Constitution: Pitta Vata
Currently Resides: Pacific Palisades, CA
Hometown: Galveston, Texas
James G. Bailey, LAc, Dipl OM, Dipl Ayu, E-RYT is a third generation physician, Ayurveda and Oriental Medicine practitioner, Yoga educator, and Yoga teacher trainer who has been living yoga and ayurveda for 30 years. His training includes 5 years of formal clinical studies in Oriental Medicine and training in Ayurveda under such luminary teachers as Dr. Vaijayanti Apte, Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Avinash Lele, Dr. Vasant Lad, and many Ayurvedic doctors and therapists in Kerala, south India where he spends time teaching and studying while on retreat. He leads retreats to India annually with his Sevanti Adventures and maintains a private practice in Pacific Palisades, CA between his travels.
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
I lived in India for a year in 1988-89 where I picked up a few too many parasites. While staying at Auroville in Pondicherry (south India) the parasites aggressively flared up. I visited an Ayurvedic Vaidya in a nearby village. I was so weak that the memory is somewhat of a blur. I only recall riding an old Indian bicycle through the bush. I more recall taking herbs that worked quickly. I was really impressed. A big thank you to that Vaidya, whomever you were!
In 2003, I did my formal studies with Dr. Vaijayanti Apte, Dr. Subash Ranade, Dr. Avinash Lele, and several Vaidyas in Kerala at Somatheeram Academy. I’m grateful for all of my teachers, and to my patients from whom I learned the most.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Ayurveda has made me more aware of my place within nature. It removed the separation between my personal experience and the natural world. I have the tools and insights to stay well and to heal others. It is one of my life’s most cherished gifts.
Which Banyan product(s) are your currently using and why?
I’m using Bacopa to support intelligence as a teacher. I love the new line of Banyan tinctures and rotate through them often depending upon my needs.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
When I’m teaching out of town. I travel a lot, and when I do it is harder to maintain my physical and nutritional needs. I use Ayurveda to pacify Vata when teaching long days, traveling through airports, and on planes. Daily abhyanga is an essential for me. Though I’m a Pitta Vata, my body is moving into the Vata stage of life. I can feel Vata increasing with age. My focus is slowly shifting from Pitta pacification to more Vata pacification and ojas replenishing.