Currently Resides: El Cerrito, California
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Monica Bloom is the expert at tucking Ayurveda into modern life. Monica has been teaching Ayurveda since 2008 at heymonicab.com and authored In Your Elements: A Blooming Ayurvedic Guide to Creating Your Best Life. All the while, she worked in the corporate world with a 2 ½ hour daily commute, managed a team of eight, and came home to her energetic toddler, husband, and animals. To keep her vigor, Monica uses Ayurveda daily in diet and routine including daily exercise, pranayama, and sneaking in meditation (on the bus!).
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
In the midst of “Project Monica” (my mission to heal myself) I was depressed and wanted to disappear, so I googled “yoga retreat in India.” The website I found talked of Ayurvedic treatments and Ayurvedic remedies. The word struck me—I swear I had seen it before, so I googled Ayurveda. What appeared before my eyes was everything I had always believed in my SOUL about healing, medicine, and LIFE, but never knew existed. Tears streamed down my face and I felt struck in the heart. From that moment forward, I knew it was my job to study and share Ayurveda with as many people as possible. Four days later I was enrolled in Ayurveda school.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Ohh…I can’t answer this succinctly. How has it not? Ayurveda is everything to me. It has changed me, is still changing me, and will continue to change me, forever.
Which Banyan product(s) are your currently using and why?
Amalaki, it helps me poop every day! TMI? It’s also my favorite rejuvenate and has the highest content of Vitamin C of any fruit. It focuses my mind and I feel less moody, less edgy. It reduces inflammation in my cheeks, and I swear it slows the emergence of gray hair. I also love the Soothing Skin Balm for dry patches, especially bumps on upper arms or very dry elbows and knees. I also applied it 2x a day to a small lump my dog had on her neck. After 10 days of applying it 2x a day, the lump reduced and disappeared completely!
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
Vata goes out pretty quickly for me (unfocused, racing mind, distracted, no pooping, dry skin) so I have to consciously remind myself to move slower than I naturally want to. My first go-to is the breath—my routine is a full body, chakra-opening set of big inhales and exhales (with body movement), which clears me instantly. Next up is oil massage in a steamy bathroom. If I really need to settle my mind, I turn off the computer (always the root of my anxiety!) and put pen to paper to write, draw, strategize, and create. I go outside when I’m out of my head. I do a slow, grounding yoga practice or stretching, even if just 20 minutes. I also go to bed by 8 p.m. sometimes for extra restoration.
Favorite place in the world?
Wherever my family is. And anywhere warm with a big body of water.
Watching the Green Bay Packers, yardwork, sitting in a 94-degree bubbly hot tub, painting (home and canvas), playing violin, walking the hills with my dog, audaciously dreaming in my journal.
“Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.” ―Saying by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Hanging in Oprah’s green room.
How do you make a difference in your community/world?
One of my daily goals is “Teach them something every day.” Whether it’s Ayurveda or life lessons for my readers, my community, or my daughter, I want to be the light, the igniter of knowledge to help people live better no matter where I go or who I’m with.