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Welcome to Living Ayurveda, where ancient wisdom meets modern day living! 

Ayurveda may be an ancient science but it is more relevant than ever in our current times. I see so many who, with our modern way of living, experience overwhelm and exhaustion, disconnection from self and spirit and, eventually hormonal imbalance and disease. For women, this affects all aspects of her health and wellbeing - from poor digestion, to hot flushes, anxiety and insomnia. Ayurveda has many simple practices to help regain perspective in our busy lives and create better health and hormonal balance for every day! 

The power of Ayurveda is in learning how to bring its wisdom into each day. This wisdom cultivates awareness for healthy habits to flourish and grow to create lasting health.

My aim is to support you in finding the balance and health you want in your life.  Ayurveda can bring you back to yourself! 

“Ancient Ayurveda, with its understanding of life and consciousness, is not archaic or obsolete but a key to the medicine of the future.” Dr. David Frawley.

Feminine Vitality Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat for Women 24th - 27th September, 2020 

"I attended Jacq's Autumn Retreat and had no idea of what Ayurveda was! After 4 days of gentle yoga, meditation, relaxation and very informative sessions I feel lighter and clearer about my path to a more loving and healthier life! Jacq is a beautiful teacher, so kind and knowledgeable. I can highly recommend this retreat to you! And the food was unbelievable! Chrissie.


"My first Living Ayurveda Retreat last October was so beneficial and enjoyable I had no hesitation in booking a place in the Autumn one. Again it has proved to be an invaluable four days filled with just the right mix of Yoga, Pranayama, Ayurvedic knowledge, wonderful company and such good food! My goal now is to attend one of Jacq's retreats at least once a year to keep myself on track and give myself this precious time out for personal nourishment and reflection."  Julienne

  More information here!! 

Services

Consultations

Living Ayurveda offers private consultations to address personal health concerns. I will work with you to tailor a treatment plan and lifestyle routine to bring balance and health to your life.

Workshops

The wisdom of Ayurveda can help you to create health and balance in your life. My teachings cut through the terminology and technicality of Ayurveda to make it understandable for everyone in a way that can be easily integrated into daily life.  Also available is a 2 day Workshop for Yoga students and Teachers to give them the knowledge of Ayurveda that they may deepen their practice. Living Ayurveda workshops are a fun and informative way to delve into the wisdom of Ayurveda. 

Yoga

A sister science to Ayurveda, Yoga and Ayurveda stem from the same Samkhya philosophy. Their wisdom and practice work well together. Knowledge of one will enhance the knowledge and benefits of the other. Or, you can learn Yoga simply because it makes you feel good!!

What Our Clients Are Saying

  • I just wanted to tell you I haven’t had any hot flushes during the day for the last 3 and a bit weeks! Thank you for all your advice – it has been very helpful, easy and pleasurable to do. I’ve been doing the alternate nostril breathing every day, usually twice a day, for maybe 15 minutes and I love it. I know I am sleeping better has this has made me feel generally better. Amazing how you just don’t realize how tired you are sometimes until you feel great after a full night’s sleep.

    Di
  • I’ve had the pleasure of working privately with Jacqueline for the past few months now, and really love her open hearted & passionate approach to Ayurveda as a holistic system to health & wellbeing. Her professionalism & in depth knowledge combined with a quirky sense of humour have given me confidence & greater understanding of some of the health & lifestyle challenges that I have been facing.

    Gill
  • I have had two appointments with Jacqueline which I found to be a most positive, enlightening and reassuring experience and I am now much better than before I began seeing her. I have seen for myself how Ayurvedic medicine can have such a positive effect on human health and in this case mine. I thoroughly recommend her.

    Jane
  • I’ve been going to Jacqueline for a few months now, and every time I go I feel better and better. She really listens to understand your situation, then, applies her knowledge to suit your needs, while devising techniques for you to take home and apply yourself. I had problems with digestion and other symptoms, which I now believe were all related. After Jacqueline listened to my story she pointed out things that might be causing me anguish. She was right, because now I’m truly on the mend after years of explaining my situation to other professionals.Thanks, Jacqueline.

    Tim Jennings
  • I really enjoyed the relaxed & friendly manner in which you presented the Ayurvedic principles, some of which I was familiar with, however you always learn something new! Your approach & easy to apply to modern life examples increased the clarity of the Ayurvedic approach for me. Your presentation was clear and informative with easy to apply practices. Look forward to learning more!

