Ashana is a licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Doula with specialized training in Prenatal Massage, Labor Massage, Postnatal Massage and Cupping Vacu-Therapy. She is a Master Level Reiki practitioner, Access Consciousness Bars practitioner, professional Birth Doula and Vaginal Steam Sauna facilitator (V-Steam). Ashana is a life long learner and supporter of the healing arts. She strives to share her knowledge with other women in her local and global community as an educator, facilitator, and passionate practitioner.
In Ashana’s words…
“While I am currently studying Sai Shakti soul level healing techniques, I’ve already completed a plethora of other healing modalities. In addition to being a licensed Massage Therapist with specialized training in Prenatal Massage, Labor Massage, Postnatal Massage and Cupping Vacu-Therapy. I am very passionate and truly have a heart for seeing women healed, healthy and whole.
I suffered for over a decade with debilitating pain from endometriosis, a gynecological issue. After numerous surgeries (over 5), my doctor refused to operate on me anymore, saying that he feared causing more damage than good because of all of the scar tissue surgery leaves. I suffered from pain for YEARS after that. Through holistic health care methods like V-Steam, Herbal Medicine, and Energy Medicine I have helped to heal my body, mind, and spirit. I am determined to continue this path to help other women to become pain free. I am dedicated to sharing the knowledge I've gained with other women as a holistic health care practitioner and teacher.”
Jennifer Byrne, MPH, CAP is a nutritionist, herbalist and a NAMA-Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP). Jennifer received her Master's degree in public health from Emory University, which led her to Africa and South America- where she spent 10 exciting (rajasic) years designing and overseeing health programs for the CDC and other institutions- before returning to her hometown of Charleston, SC to tackle nutrition and childhood obesity in the public school system for another 4 years.A dedicated yogi since a formative trip to Rishikesh in 2008, Jennifer’s passion for yoga's spiritual path and her interest in plant-based nutrition and its connection with traditional healing modalities drew her quite naturally to the ancient healing wisdom of Ayurveda. In addition to her Master's degree, her formal education includes certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, completion of the Gaiananda Herbal Apprenticeship under herbalist Patricia Harpell, completion of the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga’s 600-hour Ayurvedic Health Counselor Program and most recently, completion of Kerala Ayurveda Academy's 1000-hour Ayurvedic Practitioner program. Some of her teachers include Vishnu Dass, Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath, Patricia Harpell, Dr. Joan Harrigan and her beloved spiritual teacher, Swami Chandrasekharanand Saraswati.
As a Nutritionist and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Jennifer provides diet, lifestyle and herbal support grounded in the ancient Indian wisdom of Ayurveda and Western herbal traditions. She is not a medical doctor or Ayurvedic Doctor, but provides services that are complementary to these professions.
Jenny Karns received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas before earning her master’s in acupuncture and certificate in Chinese herbal medicine from the Academy of Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, Fla. She is licensed as an acupuncturist by the Georgia Composite State Board of Medical Examiners, and nationally board certified to practice acupuncture (NCCAOM Diplomate). She completed her advanced clinical studies in acupuncture and internal medicine with senior medical doctors at Zhejiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China.
She is also a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM.) The ABORM certified practitioners have demonstrated competency and advanced knowledge in the field of both Western and Eastern Reproductive Medicine by passing a rigorous advanced certification examination.
Jenny specializes in women’s health including infertility and reproductive health, IVF/ IUI support, menstrual irregularities, PCOS, and menopause. Additionally, she treats pain, anxiety, and depression.
“ Health has always been an integral part of who I am. Both of my parents were in the medical field, and although I always knew I wanted to work in that area, I’ve always been drawn to a more holistic, individual healing approach. Through education, experience, and a bit of luck, I eventually discovered Five Element Acupuncture and Qi Gong. Over the years, I’ve developed my own personal guiding principles of health, happiness and healing. I apply them in my own life, and they also provide the foundation of my acupuncture practice. Those principles are based on intuition, integrity, compassion and personal responsibility.” — Jenny Karns
Five Element Acupuncture sees a person in health and balance, rather than in illness. This style of acupuncture guides you in listening to your own body’s intuitive messages. This enables you to develop a greater self-awareness, ultimately realizing you hold the key to your own health. This often means letting go of negative tendencies, habits, emotions or interactions. By living from a place of integrity and compassion, your actions reflect your values and expectations; you will feel balance mentally, physically and emotionally. Living from these principles, you will be able to transform internal and external conflict and realize the full potential for a healthy, happy and purposeful life.