Currently Resides: Kerikeri, New Zealand
Hometown: Oak Ridge, TN
Photography by: Jorge Atramiz: http://www.jorgeatramiz.com
Myra Lewin has been studying, practicing, and teaching Ayurveda and Yoga since the late 1980s. Myra holds a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Study in Ayurveda from Vinayak Ayurveda Chikitsalaya, Nagpur, India. She was grandfathered with Yoga Alliance as one of the first ERYT500s in the US, and is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA).
The author of two easily understood books on Ayurveda and CIO (Chief Inspiration Officer) of New Zealand-based Hale Pule Ayurveda and Yoga, Myra’s teaching provides simple, practical means to bring Ayurveda to life in impactful ways. Her harmonized and holistic approach to wellness has been refined by decades of personal application and rewarding work with her clients and students.
With this seasoned wisdom, she provides individual mentoring, panchakarma, a range of in-person and online Ayurveda and Yoga programs, immersions, and trainings, including a Yoga Alliance 200-hour hour teacher training. Myra is also the host of a holistically-focused Ayurveda and Yoga podcast. Myra supports people in all phases of life and health, including teachers, health practitioners, and those recovering from addiction.
How were you introduced to Ayurveda?
My first Yoga teacher attempted to educate me about Ayurveda but it seemed too complicated to apply to my life.
Six years later I was in India, telling some friends about my poor digestion and physical stiffness. They encouraged me to try ghee, saying it would help me feel better. I had rejected dairy all my life, and was not attracted to the idea of ghee at all. I was finally persuaded to give it an honest try, and my joints felt more flexible and comfortable in only one week!
Then and there I set out on a holistic path of learning and lifestyle changes.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
My life totally transformed from one of constant discomfort, illness, and pain to boundless energy. As a child I had constant pain in my body. Through Ayurveda I learned how to:
- Eat foods that balance my doshas.
- Strengthen and maintain my digestive fire.
- Express an attitude of appreciation for food and all of the hands and nature that brings it to me.
- Truly nourish and nurture myself.
- Be in my life rather than standing on the sidelines waiting to get started.
As a result I have obtained complete healing from rheumatoid arthritis, severe allergies, and leukemia. Most importantly, I have no more pain in my body! I feel better now at 64 years than I did at 30 years.
Which Banyan product(s) are you currently using and why?
I am currently using Bhringaraj Oil for abhyanga and Healthy Hair Oil on my scalp and hair a few times a week. I use a dab of Brahmi Oil in coconut (sesame in winter) on my fontanel daily.
I am also using a choorna blend that I make from Banyan’s bulk herbs to help keep my doshas in balance. During trainings and immersions we use spices for cooking on a daily basis. People who are new to high quality spices are always astounded at their rich aroma and taste. We also use them for making various digestive teas.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
Traveling. Airplanes or trains can imbalance my vata with the fast movement and dryness. When taking long trips, I bolster myself by oiling my body (abhyanga) before travel and after arrival at my destination. I make sure to bring my herbs with me and take them during the entire trip. Using Netti and Nasya on a daily basis is critical for maintaining my health while traveling. Homemade rehydration drink also is a savior for me. I carry a 3oz bottle of honey, mineral salt, and lime mixed in the proper proportions to which I add hot water and drink on the trip. I also use an aromatherapy spray that I make for refreshing my eyes and skin. I shift my eating schedule the day I leave to come into sync with the destination. I use Vedic mantras to sooth my mind when things don’t go as planned.
Favorite place in the world?
Being at home in New Zealand with giant trees, rolling green pastures, sparkling water, and birds that invite you into their conversation.
Hiking, surfing, cooking, knitting, playing with my dogs and creating therapeutic aromatherapy oils.
Who inspires you?
Anyone who has the courage to make changes to be more themselves. People who have the ability to laugh at themselves and not take themselves too seriously.