Serendipitous is the first word that comes to mind when I think about my path to Ayurveda. About seven or eight years ago, I was invited by my dear friend, Karen Cerato, to attend a Kundalini yoga class in Hollis, NH. She said, “Please come with me. My neighbor and close friend, Sarah Brassard, is starting to teach Kundalini yoga classes in her beautiful barn and I know her teaching style will resonate with you.” I was familiar with Kundalini, as I had dabbled in years past, yet it never quite called me to dive in. I agreed to go, and still remember the day I met Sarah and entered her sacred space. Our practice that day was magical. I felt a spiritual connection not only with my teacher, but with my own inner voice. I needed to come back. I needed Kundalini yoga back in my life with some permanence.
After many years of practice with Sarah, and many life twists and turns, I could not deny that I needed to make a career change. My current job as a homecare and hospice Occupational Therapist was not fulfilling me anymore, and my inner voice yelled too strongly to ignore it. So I made a “love it/don’t love it so much” list to help steer my thoughts. I loved my Kundalini practice, but did not want to teach. I loved cooking, but did not want to be a chef. I loved patient care, but hated that insurance dictated my time and licensure ruled my course of action. I wanted to get to the root of my patients’ illness process, knowing there had to be a mind-body-soul connection, hence, dis-ease. Soon after I made this declaration of wants to the Universe, I heard about Ayurveda.
Ayurveda, defined as “the science of life” or “wisdom of longevity,” is the sister science to yoga. It is the oldest holistic and preventative medicine, rooted in India. Kundalini yoga focuses on self-awareness, discipline, and self-dedication. Kundalini yoga and Ayurveda work in synchronicity, both unlocking the human potential for deep spiritual and physical growth. Both practices assist the human being in finding balance, discovering their true nature, or Prakriti, and unlocking the door toward great self-empowerment. What a seamless relationship these two sciences share! Through individualized plans comprised of diet, lifestyle, pranayama, meditation, exercise, herbs, and bodywork recommendations, Ayurveda felt like the perfect next step for me.
Now two years into my Ayurvedic private practice, I feel complete on so many levels. I am able to integrate my 17 years of western medical OT practice with this amazing Eastern medical practice to guide my clients in healing themselves. The teachings of Kundalini yoga help me stay centered in my own energy and truth, allowing me to be fully present in my personal and professional life. Funny how the paths we take bring us full circle. Serendipitous, I would say.
Please welcome Janelle E. Salzman to the team!
Janelle E. Salzman, OT/L, ALC, owner of New Hampshire Ayurveda & Therapy, PLLC, is a certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant, Occupational Therapist, and Reiki Master. Janelle has a lifelong love of health and healing, with a diverse education in both Western and Eastern medicine.
Ayurveda is the oldest holistic and preventative medical practice in the world. Ayurvedic medicine focuses on the many facets of health including diet, lifestyle, detoxification, sleep, exercise, and mind/body/soul connection.
You can learn more about Janelle’s work here: www.nhayurvedaandtherapy.com
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