Vimala is the Vedika Global Seva Clinic Director and a Certified Ayurveda Clinical Specialist. She holds an M.A. in Holistic Health Education and certification as a Holistic Nutrition Counselor. In addition, Vimala has served as the Treasurer of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) since 2013. She was drawn to whole health healing and Ayurveda while working as a management consultant in the healthcare industry. In 2004, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis compelled her to embrace a deeper understanding of Ayurveda. She utilizes the gifts of Ayurveda to both maintain her own health and support others in finding balance.
What sparked your interest in Ayurveda?
Witnessing my father suffer from cancer and not receive the care and support he needed planted the seed for me to start looking for a more holistic, integrated model of care. I was also somewhat disillusioned after working in our healthcare system for two decades. In 1995, I was invited to the wedding of a friend of mine in India. I felt there was something magical about India from that first visit. I returned five years later and spent some time at the Sivananda ashram, where I first started to learn about Ayurveda. Continue reading Meet Our Graduates: Vimala Brady
By Vedika Global Anchor Teacher Vaidya Abhijit Jinde, M.D. (Ayu)
According to Ayurveda, treating the symptoms of a disorder only takes you halfway to health. It is only by discovering and addressing the causes of illness or disease, in addition to treating the symptoms, that a patient can be restored to an enduring state of health.
In the following case study, we will see the efficacy of this two-pronged approach in a patient who suffered from recurring symptoms of sinusitis.
Patient Background & Symptoms
A 35 year-old woman came to me with recurring complaints of severe nasal congestion with sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and heaviness in the head. The symptoms were so severe that she was having difficulty breathing and sleeping. She had been enduring these symptoms for about two years. Previous treatment had given her only temporary relief from symptoms, as the causes were never addressed. Continue reading Ayurveda’s Approach to Health: A Case Study in Sinusitis
By Vedika Global Ayurveda Health Educator Vidya Deepa Gupta
About a year ago, when I just started my journey at Vedika, I had a lot of Tamas (an unconscious quality of the mind that creates inertia). I never had a fixed time of going to bed, I would not wake up on time and felt completely drained in the morning. Many a times, I would not take bath and even skip meals. My existing medical condition, my erratic schedule, and my mental state were not supporting the Ayurvedic herbs that I was taking for my health, and I felt more and more depressed.
So when I started this year of self-healing at Vedika Global, I came in with two burning desires; One was to be able to put myself on the right track in terms of my mental and physical health, and the second was to be able to learn this amazing science of life called Ayurveda. Continue reading Lessons From a Life-Changing Year of Self-Healing
Shankari Kate Sadowsky has a Masters in Holistic Health Education and completed over five years of study at Vedika Global, including two years of clinical internship, leading to the title of Vaidya Bhushana (an Ayurveda Clinical Specialist). She practices Ayurveda through her private practice, Bija Ayurveda, and has been working in the field of wellness for twelve years, including bodywork, writing, teaching, and program development.
- What sparked your interest in Ayurveda?
I had received a very cursory overview of Ayurveda in graduate school. While it was intellectually interesting, without the depth and wisdom of the full science I received through Vedika’s founder, Acharya Shunya Pratichi Mathur, it did not have the power to affect my perception of the world and my place within it. I had always been striving to understand the connections between the macrocosm and microcosm, our daily choices and the resulting actions in our bodies and minds as well as towards the greater cosmos. Ayurveda provided context and meaning for this investigation. Continue reading Meet Our Graduates: Shankari Kate Sadowsky
Pragya Teresa Steininger holds a Ph.D. degree in Neurobiology (the study of the brain and nervous system), worked in a research setting for over 15 years, and in the pharmaceutical industry for 6 years, where she worked in medical affairs and clinical development. She completed Vedika’s 2-month course in 2010 and returned in 2013-2014 to complete the 2-year training program in Ayurveda Preventative Medicine and Community Health, earning the Specialist Diploma of Ayurvedic Health Counselor (Vaidya Ratna) in 2014.
What sparked your interest in Ayurveda?
Initially, my sister-in-law Aparna, who was studying at Vedika, suggested Ayurveda as a solution to a lifelong health challenge, and recommended that I take the 2-month course. I became fascinated by the scientific system of Ayurveda. It was inspirational to be learning such an ancient and unique science.
What personal health goals did your Ayurveda education help you achieve?
One of my goals was weight loss. In the past, I had many failures with dieting and had been perplexed by the volume and variety of weight loss advice available, and by how quickly this advice was retracted. It was typical for me to lose about 15 pounds, but then go off the diet and gain it all back. I was frustrated, but willing to try something “alternative.” I’m very happy to say that, with Ayurveda, I’ve now lost 40 pounds – and kept it off. Continue reading Meet Our Graduates: Pragya Teresa Steininger
By Vedika Global Ayurveda Clinical Specialist Alexandra Krasne
Ladies vacation. Lady times. The crimson wave. That time of the month.
Whatever name you use for menstruation, Ayurveda offer lifestyle, diet, and exercise tips that will bring relief. If it wasn’t obvious, this one is for the ladies out there.
This is one of the most important bits of advice I learned during my studies. I used to hike, run, do handstands, and never take a break when that time of the month came. And I paid the price.
Apana vayu is the body’s downward energy that moves urine, feces, sperm, and menstrual blood out of the body. Exercise during your period increases vata dosha and disturbs this downward flow. By not honoring your body’s need to rest, increased vata can cause cramps, pain, clotting, and more serious lady disorders. Continue reading For the Ladies: Relief for That Time of the Month