When I was growing up, I had always felt there was something missing from my family lineage.
I’m sure that many Canadians feel this way. Across several generations, our ancestors moved from place to place, perhaps fleeing slavery or poverty, or just trying to survive.
In this movement, and across history, the traditional knowledge of plants, foods, moon cycles, healing soups and remedies were suppressed, discarded, co-opted or reduced to superstition.
Even in India, the holistic science of ayurveda was made illegal under British Rule and had to go underground for several generations.
Feminine ways of knowing — including intuition, inner wisdom and the understanding of plants and natural cycles — were discredited, and linear, rational models took over. Today, we feel her absence in our bodies, our spirits and in our societies.
I remember being quite amazed when I started reading about ayurveda, over 10 years ago. This holistic science from anicent India presented a system of understanding the human body, mind and spirit with such totality, such breadth of perception. I think I went into shock for a few months. It was what I had always been looking for.
The Journey To Wholeness
Ayurveda starts by recognizing that each individual is unique, and has a unique constitution (called dosha). Based on this understanding, it presents the energetics of food, herbs, basic lifestyle habits — including gemstones, essential oils, meditations, exercise routines — to support your overall balance, and to enhance your health, wellness and vitality.
Ayurveda also recognizes that any symptoms or discomforts that you may be experiencing (e.g. migraines, weight gain/loss, depression, anxiety, stress, bad moods) are important manifestations of imbalances in the body-mind, and should not be suppressed. Instead, we understand these cues as the body’s subtle messages, and address them through a supportive diet, lifestyle and routine.
The Bloom Project
I am excited to announce that my passion for ayurveda is blossoming into a new 5- week course for women called The Bloom Project: A Woman’s Course in Self-Care & Self-Connection.
This is the perfect course for you if you are looking to upgrade your own self-care practices, find ways to balance digestion or decrease stress levels, or get in touch with your own inner wisdom.
Course details are here.
If you would like to join, please let me know by Friday, May 12.
I hope to see you there!