Melody Mischke, AP

Melody Mischke, AP

Ayurvedic Practitioner, Transformational Coach, and Writer

Pitta Kapha
Constitution: Pitta-Kapha

Melody Mischke is a certified Transformational Coach, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Writer, and Intuitive. She began studying meditation in India at 18, and has degrees in Environmental Science and Contemporary Spirituality. She writes regularly for Banyan Botanicals, and in her free time, enjoys skiing, hiking, singing, and anything that gets her outside into wild places. She lives in Evergreen, Colorado, with her family. Visit Melody's website to learn more.

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  • Awakening New Beginnings
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • April 13, 2021
    Awakening New Beginnings

    Spring is a time to make way for the new and plant seeds of possibility. Discover some simple ways to embrace the natural opportunities that this season brings.

  • Hope in a Time of Pandemic
    • March 27, 2020
    Hope in a Time of Pandemic

    The magnitude of the global disruption caused by the coronavirus is immense and still unfolding. But there are also tremendous opportunities in this moment.

  • Ginger and Garlic: Winter Miracle Foods
    • Diet
    • January 31, 2020
    Ginger and Garlic: Winter Miracle Foods

    Together, garlic and ginger cover many of the bases necessary to thrive all winter long. Learn how they act as potent allies during the colder times of year.

  • Why We Rebel Against Routine
    • Daily Routine
    • July 19, 2019
    Why We Rebel Against Routine

    A daily routine is one of the most powerful gifts we can give ourselves, provided it is done in a way that truly supports our bodies, minds, and spirits. 

  • A Relaxed Approach to Cleansing
    • Diet
    • March 28, 2019
    A Relaxed Approach to Cleansing

    Perfectionism can get in the way of healthy cleansing. Learn why the "no pain, no gain" mentality is just one more thing to eliminate as you start your cleanse.

  • Why We Use Food as an Energetic Buffer
    • January 18, 2019
    Why We Use Food as an Energetic Buffer

    When we reach for food during a moment of crisis, we are witnessing a confused attempt at love—an unintelligent craving based on intelligent underpinnings. 

  • The Myth of Perfect Ayurveda
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • December 28, 2018
    The Myth of Perfect Ayurveda

    Pursuing the “right” way or the “perfect” outcome tends to rob us of the experience that anything is good enough, setting us up to feel perpetually dissatisfied.

  • Gratitude as Medicine
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • November 22, 2018
    Gratitude as Medicine

    Gratitude swells from, and lightens the heart. It vibrates at a very high frequency, fostering a sense of meaning, connection, and expansive consciousness.

  • Ayurveda for Kids
    • Ayurveda
    Ayurveda for Kids
    We hope that this resource will help you to apply some of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to the children in your life—in support of their vibrant health.
  • Ayurveda’s Carrier Substances
    • Ayurveda
    • Taking Your Herbs
    Ayurveda’s Carrier Substances
    A carrier substance (anupan) can help catalyze the delivery of an herb or formula to a specific tissue or channel so that it penetrates deep into the cells.
  • How to Take Herbal Tablets
    • Ayurveda
    • Taking Your Herbs
    How to Take Herbal Tablets
    If you haven’t taken herbal tablets before, getting started can feel overwhelming. This guide will address some common questions about taking herbal tablets.
  • An Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Hair
    • Ayurveda
    An Ayurvedic Guide to Healthy Hair
    Hair is often one of the most prominent aspects of a person’s appearance. And given the choice, who wouldn’t want healthy, lustrous hair to style as we see fit?
  • A Kapha-Pacifying Approach to Fitness
    • Ayurveda
    A Kapha-Pacifying Approach to Fitness
    Learn how to best balance kapha with fitness. These tips will help you with your exercise routine and in the broader context of your life.
  • A Pitta-Balancing Approach to Fitness
    • Ayurveda
    A Pitta-Balancing Approach to Fitness
    Learn how to best balance pitta with fitness. These tips will help you with your exercise routine and in the broader context of your life.
  • A Vata-Balancing Approach to Fitness
    • Ayurveda
    A Vata-Balancing Approach to Fitness
    Learn how to best pacify vata with fitness. These tips will help you with your exercise routine and in the broader context of your life.
  • The Ayurvedic Approach to Fitness
    • Ayurveda
    The Ayurvedic Approach to Fitness
    Exercise can be a potent catalyst for improved health. These Ayurvedic tips aim to help you with your exercise routine and the broader context of your life.
  • Ayurveda for Yogis
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • September 16, 2016
    Ayurveda for Yogis

    Yoga and Ayurveda enrich each other in mutually enhancing ways. So if you are looking to deepen your yoga practice, why not introduce yourself to Ayurveda?

