Recently I met with Monika Joshi who is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist in Fresno and spoke with her about her experience with Ayurveda and why she chose to become an Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Monika was a nursing officer in the Indian Army and as a native of India was acquainted with Ayurveda. She moved to the US in 1990 and was licensed as a California registered nurse in 1992. While being an Army Nursing officer she did not find herself using the ancient healing system of Ayurveda due to her training under the influence of allopathic medicine.
When she began having serious health concerns and could find no way of ridding herself through the methods she was trained in, she turned to Ayurveda.
When Monika started living the Ayurvedic life style and started noticing the health benefits for herself and her family she “realized more people need to know about it.” Through her experiences she learned what is necessary for health and healing to occur. Ayurveda is “such a complete system that deals with the mind, body and soul.”
I asked about how Ayurveda works with the complete body and what that means (she mentioned it in her lecture: see previous article this week). She said “the purpose of Ayurveda is to have a healthy physical body to attain purpose and goal in life. When the body, mind, and soul are in sync it takes you to the next level of asking – who am I and why am I here?” It is the balance of the self.
Monika said “Ayurveda is the passion of my life.” Ayurveda is both complex and very simple. It is a science that deals with the body/mind at a very deep level which ultimately affects the soul and one’s self purpose and goals in life. It isn’t just another diet!
A quote from the Sushrut Samhita (ancient Ayurveda text):
“Balance in Doshas,
Balance in Agnis,
Balance in Dhatus,
Blissful Senses and
Mind, and Bliss established at
the deepest level of
the Soul is Health.”