We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Spillane and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, what principle do you value most?
Ease is the guiding principle that I always try to support – both in my work with clients and my personal life. As a recovering perfectionist, I used to sweat the small stuff and glorify the struggle. Don’t get me wrong, I still value hard work and excellence but not if it costs your mental peace. Growing up in the middle of two brothers, I lived most of my life in my inner masculine. I played sports, got good grades and prided myself on being tough and independent. But my inability to slow down or ask for help actually caused a lot of health challenges for me in my 20s. I pushed myself too hard and struggled with stress, digestion and substances. It wasn’t until I discovered Ayurveda that I started to embrace my feminine side and a different approach. When I began to prioritize ease and mental peace over perfectionism, I started to feel a sense of freedom and clarity. I no longer agonize over decisions, analyzing every last detail. Instead, I’ve learned to trust my intuition and have faith in the larger forces at work. In the wellness space, it can be easy to transfer ‘perfectionism’ to diet or lifestyle but ultimately that’s not supporting you to heal. Wellness should feel good, not stressful!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I started my practice, Saraswati Ayurveda, to empower clients with knowledge, tools and support so they can heal naturally. We incorporate Ayurveda, Yoga, and herbal medicine to heal the mind, body and spirit. With my background in education, my goal is to make Ayurveda feel more accessible. At first glance, Ayurveda and its Sanskrit terms can feel a bit esoteric or foreign. But by virtue of having a human body and living in the natural world, you already understand these concepts intuitively, I’m just giving you a new language for it. I believe that healing is highly individual and Ayurveda honors that everyone is unique. I really get to know my clients, their strengths and challenges and create programs that work for them. Most of us are suffering from lack of connection with ourselves and others. I try to bring compassion and a curiosity to the healing process and help my clients to befriend themselves. Becoming an entrepreneur has been the single most rewarding and challenging thing I’ve done. This whole process has presented many challenges and opportunities for growth. I left a comfortable job that I was good at, to become a total beginner and study Ayurveda in Boulder. It really took me out of my comfort zone and forced me to show up authentically and honestly. In this work, there’s nothing to hide behind. As a business owner, I love learning new skills and wearing different hats. I enjoy creating content and marketing as much as I love working with clients and teaching yoga. At first I tried to DIY and learn it on my own but I’ve learned that investing in yourself and personal development always pays off.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love hosting friends and family when they come to visit. There is truly something for everyone in Denver! To start, we’d probably grab matcha lattes and coffee at Amethyst Coffee – I live near the Edgewater and Lakeside locations. Then head up to Boulder for a hike at Chautaqua and lunch at Tiffin’s, my favorite Indian place. Or go for a walk around Sloan’s Lake and grab food at US Thai Cafe. No trip to Colorado is complete without stopping at a brewery or patio to soak up the sunshine. I like American Cultures kombucha in LoHi and Mockery or Stem Ciders in Rhino. If you’re into wellness or want some R&R, you can have an amazing day at Nurture in Denver. Start with a yoga or pilates class, get a massage or hop in the infrared sauna, then have lunch at their cafe, Nest. They have delicious, healthful food and their gluten free banana bread is a must!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m grateful to have had many wonderful teachers along the way. I studied Ayurveda and meditation at Alandi Ayurveda Gurukula in Boulder. My teachers, Alakananda Ma and Sadanada Ji showed me the power of loving kindness and challenged me to think beyond my programming. I’m grateful to my colleagues at The Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association for allowing me to serve on their Board of Directors and for the work they do to promote the profession of Ayurveda. My husband Jordan encouraged me to pursue my dreams and leave a career in teaching elementary school to study Ayurveda. And of course my father, Sean has always been a huge support and inspiration for me. He coached me in soccer and taught me how to do my taxes.
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