    Erica
  • I wanted to let you know how grateful I feel for your passing on the wisdom of Ayurveda to us. I've been tongue scraping, oiling and doing some breathing practice every morning and have come to the end of the oil bottle! I've been feeling stronger, and sleeping better than I have for the past 5 years. This is really amazing for me and quite empowering. Thank you Jacqueline. What I learnt at your workshop is the best health/lifestyle advice I have received since my ongoing struggles with energy, emotions and digestion set in 5yrs ago. It has become my anchor and relief.

    Sherilee
  • I found the workshop deepened my understanding of Ayurveda with practical knowledge and wisdom. Jacqueline had me engaged the whole time with her warm, nurturing and passionate teaching. I walked away feeling grounded, energized and inspired. Thank you Jacqueline!.

    Melissa
  • Thank you so much for a wonderful and informative afternoon. Over the years I have tried to establish an early morning routine for my yoga and pranayama practice but after a time it falls away and I’m left fitting in practice at all hours of the day. This is of course not ideal. For the past few days I’ve been taking advantage of the slightly slower school holiday mornings to start my day with Dincharya and it has been delightful. I feel renewed optimism about the possibility of maintaining a morning routine

    Tracy Mohrbutter
  • Dear Jacqueline, thank you for your wonderful hormonal balance for menopause workshop. It was an amazing experience, with a relaxed and fun atmosphere. You gave such easy to understand information. Reminders to connect, be mindful and lovingly aware to take time to be gentle and happy with ourselves. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. Your knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine and lifestyle has inspired me to practice every day for a healthier and happier way of living. You glow on the inside & outside, and are a great inspiration for as all. Thank you very much. Namaste.

    Viviana
  • Having read a number of books and attended some workshops on Ayurveda I felt as if I was only scratching the surface without any real in depth “knowing’ of the subject. My first workshop with Jacqueline was a real “a-ha” moment – she found the right button to press and all those bits and pieces fell into place. Her understanding of Ayurveda coupled with a down to earth delivery and sharing of information make for a lively and informative few hours in her company! I’m really looking forward to the next workshop!

    Gill
  • Within a few weeks of my initial consult with Jacqueline I moved from being an emotional, physical and mental exhausted wreck to genuinely beginning to reconnect with joy again, and therefore life. Jacqueline offered me small, practical, simple steps that I was able to cope with and easily implement. It was utterly incredible and I am in awe of how quickly and gracefully Jacqueline guided me from living in a disconnected state of hell to actually being able to sleep, think clearly, process information, laugh, have fun and make sense of life again. I am so grateful.

    Carol
  • Jacqueline is a rare gift of a practitioner. She has utmost intelligence, warmth, passion and humour. I find her to be genuinely interested in my overall health and well being and from her I've gained invaluable insight into my body type, nutritional needs and controlling the roller-coaster of menopause. My chronic insomnia (bane of my life!) has melted away and my overall sense of well being is wonderful. I am so grateful to have access to such a qualified and competent Ayurvedic practitioner in Adelaide. It's a delight to be in her nurturing hands!

    Julienne Clark (Stepney)

What is Ayurveda

ayus = life          veda = knowledge 

Ayurveda is the Indian living tradition of health and wellbeing.  Often called the ‘Science of Life’ Ayurveda is a comprehensive system which covers anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnostic systems and treatment strategies.

Over 5000 years old, this ancient science is still relevant today to help find and maintain the balance in life that is required to become truly healthy. Ayurveda counsels that true health is not only physical, but is a state of wellness of the mind, body and spirit.
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Living Ayurveda

Here at Living Ayurveda, my aim is to help you find the balance and health you want in your life.  I am here to help you learn to nurture yourself, learn the wisdom of Ayurveda and cultivate good habits to bring lasting health on all levels of your being.

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Jacqueline Iles

Hi, my name is Jacqueline and I’m glad you have dropped by! 
I started Living Ayurveda because it is my dharma, my path, to help people to be well and find balance in their lives through sharing the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. And I love doing what I do.
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Women's Health

Through my private practice and personal experience I have developed a focus on Women’s Health and Hormonal Balance. Specifically, but not exclusively, the time leading up to menopause (peri-menopause) and menopause itself. I am also interested in the myriad of experiences women have throughout their lives and how to age gracefully with strength and health.

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Recent Blog Posts

How Menopause Changed My Life...For The Better

 

I hope that you enjoyed my last blog about how I found and fell in love...

