Currently Resides: Albuquerque
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Doug is a 2013 graduate of Dr. Vasant Lad’s GuruKula Program in India and his two-year Ayurvedic practitioner program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His love and passion for Ayurveda is stimulated from his time with Dr. Lad, his panchakarma experiences, yoga teacher trainings, and most recent Indian travels. Doug holds an MBA degree and worked as a marketing associate for Post-it®, Nexcare®, and Scotch® Brand businesses. He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer high in the Andes mountain range of Peru. Doug is blessed to have the ability to combine his love for Ayurveda with his business background in hopes to inspire and motivate others seeking greater health. In the photo below, Doug sits with Dr. Lad at his Ashram in Pune, India.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Ayurveda is self-empowerment. It gives the individual the tools to manage life’s ups and downs, and it has given me the opportunity to embody its many teachings. My self-confidence, personal relationships, and physical well-being have all transformed since learning about Ayurveda. Specifically, my diet is cleaner; my emotions are less unstable; my physique and posture are leaner and more erect; and my spiritual faith has enhanced. Most importantly, it’s given me compassion and love for life.
Which Banyan products are you currently using and why?
Lots but here are the top 3 products.
- Brahmi/Coconut oil. I oil my head and face in the morning with coconut oil for its nourishment to the skin, its aromatic freshness, and auric cleansing to the head. In the evening, 3 times a week, I massage warm oil into my scalp and the soles of my feet. It brings sound sleep by calming vata and pitta in the mind.
- Pitta massage oil and Mahanarayani oil: The skin is the biggest organ of the body and the best vehicle for carrying herbs into the system to nourish and balance the doshas. Thus, I self-massage daily with warm pitta massage oil and Mahanarayani oil to nourish the muscles and joints and balance pitta in the blood.
- Triphala: It’s the best for colon health, which is the seat of vata (vata being the biggest instigator to doshic imbalance). Thus, I take 1 to 2 tsp. of triphala with warm water 1 hour before sleep. Also, it’s a great herb for eye health. My eyes are one of my weak spots in my body so I boil ¼ to ½ tsp. of triphala in a cup of water for 3 minutes every AM and strain the tea via a coffee filter. Then I rinse and soak my eyes in the filtered, cooled, triphala tea via an eye wash cup.
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 push and exert my mind and body by taking on more than I can handle. My daily routine is essential to maintain balance from an overworked lifestyle. My morning routine begins with washing my face and mouth, tongue cleaning, teeth cleaning, nasal oleation, self-massage with oil, triphala tea eyewash, a shower, pranayama, asana, meditation, and agnihotra. It is a full morning routine that leaves me prepared for the day. During the day, I will periodically take a break to do a few yoga postures, neck, shoulder, and wrist rolls. In the evening, on the tired occasions, I will take a ginger baking soda bath at 8 pm and be in bed by 9pm. This program does not happen perfectly everyday but when I get out of balance I will combine a routine like this with a simple kitchari diet to regroup mentally and physically. Herbs I use to support my being and which are rejuvenating to the tissues are shatavari, licorice and ashwagandha.
Favorite place in the world?
Andes Mountains Peru, Saint Maartin, Caribbean
World travels, spirituality gatherings, listening to Dr. Lad
Who inspires you?
Dr. Vasant Lad
How do you make a difference in your community/world?
Teach AyurYoga, Share Ayurveda
Favorite sattvic meal/recipe?
Kitchari with gujarati style cauliflower and roti with ghee.