Currently Resides: New Haven, Connecticut
Hometown: San Francisco, CA and Nashville, TN
Kathryn Templeton, MA, RDT/MT/LPC, E-500 RYT, C-IAYT, Ayurvedic practitioner, has devoted her life to the health of others. A psychotherapist for 30 years, Kathryn is a Master Teacher in the field of Drama Therapy and continues to work both clinically and as an educator specializing in the treatment of individuals with complex trauma. As a C-IAYT, NAMA-registered Ayurvedic practitioner and Senior ParaYoga teacher, Kathryn has worked to develop specialized treatments integrating the principles of yoga, Ayurveda, and clinical psychology. Kathryn is a faculty member at the Himalayan Institute and the founder of the Himalayan Institute Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist program (HIAYS), Torchbearer Mentorship program, AYS Grad School, and The Three Wisdom Traditions: Integrating Yoga, Ayurveda and Psychology (3WT). She is an Adjunct Professor of Human Development and General Psychology, a contributing writer, and educator for Yoga International. You can learn more about Kathryn by visiting her website.
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
In 1991 I was interning at the West Haven VA Hospital’s National Center for PTSD. l and was reading an ayurvedic book that talked about healing the mind by “anointing yourself with oil as a way to remind yourself that you are an auscpious being.” In our next group therapy, I suggested to our combat veterans that they try this technique to calm the mind…it was not met with interest?! A few years later I met my yoga teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker, and he spoke about this same idea in ayurvedic medicine. I just knew this was important, that it would help me heal my life, and to heal all our lives, by bringing the technology of Ayurveda to modern medicine.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Ayurveda changed my personal and professional life at the same time. I found the support of daily routine was what was necessary for me and for many clients to support deep healing we promote in yoga and therapy. Dinacharya has been my big healer; abyhanga, tongue scraping, and deep relaxation practices…every day. Drinking warm spiced milk or chai depending on the time of day or season, as a daily medicine to nourish myself has been an amazing support for me. Plus using triphala to support my seasonal cleansing.
Which Banyan product(s) are your currently using and why?
The good news is that I am now 52 years old! So my pitta is a bit cooler as I have more vata in my life than ever before. I have now become pals with Ashwaghanda Bala oil for travel support. I love the Banyan Vata massage oil for the winter time and of course coconut Brahmi for the summer and even late Spring as I can be a “hot head” easily! When I travel I take the new Turmeric Liquid Extract with me and I love the Pukka tea with peppermint and licorice for when I am teaching all day. This tea is great to keep my throat moist and my mind alert.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
As of late, I feel Vata drying out my tissues and blowing my focus and concentration. I use turmeric or shatavari in my ghee, and abyhanga with Banyan sesame based oils. I find that Banyan’s brahmi, ashwaghanda and shankhapushpi raw herbs mixed together is a wonderful support for my focus and concentration. Just lately I have been experimenting with the Banyan 7-Herb Energy for support when teaching an 8-hour day, and I really like it! And of course my yoga practice changes each season to help me with find balance too.
What is your vision for Ayurveda?
Well, my vision for Ayurveda is specific. I want to establish a treatment protocol at an urban Public Health center. Here the Three Wisdom Traditions program: yoga, ayurveda and psychology, can come together to offer education in both in a traditional clinical model, and as a wrap around program for individuals and families in their daily lives. I truly believe that this combo will change the face of public health. I want to lift our families out of being at risk for trauma related illnesses and offer them a more resilient and adaptable way to live and thrive.
Who inspires you?
Every client I have ever worked with is an inspiration to me. I am blessed to have had jobs where I hear stories of people’s lives and I get to support them as they navigate their way back home to their true self. Truly inspirational…and of course Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and our entire Faculty at HI~ amazing folks.
The Eleventh Hour and Freedom from the Bondage of Karma both by Swami Rama, The Yamas & Niyamas by Deborah Adele (great stories!), Buddha Brain by Rick Hanson (nerd joy) and our family fav~ The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn.
Favorite place in the world?
So many wonderful places…anywhere with my family: at home, San Francisco, or summers on Block Island, RI. Being with my teachers and yoga buddies from HI Allahabad, India to yogi’s homes in Halifax, Canada. Or the beach with friends in Playa del Carmen, Mexico or Paros, Greece.