My name is Sebastian
I grew up in Massachusetts, the child of immigrant parents from Colombia.
Throughout my life, I’ve contended with a number of health issues, many related to a congenital condition called Stickler Syndrome. As a child I had multiple surgeries and stays in the hospital due to retinal detachments. My doctors always cautioned me to take care of my joints and eyes, both of which are affected by the syndrome. At age 18 I had spinal fusion surgery for scoliosis, and spent years afterwards learning how to manage the pain.
Thus taking care of my health became a concern for me much sooner than for most of my peers. Modern medicine was invaluable for resolving my acute health issues, but it offered little insight on how maintain good health over time. I wanted to take care of myself as best I could, so I spent time studying nutrition and exercise science on my own.
I considered a career in medicine or psychology, but somehow the pieces never quite fit together well enough for me. I acknowledged the valuable knowledge we have gained through modern research and science, but it somehow still seemed scattered and incomplete.
While studying hatha yoga in India, I learned about Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. I immediately felt drawn to its teachings and knowledge, and realized that it held many of the answers that I had been looking for in my search for good health, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
This set me on a mission to learn not only about Ayurveda, but about all kinds of traditions of natural medicine. Throughout my studies, I have realized my own healing on many levels, and my goal is to share what I have learned with others.
Though I am primarily informed by Ayurveda, I continually study and incorporate teachings and information from all systems of traditional medicine, as well as modern medicine and science. No single system or science is perfect, and no single person is perfect. Yet, each system, each person, has something valuable to teach us. I work to incorporate and integrate the best of what I learn from all sources in order to be able to apply my knowledge skillfully and judiciously.
I believe there is no absolute good or bad, nor absolute right or wrong. I choose to focus on skillful and unskillful behavior and application of knowledge and wisdom. What is right for one person is not right for someone else, and this always depends on the context. Even things considered “bad” can have their beneficial applications. In life there is nothing that is simply black or white; everything is a kaleidoscope of shades of gray, always shifting in time, place, and context. And though this brings its challenges, my eye is always towards seeking that balanced point, that stillness that brings clarity and tranquility amidst the constant shifting of the stream of life.
I am certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by NAMA (the National Ayurvedic Medical Association). My training includes:
- Modern anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology
- Differential diagnosis and understanding laboratory tests
- Classical clinical assessment, including nail, tongue, face, and pulse reading
- Classical Ayurvedic pathology & its treatment
- Ayurvedic and Western herbology
- Classical herbal preparations from both Ayurvedic and Western Herbalist traditions, including their uses and how to make them
- Meditation, including metta and vipassana meditation techniques
- Hatha & Ashtanga yoga, including asana, pranayama, meditation, and yogic philosophy