OVERVIEW:

One thing we learn very quickly about Ayurveda is that there is more to learn than one lifetime can provide. Life as we know it has a new window each step of the way, offering new discoveries with each turn. My current efforts with Ayurveda are focused on affordable community education, consultations, therapies, serving the National Ayurvedic Medical Association as a conference manager since 2011. I am the immediate past President and board member for NAMA and I head up the steering committee for the Washington Ayurvedic Medical Association

PERSONAL HEALTH HISTORY:

My exposure to the Ayurvedic science of life began when my massage practitioner suggested I seek solutions for my plaguing migraines through Dr. Shailinder Sodhi, N.D. B.A.M.S. R.D. At this time I had been working within financial technology for many years and my busy corporate lifestyle was creating a major inbalance.

When I first read an introduction to this cosmological philosophy delivered in an elemental language, I did not immediately invest. The theories sounded ideal for the lifestyle of someone who lived in a village where you ate everything local, none of your food was shipped or processed, and the environment was community contained. I walked away thinking, "I most certainly do not live in a village and this would require a complete lifestyle change." After suffering another 6 months with several migraines a week and 5 different flavors of allopathic/Western medicine doctors unable to find solutions, I returned to the Ayurvedic readings of Dr. Vasant Lad and personal care of Dr. Sodhi.

Here is how I would explain my imbalance to the Western doctors:

"At 1 AM I wake up with night sweats. By 5 AM I have throbbing eye pain, sinus swelling and head pain on the right side of my head. I have triggers like missing meals, chocolate and alcohol."

The Western doctors would respond with, "That is an interesting story. Let's try a new hormone and swap out your Imitrex injections with something that causes more nausea and requires an additional medicine that may cause a rebound migraine a few days later."

After a few visits to Dr. Sodhi, some blood work and lifestyle review, I walked away with a booklet full of dietary recommendations for my constitution (Prakruti), a few herbal supplements and a custom list of yoga asanas and pranayama. My story was logical in the science of Ayurved. The Pitta/heating time of the night deliverd night sweats, the 4 AM period was the Vata/movement time pushing Pitta/heat into the nerve/brain tissue (majja dhatu). My liver was toxic (hence an inability to process alcohol and chocolate) and Vata/movement was pushing Pitta/heat.

My lifestyle changes were minor at first. Eating foods that reduced Vata and Pitta within my systems. Taking herbs that cleansed my liver and boosted my dietary efforts for reducing excess Vata and Pitta. Some yoga asana's aimed at improving my Thyroid function and balancing breath. Lemon water in the morning to cleanse my digestive tract and some guidelines for eating with the circadian rhythms of the day. Within 2 months my migraines had gone from 2-3 a week to 1 a week. Prior to my Ayuruvedic changes I had visited the ER for migraine relief almost once a month and I swiftly progressed to having the knowledge to control and manage this cycle.

I rarely have migraines now. I have my life back. I can eat chocolate once again (in moderation). With my continued transition to this lovely state of being I have moved beyond lifestyle to mindstyle. The science is very appropriately named as the 'science of life.'

 

Attended Education:

  • Kerala Ayurveda Academy - Seattle, WA - 12 month (500 hours) Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor Program - 2007/2008
  • Dr. Sarita Shrestha - Women's Health - 2008
  • Dr. Pratima Raichur - Ayurvedic Skin/Beauty 
  • Dr. Robert Svoboda and Scott Blossom - Samadhi Seattle
  • NAMA Conference 2008 workshops - Dr. Lad/Svoboda/Frawley
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Marma Chakitsa - 3 day
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Home Remedies - 3 day
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Pulse Practicum - 7 day
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Advanced Clinical Gurukula Program - Pune, India - 6 Weeks (180 hour) Intensive
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Ayurveda and the Mind: Healing Consciousness - Lecture
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Journey Through the Chakra's - 
  • NAMA Conference 2010 workshops - Dr. Lad/Dr. Svoboda/David Crow - 
  • Ysha Oakes - Postpartum Ayurdoula - 2009
  • NAMA Conference 2011 workshops - Dr. Lad/Maya Tiwari/John Douillard
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Marma Chakitsa - 7 Day Intensive
  • David Crow - Grass Roots Healthcare 
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Healing through Mantra and Homa/Agni Hotra - vedic fire ceremony
  • Dr. Jayagopal Parla - Ayurvedic weekend workshop - Joshua Tree, CA
  • Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath - Practicum on Ayurvedic Assessment
  • Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath - Practicum on the Ayurvedic Approach to Digestive Disorders
  • Dr. Sarita Shrestha - Allergies/Immune System/Digestion
  • Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath - Practicum on Diseases of the Manovahasrotas
  • NAMA Conference 2012 workshops - Dr. Lad/David Crow/Dr. Shanghag - and more
  • AAPNA Conference 2012
  • Dr. Jayarajan Kodikannath - PK Technician Workshop
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Ayurvedic Management of Chronic Disease - 2 day practicum March 2013
  • NAMA Conference 2013 workshops - Dr. Lad/Dr. Joshi/Dr. Frawley - and more
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - 2014 Ayurvedic Pulse Assesssment: Internal Organ Pulse & Methods of Healing Weak Organs
  • Seattle Tilth Permaculture Design Certification with Toby Hemenway 2013/2014
  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Immunilogical & Autoimmune Disorders – Through the Lens of Ayurveda - Bastyr 2015 
  • NAMA Conference 2015 - Douillard/Spelman/Halpern/Chaudhary
  • Dr. Robert Svoboda/Claudia Welch - Pratyahara weekend workshop 2015
  • NAMA Conference 2016 - Frawley/Lad/Joshi/Apte/Sarkar
  • Ayurveda is an ongoing study which must be practiced to be learned - I practice this art of learning and exploring the science of Ayurveda daily

 

Please feel free to contact me for individual guidance if you are not finding the information you need here on the site - gwen@rasayanaseattle.com