I was trained by my father to be a contrarian, this, a man, who heckled the local minister in his youth, and my mother that showed me how to organise the assembly, be consistent and stretch a buck around the block and back. Between the two perspectives I took my grounded discipline and independent spirit and travelled as much as I could, living in 5 countries, making money as an accountant and spending that money in adventures between jobs. I called travelling "impressions on my soul" and I couldn't get enough in my system (20 years later). It was on the road I learned to see the good as flow and the bad as interesting. It's where I naturally became an astute observer and a storyteller.
My personal life took an about turn at 29. I found myself going through a major life change and alone in a foreign country deciding whether to spend my days in the bar or in the yoga studio. By grace, proximity, clever marketing and the book Autobiography of a Yogi, I was swayed towards the yoga studio where an exotic Turkish woman introduced me to the inner world. Through that studio I also made contact with a nurse that told me about an orphanage in the south of India I could volunteer at. What started out as a 3 month trip to India to get my yoga teacher certification, turned into a one year journey discovering the ideas around Buddhism, the Indian style of indirect journeying, the importance of communal eating, getting over judgement and impatience working with severely handicapped kids at an orphanage, slowing down, abstinence of alcohol, and the introduction of my life long addiction to masala chai.
In my eternal quest for a path that directed the betterment of my self, I found something was missing from my yoga practise I couldn't quite put my finger on. Suffering severe sciatic nerve disorders, reproductive issues, and IBS, my intense attitude to yoga seemed to make it worse. I came across the book by Dr David Frawley called Ayurveda and Yoga and it completed the package. All of a sudden I saw the human end of my spirit journey. All of a sudden I had the idea of how to practically organise my life for optimum functioning for not just my spirit life but also my creative pursuits and a clearer view of my relationships. I finally found a system not unlike the debit/credit yin/yang law of opposites I could relate to. Ayurveda kept it real in this world.
I studied the foundation of clinical practice (CAS), body therapies (PKS) and Ayurvedic Yoga training (AYT) at the California College of Ayurveda, did a Gurukula program with Dr Vasant Lad in Pune (India), spent time learning the south Indian body therapies in an Ayurvedic eco hospital called Vaidyagrama and mentored with Dr Claudia Welch , who specializes in women’s health. I am learning all the time with the many wonderful teachers that have taken the core teachings from the Ayurvedic classical texts and adapted it to today. I am also part of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association in the US), an association focused on creating Ayurveda as a legitimate health modality in the US.
My teacher says it best. Ayurveda can be explained not just as complementary medicine but contextual medicine, meaning I can now look back on my life and see the diet and lifestyle, or context, that caused my issues. Ayurveda can help to explain the root cause of disease.
I have travelled the world and seen many things but the unfolding of my clients to balance trumps all – it is the greatest honour to be part of someone’s transformation. And so, in a big mishmash of personal stories mixed with the foundational scripted truths of Ayurveda, I hope to inspire more emphasis on your gifts and strengths than disease. There is a part of Ayurveda, the natural constitution aspect, we don't observe enough of, that's like a secret door - if you focus on your good, then some kind of Alice Wonderland adventure starts to happen. I have had a practise for the past 6 years, working in Portland OR, Castlemaine VIC, and now currently practising in Melbourne. I am also working on a new concept to inspire women in creative small businesses to adopt the principles of Ayurveda in their business practise via my ideas in Artisan Wellbeing.
My Vata dreams of creative, out-of-the-box expressions of this natural law framework. My Pitta organises it here and envisions the practical online programs of positive body image.
Thanks for visiting. May you believe in your greatest good.