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How I Found and Fell In Love With Ayurveda

 

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Hi There, \n

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Navigating the world of food for health can be overwhelming and confusing. There is so much information “out there” where do you start to know what is\n right for you?\n
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As a society, we have become obsessed with cooking programs on TV but we are more disconnected than ever with our bodily processes! We have forgotten how\n to create good digestion, balance and health in our own lives but tend to look outside of ourselves for the answers.\n
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Ayurveda can help you to reconnect with your innate body wisdom, trust what your body is asking for and know how to use food as medicine once again.\n
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Food as medicine is a big topic, but Ayurveda can make it simple… once you know how!\n
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Like most modern healthy food trends ancient Ayurvedic recommends your food is fresh, seasonal and plant based. It is low in sugar, (but does not exclude\n good healthy sugars).\n
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And most importantly it is chosen for your individual needs.\n
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Today I’ll focus on three key principles.\n
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The 5 elements and how they relate to the 6 tastes

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Like Increases Like and Opposites creates Balance, and

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Awareness

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The Five Elements and Six Tastes

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Ayurveda reminds us that we are a part of nature. We are made of the same building blocks as nature. Earth, water, fire, air and space. These elements\n are in everything in our world including us and our food!\n
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Each of these elements has their own qualities.\n
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Space is empty, light, subtle and all pervading\n

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Air is light, dry, mobile and cold.

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Fire is hot, sharp, penetrating and luminous.

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Water is moist, fluid, heavy, soft, viscous, and cold; and

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                                                                 Earth is heavy, hard, dense and slow.

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These qualities, indeed these five elements are ubiquitous they are everywhere and in everything!\n

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Can you see how sometimes you are warm or cold; mobile or slow; dry or moist; feeling sharp or dense; light or heavy. These qualities, called Gunas, pervade\n all life! \n
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We each have our own unique blend of these elements that make up our psycho/biological/emotional blueprint. This means that what creates health and balance\n in me is probably not the same as what makes you feel good. \n
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So, how does this relate to using food as medicine? \n
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Ayurveda has a sophisticated system of understanding foods and how they affect the body and mind.With this knowledge you can use different foods for balancing\n and healing. \n
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Ayurveda classifies food according to its taste (rasa), post digestive effect (vipaka), subtle temperature (virya), subtle quality (Guna), and seasonal\n compatibility and special quality (Prabhav). \n
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Today we are going to explore the taste, Rasa and the subtle temperature effect or Virya of food. \n
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Ayurveda recognises 6 tastes: \n

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Sweet, sour, salty, pungent (spicy), bitter and astringent. Each taste is made up of predominantly two of the five elements.

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The taste, Rasa, of a food affects every layer of our being; physically, emotionally, mentally and our subtle bodies too.\n

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As each taste has a predominance of two elements they will, as we eat them, increase that elements qualities in your body. \n
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Understanding how a food can increase or decrease these elements in your psycho/biological complex brings us to the Second Principle we are focusing on\n today. 

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Like Increase Like and Opposites Creates Balance \n
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When you naturally, as your blueprint, have an abundance of one or more elements/qualities and you eat foods that share these qualities they will naturally\n increase in your system. \n
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As the sweet taste has an abundance of the heavier elements earth and water with its slow, cool and heavy qualities it is building and will increase body\n mass. It also creates in the right amount feeling grounded and content. Beneficial sweet foods are dates, most grains, most dairy foods, root vegetables\n like sweet potato and sweet fruits. \n
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Too many sweet foods, especially the poor quality processed sweets (you know the ones!), creates excess weight, lethargy, heaviness and dullness. If you\n are experiencing these symptoms you can choose foods that have the opposite qualities to create balance. This could be foods that are lighter in nature\n like most vegetables and bitter greens, dry crackers; and lighter to digest like warm soup. \n
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The sour taste carries fire and earth and the qualities of warmth into the body it. Sour foods include all fermented foods and drink like alcohol, kombucha,\n sauerkraut, kimchi, soy sauce and yogurt. It also includes sour fruits like granny smith apples, oranges and some berries. \n
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Too much sour taste can create excess heat, loose stool, burning sensation and heaviness. \n
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Spicy (pungent) foods are hot spices like chili and cayenne and even black pepper. They increase the fire element….no surprises there and will create\n the symptoms just mentioned above! \n
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The salty taste increases secretions in the body. It can in the right amount stimulate digestion and flow in the body. Too much and it will create water\n retention and excess heat. \n
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The spicy, salty and the sour tastes all have a predominance of the fire element which gives a heating post digestive effect. They all warm the body.  \n
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Eat these foods too often, or even just regularly if you already have an abundance of fire, can promote feeling irritable, or create inflammation or burning\n sensations in the body, skin rashes and loose stool.

