I first took an interest in Ayurvedic medicine while searching for a natural remedy to give relief to the symptoms of my Crohn’s disease. After 10 years of Western medicine’s treatments, I was ready for a non-toxic alternative. Ayurveda offered a gentle approach, allowing for adjustments as necessary, when the patient is ready.
As my knowledge increased, my biggest changes came with listening to my body. Growing awareness of what it needed and whether I was giving it the right fuel, helped the changes come naturally. This is Ayurveda’s biggest gift and is one of the reasons I returned year after year to India to continue my studies.
Throughout the first 4 winters I traveled to India, I gained small tools to implement changes into my diet, lifestyle and daily habits. Small and slow changes were the only way, for me, to ensure they were permanent. I was never a morning person, but eventually being able to wake up at 7am, without an alarm, was a drastic change for me.
The benefits of Ayurveda became so clear that when I came upon a skilled, experienced and honest 3rd generation Indian/Ayurvedic doctor in 2014, I took the opportunity to officially study with him. I was ecstatic to study in the Himalayan mountains, the birthplace of Ayurveda. As my health improved I became aware of the benefits Ayurveda could have on Canadians, as either complimentary to Western medicine or as its alternative. Coming back to Canada with a certificate as an Ayurvedic Therapist, I felt confident in spreading awareness and offering advice on how to maintain balanced health following this ancient Eastern medicine’s guidelines.
Yoga and Meditation are complementary practices to Ayurveda’s medicine system. Together they give attention to the mind, body and spirit, as a whole. Naturally, all 3 grew together, as my healing progressed. Teaching people to incorporate each practice into their daily lives is my passion and I hope to spread it widely through the Western world.