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“I make Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, accessible and relatable for the everyday person” With Sahara Rose

I make Ayurveda, the world’s oldest health system and sister science of yoga, accessible and relatable for the everyday person. I show people how your Dosha, mind-body type, is related to your nutrition, self-care, meditation, exercise and even your Dharma, soul’s purpose. I teach people about the mind-body connection and how to create a life […]

I make Ayurveda, the world’s oldest health system and sister science of yoga, accessible and relatable for the everyday person. I show people how your Dosha, mind-body type, is related to your nutrition, self-care, meditation, exercise and even your Dharma, soul’s purpose. I teach people about the mind-body connection and how to create a life that is aligned with their Doshic constitution.


As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sahara Rose.

Sahara Rose has been called “a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra. She is the best-selling author of Eat Feel Fresh, Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda and A Yogic Path. She is the host of the Highest Self Podcast, ranked as the #1 top podcast in the spirituality category on iTunes with over 11 million downloads.


Thank you so much for doing this with us Sahara! Our readers would love to “get to know you” better. Can you share your “backstory” with us?

Idon’t think anyone becomes a healer without first needing the healing themselves and that was my journey. When I was 21, my body began shutting down. I suffered from digestive, hormonal, bone density issues, anxiety and insomnia. I had no more hormones left in my body and had gone into perimenopause. I went to countless doctors to try to find the issue and they just kept prescribing me more medications. I knew there was a root cause of this and went on my own journey to healing, which led to me discovering Ayurveda, the world’s oldest health system. I began studying this health system and using it to heal myself, which led to my writing my books Idiots Guide to Ayurveda and Eat Feel Fresh: A Contemporary Plant-Based Ayurvedic Cookbook and creating my podcast Highest Self Podcast, which is the #1 spirituality podcast on iTunes with over 11 million downloads. My mess became my message.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career? What were the main lessons or takeaways from that story?

Definitely walking up to Deepak Chopra at a yoga and science conference, sharing with him my book Idiots Guide to Ayurveda right before it came to print, him being blown away by the book and writing the foreword of it! It is an example that luck is truly when preparation meets opportunity. I didn’t wait for someone to give me permission to write the book — in fact, previously I was rejected by 30 publishers and disowned by my family for wanting to write this book. However, because I stuck with my gut and listened to my truth, I was able to create this book, which led to me having something to show Deepak when I walked up to him.

Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I first started health-coaching, I thought the only way I could get clients was to make my rates super cheap and even put $20 health-coaching sessions on my website. Needless to say, no one signed up. Because I wasn’t valuing myself, people were not valuing me, let alone trusting their health with me. I’ve learned the importance of worthiness, especially in subject matters people previously didn’t deem as important but are actually of utmost importance, like wellness and spiritual growth

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

At 23 I bought a one-way flight to Bali which changed my world and made me redefine everything I know. I met a Shamanic Dance Activation teacher named Malaika Darville who I began training under. She showed me you can be a fierce, empowered, feminine women and you don’t have to compromise who you are for what society wants you to think. That gave me the confidence to go back home, stand by ground and know that I was meant to write my book on Ayurveda.

Ok perfect. Now let’s jump to our main focus. When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?

I make Ayurveda, the world’s oldest health system and sister science of yoga, accessible and relatable for the everyday person. I show people how your Dosha, mind-body type, is related to your nutrition, self-care, meditation, exercise and even your Dharma, soul’s purpose. I teach people about the mind-body connection and how to create a life that is aligned with their Doshic constitution.

Can you share your top five“lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing? Please give an example or story for each.

This will depend on your unique Dosha! I recommend first taking my Dosha quiz on my website iamsahararose.com to find out what your unique Dosha is. Once you know my suggestions are:

  1. For Vatas, eat warming, grounding foods such as sweet potato, curries, and soups. Stay away from raw, dry, cold foods. Practice grounding meditations and doing one thing at a time.
  2. For Pittas, eat cooling, hydrating foods, such as leafy greens, juicy fruit, and herbs. Stay away from hot, spicy and acidic foods, as well as coffee. Practice calming exercises and activities.
  3. For Kaphas, eat detoxifying, cleansing and bitter foods. Stay away from comfort foods, carbs, dairy, and sugar. Practice stimulating practices like cardio and shamanic shaking.

If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?

People understanding the Doshas so they could make the right choices for their bodies, at the right time, for their ideal version of balance. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to wellness.

What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?

  1. Your mess is your message.
  2. Rejection is redirection.
  3. Keep going.
  4. Listen to your soul.
  5. This is all making you stronger.

Sustainability, veganism, mental health, and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?

I see them as all interrelated. As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm. What that means is what is happening in the world around you is a reflection of what is happening within. We are going through a global Pitta imbalance, which is an excess fire in society, leading to violence, agitation, bullying, stress, wildfires, and adrenal fatigue. When we take care of our bodies, we take care of the world around us and the people we come across. What is happening around you is the mirror of what is happening within.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

I post daily Ayurvedic and spiritual wisdom on my Instagram @iamsahararose and biweekly podcast episodes on Highest Self Podcast. You can discover your Dosha on my free quiz at iamsahararose.com which leads to my free 3-day mini-course.

Thank you for these fantastic insights!

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