Sarita Solvig Blankenburg
Sarita Solvig Blankenburg is a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner with Diplomas in Ayurvedic Medicine and Ayurvedic Lifestyle Management gained at Wellpark College of Natural Therapies in Auckland, New Zealand. The Ayurvedic Medicine diploma is a three year full time government recognized qualification that follows the BAMS syllabus and is internationally acknowledged as the most authentic Ayurveda program outside of India.
Sarita trained with local Ayurvedic doctors at the JSS Ayurveda Medical College in Mysore, India, observing Panchakarma treatments and Ayurvedic surgeries, and has worked at the Ayurvedic hospital SNA Oushadhasala in Thrissur, Kerala, India.
Sarita is also a certified Yoga teacher (RYT) with a Diploma in Yoga and has completed her Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Rishikesh, India in 2005 and since then has been teaching Yoga in Auckland, New Zealand. Having studied both extensively, Sarita recognizes the immense synergy and common roots of Ayurvedic practice and Yoga therapy and often applies elements of both these two ancient sciences when working with her clients.
Sarita also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Tuebingen university in Germany.
Sarita's personal story
Born and raised in Germany, Sarita has worked and lived in various countries during a corporate career of almost ten years with an international IT company. Her last assignment abroad brought her to Hong Kong. While enjoying the challenges of a demanding IT job, she began to notice increasing stress related health issues. After experimenting with different modalities and not finding any satisfying answers, she visited her first Ayurvedic Practitioner who opened the door to a completely new world and introduced Ayurvedic principles and Yoga into Sarita's life. Her health improved and she had more energy to cope with her demanding job.
This experience awakened an inner calling to learn more about Ayurveda and Yoga. On her first trip to India she completed a Yoga teacher training course and experienced an intense Ayurvedic Panchakarma therapy. Major health improvements convinced her to bring family members to India to receive Ayurvedic treatments for mental and physical ailments such as depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Six weeks hands-on training at an Ayurvedic clinic was the final confirmation needed to study Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga full time. This motivation brought her to New Zealand where she found her well-renowned teacher Vijayendra Srinivasa Murthy. A three year intense study of Ayurvedic Medicine combined with Yoga gave her all the answers she was seeking.
Today Sarita sees herself as an ambassador for Ayurveda & Yoga in the West. Her vision is to introduce these ancient sciences to modern society so others can live a more healthy and happy life. With Ayurveda New Zealand she would like to establish an institution which allows people easy access to Ayurveda and bridges the gap between ancient Indian sciences and Western society.
With great respect to my teacher Vijayendra Srinivasa Murthy.
Nicole Bostock's interest in Natural Medicine spans over a decade. She has gained qualifications in Herbal Medicine, Massage and Ayurvedic Medicine. In 2007, Nicole attended an internship with local Ayurvedic doctors at the JSS Ayurveda Medical College in Mysore, observing panchakarma treatments, Ayurvedic surgeries and gaining insight into herbal medicine preparations. Today she accompanies patients to India to receive panchakarma treatments in an Ayurvedic retreat setting.
Prior to studying Ayurveda Nicole trained at The Waikato School of Herbal Medicine in Cambridge, New Zealand graduating with a Diploma in Herbal Medicine. Having studied both systems extensively she recognises the commonality, as well as the uniqueness, of each modality. She often draws on both to find the most suitable approach for the client. She is conscious of the escalating demand of herbal medicines and in particular from countries such as India, and where ever possible advocates using local phytomedicines as the ideal choice.
Nicole also holds a Diploma in Remedial Massage and continues to use a combination of body work therapies tailored to the specific needs of the individual.
Nicole's personal Story
As a late teenager I had an interest in spiritual teachings, and in my early 20's I learnt meditation. I found this to be an invaluable tool for gaining mental clarity and stability through a demanding and often stressful period of my life.
It was at this time I had a strong vision of a retreat centre. I thought nothing of it at the time and off I went travelling. My journey took me through the Middle East and Nepal. In Nepal in a book shop I found a book on Ayurvedic healing and bought it. I sat in a back garden and read about Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
Back in New Zealand in the late 90's I established an organic home delivery business - educating myself and others. During this time I studied herbal medicine with the renowned Isla Burgess who taught me about the incredible healing power of plants and foods. This study changed my life. It was around this time yoga also came into my life for that I am grateful.
My desire to study Ayurveda became stronger, culminating in three years of full time study under the tutelage of highly respected teacher - Dr Vijayendra Srinivasa Murthy.
Yearning to learn more about retreats I went to Australia and gained valuable work experience within this industry. I was witness to the many significant changes which took place in the individuals on these retreats, some "life saving" and some "life rejuvenating." I was inspired. Returning to New Zealand, I was convinced that the combination of nature and nurture, nourishing food, gentle cleansing programs, and retreat regimes, are a potent catalyst to restoring one's health mentally, physically and spiritually. As a result my main interest now is retreat work both in India and New Zealand.
The vision, the dream, is happening. Everything that I have studied is culminating and becoming my life's work. I am honored and blessed to be in this position.
I give thanks and gratitude to my teachers Isla Burgess, Dr Vijayendra Srinivasa Murthy and Vasudeva.