My own connection to Ayurveda was established when I spent six months volunteering and traveling in India shortly after I graduated from college. After suffering from a recurring case of giardia that wasn’t responding to antibiotics, I made a full recovery under the care of two talented Ayurvedic practitioners by following their diet, lifestyle and herb recommendations. I felt better than I had in years and experienced a great sense of inner clarity.
When I returned to the U.S., I accepted a position as a research analyst at a philanthropic investment firm in Redwood City. The work was very exciting, but the demanding schedule left little time for reflection and self-care. After putting in several years of 60-70 hour weeks and seeing the toll that chronic stress and overwork were having on my health and relationships, I finally admitted to myself that I needed to make a change. I quit my job and set out on a six month backpacking trip through New Zealand and Southeast Asia with my partner Seth.
Those six months were a major turning point. I gave myself permission to let go of expectations and just follow my interests. I spent time reading, writing, exploring and taking good care of myself (lots of eating and sleeping!). Day by day, I began to feel a stronger connection to aspects of myself that I had neglected or rejected for many years — particularly my intuitive side. I deepened my personal study of yoga, Ayurveda and energy work. When I returned to the United States, I enrolled at the California College of Ayurveda to support other people in uncovering their own incredible capacity for self-healing.
My passion for women’s health in particular stems from my own experience with digestive and hormonal imbalance in my twenties. I struggled with intense PMS for several years and found little support from mainstream medicine. As I began to study Ayurveda and apply the principles to my own life, the PMS and painful periods disappeared.
I’ve experienced so many other positive changes with my health through Ayurveda. My digestion is calm, I no longer experience regular bouts of depression, I’m able to maintain a steady, healthy weight and I no longer identify as an emotional eater.
Most importantly, I’ve learned how to be so much kinder to myself. Believe me, I understand what it’s like to be your own worst enemy or to feel like your body is betraying you. Pema Chödrön writes, “Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.” I can hold safe space for you when it feels like no one understands what you’re going through or cares enough to listen. If you could use that kind of support, please get in touch. I’d love to work with you.