WHY I DO, WHAT I DO 💕
Updated: Jul 8, 2020
AYURVEDA IS A WAY OF LIFE.
A WAY OF LIFE THAT SUPPORTS AND NURTURES YOU.
IT IS A SUSTAINABLE PRACTISE THAT CAN SERVE YOU YOUR LIFE TIME.
IT WILL BUILD INTERNAL RESILIENCY AND STRENGTH.
IT WILL BRING INTERNAL HAPPINESS AND COMFORT.
IT WILL MAKE YOU CLEARER ON WHO YOU ARE.
IT WILL GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF.
IT IS LIFE CHANGING IF YOU DEDICATE YOUR TIME AND PRACTISE TO IT.
IT IS A NEVER-ENDING PATH OF DISCOVERY AND LEARNING.
I COULD GO ON AND ON ABOUT THE WONDERS OF IT.
So. I wanted to share a little about my experience with Ayurveda, how it has impacted me, and why I am passionate about what I do. To begin, I thought it would be helpful to have a little more background information on me pre-Ayurveda!
I was a very lost soul for most of my 20’s. In my early 20’s I lived in London, had a good job, and loved my job, but it felt like I was on a hamster wheel to no-where. I was a pattern cutter working in luxury fashion. Pattern cutting and Ayurveda may seem worlds apart, but they have a distinct similarity. They are both systems, and the aim is to solve a problem or know the route to an end place through the system! In pattern cutting it involves creating a garment, and in Ayurveda it is working out the pathogenesis of illness. It took me a while to figure out the similarities, and why I am drawn to both, but I got there in the end!
4 years passed living in London, and I felt like I had made no progression in my personal life. I was desperately unhappy, depressed, and had been suffering from disorder eating since my late teens. I felt helpless and everything just seemed to get worse and worse as the years went on. I was totally lost in my head and had zero mind-body-connection; I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know that was a thing! I hit a point and knew something desperately had to change, and knew changing jobs would not help me find happiness within myself. This led me to leave London which was the best decision I could have ever made.
The path from leaving London, took me to a yoga teacher training, and then led me to Wutong Mountain in China. A little Chinese village on the outskirts of Shenzhen. It was there that Ayurveda and I began our journey as my health deteriorated from multiple hits of unknown stomach issues and a new environment. Everything I was reading and listening to about Ayurveda captured my attention more and more which is what led me to study it. Best decision I’ve ever made! Since our journey began, it has given me a new love for multiple things: myself, food, life and what I do; and I truly believe this is down to the mind-body connection Ayurveda helps you create.
Moving on to the point of this blog post! From personal experience and my own struggles, I am passionate about supporting and helping people find good health and happiness. Key areas I feel very passionate about are as follows:
Building strong digestion – I specialised in digestion because of my life long poor digestion and digestive difficulties, especially since living in China. I think sometimes people think health specialists must have impeccable health, but the truth is, most of us do what we do because of our own struggles. I whole-heartily believe good digestion is the foundation to a healthy happy life. If you are reading this statement for the first time you may think, how so? This is because when our digestion is strong, we are able to process our food, thoughts, emotions, and everything around us in the most efficient way. This results in good energy and nutrients for the body, and the body can detoxify itself at its optimum. Low toxicity in the body is vital for good health and it all starts from strong digestion.💪🏻
Food re-education! I’ve struggled with disordered eating, and if you are someone who has suffered from any sort of eating problem, you will know how it can haunt you. Ayurveda has 100% changed my relationship to food and made me fall in love with food again. Food used to scare me, a lot. I was scared of calories, scared of fat, scared about eating in the fear of getting fat. If you think about how much brain power it takes worrying about these things, it’s a hell of a lot! It is the biggest relief to not worry about food anymore, and it is all because I re-learnt about food through feeling and how it feels within the body vs counting calories or grams of fat. FYI fat is GOOD, (the good fat that is). I think I will write a whole article on fat because it is a very interesting topic. 🤓
Improvement of self-knowledge. I believe that this is the key to self-empowerment, and self-confidence – and who doesn’t need a little more of those things? Self-confidence is something that can be knocked down in a blink of an eyelid, and then extremely hard to build again. This is something I really believe Ayurveda can help with, as I have seen how it has helped me build self-confidence from gaining self-knowledge. In the past, I realised I relied on my job as a pattern cutter for self-confidence, as I knew I was good at my job. When I left my job, I realised that actually I had no confidence in myself what so ever and I was a shell of a person. Ayurveda and self-enquiry have been the most profound tools to help me build my self-confidence. And what is the knock-on effect of self -confidence? Happiness from within!! 🥰
Ayurveda had 100% changed my life on all levels. It has helped me build a life that is supportive rather than depleting, and helped me find happiness from within which I had so desperately been searching for. I see it as the bricks and mortar for overall wellbeing and health. And my favourite thing about it, is overtime you become your own doctor, through self- enquiry and the self-knowledge you build. It is so empowering having health in your own hands. We’ve been giving it away for far too long.