established societal norms and communal laws to live by as well as diagnosis and prevention of diseases, the use of herbs and minerals, diets for each mind/body type and disease for treatment and rejuvenation, surgery, massage and heat treatments, meditation techniques, treatment of the pregnant woman, birth procedures and how to treat the child and mother after birth, astrology, use of gems and more.
There are studies I have undertaken over the last 20 years to be able to assist my patients. Ayurveda combined with meditation, yoga and massage therapy techniques along with plant-based dietary advice have given me wonderful results in my healing work. It is my extreme pleasure to be able to share this knowledge with you and your family.
A human being is a part of a whole, called by us “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest…a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening your circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
– Albert Einstein