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I am a Vedic monk--a brahmacharini. Since my initiation in
1992 by my teacher, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, I have
dedicated my life to living in accordance with the natural
rhythms of the universe; to teaching the wisdom and healing
practices of the Vedas, the holy scriptures of India which
date back to 1500 B.C.E.; and to helping others heal physically
and emotionally. At my center, the Wise Earth School of
Ayurveda, in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, I
teach the knowledge and practice of sadhana and Ayurvedic

Because of my experiences, I have a great deal of
information--about breathwork, meditation, sound, yoga,
and wholesome nutrition--that can help people, especially
women, live healthy lives, cultivate healing communities,
and help themselves and others heal from physical and emotional
ailments. My students include doctors, nurses, yoga instructors,
nutritionists, artists, social advocates, inner-city
youth mentors, and interested laypeople.

Wise Earth sadhana teachings are intended for everyone--
women, men, and children. Indeed, 35 percent of my students
are men. However, this book has a strong focus on
women, because they are the staff-holders of sacred life and
nurturance. The aim of The Path of Practice is to evoke, inform,
strengthen, and safeguard the memory of women as
guardians of sacred healing. It is also meant to help men become
awakened to the Mother's primordial healing energy
that has existed within them from ancient times. Indeed, all
but a few of the spiritual teachers whose work has informed
my practice are men.

In addition, I conduct the Mother Om Mission, a charitable
organization whose purpose is to educate at-risk communities
about sadhana lifeways and to familiarize men and
women with the primordial healing power that every human
being possesses. I also travel all over the world conducting
workshops for those interested in learning the path of practice,
or sadhana.

Sadhana is a Sanskrit word whose root, sadh, means to
reclaim that which is divine in us, our power to heal, serve,
rejoice, and uplift the spirit. Sadhana practices encompass all
our daily activities, from the simple to the sublime--from
cooking a meal to exploring your inner self through meditation.
The goal of sadhana is to enable you to recover your
natural rhythms and realign your inner life and daily habits
with the cycles of the universe. When you begin to live and
move with the rhythms of nature, your mind becomes more
lucid and more peaceful and your health improves. Your entire
life becomes easier.

As you begin your journey along the path of practice, you
must make the promise to yourself that you are willing to
take a very clear look at yourself. Allow yourself to recognize
the various disguises and false faces that you have assumed
over the years. As you come to acknowledge and know each
one, you will also come to see beyond them to your truest
self. As you find out more about yourself and your strengths
and weaknesses, you will also learn about your body, mind,
and spirit, and their innate power. You will awaken to your
own self-healing abilities. Whatever conventional, Western
medical treatments you use, you will always be able to use
your own natural abilities as well.

On the path of practice, we adopt the belief that disease happens
from within, and so must any cure. We decide that any
lack of peace or disease or illness becomes an occasion to go
deeper into ourselves, to examine where we must make
changes in order to heal our bodies, feelings, or lives. We accept
that our ailment is an assignment, and that to complete
it satisfactorily, we must do research into it and into ourselves.
Each of us is unique; no one else can complete our assignment
for us. We can't even depend on the inherent
beneficence of the universe to save us. The universe will support
us, and will help us by revealing its sacred rhythms. It will
help us see where we have gotten off balance and will
always allow us to realign with it. But we have to do the
work of self-reflection and healing that fits our individual inner
life and outer life. On our individual path on the human
journey, each of us is meant to learn the truths of our physical,
mental, and spiritual lives that are particular to us and
shared by others. These truths unite us to our families, our
tribe, the entire human race, and the universe as a whole.

