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
At first I considered myself lucky to have stumbled across Ayurveda. In time I realised that it (she) found me. Ayurveda has a way of doing that.
I was privileged to study under Dr Bosco Paul. He taught me the heart of Ayurveda, and through that I found my own.
Our time in India made it all the more real. Learning about the medicinal properties of plants growing on the side of dirt streets. The smell of the herbs. The smell of the treatments. The smell of people believing in something.
I always considered myself a literal thinker. That is to say, that if it can’t be seen and objectively studied, then it can’t be true. Then I saw, first hand, the power of the metaphor. Ayurveda describes things qualitatively. The default language is one of relativity. Like any esoteric science, the power is in symbolism. It’s not empirical. What matters is what it means to you. You become the object of your own experiment.
Wealth, according to Vedic wisdom, is being fed to keep the body and soul together. I credit my health to Ayurveda. I credit my wealth to Ayurvedic herbology. Formulating herbs transports me. It sounds weird, I know, but those plants are my family. When I’m packing herbs there is no need for labels. I can tell you their botanical names blindfolded on scent alone. I promise I still check the fine print though 😊.
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, while working in genetics makes me appreciate the relevance of the Ayurvedic tradition. The wonder is not in the fact that Ayurveda is over three and a half thousand years old. It’s about what it has withstood in that time. 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. The original metaphors still speak to what we are now learning at the molecular scale. No version 2.0 required, perhaps just a Sanskrit dictionary.
Ayurveda is like 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 oversees Modern Ayurvedic’s production facilities, formulates custom herbal prescriptions for clients of Modern Ayurvedic and works in the field of genetics.
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.