RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center overflowed with attendees who were there to specifically hear Manjula Nadarajah, a master educator for The Chopra Center for well-being.
During the Aug. 12 event, Nadarajah explained how she was a former senior technology strategy advisor for Shell International. She placed herself on her own type of transformational journey in order to find her pathway of natural healing that she calls, “one’s inner pharmacy.”
According to Nadarajah, there are three principals of well-being, which includes: meditation, yoga and Ayurveda.
Nadarajah touched upon these three pillars but spent most of her time honing in on Ayurveda, which is considered a formal Hindu methodology of medicine. The premise is that people are empowered to be able to heal themselves by balancing their bodies. According to Nadarajah, Ayurveda dates back to thousands of years ago and is grounded in ancient wisdom.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to take part in a Dosha Mind Body Questionnaire. The answers provided attendees on whether they were a Vata, Pitta or Kapha in terms of their basic nature for most of their entire life. By understanding which basic nature one was, or even a blend of two (if one wasn’t completely dominant), someone could begin their own well-being journey in their life, she said.
“It’s about understanding and aligning with the rhythms of nature,” Nadarajah said. “Health is the state of vibrant balance in which all the layers of one’s life are integrated.”
Nadarajah shared that while the western model compared health as the absence of a definable disease, Ayurveda viewed “dis-ease” as the absence of vibrant health.
“When we can start to align with nature, we can bring ourselves back into health,” she said. “Maintaining balance is essential to health.”
And the experiences and choices that one makes can influence their current state.
Through the methods of Ayurveda, individuals are led by healing through five gateways which include smell, sight, sound, taste and touch. The first three treat the mind while taste and touch balance the body.
While the hour-long event was comprehensive in nature, many walked away with newfound knowledge and were taught how they could very well perhaps heal themselves in a variety of ways through understanding their “dosha” type(s).
“Empower yourself to unwind to a state of balance. Take that time to unwind,” Nadarajah said.