  • An Ayurvedic Guide to Adrenal Health
    • Ayurveda
    An Ayurvedic Guide to Adrenal Health
    At its core, the Ayurvedic approach to adrenal health is simple. This article focuses on how to invite balance into our lives while releasing stress and tension.
  • The Three Stages of Life
    • Ayurveda
    The Three Stages of Life
    According to Ayurveda, there are three distinct stages of life. Read this guide to learn how the doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) influence each of these stages.
  • The Importance of Oral Health
    • Ayurveda
    The Importance of Oral Health
    Ayurveda has a great deal to say about oral health and hygiene. Here's why many people are turning to Ayurveda to support their teeth, gums, and overall health.
  • The Power of Intention
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle
    • January 21, 2016
    The Power of Intention

    These days, we toss around this idea of intention-setting very casually, but the truth is that it can be an incredibly powerful tool for manifesting our dreams.

  • Stress Relief: an Essential First Step in Successful Weight-Loss
    • Health Topics
    • January 13, 2016
    Stress Relief: an Essential First Step in Successful Weight-Loss

    Stress can distract us from making healthy choices throughout each day, but stress also impacts our metabolic processes in very real and detrimental ways.

  • How to Have Abundant Energy
    • Ayurveda
    How to Have Abundant Energy
    How do you increase your energy levels without running yourself ragged? In this article, we’ll explore Ayurveda's approach to increasing energy and vitality.
  • Motivate!
    • Ayurveda
    Motivate!
    Do you struggle with lack of motivation, complacency, or even lethargy? Learn how to reclaim health and vitality throughout the mental and emotional spheres.
  • Surrender and Serenity
    • Ayurveda
    Surrender and Serenity
    Do you struggle with anger or irritability? According to Ayurveda, these fiery emotions could be signs of excess pitta accumulating in the channel of the mind.
  • Cultivating Calm
    • Ayurveda
    Cultivating Calm
    Do you struggle with feeling anxious or fearful? Read this guide on finding balance throughout the mental and emotional spheres with the help of Ayurveda.
  • The Channel of the Mind
    • Ayurveda
    The Channel of the Mind
    How much impact does your state of mind have on your overall well-being? According to Ayurveda, it is one of the most powerful influences affecting our health.
  • Love Your Liver
    • Ayurveda
    Love Your Liver
    Without question, the liver is one of our most vital organs. This resource will provide some practical guidance on encouraging the overall health of the liver.
  • Breathe Easy
    • Ayurveda
    Breathe Easy
    How would your life be different if your breath were more relaxed, more fluid—less disturbed by congestion, stress, or worries—if you could simply breathe easy?
  • Radiant Beauty
    • Ayurveda
    Radiant Beauty
    Ayurveda often emphasizes healing from the inside out, but it also has beauty rituals and self-nurturing practices that focus more on the exterior of the body.
  • Vibrant Heart
    • Ayurveda
    Vibrant Heart
    The heart is one of the most vital organs in the body, and while its physical protection is important, it isn’t always enough to keep our hearts healthy.
  • An Ayurvedic Approach to Gaining Weight
    • Ayurveda
    An Ayurvedic Approach to Gaining Weight
    You can gain weight naturally without overeating or bulking up on unhealthy foods. Read this guide to learn how to gain weight through Ayurveda's ancient wisdom.
  • An Ayurvedic Approach to Losing Weight
    • Ayurveda
    An Ayurvedic Approach to Losing Weight
    The Ayurvedic approach to weight loss is simple, doable, and effective. Along the way, you’ll also be reclaiming a vibrant sense of health and well-being.
  • Building a Healthy Immune System
    • Ayurveda
    Building a Healthy Immune System
    If our immune systems are compromised, we have to ask ourselves why, and we must be willing to correct the underlying issues—whatever they may be.
  • An Ayurvedic Guide to Stress Management
    • Ayurveda
    An Ayurvedic Guide to Stress Management
    Is stress playing a bigger role in your life than you would like? This comprehensive guide offers an Ayurvedic perspective on preventing and managing stress.
  • Balancing Vata in the Joints
    • Ayurveda
    Balancing Vata in the Joints
    Balancing excess vata in the joints can help reduce dryness, cracking, popping, and stiffness. Read this resource for tips to support healthy joints.
  • Balancing Kapha in the Joints
    • Ayurveda
    Balancing Kapha in the Joints
    Excess kapha in the joints can manifest as stiffness, swelling, and restricted mobility. Learn how to balance kapha for more flexible, comfortable joints.
  • Balancing Pitta in the Joints
    • Ayurveda
    Balancing Pitta in the Joints
    Soothing excess pitta in the joints can help reduce heat and redness while promoting comfort in your connective tissues. Read this resource to learn more.
  • An Ayurvedic Guide to Joint Health
    • Ayurveda
    An Ayurvedic Guide to Joint Health
    In Ayurveda, the bones and joints have a general affinity for vata and are especially prone to vata imbalances. Read more for tips on maintaining healthy joints.
  • Balancing Excess Sleep
    • Ayurveda
    Balancing Excess Sleep
    These days, so many people don’t get enough sleep, but oversleeping can send our bodies into a tailspin in much the same way that sleep deprivation can.
  • Balancing Insufficient Sleep
    • Ayurveda
    Balancing Insufficient Sleep
    Do you have a tendency towards insufficient sleep and want to get more rest at night? Take a look at this guide for Ayurvedic tips and recommendations.
  • An Ayurvedic Guide to Balanced Sleep
    • Ayurveda
    An Ayurvedic Guide to Balanced Sleep
