I met the Warrior Goddess Lorien in 2011 whilst in Byron Bay, Australia. We were both completing a life changing yoga training together. Before this encounter in-the-flesh, our lives were drawn together through the online world of social media. Lorien and I share similar passions, and this warrior has certainly inspired me in many ways.
Lorien is a certified Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Consultant, and Massage therapist, based in the beautiful surrounds of Byron Bay, Australia.
– Tell us in 25 words or less, Who Are You?
I am a student and servant of life. I study and practice Ayurvedic medicine, yoga and philosophy. I paint, take photos, write, travel, surf, and spend as much time as possible with my grandparents.
– As a qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Diet Consultant and Therapist
through the AIAS, could you share with us some of your insights into the benefits of Ayurveda?
Ayurvedic medicine is such a rich and ancient tradition of health science dating back as far as 5,000 years old. The benefits are far and wide. Some of the key benefits that speak to me that I can share about this sacred, vast and beautiful science & art are that it can assist people to regain a authentic and loving relationship with their health and wellbeing on a body, mind and spirit level, and re-awaken their bodies own unique intelligence. Ayurveda’s biggest benefit is its ability to empower the individual (and thus a community on a big scale) to be balanced, healthy, well, harmonious, peaceful & content. Ayurveda supports people to live a balanced state of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, which this allows the individual to pursue and fulfill their greater purpose here on this planet and look after the temple that is their body. Ayurveda is so inspiring and effective as a health care system as not only can it heal and transform health ailments and imbalances – returning the patient to balanced and vital health and wellbeing, but it gives people the tools and philosophy needed to MAINTAIN this state of inner balance, health and harmony within and without for their whole lifetime. It is a holistic philosophy that is applicable for everyone from birth until death…
– It is said that in relation to Ayurveda and Yoga, we shouldn’t practice one without the other. Why is this?
Yes very true. It is said that Ayurveda and Yoga are like the wings of a bird… One wing cannot fly without the other. So ayurveda and yoga are important companions for each other. It is important to have a practice of both as yoga without the wisdom of ayurveda will be limited and the practioner will not be able to reach the full potentional of their yoga practice, and visa versa. These two arts/sciences come from the same ancient scriptures and were invented thousands of years ago for a reason… to purify our body, mind and spirit and allow for greater connection with one another, the world around us, and with the creator/divine/god.
– How do you live and breathe yoga, both on and off the mat?
Such a good question. Yoga means union, and hence is not only limited to the practice of asanas (postures) but extends to how we be in our daily lives. Yoga is a complete holistic philosophy that is about living in unity and harmony with all of life. Every day and every moment. When I am practicing on the mat I am not only focusing on my postures, but also on my inner posture… am I being loving towards my self? Am I practicing ahimsa (non-violence) by not pushing myself beyond my limit for that day. I see that there really is no difference between yoga on the mat and off the mat, as the most important aspect of my yoga practice is to purify and then cultivate a way of being that is in harmony with my inner nature, and the nature around me, the people around me and the planet.
Who and what inspires you?
So many people and things inspire me – natures beauty, wisdom, and intelligence, also people who are making a difference in the world, and of course my friends, my family, natural health, ayurvedic medicine. Great ayurvedic doctors and yogis. Artists, musicians, and writers. I am inspired by people who are authentic, aware, health conscious, and loving to both themselves, others, the world, and the planet.
– What is one tip you can share, that could assist us in living a longer, healthier and happier life?
To love, nurture, and honor your relationships with others – especially your family & close friends.
– What quality do you value most in others?
Authenticity. There is nothing more refreshing than a caring, real, and honest friend. There is something so beautiful about being real!
– Who are your heroes?
I would have to say that my mum is my hero. She inspires me and is such an amazing, creative mother and woman. My Grandparents. Also, the environmental activist Vandana Shiva and my Ayurvedic teachers.
– Your favorite place to visit in the world, and why?
The land of India. So colorful, rich, vibrant, beautiful, ancient, and wise. The people are incredibly beautiful, the spices are divine & plentiful, everything is considered sacred, cows have priority on the roads and streets and are loved like children. There are statues of Hindu gods in every shop and home, and lotus flowers are painted on every car, truck, bus, and house! India is crazy, extreme, and intense, yet it is also so sacred, soft, loving, nurturing, and incredibly beautiful. I love the devotion, love & wisdom that India has to offer the world and myself.
– Your current favorite book we should read?
– Your favorite meal?
So many favorite meals to choose from, depending on the season and how I am feeling. I always love a warm bowl of home made Kitchari (mixed vegetable, rice and dhal soup) though.
– What is one big inspiring dream or vision you have for your future, that you would be willing to share with us?
At the moment I have two aging beautiful grandfathers who I love very much. Since spending time at the aged care home and feeding meals of a lunch or dinner I have a new dream. That dream is to create an ayurvedic inspired aged care ‘temple’ (I will call it a temple), that nurtures, rejuvenates, gives life and love to our elders. A space where they can transition into their next stage of life with elegance, beauty, and grace – a forum for them to share their wisdom. I feel like this type of service is missing in our western society.
– And lastly, your favorite quote or mantra which you try to live by?
I have many quotes that I love and that inspire me, so it’s a tough question for me. I happened to come across this quote today though and love it:
”The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi