When I tell people I am studying to be an Ayurvedic Practitioner, their first question is usually “What is Ayurveda?!?” followed closely by “How did you get into that?”. Through this blog, I hope to continuously share the how’s and why’s of Ayurveda. But first I will explain how I arrived on this path.
I first heard of Ayurveda in 2009 when I was completing a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Our teacher brought in an Ayurvedic Practitioner and physician who led an introductory workshop on the subject. It was very interesting but something I didn’t think much about after that day.
Fast forward to 2014. I was at a “low point” in my life which had been going on for 2 years. I had abandoned my Yoga practice and was not taking care of myself in any sense of the word. I knew I needed a serious life overhaul. At that time, I believed I could change myself by changing the things around me, so I decided to go back to school. (I have since learned that is not how it works.)
I considered getting my MBA, or going to law school, but honestly those thoughts produced a mild sense of nausea rather than the excitment I thought I should feel about a new beginning in life. I decided instead to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner. (Granted, I knew nothing about Ayurveda other than what I remembered from the couple hours of instruction 5 years prior.) Within a month I was enrolled in a 2 year program at Sai Ayurvedic College in Miami.
A couple of weeks before my first class I remember having a fleeting thought that I should be concerned about the amount of money I had just put into studying something that I couldn’t define. But that thought was quickly overcome with a sense of calm and “knowing without knowing” that I was exactly where I needed to be.
Having been on this path for over a year now, I can honestly say that feeling has never left. When I look back, I can’t say exactly how or why I arrived at this place. But in every way, it is the place I have been moving toward all of life. A teacher once explained it as “you do not find Ayurveda, Ayurveda finds you”.
I am so grateful to have been found by this sacred, beautiful, magical practice, and so grateful to be able to help others in their finding.