Date:: November, 2013
Gwen Nagano came to Ayurveda through her explorations of a wider view of personal health. To explore Ayurveda deeper, she embarked upon a 2-year sabbatical to focus on her studies. This path led her across the United States and India, gaining her practical and clinical experience, as well as certifications and licenses in massage, Ayurvedic practices, and postpartum doula care.
The Spice Mistress is honoured to welcome Gwen Nagano as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.
Gwen supports community efforts towards education, working with the Washington Ayurvedic Medical Association (WAMA). She harbors a deep passion for improving Ayurvedic standards and availability in the United States.
Firsthand experience with the day-to-day challenges of the practicing Ayurvedic professional has placed Gwen’s primary focus on community education, licensure, and standards. Gwen has been a member of NAMA since 2008, supporting the organization annually as a conference attendee through 2010, later joining as a contributing conference operations manager in 2011 and is also a current NAMA Board Member and incoming President.
1. How do you begin your day?
Gwen: My day begins with being grateful, simply grateful for every day and every moment.
2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?
Gwen: Focus on happy thoughts and a healthy mind. Healthy and happy thoughts build the foundation for whole body wellness.
3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?
Gwen: The growing awareness and respect of ancient wisdom.
4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?
Gwen: Cupcakes! Local, organic, CUPCAKES!
5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?
Gwen: On this foggy Fall morning while working at my desk, surrounded by two laptops and three monitors, I paused to look out the window at the beautiful morning and the birds surrounding our new bird feeder. Every single day nature reminds me of what basic needs truly are. Nature reminds me what is truly important in life.
Thank you for the interview, Gwen. Om Shanti!
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