Currently Resides: Ashland, OR
Hometown: Portland, OR
Bette was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in San Francisco, California. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from California State University in Sacramento and an MBA through University of Phoenix. She began her working career in sales and marketing. She then moved to Toulouse, France with her husband and daughter where she taught creative writing and wrote travel articles for the European DOD. Upon returning to the States, she attended East West College of the Healing Arts where she graduated and began working as an LMT at Silverton Hospital, massaging short-stay surgery patients and new mothers following birth. Later, she set off traveling around the world armed with a Cambridge certificate for teaching English as a second language and publishing freelance travel articles. Bette has lived in Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, and Italy. She speaks some French, Italian, and Spanish.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
I have been doing yoga for the past twenty years, and have had a dedicated home practice for the past ten years. Although I have had a daily routine for quite some time that has included yoga, meditation, tongue scraping, and coconut oil pulling, I have not integrated herbs into my life until recently. Since coming to Banyan, I have been thrilled to learn about Ayurveda, and I am in the process of experimenting with several herbs and diet changes to calm my pitta, especially in the summer season. The compliment of herbs to my existing yoga practice has left me feeling better than I have in years!
Which Banyan products are you currently using and why?
I am currently using Women’s Natural Transition tablets because I am fifty-seven and post-menopausal. I have noticed a big difference in my energy level and overall well-being. I chose to go “natural” through this transition in life, and the support that this herbal formula has offered me has been so profound, I regret not taking something sooner! I also use the coconut and neem oils for my daily self-massage and have noticed that I stay more relaxed during the stresses of the day and sleep more soundly at night. I use Nasya Oil daily and find that it helps with spring and summer allergies and also helps me to breathe easier during yoga/meditation practice.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
I am most likely to go out of balance during the summer season. My husband and I love to golf. We are both pittas, so learning how to calm our pitta is essential during 18 holes of play under the hot Southern Oregon sun! Committing to a pitta-pacifying diet and especially avoiding hot and spicy food (which I love), is helpful to keeping balanced. During the summer season, I am careful to practice pitta-pacifying asanas.
Favorite places in the world?
Mexico, Costa Rica, and my husband’s family home in Bologna, Italy
Reading, learning new languages, writing, traveling, and painting
"Live like it’s your last day. Learn like you will live forever."
Who inspires you?
People who stay positive, no matter what their challenges. Creative people. My daughter.
How do you make a difference in your community / world?
I stay politically active. I volunteer to teach migrant workers and their families English in order to broaden their opportunities.
Favorite sattvic meal / recipe?
I enjoy pitta soothing tea made with comfrey, spearmint, rose, and hibiscus. The recipe can be found on the Banyan website. In the winter months, I love to make lentil soup and kale sweet potato curry.