Sarah Kucera, Author, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Founder of Sage Center for Yoga & Healing Arts
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 Sarah Kucera, an author, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Founder of Sage Center for Yoga & Healing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn how she discovered Ayurveda and what inspired her to write a book about it.
Hi! My name's Sarah Kucera and I'm a midwestern girl living outside the box. Though I grew up and still live in an area that isn’t known for its health practices, I’ve always had a strong interest in nature, movement, and wellness. I studied Ayurveda and received my Master’s degree at Mount Madonna Institute and it continues to be a growing part of my life. I’m also a new author--my book The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook was published this year. In my job, I wear many hats! First and foremost, I’m an entrepreneur--the small business I own is a healing arts center called Sage Center for Yoga & Healing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri. This is where I practice as a chiropractor, Ayurvedic practitioner, and yoga teacher.
I’m Pitta predominant, but it is pretty common for me to have a Vata imbalance if I’m not sticking to my daily routines.
3 tips anyone could use to incorporate Ayurveda into their everyday life?
- Make decisions based on how you feel. What we think we “should” do or the right thing to do isn’t always best in the moment. For example, kale and avocados may be exactly what you need on most days, but sometimes you really do need to eat that cookie to feel better.
- Eat your biggest meal for lunch. Our digestive system is strongest at this time of day, which can help make it easier for us to process what foods we put into our body.
- Avoid using ice. According to Ayurvedic principles, iced drinks extinguish our digestive fire. Even when it is quite warm outside, it is usually more favorable to have a room temperature or warm drink.
Favorite OJAS STUDIO date & grain bite? Why is this your favorite flavor?
The Vata inspired date & grain bite is my favorite as I love cardamom. It’s a great option for me as an afternoon pick-me-up.
How has Ayurveda inspired your career journey?
Ayurveda is at the heart of my professional life. When you learn about Ayurveda, you learn more about yourself. Knowing more about how I am, what feeds my soul, and what strengths and vulnerabilities I have, has been beyond helpful in progressing in my career.
You are also a Yoga instructor--what’s your favorite style of yoga to teach and why?
I teach a type of yoga called Integrated Vinyasa, which my dear friend and teacher, Gina Caputo. This practice follows a natural evolutionary pattern in the asanas practiced, in that asanas are taught in stages, which has a lot of intelligence behind it.
When did you first discover Ayurveda and how has it become a major part of your life?
I discovered Ayurveda a few years after I started practicing yoga almost 20 years ago, but didn’t really dive deep in the practice until several years later. Ayurveda has become part of my life in two different ways--not only is it incorporated into my lifestyle, but it has allowed me to be a much better healthcare practitioner, partner, and friend because of it
What inspired you to write The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook? Has this always been something you wanted to do and do you plan to write another book?
Writing a book is something I always wanted to do. The Ayurvedic Self-Care Handbook was important for me to create, as I felt that many people were overlooking how a connection to nature and the emphasis on routine and rituals can positively impact our health and well-being. I definitely have more books that I want to publish but they aren’t quite ready to be put out into the world just yet!
When you have a new client who’s unfamiliar with Ayurveda, what’s the simplest way that you describe the practice?
Ayurveda can be quite confusing because not only are we talking about a different approach to medicine but we are literally using a different language to understand it as the system was originally taught in Sanskrit. Taking these things into consideration, the simplest way to describe Ayurveda is by understanding that it is a practice of being in harmony with nature and the elements that comprise nature are also within us.
Follow Sarah on Instagram: @sarah_kucera