For more than 5,000 years, ayurveda has been practiced to promote wellness in India. From the Sanskrit words ayurs (life) and veda (knowledge), ayurveda branches from Hindu scriptures called the Vedas, and has influenced Buddhist philosophy, Eastern and Western health care — and it is beginning to find a place in diet trends. Its practitioners consider ayurveda to be a sacred system that unites natural elements, spirituality and diet. In short, nourishment of the body is tethered to nourishment of the mind and soul. Since the beginning, the sister sciences of yoga nd Ayurveda have been practiced together. The depth created by combining them creates a foundation to anyone to thrive in mind and body.
Donna Papania is a nationally renowned Ayurvedic Practitioner, Educator and Yoga instructor of 18 years. She holds a masters degree in nutrition, undergraduate degrees in both nutrition and exercise scienc, is a eRYT 500, and is a certified reiki master and Ayurvedic energy point therapist. Donna spent 10 years in the desert of New Mexico studying with and working for Dr. Vasant Lad Where she assisted Dr. Lad in the Pancha Karma (cleansing) Department as his assistant consultant and therapist. She taught Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle classes at the Ayurvedic Institute and served as the head of the yoga department. She is a mama to three, a beach lover and is fond of the quote by Ram Dass, "We are all just walking each other home."