Many individuals come across Ayurveda in a search for better health and I am no exception.
At 19 years old I was diagnosed with autoimmune thyroid disease. I began to question my health and to search beyond Western medicine for a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the disease process.
Over the years what emerged for me was Ayurveda and Yoga - two incredible self-healing sciences. I started to discover a medical science that extended far beyond my questions about my physical health.
Ayurveda offered insights into the nature of all things including physiology, personality, relationships, psychology and life-purpose. I quickly realised many of my deeper interests were of a much more philosophical nature and Ayurveda provided a scientific framework for the understanding of these too.
Ayurvedic science relies on nature, aligning with many intuitive understandings of our natural environment - so it feels familiar. Learning Ayurveda became like reconnecting with something I already knew - something from my distant past.
In my twenties I graduated from Uni. Then trained and worked for ten years as a plumbing and heating engineer. I was one of just a handful of female plumbers working in the UK at that time.
I had a lot of different exciting experiences but I was always searching for more.
In the summer of 2009, a well timed redundancy gave me the opportunity to travel abroad from the UAE (where I was working at the time) to Mysore in India.
During my stay in India I practiced Yoga daily and discovered Ayurveda by means of a deep Ayurvedic cleansing treatment - known as Panchakarma. I found a book on Ayurveda in a local book store and started reading - I was hooked.
When I returned to the UK I started a Yoga teacher training course. I was really lucky because just by chance the teacher was studying Ayurveda himself and infused the course with his own knowledge.
At around the same time I met my husband and together we embarked upon family life.
It was a time of immense happiness - but not without its challenges as every parent knows. The sleep deprivation and tiredness that came with having a young family really got to me. I suffered a whole host of difficult symptoms spanning from severe food intolerance and skin problems, to anxiety and low mood.
Alongside early motherhood I continued studying Ayurveda. I practiced a gentle, restorative Yoga. I introduced changes to my lifestyle that incorporated simple Ayurvedic techniques to restore my health. I incorporated lots of Ayurvedic recipes including kitchari and ghee into my regular meal plan.
Through Ayurveda and Yoga I slowly discovered how to take care of myself and my family on a much deeper level. Ayurveda and Yoga combined helped me to restore and stabilise my health, to balance my body and mind allowing me to live my life to its fullest potential.
Naturally there’s more to my story than this short synopsis - and many of my health challenges are ongoing - but I hope reading this gives you a little insight into how my health concerns were the driving force behind my embracing Ayurveda.
Ayurveda has become a lens through which I see the world. Almost like a pair of Ayurveda-tinted glasses that once on you can’t really take off again. Everything in this world makes sense through the lens of Ayurveda.
I relate everything - all the people I meet, all the experiences I have, everything I learn - to the language of Ayurveda. Or perhaps by now it’s the other way round.
And here’s why… I can’t help but translate all aspects of my modern existence into the timeless art of Ayurveda for one simple reason - it helps me! It helps me to understand and accept the challenges of this very complex world we live in.
And I believe - to whatever extent you allow - Ayurveda will help you too.
Training & Certificates
In November 2018 I started BWY Level 4 TT with Angela Ashwin.
In October 2016 I completed my Ayurvedic studies online training with Dr David Frawley at the American Institute of Vedic Studies.
In February 2014 I completed my Yoga 200hr TT Vinyasa Krama Yoga at Harmony Yoga with Steve Brandon, student of Srivatsa Ramaswami.
I’ve also completed courses with Dr Deepa Apte at Ayurveda Pura.
Sivananda Yoga Centre, Putney, London, UK – Jul to Dec 2007
Art of Yoga, Abu Dhabi, UAE – Feb 08 to May 2009
Ashtanga Yoga Shala, Mysore, India – Jun to Sep 2009
Exhale Studio, Venice Beach, LA – Sep to Oct 2010
Vinyasa Krama with Harmony Yoga, Wells, Somerset – Feb 2010 to May 2014
Hatha Yoga, Self-practice, 2012 to 2018
BWY Hatha Yoga with Angela Ashwin, Exeter 2018+