Looking into Ayurveda was one of the best things that I could do for myself. I have been suffering from GERD/Acid Reflux for three years and refuse to be medicated. I am always on a search for a natural approach and Alejandra and her abundance of knowledge in Ayurveda has helped me immensely! Just knowing what my Dosha(s) are was a big eye opener, EVERYTHING made sense. I found out why certain foods gave me problems and basically why I am the way that I am and why I do certain things. I was having really bad bloating, stomach cramps and gas for two weeks on top of my GERD/Acid Reflux. I was miserable and desperate and I finally reached out to her. Alejandra customized a 14 day protocol for me to follow to help with my digestive problems. The bloating, cramping and gassiness went away and for the first time in my life my stomach actually felt FLAT! I am currently being mindful of the Ayurvedic way of life and this has been helping with my GERD/Acid Reflux symptoms. Alejandra also included a yoga, meditation and other stretches in the protocol and those are helping me manage stress (which is my biggest acid reflux trigger) and I have learned how to slow down and be gentle on myself. Having Alejandra coach me through Ayurveda has been really pleasant and therapeutic. She has such a calming and happy Aura that made me feel tranquil and at ease. Thank you Alejandra, you are amazing!
Alejandra is a caring, intuitive yoga teacher and Ayurvedic counselor. Her soothing tone and relaxation techniques make her sessions very enjoyable. She is knowledgeable about diet and Ayurvedic principles and offers valuable insight to managing a balanced and happy lifestyle. She is easy to talk to and works with you to create the outcomes you are looking for. I highly recommend Alejandra for yoga and wellness.
As a yoga teacher, my consultation with Alejandra was so enriching. In our first session, she provided information about the basic principles of Ayurveda in a comprehensive way that I can implement in to my yoga class. She gave me an understanding of how my doshas work and practical ways to bring them into balance through diet, asana, and daily ritual. Learning about Ayurveda has elevated my yoga practice by providing medicinal and therapeutic ways to care for my body; it has made my practice stronger than ever.I highly recommend that anyone, especially yoga teachers, explore the method of Ayurveda. It is a way to better understand yourself and bring harmony into your life through self-care.
Refresh and Reflect Retreat 2018 came at the perfect timing in my life. I was experiencing a serious bout of depression and was struggling with suicidal ideation for months, with the worst of it being just the week before this retreat.I used to practice yoga on a routine basis during undergrad but had been out of a regular practice since graduation. Ever since I became introduced to yoga at 18 years of age, I realized how fundamental of a role it has played towards my health and wellness, especially during my most vulnerable time. Refresh and Reflect provided a safe space and was led by two women of color, which was also important for me. In much of the yoga community I’ve been exposed to in the United States, it’s very white-based and can be pushed in capitalistic ways that have made me feel uncomforable as a Queer person of color. In this retreat, I felt immediately invited. Although I wasn’t surrounded by a racially diverse group of people, it was refreshing to be surrounded by people of all ages, sizes and capabilities. As a native Virginian, it was also very special for me to be in the countryside of my home state— something I had neglected to do for about five years because I was bouncing between the West Coast and Mexico. It was truly nourishing to be able to rekindle my love of yoga in the Shenandoah Valley. I actually had this one intimate, groundbreaking moment, when during downtime (which I was appreciative to have access to a lot of downtime to draw, write, read or do some wandering) I went on a little solo walk. On this walk, I felt the presence of everything beautiful and heard the sweet hum of Virginia summertime; something I cannot compare to anywhere else I’ve been or lived— it’s something so holy and unbreakable. I had an intense wave of love and gratitude for myself and for my surroundings; I felt grateful that I hadn’t acted on my ideation because it was the closest I had ever come to.Apart from that moving ephiphany I had in the woods, some of my favorite parts of the retreat were breaking apart the Ayurvedic properties of each meal we had; breaking bread felt sacred, while also slowing things down and taking more than a moment to fully digest (metaphorically and physically speaking) the importance of what we put into our bodies. Besides timing sometimes being a bit off, I am overall very pleased with the work and thoughtfulness that Alejandra and JaVonne put into their first retreat. They clearly did a lot of research and made sure to give us one-on-one guidance when needed. They never pushed us to go past our comfort levels but praised us and helped us break past being self-consciousness or other worldly prohibitions. The biggest lessons I took away from the retreat are seeing yoga as a lifestyle, not just how well you can position and hold poses. It is so much more than physical. Although I do not practice everyday, I use what I have learned as self-guidance and do small gestures of self-love, whether it’s eating a nourishing meal or practicing meditation for ten minutes.
Meeting Alejandra was a beginning I did not realize I needed until I was gifted with her guidance. She influenced me with the concept of intentional living. She introduced me to the true yogic path, the art of living my compassionate truth, and managing my ideal way of life. Through her counseling sessions, I am cultivating a practice of inward healing that is transcending into all aspects of my life. She presents information in an easily digestible way, yet challenges me to continue my growth. I am continually impressed with the depth of her knowledge in her craft.