This story is part of the Special Edition series by Souls of San Francisco for The Passion Co.


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City: Oakland, California

Passion: Health and Wellness


"What are you passionate about?"

I'm passionate about health and wellness. I recently started my own business called Daily Ayurveda. I help people to learn how to restore balance in their bodies by applying classical Ayurvedic wisdom to modern day living.”

“How’d you get into Ayurveda?”

“It started out of my own journey to heal. I used to look and feel very different than I do now. I grew up with a sense that I didn't really fit in, and subsequently suffered from some pretty severe depression throughout my teens and into my early 20's. I partied pretty hard in college trying to mask the sadness. When I graduated from college, I started noticing major issues with my digestion. I went to the doctor, they did a colonoscopy and I was diagnosed with a severe case of Ulcerative Colitis. The Western doctors told me I could never heal from this chronic disease, needless to say I was pretty crushed. I ended up getting so sick that I was taking 18 prescription pills per day. The thing is, those pills didn't work. I had hit rock bottom physically and emotionally.

Then, I decided to take matters into my own hands and do some research. I refused to believe that I couldn't heal from this disease, so I started reading. I followed every diet under the sun from the raw food diet - which is the worst thing you could do for ulcerative colitis, to macrobiotic. Nothing seemed to work.

So, I meet this hypnotist and I went through this journey with him. He told me to close my eyes and go to a safe place. I found myself in an enchanted forest wearing an Alice in Wonderland dress surrounded by mushrooms. What a trip. I felt really small, wide-eyed and open to possibility. Then I saw this Indian man in this clearing, he was in his 80’s or 90’s and was wearing this loin cloth. He had hazel eyes, sort of the same color as your eyes, a little more gold maybe - and when I looked into his eyes, I saw my purpose. It was clear as day. My purpose is to give love.

I was so touched by experiencing that sensation. He gave me this ball of golden light and told me to put it in my heart. When I did, I felt waves going all over my body and I knew something had shifted. A week later, I stumbled into this book shop and a beautiful Indian woman, Shunya Ji, was giving a lecture on Ayurveda. From the moment I started listening to her speak, I was mesmerized. I knew she was my teacher. She was the first person who gave me hope that I wasn’t going to be sick for the rest of my life, I was just out of balance.

Soon after, I went on an Ayurvedic retreat where Shunya Ji was lecturing. I ended up carpooling with two Ayurvedic doctors from India and told them my story. One of them said, ‘If you want to heal take out a pen and paper and write down what I’m about to tell you.' So I did. I followed everything they said from what time to wake up in the morning, to lighting a candle every morning, to following a very strict diet.

Three months later, my symptoms had improved by 50%. After that, I decided that I wanted to go to school to study Ayurveda with Shunya Ji. After completing the 1 year self healing course and making dramatic changes in my diet and lifestyle, I was fully healed from Ulcerative Colitis and haven't had an ulcer since. So I decided to go deeper and study at Vedika Global for two more years so I could become an Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Wellness counselor and help other people heal too. The craziest part of the whole story is that Shunya Ji's teacher, her grandfather Ba Ba, looks exactly like the man that was in my hypnosis journey who gave me back my heart. 

I don’t know, the journey has just begun. And it’s not just Ayurveda. I finally learned how to love myself… I still am. I didn’t my whole life. And now I am. Once you love yourself, you can really see other people.

I just feel so grateful to be experiencing life at all. All of the sadness, all of the pain. It’s just so beautiful. In the darkest of dark, the things you think are gonna kill you end up being the greatest gifts."