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These symptoms are your body’s way of saying that it is accumulated too much of the fire element! \n
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To create balance when there is too much heat firstly, abstain from the heating substances, and replace them with cooling foods that have more of the water\n and earth and air elements depending on your body’s symptom and needs.\n
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This can include foods that are predominantly sweet and bitter such as coriander, cucumber, coconuts, dates, rice and aloe vera and fresh greens like lettuces\n and dandelion. These foods will cool and nourish your body. If there is too much water holding in your body opt for less watery foods and choose more\n dry foods and warm spices to strengthen digestion.\n
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The astringent taste has an abundance of the air and earth elements. It is found mostly in legumes and brassicas like brussel sprouts, cauliflower. For many these can be hard to digest and create wind! The tannins in tea are also astringent. This quality is drying and in excess will increase the air element.\n
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The bitter taste is cleansing and is generally little used in our Western diet. Bitter includes many cleansing herbs like Dandelion, burdock and\n golden seal. In our diet we see the bitter taste mostly in salad greens like radicchio, chicory and rocket.
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Eating excess of bitter and astringent foods can provoke excess wind/air in your body and mind creating bloating, dry skin, dry constipation, worry,\n anxiety or simply feeling scattered.
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To balance excess of the air element and the cold, dry and lightening qualities it brings, eat foods that have the opposite qualities that are\n grounding, warm, moist, nourishing and a little oily.
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Create warmth either by eating more cooked food, which is easier to digest and using warming spices. Ginger is a good way to bring in warmth and\n decrease the air element. It is better than chili for increasing warmth as chilli’s strong heat creates dryness; like the sun baking the earth\n dry.
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Sour foods like sauerkraut stimulate digestion when there is too much air element. The water element can be added either by drinking more warm\n water between meals or eating foods that are moist like soup and stews.
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Enjoying earthy sweet grounding foods such as dates, sweet potato and good fats like ghee, avocado and olive oil or hemp oil will alleviate the\n air elements dryness. Warmth will alleviate the cool quality, either by cooking your food or increasing spices.
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In general sweet, bitter and astringent foods have a cooling effect in the body. These tastes can be used to good effect if you are experiencing\n the symptoms of excess heat mentioned above.
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There are, however, always a few exceptions to the rule. These foods have a Prabhav or special quality. They are the food rebels who don’t follow\n the rules!
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Honey tastes sweet but has a heating effect in the body.
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Ginger is spicy but has a harmonising effect on digestion. (if you have a lot of heat I would recommend only using dried ginger not fresh as it\n is less heating).\n
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Lemons taste sour but are sweet, cooling and alkalinizing to the body.\n
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And bananas taste sweet but they have a sour post digestive effect which gives them a heating effect.\n
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Understanding how the taste of your food is connected to the five elements gives you the power to choose food for your health and balance!\n
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It all comes down to our third focus for today…\n
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Awareness!
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Ayurveda is all about developing Awareness.
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Your body is always communicating with you.Tune in….listen, feel and look.
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Get to know which qualities (gunas) are your common experience. Do you often feel dry with dry skin or throat? Do you have a tendency to develop\n bloating and gas or wind/air in your gut?
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Maybe you tend to have more fire in your nature have oily or sensitive skin and a tendency to skin rashes, loose bowel movements and often have\n light sensitive eyes.
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Or maybe you have little appetite and often feel heavy after eating. Maybe you have an abundance of the earth and water elements and feel heavy\n and sluggish when you wake. It may take you a little while to warm up into the day.
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There is any number of experiences for each individual but you have probably noticed certain tendencies in your own life.
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Developing this awareness of what your tendencies are, especially in your digestive system, will give you the power to make the right food choices\n for you.
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Eating Ayurvedically doesn’t mean eating Indian food, as delicious as it its! Once you can join the dots between a foods taste and its effect on\n your whole being, then you can use food as medicine!
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It is different for everyone!
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Bon appetite!
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I hope that you enjoyed my last blog about how I found and fell in love with Ayurveda. I received many emails thanking me for sharing my story and wanting\n to know more about my Menopause journey.\n
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So I have written chapter 2 in the hope that if my story sounds familiar then you can know that it is possible to transform your menopause and have deeper sleep, more energy, a clear mind, less aches and pains and good digestion! You can and deserve to have a joyful and enriching menopause!\n

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Chapter 2 - How Menopause Changed My Life For The Better!