    Imbalanced sleep can be discouraging—and getting back on track can feel daunting. But with the right set of tools, it is possible to find and return to balance.
  • The Importance of Agni
    • Ayurveda
    The Importance of Agni
    Agni (the digestive fire) determines which substances enter our cells and tissues, and which are removed as waste. In this way, agni is the gatekeeper of life.
  • Ama: The Antithesis of Agni
    • Ayurveda
    Ama: The Antithesis of Agni
    In Ayurveda, ama is a toxic substance that forms as a result of impaired agni (digestive fire) that, in turn, destroys agni and can diminish overall health.
  • The Four Varieties of Agni
    • Ayurveda
    The Four Varieties of Agni
    According to Ayurveda, good health, longevity, and balanced agni are connected. Conversely, most imbalances can ultimately be traced back to impaired agni.
  • The Importance of Healthy Digestion
    • Ayurveda
    The Importance of Healthy Digestion
    Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role digestion (agni) plays in your overall health, and learn practical tools to keep your digestion strong.
  • Winter for Vata-Pitta-Kapha
    • Ayurveda
    Winter for Vata-Pitta-Kapha
    Those who are tridoshic have the strengths and stability of all three doshas to support them through the winter, but would be wise to focus on balancing vata and kapha at this time of year.
  • Winter for Vata-Pitta and Pitta-Vata
    • Ayurveda
    Winter for Vata-Pitta and Pitta-Vata
    Pitta-vata and vata-pitta-types should balance vata in winter, taking advantage of the season’s pitta-soothing qualities. You can adapt your habits according to your climate or personal state of balance.
  • Winter for Vata-Kapha and Kapha-Vata
    • Ayurveda
    Winter for Vata-Kapha and Kapha-Vata
    In winter, vata-kapha-types would do well to assess the influence of environmental factors such as weather. You can adapt your routine to pacify either vata or kapha depending on your changing needs.
  • Winter for Pitta-Kapha and Kapha-Pitta
    • Ayurveda
    Winter for Pitta-Kapha and Kapha-Pitta
    For pitta-kapha and kapha-pitta types, winter is a great time to focus on balancing kapha, while taking advantage of the season’s pitta-soothing qualities. You can adapt your habits as your needs change.
  • Winter for Kapha
    • Ayurveda
    Winter for Kapha
    If kapha is your primary dosha, be more attuned to kapha accumulation than vata this winter. You will want to counter kapha’s cold, damp, heavy qualities with elements of heat, dryness, and light.
  • Winter for Vata
    • Ayurveda
    Winter for Vata
    If vata is predominant in your constitution, you are less likely to be disturbed by the kapha aspects of winter. Instead, you will want to focus intently on countering winter’s vata qualities.
  • Winter for Pitta
    • Ayurveda
    Winter for Pitta
    Winter is a time of year that many pitta types love most. If you have high pitta, winter is an excellent season to spend focusing on staying balanced and resetting your baseline for health.
  • Winter Guide
    • Ayurveda
    Winter Guide
    Winter is a time to balance kapha and vata doshas with a supportive diet, herbs, and lifestyle choices. Visit this guide to learn general recommendations for winter.
  • Achieving Your Healthy Weight
    • Ayurveda
    Achieving Your Healthy Weight
    Body weight can be a bit of a touchy subject. Our culture has adopted a very narrow set of physical standards that are considered normal, healthy, and beautiful.
  • Soothe Your Skin Guide
    • Ayurveda
    Soothe Your Skin Guide
    Ayurveda teaches that while all skin conditions can seem superficial in nature, the skin is actually a reflection of hidden realities within each of our bodies.
  • Fall Guide
    • Ayurveda
    Fall Guide
    The fall brings with it a predominance of air element and prana, the vital breath, the subtle essence of life, is abundant in the atmosphere.
  • Allergy Free
    • Ayurveda
    Allergy Free
    Do you suffer from allergies in any way? Perhaps you’ve come to dread the arrival of springtime because of the degree to which your allergies overtake your life.
  • Spring Cleanse for Vata-Pitta-Kapha
    • Ayurveda
    Spring Cleanse for Vata-Pitta-Kapha
    Spring is one of the best times of the year to complete an Ayurvedic cleanse. Learn more about how to plan a gentle spring cleanse for tridoshic constitutions.
  • Spring Cleanse for Vata-Pitta and Pitta-Vata Types
    • Ayurveda
    Spring Cleanse for Vata-Pitta and Pitta-Vata Types
    Spring is one of the best times of the year to complete an Ayurvedic cleanse. Learn more about how to plan a gentle spring cleanse for vata-pitta constitutions.
  • Spring Cleanse for Vata-Kapha and Kapha-Vata Types
    • Ayurveda
    Spring Cleanse for Vata-Kapha and Kapha-Vata Types
    Spring is one of the best times of the year to complete an Ayurvedic cleanse. Learn more about how to plan a gentle spring cleanse for vata-kapha constitutions.
  • Spring Cleanse for Pitta-Kapha and Kapha-Pitta Types
    • Ayurveda
    Spring Cleanse for Pitta-Kapha and Kapha-Pitta Types
    Spring is one of the best times of the year to complete an Ayurvedic cleanse. Learn more about how to plan a gentle spring cleanse for pitta-kapha constitutions.
  • Spring Cleanse for Vata
    • Ayurveda
    Spring Cleanse for Vata
    Spring is one of the best times of the year to complete an Ayurvedic cleanse. Learn more about how to plan a spring cleanse for vata-predominate constitutions.
  • Spring Cleanse for Kapha
    • Ayurveda
    Spring Cleanse for Kapha
    Spring is one of the best times of the year to complete an Ayurvedic cleanse. Learn more about how to plan a gentle spring cleanse for balancing kapha dosha.
  • Spring Cleanse for Pitta
    • Ayurveda
    Spring Cleanse for Pitta
    Spring is one of the best times of the year to complete an Ayurvedic cleanse. Learn more about how to plan a gentle spring cleanse for balancing pitta dosha.

