Shrankhla Holecek, the founder of UMA, discusses the world of wellness, holistic healing, alternative health, and Ayurveda. Each week, Shrankhla has a conversation with a professional she admires to illuminate ideas, debunk myths, and offer a new perspective on what modern wellness means today. The episodes offer candid takes and insightful advice on why the ancient practice of Ayurveda is both totally relevant and accessible for everyone.
The UMA Ayurveda Podcast: Understanding Marma Points within Ayurveda with Damian Hagglund
Damian Hagglund was brought into being by an Australian mother and Swedish father. He was born in Bali and grew up in India with traditional and tribal Ayurveda as a way of life. He has been living and educating in the west for fifteen years and is excited to share his perspective on health and wellness in today’s times, particularly how Ayurveda unlocked the key to his digestive health. “I recall having a personal realization that by taking care of my stomach, and having a proper digestion, I was able to digest Ama that wasn’t just from my day-to-day life but Ama that was present in my body from years and years ago,” he tells us.
A note from the UMA Team: We produce The UMA Elements podcast purely to inspire, inform, and start conversations. While we sometimes feature the insight and advice of experts in the various fields of medicine, healing, and wellness, this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional care or advice.
Episode 9: Finding Healing at the Root Level with Dr. Nisha Khanna
Board certified internist and Ayurvedic practitioner Dr. Nisha Khanna takes an inspirational, layered, and modern approach to medicine. In her blended practice, Nisha incorporates traditional western medicine, offering telemedicine to patients, as well as mind-body-spirit treatments plans in which she incorporates Ayurveda and other ancient modalities. She often takes a look at the physical ailments and then dives deeper by considering the emotional, mental, and spiritual components. This allows for the discovery of unresolved trauma and a better understanding of the roots of manifesting disease. In her illuminating conversation with Shrankhla, Nisha points out the ways Ayurveda can offer us illuminating feedback on our health, the questions we can all ask about ourselves, and how to find the true roots to a wellness issue.
Nisha’s Gut Cleanse Guide: https://healing-courses.nishakhannamd.com/p/the-gut-cleanse-guide
The Uma Ayurveda Podcast: Discovering Ayurveda, Vibrance, and a New Life Path with Dr. Zohreh Sadeghi
Years ago, Dr. Zohreh Sadeghi had hit “rock bottom.” She was diagnosed with IBS, anxiety, depression, and many other ailments. “I had tried everything,” she tells Shrankhla, but nothing truly helped her—until she discovered Ayurveda. To say the least, she dived right into the practice and moved to Kerala, India. “The decision to pursue Ayurveda was completely an overnight decision for me,” she says. “It was something that I can’t quite explain. It was a voice within me.” What ensued was a path of healing, learning, and liberation—and eventually, a new career. Since, Zohreh has founded Roha, an Ayurvedic healing center in San Francisco. She dives deep with Shrankhla to unpack all that Ayurveda has taught her.
The UMA Ayurveda Podcast: Exploring Consciousness and Sound Meditation with Eliza and Josh Peck
This week, journalist Stacey Lindsay takes over as host of the UMA Ayurveda Podcast. Stacey speaks with Josh and Eliza Peck of the Dojo Upstate, a sound meditation retreat in upstate New York. Josh and Eliza create experiences—which many call sound baths—that take people on a journey of exploration and healing. Their conversation with Stacey covers how sound can unlock greater abilities to heal, as well as ways for us to better know ourselves. In leaning in and recognizing discomfort, there can be great growth. Josh and Eliza also talk about allowing ourselves the opportunity to listen, really deeply listen, and engage in the moments with whom we share. All of this has the power to help us, as humans, transform, heal, and evolve.
The Uma Ayurveda Podcast: Why Ayurveda Is a Modern and Accessible Practice for All with Ali Cramer
Ayurveda “is a gentle and loving approach to becoming more yourself, understanding what you need to feel healthy and to feel whole,” says Ali Cramer. The ancient practice is about “having a way of looking at the world with more compassion.” Cramer, who is a yoga and Ayurveda specialist and author of the book Modern Ayurveda, has talent for unlocking the fun in Ayurveda, and for making it utterly accessible for all. That’s the key to her book, which she talks about with guest host, Stacey Lindsay. The two go deep about how Ayurveda is flexible, freeing, and a way to get to know yourself.
Ali Cramer's Website: https://www.alicramer.com/
The Uma Ayurveda Podcast: Understanding the Ayurvedic Doshas and Finding Balance with Michelle Magid
Michelle Magid, CAS, PKS, has a deep history with Ayurveda, to which she was first introduced when she was nineteen. Over the years, the ancient practice has informed her life and career. Today she is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner and herbalist. As founder of the Vibrance Ayurveda, her healing practice in Portland, Oregon, she offers Ayurvedic treatments and holistic wellness support for her clients. Michelle has a thoughtful and considerate approach to explaining Ayurveda, unveiling the ways it can help to heal and support everyone’s personal nuances. Here she talks with Shrankhla on the fascinating and often confusing topic of the three doshas, unpacking the elements of each and how they express in our modern personal and environmental worlds. “What we are really experiencing now is the request of Mother Nature to slow down and really be more in that Kapha-esque place.”
So motivational and calming!
As a stay at home mother in the pandemic, listening to these episodes through out the day is helpful amidst the current chaos of life. As a makeup artist and skin care enthusiast, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning more about Ayurveda and can’t wait for my first UMA products to arrive.