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After practicing Ayurveda for seven years in the late 90’s and early 2000’s I took time off to start my family and be a full time mum. Ah the challenges\n and the joys of parenting!\n
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After seven years I felt the call to restart my Ayurvedic practice. I was excited to connect with my community again in a professional way and share\n what family life had taught me.

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I was keen to get cracking!

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Sure, I could re-establish my business and catch up with the huge technological advancements that had happened in those seven years, AND keep up with my\n kids needs and commitments and a partner who was, unbeknownst to us at the time, suffering depression. (I'm happy to say that he is also much better\n now!)

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Time for me? I didn’t need that! I was doing what I loved. It was a joy to be offering my services to my clients again. That was my time… right?\n
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After all, I was a strong, independent woman who was accustomed to having a full and busy life.

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But…overwhelm and depletion crept up on me.

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You see, it generally doesn't hit all at once. It is sneaky and our body's self-protection mechanisms kick in and draw on our deeper reserves of energy\n to help us cope.

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And I was coping… Yes I was coping just fine, thanks! In fact, it was a buzz being so busy! Until, my wellspring of energy and vitality dried up\n and I wasn’t coping anymore.\n
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I had chronic insomnia. It took me hours to get to sleep and I would often wake in the night with hot flushes.

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I had become anxious and started putting on extra weight.My digestion was a mess. I was often so bloated I couldn’t breathe deeply, which perpetuated the\n anxiety.\n
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My menstrual cycle was suddenly erratic. I would skip months at a time. The build-up came with hot flushes and such irritability I felt like a volcano.\n My poor family! Everything felt like a struggle. Where had my joy for life gone?

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Libido? Let’s just say there was none, zero, zilch.

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I started having intense headaches often connected to my cycle.My skin had become overly sensitive.\n
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And the hot flushes...did I mention them! Holy moly!\n
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I was in overdrive and overwhelm. I was depleted and worn out. I was seriously out of whack!

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But menopause? It was not even on my mind! I was 41…menopause was a distant thing. My friends weren’t talking about it. It simply was not a part\n of my reality.

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Finally, while driving one day to meet a friend, I had a panic attack.\n
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I was rushing, although I didn't need to. It had just become my default mode of being. Sound familiar?

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It took this panic attack, the sweaty palms, shortness of breath, racing heart, for me to FINALLY REALISE how far I had strayed from myself,\n my centre, my heart, my joy, my balance and good health.\n
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It was time to stop.

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It was time to listen to the cries of my body and come back to the knowledge and practices that Ayurveda had given me, but I had forgotten to live.

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I learned the hard way that knowledge is not enough. It is how we live, the little things we do each day that will, over time, build us up or wear us down.\n

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It is how we live leading up to menopause that will, in a large part, determine our experience.

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I was lucky enough to know how to start on my path of self-healing.

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Before my final days of Menopause in 2016 I brought regularity and balance back into my cycles and my life. With what I now call my Sacred Self Care\n Practices my sleep, digestion, headaches and energy all improved and my joy for life was back!

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The practice of Self-massage was a life saver for me. It became a keystone habit that to this day keeps me nourished and grounded. I also took specific\n organic herbs to support my journey to better health.

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Looking back it truly felt like a transformation from a burnt out shell to a Spring tree blossoming with new life!

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I was very thankful to discovered Dr. Claudia Welch at this time. This wonderful warmhearted, internationally renowned Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine\n Doctor was in Adelaide in 2014 sharing her knowledge and her book \"Balance your Hormones; Balance your Life\" (Ladies...get your hands on this book!)

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We spoke the same Ayurvedic language the crux of which is that true health is called Swasthya – the harmony and right functioning of body, mind, emotions,\n spirit and living in right relationship with nature and our environment.

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Dr Claudia became my mentor on Women's Health, Ayurveda and life. I spent three years doing her mentorship courses which deepened my knowledge on Hormonal\n Imbalances and Women’s Health. It was a very enriching time.

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I knew in Ayurvedic terms that I was experiencing excessively high Vata (Air energy) and depletion but Dr Claudia gave me the language to describe\n my symptoms hormonally - adrenal fatigue, chronically high levels of cortisol, very low progesterone and low estrogen.

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I learned that replacing these hormones via herbs or hormone replacement therapy without addressing the deeper causes of my high cortisol, stress levels\n and my dissatisfaction with how I was living was simply a band-aid approach: like filling a leaky bucket without plugging up the hole.

