New Age is all the rage. It winks its promise of well-being at your every turn. Each time I see it, I smile and wink back. You see, New Age and I are old friends. In truth, there’s nothing new about it. Its ideals of serenity in a balanced life descend from a seven-thousand-year-old culture—as do I. Born in India, Ayurveda is in my DNA. Its philosophies and practices are my tool kit of well-being.
Today, I lead the same modern-mania life as you. I live in New York City, a city of sensory overload. I need every option in that kit to juggle and flourish. It is as much a part of me as my Manolos and balanced doshas (the Manolos’ adding height to my five-foot frame and balanced doshas enabling me to walk in them). Honestly, no pursuit in life blossoms in imbalance, be it mind, body, spirit or footwear—but today, we’ll focus on the first three.
In my first column, Byrdie readers, I’d like to share with you who I am. And I want to know who you are. Then we can step into this new decade together and explore the tool kit I mentioned earlier. I want you to know that your health is not determined solely by the hands of Eastern or Western Medicine. Your health is in your knowledge of both—and most importantly, in your own hands.
I knew I wanted to be a doctor at the age of four. What I really wanted, but could not articulate at that age, was to help people heal. “Holistic health” is not typically in a four year old’s vocabulary (unless of course, you are my son). There are as many paths to well-being as there are human beings. The universe tailored my journey from that toddler’s proclamation to my Integrated Health Practice today.