Experience and Education

As an undergraduate, Melody studied environmental science and contemporary spirituality at Middlebury College, the Sierra Institute, and Prescott College—where she earned her bachelor’s degree.

Her formal training in Ayurveda began at the Ayurvedic Institute, where she had the profound honor of studying under Vasant Lad, MASc, and Dr. Claudia Welch.

As an Ayurvedic practitioner and yoga teacher, Melody uses lifestyle practices, subtle therapies, diet, and herbs to help her clients foster an ever-improving wellness experience. She is guided by a deep desire to live her own life in alignment with her truest inner nature, and to support others in doing the same.

Her grounded wisdom, highly skilled capacity to hold space, and her razor-sharp aptitude for seeing her clients’ deepest gifts—alongside their most critical stumbling blocks—make her a highly sought-after coach.

Melody started writing for Banyan Botanicals in 2011 and has since written a substantial portion of the educational content on the website.

Melody's Point of View

How were you introduced to Ayurveda?

I grew up in Colorado and was still a teenager when my love of dramatic mountain landscapes took me to the Himalayas, where I was introduced to meditation. On a return trip to India in my early twenties, I discovered Yoga and Ayurveda. I was amazed. 

I had grown up with some familiarity with Western medicine, since my father was a surgeon—but Ayurveda's celebration of uniqueness, focus on self-care, and honoring of the rhythms of nature really resonated with me. After devouring books on Ayurveda and experiencing my first panchakarma, I decided to enroll in an Ayurvedic practitioner program. 

Ayurveda remains the most elegant and intuitive wellness tradition I have ever encountered. I am so inspired by the degree to which the simplest adjustments have changed my own life and the lives of my clients. 

 

When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?

Stress is my greatest challenge, and a tremendous teacher. While my daily routine often falters when I’m stressed out and overwhelmed, I have learned through experience that these are the most critical times to keep up with my self-care rituals. If nothing else, I try to start each day with a few minutes of pranayama or meditation, some gentle stretching, and—as often as possible—abhyanga (self-massage). I also find that staying attuned to my breath helps me reconnect with a deeper sense of Self and a broader support system.
 

What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?

Think of “balance” more as a useful tool, rather than a fixed destination. Ayurveda has taught me to think of balance as an evolving process of coming ever more into alignment with the natural world… and with who we really are as human beings.

 

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