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(Please note I do not condone HRT as a stop gap measure to bring balance to an intolerable situation. It can be just what a woman needs to bring her\n sanity and energy back enough to address the deeper causes : ) ).

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Dr. Claudia taught me that “our hormonal balance is a reflection of how we have been living and the level of satisfaction we have with the choices\n that we have made in our life\".\n
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When I first heard this it stopped me in my tracks.

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Yes, I had been struggling against the reality of my life with two kids and a business and yes I had been living as a super woman trying to ‘make\n it all happen’.

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In hindsight I can see how I had fallen into the too common trap of putting others needs before my own. I was giving too much of myself without\n filling my own cup.

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I was in full steam masculine doing mode.

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I had forgotten how to rest.

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I had forgotten how to receive both from others and from myself.

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Ayurveda brought me a very long way on my journey back to health. Then, more recently, Prasanna Diana Manuella of Elemental Woman gave me the gift\n of remembering how to reconnect with my feminine essence and vitality to bring even more joy and energy back into my life!

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I relearned how to receive and how to be kind to myself. I let go of giving myself a hard time and thinking, “with all I had learned in my studies\n and life, how did I get so depleted?”

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I made the initially tricky effort to STOP and ALLOW myself to have a nap on the couch and honour the need for down time.

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I stopped listening to those voices in my head that called me lazy or slack. Do you hear those voices too?\n
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I retrained myself to do one thing at a time and stop multi-tasking and scattering my energy!

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I set some solid boundaries with others.

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I came back to my heart, my truth.

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I came back home to me.

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We live in a society that largely honours the masculine way of constant growth and achievement, which glorifies youth and disparages aging.

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For too long Menopause has been labelled as the gateway to old age and to losing one’s allure or worth. For too long has medical culture viewed\n Menopause as a problem rather than a natural event. Enough!

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Menopause is the greatest transition in an adult woman’s life. It is a time when our inner voice speaks more clearly.

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Author of many books on Women’s Health, Dr Christiane Northrup describes how hormone changes during peri-menopause actually change the brain and\n make women more intuitive. The changing levels of progesterone verses estrogen effects the temporal lobe, the site of intuition.

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This is why menopause is the time to recognise long buried needs and make the changes to create the life you want to be living.

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I know it takes courage to make these changes; to put yourself first without feeling guilty; to integrate your shadows and embrace all of who you\n are.

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I know it takes loving mindfulness to slow down and stay connected with your inner wisdom as you navigate modern living. But it is there that you’ll\n receive the guidance and support that will create more ease in your life.

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It takes time to really change the deeply ingrained patterns of overdoing. I still need to gently remind myself to not get pulled into the fast\n stream but to listen to my body, trust and say yes to that which lights me up and brings me joy.

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It is time to change the dialogue around Menopause. As more women share their stories we can rewrite the current vilification of Menopause and\n gift our daughters, nieces and younger women friends with a truer version of what menopause can be for them.

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I also believe that it is important to allow time to say goodbye to the previous stage of our lives. Time to find acceptance and allow the grief\n that can come for the loss of our cycles. I felt sad in the beginning when my cycles had stopped. I missed the cyclic nature of menstruating.\n I missed the innate connection to my womb space. And I felt sad knowing that I wouldn't ever have the experience of synching my cycle with\n my daughters when she starts her menstruating.

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I now know that I still have cycles, linked to the moon and nature. They are just not as obvious! I still connect to my womb space through meditation\n and visualisation and gain so much grounding, peace and energy from connecting within. 

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I am so grateful for my Menopause. It transformed my life for the better!

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I am also so very grateful for the wise women who have supported my journey to deeper health and balance. When women share knowledge and support\n each other magic happens!

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I am now happier, stronger, healthier and more at peace than ever before. There is less striving, less pushing and more being in the flow of my\n own life. I choose to age with ease, joy and good health!

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If you’ve made it to the end of this longer than expected story…thank you for reading! I hope that my story can spark in you the vision of Menopause as the gift that it truly is.

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I would love to hear your comments and thoughts. How is, or was your menopause? Are you on the other side but still experiencing uncomfortable\n symptoms? Or do you have concerns about approaching Menopause? I would love to hear from you!

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If you would like my help to transform your menopause or even to prepare yourself for it by creating more balance in your life now, if would be\n my honour to support you. 

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Feel free to share my story with any woman you know it would benefit. 

