Currently Resides: Vancouver, Canada
Hometown: Exeter, Ontario, Canada
Melanie Phillips (BFA, E-RYT, CAS) is a certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Yoga Teacher Trainer, author, speaker, and Energy Healer. Having immersed herself in ashram living and study at the Bihar School of Yoga in India, and having taught since 2000, Melanie’s embodiment of Ayurveda, yoga, and a multitude of energy modalities has earned her excellence in leadership, teaching, and mentorship for those seeking a way home to their intuitive and brilliant nature. Having walked a real and vivid healing path through chronic illness and extraordinary loss, Melanie embraces Ayurveda, yoga, and intuitive medicine as primary means to how we can re-emerge from darkness and remember that we are all “the light” of our own lives. Melanie works out of her practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. She shares her workshops, retreats, and Ayurveda Yoga Teacher Trainings internationally and also offers remote Ayurvedic Spiritual Coaching and online trainings.
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
I first learned about Ayurveda when I was living in an ashram in India many years ago. A few years later, I got very ill on a subsequent pilgrimage back to India. When I returned to Canada, none of the doctors or specialists I saw could figure out what was wrong with me, so they labelled me with post viral fatigue syndrome and told me there was nothing they could do to help. That’s when I began my formal study of Ayurveda—I was determined to figure out how to heal myself.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Ayurveda changed my life because it taught me how to heal and realign with my true nature. It wasn’t a quick fix—I had an auto-immune condition for nearly a decade, but it was the primary modality that healed me.
Which Banyan product(s) are your currently using and why?
It changes seasonally, but right at the moment I’m using Immune Support and Bacopa liquid extract. Love them both!
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
I’m likely to go out of balance if my sleep routine is disturbed. I make an effort to work preventatively. I like to get to bed at a decent hour, rub oil on the soles of my feet, and wake early to do my morning sadhana. I eat intuitively, allowing my body to guide me to the foods that will be most supportive for my entire being. I love warm baths, silence, and stillness, which bring me back into balance when things get too intense. Rock climbing, energy healing, dance, and yoga are my go-tos for grounding and nourishing.
Favorite place in the world?
On top of a mountain or someplace that’s not easy to get to and where most people won’t go.
Rock climbing, dancing, painting.
“When you argue with reality, you lose, but only 100% of the time.” ―Byron Katie
Who inspires you?
One of my best friends who has a brain tumor and three young children.