I began studying Yoga at a local studio as a way to connect more consciously with my body. One of my teachers had a background in Ayurveda which she wove into her weekly asana classes. I was intrigued with the idea that people are inherently connected to, and are meant to live in harmony with, nature. When my teacher announced that she was hosting a workshop at her studio with an Ayurvedic doctor from India, I eagerly signed up.
Driven by this new interest, I enrolled in a Yoga teacher training program with a focus on Ayurveda. I eventually traveled to India to study Ayurveda more formally in a four-month program in Kerala. I read many books on the foundations of Ayurvedic philosophy, including those by Vasant Lad, David Frawley and Deepak Chopra. But when I found Myra Lewin’s book, Freedom in Your Relationship with Food, it reinforced clearly how these concepts could be applied to my own daily life. When I learned Myra would be visiting Canada, I signed up for her workshop and a consultation.
Learning the practical applications of Ayurveda
I’ve continued to study Ayurveda as a lifelong pursuit (I am enrolled in Hale Pule’s Ayurvedic health counselor certification program and attended the Ayurvedic chef training on Kaua’i). The more I learn and the more I connect with my prakruti, or constitution, the better I understand myself on a much deeper, more profound level than I have ever known. Now, when I teach my Ayurvedic cooking courses or lead my Yoga classes, I guide my students to approach this seemingly complex science using simple and practical ways. Making simple changes can completely transform one’s relationship with eating and health, and it doesn’t require years of study to begin.