The Path of Practice: A Woman’s Book of Healing with Food, Breath, and Sound
“We are wellness. We are consciousness. That is our natural state. Disease is an imposter.” As one of the world’s only female experts on the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, renowned teacher Bri. Maya Tiwari has devoted her heart and soul to sharing the philosophy and methods that saved her from terminal cancer and
“We are wellness. We are consciousness. That is our natural state. Disease is an imposter.”
As one of the world’s only female experts on the ancient Indian tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, renowned teacher Bri. Maya Tiwari has devoted her heart and soul to sharing the philosophy and methods that saved her from terminal cancer and redirected her life. Now, in The Path of Practice, she offers a short course in healing and living and reveals how she has gone back to the sources of Ayurvedic wisdom to reclaim time-honored, natural, and spiritual techniques for contemporary life.
Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at twenty-three, Bri. Maya was given two months to live. Her doctors’ advice: die painlessly with heavy dosages of morphine. Instead, in the middle of winter, she left her career as a popular fashion designer in New York City and began several months of intensive meditation and holistic nutrition alone in a remote Vermont cabin. By Spring, her health and vitality had been restored. Inspired by dramatic visions and dreams of her family and ancestors, Bri. Maya became a student of one of India’s few living masters of the traditional Vedas. Today, healthy in body and spirit, she devotes herself to teaching the wisdom practices of the Vedas to help others heal emotional and spiritual discomfort, dis-ease, and physical illness.
In The Path of Practice, Bri. Maya’s gentle, compassionate voice instructs you in living life consciously in the present moment, so that you can recover your natural rhythms and align yourself and your inner cycles with the universe. With particular emphasis on using the primordial feminine healing power of shakti–which everyone possesses–Bri. Maya leads you through the daily practice, or sadhana, of a three-part wellness program that includes nutrition and cooking with whole foods, breath work and meditation, and chanting with healing sounds. Encouraged by the inspirational stories of Bri. Maya’s life and those of others who have made these simple but powerful practices an integral part of their lives, you will learn how to take charge of your own health. Through Bri. Maya’s unique philosophy and practice of “cosmic memory,” you will discover your personal, body wisdom and intuition, your singular mission in the world, and your connection to the divine within you and around you.
Filled with illuminating insights, easy-to-follow recipes, and meditations and exercises that can be adapted to different lifestyles and traditions, The Path of Practice is one of the only holistic programs designed for women by a woman. Imbued with the spiritual strength and centeredness of its remarkable author, here is a practical and profound book you will turn to time and time again for instruction, wisdom, and peace of mind.
From the Trade Paperback edition.When Bri. Maya Tiwari was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer at the age of 23, her doctor recommend that she die painlessly with “heavy doses of morphine.” Instead, she decided to design a rigorous self-healing practice that led her to become cancer-free and one of the only female experts on traditional Ayurvedic medicine in the world. Using her personal story as the anchor, Tiwari shares her extensive knowledge of the Vedas, especially as it pertains to feminine health and well-being.
Readers who are familiar with Deepak Chopra’s books on Ayurvedic medicine may feel bogged down by Tiwari’s extensive explanations of spiritual teachings, with much emphasis on the Divine Mother and the feminine energy called shakti. Take a slow breath and be patient. These ancient stories are important since they speak to the origins and fundamental philosophy behind the Vedic approach to female health. They are also the keys to understanding the three-part practice of breath work, diet, and chanting that Tiwari explains throughout. Be prepared for a health book with spiritual integrity that shuns easy formulas and instead looks toward the lasting rewards of a committed practice. –Gail Hudson