Ayurveda, The Science of Life, originated in ancient India over 5,000 years ago. As part of the Vedic texts, it teaches the foods to eat, routines to follow, and practices to incorporate to live a long life full of health and happiness. While there is a major focus on prevention, many treatments and herbal remedies are also offered to return those who have fallen ill back to a state of health. I believe that the teachings from Ayurveda are needed to be incorporated into people’s lives now more than ever.My mom was the first person to say the word Ayurveda to me. She took me to yoga classes from a young age and when I was in High School, she took me to a weekend seminar on Ayurveda. This is when the seed was planted and it fully bloomed during my semester abroad in Karnataka, India at Manipal University. While there, I studied Ayurveda formally for the first time and realized that I want to be a part of the shift towards integrative medicine in the US.After graduating from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I enrolled in the Ayurvedic Counselor program with Kerala Ayurveda Academy and moved to California to be in a culture where holistic medicine is part of the mainstream. After completing the counselor program, I immediately enrolled in the Ayurvedic Practitioner program. I am eternally grateful to all of the teachers, classmates, mentors, and doctors at Kerala Ayurveda and am happy to be working with them now as a mentor for the counselor program. On January 7, 2020, I passed the National Ayurvedic Medical Association practitioner board exam. I am excited to say that I now live in Birmingham, Alabama and am working with people here and virtually across the country.