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  • Writer's pictureGeetanjali Chakraborty

Rekindling the Spirit of Ayurveda: My Journey Back to Community

Immersing myself in the practice of Ayurveda over the past decade has been a profoundly rewarding and occasionally challenging journey. One thing I’ve learned is that the path of constant learning can sometimes feel lonely without a supportive community.

Fifteen years ago, when I first embarked on my Ayurvedic studies, I was part of a vibrant group of like-minded individuals, all eager to explore this ancient wisdom together. As life took its course, many drifted away, leaving a smaller circle of fellow practitioners. Although I attended conferences sporadically after graduation, the same sense of belonging eluded me—until last year, when I returned to the NAMA conference after a four-year hiatus. The warmth, camaraderie, and shared experiences reignited my passion and reminded me of the importance of community.

Inspired by this reconnection, I volunteered with the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM) last year. This opportunity came just in time to help organize our annual conference in March, where I served as a liaison for the speakers, guiding them through the registration process and coordinating their arrival. It was an enriching experience, and more than anything, it was revitalizing to work alongside others who share my passion for Ayurveda.

This year, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve joined the CAAM board as the Professional Committee Co-Chair. In this role, I’m eager to foster local events and expand our community, creating spaces for us to connect, share, and grow together.

For Ayurveda practitioners and enthusiasts, the CAAM website is a gateway to explore upcoming events and join in on this enriching journey. Together, we can nurture our community and keep the spirit of Ayurveda alive and thriving.

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