Community Relations Manager
Currently Resides: Ashland, OR
Hometown: Paradise Valley, AZ
Erin is Banyan Botanicals Corporate Responsibility and Community Relations Manager. Her passions include world travel (including nine trips to India!), hiking with her dog Jasper, and attempting to make the world a bit brighter place through humanitarian/service work and her non-profit work with The Helpers Farm and Learn Grow Lead. Her professional background prior to joining Banyan Botanicals in 2013, includes Media Sales & Marketing with The Walt Disney Company and Event Marketing and Corporate Events with Bank of America and Discovery Networks. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communications & Public Health from Northern Arizona University and is a NAMA certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor.
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
I stumbled upon the wisdom of Ayurveda while soul-searching through a divorce in 2008. Pain is indeed a catapult to truth-seeking. In my yearning for emotional healing, I met with a Vedic astrologer who turned me on to the precious Vasant Lad. I immediately started studying Ayurveda and was off on my first trip to India a few months later. I have become fascinated with this ancient science of life. It has provided me so many clues and inner-knowings that have brought about a new level of self-awareness, consciousness and compassion for myself and others. It has been a spiritual gateway that has led to profound change and freedom in my life. I am absolutely blessed by Ayurveda!
Which Banyan products are you currently using and why?
I love the Tulsi extract. I take this every morning as part of my meditation practice, as Tulsi is said to bestow the energy of love and devotion. I also love using our beautiful Breast Balm as a powerful facial moisturizer—the scent of rose geranium is just divine!
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 when I take on too many activities and responsibilities. My vata energy can easily derange as my to-do list grows, especially during vata season. My most prevalent symptoms of imbalance are usually anxiousness and scattered thoughts. Bringing more stillness and grounding activities, foods and people into my life are the best remedy. Lying still on the ground with my hand over my heart really helps calm me down. And foods such as kitchari, seasonal fruits, and root veggies with spices are also wonderfully balancing. My favorite herbal formula for managing my busy life is Stress Ease.
Favorite place in the world?
Bali, the little island with a giant heart! Where love, sweetness, and devotion abound. I dream of someday spending at least one month a year in Bali!
I have so many! Eat-Taste-Heal: An Ayurvedic Cookbook for Modern Living, The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Ayurvedic Healing by Bri Maya Tiwari, and Autobiography of a Yogi is such a fun spiritual adventure that I can read it over and over.
Who inspires you?
My grandmother, Mimi. She was a wise country girl from Kentucky, an adventurer, and a devotee of Sai Baba. I am also deeply inspired by great, fearless, and peaceful changemakers such as Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi.
How do you make a difference in your community/world?
I am a board member of an organization that supports orphaned and neglected children, helping them to achieve an education, www.learngrowlead.org. In my daily living, I try to make a difference by having compassion for others, by smiling, laughing, sharing, being authentic, and saying thank you.