I am all things right (brained).⠀
Intuitive, creative, artistic and inspired⠀
with a strong holistic perception.⠀
I see big.⠀
Everyone has a before and after.
I’m not talking about before and after school/university.
Or before and after marriage.
Or before and after you lost your baby weight. Or before and after you travelled/moved/changed jobs.
Nothing like that.
I’m talking about THE before and after of your life. The transformational trigger that click, click, clicked you into gear and shifted your everyday into yesterday and redirected all of your tomorrows.
That moment/thing/experience that was the kindling seed of growth in your life. Your spiritual and wellness propeller.
Maybe you’ve found it. Maybe you haven’t.
Maybe we share the same inceptive seedling that is, Ayurveda.
My life pre-Ayurveda is a foreign land.
One I do not wish to revisit.
My life post-Ayurveda is a familiar, life-long journey. One of constant inspiration.
Ayurveda as a profession is deeply humbling; acting as a catalyst in a client’s wellbeing renaissance. I mean really, I couldn’t think of anything better to do with my time even if I tried. I love this ancient science. I owe who I am today and everyday to her essence. And with that eternal debt I’ll pay my dues as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. As a co-founder of Modern Ayurvedic. All the while helping to pave her way in the modern wellness arena.
Madeleine is an Ayurvedic practitioner, holistic living mentor and member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (Adv Dip Ayurveda, AAA). She consults clients of Modern Ayurvedic from our Adelaide-based clinic.
I am a little (a lot) more left (brained).⠀
The Science Geek.⠀
Analytical, structured, rational and orderly⠀
with a head that gets stuck in detail.⠀
I see small.⠀
DANI AKA KAPHA-PITTA
I have had one truly life changing moment in my life. Do you know the kind I mean? It’s the kind that’s becomes embedded in your psyche. Conscious and unconscious. With no knowledge of time. It’s the kind that opens an emotional portal. Grooved in the heart and absent of mind. It’s the kind that you feel instead of seeing.
The kind that becomes a part of your being.
In truth, this moment looked nothing like the movies. But I am a little off-beat, so it is no surprise that it unraveled unpredictably.
I met my authentic voice through yoga. She is feistier and more indulgent than I ever imagined being. One morning I was downward dog-ing and from nowhere she said ‘I’m sick of this shanty, give me my f-ing palace, b+ch.’
Money has never been a personal economy. Luxuries aren’t my carrot. Achievement is. The numbers that trapped me were measured in kilograms and calories.
I was blind to my assets, and epic at recording my liabilities.
I was a sell-out in denial, tormented over unfulfilled ‘potential’. I never became that doctor. What I gained is much more interesting. My moment carried a special gift. The key to the part of me that is bigger than my BS.
I was kissed by the planets on my 30th birthday. There was a solar eclipse that night, the second in a series. The sun, moon and earth were in perfect alignment. At the time Vedic astrology meant nothing to me. That was the start of my Ayurvedic journey. It is nearing five years of home renos for me. I no longer identify with that shanty. I know where I belong. It is Kapha-Pitta territory.
Wealth, according to Vedic wisdom, is being fed to keep the body and soul together.
I credit my health to Ayurvedic living.
I credit my wealth to Ayurvedic herbology. Formulating herbs is transportive for me.
It sounds weird, I know, but those herbs are my family.
As it turns out I was never far from my portal. The lab bench is a familiar friend. Now I have the privilege of treading two worlds. The Ayurvedic filter shapes my perspective of biomedical science.
Working in neurogenetics makes me appreciate the truth and relevance of the Ayurvedic tradition. It blows my mind.
We are talking about a logic framework that accommodates over three and a half thousand years of development and understanding in medical science.
No version 2.0 required.
Ayurveda is a mother to me.
I know you will find her just as comforting.
Dani is an Ayurvedic herbalist, member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (Adv Dip Ayurveda, AAA) and scientist (BScBiomed (Hons)). She formulates custom herbal prescriptions for clients of Modern Ayurvedic.
TO OUR TEACHERS
To our teachers and mentors, our guides and gurus.
To Mark, king guinea pig, cyclist and all 'round nice guy:
Thank you for believing in us,
for giving us a chance,
for catching us before we fall,
for being an amazing mentor and guide.
To Dr Anvar AM, the legend at Punarnava:
Thank you for letting us work at your side.
To Dr Aditi and Reena, our Ayurvedic mother's in Ponda:
Thank you for helping us to find our feet in Indian soil,
for opening your clinic, home, hearts and wardrobe.
Those saris! We still crave tulsi tea with jaggery at 4pm.
To Dr Bosco Paul, our guru:
Thank you for sharing 'your Kerala' with us,
for showing us the Ayurvedic heart.
Thank you for lending your light,
for seeing the warrior in us,
for helping us to ignite.
To all of the teachers that came before you:
Thank you for delivering the circle unbroken,
for preserving the knowledge and tradition.
To the greatest teacher of all, Ayurveda:
Thank you for our purpose.