Date:: June 2013
Glynnis Osher is a passionate teacher, practitioner, and author with a diverse background in Ayurvedic study, specializing in lifestyle practices, aromatherapy, nutrition and Indian head massage. Glynnis is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner from Bastyr University’s AYU Academy, from The Wise Earth School of Ayurveda and through study/travel in India and Nepal. She also received certification in Indian Head Massage from Bliss Prema, Narendra Mehta of the London School of Champissage, as well as marma study with Dr. Vasant Lad.
In honour of her 50th birthday, The Spice Mistress has a little fun and interviews herself as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.
Glynnis is on faculty at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM), teaching aromatherapy and Indian head massage. Glynnis co-organizes the Vancouver Ayurveda Meet-Up Group. Glynnis is the founder of Thousand Petal Lotus Indian Head Massage in Vancouver BC where she offers treatments and trainings in her aromatic and unique style.
Glynnis is founder and CEO of The Mystic Masala Ayurvedic Aromatherapy Inc. As creative director, Glynnis designs exquisite Ayurvedic aromatherapy products and partners with a women’s fair trade herbal cooperative in Nepal to create authentic wild-crafted products.
Through her personal life experiences Glynnis inspires her students and clients to discover their own unique healing path through the sensual wisdom and beauty of aromatic Ayurveda and a desire to truly thrive in all areas of life.
Glynnis has co-written with her close friend and colleague Madhuri Phillips—Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices that Work. This transformative and sassy guidebook will be launched Fall 2013.
1. How do you begin your day?
Glynnis: My beloved husband wakes me up every morning with the sweetest kisses (although on certain difficult-to-get-out-of-bed mornings he threatens cold water or worse, I am a night owl and I love my sleep).
I do my oil-pulling, drink my cup of hot water with lemon and we head off for Trout Lake for our 50 minute walk. This is amazing for my soul. Not only do I get the fresh air and exercise but also get to see all the happy dogs in the park, most of whom we know by name. They make my day.
After we get home, I do my arm weights, yoga and stretching, journalling/meditating, my daily self-massage and then breakfast. I feel blessed to be able to take 2 hours in the morning for all my Ayurvedic practices.
2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?
Glynnis: Be true to yourself. We worry too much about whether we are ‘doing our life right’ and that creates stress, anxiety and fatigue. When you tune in to your essence, you will know what to do. Take the time to get to know yourself and plan your practice to support your own unique mind/body constitution and then commit.
3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?
Glynnis: That we are all here for a divine purpose no matter what.
4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?
Glynnis: Taking on too much. I am greedy at the banquet of life in all areas and my creative spirit wants to manifest every single idea I have—all at once.
5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?
Glynnis: Love. My beloved family and friends travelled here from near and far to celebrate me and my 50th birthday and showered me with boundless love.
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