Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: March 29, 2024

Embarking on your Ayurvedic journey is like stepping into a realm of holistic well-being. Each element is carefully orchestrated to achieve a harmonious balance of body, mind, and spirit. But it’s the inclusion of expert opinion that takes this experience to a whole new level. These seasoned practitioners possess the wisdom of the ancients and the knowledge of modern science. They tailor your Ayurvedic regimen with meticulous precision. Their expert guidance ensures your journey is not just a generic path, but a personalized voyage of well-being and optimal health. The result? A luxurious indulgence in wellness, a testament to the profound influence of Ayurveda in nurturing your holistic self.

We have meticulously curated a distinguished compendium featuring esteemed practitioners of Ayurveda, poised to kindle the flames of your inaugural Ayurvedic odyssey. Allow us to introduce our esteemed panel of experts:

Salila Sukumaran

A passionate advocate for Ayurveda and Yoga, has traveled extensively and experienced the best of both the Western and Indian cultures. Despite initially dismissing her family’s Ayurvedic traditions, she found herself drawn back to them when her health and well-being needed healing. Inspired by her profound reconnection, Salila devoted herself to studying and promoting these ancient Vedic healing practices. Her efforts have been recognized by AYUSH, India’s health ministry, and Kerala Tourism. Salila’s work has also been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, and Arianna Huffington’s Authority Magazine.

Dr. Risha Sharma

 Her journey with Sundardas Naturopathic Clinic in 2015 transformed her perspective on body and sleep. Through treating patients with insomnia, psychological issues, and failing relationships, she discovered the profound impact of biochemistry and daily habits on all aspects of life. By embracing the Ayurvedic lifestyle, Dr. Risha has transformed her life, adopting habits and systems that not only boost productivity but also promote overall well-being. She now leads a more efficient and fulfilling life, equipped with strategies that optimize both mind and body.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi

An accomplished Ayurvedic physician with over 10 years of experience in patient care. Specializing in Panchakarma, Internal medicine, and medicine making, she emphasizes the importance of gut health and advocates for a holistic approach to diet and lifestyle. With her expertise, she aims to provide good guidance and motivation to help everyone achieve good health.

Their primary goal is to help individuals achieve optimal physical, mental, and emotional wellness through a comprehensive and integrated approach. By considering various aspects such as nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, and self-care practices, they aim to empower individuals to live their best lives and thrive in all aspects of their well-being journey.

When inquired about “What suggestions do you have for someone to fully experience their initial Ayurveda journey?”, our experts provided intriguing and insightful responses:

Salila Sukumaran shares insightful recommendations for maximizing the benefits of your initial Ayurveda journey, she observes:

“Ayurveda helps us go slow, and reconnect to our body. As we care for our body by feeding it nourishing fresh foods, and oil and bathing, hydrating with warm teas and broths, we begin to cultivate the habit of noticing our emotions and thoughts more closely. We become aware of our connection to the greater world, the sun’s energy, the moon’s energy, and the passing of the seasons. We may have previously neglected ourselves and been distracted with binge eating, and consuming media to cope. During the transitional phase of incorporating Ayurveda rituals, it is normal to feel unsure when some aspects of our life come into sharp focus. As the body gets healthier it begins to reject unhealthy food, a healthy mind begins to crave solitude for renewal, and friendly assurance that this is an important healing phase is key. It is always a good idea to stay in touch with your practitioner or like-minded friends as you gain strength in your inner wisdom.”

Key takeaway: Reconnect with your body, nourish it with wholesome foods and rituals and cultivate a deeper awareness of emotions and thoughts. Gain insight into the connection between yourself and the world, find support, and tap into your inner wisdom for profound renewal.

Visit her website: https://www.ayurgamaya.com/ 

Dr. Risha Sharma, an esteemed Ayurvedic expert, dedicated to unlocking individual potential and addressing health concerns said,

“The most important factor for a person who is new to Ayurveda is a trusting and capable source. An Ayurvedic expert, who is well versed in the texts and has a good clinical hand can use his or her expertise to bring out the best in a person while addressing their health concerns.  Finding that trusting source (Ayurveda doctors) is key to experiencing Ayurveda at its best”

Key takeaway: Finding a reliable Ayurvedic expert is vital for newcomers to fully embrace Ayurveda and address their health needs effectively.

Visit her website: https://www.instagram.com/wishfulhealing/ 

Dr. Zeel Gandhi presents exquisite suggestions for small and meticulous changes in your initial Ayurveda odyssey,

“Do not be hasty in changing your diet and lifestyle. Ayurveda strongly recommends leaving your old bad habits slowly and introducing new ones to the patient. Sudden changes even when done for the best are sure to trigger disorders in the system. So if you were sleeping past midnight for many years, and now hope to align your sleep-wake cycles to your circadian rhythm, do this gradually, shift the sleep time by 15- 30  minutes daily. 

Similarly, if you want to quit smoking, taper it off, gradually.  And slowly introduce replacements. Naturally, the body will crave nicotine. Replace it with hot spices and herbs that give the body the energy boost it craves.”

Key takeaway: Make gradual changes to your diet and lifestyle to avoid triggering disorders, such as slowly adjusting sleep-wake cycles and tapering off habits like smoking.

Visit her website: https://www.drzeel.com/ 

Ensuring balance in every facet of your life is vital for maximizing the benefits of your Ayurvedic journey. This encompasses harmonizing work and leisure, rest and physical activity, as well as diet and exercise. By striving for equilibrium in all these areas, you can attain a state of optimal health and well-being.