Early in life, I discovered for myself that serious illness
can offer extraordinary opportunities for healing and self-knowledge.
When I was twenty-three years old--at the height
of my personal and professional success as a fashion designer
in New York City--I was diagnosed with terminal ovarian
cancer. Driven by my ambition, I had been keeping a fast-paced
schedule of hard work and parties. I was also in flight
from my traditional East Indian heritage and upbringing. My
illness would eventually force me to realize that all pain is a
reminder that we have strayed from the natural rhythms of
life. Yet before I accepted this truth, I became exhausted
from years of fighting the cancer with invasive treatments
and surgeries. I gave up the struggle, left my life and friends
in New York, and went deep into the snowy wilderness of
Vermont to prepare to die. Instead, over the course of three
solitary winter months, I was presented with the opportunity
to face the changes I had to make in my life. I rested and
fasted and dreamed, and I gradually saw where I had deceived
myself; where I had allowed myself to become out of

I also wept until it seemed as if I had no more tears to
shed. I kept a journal, writing page after page about my personal
and spiritual history. Having learned meditation as
a child, I remembered how to do it again. In meditation,
prayers, and dream states, I relived the anguish of my ancestors
who had been uprooted from their native soil of India
and transplanted in a foreign land, Guyana. I had spiritual
visitations from my father, who lived far away, but convinced
me that I must reclaim my life and fulfill my purpose.
I also had visions of the Divine Mother, the infinitely beneficent
feminine energy whom we can all call upon for help,
guidance, and healing. I prayed to recover faith in myself and
in the Divine.

When the snow began to melt outside my cabin, I reawakened
to the sounds and beauty of nature. I heard deer foraging
in the underbrush of the forest around my cabin. A
bright-red cardinal was singing. The music of spring drew
me out of my seclusion into the sun. It seemed to me at that
moment, and in many moments since, that the cancer had
knocked me down and stripped me of all my defenses so that
I could get out of my own way. It forced me to reclaim my
connection to my ancestors, to the natural rhythms of the
universe, and to the infinitely loving, healing light of the Divine

When I emerged from my retreat and returned to the city,
my doctors were astonished. They told me that they could
find no signs of the cancer in my blood or lymph nodes. Determined
to live a life of good health and serenity, I studied
yoga, Eastern medicine, and natural farming. In the fall of
1986, I met my guru, His Holiness Swami Dayananda
Saraswati, a South Indian monk and scholar. Under Swami
Dayananda's guidance, I made an intensive study of Sanskrit
and Vedanta, that portion of the Vedas dealing with self-knowledge.
My purpose for writing this book, however, is not to convince
you to become a Vedic monk or spiritual teacher like
myself. Nor do I recommend that you renounce your present
lifestyle or discontinue any medical treatments that you may
be undergoing. What I want to share with you is my realization
of some deep truths of the healing process that came to
me through my own illness and subsequent life course.

The Path of Practice is meant to be a guide for all people, especially
women. It is a short course in healing and in living. Whether
you are in good health but want to find a greater sense of balance
and mindfulness, or whether you have been diagnosed
with an illness--be it chronic or acute--this primer shows
you how to make gradual changes in the way you conduct
your daily life so that you will see profound changes both
immediately and over time. You will be happier, healthier,
calmer, and more resilient because of these practices. Indeed,
you will notice that the effects of these practices spread far
beyond your individual life. Because women have always
been the guardians of life's wholesome practices, when we
strengthen our health and spiritual power, we also strengthen
the health and wisdom of the men, children, and communities
around us.


Bri. Maya grew up and was educated in British Guiana (now
Guyana). Born of Eastern Indian parents, whose great-grand-parents
had emigrated to the Indies as indentured laborers, at
fifteen she moved to New York City to become a successful
fashion designer. At twenty-three, forced by ovarian cancer to
redirect her life, Bri. Maya left a highly successful career and
returned to her ancestral India to study the ancient Indian
spiritual tradition of Vedanta and Ayurvedic medicine. She is
now an internationally renowned teacher and practitioner of
Ayurveda and is the founder of the Wise Earth School, an
Ayurvedic, nature-based facility for healing in Asheville,
North Carolina, where she lives. Bri. Maya is also the founder
of the Mother Om Mission (M.O.M.), headquartered in
Guyana, South America, with a base in Queens, New York, a
charitable organization the goal of which is to provide Ayur-vedic
health care to at-risk communities throughout the world.
Bri. Maya gives numerous lectures at ma...

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"An extraordinary book . . . [that] illuminates the wonderful truth of who we are. . . . As a result, we heal our bodies and our lives on the deepest levels."
Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom

"Bri. Maya Tiwari's The Path of Practice offers great insights into how we all have the power to heal."

