Ayurveda, a Timeless Medical Science

Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India, which originated over 5,000 years ago. The word "Ayurveda" is from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and literally means "Knowledge of Life."  Ayurveda, is a holistic medical health system successful for thousands of years, focusing on removing symptoms and eradicating the underlying causes of disease while providing tools and guidance to maintain a well balanced healthy life. Ayurvedic treatments may include internal and external medicinal herbal remedies, incorporate diet, exercise, daily lifestyle programs, external body therapies, yoga, meditation and practices of detoxification and rejuvenation.

Ayurveda is multi-faceted, and practitioners often undergo years of training. It is an incredibly sophisticated system of observation, and categorizes its clients by distinctive anatomic and metabolic “types.” According to Ayurvedic beliefs, each person has a distinct pattern of a specific combination of physical, mental, and emotional characteristics of the body. The course of illness and remedies are determined in part by each client’s constitution. Many factors can disturb the balance of the body such as stress, unhealthy diet, toxins, weather, work, strained relationship and lifestyle choices. Such disturbances are expressed in the body as disease.

Inherent in Ayurvedic principles is the concept that you are capable of taking charge of your own life and healing. When a person becomes ill, the illness is not likely to completely cure unless you change behaviors that caused it. Understanding genetic makeup and getting to the bottom of these factors is an essential process of the Ayurveda medical science. An Ayurvedic practitioner creates specific medical health programs according to each's patterns, addressing each person illness differently from the next. Thus, Ayurveda provides a complete system of healing and long-term solutions.


Kathy Jo Staheli, AD, Founder

Kathy Jo Staheli, AD, Founder

Kathy Jo Staheli, AD is a NAMA recognized doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine, with a focus in Panchakarma, the Ayurvedic science of detoxification and rejuvenation. While working as Panchakarma Technician in Santa Cruz, California, Kathy Jo pursued an Ayurvedic degree from Kerala Ayurveda Academy and Bastyr University. During this time, she traveled to India for a deeper understanding of the medical science, joining the worlds top Ayurvedic doctors as an intern in clinics, hospitals, and retreat centers.

Her deep passion for sharing Ayurveda, allowed her to work with Kerala Ayurveda Academy as a practitioner and as the global business development manager, bringing Ayurvedic resources to the U.S. market. She is currently an integral part of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and speaks globally on the application of Ayurvedic philosophies and practices.

With over a decade of practice in the Ayurvedic health industry, she offers a service with an in-depth knowledge of the Ayurvedic System of Medical Science, facilitating a balanced and healthy life for her clients.

Maripaz Ojeda, Panchakarma Technician, Spa Coordinator

Maripaz Ojeda is an Ayurvedic Technician and Yoga Instructor. Growing up in Mexico City and Spain her love for the art's developed. For eight years she worked as a photographer and plastics artist. Through her practice of Hatha and Kundalini yoga, she blended her passion for art and the healing arts and began teaching art and yoga for children. She soon expanded her work, leading pre-birth yoga classes for expecting mothers as well as wellness courses for pregnancy and natural birth, in both Spain and Mexico.

Mari Paz has ten years of working with Mexico's traditional plant medicine, guiding Temazcals and other healing ceremonies in Malincalco. She is an owner of a local handcraft, herb and organic product tea shop in Malinalco and is a mother of 3 children. She embraces her full life and shares her enthusiasm, passion, and respect for both nature and art with her family.

Mónica María Rodríguez, Ayurvedic Technician, Yoga Instructor

Mónica María Rodríguez is an Ayurvedic Technician and Certified Yoga Instructor. She studied at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai India. With over 15 years of yoga practice in Hatha, Ashtanga, Sivananda, and Vipassana Meditation, Mónica has developed a keen interest in holistic human well-being.  Previously she graduated in Philosophy from the College of National Autonomous, University of Mexico and is a former Contemporary dancer.

Recently, Monica has studied traditional Mexican practices and leads Temezcal ceremonies of purification. She is a mother of a two-year-old boy and treasures each experience in human consciousness and evolution. She is eager to continue learning and finding, beauty, light and healing potential within each being, through compassion and trust.

Cecila Molinar Zubieta, Yoga Therapist, Ayurvedic Technician

Cecilia Molinar Zubieta is an Ayurvedic Technician and Certified Yoga Instructor who investigates the development of movement in the human creative somatic process. She studied dance therapy and choreographic design in the CUDD, Mexico. She later ventured into various techniques of movement such as Feldenkrais, Danceability, kinesthetic empathy, authentic movement, Butoh dance, and theatre laboratory.

She found her passion for Yoga while studying with Bharath Shetty, India RYS Ananda Yoga in Mysore, India. After, she advanced her study in yoga through the study of anatomy, kinesiology, mind-body movement and therapeutic yoga. She works with Morosoli Neuropsychology clinic helping neurodevelopment through investigating movement and its relationship through learning and meditation. She also researches rhythmic movement therapy and performs craniosacral l therapy. With this in-depth knowledge of movement and yoga, she integrates elements of experiential Anatomy with traditional techniques of yoga and meditation in each of her sessions.


Belem, Ayurvedic Technician, Yoga Instructor

Belem, Ayurvedic Technician, Yoga Instructor

Belem is an Ayurvedic Technician and Yoga Therapist. She started practicing yoga in 2002, and in 2005 began studying to be a certified Yoga Instructor. She completed her 600hr training in Lunanda Yoga (Mexico City) with Rose Mary Atri, Maria Molina & Ivana Sejonovich. During her studies, Belem explored different lineages of yoga including, Hata Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Vijñana Yoga, and some in-depth studies at the Iyengar Yoga Centre in Dharamkot, India.

She has been giving private Yoga classes for more than ten years; she specializes in Therapeutic Yoga and Vedic Chants from where she studied at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Madiram in Chennai, India. She is currently a student of Body Mind Movement, practices Vipassana meditation and is a certified Swedish Massage Therapist.

Her life passions are her three-year-old daughter, the study of local millenary traditions, Son Jarocho music, traditional sweat lodges 'temazcales', circus, medicinal plants, and minerals.

Ximena Boburg, Yoga Instructor

Ximena Boburg, Yoga Instructor

Ximena Boburg has been a professional yoga instructor since 2009. Her passion is to help people develop their inner wisdom to achieve healing and inspiration through yoga, art, and somatic movement. Her practice guides people to get in touch with their unique body rhythms and movements while developing easiness and unconditional love energy, as well as deep meditative states of consciousness, improving the overall quality of life.

Purusha Ayurveda Wellness

Our center is nestled in the beautiful hills of Malinalco, Mexico. As soon as you get to this magical town, you will be captivated by its diversity of plants, cobbled streets, neighborhood chapels, rocky mountains, ancient pyramid and colorful markets. You will see white zapotes, guava and plum trees growing next to ferns, jacarandas, and nopales. And in more than one yard or garden hanging orchids.  Malinalco is vibrant and full of pre-Hispanic and colonial past, in its architecture, art, and charming culture. Our quaint property is surrounded by towering rocks and lush gardens with four privately located suites, each with beautiful views, allowing the desired peace and relaxation. The lush grounds provide a small cafe, pool, Ayurvedic day spa and clinic, meditation gardens, library, and mountaintop organic veggie garden.