We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexa Berman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexa, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has played a huge part in my life overall and I would say having a business in Ayurveda is a direct result of taking a risk. I was dead set on moving to Thailand after college, which I did for two years, and being there led me to my first knowledge of Ayurveda and then led me to pursue it as a lifestyle. Taking risks can be tough to do because of the unpredictability — sometimes they pan out sometimes they don’t, but I would always rather take the risk to pursue an adventure rather than always look back on that “what if.” My life would be immeasurably different if I hadn’t taken risks, and I don’t think for the better.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My focus has been consistently on teaching how daily and seasonal diet and lifestyle choices are everything to your health. We have to pay attention to the qualities of food and experience that we invite into our lives and always ask, is this the right thing for me right now? The more you ask these questions the more connection you have with yourself and your inner voice and that intuition, when trusted and strengthened, will lead you to the life you truly want. I started with just these ideas for myself because I suffered from chronic migraines my whole life and had no answers. I went vegetarian, then got into yoga, then found Ayurveda, and through my schooling and a daily practice of applying these understandings I have been able to not only eliminate my migraines but cultivate a feeling of real wellness for myself that will keep adapting as I age. Everyone starts from a place of imbalance — I worked late nights seven days a week while I went to school and then kept hustling as I started my business and worked, which took me away from healthier habits and my home life. But as I kept committing to this daily practice I started to slowly find deeper meaning in these concepts and make creative shifts that allowed me to have the health I wanted in addition to a lifestyle that suits me better. It’s just a practice and in some ways that has been my biggest lesson while sharing with and teaching others Ayurveda. You never just “get there” or “arrive,” the idea of impermanence is a mindset very applicable to life. As soon as you shift there will be another imbalance down the road that you will need to address but I think that is the whole fun of life. As you change within, your life changes or vice versa so why not embrace the invitation to practice this adaptation because at some point you will look around at the beauty you made and feel incredibly proud of yourself.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take them to the mountains because that’s what this place is about! My husband is amazing at finding great backpacking and camping spots so we would choose something near by, maybe Holy Cross or Lost Creek Wilderness — if we had more time the Flat Tops Wilderness is the best. I would absolutely take them to Leven Deli for lunch or Barcelona Wine Bar for dinner. For a fun prohibition style cocktail we have always liked Union Lodge No. 1, but you can’t beat walking down the street to Mr. B’s in Golden Triangle for a boutique bottle of wine for a home cooked meal.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout would be to my dad, Dan Berman, and to my first Ayurvedic physician in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dr. Rajeev Marwah. Without my dad life would be much less soulful and loving and without Dr. Rajeev I would never have taken to Ayurveda like I did and changed my life so profoundly.
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