In order to understand a clients individual nature (Prakriti) and their current state of balance or imbalance (Vikriti), the Ayurvedic Practioner and client must first consult one on one. An Ayurvedic consultation is a way for the practicioner to get to know the client beyond a surface level. A traditional Ayurvedic consultion utilizes an eightfold examination process called ashtavidha pariksha. (Ashta means eight, vidha means fold or process, and pariksha means exam.)
When getting an initial consultation, plan to spend about two hours with the practitioner. The eightfold exam is a thorough process in which the consultant really gets to know you. It consists of examining eight areas of the body and bodily functions, all of which reveal places of balance and imbalance.
After evaluating all aspects of your being, a practitioner can make clear suggestions about which Ayurvedic practices you can adopt to maintain a life of balance. These may include daily self-care routines, food choices, yoga and pranayama techniques, meditation and movement practices, and herbs. The true aim of Ayurveda is to clear out the clutter in the mind, senses, and body to access your greatest potential for health and thriving.