The import thing is this: to be able at any moment
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
– Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
The auspiciousness of longest day of the year, the summer equinox. Today, the class you see in the photo has graduated an Ayurveda Practitioner program with New World Ayurveda. For me, this journey began when curing a long battle with eczema (by the suggestion of my wise yoga teacher, Susan Meyer) happened in an office in the Bethesda Medical Center occupied by my first (w)holistic health care practitioner, Don Diggs.
I was knee deep in massage school with the length of the inside of my arms full of a weeping, inflamed, slightly oozing rash that had been anointed with topical steroids for just about several years. In our initial consult, Dr. Diggs asked me about my life, not just about my symptoms. Over an hour or so, he asked me about my past and current medical history, my emotional life’s story, he looked at my eczema ridden arms and professionally showed compassion. We talked about stress, sleep, diet, appetite and elimination. He “read” my pulse on my wrist, looked into my eyes and at my tongue, taking notes along the way.
Finally, my whole being was heard. Tears shed and intuitively I knew I came to the right place.
He prescribed the yummiest jam I ever had called chavanaprash, a specific “cooling” diet for my heat, told me I should apply aloe to my arms, gave me a restorative yoga practice, a really sweet meditation and a number of herbs (in pill form) to detoxify my blood and body. What was I doing? In my very rational midwest mind, I had felt like I went off the deep end a bit, but an innate desire for healing allowed me to surrender and have some blind faith. After all, nothing else had worked beyond temporary symptom suppressant.
I followed the prescription of treatment and, at first, everything got worse. I called the my practitioner and explained; he adjusted a few things and told me to hang on, healing was on the way. I hung on.
A few weeks later, my symptoms subsided. My body and mind were cooler, less stressed. I felt as if I had entered a new being. I had been out of balance so long, I need some time to adjust and began to accept and understand the my attachment for my extra fiery self. At this moment, I knew, this was a message that I needed to share.
Over the last decade (with unwavering support of my family and friends), I have been blessed to continue not only my own self studies, but the study of Ayurveda with wonderful instructors and organizations that have deeply influenced my current practice, such as Lalita Devi with the Sivananda Center for Wellbeing, David Crow with Floracopeia, Dr. Vasant Lad, Arjun Das with Viver Ayurveda, Greens Ayurveda Center in Kerala, as well as one of the most comprehensive clinical studies I could have dreamed of with Dr. Paul Dugliss and New World Ayurveda.
I am quite aware that while maybe not all approaches to a cultivating a new health care practice begin with telling a personal story. But for me, I thought you should know, Ayurveda is a living breathing component in my life. I experience my own body, mind and spirit through the 5 elements of Ayurveda. While the practice and message of Ayurveda are universal, for me they are also personal. It is a path of imbalance and balance, harmony, awareness, consciousness, love, forgiveness, truth, letting go and definitely moments of magic. I look forward to meeting you on this journey.
Yours in service,
Cynthia G King
Licensed Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Instructor