Holistic and natural solutions to digestive issues, fatigue, weight issues and hair loss at the root cause.
Bridge Ayurveda helps business owners improve their digestion, energy levels, hormones and hair loss using Ayurvedic practices and customized health plans including food, herbs, and mental shifts so they can run their business and enjoy life without killing their health in the process.
[Ay-ur-ve-da ] ī-ər-ˈvā-də , -ˈve-
What is Ayurveda?Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine based in nature designed to relieve mind & body suffering. It looks at the mind & body as a garden rather than a machine. It utilizes diet & lifestyle to move away from disease and into a state of health & balance HOLISTICALLY: mentally, physically and spiritually. The word ‘Ayurveda’ is a Sanskrit term, best translated as: the knowledge of life. Hence, it teaches one to stay in balance for a lifetime once the root cause of disease is determined and pacified.
Where did Ayurveda come from?Ayurveda is said to come from divine knowledge. Divine knowledge has no beginning or end. Hence, Ayurveda is known to have no beginning nor end. Long long ago, the Vedas were created as an “internet of wisdom” to end human suffering. This Veda era is said to have begun around 40,000 years ago, but the Vedas cannot be limited to a historical time period as they are eternal truths. Ayurveda was created from the medical system of the Vedas (Artharva Veda). The Dharshanas were also created during the Vedic period. The Dharshanas are 6 “world views” designed to show people HOW TO STOP suffering. Yoga (philosophy) is one of the 6 and the cosmology of Ayurveda (Samkhya) is one of the 6. This is why Yoga & Ayurveda are considered to be sister sciences. Samkhya describes how consciousness descends into matter creating the 5 elements, our individual minds, and our individual bodies. Hence, NO ONE will benefit from a “one size fits all” treatment.
What is a Dosha?The word Dosha depends on the context it is used in, but for simplicity’s sake, think of it as your mind & body type. It is translated as “that which has fault.” So, it is our “fault line” or tendency towards disease. The doshas manage 2 elements at a time within the body & mind. Vata (air & ether) Pitta (fire & water) Kapha (earth & water) We have all 3 doshas within us. But they can go out of balance depending on your current diet, lifestyle, environment, or season.
How is Ayurveda different from what I have tried before?If you’re here, you have probably been told by many western medicine practitioners: “Your scans are clear, there’s nothing wrong with you, take a Xanax, that will be $700.” OR you went to naturopaths and/or functional medicine doctors who said “here is a list of $500 dollars’ worth of supplements you’ll need to buy each month, take 3x a day and don’t eat these foods because you are too sensitive to them.” OR you have been through both the western medicine and “more natural” medicine route and NOTHING has worked. And you have spent way too much money on scans, labs, tests, specialists, supplements, pills, potions and quick fixes that have gotten you nowhere. Here is why that didn’t work: “One size fits all” treatments don’t work because you are a multidimensional being. Early stages of diseases that you can feel & sense, are very real, and will not show up on scans & lab reports until they are a full blown chronic disease. Quick fixes such as supplements, pills & potions don’t work because they ONLY treat the symptoms, NOT the root cause of disease No relationship (other than a 15 minute interaction every 6 months) was created between you and your previous practitioner. A true deep relationship between you and your healer will foster true holistic healing. Supplements only, pills only, therapy only, diet only, yoga only, meditation only, exercise only, ARE NOT HOLISTIC. Hence, they will not produce true healing because you are multidimensional. Diet & lifestyle were not addressed as a means of healing. Ayurveda looks at your disease and healing in a much, much, much, much different way than what you have been exposed to. It’s holistic, non-invasive, natural and cares about you as a multidimensional spiritual being.
After everything I have been through, why should I believe that Ayurveda will work for my chronic fatigue, anxiety & depression?One of my favorite things about Ayurveda is that it changes our whole mental conditioning around the illness. It is the only medical system I have come across that allows you to take responsibility for your health. Just the simple mental switch from “I am a victim of chronic fatigue, anxiety & depression” to “I am taking my health into my own hands” will not only start the process of healing, it will start the process of EMPOWERMENT. We have lost touch with ourselves, our own power, our own limitless potential, our own sense of bliss, our mental clarity & calmness and THAT is the real problem NOT the disease itself. So, it will work simply because you’ve been doing it wrong this whole time. It’s time to do it right.
Will Ayurveda fix my GI issues too?100%. Ayurveda considers the digestive system to be the master system of the body. 80% of chronic disease is due to faulty digestion. Hence, fixing digestion is the starting point for all Ayurvedic treatments. Balanced digestion through proper diet & lifestyle is foundational. But I already eat really healthy and still have issues, what else is there to do? What’s conventionally considered “healthy” isn’t necessarily healthy for you. If your current diet is causing digestive or mental distress, that is a clear sign that what you are doing is NOT healthy for your dosha (mind & body type). So, it is best to figure out what dosha is throwing you off and have a customized diet and lifestyle practice that is able to pacify your imbalance.
In 2017, I graduated from the University of St Augustine with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. After working as a clinician for 5 years, I quickly discovered some glaring pitfalls in western medicine.
I found myself burnt out and jaded by the system and was thumbing through random books at a bookstore while sitting on the floor. A book on Ayurveda fell into my lap.
For the next 2-3 years, I embarked on a personal and professional journey, traveling the world, teaching Yoga and working as a cook in spiritual kitchens at various retreat centers, and immersing myself in the profound wisdom of Ayurveda. It was a path of self-discovery and growth, culminating in the completion of a 3-year Ayurveda Practitioner educational program through the esteemed Belly Mind Institute with Eleni Tsikrikas.
My driving force was a near death experience.....