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With love,

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Jacq 

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Today, I thought I would take you on a little trip down memory lane…🦋\n
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People often ask me how I came to be an Ayurvedic practitioner. Especially when it was relatively unknown and new in Australia 20 plus years ago and most people couldn't even pronounce the word! (Don't worry if you can't too. You are not alone!)\n
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But let's go back even further...Even as a kid I was interested in herbs and would often make herbal tea concoctions out of what I could find in the garden. Sometimes they were delicious and...well, sometimes not! \n
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Skip ahead 10 or so years and I was a very active teenager with netball multiple times a week. Add to that the stress of study and three very barky guard dogs who lived next door and I often had trouble sleeping. \n
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When this happened I would get up and spontaneously do some stretches on my floor. This involved lots of leg stretches and forward bending movements. After a bit of this I would peacefully fall asleep. Only much later did I realise that I was intuitively doing Yoga!! Forward bends are calming to our adrenals and nervous system so I was instinctively calming myself back to sleep! \n
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After the fun and the trials of high school there were two things I knew that I wanted to do...travel and do a massage course. So I did both! (New Zealand was stunning and i would love to go back for a family trip soon!) \n
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After my gap year I started an Arts degree at Flinders Uni studying English, Philosophy and Sociology...interesting, but really... where was that going to lead!! Right?!\n Whilst at Uni (realisitically studying Tavernology 101! ; ) ) I started my first real job at the vegetarian cafe on Rundle\n Street called Clearlight. Anyone remember this gem? I learned so so much about good food and how to cook there! \n
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And it was here that, at the tender age of 19, I was introduced to Ayurveda! \n
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At this time I had eczema on my hands and a weird blood disorder that erupted into chikenpox like itchy spots on my skin, then ulcerated and scarred as they healed. There are photos of my spots in the Flinders Medical Center as I was an enigma to them! \n
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Needless to say the cortisone cream I reluctantly used did nothing. Later I discovered that Ayurveda had a name for this type of disorder...Rakta Pitta meaning too much heat in the blood so it erupts out of the skin!! My body was trying to cool and cleanse itself. (Over the years I have helped it to do just this!) \n
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Luckily my employer suggested I see her Ayurvedic Doctor.I did and it changed my life! Everything this Doctor (the dear departed Professor Junius) said made so much sense to me. I knew that I had found my passion. \n
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I was however still a headstrong young woman who was only just learning about good food and loved to drink red wine! I was not ready to completely change my life. Nooo...that took time...years even! But, the seed was planted and starting to sprout. \n
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After a 6 month solo sojourn around Europe I came back home and embarked on my Ayurvedic studies. I was very blessed to have a Natural Medicine College that specialised in Ayurveda right here in my home town of Adelaide. Some things are meant to be!! \n
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My first teachers were Porfessor Junius and Dr. Krishna Kumar. I am forever grateful to them both for the wisdom they shared with me. I was in heaven drinking up all the information. It felt like a coming home to me. \n
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I also started practicing and fell in love with Yoga at this time. You could not get me off the mat! I would cycle across town to get to classes! \n
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After finishing my four years of study I was ready for more travel! \n
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Now India was calling! \n
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And it kept calling. Over the next 4 years I traveled to India three times: for travel, clinic time/more study and Yoga. \n
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You could say it took me a while to settle down! \n
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I, finally, started my business Living Ayurveda in 2000 because I wanted to help others find the understanding and health that I had found. I wanted do my small part in bringing more peace, joy and health to our world. I believe that as we consciously raise our own health and live in tune with the rhythms of nature we help bring balance and healing to our world.\n

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Fast forward 20 years and, like me, my business has grown and evolved.From my beginnings of Practice before kids; to bringing the richness of family life into what I share; to the unexpected (but obvious in hindsight!) depletion and early menopause at the age of forty two (that was such a powerful time and brought me so many valuable gifts), I have a passion for teaching others how to understand their body and connect with their inner wisdom.\n

My primary focus now is on supporting women in reclaiming their Feminine Vitality so that they can live with more joy, health and ease and share their love and gifts with the world!\n

I feel so blessed to be doing what I love!\n
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It fills my cup to run my retreats and workshops and work with my clients one on one. I love to see women regain their joie de vie and sleep soundly, digest with ease and nourish themselves more deeply, say yes to self-care and create hormonal balance and health in their lives!\n

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Thanks for being here! \n

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    I just wanted to tell you I haven’t had any hot flushes during the day for the last 3 and a bit weeks! Thank you for all your advice – it has been very helpful, easy and pleasurable to do. I’ve been doing the alternate nostril breathing every day, usually twice a day, for maybe 15 minutes and I love it. I know I am sleeping better has this has made me feel generally better. Amazing how you just don’t realize how tired you are sometimes until you feel great after a full night’s sleep.

