Melanie (Madhuri) Phillips
Author, Yoga Teacher, Energy Healer
Melanie is an author, yoga teacher trainer, clinical Ayurvedic specialist, and energy healer. She created the Madhuri Method: 100-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Training and the Inner Empowerment Mentorship program to assist souls in a practical and empowering way to know their own brilliance and experience freedom and self-love. Melanie is passionate about merging ancient wisdom with modern sensibility for transformation and healing. She firmly believes that laughter is the best medicine.
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Experience and Education
Melanie is a certified clinical Ayurvedic specialist with advanced training under the direction of Vasant Lad, MASc. Having immersed herself in ashram living and study at the Bihar School of Yoga of 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.
Melanie was a head faculty member, teaching and creating curriculum for the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Langara College in Vancouver for seven years. She was honored to be a guest teacher and speaker at the Toronto Yoga Conference, Vancouver Yoga Conference, NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Conference, Wanderlust Festival, Victoria Yoga Conference, International Bellyfit Summit, and Yoga Outreach Retreat.
She has also been a teacher and guide to many students on retreats in India, Europe, Mexico, Indonesia, and North America.
Melanie is the co-author of Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices that Work, and the bestselling author of Living After Loss: A Soulful Guide to Freedom. Learn more about these books at her website.
Melanie offers programs to empower you with the wisdom to listen to your body and teach you how self-acceptance is the most profound form of healing. These include Inner Mastery Mentorship programs based in Ayurveda, yoga, and energy work, as well as 100-hour online Ayurveda Yoga Training.
Melanie’s Point of View
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
I came to Ayurveda after seeing numerous doctors without any of them being able to support me. I had returned from a journey to Asia without any energy. Prior to that trip, I was very active—a trained dancer with incredible vitality. When I came back to Canada, I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs. I was told I had Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome and there was nothing the medical system could offer me.
I began my Ayurvedic studies to heal myself. Over the next ten years, I did exactly that. I used Ayurveda and energy psychology to heal myself and now enjoy being active again: skiing, rock climbing, and mountaineering.
I love sharing the tools of Ayurveda and energy medicine with my clients and students worldwide.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
I'm most likely to go out of balance when I don't eat properly! I always carry food with me and make sure I eat my meals regularly to ground the pitta and vata energies that can easily go out of whack.
What does the future of Ayurveda look like to you?
To me, ideally, the future of Ayurveda will be based on understanding and appreciating all forms of healing for the body-mind, bringing the best of the East and the West together.
What's one Ayurvedic practice anyone can implement to spur change in their life, right here, right now?
Slow down and breathe. ;)