|Ayurveda is not a science based on judgement. More precisely, it is a science based on the consequences of one’s actions. It does not limit a person to living a strict and severe life devoid of freedom, but rather encourages choices armed with the knowledge of cause and effect.
Observation is integral to Ayurveda, and it is how this science came into being. Without observation the three doshas, five elements, seven tissues, twenty attributes, or any of the other Ayurvedic fundamentals would not have been “discovered”.
A daily practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga has enabled me to develop an attitude of humility and objectivity. Abandoning judgement of myself on the mat has enabled me to see things for what they are.
Years of teaching have honed my skills as an observer of the subtleties of the body and, even more so, the subtleties of the mind. Observation, knowledge and experience create moments of insight, the key to unlocking the mysteries on the inside.
TRAINING: Physician, heal thyselfMy formal Ayurvedic studies were at the European Institute of Vedic Studies with Vaidya Atreya Smith and Dr. Sunil V. Joshi. My most recent training at the EIVS specialised in Ayurvedic Herbal Pharmacology – an education that enabled me to more deeply understand the energetics of herbal formulas and their prescriptive healing effects on the individual.
I have made several trips to India and interned at Dr. Joshi’s clinic in Nagpur, Maharashtra. This was a unique opportunity to broaden my experience in a panchakarma clinic with a physician believed to be the leading specialist in this field. It was in Joshi’s clinic that I was schooled in the healing hands-on therapies of Ayurveda – training in shirodhara, varieties of basti and the modalities of abhyanga.
QUALIFICATIONS: Stamps of approvalI am a professional member of National Ayurvedic Medical Association, an organization that governs and protects Ayurveda as a profession in the United States.
I am a licensed massage therapist in Maine (MT5032) and a member of the Association of Massage and Bodywork Professionals. My massage style is primarily rooted in the Ayurvedic tradition but borrows from modern philosophies to suit individual needs.
I have also completed several courses of study in Yoga including pranayama, philosophy, kids and pre-natal. For the benefit of my personal practice it has been a humbling honour to have studied under many of the well known Ashtanga teachers most notably Ron Reid, Tim Miller, Philippa Asher, Eileen Hall, Sharath Jois and Nancy Gilgoff.