hormones & spirits
hormones & spirits
Welcome. Whether you are a student of, or a seasoned practitioner of Āyurveda, Chinese or Western medicine – or the pursuit of health in general – you’ll find resources here to help you or your patients make positive, healthy life choices. Your choices will support healthy bodies, hormones, and spirits – wherever you may be, in whatever stage of life or wellness you find yourself.
What is Eastern medicine?
You can read more about it in these pages but—in short—it’s a little bit of everything. It includes TCM and Āyurveda.
You may have heard of TCM—which includes acupuncture, moxa (heat therapy) and herbal remedies. You may not have heard of Āyurveda. Āyurveda is to India what TCM is to China. It is a complete medical system including anatomy, physiology, pathology and treatment principles and means, “the science of life.” And life itself is a little bit of everything–diet, emotions, obligations, exercise, relationships, spiritual pursuits, daily routines.
Eastern medicine helps us understand how what we do, think, feel, eat, buy and expose ourselves to, affects our bodies, minds, spirits, and relationships. From there, we can alter things to improve our lives.
Why improve our lives? Isn’t that self-indulgent?
On one hand, we can agree with Humphrey Bogart, in Casablanca, when he says it doesn’t take much to see that our personal problems don’t “amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”
On the other hand, one of my teachers wrote, “Wanted: Reformers: not of others, but of ourselves.” It turns out, what’s good for us generally benefits the greater good. When we are healthy, it has a positive impact on our families, communities and the planet.
So. Whether you are looking to improve your health, help your patients improve theirs, on a serious quest, or just looking to settle in for a good browse, the categories below can lead you to resources that may help you on the next part of your path…
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Dr. Claudia Welch’s books and CD’s are for everybody – ranging from students of life and health, to MDs, to advanced practitioners of Āyurveda or TCM.
Online courses for health, hormonal balance, inspiration and in-depth Āyurveda training allow us all to learn together from our own homes on a schedule that works for us all.
Articles and recorded conversations with interesting, knowledgeable guests, on subjects that run the gamut from oil pulling, to addiction, to reflections on love and life.
Claudia Welch is a rare gem of a speaker. Her wealth and breadth of knowledge and experience of both Ayurvedic and Chinese therapies is astounding. She is an enigmatic humble and engaging speaker and I will without hesitation book to see her again.
I love the support of the group! It has made making changes in my daily routine so much easier because I know I'm not the only one "out there" doing this.
"Dr. Claudia Welch has developed the insight to see beyond the physical and to look for the subtle signs of pre-pathological conditions. The practitioner can use the practical steps in this book to guide them beyond lab tests and toward results that are more effective."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Weekend with Dr. Claudia Welch. Her knowledge and passion was inspiring! All Women should take the time to understand about how their Hormones work and how to manage them. Dr. Welch’s delivery was easy to understand and apply to daily life. Please return to Sydney soon!"
"I really enjoyed all the sessions with Claudia. She has an amazing gift of teaching, she makes the most complicated subjects appear relatively easy! I have learned so much from this mentorship, especially the concept of women's health and hormones. I look forward to doing another mentorship with Claudia in the future."
I wanted to say thank you for these courses, I absolutely LOVE them! So far I have taken The Planets and Pratyāhāra! So great!
"This book belongs in the library of every healthcare practitioner, and indeed any concerned individual, who wishes to cultivate good relationships with, and good influence on, all sentient beings, and our planet."
I just want to thank you for the Prana CD. Listening to it daily has truly shifted my practice and, consequently, is changing my life. It is amazing to cut through the inertia of my old sleep/wake pattern. I am truly in love with this practice!
"A wise and compassionate meditation on the art and science of holistic medicine."
Dr. Claudia Welch's passion and knowledge of women's health is incomparable. She gives realistic and user friendly facts and home remedies. You walk away inspired, Dr. Welch is ‘good company.
The weekend has given me a deeper understanding of this very insightful approach to women’s health. I also loved the experiential components of the workshop – chanting and using Claudia’s prana breathing techniques. All in all a wonderful weekend and I look forward to her next visit.
"Sir William Osler, the father of western scientific medicine, said, ‘the practice of medicine is an art, not a trade, a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.’ Dr. Claudia Welch stands in this great tradition. Her book is a clarion call to the spiritual side of medicine, without which healing can never be complete."
"Knowledgable and articulate speaker, with a broad, critical, yet caring approach to the subject. She seemed wary of dogmas of any kind, both orthodox and alternative. Relatively unique and meaningful to see an analysis of 'comparative truths' from diverse paradigms of human health across chinese, western and ayurvedic traditions."
"I’ve taken so many courses, and read so many books, that promised to change my life. Healthier Hormones really did. Thanks to Dr. Claudia, Cate, the group energy, and all that valuable information (some of which I’ve never seen anywhere else), I’m experiencing a new ability to shape my life in a way that makes me stronger."
I have attended the Women's Health Seminar two years in a row now, and have found it to be an incredible learning experience. The perspective that Dr. Welch provides on a women's health and development is revolutionary and empowering in its impact. Dr Welch embodies the need for a wholistic approach to health, combining the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life. This seminar is great for women of all ages and all walks of life-it is never too early or too late to start learning how to bring inner peace and thereby create health.
I learned more than I imagined or expected and loved every minute.
Claudia shares a great truth in her teaching. Through her dedication and love of Ayurveda she is able to share with us the knowledge of Ayurveda from a place of real wisdom that enfolds both the scientific as well as spiritual aspects of this science. My experience as her student has been one of great appreciation for the teachings themselves and of the creative and thorough ways in which she conveys them. I couldn't ask for more in a teacher.
This course is perfect. Genius. And love. Thank you ever so much.
"Dr. Claudia's Prana CD is a deeply healing gift. She lead me into an experience of how energetic healing and love are two sides of the same thing… Her beautiful and inspired guidance helped me cut through subtle vestiges of the tension and fear that limit the depth of meditation that is possible with this kind of yoga practice. Thank You!"
For anyone wanting a deeper connection to their soul, a calmer daily perspective and to be part of an inspiring, authentic group of like minded souls, do this course. It's fantastic and I have no hesitation in recommending it.