We're All Unique, Yes. And Very Similar, Too.

In Ayurveda we spend a lot of time focused on how different we are from one another — how unique we are both in constitution and experience. 

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But we're all also in the same boat and remembering this may just allow us to find inspiration and support where we once otherwise saw little reference or connection. Then we begin to see that we just have different paddles, each navigating our way down (or up) a different river. 

We all live in human bodies.

We are all made of flesh, blood, and bone, with brains, hearts, and lungs to power us.

Our paddles — the tools we use to move through the world — vary, as do the bodies of water — the environments — in which we find ourselves. Some of us use our acumen to get where we want to go. Some use our smiles, kindness, language or athletic abilities. Some of these qualities we were born with and others are skills we have learned. Some of us may be moving along paths that are like rushing rivers; others may be on a large, still lake. We have all felt, at one time or another, tossed about on a stormy ocean.

Through all this, we are never really alone. There is inspiration all around us in the form of other people making their way through the world, in a very similar boat.

So next time you feel like you so different that you're all alone, look around you for the role models, companionship and encouragement that abound.

Sachi Doctor

Elemental Alchemy, 90 Rio Vista Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94611

Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic practitioner and holistic health coach who founded Elemental Alchemy with the mission to provide a resource for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health.

Diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at a young age, Sachi has spent over twenty years exploring different health modalities, treatment plans, diets and mindfulness practices to help alleviate chronic pain and restore balance.

After years of looking to others for a model of health with no relief, Sachi realized that the answers she sought were not hidden in someone else’s prescription for wellness but unique to her, and that the first step towards discovery was actually tuning out what was right for others and tuning into herself.

As she tapped into the wisdom of her own body, she discovered that the elements foundational for health  — the blueprint she so fervently sought — was within her, within each of us. Since then Sachi has been passionate about helping others also cultivate clarity and inner wisdom for vibrant health.

In addition to her Ayurvedic and nutrition education, Sachi has completed over 800 hours of yoga teacher training and continues to study with her mother, her first yoga teacher, for whom these practices are a way of life.

Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project at San Quentin State Prison and serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. She holds a Msc in Development from the London School of Economics.