Why I Love Every Ounce of Fat in My Body

(As published on Elephant Journal)

“You look fatter, Ripa,” my Ayurveda teacher said to me recently.

I smiled and replied “I never thought I’d take that as a compliment as much as I do now.”

Having once struggled with anorexia nervosa, starving myself for long periods of time to achieve a feeling of “skinny,” I have now come 360 degrees on my journey. I have not only been able to gain much-needed weight, but have experienced a transformation in my whole attitude towards my body. Ayurveda, the ancient art and science of life from India, has inspired me to now love every ounce of fat in my body.

Here’s why:  Continue reading

How Ayurveda Inspires Mindful Eating

(As published on Elephant Journal in the “Popular Lately” section)

In a world where women are so often objectified, whether in the workplace, media, on the school bus, or the world wide web, one of the most powerful lessons from the ancient science of Ayurveda for me has been to see my body as my temple.  Continue reading

Ayurveda for Body, Mind & Soul

The beauty of Ayurveda, especially in the traditional way I have been blessed to learn this science, is that it touches not only the body, but also the mind and soul, enabling the potential for profound personal transformation. At the level of the body, Ayurveda has taught me tremendous responsibility. At the mental level, I have learned from Ayurveda the importance of anchoring. For the soul, Ayurveda has provided the keys to liberation, and deeper connection with who I really am, beyond the body and mind.  Continue reading