We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Ventura and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
One of the things I have enjoyed witnessing as a parent is the intrigue and the care that my child has for not only growing our food but also in the herbal preparations and practices I do, there’s really no greater feeling than hearing your child say she’ll run to the backyard to pick some herbs we need for dinner from our garden or in seeing the genuine interest in how the world works and how it pertains to our health and well being. I think the greatest impact on her life is knowing that she has the ability to not only heal her body with healthy foods but also that it is in her power to grow up knowing the benefits of including fruits and vegetables and how ancient healing modalities can teach us a lot about our own health journey, while ultimately being able to reach a point where she can share that knowledge with others!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I actually started in the Beauty Industry but had switched over to Organic Artistry when researching our food ingredients after I got pregnant with my daughter, there was a lot to take in, but at the time, realizing the impact our food has on our health was the biggest eye opener so I changed my way of living, food, products, drinks, in an effort to be healthier. At the time I also realized that a lot of the clients I had would come in and had some kind of autoimmune or stress related condition. It made me think, if I’m making all of these switches for my family then my clients deserve to reap the benefits as well! I constantly thought “how can I help them have healthier lives?” So we started with switching to healthier products, reading ingredients etc. and shortly after my mission of guiding others to a healthier lifestyle began, that’s when Ayurveda came into my life.
Ayurveda, kind of found me, I wanted to learn how herbal ingredients worked to heal the skin in a holistic manner so decided to take the class, intrigued by herbology and looking for a way to merge my 2 passions, holistic health and holistic beauty, but once in the class I realized that there is so much more to living healthy and that the healing of the mind, body and spirit are truly what brings peace, health and balance to our life. Realizing that reconnecting to our true self is what allows for a happy and healthy life is what motivated me to keep diving further into the science. Its a decision I look back to proudly for taking the step to sign up.
My own practice focuses on the family as a whole. It took a long time to get to the point of zeroing in on what to focus on. The hardest part is really believing in yourself and your mission. Once you have a clear view of what you want to do, the rest is smooth sailing. When I started Sol.Ayurveda I knew it had to be centered around family, particularly children’s upbringing and mental health. Our children are exposed to so many things in our current time, so I wanted to reclaim our right as parents to be teachers and leaders that guide our family and ourselves into a healthier holistic lifestyle. I wanted to showcase how you can raise well rounded individuals that care about their health and the earth while utilizing Ayurvedic tips and lessons learned along the way that inspire other families. My ultimate goal is for you to find the best version of yourself through lifestyle, diet, herbal recommendations and breath work all while addressing mind, body, spirt healing and to let you know that someone is there beside you helping you along the way!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We’d have to start south at Playa Mesa in Costa Mesa for the most delicious lunch followed by kayaking or walking around Balboa Island. I’m a big fan of Farmers Markets so we would have to make a pit stop at the Orange Farmers Market to stock up on our favorites for the week. Following from there we would head up towards LA to explore at the Observatory or hike around towards the Angels National Forest & explore Chantry Flats, where if we are lucky, we can hike towards the waterfall. . Eventually landing at a museum like The Broad or the Museum of Art and end up in Santa Monica for lunch at La Condesa and matchas near the beach! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not be where I am at without the guidance of my professors at SCU, Whittier They all introduced me to the healing science of Ayurveda and helped me grow in so many ways. Dr. Bharathi and Dr. Jay inspired me with their knowledge of herbal remedies, family nutrition and care for the well-being of the individual.
Of course the support of my family plays a HUGE role as without them all of the schooling I did would not be possible. It takes a village and without them life would be much different. Lastly, my Ayur Friends, Catherine Warner, Gena Giasson & Kelly Mccluskey, they enriched my life with laughter while we learned Sanskrit & Paola Patel & Jill Crowley, the most amazing and knowledgeable Yogic Therapy friends I could of asked for who lifted me up and inspired me to be my best self at a time that I needed them the most!