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    I’ve had the pleasure of working privately with Jacqueline for the past few months now, and really love her open hearted & passionate approach to Ayurveda as a holistic system to health & wellbeing. Her professionalism & in depth knowledge combined with a quirky sense of humour have given me confidence & greater understanding of some of the health & lifestyle challenges that I have been facing.

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    I have had two appointments with Jacqueline which I found to be a most positive, enlightening and reassuring experience and I am now much better than before I began seeing her.\nI have seen for myself how Ayurvedic medicine can have such a positive effect on human health and in this case mine. I thoroughly recommend her.

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    I’ve been going to Jacqueline for a few months now, and every time I go I feel better and better. She really listens to understand your situation, then, applies her knowledge to suit your needs, while devising techniques for you to take home and apply yourself. I had problems with digestion and other symptoms, which I now believe were all related. After Jacqueline listened to my story she pointed out things that might be causing me anguish. She was right, because now I’m truly on the mend after years of explaining my situation to other professionals.Thanks, Jacqueline.

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    I really enjoyed the relaxed & friendly manner in which you presented the Ayurvedic principles, some of which I was familiar with, however you always learn something new! Your approach & easy to apply to modern life examples increased the clarity of the Ayurvedic approach for me. Your presentation was clear and informative with easy to apply practices. Look forward to learning more!

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    I wanted to let you know how grateful I feel for your passing on the wisdom of Ayurveda to us. I've been tongue scraping, oiling and doing some breathing practice every morning and have come to the end of the oil bottle! I've been feeling stronger, and sleeping better than I have for the past 5 years. This is really amazing for me and quite empowering. Thank you Jacqueline. What I learnt at your workshop is the best health/lifestyle advice I have received since my ongoing struggles with energy, emotions and digestion set in 5yrs ago. It has become my anchor and relief.

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    I found the workshop deepened my understanding of Ayurveda with practical knowledge and wisdom. Jacqueline had me engaged the whole time with her warm, nurturing and passionate teaching. I walked away feeling grounded, energized and inspired. Thank you Jacqueline!.

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    Thank you so much for a wonderful and informative afternoon. Over the years I have tried to establish an early morning routine for my yoga and pranayama practice but after a time it falls away and I’m left fitting in practice at all hours of the day. This is of course not ideal. For the past few days I’ve been taking advantage of the slightly slower school holiday mornings to start my day with Dincharya and it has been delightful. I feel renewed optimism about the possibility of maintaining a morning routine

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    Dear Jacqueline, thank you for your wonderful hormonal balance for menopause workshop. It was an amazing experience, with a relaxed and fun atmosphere. You gave such easy to understand information. Reminders to connect, be mindful and lovingly aware to take time to be gentle and happy with ourselves. Thank you for sharing your recipes with us. Your knowledge of Ayurvedic medicine and lifestyle has inspired me to practice every day for a healthier and happier way of living. You glow on the inside & outside, and are a great inspiration for as all.\nThank you very much. Namaste.

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    Having read a number of books and attended some workshops on Ayurveda I felt as if I was only scratching the surface without any real in depth “knowing’ of the subject. My first workshop with Jacqueline was a real “a-ha” moment – she found the right button to press and all those bits and pieces fell into place. Her understanding of Ayurveda coupled with a down to earth delivery and sharing of information make for a lively and informative few hours in her company! I’m really looking forward to the next workshop!

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    Within a few weeks of my initial consult with Jacqueline I moved from being an emotional, physical and mental exhausted wreck to genuinely beginning to reconnect with joy again, and therefore life. Jacqueline offered me small, practical, simple steps that I was able to cope with and easily implement. It was utterly incredible and I am in awe of how quickly and gracefully Jacqueline guided me from living in a disconnected state of hell to actually being able to sleep, think clearly, process information, laugh, have fun and make sense of life again. I am so grateful.

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    Jacqueline is a rare gift of a practitioner. She has utmost intelligence, warmth, passion and humour. I find her to be genuinely interested in my overall health and well being and from her I've gained invaluable insight into my body type, nutritional needs and controlling the roller-coaster of menopause. My chronic insomnia (bane of my life!) has melted away and my overall sense of well being is wonderful. I am so grateful to have access to such a qualified and competent Ayurvedic practitioner in Adelaide. It's a delight to be in her nurturing hands!

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