My journey to Perfect Health & Ayurvedic Lifestyle
My original intent was to learn something for myself and see if I could find better health since I hadn’t found it since my late 2018 flare of my autoimmune disease psoriatic arthritis. I thought what the heck, I have zero to lose and might actually learn something and gain some health. I also like what the Chopra Center offers and had started meditating with their free 21day programs in 2014. I signed up on a whim in the summer of 2019.
As the pre-certification enrichment program started, I balked at the amount of homework, reading and learning required. There were pre-reqs for meditation, books to purchase and read and weekly quizzes to take. Eh gads, I didn’t have time for THAT much education. I wanted to back out and get a refund.
I decided to stick with it. I DID want to learn new healthy lifestyle habits and the information was useful and interesting. I made myself a weekly schedule and started using my night time lounge time as study and homework times. Weekends were for catch up. I started to embrace the learning and making incremental changes in my lifestyle – adding in new healthy habits.
The best new habit I have is something I thought I’d die doing and never thought I’d say I LOVE. It’s a very special shared activity with Bill. Getting up daily @ 6am for a walk. Yes, really. We started in January of this year, in the cold dark mornings. The first couple of mornings were awful with a lot of grumbling. We kept each other accountable over the month and slowly it became fun and a terrific way to start the day. To this day we’re still walking mornings. We take off Saturdays but the rest of the week you’ll find us walking at 6am, after lunch and after dinner – rain, sleet, shine, or sweltering TX heat. A fantastic new healthy habit.
Before I knew it, the enrichment program was over and I had to decide if I really wanted to continue with certification. That meant more serious study and passing an exam. I was keen to dive deep into mind and body to learn more about the science and research behind Ayurveda and healthy living. I saw what a difference the small steps had made and was ready to take on more changes for myself. I wasn’t keen on more time, money and learning the technical terms and over 1100 Sanskrit words for certification.
The certification process wasn’t too horrible. The Chopra center staff and educators are phenomenal in their breadth, depth and caring. They want their students to learn, succeed, and then go share their knowledge with the world.
I’m thrilled with what I’ve learned and how much better I do feel. My aches and pains are so much less. I’m exercising regularly, I’ve incorporated prayer & meditation into my daily routine, and I’ve learned a lot about eating healthier. My mind-body is much more at peace and in harmony with the world. I’m still on the Perfect Health journey and continuing to learn and grow. I am looking forward sharing my knowledge with my clients and the world.
If you have questions or want to know more - please reach out and ask!
May you be healthy, May you be well, May you find Joy. May you find peace.
Peace & Blessings,
Teresa – Celebrating Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle Instructor from the Chopra Center!
Teresa Q. Bitner, M.Ed., PMP, ACC - Resiliency, Change and Loss Coach
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Introduction to Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle Free Webinar
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00 p.m. Central
Join me in a free webinar on how you can live a more balanced and healthy life through Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning the science of life. Ayurvedic lifestyle is a journey to Perfect Health.
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Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg