Publications 2017-05-25T10:45:01+00:00

I’m Melanie Phillips: Author, Speaker & Healer.

Here you will find my book “Your Irresistible Life” and my published work and interviews on expert websites.

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Despite our greatest intentions (and having the knowledge and tools at our fingertips), we too have struggled at times to make self-care a priority. As a result we have ended up feeling worn-down, stressed-out, disempowered, and less than ourselves.

Sound at all familiar?

We draw upon the ancient principles and practices of Ayurveda and Yoga with the sass and sensibility of the busy, modern-day woman.

These easy-to-follow food routines, Yoga practices, beauty secrets, home remedies, cleanses, and self-care suggestions will bring you radiant health for life. Everything in this book has helped us shine in our own lives. If you too desire…amazing energy, glowing skin, restful sleep, excellent digestion, and a positive outlook…this illuminating Ayurveda and Yoga guidebook is for you!

You can order your copy here!

Excerpt of “Your Irresistible Life – 4 Seasons of Self-care through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices that Work”

Ayurveda is derived from two roots: Ayu, meaning life; and Veda, which means knowledge. The knowledge of life, the science of life, is Ayurveda. Today, we associate Ayurveda with India and it can get confusing because some people think they have to eat Indian food or wear traditional Indian clothing to practice Ayurveda. Not so.

Ayurveda is an inclusive healing modality. It is the mother of all medicine, and, at its essence, it understands everything through the lens of the five elements theory. In India, this art and science has been developed, notated, and systemized for over 5,000 years.

The profound transformational practices within the scope of Ayurvedic Medicine are still being used today because they work, irrespective of culture or belief system. However, throughout time, every ancient culture and civilization embodied an understanding of living in harmony with nature: This organic evolution is how Ayurveda also originated.

• By observing Nature, we realize we are Nature: We are not separate.

• The five elements—earth, water, fire, air, and ether—make up everything on this planet, including you and I.

• We are all beautiful expressions of a unique alchemical combination of these five elements in distinct form. No two people have the exact same ratio of earth, water, fire, air, and ether.

When you learn the principles of Ayurveda, you will see how timeless and applicable they are to every single being. You will be empowered by connecting to the qualitative embodiment of how the five elements are not some esoteric idea, but a practical and applicable system to understanding how you can be balanced and healthy. This universal knowledge will be your greatest ally throughout your life as your health and needs continue to change. Awareness is the key to healing …

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Mas and I have known of one another for a while, mostly through similar circles and social media. But what a joy to meet him and connect with him for this interview. He’s such a beautiful soul who embodies the wisdom of the Yogic and Ayurvedic sciences.

Watch the full interview here and experience a guided element meditation from Mas.

Melanie Philips: What first drew you into Yoga? How did you get onto this path?

Mas Vidal: It was really a heart-based search. It came more from the spiritual side. I was really drawn to the mystical aspects of it—meditation, what is the purpose of life, what does true love mean, dharma.

MP: How do you see the sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda working together in a practical way for people today?

MV: In my view they are inseparable and, as ancient as Yoga and Ayurveda are, I find they are still the most practical and adaptable systems for the modern age…

… Read the full  post on BanyanBotanicals.com

1. You’re a long time yogi. Did you notice a difference in your practice incorporating Ayurveda?

Yes, I think I really did—mostly because I began to study and incorporate Ayurveda into my daily life and sadhana after getting extremely ill in India. It was an illness that lasted over seven years and inspired me to seek out healing after the doctors told me, “there is nothing we can do for you.”

Ayurveda wasn’t a quick fix; it took time to build up my ojas and return to balance (and I still am vigilant about my self-care practices).  The principles of Ayurveda make sense—returning to living in the flow of our naturalness resonates so deeply with me.

I remember when I began to study Ayurveda…I was often brought to tears of recognition when I was reading the textbooks as I felt the truth and love in the philosophy and the devotion of Mother Nature being channeled through Ayurveda.

I can’t imagine practicing yoga without the intelligence of Ayurveda to support it…

… Read the full  post on ayurvedaplusworld.com

I went through a period of insomnia for a few years after a very traumatic life event so my sleep is one of the most valuable assets in my life.

