Exploring Ayurveda with Sunita Tarkunde in Houston, Texas

“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”
Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Sunita Tarkunde, the founder and director of Houston Ayurveda Center is well versed in the ancient healing science of Ayurveda. She graduated from Pune University in India with a Bachelors degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS.) She has a Masters Degree in Ayurveda and is practicing Ayurveda since more than 20 years.

She is a registered nurse in the state of Texas and has good work experience in Methodist Hospital Emergency Room. She is also a faculty member at ‘Kerala Ayurveda’ and ‘Ayurveda Institute of America’ where they teach in–depth Ayurveda courses in the USA. (web)

Inspired by her grandfather who was a Sanskrit teacher back in India, Sunita realized very early in her life that she wanted to be a yoga practitioner. Her love for Sanskrit, an ancient language from India acted as a catalyst in her decision.

Sunita believes that Ayurveda, an ancient healing technique born in India, is a sister science of yoga which is called the natural healing modality. They are alternative/ complementary therapies of healing; they work very well together and are often used for healing as nature intended.

Ayurveda and Yoga are healing methods that can be practiced along with western medicine. According to Sunita, “component of healing that can be added to the protocol.” She says including Ayurveda, Yoga in treatments like chemotherapy, radiation keeps a person in better health. If these alternative therapies are used before surgery, healing is accelerated. It helps the body to restore its calm state. It also prepares and cleanses the body for surgery with the aid of the correct diet

Sunita pointed out the importance of digestion for ayurvedic practitioners. “ If you do not process things efficiently you may not get the nutrients from the good stuff you are ingesting.” Every individual processes things differently. The main regimen of Ayurveda relies upon the “agni” which is fire. This “agni” is inside each individual. Better health depends a lot upon stronger “agni.”

Ayurveda is a science of life that is thousands of years old. It is safe and effective. It can be practiced on all age groups without side effects. It is effectively practiced on children too. It is convenient and gives promising results. The techniques and tips used are practical and lead individuals towards a holistic way of living without being exposed to harsh chemicals that are sometimes unnecessary.

Ayurveda teaches the importance of balance between the needs and wants of the body. In Sunita’s words, “It is more than an ancient science of healing, its an art of living.”

“No medicine can compensate for un-healthy living.”
Renu Chaudhary

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