I began learning about and experimenting with holistic health in 1995, which is also when I started practicing yoga. After years of exploring various modalities and practices, I encountered - and immediately began studying and using - Ayurveda. That was in 2002.
Soon after I started studying Ayurveda, a close friend was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. I suggested he visit the Vaidya (Ayurvedic doctor) that I’d gone to see and he did so. After only a few days of following the Vaidya’s advice, my friend’s symptoms were markedly reduced. There were both dietary suggestions and nutritional supplements in his new regimen, but it was simple and relatively easy to follow. My friend, in his early 20s at the time, had been experiencing several serious symptoms including those associated with rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue, as well as discoid lesions on his skin. After two days using a natural and fairly readily available medicated cream on his skin, the lesions were noticeably fading. After a few days with some simple dietary adjustments (including the cessation of caffeine consumption), the symptoms of arthritis and chronic fatigue were significantly reduced. My friend experimented with reintroducing caffeine in the form of black tea and found that immediately he could feel the arthritic pain return.
Angela lives in Victoria, Canada and spends her time teaching Yoga & Ayurveda, writing and singing songs and educating herself and others about how to rediscover their capacity for self-determination, profound insight and fierce tenderness. Read her story below and find her bio and curriculum vitae here.
Needless to say, I quickly became a convert. I had experienced some benefits personally but I had no serious health issues so the benefits were more subtle, as my minor health issues were more subtle. Having seen what Ayurveda could do for my friend, however, showed me the potential of this perspective and its practices.
I continued to study Ayurveda informally until 2006 when I moved to India to study at the Gujarat Ayurved University in Gujarat and then with Dr. Vasant Lad in Pune and later in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Ayurvedic Institute.
I’ve been studying Ayurveda for more than 15 years now and I am always a student. I continue to develop, build-on and refine my understanding of this unique science of life, every day and I now teach it as well. I want to see everyone’s life enhanced by Ayurveda the way mine has been. With a balanced mind and body and a contented heart, it feels like anything is possible.