Ayurveda & Holistic Medicine
Heather Vaughan is an Ayurvedic Practioner with ten years of experience helping people heal. She draws from a wide range of modalities including traditional Ayurvedic diet, herbs, lifestyle and bodywork, clinical herbalism, craniosacral therapy, supplement therapeutics, natural skin care, yoga, awareness and meditation techniques, breath work and more.
She is a graduate of Dr. Vasant Lad’s renowned Ayurvedic Institute, completed advanced clinical studies in Pune, India, and studied Clinical Herbalism at UNM with Sonia Masocco. She is also a student of Etienne Piersman’s beautiful expression of Cranio Sacral Therapy.
Endless Possibilities: My Perspective
At age 15, I began to experience pain in my neck and hips. While unreasonable for a healthy, athletic teenager, once in a while I would wake unable to turn my head. Pain in my left hip increased to the point that I had to leave cross country and track teams and go easy on my body. By 19, I was diagnosed with a Western medical condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is an auto-inflammatory condition of the spine, in my case, hereditary. This debilitating disease leaves many, including my own father, in ragged and suffering. The progression through my twenties was fast and furious. Being offered no long term solution by Western doctors wasn’t laden with equally or more frightening side effects, I sought a different way out. What I found was a whole new life.
The solution has been a combination of therapeutics, facilitated by compassionate wisdom from practitioners, many of whom became my teachers. No one modality has had a greater impact on my current ability to live a free, unlimited life than Ayurveda.
I am compelled by overwhelming gratitude and a strong sense of duty to share this beautiful medicine with as many people as I can. Ayurveda begins with a practitioner and ends with you. As a system of medicine that works through daily practice, your healing is where it should be- gently in your own hands. At the beginning, your hands may feel completely incapable. That’s where I come in- to help you claim your strength, to empower your body-mind’s incredible capacity to heal to ignite.
To consciously address one’s disease is to take agency in your life in an entirely new way. The unraveling of illness, the commitment to loving and caring for one’s self in an honest, conscious, attentive, gentle way can change your whole life.
Heather is a writer and periodically publishes with a variety of health publications. She is currently honored to be editing Etienne Piersman’s second book on Cranio Sacral Therapy.