How were you introduced to Ayurveda?

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From my heart to yours.







PS This poll is still running and I am surprised by how many people learned about ayurveda through yoga. Actually at this time its running 37% yoga to 38% handed down through family.

For those of you who answered, “Never heard of it.” I wrote a piece which is a little like an Ayurveda FAQ called 9 questions 9 answers. ¬†Enjoy

22 thoughts on “How were you introduced to Ayurveda?

  1. I first learned about Ayurveda through my involvement with the Sivananda organization–they had Ayurvedic cooking classes and books on Ayurveda at the center when I was living in Los Angeles and I had PK at the ashram in Kerala. It was my dharma to learn more and finally came to the Ayurvedic Institute to study and now share what I’ve learned. Changed my life forever!

  2. My parents and in laws were very interested in Ayurveda and always passed on the information to us. I must say that I don’t know of Ayurveda mysalf so I am always interested in blogs like your for more information.

  3. About three years ago, my yoga studio had a guest speaker, Arun Deva. He spoke about Ayurveda basics. Afterwards I scheduled an individual consultation with Arun who encouraged me to go to an Ayurvedic healing village- in India! Fortunately I was able to go- took a month off that summer and spent it in Coimbatore where I was fully immersed in Ayurveda treatment-food, panchakarma, lectures, rest, lots of rest. The experience is beyond words, but it changed my personal and world views. The most challenging part since my return to the states is incorporating the Ayurvedic lifestyle into my daily western lifestyle. And finding an Ayurveda doctor in my area. This is really what I need and hope to find that soon.

    1. Sarah, you are so fortunate to have run into Arun-ji! Sounds like you went to Vaidyagrama a wonderful space. Where do you live, perhaps we can find a vaidya in your area? In the mean time, feel free to ask any questions you have through our contact page..
      The transition from any retreat to daily life can be very challenging. I can only imagine the challenge of incorporating Ayurveda after your experience into your daily life. There are so many old habits that arise just by reentering your home. The new habits from Ayurveda and India have yet to be fully instilled in you. This is the time to study how vasasnas are embedded in our being and how to remove them. Peace!

  4. As a child I began to suffer from an eczema-like condition on the insides of my joints. While I religiously used the prescription cream the dermatologist recommended, my skin would never get better. By the time I was in college, the eczema had spread to my eyelid. I went to a doctor on-campus, and she prescribed the same cream I’d been using for years. However, she included a precaution, “I don’t want you using this for longer than two weeks, since it is a steroidal cream.” Finally the light went on in my head. I wondered why I had been so dedicated to using this cream, when all along it hadn’t even solved the problem, and was possibly causing others. Around that same time I began to learn about organic agriculture, and the importance of whole foods. I went on to work on farms in Costa Rica and New Zealand. Along the way, I would pick up advice from other past eczema-sufferers. One told me to cut out wheat, another mentioned dairy. As I explored these options, and felt the limitations of a restricted diet, I still continued to suffer with eczema. At times it was relentless: burning, weeping, itching without relief. I came across herbalism, acupuncture, and more foods I could cut out of my diet, but nothing provided the big picture understanding that I sought.
    Finally, I found Ayurveda. I finally had a language and a framework to understand what was going on with my body. I could see the relationship between my digestion and my skin. As soon as I became familiar with Ayurveda, I knew I was at home. It was like rediscovering my mother tongue.
    They say that when one is bilingual, neither language is ever turned off. That’s how I feel with Ayurveda. It is my constant companion, reminding me to constantly make the choices that uplift and balance me so that I can be my brightest self.
    Thank you Chitra, for collecting these stories.

    1. Thank you Isabel for telling us about your journey. There are so many who suffer and so many for whom the light never turns on. I’m glad it turned on for you and you are sharing your ayurveda practice with others. So what specifically within the practice of Ayurveda, helped you? Although each person has a different doshic imbalance, I am wondering if you can offer a generality based on your experience. Peace!

      1. I had sluggish digestion. By using appropriate spices, healthy habits around eating, and foods that were light and warm, I was able to get my digestion working optimally. This allowed my body to process and expel the stagnant ama and kapha through my digestive tract, instead of through my skin.
        Interestingly, I had been with a partner with a strong pitta digestion. What was working well for him was really perpetuating an imbalance within me. I was very confused and frustrated, as I was eating what I thought was a very healthy diet. Understanding the doshas allowed me to tailor the spices, foods, and habits around my needs.
        Thank you Chitra!

        1. Isabel,
          You bring up such a great point regarding eating with a partner. What works for one even though it may be healthy may not work for the other. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. I was in college, 25 years ago, studying pharmacology and aspiring to work with plant medicine without any idea of how to do so, but buying a few books and reading Yoga Sutras and dabbling in herbal remedies. I fell in love and went to meet my partner’s mother for Thanksgiving. She was a revelation to me, growing up in a blue-collar Midwest conventional town, because she was interested in crystals and astrology and vibrational medicine. In her kitchen she happened to have a copy of A. Morningstar’s Ayurvedic cookbook, which I flipped through with curiosity.

    Five years later, the same woman visited me, now on the west coast, and took me to a book store in San Francisco called Fields. I bought Svoboda’s Prakruti book that day and put it on my shelf, but never read the whole thing. A couple of years after that, as I had been visiting naturopathy and acupuncture schools and working in the supplements and natural food industry, still looking for the right fit, I saw a flier on a post in the city. It was for a 2 year Ayurveda course at the California College of Ayurveda. I went to hear Marc Halpern give a short talk that same week, and signed up immediately. It took awhile, but my heart was slowly drawn and finally found a resonance with Ayurveda.

    1. Thank you. I love your story. It seems to me that ayurveda finds a crack in the heart and enters, either slowly or with sudden force according to samskara.

  6. I was working as a Physical Therapy Aide at a clinic where the owners were from India and were familiar with Ayurveda. One day an advertisement from California College of Ayurveda came through on their fax machine and the owner told me she thought I would be interested in the certificate program they were offering. I had never heard of Ayurveda before so she briefly explained some of the concepts. I looked into it and with two weeks to enroll in the program from the first mention I’d ever heard of it-I decided to go for it! I was certified two years later…

    1. Thanks Michelle. Love reading about serendipity. Ayurveda is like that. Most people wouldn’t just switch gears so quickly, you are surely meant to be in Ayurveda.

  7. Ayurveda was the last resort for me. I first heard about it in one of my yoga classes. Later, I saw a documentary and went to see doc. Scott Gerson. Together we cured my sinus infections and allergies. I’ve incorporated a lot of Ayurvedic methods into my daily routine.

  8. My health had gone down hill for some time, the western doctors seemed to find it easier to medicate instead of cure. so through my study, I found out about Ayurveda. Seven years I was being medicated to the point I could not function. I am now well on the way to being better because of the treatments. Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years, nothing lasts unless it works!

    1. Ain’t that the truth.. No system lasts unless it works! So glad you found Ayurveda Richard. Even happier you have the will to comply so you can heal. Keep us posted.

  9. Ayurveda has been in my family for generations. I was introduced to it from early on by my grand father’s brother, and my great grandmother, who lived for 110 year. Ayurvedic principles were a natural part of her life. My grandfather brother had studied Ayurveda and was also yoga master as well. He healed his wife from cancer. The Allopathic doctors had given her 2 years to live and he told her to just follow his instructions, which she did and consequently was completely healed from cancer. She lived up to the age of 96. Therefore, I have always had a great feeling that there is a healing solution to every ailment. I like that Ayurveda does not fight a condition but harmonizes it. That is the way to true healing. They say Yoga means unity and harmony, and since Yoga and Ayurveda are sister sciences, it makes great sense to bring about harmony in the body in order to heal or alleviate any dis-ease.

    I have always had a great desire to study Ayurveda and Yoga. It is my life and soul. From 1998 to 2001 I was formally trained in Sivananda Yoga at an Ashram in Germany. I did more Yoga teacher training for two more years and taught Yoga in Germany. After coming to the U.S., I studied Ayurveda from the California College of Ayurveda. I did the first two years of the Ayurvedic training. I am an Ayurvedic health educator from the CCA, and I also learned about the Ayruvedic therapies, herbs, and diagnostic. In Florida, I learned Massage Therapy and teach Yoga as a community service at University of South Florida. Otherwise, I teach English at USF. I take care of my mother and of late I have come into a stressful life due to lots of workload, which has affected my health. But I will gain back my balance with Ayurveda and Yoga. I had a injured myself and was not able to practice Massage Therapy as much as I would have liked to. However, now I am much better, and wish to devote my life more to Ayurveda, Yoga, and Massage Therapy. I am still teaching at the university for financial reasons and for a health insurance. I am very happy to be here among lovers of Ayurveda, Yoga, and natural healing. om om om, Deepa

    1. Dearest Deepa,

      Thank you for such a heartfelt story. Thank you for joining our community. Life does bring challenges, I find that Ayurveda and yoga provides a skill set to move through the challenges in a way that is life giving, not life depleting. I love what you said about Ayurveda helps harmonize. So true because ayurveda acknowledges many factors of life, it is not a two sided equation.

  10. I have been introduced to Ayurveda from my childhood. I was administered Ayurvedic medicines right from my childhood days. And I am a proud Ayurvedic doctor now. I graduated from prestigious Amrita school of Ayurveda in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and surgery. My humble Pranams to lotus feet of Amma ( mata amritanandamayi devi) for blessing me with the wisdom of Ayurveda. Currently I’m practicing in Chicago.

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