Date: : May, 2013
Jaisri Lambert is an Ayurvedic Consultant and teacher who has been practicing and teaching natural therapies since 1983. She first studied her own debilitating migraine headaches and her exploration led her first to Polarity Therapy. After becoming certified in 1985, demand for her classes gradually increased and Jaisri founded the Westcoast Polarity School and later the East-West Polarity School at which time she began traveling and teaching Polarity Therapy.
The Spice Mistress is honoured to welcome Jaisri Lambert as the focus of this month’s Pancha Q.
In 1989 Jaisri met Vaidya Vasant D. Lad, B.A.M.S., MA.Sc., renowned Ayurvedic physician and author, at an event that influenced her life deeply. “Healing is love plus intelligence”, Dr. Lad taught her. He validated her experience that spirituality and physical life are not separate.
During her classical twelve-year apprenticeship in Ayurveda with Dr. Vasant Lad she learned about ‘Marma” (trigger point) science. With this understanding, she developed a science of body-based counseling rooted in the Marma science and the philosophy of Ayurveda. This science she called ‘Turiya Therapy’ which denotes the transformative nature of this therapy in overcoming the psycho-emotional causes of disease.
During more than thirteen years of study and practice of Ayurveda, Jaisri also developed a deep knowledge of herbal formulations, individualized wellness programs, bodywork techniques, pulse assessment, Ayurvedic herbology and Panchakarma, which consists of classical cleansing and rejuvenation therapies.
Now in her mid-60s, Jaisri is an innovative healer who has developed new techniques in Energetic Healing and Invisible Anatomy. Her success is due to the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of Ayurveda and to the public’s sincere search, like her own, for holistic health through natural methods. Her gift of teaching Ayurveda at all levels is unique, bringing this knowledge to students internationally.
1. How do you begin your day?
Jaisri: First thing in the morning, I begin mantra repetitions for as long as feasible before ‘the world’ intrudes. This helps bring out gratitude, awareness, focus and patience – all needed in my life I feel. Then I clean my mouth, eliminate, apply a little oil to my body, stretch and do some breathing exercises.
After some time, I shower, dress and begin call backs and emails. These days I’m working on editing two manuscripts in Vedic Studies and continue my own writing too, usually until my first appointment. Having my home office is a boon because I don’t have to enter traffic. Usually, I’m not hungry until late morning.
On weekends, I try not to do office or administrative work in the mornings and often indulge one of my favourite hobbies of gardening. I feel so delighted to be in the quiet, warm outdoors doing digging, pruning, transplanting, etc. It’s a chance to delight in nature’s beauty and bounty and I
2. What’s one piece of life changing health advice you can share with others?
Jaisri: One piece of health advice for others is to avoid combining fruit with other foods. Migraine syndrome was part of my health history that brought me to naturopathy in my twenties and eventually Ayurveda in my thirties. I discovered that fermentation was a key contributor to migraine and that wrong food combining was a primary cause of migraines. I was told migraine was genetic, but when my food program changed, the migraines disappeared.
It’s such a simple principle, and I feel if everyone understood this important concept, that much digestive and hormonal disturbance could be easily avoided. There are many such principles from Ayurveda that could save so much suffering, expense and misunderstanding.
3. What’s one thing that gives you hope for the future?
Jaisri: What gives me hope for the future is young people. Nowadays, many of my students are in their twenties and early thirties. They are passionate about sustainability and creating green careers. They learn quickly and communicate quickly. They become ambassadors for Ayurveda because they have the intellect and common sense to live simply and dedicate to alleviating unnecessary suffering.
Young people are taking up the baton that many of my generation (I’m 65 now) are handing to them after dedicating our whole lives to ‘peace and love’. This gives me optimism and certainty that the future is bright and that creativity is bound to prevail. I acknowledge their roles as ushers of the light at the end of the tunnel of pollution. I admire their courage and conviction to dedicate to positive change in the world.
4. Any lifestyle ‘Crimes against Wisdom’ (Prajnaparadha) that challenge you?
Jaisri: My main crime against wisdom is eating more than needed.
5. A moment of beauty that inspired you today?
Jaisri: A moment of beauty that inspired me today is seeing the loving smile of my assistant who has helped me to organize the computer aspects of life – an arena where I feel less than strong but in which she feels at ease. We all need one another in life – age offers wisdom and youth offers freshness. Both are needed for balance, I feel.
Thank you for the interview, Jaisri. Om Shanti!
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