Yesterday I got on the phone with Vancouver based yoga teacher, Ayurvedic practitioner, & bio-energy healer Madhuri Philips to talk about the intersection of yoga, Ayurveda & true healing. Madhuri is the author of Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care Through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices That Work, she was a primary faculty member for the Langara College Yoga Teacher Training Program for seven years, and she is a Clinical Ayurvedic Practitioner so she has a vast amount of knowledge and experience to share.
Madhuri is a teacher whose work I have observed from afar for a few years, and it was in this last year that I was finally able to be a student in some of her offerings, and I fell in love with her very down to earth & heart centred approach so this spring I took part in her Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training , which was one of the most enjoyable trainings I have ever participated in. I think this was because beyond sharing the information that is needed to apply Ayurvedic knowledge to the crafting of an asana based yoga class, Madhuri made huge effort to ensure that we embodied & experienced the teachings for ourselves. Our very first homework assignment on day one was to go home and practice one act of nourishing self care! I loved this as I have often found that the entire personal self care conversation is missing in yoga teacher trainings and as a result students often buckle under the challenge of trying to fit more in (into their schedule & into their minds) and as a result may not receive the full value of the training they invested in.
If you listen to my chat with Madhuri you will hear that there is a very powerful core message that she brings to all that she does, whether she is teaching a yoga class, working with a client one on one, or leading a teacher training. Madhuri’s own path has been fraught with challenge and loss on many levels, which I think also brings a powerful quality of truth to what she says. She has found her way through healing crises & crises of faith and as a result has found her way to the essence of what both yoga & Ayurveda are for her- and she is able to guide her students towards discovering that for themselves too.
You can listen to my conversation with Madhuri here and in our conversation she will share
- how she came to Yoga & Ayurveda and what they offered her
- what she thinks Yoga & Ayurveda have to offer others
- what she considers the most misunderstood aspects of Ayurveda
- why she thinks that yoga teachers would benefit from learning more about Ayurveda
- how she came to create her Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher training and why
- what her own non negotiable daily self care practice is