We had the good fortune of connecting with Adela Corral – Bustamante and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adela, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking has been a driving force for my personal growth since I left my country of Ecuador at 21.
The challenge, the anticipation and the journey of exploring new paths guided by my gut instinct and vision has been an important part of my evolution.
In the case of my current path as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, risk taking has taken on a whole new meaning. The stakes are much higher when you pivot from a successful career in the entertainment business to the Health and Wellness world at 40; with two small children and a new husband along for the ride.
I had found my comfortable niche as a photo producer for 13 years, where I felt sheltered and secured. However, as the years went by, a voice inside of me was speaking loudly of the need to follow my truth. Taking on the path of Ayurveda and Yoga as my main source of income was a great gamble but when the opportunity arrived, I didn’t think twice.
That inner light of intuition surely paid off. I don’t know how I lived my life before Ayurveda.
I had to compromise a pay cut and put a tremendous amount of effort on my studies. After graduation and through the cultivation of self discipline, stamina, better daily routines and sheer grit I started my Ayurvedic practice taking care of every single detail on my own; from marketing and advertising, to website integration, social media, permits and insurance, proper telemedicine protocols and so much more!
Nevertheless the rewards have been immense and they have come in the form of happy, satisfied clients who are taking charge of their own health, seeing great results through Ayurveda. Nothing beats the joy of finding your true calling and answering to it, no matter how difficult or challenging that be.
I have been taking risks all my life and I will probably continue to do it. As a matter of fact, I am currently studying Vedic Astrology. I certainly thrive in risk taking and unconventional thinking and I think us women have a special cosmic strength and shakti that guides us to fully dive into what sets our hearts on fire. We are Nature’s creators and we thrive in creativity.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mia and Lily Ayurveda is the name of my practice named after my two daughters, my daily inspiration.
I am an Ayurvedic Practitioner but perhaps you wonder what that means.
Thousands of years before modern medicine provided scientific evidence for the mind-body connection, Vedic sages from India gave us Ayurveda, which continues to be one of the world’s most sophisticated and powerful health systems. And in the world we live in today, it’s more relevant than ever.
Ayurveda is a sister science of Yoga.
As a philosophy of life, Ayurveda teaches us to live in harmony with the basic laws of nature; as a complete medical science, Ayurveda offers a holistic guide map for awakening our own healing potential through nutrition, daily routines, herbs, natural remedies and body therapies. This is when I come in, to facilitate your wellness through Ayurveda and Yoga and help you unlock your full potential.
What I want your readers to know is that Ayurveda offers a proven, effective and safe integrative way of preventing, addressing and treating imbalances and disease such as:
Skin diseases and conditions
Post Partum care
Thyroid and hormonal imbalances
Stress, anxiety and depression
Detox and rejuvenation
All in a natural, individualized and effective way without the need of chemicals or heavy medications but actually working in unison with the mind and body connection, honoring the holistic aspect of our human experience.
My studies have been mainly focused on the Indian sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga. However aside from having a medical practice on the west side of LA, I also run retreats of Ayahuasca – a sacred plant medicine – from my country, Ecuador. This is an important part of my offering. Real and legitimate Ayahuasca retreats are very hard to find outside of Southamerica; what I offer is plant ceremonies which I lead with my partner, an Ecuadorian medicine woman and dear friend of mine. All within the context of a very sacred, safe and ritualistic experience, right here in Southern California.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When I first came to LA, I was lucky to land in Venice Beach and this little beach community became my home for 12 years. I would recommend a stroll on the beach before sunset, Abbot Kinney Blvd for a bite to eat and window shop and the Venice Canals for a peaceful stroll.
For beaches, el Matador beach on Pacific Coast Highway with its rock formations, caves and impressive sunsets is a must.
Live music is one of the things I enjoy the most, The Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theater are one of a kind live music venues.
Los Angeles has much more than the regular tourist spots its known for, in my opinion the outdoors are one of the most amazing parts of our city; so many beautiful hikes -from the Santa Monica Mountains to the trails in Griffith Park; Runyon Canyon or Temescal Canyon in the Palisades, so many to chose from and a great way to enjoy nature and the magnificent vistas of our city and coastline.
Another very important part of our city are its museums, with some of the finest art collections in the world, the Getty Museum and the LACMA are not to be missed.
On a weekend there are some serious farmers markets depending on the neighborhood, offering fabulous organic local produce, I totally recommend checking one out and enjoying the bounty California has to offer.
And lastly if you’re an early riser, the flower market in Downtown LA has enough beauty to feast your senses for days. Absolutely fabulous.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Ayurvedic Vaidya and mentor Dr. Jayagopal Parla, AKA Dr. Jay from The Southern California University of Health Sciences and owner of Athreya Ayurvedic Clinic. His selfless dedication and infinite wisdom imparting the ancient knowledge of classic Ayurveda has touched the lives of so many and I count myself as one of them. His example of discipline, profound knowledge, ethics, compassion and critical thinking has been key to my development as a practitioner and health coach.
Dr. Robert Svoboda has also been a guru to me for the past few years inspiring me to take on the science of Jyotish or Vedic Astrology and guiding my spiritual path through his Satsang. He is the first American and Westerner ever to graduate from a college of Ayurveda in India. He has been an inspiration and guiding light in my day to day as a practitioner of Ayurveda, Yoga and the Vedic Sciences.
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