Vrinda Devani

Banyan Research Director, Vrinda

Vrinda headshotResearch Director

Constitution: Pitta-Vata
Currently Resides: Lubbock, TX
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

 

 

 

As a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Vrinda Devani, M.D. has a passion for women's health and empowering women towards vibrant health and living. She is a believer in unfolding the human body's potential through a blend of complementary and allopathic medicine. She has been extremely fortunate to study Ayurveda extensively under Dr. Vasant Lad and further her studies in Ayurvedic women's health with travels in Nepal with Dr. Sarita Shrestha. In addition to being a physician and certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she also has a love for yoga and is a certified AyurYoga teacher. She has been married for just about ten years to an incredibly supportive husband and is surrounded by family who are all also Ayurveda enthusiasts.

How has Ayurveda changed your life?

Without Ayurveda, I would be totally vata’d out—probably would still be throwing my back out multiple times a year and suffering from a serious case of sciatica. But beyond the physical, my eyes have been opened to a way of seeing the human body as a whole unit and how it does not end just at the physical boundaries of the skin. I now see how the body is in constant interaction with its environment, other souls, and, most importantly, the mind and spirit.

Which Banyan products are you currently using and why?

Quite a few, but I absolutely love doing abhyanga with Ashwagandha Bala oil for much needed grounding. My mind, on the other hand, generally has a little too much pitta—Tranquil Mind helps me with that. My body also does really well with a blend of triphala and haritaki at night time to keep my colon clean.

When are you most likely to go out of balance and how do you bring yourself back in balance using Ayurveda?

While I am predominantly pitta, I find my vata is the first to go awry—extremely quickly and easily. This is especially true when I travel or when I am on call over night. My vata cure—keeping my digestive fire strong with ginger and the I Travel Well tincture, doing a grounding yoga practice (I always travel with my yoga mat!), daily abhyanga followed by an Ayurvedic enema and a hot bath, and, without fail, a good nap or sleeping in until I can sleep no more.

Favorite quote?

“Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending.” — Drake

Favoriteplace in the world?

On the beach with a good book.

Favorite book?

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

How do you make a difference in your community / world?

I have learned—the hard way—that the more I try to change others or “save the world,” the more of a mess I make. But, the more I work on myself and keep a strong intention in my heart to serve, the more my environment responds naturally. My inner reality, literally, is my outer reality.

Favorite sattvic meal/recipe?

A fig shake—a few figs, luke warm milk, mint leaves and a touch of cardamom, blended together. Best way to start the day!