Welcome! I’m Natasha Undem. I love nature, learning, storm day skiing, self-care and caring for the planet. I am a student of Ayurveda and I want to open up a dialogue with people who are interested in shifting. Shifting thoughts, beliefs, habits and diets. I want to look at these patterns with you and question why we do what we do.
I am here to make you feel comfortable, vibrant, and alive in your body. But each of you is unique… there isn’t one thing that will work for everyone. There is a term in sanskrit, neti neti, which means not this, not this. It refers to the trial and error that we go through in life. Trying something out to see how it fits or doesn’t fit. If it doesn’t fit then trying the opposite. While working in this manner, get curious and observe what happens and listen to what feels right for you.
We need to get out of our mind and into our body; to listen to the inner wisdom and guidance that our body will communicate clearly if only we learn how to listen. Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz tells Dorothy when she is yearning to return home, “You’ve always had the power.” Like Dorothy we need learn what our power is. Our bodies are waiting for us to click our Ayurvedic heels together and return home – return to the ancient wisdom of self knowledge.
I teach yoga, I blend bio-mechanical alignment, with heart centered flow to keep you safe in your body for years to come while moving in a way that is natural and pain free. You will come away from class with increased flexibility both mentally and emotionally. You will gain strength and relaxation.
Modern Approach to Ancestral Wisdom
Ayurveda is the science of life. It is a 5000 year old holistic healing system from India that looks at the whole body, mind, spirit as a whole rather than individual parts. Ayurveda has a strong emphasis on prevention of dis-ease by living in balance with one innate constitution, and by honoring the rhythms of time and nature. It is the sister science to Yoga, they come from the same roots. It utilizes diet, lifestyle, herbs, yoga, meditation, aromatherapy and more to create the optimal conditions for the body’s wisdom to heal itself and maintain vitality.
Ayurveda is not about following rules, it’s about learning how to best care for our bodies. This is not a right or wrong, good or bad, black and white approach. It is about finding balance for ourselves. We are not given a manual on how to care for our bodies. We often give this power away to others. We look outside ourselves to “experts” to tell us what to do. Unfortunately what works for one person doesn’t work for everyone. We all have innate wisdom inside, and we need to be aware and present with our choices to learn how to best care for ourselves. This takes time, this takes practice, abheyasa, this is not a quick take this magic pill solution.
The Nutritional Therapy Association looks at nutrition through an ancestral perspective rooted in the power of real whole foods as well as the scientific function of the body. The focus is to empower individuals to transform how they feel, cultivate a community to connect with others and heal the world shifting towards sustainable food, balanced lifestyles and a holistic outlooks. Using a combination of ancestral wisdom and experiential knowledge combined with scientific research to find an integrated approach of learning what the body is communicating.