A: I choose this profession because of my love for natural medicine. My aunt is an Ayurvedic practitioner in India and my mom is a pediatrician. She used many Ayurvedic medicines in her practice to keep children away from strong pharmaceuticals. This really made me think about pursuing Ayurveda as my profession, as I was always in search of a medicinal system that would address the root cause of the disease and not just the superficial symptoms.
Q: What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A: The opportunity to make a change in the society by helping people find the right cure for their suffering. Changing people’s life with Ayurveda and making them aware about this new way of living is what I love the most about my practice.
Q: What kind of clients do you like working with most?
A: I like to work with geriatric clients, as I learn a lot about life from such consults. Its like an awakening for them as well as for me. Older clients have gone through a lot in their life physically and psychologically hence such cases are very challenging. They help me grow as a practitioner. I like facing challenges and finding the right solutions!
Q: Tell us about a time you really connected with a client.
A: I had a client suffering from chronic respiratory tract infection. Her pulse showed me deep rooted emotions that might have led to the onset of her disease. The moment I asked her about it, she accepted that all of her symptoms occurred after her divorce. She was extremely surprised to see that I found so much from her pulse and how deeply our mind and body are connected. Ayurveda says emotions can get lodged into weak places in our body and cause diseases. I advised her some guided meditations and herbs. I helped her through the entire recovery process, staying in touch with her every two weeks, till she was stable mentally and physically.
Q: How do you celebrate living in your body?
A: Helping the underprivileged, going on trips, swimming, bollywood dancing, singing.
Q: What do you look for in a health care practitioner?
A: I feel a health care practitioner should be knowledgeable, friendly, and caring.A person with whom you feel comfortable and can understand and relate to your problems.
Vanashree Belgamwar is an Ayurvedic practitioner and a Hatha yoga teacher. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the University of Health Sciences, India. Her consults focus on balancing all these aspects of life. Listening to her clients and guiding them through their ups and downs is what she likes the most about her practice.