There are people who are talking about Yoga and Ayurveda, and people who are living Yoga and Ayurveda. Angela Perger from the “Simple Ayurveda” Podcast is one of the most authentic people I have met around the last year at the Internet. Her simplicity to explain Ayurveda and make it fit into our day to day life is mesmerizing. How she is teaching her kids the Ayurvedic lifestyle is adorable. Her Podcast is like listen to a dear friend while you are having tea together. Her Instagram is full of aesthetic and minimalistic impressions. And just by looking at her, I feel so grounded. Just convince yourself with this Monday Motivation interview…let´s get the week started… 🙂
1. From Ayurveda With Love means compassion and finding our Dharma in life, so can you tell us what you are compassionate about?
I feel so much compassion for Mother Earth, for plants, for animals and for fellow human beings. I believe dharma is about being our true selves and understanding where we are able to shine our inner light out. I see dharma as a path, rather than something to be achieved. For me, my path has evolved from elementary school teacher to Yoga teacher to mother to someone that shares Ayurveda. I hope to make Ayurveda easy to understand and apply to anyone and everyone’s daily life.
2. Tell us where do you come from, what you are doing and what your plans look like for 2019?
I was born in Florida and my husband is from New Jersey. We split out our time between the two and currently we’ve been living in an RV with our children, ages 2 and 6, for the past few months in Florida. My plans for 2019 are to continue studying and teaching Ayurveda through various workshops and trainings, both in person and online. I am also really excited about hosting The Simple Ayurveda Podcast!
3. Where do you teach/work/heal actually?
I started Simple Ayurveda in 2018 as an online resource. After years of teaching continuing education courses for Yoga teachers in person, I am excited to offer them to distance learners. The first session of Simple Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers had students from Canada, the United States and Europe. It was so awesome to connect with like-minded people from around the world. I will offer the course again in September 2019.
4. What do you know about Ayurveda? Do you practice it already?
Ayurveda has absolutely changed my life. After years of trying every diet and healing protocol I could find to heal from diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and a rare liver condition called primary sclerosing cholangitis, Ayurveda has offered not only relief, but a deep understanding of “why”. Rather than feeling like a victim, I feel empowered to be in charge of my own health and well being.
5. What are your thoughts about Ayurveda?
I look at Ayurveda as a lense in which to view life. I don’t think that we have to follow every recommendation perfectly to get the benefits of Ayurveda. I use the principle of like attracts like and opposites to create balance to make everyday decisions. For example, when I am feeling easily irritated I ask myself questions like “Have I been consuming caffeine or other stimulants? Or have I been on my phone too much?” It’s such a gift to be able to get the root cause of any imbalance.
6. Do you know which Dosha you are?
I am primarily Pitta Dosha, although it took me a long time to realize it. For years I thought I wasn’t athletic or competitive enough to fit the typical descriptions. I now see that for me competition shows up more as self-doubt or the need for perfectionism rather than the urge to compete with others. As I’ve become more balanced I’ve gotten better at the physical activities I enjoy like SUP and surfing.
7. How does your perfect morning routine look like?
My morning routine is usually meditation in bed without waking up the kids, tongue scraping and oral care, sometimes Abhyanga followed by a shower and then making breakfast. My perfect morning routine would include Yoga too, but for now that usually happens later in the day.
8. How do you integrate Ayurveda into your day to day life?
One of the biggest ways is through following a daily routine. I try to wake up, eat and go to bed at the same time every day. Another big shift was switching my heaviest meal to noon. Mindful eating practices and paying attention to my Agni are a continual effort.
9. Is there some Ayurvedic practice you would like to try but never had the chance?
I still haven’t tried neti yet.
10. Are you into Yoga or practicing it?
I’ve been practicing Yoga for 11 years. I started teaching Yoga to adults and kids 8 years ago at a campground. Since then I’ve taught it to children in Costa Rica, Mexico, Philadelphia, in schools, preschools, and a studio. I’ve also taught prenatal, mommy & me, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. I’ve held a daily practice through two pregnancies and believe it’s the most powerful thing any of us can do.
11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
I’ve stopped trying to plan out my life, but I definitely see myself teaching Ayurveda and Yoga. I would love to grow Simple Ayurveda into a network of Ayurvedic practitioners with diverse offerings. My kids will be seven and twelve and that’s sort of wild to imagine.
12. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
I can be impatient (Pitta). I tend to get a lot of ideas and be really excited but then sort of lose interest (Vata). I am focusing on being present and creating boundaries for myself so that I can cultivate a little bit more grounding, sustainable energy (Kapha).
