Om Namah Sivaya
I am so honored to be here, sharing my journey. My intent is only that the information provided will be of use to others along the way. So how did I end up studying Ayurveda and Vedic Philosophy...?
I have always had a strong desire to understand the nature of the world in which we live. I spent my late teens and early twenties traveling the world, studying, participating in various National Science Foundation research projects. Everything from research into alternative energy, water purification to looking for amino acids, the building blocks of life in deep space. I was very much immersed in the standard view of the world. I desperately wanted to know how things work, not just from a theoretical basis, but from a reproducible method of investigation. One in which I could experience first hand the laws of nature. I wanted to understand the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm.
Sooner or later, we realize that our greatest struggles are actually pointers. After we missed the gentle suggestions that we were on the wrong life-path, life throws us for a loop and makes us question everything we hold near and dear. Jung calls this the dark night of the soul. I experienced this myself, through Grace, quite young. I was battling several mental disorders - PTSD, ADHD, depression and anxiety. Undoubtedly, these led to physical imbalances. I fought with mononucleosis, Epstein-barr, PCOS, weight-gain, weight-loss. I was fighting with taking Adderall and Ritalin.
During this time I had dabbled in yoga, mostly for the physical aspect. I was graced with a direct disciple of Pattabhi Jois, of Ashtanga yoga, Lisa Scripp. She was the first teacher to introduce me to the ancient texts of India, namely the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. I began to look into these texts. Did you know the ancient Indians knew of the atom, the distance between the sun and the earth and the distance between the earth and the moon..... 5000 years ago?! I certainly didn't. It was then that I shifted my view of the ancients as a barbaric civilization to perhaps a civilization that was very different that our own, but one with a very deep understanding of the nature of our experience.
As fate would have it, I happened to met a wandering yogic monk, Swami Sankarananda, through my mother. He was walking from the west coast to the east coast of the United States with the message of Peace. He was following the guidance of Peace Pilgrim, who did the same for 28 years during the 50s, 60s and 70s. It is through the Sivananda lineage of yoga - the same lineage that sent Swami Satchitananda to give the opening statement for Woodstock - that I found the depth of knowledge available in the yogic teachings.
It wasn't so much consciously that I made the choice to dedicate myself to the yogic path, but rather after several very large coincidences, and the dramatic improvement of my physical and mental well being, I realized this path may be the one that is right for me. In 2015 my mother and I (with the surprise of a budding 8 week old fetus in my belly) set out on a pilgrimage to India to study with the Swamis deep in the Himalayas, near Uttarkashi. I have found so much grace through the lineage of Swami Sivananda. I am ever grateful for his work. I have found that the timeless teachings do hold that link between the macrocosm and microcosm. That link is us, it is up to us to discover who we really are.
I so strongly believe in the gem of these teachings that I am diving deep into the teachings. Starting with the teachings of the body and mind connection, Ayurveda. There is another way than our modern, stress driven society. I battle with this tendency towards stress daily. It is through this site that I intend to give you the tools to help you understand yourself, mind, body and soul, the tools to help you come in connection with who you really are.
I am currently studying at the California College of Ayurveda and will begin practicing in 2018.
I am every grateful for those who have lead the path before me. I hope to be of service to each of you. Please reach out with ANY questions, comments or feedback.
Love & Om