I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Kottakkal Ayurveda, one of the world’s largest distributors of classical Ayurvedic herbs and products. It was a great pleasure to share my Ayurvedic journey and approach to healing. Below is an excerpt from the interview:
Kottakkal: How, where and when did you first get introduced to Ayurveda?
Naomi: I found Ayurveda, like many of us, through a quest to resolve my own health issues. For over 10 years I suffered from digestive issues, chronic acne, inflammation, and hormonal imbalances. I saw all the experts and took all the tests, yet doctors had no answers. But deep down I knew there was a solution. As I skimmed through health blog after health blog I started noticing the word Ayurveda. I took note. Around the same time, my mom recommended a documentary on Netflix about this Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda. I immediately found the film— Ayurveda: The Art of Being, and from that point forward my life transformed. The next day I took the first step to changing my own health through Ayurveda. I made an appointment with a practitioner who, after a very thorough consultation, developed a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan for me. I have to admit, it was a bit overwhelming with so many foods that I should and could not eat and herbal formulations with unfamiliar Sanskrit names. But, I was determined to gain control of my health and I could tell that this particular practitioner was very knowledgeable. I made a conscious choice to lean into everything she recommended. Trusting this process allowed me to experience the true power of Ayurveda. This journey opened my eyes to a new and more holistic approach to health than I had ever experienced. At that point, I knew that Ayurveda was something I wanted to study more deeply.
Kottakkal: What motivated you to become a certified practitioner?
Naomi: When I think about what motivated me to go from being a client of Ayurveda to a practitioner, there are three interconnected reasons. Ayurveda worked for me, so I wanted to pay it forward and help those I knew who were suffering from chronic health conditions. I am living proof that Ayurveda works. I personally experienced the positive results, not only with the specific issues I initially sought treatment for, but so many other aspects of my life began to change for the better: my moods, emotions, relationships, stress levels, sleep, concentration. During this particular time in my life I was unfulfilled in my work and was seeking a career shift. I had always dedicated my life to “do-gooder” type of work, more on the macro societal and political levels. But there was always something in me that felt a little disconnected, like that work just was not my calling. Now understanding the concept of dharma, I feel that I am finally living in alignment with my life’s purpose.
After I encountered Ayurveda I began to see those closest to me suffering from chronic health issues, which I knew were probably resolvable. To me, modern medicine’s system of diagnosing and labeling is pretty dangerous. People become resigned to their own “disease” as if it were a permanent identity, and they are led to believe healing is unattainable. I literally cringe when I hear people proclaim, “I am a diabetic, or I am an [insert disease here]” and, “My doctor says there is nothing I can do and I have to take this medication for the rest of my life.” Hearing these statements trigger me because that is exactly what my doctor told me! If I had listened to him I am certain I would not be where I am today – looking and feeling the best that I ever have in my life, at the ripe young age of 39.
Needless to say, seeing those closest to me resigned to their diagnoses, combined with my very transformative experience with Ayurveda and my natural inclination to want to serve and empower people, I decided that becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner was the way I could pay it forward while being most fulfilled. I embarked on this journey and have never looked back.
Click here to read the full interview. Namaste and happy healing <3!
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