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Our StoryJoyful Belly is the leading school of Ayurvedic diet & digestive health. We offer the most extensive clinical training of any Ayurveda program in the West, and are known for our down-to-earth, practical teaching style. In our rigorous online training programs, you will study Ayurvedic medicine and digestive tract pathology, pulse diagnosis, tongue diagnosis, diet, lifestyle, herbal formulations, and much more.
In addition to our North Carolina State-approved online Ayurvedic courses, we also offer clients advanced tools in Ayurvedic dieting. We offer a user friendly website featuring thousands of yummy, healthy recipes, ingredients and symptoms online. Joyful Belly helps you understand how your body experiences food so that you can identify the best foods to eat for health, wellness and happiness.
Joyful Belly provides a modern, functional & experiential approach to Ayurveda - a 5,000 year old system of medicine from India. Ayurveda integrates the science of medicine with the art of healing. Ayurveda describes disease not only in western medical terms but as patterns of doshas, feelings, and tastes that everyone can understand and experience. Perspective helps us relate better to our body, self-monitor, respect the laws of Nature, and make supportive lifestyle and diet choices.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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