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The Sanskrit word Ayurveda stems from two roots: ayus which means life or life cycle and vid which means knowledge. So Ayurveda is the knowledge of daily living and the life cycle — a system of achieving and maintaining health. Ayurveda teaches that health is sustained through the balance of three vital energetic forces known collectively as the Doshas, and individually as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The purpose of Ayurveda is to bring these three forces into harmony to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Call 212-598-4800 to book a balancing Ayurvedic treatment today.


manjula_PaulManjula Paul is from Kerala, India — the home land of Ayurveda. Her family has practiced Ayurveda for three generations, and they were royal Vaidyas (doctors) for the royal family of South India. Manjula started her formal education in Ayurveda from the age 17. She studied Ayurvedic medicine for 8 1/2 years, and holds degrees BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from the prestigious University of Kerala, India, and is also a registered ISHTA Yoga teacher.

Dr. Munira Merchant is an Ayurvedic graduate (B.S.A.M.) Panch Karma specialist and Ayurvedic cosmetologist from India. She has been practicing and teaching Ayurveda for about 30 years, first in India and then in U.S.A. Munira uses ancient Ayurvedic techniques such as pulse reading, aura reading and physical characteristics, advice on self healing through individualized diet, gentle detoxification through Panch Karma, life style modifications, stress management, and daily and seasonal routines that are helpful in variety of conditions like Arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, digestive disorders, allergies, asthma, sinusitis, skin ailments, weight problems, stress, anxiety, memory problems, hair loss and more. Dr. Merchant is also a New York State licensed Esthetician and advises on beauty problems. She can also provide guidance on therapeutic use of gems, colors, and aroma oils.


Initial Ayurvedic Consultation
According to Ayurveda, when the Doshas are out of balance, one’s immunity level decreases. Imbalances lead to abnormal symptoms in the body or disease; they are the root causes of physical and emotional discomfort. Utilizing the traditional art of pulse analysis and other conventional Ayurvedic methods, a thorough evaluation of your doshic constitution and imbalance is performed. Once the type of imbalance is determined, we can bring the body back into balance by following a suitable Ayurvedic Dosha-specific diet, exercise, and occasional use of herbs and therapies. $150

A full body massage using customized strokes and selected warm herbal oils chosen specifically for your body type. This treatment nourishes the skin, aids in removing impurities, stimulates arterial and lymphatic circulation, and relaxes the mind and body. Abhyanga promotes overall healing and nourishes muscle tissues and the nervous system. It also removes stagnant waste from the body.  $90 (30 min. add-on to additional service),  $160 (60 min.), $245 (90 min.)

Deep Cleansing Ayurvedic Facial
A special cleansing treatment using herbal steam, various herbs, and fresh fruits. This treatment enhances complexion, nourishes facial muscles, and alleviates blemishes. $160

Ayurvedic Reflexology
A unique foot reflexology incorporating the marma (meridian) points of the feet. $90 (30 min.), $110 (45 min.), $150 (6o min.)

Chakra Alignment
A 30-minute opening and balancing of the Chakra system centers using specific semiprecious gem stones, essential oils, bija mantra chanting, visualization, and affirmations.  This is a wonderful add-on treatment to your Ayurvedic appointment and cannot be booked as an individual session $90

Kati Basti
During this treatment, a well of medicated herbs is formed on the client’s back. Warm medicated oil is then poured into the well for a stipulated time period. Kati Batsi is known to be very effective in combating upper and lower back pain. $90 

Marma Therapy
During this session, particular marma (energy) points are reinvigorated with a pressure point massage and essential oils to clear any blocked energy in your system. See Marma Therapy page for further information and additional options. $90 (30 min. add-on to additional service)

Nasya and Karnapooran
This treatment helps clear the sinuses, relieving facial muscle and jaw tension. It is a very good treatment for TMJ. $90

Netra Basti
An eye treatment with herbs. This is effective for tired, dry, puffy, and sensitive eyes, or for those who are combating dark under-eye circles. $90 

A comprehensive custom tailored series of Ayurvedic treatments designed to detoxify, rejuvenate, and restore the natural balance of the Doshas. It includes marma therapy, herbal steam, herbal body wrap or exfoliation, nasal treatment, eye treatment, and shirodhara. The detoxifying treatments are tailored specifically to the condition of the client. Duration of the treatment is generally 2 1/2 to 3 hours per session; the exact time will be determined by your Ayurvedic consultant. It is usually advised to receive this treatment for 3, 5, 7, or 14 days. $385

A unique, relaxing treatment for the central nervous system in which comfortably warm oil is dripped on the forehead. This is effective in combating anxiousness, insomnia, headaches, tension and high blood pressure. $160


Kristen RaeKristen Rae StevensE-RYT 500, Ayurvedic Consultant & Yoga Specialist, has been teaching healing through movement and somatic study since 1998.   She is a contributing lecturer on anatomy and Ayurveda for yoga teacher trainings and regularly lectures for the Primary Care Physicans and medical students at Mount Sinai Hospital.  She is currently on faculty for the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism in NYC.  In addition she maintains a private practice in the greater NYC region in and is the creator/director of personal development programming and teacher training courses in yoga, Ayurveda and botanical studies in Montauk, NY.  She holds diplomas in dance, movement therapy, yoga, Ayuryoga® and Ayurveda and continues her studies regularly with world class teachers in the states and abroad.

Ayurvedic Diet, Lifestyle + Herbal Consultation
Upon scheduling an initial consultation (90min), we will review your medical health history and goals and take time to thoroughly assess your health concerns. Using traditional diagnostics such as pulse, tongue, eye, and nail exams we will come to get to know you and how we can support you to meet your health objectives based on herbal, dietary and lifestyle recommendations from an Ayurvedic and additonal therapeutic perspectives. $195


Please call 212-598-4800 to book your appointments.

ISHTA Yoga has 48-hour cancellation policy for all spa treatments.