Mary Bruck is a passionate Ayurvedic practitioner, Yoga teacher, Panchakarma therapist, and a Herbalist too. She works from her vibrant health Ayurveda and Yoga Center in Colorado, the United States. She is full of energy and devotes most of her time for the betterment of the health of the people. Nirogstreet interviewed her about her Ayurveda journey and experiences as a dedicated practitioner.
Please tell us about your educational background & professional qualifications.
I am a B.S. in computer science and a former software engineer with 14 years of experience.
I also have 3 years of nursing school education. I am a certified Ayurvedic practitioner with Nama from Kanyakumari in Milwaukee, the United States. I am also a certified Panchakarma therapist from Kanyakumari and a registered Yoga teacher with the Yoga alliance. I am currently studying Vedic Astrology & Vedic therapy with david frawley. I am also pursuing my advanced doctoral studies with two Ayurvedic Doctors. I am also taking my master’s level training with master tantra teacher Rod Stryker.
Why did you choose Ayurvedic practices?
I was attracted to the preventative and health-maintenance aspect of Ayurveda. I was very sad in nursing school when I saw what my life was going to be like in a nursing position. As I made myself more familiar with it, I liked that Ayurveda works for difficult and gray-zone diseases and imbalances. I like that it is a whole, complete science-based system that treats the being holistically. I like that I can move to the areas where the patient is receptive and make inroads to well-being through that portal. I like that Ayurveda weaves together all levels of the being. I relate to it profoundly. I am a health warrior in the United States.
What is your experience when it comes to treating patients in your country, do they trust the treatment?
I would say that most young people are quite trusting of the treatment. Older people are usually on their last efforts to turn something around, and don’t have much time to wait for a shift. They trust me because I can speak from experience of the different therapies because I practice Ayurveda and Yoga daily.
Any challenge you face as a practitioner in the U.S.?
Because we are sidelined in the american system by the insurance and the medical establishment, people come to see us at the end of their disease process instead of in the beginning where we have the most impact.
Any out of the ordinary situation that you face as a practitioner while treating a patient?
It is the law that as a Panchakarma therapist, I have to drape clients, especially opposite gender clients. I do occasionally get men who want to not be draped because they are into the whole tantra scene and I don’t operate that way.
How effective is traditional medicine as a cure?
Traditional medicine is wonderful for acute infections, acute inflammation, advanced forms of cancer, bleeding diseases, broken bones, traumatic injury, acute psychotic breaks. For everything else too, Ayurveda shines.
What do you think of Ayurveda’s future and its role in integrated medicine?
I think we are on the brink of getting Ayurveda integrated into the traditional medical system. I think the key to Ayurved’s integration is the Young Doctors coming out of school who have a completely different frame of mind from the older doctors.
Do you think Nirogstreet is making a difference by striving to connect the mainstream society exclusively to Ayurveda practitioners thru its dedicated technology platforms?
I don’t have any personal experience with Nirogstreet, but it appears to be a similar organization to nama. Cohesion and outreach is important for the cause of Ayurveda.
Any hobbies or activities you engage in, outside your professional life?
I love science, medicine, and psychology and read voraciously. I love being in nature and am outside as much as possible with my family and dogs. I exercise every day and enjoy dancing whenever I can. I love cooking and find it to be my most calming and grounding activity. Old movies from the golden age of Hollywood are my favorites.
What message would you like to convey to the people on Wellbeing?
I think people are realizing that we have got to make serious changes in our daily living, in our medical system, in our food system, in our education system to allow for a healthier pace of life, and healthier living styles, healthier farming, and food options, an updated medical & psychiatric system that lives alongside Ayurveda and Yoga, and a full integration between Ayurveda and daily living. We have the energy and the knowledge and we are poised to help all of this become a reality.