There was a young child who laid gravely ill in a hospital bed in Caracas, Venezuela. Facing a potentially fatal diagnosis her doctors had a medical dilemma on their hands. She seemed to have two diseases at once, one in her liver and one in her small intestine. Moreover their treatments seemed negatively correlated. The medicine for her liver severely aggravated the problem in her small intestine and vice versa. They didn't know what else to do other than remove a part or all of her liver and or her small intestine. She had very special relationship with her grandmother whom she called Mama Maria. When she was a little girl they would walk together each morning as far as they could before parting ways for school and work. Every Sunday she would walk a mile to put a quarter in a phone and talk with her grandmother. Mama Maria was no "doctor," yet she had a very different prognosis. She practiced the natural spirit medicine of her Venezuelan ancestry and lived her life according to its principles. She created a medicinal concoction for her beloved grandchild and unbeknownst to the doctors, arrived particularly early one morning to administer it. It was intensely bitter and her granddaughter protested and pushed it away. Mama Maria said “just a little more sweet child,” until eventually she had consumed it all. That evening a spirit appeared to Mama Maria with a message saying her grandchild would be cured. The next morning the child would expel a parasitic worm over 3 feet long. Still quite weak, she remained in the hospital for some time. Seeing her recovery and the results of some pre-diagnostic tests the doctors concluded that surgery was no longer necessary. Years later this child received a scholarship to attend university in America. It’s here where she met her husband and gave birth to a daughter and then her son. She named her son Daryl, which means tenderly loved, beloved, and gift of god. Daryl is alive today because of natural medicine and it's ancient knowledge that preserved the life of his mother and their lineage. Balanced Alignment represents the integration of his life’s purpose with his love of Ayurveda. 28 years later Daryl found himself at an all time low. During a time of addictions, toxic relationships, and spiritual darkness, Yoga and Ayurveda were the guiding lights that led him back to stable ground. Now happier, healthier, stronger, and more resilient than ever, he's experiencing an entirely different life. One of joy, openness, honesty, abundance, and contentment; no longer ashamed and no longer encumbered by the anxious and stressful nature of our modern world. He believes it is purely the will of God that led him to where he is today and it is these sacred sciences which he has to thank for his transformation. Daryl completed his Ayurvedic Practitioner training with the Kerala Ayurveda Acadamy. He is also an accredited lifestyle medicine coach with Wellcoaches and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.
Vaidya Bhawna Mittal
Bhawna received her Bachelors of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the college of Shri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College in Chandigarha India. After receiving her master's degree in alternative medicine she began her practice in India. Since then she has practiced Ayurveda in India, the U.K. and the U.S. for over 20 years. She is what is known as a vaidya - a vessel for the living wisdom of Ayurveda. She is passionate about her life's work and eager to cultivate the beautiful healing science of Ayurveda in Indianapolis. Her expertise, insight, and intuition create a transformational experience for her rogis (health seekers). She met Daryl at a Yoga studio long before they began their work together when his love of Ayurveda had only just begun. When he learned of her he asked her to take his pulse. For her it was a just another 5 minutes in a regular day. For him it was a spiritually charged life changing event. He says, "I felt her awareness merge with my personal flow of experience. She awakened the dormant guidance and healing already inside me." She has left her home in India to build a new home here in Indianapolis where she is eager to help others restore their health and vitality. Seeing so many people struggle with "untreatable," conditions she is excited to present the integrative care options of Ayurveda.