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Conversations with the Inspiring Colleen Taylor

Today we’d like to introduce you to Colleen Taylor.

Colleen, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My interest in health and healing started as a young child when my paternal grandmother, Pearl Taylor, used her hands to heal my bumps and bruises. I was also surrounded by more traditional Western medicine as my mother, three aunts, and my other grandmother all were registered nurses. I would hear their discussions around the table and was intrigued, but I always remembered Grandmother Pearl’s alternative way of healing.  Nurtured by these two complementary traditions, I studied rehabilitation services at the University of Maine, graduating in 1985, and then was excited to study at the Polarity Realization Institute from which I graduated in 1992. Thus, began my journey of holistic health training, healing, and growth.

Over the past 25 years, I have worked in many varied health-focused areas: Therapeutic Recreation, Fitness Instructor/Personal trainer, L.L. Bean Employee Wellness Specialist, Consultant for Health Risk Appraisals at L.L. Bean, Healthy Androscoggin Community Outreach Coordinator for Prevention, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Polarity Practitioner, Reiki III Master Practitioner, and Registered Yoga Teacher.
In 2004, following a serious car accident; I found in Ayurveda powerful tools to stimulate my recovery. As a direct result of these transforming experiences, I was lead to intensive study at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in Lenox, MA. There, I trained with internationally renowned teachers including Dr. Claudia Welch, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Dr. John Douillard, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Partab Chauhan, Dr. Scott Blossom, Dr. Sunil Joshi, and Dr. Rosy Mann.  Following my graduation from Kripalu, I engaged in hands-on training at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico with direct supervision of Dr. Vasant Lad.  This intensive training focused on reading pulses, marma point therapy, clinical assessment and management, and herbs for reproductive health.

I am a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, and Kripalu Ayurvedic Practitioner Association.

I believe that Ayurveda truly is nature’s path to healthy living and provides powerful tools to reinvigorate us through careful balancing of our individual constitutions. As we witness changes around us from day to day & season to season, so too, we go through transitions of mind, body, and spirit. Ayurveda gives us the tools to create a healthy balance, enriching each day while creating a more vibrant way of living.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
After my car accident, it was important to make major changes in my life. Before, I was an avid runner & lived a very physically active life. I was seriously considering doing a triathlon. The night of the accident, I was on my way to teach a yoga class at the local YMCA. Around a sharp corner up a hill, there in my headlights stood a Clydesdale/Belgium horse in the middle of the road. As prep for my class, my full attention was in the present moment, which probably saved my life. I tried to avoid the horse but ended up colliding with it. Little did I know, in that instant, my world would change. I felt broken.

Then, the healing began with my daily practice coming to the forefront. This helped to bring the pain levels down by using meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda, and restorative yoga along with western medical surgery, treatment, and physical therapy.

Fortunately, I had been introduced to Ayurveda in the nineties. Ayurveda has become the most important part of my healing & daily routine. Just like my ongoing care after the car accident, Ayurveda takes perseverance, study, and daily practice.

My advice: Develop a self-care practice for every day. Explore a form of spiritually that inspires, brings peace, & nurtures you. Life has its ebbs & flows requiring us to be present, thoughtful, and always taking the best care. Learn more about Ayurveda’s teachings as it connects the understanding of nature’s cycle and how this plays a vital part at every stage of our life.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I provide Initial Consultations, Follow-up Consults, Private Ayurvedic Yoga Sessions, and Polarity/Marma Point Therapy. I love to educate & inspire people by sharing my knowledge of Ayurveda and opening up to them the world of elements present in our everyday living & interactions. My Initial Consultation is an individualized plan that reveals a unique mix of constitutions; Vata (air & ether), Pitta (fire & water), Kapha (water & earth) in the areas of daily routine, exercise, foods, yoga/meditation. I enjoy supporting my clients to create healthy changes in foods, lifestyle, herbs, and stress management while witnessing their changes take root and grow stronger.

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
It is important to seek out the best mentors and masters in the field of your interest: people who are highly qualified and enjoy mentoring new practitioners. I am fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time: I was taught and mentored by the leading Ayurvedic doctors and value my continued my studies with them.

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John F. Dana, Benjamin R. Capano

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