In this episode of Be The Light, I speak with Ayurvedic consultant and author Susan Weis-Bohlen about the tremendous impact Ayurveda had for her to lose weight and clear physical and mental toxicity. Susan lost 50 pounds and saw how she was holding onto weight beyond the physical level. She also lowered her cholesterol by 80 points through Ayurveda. That’s how her relationship with Ayurveda began and it has blossomed into so much more as she has just authored her second book on Ayurveda!
In this interview you will also discover:
- advice if you’re just starting out on your Ayurvedic journey.
- what toxins (ama) are really made from.
- why a seasonal diet is imperative for a healthy microbiome.
- the nuances of sattva, rajas, and tamas (the gunas we learn about in yoga and how they are understood in Ayurveda).
- why giving advice isn’t always the best way to support someone.
- the importance of forgiveness in healing.
SUSAN WEIS-BOHLEN is a full-time Ayurvedic consultant, cooking teacher, meditation teacher, and leader of sacred site tours. Susan’s personal journey into the Ayurvedic lifestyle began when she came across the Ayurvedic cleansing technique of panchakarma. What began as the release of damaging toxins and personal difficulties eventually grew into an impassioned vocation. She has since studied with the best teachers of Ayurveda, both in the US and in India. Susan knows exactly how challenging it can be to come to Ayurveda as a beginner and has dedicated her life to sharing the fruits of her studies with students all over the world.
In 2004 Susan opened Breathe Books, a metaphysical bookstore, in Baltimore, and in 2012 she added an Ayurvedic/vegetarian café.
In 2008 Susan received her first certification in Ayurveda from the Chopra Center in California. In subsequent years she studied with Dr. Vasant Lad in New Mexico and India. In addition, Susan is certified in Ayurvedic cooking from Amadea Morningstar, the author of the world renowned Ayurvedic Cookbook, and Ayurvedic Cooking for Westerners. After 10 years of running the business, Susan decided in 2014 to close the shop and café and concentrate fully on her Ayurvedic practice. She is now a full-time Ayurvedic consultant, meditation teacher, Ayurvedic cooking teacher, and speaker.
Susan also leads meditation, yoga and Ayurveda tours to sacred sites in India. In February 2018, Susan published her first book, which became an instant Amazon best-seller, Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles & Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally.
Susan lives with her husband Larry and their three dogs, Ella, Shadow and Joonie (a rescue from Pune, India), in the woods in Reisterstown, Maryland just outside of Baltimore City.
To find out more about Susan, visit her website: breatheayurveda.com
If you love Ayurveda, don’t miss out on the next intake of the Madhuri Method 100 hour online Ayurvedic Yoga Training, coming in 2021. Find details and the application form here.