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Wisdom of the Body

May 6, 2022

Listen to Jovanka Ciares, author of RECLAIMING WELLNESS: Ancient Wisdom for Your Healthy, Happy, and Beautiful Life, explain to Heather the importance and benefits of reconnecting with indigenous roots in wellness. She noticed how so many of the wellness practices today come from multicultural backgrounds from around the world. She shares her experience of being a minority in the wellness industry, and developing the desire to teach someone other than privileged people. 

In the episode, Heather and Jovanka discuss:

  • Yoga, ayurveda and food as medicine 
  • How the indigenous is the alternative now 
  • The challenge of moving to the big city and eating the way people with money eat
  • The wellness smackdown
  • The diversity and inclusion problem in the modern wellness industry 
  • Decolonizing wellness and how to decolonize our minds 
  • Bringing wellness to communities who don’t have access right now 
  • The need for more support for black maternal health 
  • Why preparation is the key to success in wellness 
  • Ending fat shaming 
  • How receiving is also an act of generosity from someone else

Jovanka Ciares is the author of Reclaiming Wellness and several other titles. A certified wellness expert, integrative herbalist, nutrition educator, and coach, she offers lectures and workshops in Spanish and English. Ciares studied nutrition with bestselling author T. Colin Campbell, PhD, at his Center for Nutrition Studies (in partnership with Cornell University) and herbalism / plant medicine with Tieraona Low Dog, MD. A native of Puerto Rico, she lives in Los Angeles.

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide to Fertility and the host of the Wisdom of the Body podcast. A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she teaches the Regenerative Fertility Method to support future generations worldwide. Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She offers virtual consultations and programs worldwide.  

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