Magnolia & Ayurveda
Magnolia Zuniga is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor Intern at the California College of Ayurveda where she is working on her doctorate. She works with clients by blending Ayurvedic nutritional therapies, daily routines, prescribed yoga, and breathing practices along with individualized herbal remedies and body therapies, to support clients in implementing and maintaining healthy, satisfying, and balanced lives. All of these practices come together for both the healing and prevention of disease.
She found Ayurveda during a time of chronic illness. Western doctors offered immunocompromising drugs while TCM & homeopathic practitioners couldn’t identify & treat the source. Magnolia spent years searching for a treatment protocol that was systematic and thorough. She found that through Ayurveda in 2001 and has been practicing.
She began her travels to India in 2004. She studied with Dr. Anil Kumar of Mysore, India until 2015 & interned as a Pancha Karma therapist. She began studying at The Ayurvedic Institute & is currently in the doctoral program at the California College of Ayurveda.
Magnolia is the founding Vice President & Secretary of NAPA (National Ayurvedic Practitioner Association). NAPA is a membership association by practitioners for practitioners; Instead of being managed from the top-down, practitioners & students are the voters shaping their careers & the future of Ayurveda in the United States.
Magnolia & Yoga
Magnolia was one of 20 women in the world certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India where she studied from 2004-2017. In 2017, during the #metoo movement, she gained a clear understanding of how deeply ingrained sexual assault & rape culture are within the Ashtanga community. She closed her Ashtanga school, publicly declared the sexual assaults she witnessed as a young Ashtanga practitioner & walked away from the community she’d been a part of for over 20 years. She’s since become an advocate for stronger ethics & boundaries in healing spaces.
Magnolia practiced the set sequences of Ashtanga for close to 20 years & taught for 10 years. Through those years she realized there are more suitable and appropriate ways to approach healing. She now teaches yoga on an individualized basis by creating diagnosed yoga programs grounded in personal medical history, experience, & constitution. She believes a more individualized approach is the best way yoga can truly heal us.