JustBobbi.: My First Time: Finding Balance with Ayurveda


Written by Anjali Kumar

My sister Avanti is a medical doctor who practices Ayurveda in Chicago, but for some reason she has never treated me. It might be because whenever she tries, I start making seventh-grade level jokes asking her to excuse me for passing a little vata (wind). This behavior swiftly results in a justifiable eye roll from her. (I am the younger sister if you can’t tell, and even well into our 40s, some things remain the same.)

So it might surprise you that for my inaugural column, I decided to give Ayurveda a shot. This is for a few reasons: 1. I have a lot of work and travel coming up through year end with no slow down in sight. 2. I’ve had a cough for the better part of two months with no obvious culprit to point to. 3. I see my sister looking balanced and bright eyed and I want me some of that. Also, with the inevitable addition of holiday season stress (as well as the inevitable addition of too much pie/alcohol), I figured I should try to get myself in balance now before things really get crazy. And from what I knew, Ayurveda is all about getting in balance.

Since my sister lives in Chicago and I am in NYC, I researched Ayurvedic practitioners near me. And the first person to pop up was Dr. Pratima Raichur.

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Anjali Kumar