In today’s episode, our guest is Victor Briere, the co-founder of the International Institute of Ayurveda. He serves as a NAMA-recognized Ayurvedic Doctor and Kundalini Yoga Teacher. He is a gifted pulse reader specializing in ayurvedic diagnostic techniques and health counseling. He is the primary clinician and the Chief Academic Officer of the Academy. His in-depth, individualized approach to health offers clients and students a detailed and encompassing perspective on the underlying causes of imbalance. He offers the support often needed to successfully address the root cause of illness and restore the body to balance.
[5:55]Why should we listen to you?
The first thing I’m going to tell you to do is to stop drinking that coffee. That usually piques people’s interest. You should listen because I spent a long time researching what kind of the basic fundamental brass tacks get down to the realities of the body are.
[6:34] I’m going for the deep down “What is it” because I know we’ve been there. We think one thing, and then we end up doing another.
[7:01] When I run my clinic, what I deal with all day is helping people sit down and create a protocol or a lifestyle that’s going to heal them and the fundamental root causes of their imbalances as opposed to just put a band-aid on top of something and call it okay.
[8:05] What are the problems in the conversation of what’s Ayurveda?
When someone comes into my office, there are a few typical things I’ll see. One is digestive issues which is the foundation of a lot of other diseases. Digestive issues are enormous, and that includes weight, whether it’s underweight or overweight. Another is skin issues. These days, the big ones are the two big ones, which are entirely related to each other, which are diabetes, anxiety, and depression.
[8:49]What do you think of the causes of anxiety?
It’s always been around. But the reason it’s inflaming or getting so prominent right now, there are a few reasons, but this is the loneliest time of human history, especially with the COVID reality that we’ve been living in where isolation is at its peak.
[9:23] If you’re isolated, it’s just a matter of time before you get anxious and depressed. It’s the reality of the human nervous system. We’re meant to be communal, and we’re meant to be face to face and to interact and to touch and to hug and to be in compassionate, loving environments. That’s what we’re wired to be.
It is a super ancient, holistic system of health. Holistic means that if I’m looking at you and got this problem, you got congestion, I could give you a herb that says it will help your congestion. But the congestion is just a symptom. I want to know the root cause of why you’re getting congested, to begin with. To do that, I’m going to need to assess your entire body and know about your mental states, lifestyle, the food you’re eating and not eating, your relationships, and all that. Ayurveda is a holistic system that takes all that into account and seeks to assist the body in finding the equilibrium that it is already searching for.
Addiction is a big word. Addictions are increasing along with depression and anxiety because addiction is what we do to compensate for the true desires we have that can’t be fulfilled that are going unfulfilled.
[13:24] Ayurveda wants to go to the bottom as it always does. There’s no such thing as an antidepressant pill in Ayurveda because we want to deal with the lifestyle and relationship issues that are generating depression and anxiety. There are a lot of solutions when someone’s willing to start looking for real.
[14:09]What are some of the outcomes for individuals who get a chance to work with you?
The testimonials are people heal for real. It’s not a band-aid. You don’t need medication for your medication. You don’t need any of that stuff. If you can find the root cause of your imbalances, in Ayurveda, they’re well laid out.
[15:04] If you could sit down and work it out with a coach, it’s another set of eyes. It’s another set of eyes looking neutrally at your situation.
[16:12]Why don’t more people know about this?
I think in our day and age, there’s a big flood of information out there. Some of it is great, and some of it is not so great. Let’s be honest, a lot of information goes out there; the heart of it is not to get at the truth. The heart of it is to sell you something.
[18:08]How did you get the truth?
There is a reality out there that I’ve never heard about. Since that point, I have just started seeking it. That’s how I got into it. It turns into a whole different thing.
[21:09] I saw enough clients and people in my clinic who didn’t want to do the work. They were asking for the pharmaceuticals. They say they don’t want to change their diet and lifestyle. They want the drug. I’ve seen that a lot. There is this massive demand. The supplier has specific responsibilities, but you also got to look at the people and demand that they want what they want.
[23:43]If you could find the guy in the car, what would you say to him?
I’d start talking to them. I wouldn’t say much. I start listening. That would be my first move. All humans do it, so we should stop judging other people for doing it. We got to have compassion and listen. There’s a reason that’s happening, and that has a lot to do with our autonomic nervous system.
[24:32] If we had a rough past or a strict upbringing and we are not able to create the resilience inside our bodies to feel safe in the world, we’re going to feel threatened constantly. That’s going to do all sorts of crazy stuff to our body in our mind. We’re going to rely on comfort foods, addictions, or everything, just to get a minute of feeling okay.
[28:23]What promise did God make to the world when He created you?
God promised that you would have someone there by your side to help you heal compassionately.
[17:58-18:03] “First and foremost, we need to make sure that people are being delivered the truth so that they can actually heal.”
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