I took an interests in yoga and meditation in my early 20’s. I basked in the way it made me feel – peace-filled and grounded. I loved silence – it felt like home to me. I went on to study the yoga sutras which opened me up to an entirely new perspective on life.
I clearly had an affinity with Vedic wisdom, because when I stumbled upon Ayurveda in 2004, I was hooked. I loved that it was the sister science of yoga, and I yearned to know more. The following year I made my first trip to India, and some years later I embarked on formal studies and started integrating Ayurveda into my life in a more committed way.
As I began learning about my unique elemental nature, and started understanding how certain foods did and didn’t suit me…and as I began to tune in and notice how I was personally experiencing these foods, I realised that my diet and lifestyle up until this point had been essentially causing imbalances and aggravating my natural state. I began to see the path that had led to my struggles. Of course there were other things besides my diet that led to pain and suffering, but diet has a massive impact and I was excited about the potential of what I was learning.
I gradually began making changes, and I saw results. However, it was clear that I was quite ‘stuck’ in some ways, and that this was having an impact on my ability to take the steps I knew I needed to in my diet and my lifestyle. I was aware of the next level of change that I needed to take in order to experience the next growth-spurt, but I couldn’t seem to follow through and integrate these changes into my life in any solid way. The foundation for thriving was only partly laid, and I was mystified as to how to make it complete.