Currently Resides: Albuquerque
Hometown: Castro Valley, CA
Erin’s love of nature, farming, gardening, natural medicine mixed with art and philosophy brought her to Ayurveda. An Asian Art Historian, mixed with organic farmer, add in massage therapist and yoga and you have Erin. She studied with Dr. Lad at the Ayurvedic Institute and worked as a therapist in panchakarma before going into private practice as an Ayurvedic practitioner and massage therapist. Massage, gardening, cooking the occasional feast and yoga are a constant in her life. She is married to an incredible man and with him came two beautiful boys and a chocolate Labrador. She is their second mom. Yehaw!
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
It has deepened and expanded how I experience my life and the way I look at everything. Including how I approach situations, understand personality, exercise, food, routine, the value of self-examination, responsibility in healing and in embracing the Divine. You can learn a lot from observing nature.
Which Banyan products are you currently using and why?
For my face and body, I love Brahmi coconut oil. This is one of the loveliest oils—it smells and feels wonderful. I love it on my skin, especially mixed with a rose or lavender hydrosol. I also am using Refined Sesame oil for oil pulling, to cleanse the teeth and gums. I have noticed it relaxes my jaw and I am able to sleep better.
When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?
When I do not get enough sleep, spend too much time in front of a computer or eat too late, I go out of balance. There are days when I need to do something outside, see art, be inspired with a good conversation before I can return to the computer. I’ll give myself a massage followed by a hot bath and be in bed by 8:30 for a good recharge. Eating kitchari or veggies and light grains before 6pm ensure that I will sleep better and have a better bowel movement and it’s so much better for my digestion and overall disposition.
Favorite place in the world?
Gardening and cooking masterpieces!
“Those who preserve the spirit, must also look after the body to which it is attached.” — Albert Einstein
How do you make a difference in your community/world?
I wash and reuse every single plastic bag that comes into our home. My husband thinks I am nuts. I think it is the little things like this, which help us to be more mindful of consumption.