I was lucky enough to be briefly introduced to Ayurveda at a young age by my dad, a farmer and soil scientist who has always been tuned into the wonders and processes of nature. He shared with me knowledge of alternative ways of healing, through nature, like Ayurveda, and I listened awestruck. I shared his love for the natural world and went on to receive my Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and later my massage therapy license. The nature of how things work and the parallels between the phenomena of our external world and internal one has always been a curiosity of mine. As a student of biology, a
holistic approach to medicine always made sense to me. To look at the body as a walking ecosystem and understand processes occurring, one must look at all aspects of the ecosystem as if one were looking at the ecosystem of a forest. What happens to a tree effects every leaf of that tree; it affects neighboring trees, and eventually the entirety of the forest. Similarly and simultaneously, one change in a single cell of the human body, one thought in the mind, may influence all organ systems, like the ripple effect of a pebble tossed into a pond. Looking at the human body as a mind, a body, and a spirit striving to exist in harmony with nature is the most direct path to peace and wellness.