Ivy Ingram, MA, AHP, RYT-500, is an Ayurvedic health practitioner and yoga therapist specializing in women’s health. She has been teaching yoga since 2002. She helps women find practical wisdom and inspiration in ancient healing sciences to better grapple with the challenges of our modern lives.
Ivy helps clients resolve digestive problems, menstrual difficulties, weight concerns, and stress-related issues like anxiety, insomnia and depression. She is a former faculty member of the Ayurvedic Institute under the direction of the world-renowned Dr. Vasant Lad in New Mexico. Currently she conducts online programs, educational courses, seasonal cleanses, and consultations to help clients find comfort in their bodies and ease in their life.
Making the seismic shift from the theoretical to the well-lived, Ivy has drawn deeply on the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga in her own ongoing healing from an autoimmune hyperthyroid condition. This exploration, including 3 months of treatment in India in 2016, continues to deepen her understanding of what healing actually means and how to support the inherent intelligence and ability of the body-mind to restore balance.
Ivy received her Ayurvedic Health Practitioner certification from Dr. Vasant Lad after an intensive 2-year clinical training program. She also studied Ayurveda in southern India for 5 months in 2011 with her primary teacher there, Dr. A.R. Ramadas, and has returned nearly every year for further training or treatment. She also participated in several mentorships with noted Ayurveda teacher Dr. Claudia Welch.
A certified 500-hour advanced yoga teacher, Ivy completed her 300-hour teacher training in Ayuryoga at the Ayurvedic Institute, integrating the principles of Ayurveda and Yoga as healing, nourishing practices. In 2002, she completed two 200-hour yoga teacher trainings, one with Integrative Yoga Therapy and Kripalu Yoga Center. She also did a specialized training for teaching yoga to people living with cancer and cardiac issues.
Ivy most enjoys teaching yoga to those in need of greater support, such as the clinical staff at a Harvard teaching hospital, patients in a cancer treatment center, and inmates in the Oregon and Texas prison systems. A dedicated student of Vedic chant and Sanskrit, she is fascinated by the power of sound, poetry and the spoken word in healing.
A professional level member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Ivy has a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston College, and a bachelor’s degree in literature from Brown University. She holds a life-long commitment to helping people find their own path to health and joy.
Ivy has had the good fortune to study with the following teachers. She deeply respects and honors their lineages and the gifts they bring the world, and she offers her heartfelt gratitude for their teachings.
Dr. Vasant Lad, B.A.M.S., M.A.Sc. – the legendary teacher and Ayurvedic doctor who is often credited with bringing Ayurveda to the west; founder of The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.
Dr. A.R.Ramadas – one of the medical directors of Vaidyagrama, a pancha karma treatment and training center outside Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, in southern India.
Dr. Claudia Welch , M.S.O.M. – a gifted teacher of Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine based in Vermont, USA.
Yoganand Michael Carroll – a practitioner of the deeper practices of yoga and a master yoga teacher, based at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts.
Sonia Nelson – a remarkable teacher of authentic vedic chant and a devoted student of T.K.V. Desikachar, based in New Mexico, USA.
Nischala Joy Devi – the creator of the “Yoga of the Heart” teacher training for leading yoga with cancer and cardiac patients, and the designer of the yoga portion of the revolutionary Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease.