Monica Yearwood ~ Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist
For as long as I can remember I wanted to understand the nature of balance. How could this elusive concept be defined to shape our lives accordingly, especially in our modern, unbalanced world? How could we be strong and yet calm, proud without arrogance, become fit and healthy without endless suffering and deprivation? When I discovered Ayurveda I found an ancient philosophy that grew from an understanding of nature’s balance that still applies to how we live today, an approach that offers guidance for our various, individual constitutions and reveals our interconnectedness to the earth and its seasons.
Ayurveda is a lifestyle. As a lifestyle it teaches that nature has rhythms, and that by living in alignment with these rhythms, we can enhance a deeper experience of health and well-being.
My commitment is to make Ayurveda accessible in our modern world. In 2013 I created Hamsa Ayurveda & Yoga Center in Chicago. Hamsa is a full service Ayurvedic Center that incorporates workshops, treatments and private consultations in a luxurious, but intimate setting.
Now more then ever, Ayurveda offers a unique application to reconnect the human being with her natural environment. We live in a society, where we think of ‘nature’ as something we go to, or live in, but not something we are intrinsically part of. How do we visit something that we inherently are?
My skin and body care products were created to help sanctify our life experiences by incorporating natures elements into our every day routine. Through the power of ancient ayurveda and modern extraction methods, I have procured some of the most succulent facial serums, medicinal oils and herbal medicines available.
Through many of the lifestyle practices in Ayurveda, we experientially learn about our relationship with nature and cosmos. My workshops, apprenticeship program, and retreats, focus on the earth oriented sadhanas that help to align our individual biorhythms with nature’s cycles.
One of the most beautiful and profound ways to align with the seasonal shifts in Ayurvedic practice is to engage in cleanse regiments at the junction of each season. I customize personal programs and prepare the herbs my clients and students will use with my own hands.
There has become no greater joy for me than to help someone rediscover their light, regaining not only their health and happiness, but equipped with a better understanding of the unity between nature and human consciousness.
Where I’ve Studied.
My studies at the Maharishi University of Management, starting in 2002, provided me with the foundation of daily practices that reconnect us to what we have lost, our intimate relationship with the earth’s circadian rhythms.
I’ve completed programs in Ayurvedic theory, detoxification strategies, diet, and herbal applications and was individually selected by Dr. Light Miller, one of our greatest advocates and teachers of Ayurveda, as a Panchakarma apprentice at her clinic in Sarasota, Fl.
Other studies have included:
- California College of Ayurveda with Dr. Mark Helpurn
- Maharishi University with Dr. John Hagelin
- Prana Ayurveda with Vaidya Mishra
- Nosara Yoga Institute with Dr. Don and Amba Stapleton
- And one of the foremost Western Scholars of Buddhism, Lama Surya Das.
I am a graduate of Dhanvantari Ayurveda from the Florida Vedic College, and am a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga instructor, and Panchakarma technician. I recently became a Sadhaka in training in the Wise Earth Ayurveda lineage led by Sri Swamini Mayatitananda.