Lakshmi Ayurveda Nashville
Inspired by Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of beauty, prosperity and abundance, and Ayurveda, the science of life, Megan Kipp followed her passion for wellness and the mind- body connection and travelled the world to study Yoga, Ayurveda and Thai Yoga Massage.
Meg’s students find balance, strength and peace through her signature therapeutic system which blends Ayurveda, Yoga and Positive Psychology, as well as Thai Yoga Massage ( the ancient Thai healing meditation). Private and small group classes are tailored to the unique needs of participants. Meg also hosts original, inspiring workshops in Nashville as well as fun, empowering international yoga retreats throughout the year.
Founder Megan Kipp attended her first yoga class with her mother and grandmother at age five and has been practicing ever since. Her interest in the body mind connection, and eastern preventative medicine led her to a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Here she started teaching Yoga, Pilates, Cycling, and Water Aerobics and Personal Training Sessions.
After graduation, she built close ties with the celebrated yoga studio Kali Yuga Yoga in East Nashville where she resided after teaching English as a second language in Barcelona, Spain. Megan studied for years with owner Leah Lillios King, and Liz Mead, and was deeply influenced by their Sivananda and Dharma Mittra yoga lineage.
Inspired and ready to deepen her practice and understanding, she travelled to Goa, India with Lara Baumann of Quantum Yoga to study and receive her 200+ hour Dynamic Vinyasa certification using Vinyasa, Ayurveda and Quantum Physics, the science of possibilities. It was in Goa where Meg fully immersed herself in the teachings of Ayurveda, its many cleansing therapies and spa like treatments, the yogi lifestyle, Indian cooking and how to use Indian herbs and food as medicine.
She then became a massage therapist after completing her 600 hour program at the Cortiva Institute, 60+ hours of Thai Yoga Massage courses, became a Reiki Practitioner, and Feng Shui Consultant. After putting what she had learned into practice and searching for more information about Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Buddhism. Megan traveled to Sri Lanka, assisted and completed the 500 hour Quantum Yoga Teacher Training. After completing this intense course and thirsty for more knowledge, she traveled to the mountains of Sri Lanka and completed a 3 day silent meditation retreat at Nilambe Buddhist Meditation Centre.
Megan leads annual international Yoga and Wellness retreats as well as private classes, and retreats. Megan is teaching weekly classes and workshops at her favorite studio Kali Yuga Yoga, and she teaches for Kali Yuga Yoga's School of Personal Evolution, 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Independent Study Yoga Teacher Training Certification.
Meg’s journey started at age five and her teachings are a reflection of her travels, experiences, education and trainings. Her approach to yoga includes her intuitive understanding of individuals and groups through Psychology, Ayurveda, Reiki, Massage, Aromatherapy and Feng Shui. Her vinyasa classes provide a challenge and a balance of yin and yang energies.
Lakshmi in the News
WSMV Nashville | Apr 28, 2016 3:39 PM CDT
Reported by Tracy Kornet
Self-care is one of the growing trends in wellness. Nashville native Megan Kipp learned firsthand the importance of investing in ways that enhance personal health and well-being, after she moved out of state for work, became extremely ill, and started searching for health and happiness. Kipp said she found it studying the ancient Indian science, Ayurveda. Several years ago, she brought it back to her hometown. Inside her Sylvan Park studio, the yoga instructor and massage therapist now spends her day helping others feel better.
One of the ways she does just that is an increasingly popular treatment called Indian scalp massage, an ancient Indian Ayurvedic treatment using infused oils on the head, face, neck and top of the shoulders. "We use Indian scalp massage to calm the body, nervous system, the muscles in the face, eye strain, and to calm tension in the back of the head that causes headaches or neck strain from focusing forward," Kipp explained. "Once this area gets relaxed, it provides the rest of the body to be relaxed."
The oils are later combed through the hair, which Kipp said nourishes the scalp and helps reduce stress. "It's an embalmed feeling, almost, having the oil on your head," Kipp added. Clients, like 44-year-old Shauna Bryan, said the treatment helps ward off anxiety, depression, insomnia and migraines. For three years now, the corporate wellness educator has invested in the $50 treatment once a month.
"In order to help other people be well, I must walk the walk myself," Bryan said. "With the Indian scalp massage, it really relieves tension from your head and scalp area, the neck and back area.
Bryan said she rarely gets sick and considers self-care practices as critical as eating well and exercising. "It is a big investment, but in this day and time, you need to be your own health advocate," Bryan said. "In being healthy, you have to invest time and money in yourself and getting yourself well and less stressed so that you stay healthy for life."
When asked about the medical benefits of self-care treatments, Vanderbilt neurologist Dr. Anne O'Duffy said they're important in regards to headache management, in addition to getting adequate and regular sleep hours, avoiding fasting and dehydration, and regular aerobic exercise.
For your own Indian scalp massage, Kipp recommends the following tips:
- Use avocado oil, available online for under $15
- Mix with shea butter to make your own body lotion
- Pour oil generously on head and massage into scalp
- Comb through and through for several minutes. Expect much hair to fall out.
- Comb side to side, and forward and back
- Braid hair and sleep with a towel on your pillow
- hen ready to wash hair, scrub mainly around the scalp area, rinse well, repeat.
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