Have you signed up yet for Candice Trudel’s Ayurveda workshop?
On Sunday, September 17, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Candice, a member of our HYF community, will introduce us to the ancient science of Ayurveda. You can register here.
I know very little about Ayurveda, so I asked Candice to tell us a bi. I’m so glad I did – I’m intrigued, and looking forward to learning more this weekend. Read on to learn more about Candice and how she became so interested in the practices of yoga and Ayurveda.
Tell us a little about your yoga practice.
I first started practicing yoga about five years ago. I had stepped into a class here and there a couple years prior to this but wasn’t really drawn to go back. I felt like I was being suffocated by the heat and humidity at first. My reason for going back and sticking with it was to help heal my body.
In 2008, I suddenly got really sick. My joints were affected big time and I couldn’t even walk at one point because my knees were so swollen. I was misdiagnosed for two years before I finally got a Lyme diagnosis. At this point the Lyme was so deep in the joints that it took me another six years to rid it from my body. I have “permanent” bone on bone arthritis in my right ankle. I am still working on this and my goal is to reverse it somehow.
I turned to yoga because my body couldn’t handle my normal routine of other workouts. I needed to get my joints moving and the heat was what allowed me to do so. I always felt like my body was a statue. What keeps me coming back is the crazy amount of progress I have made in five years and yet I still have much more work to do.
Up until about a year or two ago I was having setbacks regularly when a joint would act up or when I needed knee surgery. It is very frustrating when you make progress to have to start almost from scratch again. Even now I am struggling with my right ankle to find stability. I love how I am not alone in my struggles as everyone’s body changes almost daily and we all have our own silent battles going on but when you are in the hot room you can feel the community and support from everyone here. It’s not a competition: we are here to heal and keep our bodies moving outside of the hot room.
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
I first got into Ayurveda when I was referred to my Lyme specialist. Unbeknown to me, she was also an Ayurvedic practitioner. I didn’t ask too many questions just did what I was told…mostly. She used some terms that were unfamiliar to me and had me doing different protocols than your standard antibiotics, although I was on antibiotics as well. I remember her saying that I was going to get better and I knew I was in the right place. It was unlike any other doctor’s office I had been in before, it was bright, colorful and welcoming. It was my dream to work there one day because even just walking in the door I started to feel better. It’s crazy to like going to a doctor’s appointment, but I did here. I worked at the Mayo clinic in their toxicology lab for seven years but also had a nutrition background. When Mayo closed their doors I decided it was time to pursue nutrition instead, where my heart always was. My doctor called me one day and asked me when I was joining her practice and that’s really when my new journey began. She encouraged me to look into The Kripalu School of Ayurveda, and that they were beginning the next program in a week. I enrolled that day and my life changed. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and I had no idea that Ayurveda was the sister science of yoga. Originally the two were never practiced without each other. It is truly a complete package for health of not just the body, but the mind and soul as well. The approach is completely individualized and I know that this is why I got better the way I did.
I think a lot of people have never heard of Ayurveda, and the ones who have might only know that there are three “body types” and kind of think it’s that simple. It is so complex and yet so simple. It is absolutely a science. As a former scientist, my need for proof is still very strong. Science and research is now discovering things that Ayurveda has known and written about over 5000 years ago without any need for validation and studies. They observed, and they meditated and they even had a branch of Ayurveda that wrote the first surgery book. This book is still used today.
I think everyone could benefit from this workshop or just learning more about themselves and learning how to truly listen to and balance not only their bodies but minds and souls as well. Ayurveda is called the science of life and its main goal is to help people live with happiness pursuing their dharma or true purpose/path. For anyone who feels like their lives are out of balance, or are overwhelmed with stress or pain. For people who want help understanding their true nature and what could best support them to be healthy and happy. For anyone who is just curious about what this “universal knowledge” could do for them. For anyone who wants to learn how to navigate the change of seasons with grace and support their immune systems.
How do you like to spend your free time when you’re not in the hot room?
When I am not in the hot room I love to cook and create new dishes. I love trying out new restaurants. I love the fact that I live in New England because I enjoy all of the seasonal outdoor activities we have like skiing in the winter, going to the beach, apple picking. I love sitting in front of a fire, however I don’t sit for long because I am always looking at it finding a new way to arrange the wood or just add more heat!
Thanks so much, Candice! See you in the hot room, and at your workshop this Sunday,
–Ellen Olson-Brown, The Hot Yoga Factory Chelmsford