Regina of Wolf Medicine Magic, Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor
Every month we’re highlighting a member from our Collective—a diverse group of individuals who are inspired by the love and wonder of Ayurveda. This month the spotlight is on Regina from Wolf Medicine Magic, a former dancer turned to an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, Yoga Instructor and more. Learn what inspired her to make a career switch and how Ayurveda has changed her life.
Hi, I'm Regina of Wolf Medicine Magic. I'm a former dancer originally from Austin, TX area but have been living in NYC since 2004. In 2013, I began my training at The Kripalu School of Yoga (read about OJAS STUDIO's partnership with Kripalu here!) to become an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor. The Dean of Kripalu actually connected me to the OJAS STUDIO Team as they were looking to work with Ayurvedic professionals, which is how I discovered the brand! I'm now certified in Ayurveda, have my 500 hr Yoga teaching certification, a Breathwork Healer and Barre Fitness Instructor.
I'm Vata-Pitta dominate!
How has Ayurveda changed your life?
Learning Ayurveda in-depth has allowed me to feel like I’m in more control of my health. When I'm not feeling well, I know what plants, foods, herbs and spices to consume in order to help heal myself. I know and understand how my body functions and how it can become unbalanced.
What inspired you to make the transition from a dancer to an Ayurvedic professional that specializes in breathwork?
Dance is amazing and in my opinion, it is one of the most healing practices someone can do for his or her body. However, by my early 30's, I really wanted a career with a steady income and now, all of the modalities I practice allow me to support myself.
Aside from specializing in breathwork, you also teach Yoga. What's your favorite style of Yoga to teach and why?
I love Hatha Yoga because I enjoy holding the asanas and like to take the time to connect to my body in each pose. Also, in my opinion, Hatha is way more strengthening than Vinyasa Yoga. For example, holding a lunge or Chaturanga for longer than a minute gets your muscles working.
Favorite Ayurvedic rituals/ practices?
I love oil pulling each morning because it makes my mouth feel extra clean. I'm also a big fan of getting abhyanga massage every now and then because it’s soothing and feels absolutely amazing on my skin.
A common misconception about Ayurveda?
One of the biggest misconceptions about Ayurveda is that people believe that they are only one dosha and have to live their entire lives according to that dosha. When in fact, we are all three doshas—Vata, Pitta and Kapha, it's just that some doshas dominate more than others. Yes, you are born with a dominant dosha but throughout your life, all three doshas play a role in your health. One should aim for balance as balancing all three doshas is the ultimate goal.
When and how did you discover Ayurveda?
I first discovered Ayurveda through Dr. Pratima Raichur's book Absolute Beauty—her book changed my life! It made Ayurveda easy to understand and follow with a little effort. This was in 2009 when Ayurveda wasn't as prevalent as it is now. Dr. Pratima Raichur was one of the very few doctors offering up Ayurveda in NYC and still is. I read her book and even went to her for a consultation. I continued to read as many books on the subject as I could until I decided to look into getting properly trained, which lead me to attend Kripalu's Ayurveda certification program in 2013.
3 tips anyone could use to incorporate Ayurveda into their everyday life?
- Oil pulling every morning for about 15-20 minutes. In my opinion, it is one of the best ways to get your teeth super clean.
- Meditate. I recommend meditating for at least 1 minute a day.
- Move your body! Yoga is excellent but if Yoga's not meant for you, find a practice that you will actually stick with. If you try anything you truly love, you will stick with it.
Favorite OJAS STUDIO date & grain bite and why?
My favorite OJAS STUDIO date & grain bite is the Kapha inspired bite. The hint of ginger is exactly what my body craves and some times I love to eat the bites with a bit of ghee.
Follow Regina on Instagram @wolfmedicinemagic