We had the good fortune of connecting with Gauri Junnarkar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gauri, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I believe that having good nutrition, focusing on self care, our wellness and managing our stress are the keys to having a good health long term. Each client of Ayurnutrition may walk in with a different wellness concern weight management, Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, Prediabetes, Gestational Diabetes, GI issues, Hypertension, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol and Triglyceride, Women’s wellness, stress management or many others. With proper nutrition being a key factor in disease management and prevention, I work together with each person to develop a realistic and personalized wellness plan to ensure long-term healthy habits. With almost a decade of professional experience in evidence-based nutrition, coupled with my Ayurveda roots, Ayurnutrition serves as an innovative and comprehensive private practice promoting balance, nourishment and rejuvenation. I believe that balanced nutrition paired with Ayurvedic principles may allow for a more rejuvenated living. You are unique, and there is no one size for a body’s ideal nourishment. Ayurnutrition helps to create the awareness for better health and wellness not just for yourself , but your family and also the community we live in. Our services help people discover their optimal wellness by combining the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with modern nutrition. We seek to empower and educate people on foods that nourish the mind and our bodies, increase energy levels and lifestyle to decrease stress levels. Our health begins with us. If we are healthy, our families can be healthy and the community can be healthy as well.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Ayurnutrition is an integrative and holistic wellness practice combining the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with modern nutrition. At Ayurnutrition, which offer a variety of services such as Ayurveda, Nutrition, Panchkarma and Ayurvedic Therapies. We are known for our unique approach of ‘Balance, Nourish and Rejuvenate’. Balance stands for Ayurveda, Nourish stands for nutrition and Rejuvenate stands for Ayurvedic Therapies. ‘Ayurveda’ is a Sanskrit word and is made of two parts ‘Ayur’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ meaning science, hence Ayurveda essentially means ‘Science of life’. Ayurveda is a unique holistic health science which focuses on the mind body relation and the importance of balance between the various physiological components to ensure health. Nutrition looks at the effects of diet on the body. A healthy diet can provide essential nutrients required for proper functioning of the body. Ayurvedic Therapies rejuvenates mind and body. They are said to boost immunity, relax the mind, reduce stress, improve muscle tone, increase joint flexibility, and reduce lower back pain. What sets us apart is our integrative approach to wellness and offering a personalized wellness plan, our professionalism, our knowledge and great customer service. We are most proud of our founder ‘Gauri Junnarkar’ co-authoring two books ‘Primer on Ayurveda’ and ‘Ayurveda and Yoga: A path to health and healing’ now available on amazon. Life is always full of struggles. We either can choose to accept the struggles and do nothing about it or look at how to overcome those struggles and move forward. I decided to overcome them and move forward. Nobody trains you to be an entrepreneur. I decided to take the plunge and start my own business. I feel that I learned a lot of things as they came to me, time management wise, networking or it may be starting a new project. I have always kept an open mindset. I believe if I don’t try I may never know if I succeeded or I failed. If I succeeded that is great, how can I recreate the magic. If I failed , I want to know why and what I can do better. I am grateful for all these teaching moments in my life. I am always grateful for the opportunities that came my way and people who helped me to change my mindset. Here is my story: My journey began in Mumbai India. Growing up I was exposed to the most aromatic, nutritious, delicious food, full of spices. One day while I was helping mom cut onions, I got distracted and slightly scrapped my thumb. Blood started coming out, my mom inspected the cut and instructed me to wash my hand, and pat it dry with the towel. Next she asked me to take a pinch of turmeric and dab it on my cut. In few seconds the blood had stopped coming out. In next week days the cut had completely healed. I was amazed at the healing benefits of Turmeric. Something so simple had such profound effect. Later my mom explained the healing properties of turmeric and briefly talked about Ayurveda. The ancient holistic health science of India. The turmeric incident left a lasting impression on me and kindled my curiosity about Ayurveda even more. I read a few books on Ayurveda and that completely blew away. I decided to learn Ayurveda formally and get a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurveda. I learnt the nitty grities of Ayurvedic principles, ayurvedic diet, Ayurvedic therapies and Panchakarma. I fell in love with the Ayurvedic approach to health and wellness. I worked as an Ayurveda Practitioner in an Ayurvedic clinic in India before coming to US. I followed my husband to the US. Coming here 15 years ago, there wasn’t much awareness about Ayurveda. I wanted to do something that came closest to Ayurveda in its wellness aspect. I researched and found about Nutrition Science. I had studied Ayurvedic Diet and Ayurvedic food principles. I choose to become a Dietitian. While competing my studies, my background in Ayurveda inspired me to do my master’s thesis research on “Dietary Curcumin (phytochemical in Turmeric) and its effect in Melanoma (skin cancer)”, which was selected at the National conference on Experimental Biology under “Diet and Cancer” and also at the Texas Dietetic Association conference. I finished my Masters in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University, finished my clinical internship, gave the national CDR Board Exam and become a Registered Dietitian. Later applied for a License for Dietitian and started working in hospitals. I worked in outpatient Diabetes for a long time and obtained advanced certification as certified Diabetes Educator. After working in the hospital setting for a long time, my mind would always tell me ‘ you need to go back to your roots, you need to bring in the knowledge of Ayurveda’ that is how ‘ Ayurnutrition’ was started in 2009. I wanted to add the Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massage to practice, that’s when I went back to Kekino Massage Institute and got trained in Massage Therapy and become a Licensed Massage Therapist. At Ayurnutrition we offer a unique approach to one’s health and wellness. We combine the age old wisdom of Ayurveda with Nutrition and Massage Therapy and provide an individualized wellness plan that fits one’s lifestyle and needs. Our motto is Balance Nourish Rejuvenate. I am a highly trained and accomplished Ayurveda and Panchakarma Specialist. I have been practicing Ayurveda for the last 18 years. I am a dedicated Nutrition Professional with 14+years’ experience as Registered/Licensed Dietitian and 11+ years as a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE). My expertise includes Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Diet, Nutrition and Diabetes education. I integrate Ayurveda principles with Nutrition in my daily practice. I teach nutrition courses to undergraduate students at a local area County College. I am a faculty member at International University of Yoga and Ayurveda. I am very passionate about teaching Ayurveda and Nutrition. I write articles and provide workshops on Ayurveda and Nutrition throughout the DFW metroplex. I help people achieve their health and wellness goals through an Integrative approach. This is my story in a nutshell.
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?
Favorite spots: 1. Fort Worth Stock Yards. 2. Dallas Arboretum 3. Fort Worth Museum of Science and history 4. Complete Relaxation package at Ayurnutrition. 5. Perot Museum of Nature and Science. 6. Grapevine lake trails 7. Grapevine Mall for shopping 8. Premium Outlets at Grand Prairie Favorite Places to eat: 1. Mughlai, Southlake 2. Torchy’ Tacos. 3. Malai Kitchen,, Southlake 4. Thai Jasmine, Bedford. 5. Savion’s in Euless.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family, my husband, my 12 yr. old son and our pet Olaf have been my rock. They have always supported and believed in me and our company. My husband Kaushik Chaudhuri has been my mentor and provided me the best support, emotionally, financially and has been there at every step to guide me. I can’t thank him enough for being patient and being there for us. We want to also thank all of our clients who have supported us both financially and helped us improve and move forward.
Other: Books on Amazon: Primer on Ayurveda: https://amzn.to/34nU6Bi Ayurveda & Yoga: A Path to Health & Healing: https://amzn.to/35yfMKn
Kaushik Chaudhuri Gauri Junnarkar Author Pushpa Soundararajan Author