The Power of Ayurveda in Healing Your Body…with Nikki Estrada

Oct 26, 2021 | Ayurveda, yoga

Have you ever been curious about the philosophy of the ancient practice of Ayurveda?  Brought into mainstream by the likes of Deepak Chopra and many others in the US.

the traditional Hindu system of medicine, which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing.

Hmmm seems I’ve heard this systemic approach to healing in a more modern context…like Functional Medicine?  As we learn…nothing is really new as the tradition of Ayurveda has been connecting gut health to many illnesses for thousands of years which is fascinating.  Understanding ancient cultures and going back to the discoveries that have been around for thousands of years and coupling that with the science of today brings us closer to true healing.

My guest today is Nikki Estrada, yogi and Ayurvedic practitioner out of Marin County California.  Nikki has more than 20 years teaching experience and has been leading 200 and 300-hour teaching trainings for more than 12 years. She is YA500hr E-RYT and was Director of Trainer Development for YogaWorks for more than 7 years where she supported and mentored teacher trainers. She leads intensives, immersions and workshop series in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and lucky for my listeners she is all online now!  She contributes to Yoga International where you can find her articles and videos. She is a contributor of  video content on Nikki was a 2016 Athleta Ambassador for embodying the Power of She, was sponsored by Zobha, a women’s athletic apparel company and  has presented at Yoga Journal conferences.  She was voted best yoga teacher by Marin Magazine 2016.

Today’s podcast will help you understand how the ancient principles of Ayurveda can be implemented in your own life, we talk about the history of Ayurveda and yoga, we dig into the dosha’s, finding your own natural constitution and how to balance that with nature in our ever changing world.

We talk about gut health, joint pain and their connections to our bodies being out of balance and how to correct that balance.

You will come away with practical ideas on how to figure out your dosha and ideas to balance.

As always thank you for listening and being part of my podcast journey…all ratings and reviews are gladly accepted on the apple podcast app and sharing is always appreciated.

Links from the show:

Nikki’s website:



Yoga Sutras:


Perfect Health – Deepak Chopra

The Textbook of Ayurveda – Vasant Lad

Dr. Siva Mohan

Himalayan Institute:

College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley: