The Whole View with Stacy Toth, Season 3, Episode 108: Ayurvedic Self-Care w/ Dr. Shivani Gupta, PhD

Ayurvedic expert and author Dr. Shivani Gupta talks to Stacy about fusing Eastern and Western practices to help bridge the gap between our hectic modern lives and applications of conscious living. Dr. Shivani gives us a crash course in Ayurveda and the ways we can all use these ancient practices to take better care of our body, mind, and spirit.

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Key Takeaways


  • Dr. Shivani has been an Ayurvedic practitioner for over 20 years. She completed her Master’s in Ayurvedic Sciences and her PhD on Turmeric.
  • Her passion is teaching at-home remedies to reduce inflammation, increase energy, less brain fog, less pain, and ultimately achieve vibrant health. She is also the founder of Fusionary Formulas, an Ayurvedic company that helps people with inflammation and pain. 
  • Furthermore, she has spoken at over 50 physician conferences, educational events and women’s symposiums across the U.S. And she’s also been featured in featured in US weekly, Psychology Today, Entrepreneur Magazine and more! In India, Ayurveda is considered a form of medical care,  equal to conventional Western medicine.
  • Also, fun fact: She likes driving race cars!

Ayurvedic Practices & Self-Care

So really, I look at it as there is this explosion of science that day after day is validating what ancient wisdom always said. – Dr. Shivani Gupta

  • Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine, over 5,000 years old and means the “science of life”.  It taps into the power of plant medicine, paving the way for a new trajectory of health and well-being. Also in India, Ayurveda is considered a form of medical care, equal to conventional Western medicine.
  • Shivani notes that her Modern Ayurveda program and product line fuse ancient wisdom with modern science to bridge the gap in self-care, digestion, stress, and metabolism.
  • Additionally, Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment including:
    • Detoxification + eating including a diet that’s diverse and has nutrient diversity and includes anti-inflammatory turmeric, ginger, etc)
    • Circadian Rhythm
    • Gut Health
    • Dosha – mind/body constitution
  • Stacy notes that unfortunately for many women, self-care has become a dirty word and yet another unrealistic expectation on our never-ending to-do list. So Dr. Shivani walks through some daily rituals, known as dinacharyas, including:
    • Waking Early
    • Tongue Scraping
    • Warm Oil Self-Massage (Abhyanga)
    • Gentle Exercise
    • Balanced & Nourishing Meals
    • Relaxation Techniques
  • Stacy and Dr. Shivani also talk a about what may be considered more “woo woo” topics like crystals and chakras that can provide comfort and ritual.

Next Steps

  • Treat yourself like an athlete! So make space for balance and recovery.
  • Furthermore, Shivani believes the number one healing tool that we have out of Ayuveda is to move in nature more. She suggests to be in nature or move in nature, it’s right outside our door! So ground in nature, align in nature, breathe in nature, walk in nature can be so beneficial. If you can be barefoot in the grass, even better.

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Note: Stacy and her guests are not medical professionals. This podcast is for general educational purposes only. It is NOT intended to diagnose, advise, or treat any physical or mental illness. We always recommend you consult a licensed service provider.

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