"The Path of Practice brilliantly brings forth the full orchestra of ancient healing wisdoms and practices into the lives of modern women. A must reading for every woman who wants a definitive guide to self-discovery, wholeness, and healing."
Author of The Listening Hand: Self-Healing Through the Rubenfeld Synergy Method of Talk and Touch

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The Path of Practice 9 décembre 2005
Par ascent magazine - Publié sur
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I wish I could read this book aloud to cancer sufferers. Written as part memoir, part how-to guide, The Path of Practice is a conversational, self-described "course in healing and in living." Bri Maya maintains that "all pain is a reminder that we have strayed from the natural rhythms of life," and this book acts as a guiding light to bring us back.

My fascination with The Path of Practice took hold in the chapter on Bri Maya's personal ordeal with ovarian cancer. After fighting a two-and-a-half-year battle with operations and allopathic treatments, while simultaneously building a fast-paced career as a New York fashion designer, she retreated to the wintry woods of Vermont to die alone.

In that Vermont cabin, Bri Maya reconnected with her Indian roots of self-sustainment by baking Indian breads, sifting grains and grinding masalas. She spent six months immersed in journaling, meditation and prayers, and when she emerged from her retreat the cancer that had pervaded her vital organs had gone into remission. Bri Maya continued learning about the Vedas, reconnecting with Divine Mother, and disseminating her knowledge. She founded and runs the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda, and a charity, called Mother Om Mission, to reunite at-risk communities with the universe's natural rhythms.

Bri Maya has delved into a lifetime of experience and boiled it down into The Path of Practice, briefly but precisely explaining the key principles of sadhana, mantra, mudra, meditation, pranayama, chakras, ancestral legacies, cosmic sound and silence, doshas and cycles of the moon. Peppered with personal examples and appropriately chosen quotes from Vedic lore, this book is an excellent primer or reference book for those who feel drawn to reconnect with innate natural rhythms in their daily lives.

The chapters on "Sound medicine and spirit healing" and "The inner sound of the human voice" were of particular interest to me. Tejas, or soul vibration, "makes cosmic sound audible and produces our inner powers of transformation, our inner voice and intuition." She explains chanting exercises, prayers and mantras, and stresses the power of vibration and periods of silence. As I practised the Sanskrit chants, I serendipitously learned that the vibration will scare my kittens away from scratching up the rugeureka!

This book is a valuable cross-section of practices that facilitate a deeper connection with universal rhythms. Bri Maya's prose is lulling, accessible and entirely readable for the Ayurvedic novice, with enough comprehensive content to satisfy seasoned practitioners.
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The Path of Practice: A Woman's Book of Ayurvedic Healing 12 mai 2007
Par April J. Larson - Publié sur
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This book is a must for any woman (or man) who has a keen interest in building the best possible health practices. It has information ranging from uterine fibroids, which way to face when sleeping, to recipes and family relationship ideas. It is an extremely important book for today's reader.
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Can we return to Eden? 2 mars 2002
Par David Rodwell - Publié sur
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As a beginner in the study of Vedic Practice, Bri Maya has written in words much that is wonderful, soft and serene. Perhaps the most difficult portion to describe is what is written between her lines.
The tender and affectionate tone of her words conveys all that I have hoped Ayurveda would be. She is a shinning example of what can be accomplished when a science based on infinite wisdom is applied with love.
Bri Maya has titled her book " A Womans Book of Ayurvedic Healing" and while I don't know her true intent here surely this is a lovely book for anyone. I was in awe and am now an official fan.
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The Path of Practice 3 octobre 2013
Par J. Dutcher - Publié sur
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Great book by Maya Tiwari, i have dozens of pages dog eared to go back and read or try her recipes. Book arrived in great shape and quickly.
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Wonderful book about personal healing 16 juin 2013
Par M. Black - Publié sur
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I really enjoyed readingi Ms. Tawary's account of personal healing. She seems so sincere regarding her quest and her writing style seems so soothing. Some of her recipes and religious rituals may seem off putting to some (making an alter and praying to deceased family members), bit as a whole, her story is comforting and uplifting. Hard to put this book down once you start reading it.
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