Today we’d like to introduce you to Xiomy Avila.
Xiomy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Originally from Bogota, Colombia in 2014 I was living in Sao Paulo, Brazil where I developed my interest in yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. At that time I was working in a multinational company in charge of the Organizational Development team. I remember at that time, I started asking for guidance from the universe in my mediations to find the best way to offer and share my talents with the world. Five months later when I was feeling at the peak of my success in my professional career, the company made some structural changes and weeks later I was fired from the company.
Feelings of frustration, sadness, and loneliness, I was in a country where I didn’t know a lot of people, by myself and with one big question mark; Now what??
After applying to hundreds of different companies and also the idea to start my own business supporting people and organizations through coaching combined with Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation I decided to pack my bags, went back to my country to start my practice, close to my family and friends. At that point, I made the decision to go to India and study. This is where I met my life partner/husband on the first day in the Ayurveda School, where he was also studying to start his own practice “life in Harmony” in Chatham, MA.
We start dating and just with total surrender and detachment, I offered myself to the universe. 4 months later I was arriving from Colombia to Boston to join him in this adventure and instead of having two different practices we decided to just join our efforts and energies to share this with the world.
We started our Ayurveda practice offering consultations and Ayurvedic treatments combined together with the healing of Yoga and meditation. This path helped me to discover another passion that it was hidden. The passion of supporting people to change their food habits teaching them cooking classes and how to start incorporate the healing that is in our food and allow this to be one of the best medicines to prevent or cure diseases. Now we live in Jamaica Plain after moving from the Cape 3 months ago, we opened our Ayurvedic practice in Brookline Village to offer and share with the community the ancient knowledge of Ayurveda and Kundalini Yoga.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has been an interesting ride, ups, and downs along the way. One of the struggles that I have been facing is believing in myself, we are so used to seeing quick results, when we are not able to see them we get frustrated and make statements like perhaps, not my calling, maybe I should look for a regular job, it is easier working for a company and earn a steady income and don’t worry about how you are going to make the money for paying the bills. Some of those thoughts were pretty strong at the beginning of this journey, now thanks to the support of my husband and the trust I have in the universe I have been feeling the doors and different possibilities start to open and show me the direction to go.
It took me some time to learn how to trust in myself and this idea, just one step at the time with faith and remembering always that more challenges might come along the way, just focus on my final goal and believe that I am here for a reason and I was put into this path as an answer to the prayer I made some years ago.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Life In Harmony – what should we know?
My husband and I practice Ayurvedic medicine (initial consultations, coaching, and treatments) in order to support people to make changes in her life through diet and lifestyle.
Diet might include eating according to your body type or what types of foods are going to help you to correct any imbalance or “symptoms” in your body/mind or as a way to prevent diseases and increase your longevity including the use of Ayurvedic herbs. One of the findings is people want to change their diet and start moving into better healthy habits but they don’t know how then when the idea of teaching them how to cook plant-based recipes start taking shape and how they can make this transition in a smooth way that they can feel supported and always with the option of being able to prepare a delicious meal that is nourishing their body and mind.
In the lifestyle aspect, we teach people about the “Dinacharya” or Ayurvedic routine and how slowly they can start incorporating those habits into their daily schedule to remove or prevent the toxins that we tend to hold onto our bodies. The Dinacharya includes daily oil massage, dry brushing, tongue scraping, yoga, and meditation to name a few.
So after studying different yoga modalities, I found Kundalini yoga, which is what I am studying right now and realize how powerful it can be to help us to work on our bodies, prevent and heal anything that we are holding onto through the postures, meditation, and chanting of mantras. I teach group and private Kundalini classes based on specific needs and support people in their journey to being able to find these ingredients that would allow them to find this harmony in their life.
Surrendering, being able to serve other people and support them in their process of growing is what it makes my heart smile. It gives me this joy to keep going, serving and sharing these gifts with more people.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband and family in the first place. My husband has been an example of consistent focus and faith for me when I felt down, sometimes unmotivated he has been supporting me in all ways to keep going and keep looking to realize my dreams. Thanks for your unconditional support, for always be this extra leg and bring me to earth in these difficult moments. Thanks for your trust and unconditional support especially now that I am so far from my family.
My mom and my sister from a distance have always been with me, motivating me to keep going and helping me see the opportunities in my life and also helping to go beyond my fears, thank so much, you are my base and thanks for your unconditional love.
My friend Kathy Kox who is a chef, nutritionist and yoga teacher, thank you, thank you for always believe in me and in the difficult moment help me to see things with a different perspective and no matter how far you are I can feel you always in my heart here with me, knowing that at any time you will be there for me.
Thanks to my Kundalini group, the teacher and friends have been in this process with you guys has been helping me to keep focused and believe from my heart that the universe is full of possibilities, we just need to move forward with an open heart.
- Ayurvedic Consultation $145
- Plant based In home cooking class $95
- Shirodhara or 3rd eye therapy $125
- Abhyanga (Detoxifying Herbal Oil Massage with Steam Therapy) $105
- Address: 320 Washington Street, 4th floor Brookline Village
- Website: www.binharmony.com
- Phone: 508-292-7752
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Lifeinharmony2016
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LifeInHarmonyAyurveda