13. How did you find the path you are on right now? Was there a key moment?
There were a few key moments along the way. As an inner city school teacher in Philadelphia I fell in love with Yoga for the stress relief. I signed up for Yoga teacher training with the intention of only teaching to children, never adults. The seed of Ayurveda was planted in that training as well as the confidence to teach adults.
Years later I worked with an Ayurveda health counselor after trying a naturopath, a top university doctor and countless other experts. When the health counselor wanted to refer me to someone with more experience I realized no one could solve my health imbalances for me. I decided to study Ayurveda for myself to get the bottom of everything. Again, I had no intentions of becoming a coach or a teacher but once I felt better I felt like I couldn’t keep the information to myself so I started a website and podcast.
14. How important is meditation to you?
It is essential. I practice every day in some way or shape. Sometimes it’s a walking meditation. Other days it’s a Yin Yoga practice. Many times it’s seated first thing in the morning, still in my pajamas in bed. I don’t believe meditation has to look a certain way.
15. What is your philosophy and spiritual path?
I love the quote by Yogi Bhajan, “Be the lighthouse.” I feel like this sums up my philosophy on life. Our Dharma is to be our true selves. The spiritual path falls into place when our everyday actions line up with our higher selves.
16. What have you done into the last year to improve yourself?
In the past year I have stopped consuming caffeine and alcohol. My energy and emotions are much more even which affects everyone around me. I’ve also worked with an intuitive healer to let go of some ancestral trauma.
17. Who has been your greatest influence?
Over my life it has been the strong women in my family including my mother, grandmothers and aunts. Over the past decade I have had some amazing Yoga teachers.
18. What is your greatest strength?
I have been told my superpower is the gift of transformation- that I can turn any situation into something better.
19. How do you handle stress and pressure?
In the past I had the tendency to feel overwhelmed and run away from it. Through Yoga I am working on patience and surrender. Yin Yoga has been extremely helpful with this.
20. What are your favorite self-care practices and rituals?
I love Abhyanga or Epsom salt baths with essential oils based on my mood or what I need for that day. Some of my favorites are lavender, frankincense, sweet orange, cedarwood and jasmine.
I celebrate the new moon each month with my kids. We use The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck to draw a card and we set intentions/draw pictures for the upcoming moon cycle. Another favorite ritual is creating a vision board inside my planner every year. I love being able to look at it anytime throughout the year.
21. Are you into Wellness?
Yes! Feeling well and happy is the best way to enjoy this precious life.
22. What are your thoughts about the Zero Waste movement and do you also try to reduce your waste?
Simplicity and minimalism have been my gateway into the Zero Waste movement. Although I’ve always cared about the environment (I used my allowance to join the Save the Manatees club as a child), it was really the overwhelm of clutter that led me to reducing my possessions and to stop using shopping as an activity.
Life is just easier when things are simple- a mason jar has so many uses and I don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of different kinds of containers. Cooking and focusing on fresh, organic food has helped me to (mostly) give up the takeout habit that contributes to so much waste. I’m still a work in progress but I believe it’s better for all of us to be doing something rather than giving up because we aren’t doing it perfectly.
As a mother, I work really hard to reduce all of the waste that comes along with everything offered for kids. We skip balloons and goodie bags for parties and ask for no birthday gifts. They still get presents from family, but they don’t need a bunch of stuff from everyone they know. As every parent has experienced, this is a constant struggle but a lesson that I am willing to work on with them for the sake of our earth.
23. Where do you find your ideas for your creative content? Is there also a “outer” life besides posting and blogging, like painting?
I love the beach and simple, neutral colors so my creative content reflects those interests. I feel like it’s important for people to know Ayurveda doesn’t have to look a certain way. At its core, Ayurveda is about connecting diet and lifestyle with nature’s rhythms. It’s about honoring the sacredness of everyday life. I hope that Simple Ayurveda’s aesthetic invokes feelings of easefulness and relatability.
My outer life revolves around being a mother and spending time in nature. I don’t sign my kids up for activities- we spend our free time chasing each other at the park, exploring nature trails, making sand animals at the beach, swimming, cooking, reading and playing.
When I have time to myself I’m either curled up with a book (always nonfiction) or walking at the beach.
24. Where can we find you on Social Media and in the World Wide Web?
The Simple Ayurveda Facebook Community:
The Simple Ayurveda Podcast is available on Spotify and iTunes.
25. Do you have got a favorite quote you would like to share with us?
“Our journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet, less attached to it.” ~ Ram Dass
Thank you so much Angela for taking the time to answer in such a beautiful way! Wishing you a nice Mother´s Day on Sunday and a Beautiful week!
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