I try to finish working on the computer or being in front of screens at least an hour before going to bed so that my nervous system has a chance to unwind and adjust before sleep.

Rubbing the soles of my feet with sesame oil before bed is a non-negotiable for me as it really grounds and nourishes me and pacifies any excess vata spinning around in my head. I also like to use an essential oil diffuser in my room with lavender oil or if I’m traveling I will sprinkle a few drops onto my pillow.

Gratitude is how I end my day. I lie in bed and retrace the steps of my day in my mind and give thanks for life.

Q. Do you follow any nighttime ‘food rules’ for good health?

I’m mostly an intuitive eater and follow what my body wants. I make sure I don’t go to bed with food in my tummy but also not on empty either. I’ve found that not having enough food in the evening will aggravate vata and disturb my sleep. It’s a fine balance…

… Read the full  post on theayurvedaexperience.com

Nicolae Tanase: Melanie, what is the meaning of life?

Melanie Phillips: Despite decades of meditation and self-inquiry work, it was after the sudden loss of my partner that I was faced with the harsh reality of asking, “What the hell is the point of all of this?”

No longer shrouded by ashram community or yoga studio sheen, I was utterly alone in grief and pain and the realization that no one could change my situation or ease the agony of loss for me.

Profound loss was the catalyst for the deepest inner inquiry. There was nowhere else I could go but within.

So I did.

I began to shift my perception and reprogram my neural pathways from trauma, shock and grief and mold them into acceptance, gratitude and forgiveness. No easy feat.

I believe we are here to know ourselves as love…

… Read the full  post on excellencereporter.com


I never knew what people were talking about when they spoke of the ominous winter blues. I grew up in Ontario and winters meant playing in the snow, cross country skiing, figure skating, and lots of hot chocolate with those mini pastel colored marshmallows on top.

My first decade living in Vancouver, British Columbia, seemed devoid of noticing the shift from fall to winter to spring…probably because there isn’t much of one; we essentially live in a rainforest, a mono-season of rain and grey. Over the last ten years, I’ve noticed the effects of this on my body, mind, and spirit. The short dark days of winter, the lack of sunshine, the impenetrable heaviness of people’s attitudes…am I projecting?

Possibly, yes…AND, I work with a lot of clients in my Ayurvedic practice who struggle even more during the winter with depression, anxiety, low immunity, poor digestion, and sleep…

… Read the full  post on BanyanBotanicals.com

Ayurveda views health and disease as the end result of how we interact with the world, in terms of our beliefs, perceptions, thoughts and feelings, which then ultimately determine our actions. Actions in harmony with our inner nature create health, while those dis-harmonious with our inner nature create disease. Ayurveda is the science of developing greater harmony with our internal and external environments.

Your inner nature is called your constitution or prakruti and is a unique blend of the three doshas: vata (ether + air), pitta (fire + water) and kapha (earth + water). Your constitution was determined at the moment of your conception and is with you your entire life. It determines what is in harmony with your nature and what will cause you to become out of balance, sick and diseased. Knowledge of your constitution is essential to developing optimal health.

Ayurveda assists us in journeying back to optimal health by balancing the five elements in the body and mind through the use of herbs, diet, colors, aromatherapy, lifestyle changes, yoga, and meditation. When we follow diet, food and lifestyle choices that support our unique dosha then we will be healthy and have less of a need to cleanse in any drastic way…

… Read the full  post on gaia.com

For thousands of years the great Yogis and Vaidyas have observed the nature of the mind-body relationship. What they analyzed, understood, and taught was the direct, undeniable, interconnected matrix of our thought process creating either health or dis-ease.
Fast forward approximately 5000 years to today. Here we are in a fast-paced, technologically- driven, goal-oriented, productivity-based society; striving to get ahead, make more money, look younger and feel more relaxed. Stress has an impact on our well being, on our nervous system, blood pressure, and every system of the body. Not to mention, stress also ages us faster and can leave us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and depressed.

Is there another way? I talk to many people who believe that this is just the way life is. There isn’t much to do about it unless you’re lucky enough to win the lottery or get an upgrade on your DNA.
Let us imagine for just a moment that we are creating the reality that we see, feel, and interact with. Let us suspend our disbelief for a tiny second and imagine that we manifest our life by sending out signals and invitations through the thoughts that we think and feelings that we feel.

… Read the full  post on everydayayurveda.com

Most of our thoughts are habitual and repetitive, they are old programs from the past, running the show. This happens without us even realizing it. We believe we are thinking new thoughts yet we wind up creating the same situations, experiences and circumstances over and over again. It may be a new relationship but over time we realize we’re dating the same guy, or are involved in another altercation with an unfair boss, or have another friend dumping all of their problems on us. Can you relate?

It may feel like life is happening to you, however your experience of life is a reflection of what signals are going out from your own personal generating station (the channel of the mind, manovaha srota). So, take time to observe and take charge! If you want to change anything in your life start by looking within by observing the subtle thoughts, reactions and feelings created from your thinking patterns.

Ask yourself:
1) Is there another perspective or point of view that I could take?
2) How am I contributing to the outcome of a situation (positively or negatively)?
3) What else is possible?
4) What would love do/ say/ think?

Don’t lollygag in a negative rut, as it will only bring you down and down and down. Notice any resistance you may have to thinking or feeling positively about something…

… Read the full  post on healthyayurveda.com

Your little rubber yoga mat is like a magnifying glass for what is going on in your mental and emotional bodies and boldly demonstrates how your thoughts are intrinsically connected to your physical body.

The physical aspect of Yoga is the tip of the iceberg, but let us not ignore the depth and immensity of what exists below the surface.

The yoga asanas are designed to keep you healthy by benefiting all of the systems of the body. The nervous system, digestive system, circulatory system, reproductive system and so on, are all strengthened when doing specific practices appropriate for you.

Traditionally, Yoga was passed on one-on-one, from teacher to disciple. The student would take the disciplines or practices, go and do them for a set period of time until they were perfected and ready to “advance” to the next level of awareness. A student may be given a sadhana or spiritual practice to perfect over a number of years before adding anything to it. In our fast-paced, goal-oriented society we want to know we are progressing or achieving when we are investing time into an activity…

… Read the full  post on ayurvedanextdoor.com

The biggest misconception about meditation practice is that it is bliss.

Years ago, I went to a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Was I ecstatic, levitating, and communing with God? No, it was grueling. My knees hurt, my back ached, and I couldn’t wait for meal times.

What I did learn was how much my ego or personality wasted energy through mindless talk and habitual responses to people. I saw the juxtaposition between being silent and not looking at another human being for 10 days and how connected and loved I felt, opposed to being in the busy city seeing many people and feeling so alone.

Sitting still, we are able to observe the tendencies and craziness of the mind and therefore gain some perspective that our thoughts are, in fact, separate from who we are.

But if we are not our thoughts or even our emotions, then who are we…

… Read the full  post on ayurvedanextdoor.com

A series of serendipitous events landed me in the poorest state of India at the Bihar School of Yoga, the world’s first Yoga University. I had no idea about gurus and certainly wasn’t going to bow down to anyone. Being a self-proclaimed atheist and feminist, I was sure I knew what I was doing and didn’t need help from anyone else, thank you very much.

Like a moth to a flame, I entered ashram life as if it was as natural as the birth of a new day. I loved the simplicity and rigour of constant karma yoga that consumed most of my time at the ashram. I found an odd satisfaction and pleasure cleaning the toilets before dawn, seeing the sunrise everyday for six months, and practicing periods of mouna (silence).

One night after a prophetic dream, I awoke and set off to find the barber that would come to the ashram once a week to shave all of the swamis’ heads. I sat down on the ground and signaled to him. He began to snip away my locks that kissed the middle of my back. Once there was enough of a clear-cut of the forest on my head, he went in skillfully with the blade and shaved my head to the scalp…

… Read the full  post on ayurvedanextdoor.com